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A film it’s right to see

I’m guessing you haven’t heard of The Right to Heal. The film, and the movement it stands behind, get a fraction of the publicity of other global health causes: AIDS, clean water, and women’s education, to name a few of the most worthy. Into this world of hurt comes a global health movement for access to essential surgery.

How essential can surgery really be, you might ask. When compared to the fundamentals of survival – food and water – surgery can seem a privilege of a developed society, the cream of a mature education and health care system. The word surgery conjures images of expensive medical equipment and PHDs.

If you think in these terms then The Right to Heal might blow your mind. Unlike a lot of meandering and punch-less documentaries out there, this one gets right to the point. It’s a powerful one: we should include essential surgery as part of any health plan for the developing world…

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World Cup 2010 Revisited: On American Fandom in South Africa

*Some more digging in the crates … What follows will be a series of blog posts, some published and some not, slated for MLSSoccer.com. The posts chronicle my experience as a tourist during World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The timing of posting these is obviously terrible, as the world’s “Soccer Clock” is currently as […]

Band of Horses – For Taller People?

*A version of this post originally appeared online in Crawdaddy! in the Fall of 2009. I can’t find the original link anymore. Band of Horses – For Taller People? The lights went out and I turned from a stupid conversation about the street value of a Band of Horses ticket – “could you get a […]

Bitching About Beckham

*This post was originally published on footsmoke.com sometime in the Spring, 2009. I thought I’d post it here again, as Beckham plays out his last few games, or even game, of relevance in the MLS for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Bitching About Beckham Can we please stop bitching about Beckham, and all his selfishness? Don’t […]

Fact vs. Faith: Considering the Impact of Statistics on Soccer

*This post originally appeared on footsmoke.com (a site taken over by creepy automated posts) in the Spring of 2008. Analytical and statistical programs have changed since then. But my essential opinion about them (below) has not. Soccer has long had less capacity for statistical analysis than any other major sport. This is primarily because of […]

Close to Nothing: Dissecting “Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait”

* The following piece was originally published on Footsmoke.com, my old blog that has been creepily consumed by outsourced writers that post vacuous sentences of soccer buzzwords. It was published in Spring of 2008. “Sometimes magic is very close to nothing at all. Nothing at all.” -Zinedine Zidane Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait immediately calls […]

Cross-country road trip, resurrected (#8)

This post originally appeared on theday.com on August 6th, 2007 I hope the Pacific is as blue as it is in my dreams. I hope. I’ve been disconnected from much of reality for the last month. Living on the road and in the woods we didn’t spend much time getting reliable news. I guess the […]