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The Weekender

In Current events, Economics, Government, Health Insurance, Interesting, Justin, Maps, Politics on March 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

This week’s edition is going to be a little bit different. The usual links are still going to be here, but keeping in the spirit of this blog – the passion to never stop exploring – I wanted to ask the readers for suggestions/topics/websites that aren’t usually covered here. I tend to cull my links from the same stable of sources, and while i do find them fascinating, I want to broaden to scope and explore some new territory. Hit the comments at the bottom of the page or email me at lifesworthknowing@gmail.com to send me your ideas and sources for interesting material. Thanks in advance.

It’s a beautiful world. This video is able to visualize something that we rarely get to see, but constantly experience. Ocean currents are one of the most influential aspects of weather patterns. We have all heard of El Nino, and the effects of that current…well this video is able to demonstrate what those currents look like across the entire globe. It’s oddly beautiful. (via Kottke)

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Health Reform and the Supreme Court

In Current events, Government, Health Insurance on March 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

If we strip away all of the political rhetoric that surrounds the healthcare debate, and spurn the death panels and the government takeover, we are left with an essential constitutional question that went in front of the Supreme court this week. In my experience, not many people really understand what it is that is at the center of the health care case. The question is not whether the Affordable Care Act is a good idea or whether or not this is a government takeover of healthcare. The essential question regards the individual mandate, and is actually fairly simple and straightforward. Essentially, can the federal government require a citizen to buy a product?

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The Weekender

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

Silence is deafening. One of the more interesting stories that broke over the past couple weeks was the revelation that the most popular episode ever of This American Life was largely fabricated. In January Ira Glass ran a radio version of Mike Daisey’s one man show called “the agony and ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” Which focused on the working conditions of the Chinese workers that assemble Apple products. I remember hearing the original broadcast and being stunned at what I was hearing, but it came to light that Mike Daisey fabricated much of his story, and lied to the producers at This American Life to get them to run his story. When they discovered the deceit, they brought Mike back on the show to have him account for himself. What transpired was one of the most intensely gripping radio programs you will ever hear as Ira’s anger is barely contained under his professionalism and Mike leaves long stretches of dead air that just make your skin crawl.

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Leading from Behind

In Current events, Government, Justin, Obama, Politics, Romney on March 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Another Republican primary came and went this past Tuesday, with Mitt Romney sweeping to a decisive victory in Illinois. His victory speech Tuesday night represented an opportunity to coalesce the conservative movement behind his supposed inevitability. He trotted out his usual stump speech, focusing his sights primarily on President Obama after congratulating his fellow Republican candidates. He reiterated some of his main talking points and mentioned that Obama “leads from behind”, a phrase that has been thrown around a lot in this campaign cycle

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The Weekender

In Current events, Economics, Fascinating, Food Politics, General, Interesting, Justin, Thoughtful on March 17, 2012 at 8:34 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

Cool doesn’t even begin to describe this. You know how the space shuttle was taken to space on the backs of those three boosters? Did you ever think what happened after the shuttle jettisoned them? This *mindblowing* video takes you through the entire process – from launch to landing from the perspective of the solid fuel boosters. The entire sequence takes only 400 seconds to go from launch pad to a height of 41 miles and back down to the ocean. Just when you think it is going to get boring…it starts getting better, trust me, block out 8 minutes and get the whole thing.

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Dear Rick Santorum

In Current events, David Gregory, Health Insurance, Justin, Meet the Press, Obama, Santorum on March 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

This past Sunday, Rick Santorum appeared on Meet the Press. When David Gregory asked why he chose to run for President, The former Pennsylvania Senator responded:

“We have a special needs little girl and that, that weighed both ways, to be very honest with you.  I want to be home with her because her life is so fragile, but at the same time, I felt like you had to go out and fight for these little children who, you know, in the margins of society, in a government-run healthcare system around the world, they aren’t given quite the care and resources allocated because, you know, the government may not see them as useful lives.”

Upon hearing Sen. Santorum’s statements on Meet the Press, I was in disbelief. I could not believe that someone could be so irresponsible to perpetuate such lies, and I could barely contain the anger that I had towards him for using his daughter for such a crass political purpose. Language taken from a direct transcription can sometimes seem a little garbled, but if you clean it up a little bit, Santorum is claiming that one of the reasons that he is running for President is because government controlled healthcare systems might marginalize his special needs daughter and not give her the care that she deserves. Read the rest of this entry »

The Weekender

In Birth Control, Current events, Economics, Fascinating, General, Government, Health Insurance, Interesting, Justin, Politics, Science, Thoughtful on March 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

A Tiger can’t change his stripes, but an ant can change his color? A humorous, and pretty cool story about a photographer in India who realized that his local ants turned white after drinking spilled milk. Taking that discovery a step further – he introduced colorful sugar water to the ants – and the results were stunning:

As the ants drank the liquid – their translucent abdomens clearly show the results. Apparently, some ants even drank more than one color, creating a whole rainbow of psychedelic ants. Click over for even cooler pictures.

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What’s an Apology Worth?

In Current events, David Gregory, Government, Meet the Press, Newt Gingrich, Obama, Politics, Uncategorized on March 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

What is an apology worth?

It is a question that has recently taken on presidential implications. The Republican candidates have really enjoyed themselves painting President Obama as an “appeaser-in-chief” that regularly apologizes for America. Whether he is bowing to a Saudi, or blaming America for the banking crisis, Republican hopefuls have repeatedly made it clear that Obama’s brand of humility is unbecoming of the leader of the free world.

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The Weekender

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

Coolest. Story. Ever. (for nerds) Robert Krulwich brings us an awesome piece about Australian “tree lobsters” which were found only on one island near Australia. Turns out, rats from early explorer ships got onto the island and wiped out the entire population of these huge insects. Then in the 1960s, two climbers were on a tiny speck of cliffs in the middle of the ocean (seriously check out this picture)

and found some dead tree lobsters. It wasn’t until 2001 that scientists made it to back to the island, and they found an autonomous population of tree lobsters living under a SINGLE BUSH on a cliff 200 feet above the ocean. No one knows how they got there, or how they survived. Read the whole post for the full, fascinating story.

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