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I can never read enough about Chris Hitchens

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I found an excellent long interview essay in The Guardian’s Culture section under the byline of Andrew Anthony.

The better bit that I found and had to reread was this:

Hitchens once wrote a line that has almost gained the status of philosophical epigram or even scientific dictum: “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” Although it echoes Wittgenstein‘s famous injunction regarding the ineffable – “Whereof we cannot speak, therefore we must be silent” – Hitchens’s version is less a “no entry” sign than a civic reminder to place rubbish in the bin.

Hitch sure sounds OK in the interview, but who knows in that terribly risky journey through an oesophagul cancer cure!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/14 at 08:06

I like a lot of what Olivia Judson writes

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whether it’s about microbiology, insects, carnivores, or today Social Medicine. Here’s a meaningful excerpt:

If your friend’s friend becomes happy, that increases the chance your friend will become happy — and that you will too. Conversely, if you become obese or depressed, you may inadvertently help your friends, and your friend’s friends, to become fat or gloomy. (Intriguingly, happiness and obesity seem to spread in different ways. Obesity spreads most easily between friends of the same sex who are emotionally close. Happiness spreads most readily between friends who live near each other: a happy friend on the same block makes more difference than a happy friend three miles away.)

To me this Social Medicine stuff feels like a stretch, but Olivia, like the optimist she is, is for it. So who am I to do my contrarian thing about the infectiousness of happiness. There’s never enough of it to go around, especially for too often gloomy wife.

I wish my wife spent some time reading Olivia. Here is an upbeat note in the last para of this week’s essay:

I draw a couple of conclusions from this. The first is that unless you are a hermit living entirely alone, your choices and wellbeing do not affect just you. The second, and more important, conclusion is that medicine isn’t simply about improving the health of an individual here and an individual there. It’s about the health of the whole society.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/11 at 05:46

Roger Cohen suggests in his NYT column today

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that all Americans are in this together. A nice thought, but I know that significant numbers of Americans do and will disagree that they are in anything together with all those Democrat “Hitler and socialist” types.

Here’s some of Cohen’s food for their thoughts, even if they will ignore that good food anyway!

In any context, I would argue, health reform was important for America, but in this fractured one, the health care reform bill that just passed the House is critical. It’s critical because, although not perfect, it does involve the acknowledgment that, when it comes to health, we are indeed all in this together rather than zoned out on our individual screens. Pooling the risk between everybody is, as the rest of the developed world knows, the most efficient way to forge a healthier society.

U.S. health care has been grossly inefficient — spending has ballooned even through the recession — and a proposed new government insurance plan and national insurance exchange will help force waste out the system. A surtax on the wealthy will help pay for it. There’s going to be some sacrifice in the name of the general good. That’s an important idea right now. The Senate should quickly approve the legislation. It won’t “socialize” America but will solidify it by at last framing basic health care as a moral obligation rather than financial opportunity.

As Archibald MacLeish once wrote: “If we had not held these truths to be self-evident, if we had not believed that all men are created equal, if we had not believed that they are endowed, all of them, with certain unalienable rights, we would never have become America, whatever else we might have become.”

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/10 at 05:49

Breast Cancer PSA upsetting people says CNN

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Breast Cancer PSA

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I post tit displays from time to time, so here is one that has an element of public service, a tiny one since CNN is involved.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/24 at 08:31

What time does to us all

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Cover of "BUtterfield 8"
Cover of BUtterfield 8

The movie that most symbolizes Liz Taylor for me was Butterfield 8. She played the role of cafe society call girl with zest and verve and most of all slick female great looks. But a lot of time and living has passed since then. Dear Liz looked like this  at the MJ funerama this week:

She still projects that look in her reddened eyes of “Look at me!” But the withering of time saddens me!

I’m a month away of beginning my 75th year and my withering has been gentler but I feel the years, even if my dear wife keeps telling me that I look so young. Luck of the genes and a more sedate existence do have advantages:


That’s Emma and me in North Van about a month ago!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/04 at 23:41

My kind of serendipity – from cleavage to nipples

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My recent post about Bettie Paige, the apparent first bikini babe in the US of A, has gotten more viewership during the last week or so than Napoleon and his Industrial Warfare Principle. So maybe I can push this change along by posting about “nipple exposure”. Here’s how Time Magazine describes the latest prohibitions re nipple exposure.

On the one hand there is Jean Vanier reminding us that caring for the most vulnerable among us draws us together better than booze or sex. But in the good old US of A people like Barb Walters are “uncomfortable” when an actively nursing mother sits next to her!!!!!!!!!

Maybe higher order vulnerability is good, except when the rules of prurience are offended!

Which ever way you look at it, or not, there are many worse things than nipple exposure, specially nipples being used for feeding. And isn’t it a fact that the Nature Programs on TV abound with nursing scenes that we all go googoo over!

If it quacks like hypocrisy and sounds like it then it must be HYPOCRISY!

BTW here is the most complete record about Bettie Page I could find on the ‘Net.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/31 at 08:06

Chinese women tend to shun the sun and so add to their chances of dying earlier

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I love the sun and most days I am ready to expose my skin to the Sun’s rays. You see I believe what scientists tell us about the benefits of absorbing Vitamin D in its cheapest natural form, direct rays from the Sun.

So it gets my attention when I see mostly Chinese women shunning the Sun’s rays by walking in the shade of their brolleys even when its overcast. Do they disbelieve those scientists? Or is it they don’t care about cancer risks as much as they do about having as white skin as they can?

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/08/19 at 10:02