Quick hits (part II)

1) Maybe all the sitting won’t kill you after all.  For now, I’m sticking with regular exercise and never trying to sit more than 30 minutes straight.

2)George Will on Bernie and inequality.  Will is such an idiot.  He’s on to me.  I’m against our massive inequality not because it is harmful to our society and spreads the fruits or American progress far too narrowly, but rather because I’m just plain envious.

Sanders focuses less on empathy for the poor than on stoking the discontent of those who are comfortable but envious. They will ultimately be discomfited by the fact that envy is the only one of the seven deadly sins that does not give the sinner even momentary pleasure. Fortunately, for most Americans, believing in equality simply means believing that everyone is at least as good as everyone else.

3) The case for getting football out of our universities.

4) Liked this take on the niqab from a Canadian Muslim woman.

5) Yes– we totally should have more traffic roundabouts.  They are awesome and Americans need to get over their fear.

6) Vox’s Andrew Prokop says maybe Bernie really did win the debate.  Of course, Prokop assumes that winning the debate is about doing the best among the audience actually watching.  As you know, I think that is actually a poor metric.

5) But many voters haven’t been following the race so closely. Beforehand, a third of Democrats said they didn’t yet know enough about Sanders to have an opinion on him. Even many of those who did know about him likely hadn’t been exposed to him all that much. So when Sanders makes the case at length for why he’s a democratic socialist, many of these voters might not have heard that before — and might like it.

7) Interesting interview with Aaron Sorkin on writing the Steve Jobs movie.  Not having seen the movie, it strikes me as a huge mistake to focus so much on Steve Jobs as a father.  It’s just not why he is an interesting and transformative figure

8) What happens to great on-line journalism when a website no longer exists?

9) When Back to the Future Part II hits the real 2015.

10) Ben Carson’s ignorance about anything other than brain surgery really is breathtaking.

11) What happens when men are photoshopped out of politics.

12) I’ve had to review a couple of manuscripts lately that use the Implicit Attitude Test.  You can try it yourself.  Despite my best efforts, I ended up moderately implicitly racist.

13) High deductible health plans sound great in theory.  In practice— not so much.

14) That whole thing with Alabama and drivers licence offices struck me as more complicated than liberal headlines were letting on.  And, yeah, not so much racism.

15) Love this Vox explainer on Denmark.  Personally, I had an awesome 3 days in Copenhagen back in 1989.

16) This piece in HuffPo on how we do such a poor job treating schizophrenia is fascinating.  Read it.

It will come as no surprise that one reason the United States lags so far behind the rest of the world is its deeply dysfunctional system for financing medical care in general, and mental health care in particular. In other countries, national health care systems have broad authority to set priorities and budgets. Officials can respond more quickly to emerging research and take a longer-term view of social investments because, unlike insurance companies, they don’t have shareholders to please…

There’s also a deeper problem at work. Too many people, including some mental health professionals, think of psychiatric disease as something fundamentally different from physical disease. And yet the more we learn about mental illness, the less meaningful that distinction appears. McGorry now believes that the model of screening, preventative care and aggressive early treatment could be used to reduce the incidence not only of schizophrenia, but of other mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disease.

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