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September 1, 2009

a new video for time.com

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Favorite one so far. Now I can go to bed happy. Thanks.

Posted by: Thomas at September 1, 2009 12:25 AM

I liked it Ze!!! It's like a nice mix of your up close and personal style from the show, with some thoughtful commentary too. I liked how you had that real close up facial shot near the beginning, it was reminiscent of how you shot the show. Your boyish impish smile popped through at the end too.

Tell the internet noobs at Time, to pay you more and give you more air time. Your commentaries are often more poignant than what gets passed of as actual reporting.

Posted by: John Post at September 1, 2009 12:42 AM

How long have you been waiting to work "wheat graphs" into a segment?

Posted by: ccd at September 1, 2009 6:45 AM

Ze, yet another bite-sized masterpiece. Thanks.

Posted by: nathaniel at September 1, 2009 8:07 AM

wheat graphs. nice.

Posted by: starstuff at September 1, 2009 8:51 AM

This was much more in the old style, as I'm sure you were shooting for. Very nice. If Time video can have "10 years of viagra jokes" they can certainly weather videos of yours that are a little off-kilter by normal standards.

Made me happy.

Posted by: Michael at September 1, 2009 9:53 AM

You said Wheatgraphs.

Bwaaaaaahahaahahahaha...that was awesome.

Posted by: cheeken at September 1, 2009 9:56 AM

wonderful - missed that sharp ... pen? tooth? tongue!


Posted by: jesper laugesen at September 1, 2009 11:20 AM

this kicks that healthcare reform via napkin drawing slideshare's ass. clever clever clever, hit-nail-on-head, content.

Posted by: coolsara at September 1, 2009 12:30 PM

I love this commentary, absolutely spot on analysis of how crazy this whole issue is.

Oh and I'm a fan of fact check .org...RSS Feeds, baby!

Posted by: Miss Malevolent at September 1, 2009 1:01 PM

Great video, Ze...

I hope you checked out this site. It's fabulous.

Little bit of a non sequitur at the end about not knowing what's going on when you're sick, though.

Using your car example, the same could be said about auto mechanics that you said about doctors. Doesn't mean the government ought to provide auto service for every American.

Same with lawyers: if your neighbor sues you in a civil suit and you're scared and don't know what's going to happen, the lawyer is in the same position you describe as that hypothetical doctor. Doesn't mean the government provides or ought to provide a lawyer when your neighbors sues you. (Juxtapose this with a criminal suit, where the state itself comes after you... then you get a lawyer, but only if you actually can't afford one.)

Posted by: Dave M. at September 1, 2009 2:18 PM

I’m from Canada and I hate when I get the Viagra packages in my cereal instead of my Insulin medications.

I’ve been very interesting watching this Heath Care debate from outside the United States. I see exactly what you are talking about Ze. There is so much lying going on from either side of the debate is hard to know who is and isn’t telling the truth. I think we’d all like to think that our elected officials are acting in our best interests but we see all the time how they probably don’t.

I’ve tried to stay out of this debate, mostly because I’m not from America and this doesn’t affect me and my voice won’t be heard and my vote won’t be counted. But my friend’s have been discussing this at some length and they all seem to be just as divided as American’s are.

I personally am proud of our health care system in Canada. Even when you hear all the horror stories about waiting three years for a heart or getting diagnosed with the wrong disease. It’s still a solid system.

Having said that I really hope that the United States get the best possible Health Care system for as many people as it can; regardless of how it is paid for, run by or administrated.

With Love from the North,

Posted by: Harland at September 1, 2009 4:19 PM

Great vid! As a Canadian I am observing this debate with much curiosity :D

...oh and there must be some significance to which books you piled up behind your head! I just haven't figured it out yet!

Posted by: Szymon at September 1, 2009 7:25 PM

Lol. I loved it.

Posted by: Aubrey at September 1, 2009 10:48 PM

Thank you for this. I've missed your commentaries!

In the U.S. we've really prided ourselves on the free market to the point where we forget that there are *service* industries, which are really just services: health care and education are the 2 big ones. People want something for nothing, or they want nothing for lots of something.

Posted by: gypsy sister at September 2, 2009 10:31 AM

So subtle. I laughed despite the pain of 20 staples from a surgery on my stomach. Which I was able to get because of America's secret socialized medicine, aka, the VA. Don't let anybody tell you we don't have socialized medicine. We just don't give it to everyone. Ask your congressman!

Keep it up Ze! My favorite one yet.

Posted by: doppelf at September 2, 2009 1:25 PM

ze, you're a genius. Now, what if the patient paid the doctor directly (as they did prior to 1965)? Do you suppose that would give the insurance companies something to think about? It might relieve them of a few middlemen.

Posted by: xfox at September 2, 2009 8:03 PM

Aha, I thought your series was cancelled since we haven't seen anything in a while. I am quite relieved that I was wrong though! Great quality as always.

I also like your new backdrop. The books and the functional rack and nicely-framed minimalist drawings really set a nice tone. At least, compared to your kind-of-glary weirdly-lit backdrop of the days of The Show.

Posted by: Jeff at September 2, 2009 11:34 PM

...i'm sorry to say that the time magazine video player was unwatchable to me...it would play about 15 secs and then wait, wait, wait. What is this, real player and a dial-up connection?

Maybe I'll try it again later. *sigh* I miss The Show.

Posted by: duus at September 3, 2009 10:20 AM

@Dave M.: Those examples you make are very different from the point Ze makes in his video. Health is a basic need, a car is not a basic need, neither is a lawyer. You'll survive if you don't have a car, or a lawyer. Though if you're not healthy, chances are you won't survive at all.

Just think of Maslow's piramid. ( Or google it, if you don't know what it is )

Posted by: Guido M. at September 3, 2009 4:20 PM

I'm sad that commiseration is as rare as information on this subject. I just want to bury my head in the sand and not come out until everyone is sane and/or compassionate in their dealings with one another. Is that a viable option, sanity and/or compassion?

Also, Ze, your blinking unnerves me. A little bit.

Posted by: Rosa at September 5, 2009 1:31 AM

Great... Made me happy as in old days... :)

Posted by: St. Edoxin el Mokrinjski at September 7, 2009 9:52 AM

Hey Ze! It's great to see you doing the news again. I really miss the show..... I also wish the BBC here would hire you!

Anyway, I have been trying to follow the debate in America about healthcare reforms. And i find it all a bit hard to swallow, like bad medicine. Her ein the UK we have the NHS (National Health Service) which si free at the point of use. That means if you need a doctor / medicine, an ambulance etc, it wont cost you anything. True, it has its problems, but ever citizen has the right to health. Its a fantastic system..... its run badly.

Posted by: Ryan Fox at November 4, 2009 12:00 PM

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