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Is Free Preventive Care The Answer?

In response to my earlier post of a couple of thoughts on healthcare, a reader called “bunkerbuster” throws a few interesting questions my way: What’s your view on demand for health care? The market model would have it increase to infinity if it becomes zero cost to the consumer. Generally, that is the rule, but I […]

Scattershot 2009-06-29

Random shots around the web: Federal conspiracy charges coming in 5…4…3…2… Turns out many diagnoses of Shaken Baby Syndrome weren’t actually caused by people shaking the baby. Lots of people may have gone for jail for mild accidents that took place days before the murder-by-shaking supposedly occurred. This sort of thing is why I’ll never […]

Eminently Ignorant

I’m probably being unfair, but it seems like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a bit of a dumbass. (Or maybe, as fair Jennifer says, we should have listened to Anita Hill.) That’s really the only way to account for his explanation of why it was okay for a school principal to order a strip […]

Michael Jackson, R.I.P.

Now that Michael Jackson is dead, I’m not going to miss him. I didn’t know him. I don’t think many people did. I do, however, miss the Michael Jackson I once thought I knew, back before it all got so weird. You see, there was a time… I never really loved Michael Jackson’s music, but […]

Scattershot 2009-06-25

A few random shots around the web: When I heard that bartender-beating Chicago cop Anthony Abbate got a light sentence, I wondered if someone who wasn’t a cop did the same thing, would he get off as easy? When Moser did some research, and the answers is probably yes. It was, after all, just a barfight. […]

Not Much Punishment For Abbate, Even Less For Conspirators

Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate—caught on video beating up a young woman bartender—has been sentenced. He got probation. Note that Abbate is still a police officer. The Independent Police Review Authority has recommended he be fired, and it sounds like he was convicted of a felony, which should disqualify him for the police force, but […]

Lawyer as Juror in a Murder Trial

Illinois’s own Jeremy Richey does some actual journalism and interviews California civil attorney Brian Pedigo about his experience as a juror for a murder trial. He talks about deliberations, and what he thinks each side did wrong or right. By the way, he has one piece of advice for the prosecutor that I’d like to […]

Mathematics In Gangland

Scott Greenfield, font of so much that I can riff off of, has a complaint about gang experts who try to paint every action by the defendant as related to his membership in a gang: If a defendant has a tattoo, the expert will testify that tattoos are “brands” typically worn by gang members.  If the […]

A Couple More Thoughts About Healthcare

Back on my latest I’m-going-to-be-blogging-about-healthcare post, reader Seth makes a few points in the comments. Here’s the first one: Making healthcare cheaper by saving money on billing data, etc. is saving money on clerks and bookkeepers. Whether the amount is large or small, it has no effect on the amount of healthcare provided (except perhaps […]

What Can We Learn from This?

Instead. “I need to see your license and carry permit.” Which was just as well, for reasons I’m not going to go into, about where some people put their insurance cards.  He didn’t ask about that. “Do me a favor, sir, and step out of the car.” He didn’t sound like it was really a […]

Yes, You Do Have Staff, But You’ve Got to Be Staff, Too

Yes, You Do Have Staff, But You’ve Got to Be Staff, First Too Both First and Too Twitter, the Favor Economy, and the Power of Crowds You’ve seen the ad:  some bozo, trying to project competence and connections, tells a potential customer:  “I’ve got people to handle that.”  By which he means he can look […]