I teach a series of courses about technology law at UC Berkeley Law. As a Washington attorney, I got to see a lot of denialism in action and thus wrote the Denialists' Deck of Cards. The Deck illustrates how industry groups follow a standard game plan when arguing against consumer protection and other reform.

Shamelessly stolen from Gawker: Brick Fatwa Libertarian Also Gets Fat Government Checks. For what? A preventable disease! Oh, what ever happened to personal responsibility? Illustration: A typical American male libertarian in its natural habitat

Hiatus!

Dear Readers, we’ve been completely derelict in maintaining Denialism Blog. Please accept our apologies. Mark is training to be a surgeon, and Chris recently had an enormous baby! We hope to get back blogging soon. Please excuse our absence until life is back in order.

Check out this week’s New Yorker for a well-put insight into the Rand-infected mind. Nick Paumgarten writes about John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods and his attitudes towards unions: …His [Mackey's] disdain for contemporary unionism is ideological, as well as self-serving. Like many who have come before, he says that it was only when he…

Free: The Dismal Deal

Chris Anderson’s provocative new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price, argues that in the digital world, “free” pricing is a realistic and normatively good approach to pricing information products. Unlike the physical world of “free” products, which is plagued with fraud and tricks, the properties of the digital world make free actually possible…

Want to be a wind up china doll?

Take Pristiq. Warning: side effects include becoming a fat wind up doll.

The Viking and I ventured out early this morning to get the H1N1 vaccine and found long lines in the tony neighborhoods. SF Gate reports that the Marin public vaccination clinic was swamped. (The irony!–Marin is a hotbed of the anti-vaccination movement.) So where can you get the vaccine quickly? Downtown! We were in and…

Exhibit 1001, on our great college and university campuses, this wretch can complain of coyote ugly. The nerve. Nice hat, BTW. Do you have a matching jersey? Ladies, imagine waking up with this puffy misogynist! Via Gawker. Exhibit 1002, Southern Football’s Dating Game in Today’s WSJ.

The Bitch is Back, by Andrew Corsello: “2009′s most influential author is a mirthless Russian-American who loves money, hates God, and swings a gigantic dick. She died in 1982, but her spawn soldier on. And the Great Recession is all their fault…”

Who Peruses Playgirl?

All this excitement about Levi Johnston in Playgirl Magazine is pretty interesting. We have the forthcoming tell-all book about Sarah Palin and fam, and the author posing naked. And who reads Playgirl anyway? It occurred to me this morning that we could get some idea from looking at the magazine’s datacard, which at least would…

Consumers who have asked me whether they should give their zip code at the register have been getting bad advice! I was under the misimpression that zip-level data was only being collected for demographic research purposes (to determine where stores should be located, and advertising directed, on a mass scale) and thus said that no…