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Main Reason for Americans' Relatively Poor Health? Inequality

03 April 2014 - 11:34 AM


If the culprit of the decline in health is not health care, are individual health-related behaviors, often blamed for the high death rates in some groups, causing our low ranking in health? Apparently not. Americans smoke less than both men and women in the healthier countries, so tobacco, though important, is not a significant cause for our higher mortality. Diet and other similar individual behaviors prevalent in the United States also don’t account for our health disadvantage compared to other rich nations. When asked to identify solutions to our poor health status as a nation, many respond that we need more education. Many see education as the solution to a wide range of problems. But on average the U.S. population has more years of schooling than in any other country in the world. And while we spend a great deal of money on education, we don’t get much bang for those bucks.
There is growing evidence that the factor most responsible for the relatively poor health in the United States is the vast and rising inequality in wealth and income that we not only tolerate, but resist changing. Inequality is the central element, the upstream cause of the social disadvantage described in the IOM report. A political system that fosters inequality limits the attainment of health.


The claim that economic inequality is a major reason for our poor health requires that several standard criteria for claiming causality are satisfied: the results are confirmed by many different studies by different investigators over different time periods; there is a dose-response relationship, meaning more inequality leads to worse health; no other contending explanation is posited; and the relationship is biologically plausible, with likely mechanisms through which inequality works. The field of study called stress biology of social comparisons is one such way inequality acts.




The idea that income inequality leads to general poor health outcomes is brought to you by a Water is Wet grant from the No Sh*t, Sherlock Foundation, but I'm sure conservative blowhards will come into this thread with the "Poor people just don't work hard/Black people don't value education" bs like always.


An Under The Radar OT Prospect

02 April 2014 - 04:30 PM



So who is this mystery man? Duvernay-Tardif — who goes by "Larry" — came to McGill as a 253-pound defensive lineman as a freshman before being switched over to the offensive side. Since then, he has settled in at left tackle and become a dominant force. First, CFL teams started paying notice, but now the NFL is all over him, too.


Nine NFL teams watched Duvernay-Tardif at a private workout on Thursday and saw a 6-foot-5, 298-pound player turn in 40-yard dash times of 4.94 to 5.08 seconds, post 34 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, turn in a 4.59-second shuttle time and broad jump 9 feet, 6 inches. The teams attending — Philadelphia EaglesSan Francisco 49ersBuffalo BillsChicago BearsOakland RaidersGreen Bay PackersNew York JetsKansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals — had to come away impressed. 


Those workout numbers would have placed him among the top performers at the NFL scouting combine had Duvernay-Tardif been invited. Only Tennessee's Antonio Richardson (36 reps) did more on the bench among tackles. Only a handful of tackles, including projected first-rounders Greg Robinson of Auburn and Taylor Lewan of Michigan, ran faster 40s. The shuttle time would have been top five. Only Lewan had a better broad jump.


From McGill University.



Finally A Conservative Paradise On Earth

25 March 2014 - 09:12 PM

The attorney general, George Brandis, has declared “people have the right to be bigots” as he confirmed plans to remove sections of the Racial Discrimination Act while ensuring the laws were better able to deal with incitement to racial hatred.

“People have the right to be bigots you know,” Brandis said in answer to a question by the Indigenous Labor senator Nova Peris. “In this country people have rights to say things that other people find offensive or bigoted.

“There is no law that prohibits the incitement to racial hatred. When the government deals with this matter the law will be in a better position to deal with incitement to racial hatred.”


It's a long flight down there, g5.

"Job Creators" steal another $9 billion

23 March 2014 - 09:22 AM

In early 2005, as demand for Silicon Valley engineers began booming, Apple’s Steve Jobs sealed a secret and illegal pact with Google’s Eric Schmidt to artificially push their workers wages lower by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees, sharing wage scale information, and punishing violators. On February 27, 2005, Bill Campbell, a member of Apple’s board of directors and senior advisor to Google, emailed Jobs to confirm that Eric Schmidt “got directly involved and firmly stopped all efforts to recruit anyone from Apple.”

Later that year, Schmidt instructed his Sr VP for Business Operation Shona Brown to keep the pact a secret and only share information “verbally, since I don’t want to create a paper trail over which we can be sued later?”


I'm not revolutionary cause I want socialism. I'm revolutionary cause I want a real Free Market.

Snowden Live from SXSW

10 March 2014 - 11:02 AM



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