Archive for October, 2007

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October 23, 2007

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Ratty-nomics

October 23, 2007

Leaving aside the Michael Moore references etc., is there any evidence that preventive care actually reduces long-term medical costs?  (Financial costs, I mean.  I don’t doubt such care improves general health.)  This seems like something that should be easy enough to test, and my not being able to find a serious answer makes me pessimistic about prospects for, like, actual fact-based healthcare reform.

Must read from Ben Stein on the U.S. economy

October 22, 2007

Here.  My only quibble is that he suggests institutional investors are stupid when really they’re anything but.

Today’s outrage

October 17, 2007

He had refused to drop the camera which could be used as a weapon.

Why are certain laws not enforced?

October 16, 2007

A very interesting series from Tim Wu in Slate.

I also hate physicians because

October 16, 2007

they take bribes.

This is a good sign?

October 16, 2007

Pope JPII is back.  Except he’s burning in the afterlife.

The NYT 1-2-3 Punch

October 7, 2007

I did do it.

Nobody knows the lynchings he’s seen.

Conservatives are such jokers.

House of Simeon

October 5, 2007

A fascinating photo-essay about building a house in Malawi. The post illustrates some of the economic challenges facing developing countries while conveying the richness of this ancient tradition.

The author is a friend of mine from college.

Can’t Say I Disagree

October 5, 2007

First of all, whenever I hear anything described as a heartless assault on our children, I tend to think it’s a good idea. I’m happy that the president’s willing to do something bad for the kids.

-William Kristol on SCHIP