Read — 2013/06/19

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. N.S.A. Chief Says Surveillance Has Stopped Dozens of Plots“, by Charlie Savage (NY Times).
  2. Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders“, by Simon Romero (NY Times).
  3. A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease“, by Andrew Pollack (NY Times). Despite recommendations to the contrary by the Council on Science and Public Health — which argued that “the measure usually used to define obesity, the body mass index, is simplistic and flawed” — the American Medical Association now officially recognizes obesity as a disease, a move it hopes will cause “physicians [to take] obesity more seriously, counseling their patients about it”. Opponents of the move worry that the classification “could lead to more reliance on costly drugs and surgery rather than lifestyle changes”. One also might wonder what impact the new classification will have on the cost of health care and insurance.
  4. In Bulger’s Underworld, a ‘Judas Was the Worst’“, by Katharine Q. Seelye (NY Times). The rhetoric of “honor and loyalty” remind me of the discussion in Michael Sandel’s Justice lectures.
  5. A Health Maven’s Sweet Secret“, by Martha Rose Shulman (NY Times). In a guilt-free “confession”, Shulman reveals that, in addition to being a source de plaisir in its own right, “[p]astry making has also made me a more mindful cook”. Note to self: Check out recipes by Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sherry Yard.
  6. Humanities Committee Sounds an Alarm“, by Jennifer Schuessler (NY Times). A clarion call to value the humanities as a vital component of higher education, and a push for “a healthier balance of research and teaching”.