Yeah, you might have noticed that this theme has some… issues, and I’m not happy with it and keep switching it to themes that I inevitably like even less. Then I switch it back. *sigh*
So I’m still looking for a theme that screams XIANE without being a giant PAIN in the ASS. Also, I LIKE LARGE LETTERS OH HI.
In lieu of real Xiane updates, here’s some news that I think you should know about.
From Yahoo News [ap] – Obama: gay partners should have hospital access:
Hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid payments must let patients choose which persons, including gay and lesbian partners, can visit them and help make critical health decisions, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
With no fanfare, the White House on Thursday night released a statement by Obama instructing the Health and Human Services Department to draft rules requiring federally subsidized hospitals to grant all patients the right to designate people who can visit and consult with them at crucial moments.
The designated visitors should have the same rights that immediate family members now enjoy, Obama’s instructions said. It said Medicare-Medicaid hospitals, which include most of the nation’s facilities, may not deny visitation and consultation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Hell, YES. About frickin’ time!
[Jamie] Oliver, who spent a good part of the first episode harrumphing about the bureaucracy that was making it difficult for him to get done what he wanted, didn’t dedicate any time to talking about the fact that the US “federal government reimburses schools a paltry $2.68 for lunches and $1.46 for breakfasts (pdf) for children who qualify as long as the food meets specific guidelines,” nor that, as reported by Jan Poppendieck, author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America, “after school districts pay for labor, equipment, administration, transport, storage and other expenses, it leaves them with ‘somewhere between 85 cents and a dollar’ for the actual ingredients for lunches.”
Gee, that might have been a good tidbit to highlight. If, y’know, he was actually concerned about why USian kids aren’t eating fresh organic foods at lunch.
Of course, it’s way easier to appear to “fix” children being served pizza for breakfast than fix an institutional clusterfuck that demands school cafeterias serve up healthy grub for a buck a kid.
There’s a shit-ton more at Liss’ post, plus links that fill the whole story out and bring to light just how ill-advised and poorly researched Jaime Oliver’s show really was.
Anything you’ve read lately that made an impact with you? Share links in the comments!