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Discrimination Case: Religion

This is kind of strange: a post about an insurance company, that has nothing to do with health care.  Guideone Mutual Insurance Company recently settled a lawsuit in which religious discrimination was alleged.  This had to do with a “product” called FaithGuard, which was a kind of homeowners’ insurance.  In 2006, the U.S. Department of…

A fair amount has been written about the topic of motivated reasoning.  Jonah Lehrer explains the relationship between motivated reasoning and the political process; Orac addresses the issue with regard to quantum woo. (Plus more at Mixing Memory, here) Getting back to the political realm, now comes a research article about a study of the…

Peak Psychology

Psychology is turning out to be a rather important field these days.  Nate Hagens has a post on The Oil Drum, The Psychological and Evolutionary Roots of Resource Overconsumption Revisited.  He reviews the evolutionary psychology of poor economic decision-making.  Calculated Risk has a post, Scientific American: Bubbles and Busts. It’s based on an article in…

It was the second-most-blogged article on the NYT when I got up this morning; now, it is the first-most-blogged.  It is the article that reports on a survey that shows 72% support for a government-run health insurance program.  The program would be similar to Medicare, but would be available to persons under 65 and not…

AMA Slides Into Irrelevancy

When I first heard about the American Medical Association (AMA) opposing Obama’s health care reform, I was troubled.  I almost wrote a post about it, but by the time I got home, I found that others had beaten me to it.  Revere, for example, appears to have written before work, posting at 6:46AM.  That’s dedication.…

Latest Hedge Fund Strategy

Market Folly writes of a new hedge fund strategy, and asks if there are any more ideas like this: We came across this interesting piece in Dealbook the other day and thought it was very intriguing. Simply put: hedge funds are now investing in lawsuits. The premise is pretty simple: they invest in one side…

This is a continuation from last time.  Sort of.  Last time I wrote about some things from a recent program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  I took the material from one of the many presentations.  since then, I have looked…

Barry Ritholtz, author of Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy,  has a nice, terse, thought-provoking post on his blog: The Big Picture: US vs Europe: Who is the Welfare State? By Barry Ritholtz – May 1st, 2009, 10:25AM Today is May Day, and while International Workers’…

Malthus Was Right

Well, maybe not Malthus, but Garrett Hardin and Paul Ehrlich — the 1960′s-era neomalthusian academicians — have been right on the money.  There are hard limits to growth, and those limits are upon us.  This is the contention of Charles A. S. Hall and John W. Day, Jr., two systems ecologists who have published a…

Amy Goodman On Torture

Amy Goodman, the lead journalist for Democracy Now!, has been traveling around the country, giving talks, and promoting her book Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times. This (standing up to the madness) is inherently difficult.   The photo shows her discussing a video of her arrest in St. Paul, while covering…