May 29, 2007
Eventful on CNNWolf Blitzer's Situation Room program on CNN featured a segment on Eventful.com today, regarding how the 2008 presidential candidates are beginning to use Eventful more and more.
"Thanks to a popular website," Wolf said in the intro to the segment, "people from Portland to Paris are demanding that Obama and other candidates come to their hometown."
Here's the video clip:
May 19, 2007
Cuba's Health Care System - Old News For SomeThe reviews are starting to come in for Michael Moore's new documentary Sicko and it sounds like it's a great flick. Can't wait to see it.
One thing that everyone's reporting is the Cuba stunt -- to make a dramatic point, Moore apparently took some ailing 9/11 NY first responder workers to Cuba for treatment because they weren't getting it in the US, showing that at least in some ways, even a country like Cuba has better healthcare than the US. The media's eating this up.
But the Cuba thing is not a secret. Take, for instance, Tracy Kidder's fantastic book Mountains Beyond Mountains, an excellent review of the work of famed medical doctor Paul Farmer, who runs or works in clinics in third-world countries, particularly Haiti.
Numerous times in Kidder's book, readers learn how good the Cuban health care system really is, despite the country's many problems, and that Cuban doctors are some of the best in the world and that they are sent all over the world to train and help other countries to improve their medical system. I remember when reading the book being surprised by this, and intrigued by Farmer's praise for Cuban health care.
Here's a quote:
I wonder if Moore read the Kidder book, or was in touch with Farmer during the making of Sicko?
Wanna bet that the cable news networks and print media will treat the Cuba issue as some ridiculous new claim that Moore makes, and they'll trot out pundits to debunk the "myth" that Cuba's health system is better than the US's?
May 16, 2007
Everything is MiscellaneousBe sure to watch David Weinberger's excellent, consistently interesting presentation about taxonomies, classification systems, tags, etc. It's available over at Google Video and lasts about 57 minutes. Worth it -- find the time if you're into this kind of thing.
May 03, 2007
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