Since I had the pleasure today of reading a diatribe by someone insisting that health is not a human right, and that health care reform would impinge on the rights of Americans to keep their money, I present to you a document for which I (and probably every other public health nerd) have the greatest respect, the constitution of the World Health Organization. A snippet:
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being andPerhaps one needs to really be sick once or twice before realizing that someone telling you that "it is not your right to get better" (if possible) is pretty cruel. I sure as hell wouldn't be here without the proper health care, would you?
not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the
fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race,
religion, political belief, economic or social condition.
The health of all peoples is fundamental to the attainment of peace and
security and is dependent upon the fullest co-operation of individuals
The achievement of any State in the promotion and protection of health
is of value to all.
On the same topic, Jentry posted a very well-written post about health care in Germany, if you're interested. I'm always going around about how great it is, but yet people seem to think there is no solution to the problems of the US. Why not? This system works really well. Well, it may have a flaw or two, but what's that compared with the flaws of the current American system?
Ever check out oddee.com? There are some fun lists of 10 this and 10 that!
Some funny stuff I starred in Reader recently:
Why I Became a Professor - For all the poor saps who still think academics pay.
A recent post from Dr. Grumpy's blog
Toothpaste for Dinner: Vegetarian Weekend
What Women Hear and How Often They Believe It
Men and Women Have Totally Different Criteria for Attractiveness
Five Atrocious Science Cliches to Throw Down a Black Hole
Results of Searching YouTube for my Favorite Song
PhD Comics: Nature vs. Science
PhD Comics: Great Tweets of Science - Among the best, for those who don't want to click: "watson @crick It's a double helix! sck it, @pauling !!!!! 5:15 PM Feb 28th 1953 from TweaglePub.com"
Just interesting stuff:
Where American TV Broadcasts Are in Space Now
Euro Like Me rants about disrespect for 70s music
Nude playtime for German babies
From German Joys: Differences between universities in the US and Germany - Love this one. I was complaining about some uni-related thing here and a coworker asked me, "Is it really so different in the US?" Emphatic yes.
That is enough for now, I could do this all day. I have a compulsion to collect links. :/