University of California-San Francisco Medical Center begins phasing out meat raised from animals pumped with antibiotics. Where America's grocers hesitate, a major West Coast hospital (which will serve over 650,000 meals this year) jumps in, praise the Lord.
Entrepreneur uses recycled cell phones to help developing nations step up their medical care, to the point where text-message reminders from doctors dramatically ramped up childhood vaccinations in one region in India. Moral: when we give folks tools that actually help them do what they need to do, they'll use them quickly and enthusiastically.
Worker hourly pay drops a rather precipitous 3.8% during the first quarter of this year. On balance, worker pay has barely kept ahead of inflation these last four years, yet remain productive. Well, in my experience, most workers are pretty good people trying to do the best at their jobs regardless of how miserable they are -- though only the bad workers ever seem to get the press.
Chicago Sun-Times fires all its photographers, and starts training reporters to shoot pictures with their iPhones. They do this just three months after laying off seven editors, because it's not like editors and photographers have expertise or anything. And they trot out the old business is changing line -- as in, it's getting harder and harder to gild my plumbing when I don't do real journalism anymore and all these workers insist on having money to buy food and raise children.
Finally, the National Journal notes that young voters and minority voters tend not to turn out in midterm elections the way they do in Presidential elections. Well, perhaps this is the year Democrats finally figure that out, and start organizing to turn out those voters! Just kidding -- these are Democrats we're talking about.