Voices on the Street: The Employed and Unemployed in Barcelona
Further comments from Catalonia came in today, and, no, the news did not get any better overnight.
Orion, 27, EFL Teacher
"Banks like La Caixa, La Caixa Cataluña, etc. are struggling to fulfill even the modest role they play in the financial system compared to American banks, which means some very viable small businesses are going down the tubes. Spanish banks extend a line of credit to businesses to ease cash flow problems. These credit lines are fast being reduced because of the huge investment the banks made in the real estate and construction industries, investments which they are less and less likely to see positive returns on. Client complaints to La Caixa have risen 2000 percent in the last year.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
- But increased longevity is a cause for celebration, says Ashton Applewhite, not doom and gloom.
Some evidence attributes a certain neurological phenomenon to a near death experience.
- The research raises many ethical questions and puts to the test our current understanding of death.
What's dead may never die, it seems
The researchers did not hail from House Greyjoy — "What is dead may never die" — but came largely from the Yale School of Medicine. They connected 32 pig brains to a system called BrainEx. BrainEx is an artificial perfusion system — that is, a system that takes over the functions normally regulated by the organ. Think a dialysis machine for the mind. The pigs had been killed four hours earlier at a U.S. Department of Agriculture slaughterhouse; their brains completely removed from the skulls.
An ethical gray matter
The dilemma is unprecedented.
Setting new boundaries
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