Map of Countries that provide Universal Health Care

Orange = Nations with some type of universal health care system
Yellow = Nations attempting to obtain universal health care
Brown = Health care coverage provided by the United States war funding
Gray = Nations with no universal health care

(Map of Countries That Provide Universal Health Care)

The Atlantic:

What’s astonishing is how cleanly the (orange) and grey separate the developed nations from the developing, almost categorically. Nearly the entire developed world is colored, from Europe to the Asian powerhouses to South America’s southern cone to the Anglophone states of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

The only developed outliers are a few still-troubled Balkan states, the Soviet-style autocracy of Belarus, and the U.S. of A., the richest nation in the world.

Five Years Ago Today…

…I was standing outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City, reporting on the iPhone launch for Macworld magazine with my (now divorced from) wife. We’d been in line for almost 24 hours – number 65 and 66. The line itself wasn’t particular exciting but, as we got closer and closer to the actual sale time, we all got more and more excited about the “JesusPhone”. It was a surreal experience – news media from around the world were interviewing people about a product they had never held yet they were still willing to stand in line to give Apple $600. A large percentage of the 64 people in front of us were there for either the experience or simply to get on TV – a sad by-product of our “fame based” celebrity focused culture.

The excitement grew as the doors opened and small groups were ushered into the store by a double line of Apple employees enthusiastically applauding us – why? For the stamina of sleeping out on the NYC streets for 24+ hours? Because we were early adopters? Or because it made for good B roll for the nightly news?

Regardless, it was fun going down those stairs, high fiving employees. My wife, being the MacMac she is, was much more excited than I was about the experience but I still enjoyed it. As we came out of the store, there were still media who hadn’t gotten an interview and they asked us if we wanted to be. I’m jaded and cynical so I had no interest but I pointed them to my cute little wife and she was happy to oblige. Her brief interview actually made it to Good Morning America the next day.

It was a fun experience – made easier by the fact I was getting paid enough to cover the costs of the iPhones – but not one I’ve repeated for any subsequent launches. I’m not a line standing kind of guy but to be honest, no other launch, not even the original iPad, came even close to the excitement that iPhone brought, not just to the Mac or technology world, but to (seemingly) all of Western Civilization.

I was also lucky enough to be at the iPhone announcement during Macworld Expo the previous January. CNET has reposted their video of the announcement.

I'm Sorry America – some of Your Citizens are frighteningly Stupid

I’m sorry America – some of your citizens are frighteningly stupid and are making the case for retroactive abortions…

They also have no clue how Canada works…

Not surprisingly, Henry Blodget completely misses the point…

If you are paying any attention to Twitter at all this morning, you may have seen this story:

In Rush to be First, CNN, FOX, Huffington Post and TIME get Supreme Court Story exactly Wrong

pop up. It’s a huge embarrassment for those organizations and a stinging indictment of Internet Journalism’s (seeming) mantra of “Get it first, get it right later”.

Henry Blodget of BusinessInsider posted this on Twitter:

Sorry Henry – you’re dead wrong on this.

We rely on the media to give us good, accurate, timely information. This is especially true with the speed of data today. This is a huge, important story. But rather than treating it with the gravitas it deserves, CNN, FOX, Huffington Post and TIME (among others) felt the need to get the “scoop” (on a story everyone was covering) and post without regard to accuracy or fact checking.

Maybe it was a mistake by an intern or a producer (unlikely given it would mean four of them made the same mistake at the same time). Blodget says, “Someone will probably get fired”. Perhaps at least four someones. But while this may be a “simple” mistake, it’s indicative of a much larger, more insidious problem.

So for Blodget to whine that Twitter should just “get over it” shows he doesn’t understand the problem. And, as BusinessInsider has shown many times in the past, they are actually part of the problem. So it’s unsurprising Blodget can’t see the forest for the trees on this one.

Warren Adler may have missed the "Newsroom" Point

Full disclosure: I’ve been a huge fan of everything Aaron Sorkin has done (with the exception of The Social Network – no interest) and love his writing style, even more so when it is bombastic and over the top. But not everyone does and Sorkin’s new show, “The Newsroom”, has taken body blows from some critics. Warren Adler is one of them with his well written article about the show.

While I take several issues with the column, this caught my eye:

What makes me wonder about the integrity of Mr. McAvoy’s character is why portray him as an angry America hater from the get go? I kept wondering how he even became an anchor with such a profound distaste for his country. I mean, he really hates America.

I think Mr Adler missed the point on this. In watching the show and the scene in particular Adler refers to, I didn’t get the impression that Jeff Daniels’ character, Will McAvoy, “hates America”. I got the impression that he loves his country but is sad and disillusioned at the (slow?) decline from what he perceives as the glory days, at least as far as journalism is concerned.

But Adler brings up a point of discussion I’ve had many times. As a native born Canadian, I love my home country. But I also love America. But loving either doesn’t mean they are above criticism. Critiquing a thing doesn’t mean you hate it. Sometimes, it means you love it so much, you want it to be even better.
Warren Adler may have missed the “Newsroom” Point