Morning! Just five more days until a three day weekend!
- Anna Reisman writes in Slate’s XX blog that some OB-GYN’s are refusing to treat obese patients due to the costs for buying equipment to support overweight patients. The worse part- it’s not illegal.
- Public Policy Polling reports that people really do not want cuts to Social Security, and that any politician (regardless of party) faces a certain electoral ass-whupping come 2012.
- The Financial Times (via Slate) tells the story of introducing a foreign food to the Chinese that is seen as completely disgusting; cheese. The best line: [the cheese] “smells like Russians”.
- This is might be 12 years old, but this podcast from This American Life discussing federal drug sentencing guidelines is extremely interesting (especially given the fact that NOTHING has changed on this topic since 1999).
- The LAPD has arrested a suspect from the beating of Brian Stow, the Giants fan who was almost beaten to death on opening day at Dodger Stadium. Everyone is focusing on the stupidity of sports allegiances in provoking the assault, and not enough fault has been assigned to Frank McCourt for scamming his way into the ownership of the Dodgers, and then shorting important things like safety.
- Nick Kristof has another fun quiz on Religion and Sex.
- A elderly lady who survived the Tuscaloosa Tornado was reunited with her missing cat while she was being interviewed on TV.
- The cover story from New York Magazine details a fantastic article concerning Roger Ailes (who the author calls the “head of the Republican Party”) and his failure to both contain his savior from the Obama era, Glenn Beck, and his continuing problems in courting a sane GOP candidate for 2012. Also, everybody hates Sean Hannity.
- Over at Salon, Sarah Ruden writes about the role that Christian Aid workers must play in bringing effective birth control to Africa before overpopulation destroys the fragile developing family economies.
- Matthew Yglesias points out that hotel maid who has accused the former head of the IMF of sexually assaulted her probably would not have felt secure in pressing charges if she did not belong to a Union that protects her from retaliatory firing.
Have a great Monday!