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PROMED Needs Your Help

It’s my birthday today, but instead of buying me presents, how about helping ProMED, a non-profit organization that provides important disease and health information to over 155 countries? Here’s some more information about what ProMED does: ProMED-mail – the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases – is an Internet-based reporting system dedicated to rapid global dissemination…

Leave it to conservatives to actually conduct the War on Christmas (Got Scrooge?). I give you National Review editor Kate O’Beirne on the problem of hunger (italics mine): O’BEIRNE: And then the title of our gathering is so crucial; “Less of Washington and More of Ourselves”. The federal school lunch program and now breakfast program…

Or, at least, don’t obey Massachusetts law and receive the healthcare they are entitled to. Esterline Technologies demonstrates that much of what passes for ‘rational business decision making’ is actually ideology combined with petty personal vendetta. From Yves Smith: This story illustrates how far some companies are willing to go to preserve their bottom lines…

There’s never a good time to be hungry–and, yes, people in the U.S. still experience actual hunger–but Thanksgiving is an especially cruel time. Since everything is closed today anyway, take a couple of minutes to send some help to your local foodbank. Every dollar helps–and they don’t just need food, but also funding to pay…

Yes, we have left no sense of decency. From Indiana, we find this story about parents of disabled children who can’t receive state aid for their disabled children: Indiana’s budget crunch has become so severe that some state workers have suggested leaving severely disabled people at homeless shelters if they can’t be cared for at…

“Looking Back” Is Good Policy

Once again, Obama has decided to inflict post-partisan depression on us. Here’s our latest installment in “Looking Forward, Not Back” (italics mine): “Where any homeowner has been defrauded or denied the basic protections or rights they have under law, we will take actions to make sure the banks make them whole, and their rights will…

So my first thought upon reading that a fraternity pledge ritual involved chanting in a public place “No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal” was “Frat boys are still assholes. Nice to see that some things remain constant.” Then I read that this happened at Yale, and my next thought was, “I wonder which of these…

Update: Thanks to everyone visiting. I worked really hard on this post too, and it’s also kinda important and about kids too, so please stop by that one too. Dan Savage has exactly the right approach to dealing with the sanctimony of the theopolitical right. In response to an interview Savage gave about the “It…

Hunger and the Ethical Failure of Our Elites

Last week, I showed pictures of what a food stamp budget actually buys. By way of Susie Madrak, we come across this article describing hunger in Philadelphia: Sherita Parks went shopping in a corner store in Frankford the other day with her too-thin daughter, Joe-anna, 2…. “I only wanted to spend a dollar today, so…

Sometimes, as decrepit as our traditional media corporations are, they suffer from an outbreak of human decency. Kudos to the St. Petersburg Times for this obituary about a hit-and-run victim. Here’s why they ran it: Shortly after the St. Petersburg Times announced Mr. Smith’s death on its website, a reader posted a comment stating the…