Author Archive: Sarah Boslaugh

I'm a biostatistician for BJC HealthCare and an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. In my spare time, I'm a musician, work on several kdhx-tv shows and write on various topics.

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Health insurance without the bureaucracy

| January 19, 2007 | 9 Replies
Health insurance without the bureaucracy

People living in small rural villages in Uganda have found a practical solution to a problem which the greatest minds and vast resources of the United States seem unable to confront, let alone solve: how to make basic health care available and affordable. There’s no national health insurance and people are quite poor by American standards (the […]

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Wishing I were car-free again…

| November 19, 2006 | 2 Replies
Wishing I were car-free again…

Mickey Knox sums up his opinion of LA: “How in hell can one live in a city where having a car is as important as having a place to live in.” I might rephrase this as “who would design a city in where having a car is as important as having a place to live […]

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If Americans won’t investigate the Bush administration, Germany will

| November 14, 2006 | 2 Replies
If Americans won’t investigate the Bush administration, Germany will

If the American Congress has no interest in investigating the Bush administration’s abuses of power, we can always rely on the Germans to lend a hand. As reported on NPR this morning, and also in Time and elsewhere on the internet, Germany’s chief prosecutor is seeking a criminal investigation and prosecution of former defense secretary […]

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Time for Impeachment

| November 11, 2006 | 9 Replies
Time for Impeachment

Maybe I missed something in the post-election flurry, but in the wake of the recent Democratic victories, why did Nancy Pelosi take such pains to assure everyone that “impeachment is not on the table”? Is she already looking to run for president in 2008 and doesn’t want to offend people? Personally I’d love to see […]

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The One-Percent Doctrine

| June 21, 2006 | 10 Replies
The One-Percent Doctrine

The “One Percent Doctrine” is the title of a new book by Ron Suskind about the so-called “strategic thinking” of our current presidential administration. In case you are still wondering why we attacked Iraq, and you don’t buy any of the president’s ever-changing explanations, you might want to check out Mr. Suskind’s book. In the […]

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The elephant in the (Hollywood) living room

| June 19, 2006 | Reply
The elephant in the (Hollywood) living room

In the days of the Hollywood studio system, films were classified as “A” or “B” pictures: the former were the studio’s prestige projects, the latter generally shorter and produced cheaply and quickly. Ironically, sometimes “B” pictures are more interesting today because they were less subject to studio control (due to their lesser prestige and expense): […]

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Val Lewton and the Madness of Authoritarianism

| June 12, 2006 | 4 Replies
Val Lewton and the Madness of Authoritarianism

I’ve always been a fan of Val Lewton films, and I recently discovered a “new” one which can be enjoyed for reasons which go beyond the Lewton trademark cinematography and low-budget creativity. The Ghost Ship (dir. Mark Robson, 1943) was pulled from theaters almost immediately after its release due to a copyright dispute, and has […]

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The American General Broulard

| May 6, 2006 | 3 Replies
The American General Broulard

There are certain films which should be required viewing for anyone trying to make sense out of life in George Bush’s America. One is Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (1957), shot in black and white on a budget of less than 1 million dollars.    Paths of Glory is set in 1916 on and near […]

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Is Brokeback Mountain a universal story?

| May 1, 2006 | Reply
Is Brokeback Mountain a universal story?

Continuing to sort out my thoughts from the recent Popular Culture Association convention in Atlanta, I recall a discussion about whether the movie Brokeback Mountain told a universal love story or whether the point of the movie lay in its specificity. I think that’s the sort of question which doesn’t have an answer, but can tell  […]

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