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February 08, 2003

Not exactly sure where Ampersand dug up this slightly dusty article, but it's an important read.

Is US Health Really the Best in the World?- article from the Journal of the American Medical Associations (JAMA) from July of 2000. Here's the key sentence: "The high cost of the health care system is considered to be a deficit, but seems to be tolerated under the assumption that better health results from more expensive care". What if this assumption--that high American health care costs equal higher quality care--was untrue?

According to this article, the assumption is indeed false.

Among a number of studies comparing the results of American health care to that of other countries, the U.S. frequently ranks near last, and rarely ranks higher than the median.

In other words, we're getting screwed.

Posted by Jake at 12:37 AM
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Heh heh, hope those losers have a fun time boycotting "Hollywood liberals." Not that I'm a fan of Hollywood, but it's impossible to have a "good guy" list and a boycott list. James Woods in a "good guy." The same James Woods in their enemy Oliver Stone's films?

And I'm sure you can point out the conflicts of interest. I'm sure Ah-nold, Bruce, Tom Selleck have worked with some of the talent they're boycotting. I'd have an easier time boycotting Disney.

And what the fuck, they didn't just name Joan Jett as one of their own, did they?

Geniuses.

I might just register to tell them what the fuck's up.

Posted by: Eric at February 8, 2003 10:59 PM

Oops, I'm referring to The New Republic Hollywood boycott link on Ampersand.

Posted by: Eric at February 10, 2003 08:09 AM

I mean FreeRepublic.com. Damn, I'm not thinking straight.

Posted by: Eric at February 10, 2003 08:36 AM

I think Eric y our last statement proved the point I was going to make... Thank You for proving my point...

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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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