Wow, what a nice country. I couldn’t imagine the US doing this, it’d be neat if they would though:
For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life.
The maternity package – a gift from the government – is available to all expectant mothers.
From BBC News – Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
I wish there were more sources that are as honest and straightforward as Bill Moyers is. This is the type of journalism we need, this is the type of news that people need to listen to and watch. Its not just because it appears to be honest, which some might call a liberal-bias, but talking with experts and asking hard questions. And taking the time to explain the complex world we live in. Here are two important episodes about the democracy in the United States being bought by special interests both at the federal and state levels. If you have some time please check it out or at least listen to a podcast while you do something:
Also, my two other favorite Journalists to read: