Monthly Archives: April 2010

You tell ’em Bill!

According to Bill Clinton immigration is good for old white-y.  And his argument totally makes sense.  Uneducated, white men got shafted in the last decade.  So in order to help them (and everyone else) out we need for the economy to grow again.  And if that means immigrants then why the hell are you complaining?  Not only will it help you, in the end, but also countless others.  Oh yeah, and the economy.

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Totally new perspective

As I was driving to work this morning, I heard a really fascinating story on NPR, and it showed me just how shamefully unaware I was about the lives disabled people lead.  I think everyone I know is of the persuasion that if you have a disability why wouldn’t you search for a cure?  But Ben Mattlin argues that having a disability is just another form of diversity, something to be embraced as part of who you are. And that instead, our energies would be better spent on eliminating discrimination against disabilities (social, architectural, etc) than fighting for a cure.

I wish I could say that this was something that had occurred to me, but I always fell into the category of those striving for a cure. But now I see that Ben certainly has something to his argument and I can safely say that I experienced a paradigm shift this morning. Thanks NPR.

Eat your veggies or the government will come after you

While taking MUNI to work I saw this article in the SF Examiner.  While the title made me laugh and I was giggling through the first few paragraphs.  It slowly dawned on me how sad the entire concept is: government having to step into our lives to make them more healthy because we clearly can’t be trusted to do that for ourselves.  And it’s not as if I disagree, we’re all aware of the startling number of Americans that are overweight.  It’s just the fact that it’s gotten to the point where government needs to step in with regulatory action that makes it so sad.

And will that even help?  I mean, Big Food will probably find some way around said legislation and come up with something even worse for you that we’ll all end up buying anyway.  I feel as though this is akin to putting a band-aid on a gushing wound.  The system is flawed and this isn’t going to help.  The fact that a big mac is cheaper than a salad is the problem.  Economically speaking why would you spend $10 at Whole Foods on a healthy meal when you could feed your family for the same price at a fast food chain?  But I doubt that we’ll see any sort of tax placed on big macs and support given to those that need Whole Foods help any time soon.

Science of love

If you really think about it, this isn’t all that surprising.  When two strangers consent to gazing into one another’s eyes, any empathetic human being will feel closer to the other.  But the surprising thing is that, knowing all the statistics on marriage and how to manage a good relationship, most people fail anyway.  So what is it about relationships that messes everyone up when it’s clear that most of us know how to connect?