Joaquin Phoenix’s Academy Awards speech

Thanks to Dr. Mani for suggesting this.

I have been a scoundrel all my life, I’ve been selfish. I’ve been cruel at times, hard to work with, and I’m grateful that so many of you in this room have given me a second chance. I think that’s when we’re at our best: when we support each other. Not when we cancel each other out for our past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow. When we educate each other; when we guide each other to redemption.

Joaquin Phoenix

What if I told you…there is no swing voter who’ll determine the election?

Bitecofer’s view of the electorate is driven, in part, by a new way to think about why Americans vote the way they do. She counts as an intellectual mentor Alan Abramowitz, a professor of political science at Emory University who popularized the concept of “negative partisanship,” the idea that voters are more motivated to defeat the other side than by any particular policy goals.

In a piece explaining his work in POLITICO Magazine, Abramowitz wrote: “Over the past few decades, American politics has become like a bitter sports rivalry, in which the parties hang together mainly out of sheer hatred of the other team, rather than a shared sense of purpose. Republicans might not love the president, but they absolutely loathe his Democratic adversaries. And it’s also true of Democrats, who might be consumed by their internal feuds over foreign policy and the proper role of government were it not for Trump.”

David Freedlander writing for Politico

I’d never heard of Japp before, but their commercials made me laugh:

Thanks to Willie Crawford for the laugh.

The real story about the 8 year old Afghan girl whose picture became world-famous

Afghan girl
‘Afghan Girl’ at a Steve McCurry exhibition in the Old Town Hall, Prague. Credit: elPadawan/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

How the US Health System was created

Suddenly, says economic historian Melissa Thomasson, “hospitals are marketing themselves as places to have babies.” The professor at the Miami University in Ohio says that in the early part of the 20th century, hospitals were able to focus on happy outcomes.

Health care became much more effective, and much more expensive. Clean hospitals, educated doctors and real pharmacological research cost money. People proved willing to pay for care when they were really sick, but it wasn’t yet common to go for checkups or survivable illnesses.

By the late 1920s, hospitals noticed most of their beds were going empty every night. They wanted to get people who weren’t deathly ill to start coming in.

All Things Considered

Breakthrough in cancer research

“There’s a chance here to treat every patient,” researcher Prof Andrew Sewell told the BBC.

He added: “Previously nobody believed this could be possible.

“It raises the prospect of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ cancer treatment, a single type of T-cell that could be capable of destroying many different types of cancers across the population.”

James Gallagher for BBC News

For Classic Sci-Fi Fans

I grew up reading my dad’s classic sci-fi. It’s still probably my very favorite genre.

Photo by Jim Harris

Then in July, 1939 John W. Campbell published his famous issue of Astounding Science Fiction, and what later old timers called The Golden Age of Science Fiction began. Much of what came out in hardcover from the legendary small press publishers, Gnome Press, Fantasy Press, Shasta, in the early 1950s, first appeared in the pulps in the 1940s. Few modern science fiction fans know about John W. Campbell and how he changed the direction of science fiction. He’s famous for discovering Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, among many others.

Jim Harris

Hair Love, the animated short that won the Oscars (and our hearts)

The GPS in your brain

The first pieces of the brain’s “inner GPS” started coming to light in 1970. In the laboratories of University College London, John O’Keefe and his student Jonathan Dostrovsky recorded the electrical activity of neurons in the hippocampus of freely moving rats. They found a group of neurons that increased their activity only when a rat found itself in a particular location.1 They called them “place cells.”

Adithya Rajagopalan writing for Nautilus

The Page I Visit (and Share) Every Feb. 14

Finally, if you don’t know Dr. Mani, let me be the one to introduce you. Dr. Mani is a heart surgeon in India who raises money and shares his skills for free to provide heart surgeries for children born with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). Dr. Mani’s Children Heart Foundation will provide the financing for heart surgery for families who might otherwise spend the rest of their lives trying to pay to keep their child alive.

Visit the page, read the stories of children who have been helped so far, and then please help promote this worthy charity.

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