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When Michael Moore hosted the program "The Awful Truth," he learned of a man - 34 year old Diabetic Chris Donahue - who was going to die because he needed a pancreas and could afford neither the organ nor the operation.

This individual's health insurance provider - Humana - was supposed to pay for the operation, but had, illegally, declined.

If the insured had sued the insurance company he would have, no doubt, died before the case could have gone to trial.

Michael Moore staged a "funeral" outside of Humana's offices, which included having a coffin and flowers set up out on the sidewalk and conducting a "service" which was filmed.

Three days later Humana relented and the procedure was authorized.

Michael Moore saved that man's life.

What life have you saved today?

Probably as many as I: zero.

While it's important to point out bad policies that victimize the powerless, or point out the lack of humanity in waging an unneeded war, simply complaining about how people annoy us - while it may be in vogue - is unlikely to be helpful to anyone.

Still, why be grateful for all the good fortune in our lives when it's so much more fun to throw stones at anyone who enters our radar?

If well-meaning people can attract scorn, imagine if we - the discontented bloggers of the first world - lived in Dafur and were being hunted down and brutalized by rapists and murderers. Imagine how scathing our comments about them would be -if we survived.


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does any one know who his personal influences are (historical or literary as well)?

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  • Hugh Maclean: Ben Jonson and the cavalier poets;: Authoritative texts, criticism (A Norton critical edition)
    My love for the Norton Critical Edition knows no bounds of decorum, what with the footnotes handily dangling at the bottom of the page, the effective but not-excessive use of white space and the pages and pages of charming formalist criticism handily excerpted for one's edifying pleasure, and this fine specimen is not only crammed with the verses of Carew and Herrick and Shirley and Waller and Suckling, but the Benniest of Bens himself. Aaaaaah.
  • Margaret Atwood: Strange Things : The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature  (Clarendon Lectures in English Literature)

    Margaret Atwood: Strange Things : The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature (Clarendon Lectures in English Literature)
    Right to the frosty tips of my Maritime 'burg nestles the omnipresent appreciation of all things Canadian - lest not forget, 'natch, that this is Lower Canada, first founded, settled by those who settled and therefore most appropriate dwelling-place for some serious CanLitticism on a chilly eve - a hunger best feasted with the reigning Empress of post-Dominion Culture, here her own splendid Wendigo-fed self most engaging with a bemused discussion of the particular neuroses provoked by our frozen mythoscape that are so lovingly delineated by myriad earnest PhD dissertations from sea to sea to sea.

  • Candace Savage: Crows : Encounters with the Wise Guys

    Candace Savage: Crows : Encounters with the Wise Guys
    Seduced by the caw of the wild that blankets the UNB campus with a murderous cacophany of harbingers of death at the same time every fall, I put this on my Chrismas list hoping for some new insight into these amazing creatures that mimic human speech and modified tool use - instead, I found surprizingly mediocre musings on evolutionary biology from an unqualified, underresearching hack writer made bearable only by a bevy of lovely photographs and images of our witty black-feathered bretheren.

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