Here’s an interesting article from Chris Hedges that appeared on truthdig.com recently. It’s worth a read. Maybe there really are death panels — and they are disguised as insurance companies. Here are a few stats from the article:
- Percentage change since 2002 in average premiums paid to large US health insurance companies: +87%
- Percentage change in the profits of the top ten insurance companies: +428%
- Chances that an American bankrupted by medical bills has health insurance: 7 in 10
All you really need to ask yourself with regard to the current debates about health care reform is who’s benefiting from the current system that we have in place. Are you? Is your doctor? Read the rest here.
“Every wealthy country other than the United States guarantees essential care to all its citizens.” We can do this.
Danny Dover over at SEOmoz posted an excellent piece on the info Google keeps about you. Scary, kinda.
I came across a neat site this morning while flipping through PC Magazine’s list of 100 top sites for 2009. There are some great sites in this compilation. One of my very favorites is 1000 Awesome Things. Lots of things claim to be awesome, but few really are. As you read through each awesome thing listed here, you may find yourself going, “Oh yeah, that IS awesome.”
Here are a couple of examples:
#714 Changing the channel during a commercial break and then flipping back just as the show’s coming back on.
#725 When the light turns green just as you’re approaching the intersection.
Simple? Yes, but you have to admit, both of these are pretty awesome. 1000 Awesome Things is counting down from, well, 1000. Go and rediscover just how awesome the seemingly little things in life really are.
I came across this today while sitting in on a website review for a career workshop site. It struck me as pure gold. Here are the first few of the new rules:
1. No one owes you anything – not the government, your employer, your family, or your spouse. Although the world around you is less and less definite and predictable, it is no less valuable and mysterious. To rejoice in living you must invent your own future, entrepreneur your life, and expect surprises.
2. Global change is the major force in your life, and in the lives of everyone on earth. We are all in training for a new era for all humanity. Don’t whine about it. Take advantage of the expanding possibilities now available to you in our world of constant flow.
3. You have no ultimate safety, security, or guarantees, so don’t expect any. What you have are endless . . . [continue]
The first time I watched Jill Bolte Taylor’s presentation at a TED conference, I was stunned. At the age of 37, this Harvard-trained neuroanatomist experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain – she had a massive stroke – and remained conscious through the entire episode. When she realized what was going on, her reaction was: “Wow, I’m having a stroke. This is so cool!” Only a neuroanatomist could have a reaction like this. In her TED presentation, she tells an abbreviated version of the story and it is amazing. If you haven’t seen it, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Now I’ve just finished listening to her book, My Stroke of Insight. I’ve listened to it several times, in fact. If you are intrigued by her TED presentation and if you like audiobooks, get it. If you prefer to read, read the book. My Stroke of Insight contains a lot of good science and medical information about the brain and stroke, but in an entirely accessible way. Some critics of the book have complained that the ending is a little sappy. After reading it for yourself you may determine, like me, that this is very “left-brained” of them.
After listening to the book, I searched for more information about Bolte Taylor. I came across this interview she did with Oprah. While I’m not a huge Oprah fan, I did want to watch and listen further to Bolte Taylor talk about her experience. (Just an aside -I had better luck watching this in Internet Explorer than Firefox.)
Right now I’m right smack dab in the middle of part two of the interview. But I had to pause and take a little time to gush here hoping to encourage anyone with even the slight interest or curiosity about the enormous power of the brain to watch, listen, or read about this remarkable experience.
If you’re at all interested in brain stuff, another great book is The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge.
Now I’m headed back to the interview . . . .
Hugh MacLeod has a new book that appears to be filled with good advice for just about everyone. The title: Ignore Everybody. MacLeod is famous for The Gaping Void. The ideas in the books aren’t exactly new, but they are great reminders about what it takes to go from dreams to reality.
I sure wish I had heeded these words of wisdom about four great ideas back…..especially those first two Ignore Everybody. I’m going to order his book right now. I might order it twice – one version for my Kindle and another in good old paper.