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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Remember... 

...what I said about healthcare?

I'm still not sure I'm prepared to dive into this debate head-on. I know a little about it, but not enough to feel truly confident in proposing a comprehensive solution of any sort (except to say that we should be headed in the direction of full socialization).

But these are the types of data points that crop up.

Similar, in many ways, to the data points suggesting that despite the conventional wisdom, lawsuits are the cause of rising malpractice premiums.

Wal-Mart Piracy 

This is funny.

A Wal-Mart media relations person was kicked out of a screening of a new documentary critical of Wal-Mart for trying to record the movie with a cell phone.
The incident is the latest chapter in escalating public relations battle
between Wal-Mart and its critics. The retailer has set up a rapid response war
room in Arkansas to monitor its critics, and sent media specialists to Manhattan
as part of the effort.

Anybody notice a similarity between the Wal-Mart response to criticism and the Bush Administration's response to criticism?

Birds of a feather.

I think the response from the film's distributor is priceless:
Rick Jacobs, the chairman of Brave New Films, which is distributing the
film, said he was considering filing charges against Wal-Mart and the consultant
for attempted piracy. "You can't just go in and record a movie," Mr. Jacobs
said. "Wal-Mart should know. They are the largest seller of DVD's in the
country."

Nicely...

Vatican: Faithful Should Listen to Science 

My new favorite Cardinal - Cardinal Paul Poupard - tells Catholics that science is a good thing.

Part of his reasoning? He warns "that religion risks turning into "fundamentalism" if it ignores scientific reason."

He notes that it has to be a two-way street, however. "The faithful have the obligation to listen to that which secular modern science has to offer, just as we ask that knowledge of the faith be taken in consideration as an expert voice in humanity."

I think this is an exceptionally constructive statement from the Church. My gut instinct is to retort that science should not listen to the views of the religious, because they do not stem from reason, evidence, and inquiry, but from faith.

But perhaps that's because I'm a bit extreme in this debate. It's good to see one side reaching out. I wouldn't mind hearing a bit more of this from my side of this divide. Not capitulation, mind you, but the kind of gesture seen here from the Cardinal could open up more fruitful communication and serve both sides of the debate, and humanity at large, in the process.

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