Category: Current Events

We're Saved! ...Thanks to Science!

December 1st, 2009
So neal points out a very interesting article over on BBC News, about how scientists have discovered a novel way to kill bacteria - even those worrisome "superbugs" which have developed immunity to conventional antibiotics. Hooray! After all, we've a… more »

Facts Are Just A Little Harder To Shape Than Lies

September 29th, 2009
As regular readers of this column - both of them - may have deduced, I'm in favor of government-run health insurance. Markets are awesome, powerful tools, but in the case of health insurance they are absolutely the wrong tool. The incentives are complet… more »

Our Insert Here Overlords

September 25th, 2009
Matthew Yglesias has a nifty observation about container port automation at the port of Hamburg (with picture): The part of my brain that’s familiar with economic history and models tells me that this automation is pushing the production frontier o… more »

The Deep Neon Green Sea

September 16th, 2009
Jasona pointed me to an article about a recently discovered sunken ship full of toxic and/or nuclear waste, one of many sunk by an Italian crime syndicate as a nice revenue source. A company pays them to dispose of hazardous materials, which are of cour… more »

Surprise - Sucking Up to Your Enemies Doesn't Work

May 13th, 2009
Matthew Yglesias has probably the most lucid and succinct summation (which I have pasted below almost in its entirety) of my general feeling about the "death of the newspaper". I'd worry about it a lot more had newspapers not shown themselves - much lik… more »