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1) Polarized America.

2) Is physics to blame for AT&T's crummy 3G service?

3) How much did Tiger Woods cost shareholders?

4) Reid to force a vote on the Transportation Security administrator.

5) Cato's Michael Cannon says that "anyone who thinks they'll be able to repeal ObamaCare is kidding themselves."

6) Is food the new rock-and-roll?

Recipe of the day: Roasted winter vegetables. Add some bagna cauda, pesto or some other dipping sauce and you've got dinner.

By Ezra Klein  |  December 29, 2009; 6:12 PM ET
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I don't the The Lemon Song is about actually squeezing lemons.

Posted by: jamusco | December 29, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

HCR will be hard to repeal since it's an unpopular Republican policy enacted by Democrats. The question is will it be improved or will it be Democrats' albatross for decades to come. If I were Dems I would be getting a Service Pack ready to pass through reconciliation at the next possible opportunity.

Posted by: bmull | December 29, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I think this paper, about cancers caused by CT scans, shows how dangerous our current health-care regime of over-treatment and over-testing is.

Posted by: jacobh | December 30, 2009 7:08 AM | Report abuse

for frequent travellers, arent there health concerns about full body scanning everytime one boards an airplane?
we are not pieces of luggage.
it doesnt seem natural or good for the body.
i think a few years after they implement it, there will be health concerns raised about it.
wait and see.

Posted by: jkaren | December 30, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

and another random comment...

self-check-outs instead of cashiers at stores.
i certainly understand the efficacy of this. it alleviates long lines and grumblers, and perhaps shopping is not supposed to be a zen exercise.
however, there is a social and human element to shopping and purchasing things.
exchanging a few words, having eye contact, are aspects of what a "market" or watering place is supposed to be about.

the automated check out voice wished me a happy holiday.
i thought that was strangely sad.
and then, we go through security at airports and receive our full body see if we are hostile and dangerous beings.
at some point, i think it is necessary to step back and look at the kind of world we are constructing here.
we are surely creating a radically different world in social terms now.
and then, i watched two little girls, inseparable from their wii game for an entire day....everchanging scenery in lollipop colors makes "real life" seem extraordinarily dull by comparison.
a simple walk outside by the same old pine trees with squirrels was boring to them by comparison. it was impossible to coax them away from the everchanging imaginal worlds on their wii game. they hardly interacted with one another.
it was as if they were "tripping."
it is just something to wonder about....
no wonder young people enjoy cooking.
it is still an active, sensory activity that people can share over fire and warmth.
somewhere in our souls, there is still that yearning.

Posted by: jkaren | December 30, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

and you just tweeted about facebook beating google on christmas day, and wondered if it reflected on the profound loneliness in america.
yesterday, you wrote that electronic books and "kindle" were the christmas best sellers.
our culture is becoming all about avoidance of real human contact.
in the past decades, where people started watching tvs in their own rooms, there was lamenting that it was pulling families apart....but now, the pursuits are even more solitary, even for young children.
even many young children now, seem to prefer their imaginal, solitary worlds to interaction.
and these are not creative worlds.
that seems so dangerous.
these worlds have already been planned out for them by other creative people.
our interactions are filtered through machines.
human beings are becoming the loneliest creatures on earth.
just observing other creatures on the block where i live; the black crows overhead, the squirrels, forever in one another's playful company and the omnipresent ant society, we are becoming becoming something very different.

Posted by: jkaren | December 30, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

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