Saturday, March 21, 2009

Saturday Links: things you might have missed

I've found some interesting reading lately -- things that haven't worked their way into a post, but are worth mentioning nonetheless. Besides, it's been a while since I've done a link roundup.
  • In The Culture Warriors Get Laid Off, Frank Rich reminds us of some glad tidings amidst all the recent rotten headlines:
    Here, at last, is one piece of good news in our global economic meltdown: Americans have less and less patience for the intrusive and divisive moral scolds who thrived in the bubbles of the Clinton and Bush years. Culture wars are a luxury the country — the G.O.P. included — can no longer afford.
  • The interesting thing to take away from the The 20 Worst Foods in America 2009 is that even the sit-down restaurants and innocent sounding menu items (dishes that use words like "salad" and "chicken") can be loaded with fat, cholesterol and calories. If you're trying to eat healthy food, it's not enough to just stay away from the fast food joints, and surprisingly enough, some of the worst offenders are those family restaurants with the ferns and brass rails -- maybe places like TGIFridays and Chilis are best avoided as well. (And speaking of gross food, if you haven't yet seen Supersize Me, you can now catch it on Hulu!)
  • The 25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media is an interesting list. I was surprised to have not heard of a few of them (and in at least one case, by who is considered to be liberal).
  • It's good to see Joe Biden out there stumping for Amtrak. This country needs good passenger rail service, and Amtrak has been neglected for far too long.
  • A Hand in the Health Debate is an interesting perspective on health care reform from Eugene Robinson (why MSNBC doesn't put him out in front more often than they do is a mystery to me. He's smart, funny, and he has one of the coolest voices since James Earl Jones):
    What is relevant is that I have good insurance, which I obtain through my employer, and haven't paid a dime out of pocket for my treatment. If I were among the 46 million Americans who are uninsured, I'd be looking at a huge hospital bill. No one should face financial ruin because of a mishap with a fork and an avocado. The way we ration health care now -- according to the individual's ability to pay -- is immoral, and if higher taxes are needed to ensure that no one has to choose between health and bankruptcy, I'll pay. That was my position all along, but now it's personal.

    What's changed is that I also feel more strongly about the ability to make my own choices. I decided where I would be treated and, ultimately, what would or wouldn't be done. I'm willing to pay for that, too.
  • UK Street View Has Arrived and Brits are celebrating -- by finding celebs and playing Where's Waldo? (but they've still got some catching up to do!)
  • This one makes me laugh every time I think about it: Tucker Carlson doesn't think Jon Stewart is funny. Gee, Tucker, I wonder why? Is it because you're a drama queen, or is it because you're still smarting from that asswhuppin'?
  • I'm still blown away by this: Do you remember John Tyler? You know, our 10th president. A long time ago. Way back in the days of Tippecanoe and Tyler too. Back when the only way to take a picture was with a daguerreotype. Well, would you believe he still has a living grandson? Wow!
  • And finally, what would we do without Improv Everywhere? I weep at the thought of it! Here's the latest, Subway Art Gallery Opening:


tut-tut said...

Amtrak! But our famous right-hand side, Free-P editorial guy takes every chance he gets to denigrate it. If all the monies spent on highway projects in the past 20 or so years (I'm sure more like 40) had instead been spent on public transport, imagine where we'd be.

alice said...

Maybe the home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo would even have passenger train service!!!! ;-D

Keera said...

That tidbit about John Tyler's grandson fascinated me the most. Cool trivia while also being about real people who are part of our history.