“Pain, it appears, is distributed with a kind of inequality distinct from the other inequalities in American health care—one with its own contours, its own logic, and its own disturbing history. And because chronic pain, in particular, often lacks a discrete location in the body, it leaves both diagnosis and treatment almost completely up to a doctor’s own judgment, which brings in a range of subtle prejudices that psychologists and other scholars are only beginning to understand.”—I don’t feel your pain - Ideas - The Boston Globe (via oupacademic)
“An early draft of the [post-Civil War] 13th Amendment, stating that ‘all persons are equal before the law,’ was modified when it was pointed out that such language would mean that ‘a wife would be equal to her husband and as free as her husband before the law’”—
Thomas Bender, A Nation Among Nations, page 165
ladies and gentlefolk, i give you the great land of liberty
Thursday night’s pre-game show before the Ravens-Steelers match-up was probably the best example thus far of how much the Ray Rice video has impacted the culture around the NFL. At the end of the half-hour show—which featured a live news update on the Rice situation, complete with an airing of…
“…it’s epic in its scale, yet domestic in its tragedy. I think that’s what Russell does so brilliantly, and what Doctor Who does so brilliantly, actually. The whole universe can be under threat, the stakes can be as high as it’s possible for stakes to be, and the Dalek plot ends with the biggest of all bangs…but then that’s followed by a scene in a living room, as scene that’s about loss and heartbreak and missed opportunities.”—
David Tennant on the final Donna/Doctor scene in Journey’s End (DWM 398)
Yes, rape is usually a tragedy, loss, and heartbreak. Because that’s exactly what the finale with Donna was about.
Ten’s mindrape of Donna was such a Who-ruiner for me, I can’t even tell you.
“(Ford’s second choice for vice president) had been George Herbert Walker Bush, but as Jules Witcover of the Washington Star noted, “Everyone knowledgeable in Republican politics considered Bush incompetent to be President.””—
“Looking back on past events is what all archivists do every day. It was never more frustrating to be unable to change that history than it was when I was processing these [the 9/11 Commission] records.”—Check out this amazing post on processing the records of the 9/11 Commission from one of our archivists, Kristen Wilhelm, that is featured on the National Archives’ Prologue blog. (via congressarchives)