Archive for August, 2009

5 myths about health care around the world

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

This article by T.R. Reid in the Washington Post was pretty informative. It corrects five myths about provision of medical care and insurance in several developed countries, basically explaining how all of them are better or cheaper than ours. It doesn't make me enthusiastic about adding even more government perturbations ...

Ted Kennedy, good riddance

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

The more gracious sensibilities inside me prevent me from ranting and raving about what a terrible scourge on humanity Edward Kennedy was, but he really was a terrible senator. I detest the common notion that we should focus only on the recently deceased's good qualities or only say kind things ...

Socialized medicine links

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I really enjoyed the following writings about health care and the proposed socialization of it in the United States. They say it better than I am (currently) able to, and are all well worth taking the time to read. Two posts from David Z. at No Third Solution: Is it “Un-American” ...

Plaxico Burress shouldn’t be imprisoned

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I am appalled and depressed at the nonchalance with which everyone on the TV and the radio reports the Plaxico Burress plea-bargain to accept two years in prison for shooting himself in the leg. How anyone can become so confused about rights and morals and crime and government that they ...

Medical contrarianism isn’t always right

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

A few years ago, for a stretch lasting a year or two, I boycotted LewRockwell.com because their all-too-frequent Creationist columns were embarrassing to the libertarian movement and I didn't want to be associated with those types of people, nor reward the publication of such hokum with additional page hits. It ...

Damn dams

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Your humor du jour, from my friend's Facebook page, one of my four libertarian friends in the world: this funny email exchange between an environmental bureaucrat and an innocent citizen.