Thursday Links

  • This, from George Saunders, is fantastic advice: “Do all the other things, the ambitious things – travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes, swim naked in wild jungle rivers (after first having it tested for monkey poop) – but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness”
  • As usual, Jon Cohn makes some great points about how Affordable Care Act implementation may play out. Basically, in order for premiums to stay relatively low, young people – who are generally comparatively healthy – will need to purchase insurance. He lists reasons why, all of which I find compelling
  • Great reporting on the importance of an elaborate (read: expensive) funeral ceremony in Ghanian culture. This isn’t fundamentally different than any major ceremony in America, of course (see: weddings)
  • Why is there no male pill? One reason is that there just isn’t money in it for pharmaceutical companies. An interesting thought, though: let’s say that one magically appeared, though – what would that do to the incidence of STIs?

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