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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Lunch Break

By Ezra Klein

A big part of the reason that Rep. Giffords is still alive, and that there is some hope of some sort of recovery, is the remarkable work that neurosurgeons are capable of doing these days. It's also a tribute to the remarkable qualities of the brain, which we've learned has the capacity to repair and rewire itself in ways that border on the miraculous. This video touches on both:

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 12:10 PM ET
 
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Ezra,

I'm often impressed by the TED talks. One question, though: how do you force yourself to take the time to watch these?

My attention span has steadily decreased in recent years, and I find 20-minute online videos tough to psych myself up to watch.

Posted by: Joey-K | January 10, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Ezra and the lefties:

How do you feel about Sheldon Silver bullying the great Democrat Andrew Cuomo into extending rent controls?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/nyregion/10taxcap.html?src=mv


But in what will very likely be one of the defining legislative battles of the year, Assembly leaders are indicating they want something else for their mostly urban constituents: stricter rent regulations for New York City, a measure strongly opposed by Republicans and the real estate interests that helped Mr. Cuomo capture the governor’s office in November.

Posted by: krazen1211 | January 10, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

For Giffords, isn't the repair and rewire part still a bit down the line? I very much hope she gets there, but surely right now her survival is a credit to her doctors and hospital staff, the very admirably self possessed aide who cared for her in the immediate aftermath, and the nature of the wound.

Posted by: bdballard | January 10, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

One wonders if those in the Tea Party who pine for "smaller government" have given thought to the eventual diminution in the very infrastructure of life-saving that has performed so well in this instance: less opportunity in medical schools, fewer "Life Flight" helicopters, perhaps even a House of Representatives with District office budgets so small that something like "Congress on your Corner" would itself be unaffordable.

Posted by: pholstein | January 10, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Is this a joke? Ezra spends all his time railing about how doctors are overpaid and dont really contribute all that much. Furthermore he goes into diatribes about how doctors can easily be replaced by nurses at 1/4th the cost?

So which is it Ezra? Which nurse do you want operating on your brain?

Posted by: platon201 | January 11, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Is this a joke? Ezra spends all his time railing about how doctors are overpaid and dont really contribute all that much. Furthermore he goes into diatribes about how doctors can easily be replaced by nurses at 1/4th the cost?

So which is it Ezra? Which nurse do you want operating on your brain?

Posted by: platon201 | January 11, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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