ABC news last night touted their coming series: 'Made in America.' They asked whether one could furnish a home with all American made items and how much it would cost. And they asked the viewers to look around their living rooms and see how many items they could identify that were entirely made in America. We did and the only items we could definitely identify were the doilies--made from American spun cotton thread by my hands. I hope the series is well done and I will be watching.
Mat Yglesias at Think Progress has a nice short blog today on a medical story that appeared last night on the ABC national news. It concerned a population of dwarfs in South America that seen to be highly resistant to cancer and diabetes. Their death rates from those sources are fare less than the general population and medical researchers are hoping to develop a preventative by studying this group. I find it interesting to see the graph because, although the study found the dwarf population very resistant to diabetes and cancer (which the news report stressed), the dwarves were more likely to die of heart disease, convulsive disorders, and alcohol related problems than the general population (which the reporters failed to mention at all). I, like most, would welcome a reliable cancer preventative but not at the expense of having to deal with a higher likelihood of dying from heart disease of convulsive diseases. Yglesias makes a very good point at the end--with the debate over health care 'costs' we often forget that those costs are someone else's means of making a living. Whose living do we decide is expendable?
Susie Madrak at Crooks and Liars has a piece on the Wisconsin mess that people should read. It is one thing to have a budget crisis that many states have which developed from a combination of bad planning and a falling economy. It is an entirely different matter when the governor of a state enacts a massive tax cut to create a budget crisis simply to provide a pretext to break union bargaining rights. I call the second a fraud on the public and malfeasance in office.