Friday, May 26, 2006

Knife attack in Berlin

If this had happened in the US, the kid would have had a gun and killed lots and lots of people.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Toad has quite a point

An estimated 2 million babies die within their first 24 hours each year worldwide and the United States has the second worst newborn mortality rate in the developed world, according to a new report.

"American babies are three times more likely to die in their first month as children born in Japan, and newborn mortality is 2.5 times higher in the United States than in Finland, Iceland or Norway, Save the Children researchers found."

Japan offers free health care services for all pregnant women and babies while only the rich and insured get adequate health care in the United States.

This poses a paradox for conservative types who claim they are pro-life yet don't seem to care about life after it has been born...

Friday, May 19, 2006

True words from the NYT

"Lost" is the sudoku of network television, a brainteaser that puzzles but does not enlighten.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Just got back from Hellinois (to paraphrase Credence)

This photo is not an example of the extreme gentrification that has obfuscated much of what was once the north side of Chicago with Pottery Barns and Gymborees. It is, instead, one of the few things that is more-or-less the same as it was 10 years ago: my old apartment. Changed is the retail establishment on floor one: a nail salon (as opposed to a nail spa) instead of a plumbing fixture store. But the 100-year-old building still looks like it houses folks who don't work at fancy firms downtown or dot-coms in Bucktown. Back when I lived there it was $480 for a spacious, if a bit decrepit, two-bedroom. The condos going up around the corner start at $300k. Ah, real estate.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Biking Redwood City

Check out my new blog. Arthur and I are trying to leave the car in the garage for a whole month!