Posted at 7:33 AM on June 15, 2009
by Bob Collins
First, the Monday Morning Rouser:
5) It's a tribute to the respect I accord the BBC that I bother to post a link to its story "The Truth About Roswell?" with the comment that I find headlines that ask a question, tend not to answer it in the story. But did you really expect to wake up this morning to find out for sure whether the U.S. captured an alien flying saucer? If so, another question: Why can't we keep a secret for 17 seconds in the U.S. now, and whoever was involved (or not) in Roswell kept it for 62 years? I'll hang up and listen.
4) Headlines that still get my attention. Exploring Gay Iowa. The legalization of gay marriage has made it a destination, says the Chicago Tribune. "That sudden, and some would say surprising, development makes the Hawkeye state a travel destination for gay people and their supportive friends, particularly Chicagoans, who have never heard wedding bells so close to home."
3) Whatever happened to Daniel Hauser, the Sleepy Eye teen with cancer whose mother who fled the state (then returned) rather than undergo chemotherapy treatments? "A recent x-ray revealed that his tumor has shrunk," Daniel Zwakman, a family friend and spokesman from Cottage Grove tells the New Ulm Journal.
In China, sex selection is usually achieved by aborting female fetuses, which doctors say also occurs in this country, although few parents were willing to be interviewed about it.
1) Last week the generational split flared here with a post on baby-boomer graduation apologies to the graduating kids. Maybe this will stir the coals, too. Generation Next, a PBS and NPR project looking at how 18-to-25 year olds are starting their careers in one of the worst economies ever. Judy Woodruff has the story about the generational weaning off old ideas -- oil vs. wind.
The latest project is actually an update to a 2007 effort. 2007, when things were (comparatively) idyllic.
How times change dept: The Pew Center conducted a poll for the project in January 2007. It showed people overwhelmingly thought young people have more educational opportunities, access to higher-paying jobs, and live in more exciting times than their counterparts 20 years ago.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
Midmorning - First hour: Gloria Steinem talks about the battles won and what still needs to change for women to this day. Second hour: Is black poverty a result of racism or other cultural forces?
Midday - First hour: TBD . Second hour: An America Abroad documentary, "Interrogating Torture," considers the history of torture in the U.S. and abroad, and investigates whether torture prevents terrorism. Recommended reading: CIA director Leon Panetta's assertion that he thinks Dick Cheney is almost "s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point." That ought to get the cable TV talk shows moving past David Letterman vs. Sarah Palin.
Talk of the Nation - It's hard to follow in your father's footsteps -- but there are moments of grace. Neurosurgeon Josh Ammerman and the daughter of Muhammad Ali talk about following in their father's footsteps.
All Things Considered - MPR's Tom Robertson considers wetlands, specifically their abundance in the International Falls area and whether that fact is dampening economic development in the region. We'll go on a job interview with Alix Spiegel, who's been unemployed for 8 months, and we'll hear about how artists are using Twitter and Facebook to get feedback about their work, and how that work is subsequently influenced.
Supreme Court justices don't give very many speeches. If they do, they often don't allow them to be recorded.
So it was a rare day yesterday when Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy addressed the graduating class at Stanford University. It takes awhile for him to get to get going, but he appears as we so rarely see the justices. But like the most talented lawyers, he worked mostly without details notes.
One sobering statistic he quoted: It takes more than 16 billion hours a year for women in Africa to bring water to their family. "You have an awareness of understanding and appreciation ... of the interconnectedness of the world," he told the graduates.Your understanding of
The images arriving out of Tehran this afternoon are stunning. Thousands of supporters of Mir Hossein Musavi gathered to protest his apparent election loss in presidential elections. The Associated Press is reporting gunfire broke out and an AP photographer reports seeing at least one person dead.
It's interesting to see how comparatively young the crowd is. Does this signal a generational split in the country?
Click on the image above if you want to play "Where's Waldo?".
The image of Musavi rallying his supporters against the government ...
... is reminiscent of times when one guy in a crowd represented the beginning of a changing nation.
Boris Yeltsin atop a tank thwarting a conservative coup...
... or Lech Walesa in a shipyard in Poland (New York Times)
It's too early, of course, to know how this uprising is going to go.
Twitter is providing "tweets" at an astonishing rate, although it's very difficult to separate the first-hand information from the noise. A crescendo of anti-CNN fever is threatening to drown the voices in Tehran, however.
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Thousands gathered at the Vietnam Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol on Saturday for Minnesota Honors Vietnam Era Veterans. The idea was to give Vietnam vets the return they didn't get in the '60s and '70s.
But no one was around today (or perhaps, Sunday) when people scrawled graffiti over a page in a book used to find the names of Minnesotans who died in Vietnam on the memorial. Some of it was against the war in Iraq, some was religious proselytizing, some was just an obscenity or two.(2 Comments)
President Obama heard the boos from doctors on Monday when he said he wouldn't support limits on jury awards in malpractice cases. The president spoke to the American Medical Association in Chicago (See transcript), warning doctors that if something isn't done about health care, the country might go the way of GM.
But at the same time, he seemed to allay fears of a big upheaval.
"If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what," he said.
"What's the 'reform' about simply allowing you to keep your present plan as is?" ABC's medical editor, Dr. Tim Johnson, wrote in an online column.
"Obama wants single payer, government controlled and operated. He is a facist (sic) who will stop at nothing but total control," a commenter wrote.
About that single-payer stuff. We heard from Doug Miron, of Solway, Minn., in advance of a show Kerri Miller is doing Tuesday on the subject.
We, as a young family, lived in Canada from 1970-1979. Before then, I grew up in Conn. from '41. After that, we lived in Brookings, SD until '99, and have lived here near Bemidji since 2000. I have 60 years experience with American medicine and 9 years with the Canadian system.
Right off, let me say that we much prefer the Canadian system. It is simpler for everybody involved. The medical service is as good as anything we found in the U.S. The main cost control is that the provincial governments negotiate the prices with the physicians. In neither Clinton's effort nor the present effort aimed at real cost control through negotiation of prices charged by the providers.
I have heard on NPR that some rich opponent of single-payer coverage is going around the world collecting horror stories for commercials against it. On the one hand, I think somebody should check the facts if these commercials hit the air. On the other hand, I think supporters ought to make horror-story commercials about our system. The other day we heard stories about farmers and rural workers who either couldn't afford medical insurance or were one serious illness away from bankruptcy. My wife, Molly, remarked that this would be a strange conversation to a Canadian. In the past, we've heard stories about indigent patients who show up at places that don't want to give free medical treatment and are trucked off and dumped at a county hospital or a free clinic.
Of my own experiences, I think the most damning was one in the mid '70s. We were visiting Molly's sister on her dairy farm in upstate New York. Our middle son, then a crawling baby, sustained a head injury. I held him to me while we all piled into cars and drove to the Ogdensburg Hospital. I walked in with blood all over my shirt holding the baby and the first thing said to me was something to the effect that we need to do the financial paperwork. I growled "Fix the baby first, then we'll talk about paperwork." They stabilized him and we were sent to a hospital near Watertown, where they could really deal with the injury. Luckily, while his skull was penetrated, his brain sheath was not.
Opponents of the plan now in Congress say that the public insurance component is a step toward socialized medicine. I hope it passes and they are right.
Midmorning will, indeed, tackle the subject at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. I'll live-blog it here.(4 Comments)
Twitter had planned a network outage on Monday evening, but has now postponed it until Tuesday because people were depending on it too much for coverage of the events in Iran.
"Our partners are taking a huge risk not just for Twitter but also the other services they support worldwide--we commend them for being flexible in what is essentially an inflexible situation," Twitter officials said.
The outpouring of reaction over Twitter's initial plan to pull the plug may be the biggest repudiation of mainstream media news sources in the U.S. ever.
It's not hard to see why. During Monday evening's original down time for Twitter, CNN was broadcasting Larry King's interview with American Idol David Cook and comedian Jeff Foxworthy.