Why you should care
Our hit stories range from a polio update to Harleys in Vietnam and a blog that pokes fun at Gen Y.
NPR went on a bit of a badass streak this week in OZY’s “The New and the Next” segment. The weekend edition of All Things Considered featured our stories on a throaty singer who is being compared to Amy Winehouse, Harley-Davidson motorcycles roaring around Vietnam and a new blog that pokes fun at Gen Y. Have you read these yet?
- Rising Star Alexandra McDermott just signed a record deal last week, and has a big fan in Courtney Love.
- Vietnam appears to be falling in love with one of the more potent symbols of American steel, industrial might and commercial rebellion — the Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
- Wait But Why is a hot new blog that pokes fun at Gen Y – and pretty much everything else.
Here are a few other hot stories you should know about.
OK, we’ll admit it, it was nice when Bill Gates tweeted our recent “Polio Eradication by the Numbers” story, and even nicer that he called the OZY team “clever.” Polio has long been one of Gates’ big causes, and his foundation is part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, Rotary International and UNICEF. Where do things stand? The good news: Only a few hundred cases of polio were reported last year. The bad news: Those number are up from the year before, and until polio is completely eradicated, there’s always the threat of resurgence. OZY’s Naimh Ni Mhaoileoin digs into the numbers behind some troubling signs.
Jezebel picked up on Pooja Bhatia’s “Freeze My Eggs, Please” cri de coeur about women who feel pressured to undergo expensive fertility treatments in order to preserve their childbearing options. Since this process can cost up to $20,000, wondered Bhatia, shouldn’t others chip in? It could be the woman’s parents, or perhaps it should be the guy who hems and haws and just can’t commit. Or, maybe not. “No one is going to pay for your fancy egg freezing,” wrote Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan.
Sean Braswell’s provocative piece “Should Gun Owners Have to Join the Reserves?” has some OZY readers all fired up. Forget about gun control, wrote Braswell, because it’s not going to happen. Instead, why shouldn’t gun owners be required to join the reserves? Among other benefits, this would ensure that every gun owner receives proper weapons training, is screened for mental or emotional issues, and comes away with a deeper sense of duty to the community. Check out the comments section for a range of perspectives on this idea.