A reader pointed me to this unbelievably comprehensive list of health policy/health care internships and fellowships compiled by Kaiser. So if you're looking for an enriching experience (or perhaps some resume padding) this is the place to go.
I'm sorry I'm majorly slacking today. I couldn't sleep last night, so I got up a bit later than usual, then I had a conference call with an unnamed Governor, followed by completing an application for a job at Kaiser!
So it's been a busy afternoon. All good stuff except for the not being able to sleep thing. Regular posting will now resume.
I, for one, am having a fabulous time watching the Olympics. Never in my life have I wanted to go to the gym more and pump some major iron. I think the whole frustration with crutches thing is exacerbated by watching all these health people running around using their enormous thigh muscles.
But my favorite is watching all the weird winter sports that have somehow survived. Curling -- what the hell? I watch it because it's so strange! Skeleton scares the crap out of me -- I wonder how many people have died or sustained spinal cord injuries from hurling themselves down a track at 70 miles an hour head first.
The only thing I don't like is Mr. Bowtie Tucker Carlson being MSNBC's day host. He annoys me to no end. Down with Bowtie!
You know that famous movie, where's like this girl, and she has, like red shoes? And she has this mantra: there's no place like home? Well, some people seem to be a little confused about what, exactly, home is.
Imagine sitting across from a man who could be our newest Supreme Court justice, asking him questions, and knowing that the future of women's health is on the line — and that you could cast the deciding vote.
That's exactly where your senator will be on Monday, as the Senate considers whether ultraconservative Judge Samuel Alito should sit on the Supreme Court. Senator Sam Brownback is a key vote on the committee holding the hearings, and this is your last chance to make a huge difference as a Kansas resident before the hearings begin on Monday.
Urge Senator Brownback to vote against Judge Alito when the Judiciary Committee votes on his nomination.
That's my email from Planned Parenthood today.
I'm sorry, PP, but have you ever heard of Sam Brownback? Do you have any idea at all who he is? I'll give you a clue -- he didn't support the Miers nomination, but he's not a Democrat. Give up?
He's a first-rate anti-abortion wingnut. It doesn't matter how many Kansas women write letters asking him to reject Alito's nomination because he's anti-choice. He could receive 100 million (hah! 100 million pro-choice Kansans, that'll be the day...) -- and he'd still vote for him. President Bush could make a personal phone call urging Brownback to reject his nominee -- and he'd still be casting that vote.
While Planned Parenthood does some great work, I think they'd be better off spending their resources on things that don't involve letter writing campaigns to Sam Brownback. That's just a waste of trees.
The Washington Post has a great piece on weird news from 2005. My parents would read the weird news from the Kansas City Star to me and my sister after dinner, so I'm going to pass on the tradition electronically with a sampling of my favorites:
CROOKS WITH MONEY MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS (I) Police in Twin Falls, Idaho, confiscated almost $1 billion in counterfeit money in a scheme doomed from the start because all the bills were in the nonexistent denomination of $1 million. A Lafayette, Ind., counterfeiter did better with his bogus $100 bills, known as "Benjamins" (for Benjamin Franklin, whose likeness appears on the front). His mistake: The watermark, when held up to the light, showed Abe Lincoln's face -- apparently the result of using a $5 bill as a model. (Otherwise, said police investigator Jeff Rooze, the fakes were excellent. Police charged 22-year-old Earl H. Devine with four counts of forgery and four counts of theft.)
--Twin Falls News-Times, Oct. 8; Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.), Aug. 11
BLING 1, MATERNAL INSTINCT 0 Firefighters in Stamford, Conn., had to break a car window, against the owner's wishes, to rescue her 23-month-old son, whom she had accidentally locked inside along with the key. According to police reports and a 911 tape, the kid had been sweltering for more than 20 minutes on an 88-degree July day when Susan Guita Silverstein, 42 (who was later charged with reckless endangerment), asked firefighters to wait until she went home to get a spare key so they wouldn't have to damage her Audi A4.
--Stamford Advocate, July 26
DO I LOSE MY PLACE IN LINE? As a registered sex offender in California, James Andrew Crawford was required to notify authorities if he adopted a new "domicile" for more than five days. He was arrested in May for noncompliance after he camped out for two weeks in a theater line waiting for "Star Wars: Episode III" to open.
--North County (Escondido, Calif.) Times, May 19
LAWYERS UNFAMILIAR WITH THEIR OWN CLIENT In court papers filed in 1994 but which only this year drew public attention, lawyers zealously representing the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., offered an unusual countercharge to a child-support claim against Father Arturo Uribe: that the mother herself was negligent because she had engaged in "unprotected intercourse." The lawyers did not explain how this defense squares with Roman Catholic doctrine, which regards birth control as a sin.
--Los Angeles Times, July 24, Aug. 3
Good stuff. Head over to the original if you want more --
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you're enjoying beautiful presents, delicious food (especially those Christmas cookies), and wildly gesticulating drunk uncles. But most of all, I hope you're healthy. Take care of yourself, folks, and come back Monday for more Healthy Policy! I'll be blogging through the break, (not like I've got much else to do these days considering my invalid status) so keep coming by. I'm even going to mix it up a little on the content, thus further entrenching my must-read status.
I'd also like to renew my call for introductions via email. Some great people responded to the last summons -- it appears the rest of you just need some prodding. I love knowing who's coming by, so feel free to let me in on your blog trolling tendencies: ksteadmanATgmailDOTcom. (Especially you women folk -- I haven't had a single girl email me! What's the deal ladies?)
Hey folks. As you know, or at least would know if you'd been paying attention, Kate's gonna be laid out this week with a truly nasty knee surgery. That's not to say there are many kind and gentle moments under the scalpel, but she's having no fun. I promised her I'd provide content while she enjoyed the fine hospital hospitality -- but I'm going to aim for a bit more than that. During the next three days, I'm going to conduct a bit of a fundraiser over here. The way it'll work is simple: I'll keep bugging you for money, and, at the end, assuming you've donated some of it, it'll purchase a nice Amazon gift certificate to carry Kate through her recuperation. She's got three total months of recovery and at least a little while of effective immobility to look forward to -- and how much awesomer do you think those months will be if she can buy herself all manner of books, dvds, and music? And how terrific will you feel for being a part of it?
Yeah, that's right.
So I've tacked a PayPal button below -- use it. If there's demand for an Amazon tip system, I'll start one of those accounts, too. In the meantime, I'll also put up some actual content, in addition to increasingly plaintive pleas to help the cause. Cause Kate. And c'mon, look at that face, how could you not want to help!?
Unless you're a bad person. In which case it all makes sense now. But you're not a bad person, are you?