"When are you going to avoid the needless deaths that were reported in this record?" Justice Sonia Sotomayor said at arguments on Tuesday. "When are you going to get around people sitting in their feces for days in a dazed state? When are you going to get to a point where you are going to deliver care that is going to be adequate?"
Google to launch comprehensive e-book venture.
Inventions: Time chats with the coders who created various famed Internet file-sharing stuff to see what’s happened with them; more interestingly, and longer: the economic perspective on inventions.
Will the EU change intellectual property rights to jack up the prices for AIDS drugs?
Hip-hop in The New Yorker: a review of Kanye West’s new album; and a broader consideration of hip-hop in general, centered around book reviews for Decoded and the contentious Anthology of Rap.
Senate passes food safety bill. For context on how overdue: “The House first approved the food-safety bill in July 2009.” Another reminder: if we were living on the House’s schedule, we’d have a lot more done by now.
CT scan use rising dramatically at E.R.s.
Did financial reform worsen pay situation at top financial firms?
WikiLeaks reaction. Fred Kaplan has a good piece, and Ezra Klein makes a point:
Assange isn't whistleblowing or leaking. Both of those are targeted acts focused on an identified wrongdoing or event. He's simply taking the private and making it public, with relatively little in the way of discrimination. If he's really effective, the likely outcome won't be that people know more, but that they know less, as major institutions -- both public and private -- will stop sharing their information so widely internally and stop writing so much of it down. That means decision-makers will know less, bureaucrats and managers will know less, reporters will know less, historians will know less, and so on. Assange may think his target is the U.S. government, or Goldman Sachs. But at the end of the day, there will still be governments and there will still be banks. What Assange is really doing is turning them against electronic text, file storage and large internal networks.In a fascinating essay looking at Assange’s essays and thoughts, one blogger argues that this is exactly the point.
What ideas are behind their time?
Obama to support an interesting corporate tax reform?