I just downloaded a recording and sound-editing software called Audacity. My brother recommended it to me; he has used it to do the sound-editing for some of his short films. I've messed around with the software for only a couple of hours so far, but I have to say that I'm impressed. Here's a little blues ditty that I recorded with nothing more than my guitar, my laptop, and a cruddy little webcam microphone.
So how much did this software cost you might ask. It's free? That's right...free.99 baby. How is it that a product that would've been traditionally cost a small chunk of change...can now be given away? Through the beauty of the phenomenon called "open-sourcing". I love it. Here's an interesting podcast about open-sourcing. Enjoy...
If the inequality of the American healthcare system is so appalling, then why is it not even more appalling that those in third World countries have even worse healthcare?
After all, if there's a moral mandate to fix inequality, then it applies across international borders. No American should receive any elective treatment until every human being in every country of the world receives the vital, lifesaving treatments that they need.
It seems to me that very few Americans who lobby for "universal healthcare" really mean that. What they really mean is "cheaper and better healthcare for me, for those I love, or for some nebulously defined 'underprivileged Americans'".
If we as a nation were really concerned about injustice, then we'd be doing something about the glaring global inequalities that are all around us.
Just an observation...
The random thoughts of a passionate moderate who is incurably addicted to music, practical philosophy, and learning new things.