Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday links

- Not that I ever feel on edge, but just in case maybe I should be mowing the lawn every day: "Feeling stressed? Then go mow the lawn, claims research":
Researchers have discovered that a chemical released by a mown lawn makes people feel happy and relaxed, and could prevent mental decline in old age.

They claim it works directly on the brain, in particular the emotional and memory parts known as the amygdala and the hippocampus.
I could have saved them a lot of money and time long ago when I have blogged about how great it feels to finish mowing my lawn and relish a green Valfrey Estate.

- Another great moment in government-controlled health care:
A Montreal man, bed-ridden with acute appendicitis, waited six hours for an ambulance Thursday after calling 911 four times, raising concerns the city's emergency-response service is putting patients at risk. ...

A committee was set up to address the problem in 2008, he said, but fell apart this year when the union and management couldn't agree how to spend $500,000 set aside by the previous health minister.

"We have lots of equipment and ambulances but not enough personnel," Leclerc said. "People take the job, work for one or two years and then quit after seeing the work conditions, the psychological stress and the low salaries." ...

- While the Obamedia labels Ted Kennedy a "Happy Warrior" and all kinds of gooey mess about how lovable he was, don't forget how he contributed to the increasingly negative political discourse with this speech in the Senate against Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987:
"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is -- and is often the only -- protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy... President Reagan is still our president. But he should not be able to reach out from the muck of Irangate, reach into the muck of Watergate and impose his reactionary vision of the Constitution on the Supreme Court and the next generation of Americans. No justice would be better than this injustice."
Kennedy began such a ferocious attack on Reagan's nominee from the Left that "Borked" became a verb.

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