Archive for July 14, 2007

Yes, Virginia, Racism Still Exists

July 14, 2007

I’m posting this because of a comment thread on Eric’s blog – there is a commenter who is under the impression that America stopped being overtly racist some time in the 1960s.

I beg to differ. These are all from a news story on the wedding of Tony Parker and Eva Longeria:

x1b78 06:04:56 PM Jul 07 2007

A wetback and a French jungle bunny what a pair

x1b78 03:10:19 PM Jul 07 2007

Is Eva technically a midget or a dwarf wetback?

x1b78 03:07:17 PM Jul 07 2007

Eva is a midget mexican she is the size of a Chihuahua. Parker will drink some Colt 45s after losing a basketball game and come home and beat her like a piniata

It goes on and on. I’ve excerpted from the excerpt at Firedoglake, where Pheonix Woman links to the two stories – on AOL and Yahoo – where the comments are originally from.

If America is over racism, where does this come from?

UPDATE: Just to be clear, there is more than one commenter; I just chose to excerpt the one person.


Market Forces Threaten to Trump Health (A Post for David)

July 14, 2007

From the NYT:

All three recovered after a single dose of Bexxar or Zevalin, both federally approved drugs for lymphoma. And all three can count themselves as lucky.

Other, more thoroughly tested lymphoma drugs are preferred as first-line treatments. But doctors often repeatedly prescribe such drugs even after they have lost their effectiveness — and when Bexxar and Zevalin might work better.

One reason is that cancer doctors, or oncologists, have financial incentives to use drugs other than Bexxar and Zevalin, which they are not paid to administer. In addition, using either drug usually requires oncologists to coordinate treatment with academic hospitals, whom the doctors may view as competitors.

It’s so obvious that the values and priorities of human health take a backseat to those of capitalism (excuse me, “the market”) in cases like this.

What’s still sort of surprising to me is how often doctors themselves don’t really fight it, or are convinced that decisions like those noted above are OK.