Saturday, September 19, 2009

There is a connection somewhere

You’re exempt from the Sen. Baucus' health care reform bill if you are a member or a descendant of any of the 560 American Indian tribes recognized by the federal government. Native Americans have their own health care program, the Indian Health System. The U.S. health care system spends about $6,000 per American, IHS spends only $2,100. American Indians are less healthy on the whole than other Americans. And IHS, whose money sometimes dries up midyear, is chronically underfunded. Hence the oft-quoted aphorism, "Don't get sick after June."

The befuddled tramps in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot never get any closer to anywhere. But new research suggests the act of watching them actually does get us somewhere. Absurdist literature, it appears, stimulates our brains. After reading this, do you feel better?

Consider the germ. The single-cell bacterium is more complicated than you might thing. Highly social, the critter speaks two languages, can discern self from nonself and friend from foe, thrives in the company of others, spies on neighbors and commits fratricide. There’s more.

The samara is the winged fruit of certain trees, such as the maple. You've seen them wafting about, looking for sex. I have no idea if this is how the Good Samaritan got his name. So what?

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