Links for May 16: Old, old stuff.

April 3, 2011
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    Part 1 of FoxNews’s investigative report. Note the absence of any allegation of physical harm to any patient. As far as I can tell, Jeff Cole is teaming up with the government to limit competition and consumer choice.

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    Part 2 of investigative report. Still no particular allegations of harm, but Jeff Cole acknowledges criticism of the investigation. These news agencies do care what their viewers think. It’s a matter of letting them know. Read the rest of this entry »


  • Links for March 28, 2011: Barter as Terrorism; The Visa Lottery

    March 27, 2011
  • I hope you like inflation because, for the time being, there is nothing anyone can do about it. Bring on the appeals!

  • Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said. “While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country.

    Wow. Private currency is a form of terrorism. I didn’t know that. You learn something new every day, I suppose. Hey don’t look now, but there’s been an active terrorist cell in Ithaca, New York, for the past 20 years.

  • Only 65,000 work or H1B visas are issued each year and in the past there have been as many as 145,000 applications so even after a worker has passed the employment tests and been hired, the visas are only issued after a lottery. “You have about a one in three chance of getting one,” she says. For a company that has spent considerable time and money recruiting, interviewing and hiring a worker and filling out all the forms and paying the fees, that means it all could come down to the luck of the draw.

  • Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.


    Links for November 16, 2010: Some Psychological Stuff, Some Fallacious Stuff, others….

    November 14, 2010
    1. Another fascinating diatribe from Stefan Molyneux. My question is: does this not apply equally well to libertarians and anarchists? Is libertarianism not just another ideology?

    2. Large organizations, including government, which is of course the largest organization of all, have actually become completely disconnected with what actually matters to people. … What behavioral economics shows, time after time, is in human behavior and behavioral change there is a very strong disproportionality at work: that actually what changes our behavior and what changes our attitudes toward things is not actually proportional to the degree of expense entailed or to the degree of force that is applied.

    3. After invalidating more than 30,000 Nader-Camejo signatures on dubious and highly technical grounds – for example, because signers used informal names such as “Bill” instead of “William,” or because their current and registered addresses did not match – Commonwealth Court removed the candidates from the ballot. Then it ordered them to pay their challengers more than $80,000 in litigation costs.

    4. Read the rest of this entry »