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Would you apply for that job?

USA Today prints a (sort of) joke job description for the next generation of doctors: Idealistic Generation X/Y overachievers with low- to mid-six-figure student loans to work in imploding health care system currently subject to runaway entitlement spending. Future salary to be subject to government whim and guaranteed not to keep up with inflation. Will…

Political Philosophy Quote of the Day

From Russell Roberts at Cafe Hayek: There are two ways to reduce the connection between politicians and money. One is to reduce the role of money. The other is to reduce the role of politicians. I choose the latter. I contend that reducing the role of money of politics in order to make politics more…

Dennis Overbye of the NYTimes had this to say of cosmologists who are speculating about disembodied brains spontaneously generated in empty space: If you are inclined to skepticism this debate might seem like further evidence that cosmologists, who gave us dark matter, dark energy and speak with apparent aplomb about gazillions of parallel universes, have…

Jesse Walker at Hit and Run had this to say about anti-immigrant activist Tom Tancredo dropping out of the GOP Presidential race: Tom Tancredo has dropped out of the presidential race. He will be replaced by Montezuma Aztlan Calderon, an undocumented worker from Oaxaca who will denounce the Brown Peril for just $3 an hour…

Mickey Kaus on Political Dark Matter

Dark matter has worked its way into political cliche: Rosenbaum’s Political Physics: Do you ever sense there is some large mass of dark matter, an unseen Scandal Star, the gravitational pull of which is warping the coverage of what seems, on the surface, a pretty dull presidential race? I do. So does Ron Rosenbaum. I…

Quote of the Week

Megan McArdle: I am not fighting for the Bush tax cuts; I’m fighting the notion that people who are in favor of tax cuts are all a bunch of liars or loonie tunes. Politicians in favor of tax cuts are all liars, as are all the politicians against tax cuts; in politics, lying is, sadly,…

From Edgar Allen Poe’s essay The Imp of the Perverse: We have a task before us which must be speedily performed. We know that it will be ruinous to make delay. The most important crisis of our life calls, trumpet-tongued, for immediate energy and action. We glow, we are consumed with eagerness to commence the…