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After watching the Discovery Channel’s special on Ardipithecus Ramidus tonight, I was reading some reviews of recent evolution-themed books. One of the reviews had this paragraph referencing Nicholas Wade’s excellent Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of our Ancestors … Continue reading
The ever-thoughtful Steve Sailer has provocative Blackmail versus Extortion post. Extortion is “Give us money or we’ll do something illegal to you.” Blackmail is “Give us money or we’ll do something legal to you.”
… or Why Sheryl Crow is right. Ron, a reader of this blog, sent me a copy of Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness. Thanks Ron. Daniel Gilbert is a professor of psychology at Harvard. In a breezy style, his book … Continue reading
Here is an article on CNN’s website about a recent study of death rates for uninsured people. The authors of the study highlighted in the article claim that 45,000 deaths occur each year in the US due to individuals being … Continue reading
So, back to health care. Here is a very thoughtful article from the Atlantic about health care reform from a man who describes himself as a Democrat. And it’s pro-market. How often have you heard a politician say that millions … Continue reading
So I see that my traffic is way down since I posted the item about Healthcare. I didn’t plan on making this a political blog, and now I can see that was a good plan. So back to math, science, … Continue reading
I sent an email to my Congresswoman, the Honorable Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), expressing my concern about the Healthcare legislation, it’s speed, size, and unknowability. She was understanding of my concerns and sent me a couple of pdfs to explain the … Continue reading
I’m not sure who this is good news for.
Edward Tufte is apparently helping with the data visualization at Recover.Gov – the website tracking Recovery Act Spending. Click the link. It’s always good to base one’s comments on real data.