Sickness Industry

The July/August 2009 issue of Technology Review is especially good. In it there are articles on Wolfram Alpha, cap and trade, Obama’s technology stimulus, and nuclear fusion. It also contains an entire section on cloud computing and a thought-provoking essay on privacy in the age of Facebook. A Pound of Cure (subscription required) Andy Kessler, […]

Job Lock

Health system discourages innovation Andy Sullivan, Reuters, May 28, 2009 I’ve been talking about “job lock” since long before I knew there was a term for it. It is perhaps one of the most devastating consequences of our troubled health care system industry–and one that barely receives mention. Innovation and entrepreneurship are what made this […]

God’s Army

Jesus killed Mohammed: The crusade for a Christian military Jeff Sharlet, Harper’s Magazine, May 2009, pg. 31 Download the article (pdf). If the following excerpt doesn’t piss you off the remainder of the article surely will. The pious evangelical Christians who would have you think they are a benign-to-positive force are disingenuous at best. They […]

Doomed By Cheap Money

Infinite Debt: How unlimited interest rates destroyed the economy Thomas Geoghegan, Harper’s Magazine, April 2009, p31 In this scathing essay, Mr. Goeghegan enumerates the problems of allowing interest rates to escalate to grotesque and immoral levels. His analysis and insights are fascinating and worth consideration. He says what many are thinking and few are saying: […]