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Good news from Iraq?

So says Bob Arnot on MSNBC's Hardball [via Instapundit]:

?15-year-old Daham [sp] says TV news reports he watches don?t tell the truth.?

Daham: ?A lot happens good in Iraq when Saddam gone.?

Arnot: ?So a lot happens good in Iraq.?

Daham: ?The smile come back in Iraqi kids.?

Quote of the Day

NHS coming up short

The Stroke Association says that the UK National Health Service is failing to meet the needs of stroke patients. Some excerpts:

A recent report suggested that in some parts of the country as many as 85% of stroke patients never see the inside of specialist stroke units.

Studies have shown that patients who are treated in specialist stroke units are more likely to survive and are less likely to suffer disability.

"The importance of rules"

A few education-related items that caught my eye:

Andy Stedman links to an article detailing the non-excellence of New York City educrats, with a stern response from their leader, monopolist Joel Klein. Read more »

Two from the Economist

There were a couple of articles of note in the Economist last week. This first highlighted some conclusions that were... odd, to say the least, made by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body charged with estimating future greenhouse gas emissions, which includes estimating the economic growth of countries. Read more »

The Ubiquitous Quiz

I might as well give my thoughts on the Austrian Quiz posted at the Mises Blog. I scored a 100% on the Quiz, and that is likely because Rothbard is probably the biggest influence on my views on economics and philosophy. The quiz itself was I thought well-written overall, and much better than the various political compass tests inhabiting the internet.

First an observation. While Charles Oliver says... Read more »

Greatest Fascist poll

In the spirit of Chris Bertram's Greatest Marxist poll on Crooked Timber, I would like conduct my own poll on the Greatest Fascists. Read more »

Ban on food advertising?

In another measure designed to protect people from themselves, a food watchdog (food watchdog? are you serious???) in the UK is calling for ban on certain forms of advertising while in the US, 'experts' are calling for a Declaration of Disease. Read more »

Carnival of the Capitalists

Gulags in the making

Yes, the War on Drugs is idiotic, there is little doubt about that, and I think most Americans are slowly coming around to that conclusion. That is not the part about the South Carolina high school drug raid that enrages me. What really brings my blood to a steady simmer is the fact that the raid was exactly the kind of debasing of the individual that occurs on a daily basis in every public school in the country, only this time it happened to a greater extent. Read more »

Central bankers promote stability?

Virginia Postrel writes in the NY Times [via Instapundit]:

"The most fundamental policy recommendation put forth by Milton Friedman," Mr. Bernanke said, "is the injunction to policy makers to provide a stable monetary background for the economy," avoiding both inflation and deflation.

Viable alternatives

From today's Washington Post Letters to the Editor:

Needed: ER Alternatives
Friday, November 7, 2003

An Oct. 23 Findings column reported on a study showing that "only" 46 percent of emergency room visits by privately insured patients required care within an hour.

Why should this be surprising? The ER is often the only feasible alternative for care needed before one can see one's regular doctor, and its use is supported by most insurance plans.

Deep divisions

E. J. Dionne writes in today's Washington Post about the deepening divisions in the United States as a result of party politics.

The red states get redder, the blue states get bluer, and the political map of the United States takes on the coloration of the Civil War.