today's links and photos

Female desire and the princess culture
a review of Peggy Orenstein's new book Cinderella Ate My Daughter.
Think that the congress overstepped with the healthcare bill? The founders of the country disagree
Congress Passes Socialized Medicine and Mandates Health Insurance -In 1798
In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed - “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen.” The law authorized the creation of a government operated marine hospital service and mandated that privately employed sailors be required to purchase health care insurance.
Grow NYC has taken the idea of the "really really free market" and run with it. This should be fun.
Community "swaps" provide the perfect opportunity to find new homes for things you no longer need. By taking home items that you can use, you are also helping to prevent waste from production, packaging and transportation required to get new things.
and of course, today's photos: