Category Archives: Who’s Nose, Who’s Fist?

Chronicling things that people thinking with a lot of heart and not much knowledge try to legislate and who they hurt.

Deaths of Despair and Natural Selection

Economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case have discovered a rising trend of “deaths of despair” (suicides, alcohol abuse, and drug overdose) among middle-class American whites. They look at Europe and don’t see the same rise in middle class deaths, nor … Continue reading

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The difference between “Health Insurance” and “Health Care” and why it matters

Is health care an entitlement, or a right? Well, first we have to determine what we mean by “health care.” Most proponents of the ACA (or some equivalent legislation) assume it to mean “affordable health insurance,” and further assume “health … Continue reading

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Whose holiday is Christmas?

“I don’t know if you believe in Christmas Or if you have presents underneath the Christmas tree But if you believe in love That will be more than enough For you to come and celebrate with me” –John Denver, “The … Continue reading

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Who renamed me “Alexa” when I wasn’t looking?

(I actually wrote this in September, but it sat in my draft folder waiting for tweaks I never got around to. So in order to get on with new ideas, I’m posting it well after the fact.)   As I … Continue reading

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Copyright Cringe

A few months ago, I came across a documentary on the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald that I hadn’t seen (how I came to be watching it is a blog in and of itself). I became fascinated by the differing viewpoints on … Continue reading

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City Mouser, Country Mouser

Folks might be surprised to learn that lots of farms did without electricity until nearly halfway through the 20th Century. It wasn’t because they were sticks-in-the-mud or Amish. It was because in the cities a handful of poles could bring … Continue reading

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“If the unemployed don’t have a job, let’s give them something to do!”

Any time you get into a discussion about requirements for people to get something, like voter tests, or unemployment compensation, somebody will trot out the prospect of requiring continuing education and/or volunteer work as a condition for welfare/unemployment compensation. While … Continue reading

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