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Free Market Electronic Medical Records

Let me share with you the opening paragraph on electronic medical records in a recent NY Times article:

Dr. David J. Brailer, the federal official who is trying to prod the nation's health care system into the computer age, has delivered a warning to the health care industry: take steps soon to make it happen or the government will probably impose a solution.

Oscar Thoughts

I'd like to make a habit of talking Oscars every year, but I think in the future I'll need to do a better job of getting out to see even half of the films garnering the main nominations. With this in mind, let me share with you a gaggle of radom thoughts. (You can find a list of all current and historical nominations at Wikipedia)

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Natural Selection and the Invisible Hand

The apparent connection between Darwin's theory of evolution via natural slection and Adam Smith Invisible Hand has long been commented upon. Don Boudreaux recently wondered whether the idea of markets and trading is an "extended human phenotype" that has played a role in human evolution: Read more »

Net Rounds

In his column about the Ward Churchill controversy, David Kopel drops this little nugget: Read more »

Happy Endings Leave This Moviegoer Far From It

I had a debate with my mother recently when we were trying to decide whether to see the heart-wrenching Million Dollar Baby or the heart-wrenching-er Hotel Rwanda. She was having trouble deciding because she wanted to see a more "uplifiting" film. I countered that such movies were often bad and that movies with downer endings made the best movies and the best works of art. We compromised, of course, by seeing the more up-lifting of the two downers. But afterwards I got to thinking if my hypothesis were true. And if so, why? Read more »

Hard Money

As a market anarchist, i sometimes try to imagine what a decentralized monetary system would look like. Melissa Milam of D'Alliance provides us with a possible answer. Read more »

Felony Butt Cleavage

If Virginia legislators are a little offended by young people showing the tops of their boxers or thongs, you think they may go crazy if the Lee Cooper creation "Butt Couture" makes the jump across the Atlantic? Read more »

ED Won\'t Kill You...

But the Health Bureaucracy may. The big medical controversy this week is Medicare's decision to cover drugs for erectile dysfunction. Obviously, this will not sit well with many people:

"The thought of Medicare wasting vital resources on performance-enhancing drugs is unconscionable, especially at a time when the focus should be on providing for truly needy seniors."

3rd Party

Russell Roberts is debating John Irons at I actually think that maybe they're trying to set-up a patsy for Roberts to kick around. Roberts puts all the blame for the problems of our health care system at the feet of the third-party payer Read more »

The Big Push Begins

Many people today pointing out that the Social Security privatization train is looking to jump the tracks now that a few details, pre-sausage phase, are out. Not that this is the least bit shocking, given the elements we're dealing with here. Read more »

Slip of the Tongue

In an otherwise incoherent rant at Rolling Stone, Paul Krugman admits the truth:

Social Security is simply not the biggest problem facing the government today.

I will grant that reasonable people can argue about the priorities our government can take to fix itself. But, in stating it's not #1 on the list, Krugman admits that SS is what it is - a problem. No take-backs, Paul.

<i>Reason</i> Rounds

Kerry Howley talks about medical paternalism and prescriptioin drugs:

There are perks to being governed by an insane military dictator. Creating a whole system of repression is a big job for one general, and anarchy bubbles to the surface in the empty spaces totalitarianism has yet to fill. Last year, while living in the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, my phones were tapped, my journals were read, my work was censored, and for the first time in my life, I was given the authority to care for my own body.

The Future of Medicine

I recently read Virginia Postrel's wonderful and entertaining The Future and It's Enemies. Read more »

Today in the Drug War

The US State Department issued the following statement yesterday:

[P]olice forces suffer from lack of funds and training, and the judicial system is weak, overworked and inefficient," the warning said. "Criminals, armed with an impressive array of weapons, know there is little chance they will be caught and punished."


If you value a good movie more than any other marginal purchase you could make with the eight bucks, let me recommend the excellent Closer, starring everyone's favorite (or, well, at least mine) Natalie Portman. Read more »