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Friday, March 19, 2004

Friday March 19, 2004. David Strom president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, has been explaining that the Twin Cities metro area doesn't need public transit. Today's Minneapolis Star Tribune has a human-interest story on him, about him having sharply different views than his parents.

'Steven Strom said he asked David when he was recovering from one of his treatments whether he didn't think everybody ought to have as good a health program as that provided by his employers.

'The son's response: "It made me more sensitive to people's problems. But I don't see that a vast social welfare state and compassion are equivalent. One of the reasons that I'm an ardent advocate for capitalism is that the U.S. has the best health care in the world."'

Which doesn't explain why male life expectancy in the US is lower than in Canada or in Western Europe. (It is slightly higher than in Cuba.)

On LiveJournal, Papersky has suggested that the US medical system is not only less than optimal, but inferior to the Canadian and British systems. Last I saw, there were 79 comments on this; most from Americans. One (count them, one) American defended the US system.
Belated catchup -- mail from Wednesday: A subscription offer from Playboy, with pictures of scantily-clad adult female humans.

I don't find Playboy's pictures interesting. I might find their models interesting in person, or photographed differently. But their idea of what looks sexy isn't mine.

The last time I read Playboy, I had a moment of nostalgia. Among the jokes was one I remembered from junior high. (If the line "I wanna get weighed" rings a bell, you've heard the same joke.) I thought it was a dumb joke then.
Here's a better joke. From Ted at Crooked Timber http://www.crookedtimber.org:
"When Jim Treacher linked to the homepage of the imaginary horror writer Garth Marenghi, he found a real gem. Garth Marenghi is wonderfully done narcissistic hack, the page is hilarious...."
I consider it funny in small doses, and worth a look.
Public Release: 16-Mar-2004
Top medical and scientific societies commit to providing free access to research
Representatives from 48 of the nation's leading not-for-profit medical/scientific societies and publishers announce their commitment to providing free access and wide dissemination of published research findings. Their commitment is conveyed today by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and others during a news conference in Washington at which they released the document entitled, "Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science."

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