I don’t share their point of view and I’m not aesthetically close to what they do, and maybe they deserve some administrative punishment, but that they’re in jail is totally illegal. And we have to fight against this situation and create social pressure – if we do nothing then any of us can find ourselves in this situation. It’s very dangerous.
Russian actor and director Olga Darfi on the imprisonment without due process of Russian punk band Pussy Riot nearly four months ago for an unauthorized performance in an Orthodox church
(Source: The Guardian)
‘At the final stakeholder meeting,’ says [Glendale, AZ, orthopedic surgeon Eric] Novack, ‘It was 50 representatives of the health-care industry against one person: me.’ You can guess who won. ‘One physician that was there, representing the Mayo Clinic, claimed that disclosing prices would confuse patients since they might choose cost over quality,’ says Novack. ‘This got a near-collective head nod from all.’
Wait. So if patients got to see how much health care actually cost, they’d be ‘confused.’ As compared to the clear-as-mud system we have today?
It’s not a credible argument. When it comes to health care, patients will be even more demanding of quality than they are in other aspects of their lives. It’s the providers who aren’t providing high-quality care who should be afraid.
He looked like a former linebacker, tall and solidly built. After stowing his wife’s luggage in the overhead, he squeezed past me, sat down and looked straight at the astronomy textbook I was reading. “You’re a scientist?” he asked. “Are you involved in that big controversy over climate?”
I looked into his face and could see he wasn’t angry or hostile or combative. He seemed like a good guy and, by the way his wife gently rolled her eyes, I could see he liked to talk. So I took a chance and replied.
What followed was a long conversation, 30,000 feet above the American West, about a great and dangerous gap. On the one hand we spoke of science and what it looks like on the ground to those who practice it. On the other hand we waded knee-deep into the wreckage that is science in the sphere of politics.
From my seatmate’s perspective the field of climate studies must be awash in controversy. Was the planet warming, or not?
(Image credit: Berkeley Earth)
There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.
If someone comes into your house, and says ‘this color is awful and you need to change the shade’ and goes on and on, you’d say ‘fine, don’t come back’… No matter how crappy it is, the country does not want to be treated like a basket-case.
A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men … [W]e have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated, governments in the civilized world—no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.
he likes ‘em and he cannot lie.