Interesting things I learned this weekend

Read in The New York Times

He was smart but he was evil

Spewing more venom than snakes: We all knew Richard Nixon disliked Jews, but so did (and probably still does) Henry Kissinger, one of his trusted advisors, who happened to be Jewish. After Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, requested that the US press the Soviet Union in 1973 to let Jews emigrate and escape persecution, Kissinger told Nixon: “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy.” Hateful Henry also said, “And if they puts Jews into gas chambers, “it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.” He’s quite a humanitarian.

Nixon also disliked Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans and blacks. Most of all, he disliked himself, and it always seemed to me Henry did, too. The two of them were not exactly self-aware.

Heard on NPR

Music Therapy: Music and singing helps distract patients in severe pain. Burn victims listening to music experienced less pain when nurses took them through the excruciating process of changing their dressings, according to studies. Morphine reportedly doesn’t work as well as music for these patients.

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