Wright is being diplomatic, but the study has major political implications—it pokes holes in the accepted wisdom that all kinds of patriotism leads to personal satisfaction. It turns out that the more inclusive you are, the happier you’ll be. Civil pride lends itself to inclusive politics. It implies a respect for a country’s laws and systems, which theoretically includes minorities and immigrants. Bigotry, on the other hand, won’t earn you any friends, and it won’t make you any less miserable, either


I’ve had depression for many years. It was OK but started creeping back. I finally got on Medicaid, went to a doctor and got on anti-depressants so I could function normally again.

I thought everything was going to be alright.

Today I got a letter saying the anti-depressant I was prescribed isn’t on the list of “approved” medications by the company that provides my Medicaid benefits.

So I have to get placed on something else, which may or may not work as well as the one I am on. Or I have to pay out of pocket for it. My parents would help, but that’s an expense they shouldn’t have to cover.

I can’t go off meds. I just got to a point where I feel like a human being again.

Privatized, for-profit health insurance does NOT work. When there is money to be made, care will always suffer.

My doctor should be the one deciding what pills I take, not some office drone at an insurance company.

I am the 99%, and I am sick and tired of the American healthcare system.

AMY GOODMAN: In your 800 clinics of Planned Parenthood, how much of the work is around abortion? What is the array of services that you provide?
CECILE RICHARDS: Less than 10 percent of our services are related to abortion. In fact, 90 percent, more than 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s care is preventive care. We do—we provide birth control to about two-and-a-half million people every year. We do almost a million cancer screenings for breast exams, as well as cervical cancer screenings. We’re now one of the largest providers of STD testing and treatment in the country.
And for so many women who come to Planned Parenthood, like other family planning clinics, we are their only doctor. You know, the vast majority of women who come to Planned Parenthood, it will be the only doctor they see all year. And so, I think one of the most damaging things about what’s being proposed by the Republican leadership right now in Congress is it would basically take away healthcare for three million people who currently have it.

 democracynow.org via cuds.:

 Important information on the work of Planned Parenthood. 

While the reaction was entirely predictable, it should be resisted. Not to cover up or deny that sexual violence is a very real problem in Egypt, which is notorious for its high levels of street harassment, but because it’s wrong to blame Egypt for this and pretend that it isn’t a worldwide phenomenon that crosses cultural and religious boundaries. If street harassment and sexual assault in a culture precludes the people having a right to self-government, then there is no nation on the planet that can be a democracy. In her otherwise good response to this tragedy, the Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri does regrettably also give the “us v them” narrative some juice, arguing that in the United States, unlike Egypt, women can walk the streets “unmolested”. But the very website she uses correctly to identify the problem of street harassment in Egypt also has studies that show up to 100% of American women suffer street harassment, as well. It’s not uncommon in the US for groups of men to take jubilatory occasions and crowds as permission to sexually assault and rape women, either. Such attacks occur at college parties, high school dances and rock concerts, usually with a crowd of onlookers who don’t intervene, as happened with Logan until the army and a group of women saved her. The response from some quarters in the US should quell any notion that we’ve somehow grown past our issues with sexual violence that still plague Egypt.

Adding insult to Lara Logan’s injury | Amanda Marcotte | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Excellent article by Amanda Marcotte on the sexual assault on CBS reporter Lara Logan, the (US) reaction to the assault and rape culture in general. 

It’s true that the 11 p.m. broadcast of “The Daily Show” (which runs Monday through Thursday) plays to a relatively modest crowd – an average of just 1.8 million viewers a night thus far in October. But that doesn’t count four daily repeats on Comedy Central, which nearly double the program’s daily audience to 3.5 million. This means Stewart has roughly the same number of viewers as “Nightline,” David Letterman or Jay Leno, and a bigger audience than any show on the cable news networks except “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News Channel. Add in the untold millions who see “DS” clips embedded on Facebook pages, blogs and Web sites, or read about him in the mainstream media (media types love yakking about “The Daily Show”), and you’ve got a cultural force that transcends mere “basic cable.”

“He is mobilizing people like Glenn Beck does, but I suspect his cultural influence surpasses Beck’s,” says Geoffrey Baym, a media studies professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, who wrote one of the first scholarly studies of “The Daily Show” in 2005. “[Beck] has a narrow but very committed audience whereas Stewart resonates much wider with people who are fed up with the polemical aspects” of national affairs. “He’s reaching a watershed moment.”

Just who does Jon Stewart think he is?

Well, isn’t that good news.