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Why Government Must Stay out of Healthcare

April 28th, 2009

This is a great story wtih a great analysis of the aweful electronic medical records system.

Encouraging Public Employment

April 15th, 2009

CNN has an article discussing how to get your student loans forgiven by entering into the public sector. Do we really want to encourage kids to put a drain on our universities to enter into the public sector, the sector well known for producing the worst results recorded? I don’t think we need to waste tax dollars on state-funded universities and federally funded loan forgiveness. Can’t those same kids find meaningful jobs in the private sector where their contributions would be more fully appreciated?

Economics Debunked: Price Gouging

April 9th, 2009

This is the first of a series of articles to debunk common misconceptions regarding economics. This article is regarding price gouging. It was triggered by this Ars article. The article complains that a cable company is changing the way it wants to sell its products, cable-based internet in this instance. Previously, people could subscribe to Time Warner’s Cable (TWC) internet with no tangible bandwidth limit. This means they could download as much as they want per month. (Side note: most people download very little, only people downloading large quantities of video (10 per month) would come close to these the the proposed limits). Apparently, TWC has decided to charge $30 for a 5GB plan or $55 for a 40GB plan. Nate Anderson is whining that that is unfair for TWC to do. Many of the comments whine that things should be down to prevent this such as government legislation. All of this implies that TWC’s customers deserve unlimited cable downloads for a price below what TWC is willing to sell it for. Well, I think I deserve you to sell me your car for $1. What’s that? You don’t like that? Well, too bad. I deserve it. You say that’s crazy? Of course it is. Its just as crazy as TWC’s customer whining about this.  If you don’t want to pay that price, don’t buy from them. Buy Verizon’s DSL service, DirecTV’s sattelite internet service, one of many dialup services, or no internet at all. Its your choice. Its the beauty of the free market.

Wizard of Id Comic

April 7th, 2009

I liked this comic.

Phoenix Police Raid Blogger’s Home

April 3rd, 2009

I reiterate my previous statement regarding police. Bad/corrupt/evil police officers make up only a small percentage of most police departments. Its the other cops that worry me because they not only don’t take action to stop this behavior, but often times actively cover it up under the pretense of brotherhood.

Citizen Review Boards help keep departments in check. It sounds like Phoenix should look into it.