Does Fort Hood Have a Meaning (cont'd)?
November 09, 2009
I continue to be puzzled/annoyed by the reluctance to call the Fort Hood shootings a terrorist act. If we're going to label Scott Roeder--a man with a history of mental illness and extreme religious and political views who allegedly killed George Tiller--an anti-abortion terrorist, then I don't see the problem in calling Nidal Hassan a terrorist, since there's plenty of evidence* that his actions were motivated, in part, by his religious and political views.
On the Social Status of Swedish Doctors
October 01, 2009
Just a quick coda to my earlier post about the debate Megan McArdle and I had over Obamacare and doctor shortages. At one point in our back-and-forth (about 2:35 in) Megan claimed that people would choose not to become doctors if salaries started to fall post-health care reform.
Will Obamacare Create a Doctor Shortage?
September 29, 2009
Megan McArdle and I debated this question, among others, in our recent Bloggingheads appearance. You can watch that particular back-and-forth below. (Short version: Megan thinks our brave new health reformed world will cause lots of people to pass on being doctors in favor of becoming lawyers and middle managers.
McArdle Discovers New And More Innovative Ways To Be Wrong
September 22, 2009
Megan McArdle, frequently in error but never in doubt: I think that ramming through the bill on a party line vote makes it very likely that the Democrats will lose the house in 2010; the American public doesn't like uniparty votes, especially on something this controversial. A lot of liberals have gotten angry at me for saying this, but it's not a normative statement; it's an observation. IF the Republicans had been willing to push forward on a controversial bill with no Democratic cover, we'd have private social security accounts right now. But they weren't, for a reason. To support her "o
September 18, 2009
Should the FDIC tap banks or taxpayers for needed funds? WaPo: the FHA's reserves will soon drop below required levels. Megan McArdle puts chances of healthcare bill passing at 75%. Could criminal charges be filed in probe of BofA-Merrill deal? NYT banking reporter Eric Dash's view on problems with Wall St. pay. Reviews of business and economics news apps for the iPhone.
Megan McArdle's Statistics, Continued!
September 03, 2009
Yesterday I blogged about Megan McArdle after she used a statistic, and then claimed in an online chat that she was not using a statistic, but rather a "hypothetical." McArdle took a fair bit of criticism, and posted a response.
Megan McArdle's Word Games
September 02, 2009
Atlantic blogger Megan McArdle wrote a post on pharmaceutical companies last month, and while replying to one of her commenters, she said this: The United States currently provides something like 80-90% of the profits on new drugs and medical devices. Perhaps you think you can slash profits 80% with no effect on the behavior of the companies that make these products.
Last Post on Guns. Promise.
August 28, 2009
I've fallen victim to one of the classic blunders, right after never going in against a Sicilian when death is on the line, which is: don't get into an argument with a libertarian about anything, really, but especially about guns.
One More Round on Guns
August 27, 2009
Megan McArdle has responded to my earlier post criticizing her for her stand on guns at presidential events, although I think we may be talking past one another.
There Are Stupid Questions
August 26, 2009
Megan McArdle asks, "Are Guns at Protests Really Dangerous?" in order to argue that they aren't: I think carrying guns to protests is entirely counterproductive. Indeed, I'm not sold on the general virtues of protesting, which worked for Gandhi and the civil rights marcher, but has a dismal track record on other concerns. But I think people have a perfect right to do it, including with guns, though I also think the secret service is within its rights to ensure that they don't have a sight line on the president. But the hysteria about them has been even more ludicrous. Numerous peo