Healthcare is not a Normal Good

Freakonomics » New Freakonomics Podcast: Does College Still Matter? And Other FREAK-y Questions Answered. [Healthcare] is virtually the only part of the economy where I can go out and get any service I want—cancer treatment, open heart surgery, have a wart removed, whatever it is—and I pay $3 for it or $5 for it or …

The Racism of Frame

Wow. Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Racism of Frame: On Friday I joked on twitter, the other day, that biggest problem with attempting to write smart is that you end up attracting people who really are smart. And sometimes they write in to tell you you’re wrong. And sometimes, In such cases, your forced to acknowledge their …

Trains and Freedom

Trains and Freedom: “Anyway, my experience is that of the three modes of mechanized transport I use, trains are by far the most liberating. Planes are awful: waiting to clear security, then having to sit with your electronics turned off during takeoff and landing, no place to go if you want to get up in …

The Truth is Impossible to Hide

Smooth jazz is really my Dad’s thing so I’m generally not all that turned on by modern praise and worship music.  But the words…Lord, God Almighty.

Live up to Expectations

Remarks by the President at a Memorial Service for the Victims of the Shooting in Tucson, Arizona | The White House: I want to live up to her expectations.  (Applause.)  I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it.  I want America to be as good as she imagined it.  (Applause.)  All …

Fear Is the Path to the Dark Side

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Fear Is the Path to the Dark Side: “ Fear leads to anger… It’s no surprise that the former Navy pilot sees himself as a champion of the military, and he chides Obama for inexperience in pushing to lift the ban on openly gay service members. But McCain is indulging in semantics when …

He Reported the FBI’s Own Informant to the FBI

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes: He Reported the FBI’s Own Informant to the FBI: “Here’s an incredible piece of reporting in the Washington Post about Craig Monteilh, a convicted criminal turned FBI informant-provocateur, and former foot-solider in our War on Terror: Before the sun rose, the informant donned a white Islamic robe. A tiny camera was sewn …

TSA Agents Harass and Threaten Mother, Force Her to Miss Flight

TSA Agents Harass and Threaten Mother, Force Her to Miss Flight: Stacey Armato: TSA rules allow for alternate screening (no x-ray) for breast milk and I almost never had a problem… until the week before this screening. I was held for 30 minutes that week while the TSA manager called to find out the rules. …

Close the Washington Monument

Schneier on Security: Close the Washington Monument: “Terrorism isn’t a crime against people or property. It’s a crime against our minds, using the death of innocents and destruction of property to make us fearful. Terrorists use the media to magnify their actions and further spread fear. And when we react out of fear, when we …