Nichelle Nichols posted this photo, taken 29 February in the Oval Office, on Twitpic. It is self-explanatory.
This is Mr. Brinkman’s comment on the ongoing debate over President Obama’s Health Care Bill, which was signed into law about a year ago. I was first introduced to Baba Brinkman’s unique musical approach to promoting scientific thought by The Rachel Maddow Show. For more of this sort of thing go to Baba Brinkman.com.
Many thanks to President Barack Obama, who has been more supportive of LGBT rights than any other President.
People tend to assess risk poorly. As an example, more people feel the need to be protected against homicide, whether by terrorists or domestic criminals, than to be protected against heart disease and cancer. There are a whole lot of folks up in arms about being forced to purchase health care (eventually). Most of those people would support strong anti-terrorist and anti-crime legislation.
Here are some statistics:
In the US in 2007 1,178,942 people died from heart disease or cancer.
In that same year, there were 18,361 deaths by homicide (2/3 of those by gunshot).
One of the reasons that there are so few homicides is our preoccupation with defending against it, but even in the rougher neighborhoods of the industrialized world, heart disease and cancer far exceed violence as a cause of death.
So don’t worry so much about getting shot, or blown up by a mad bomber. Maybe be a little more concerned about your cholesterol count and the pesticides in your food. You’ll live longer.
This is a chart showing changes in the US unemployment rate over the years. Note the years 1980 and 2000.
The elections that got us Reagan in 80 and Bush in 00 both resulted in unemployment spikes.
Putting Republicans in office is not going to help.