Monday/Tuesday Highlights

Well, one day back after two weeks off … prior to heading out for a big big job tomorrow left little time for much of anything.

  1. First, what isn’t a surprise, here and here.
  2. Disarmament … consequences to follow.
  3. Not disarmament, for the gun control debate.
  4. Post Newton, remember the noise and nonsense over AR-15s and the Bushmaster rifle? Woops.
  5. What gun control buys you. That and a dollar will buy you … well what little a dollar will buy you.
  6. Patience and charity.
  7. Time porn.
  8. Linking two variables.
  9. The geniuses at the TSA.
  10. Rape.
  11. Is this rape? Perhaps not legally … but morally I think it may be.
  12. Maths and theology.
  13. Well, for myself, that objection is just plain stupid. Those $3-6 day “sweatshops” are often the best jobs in town.
  14. Following the money.

And, over the break I saw a complaint about Mr Obama spending very little time this family on vacation. No, I’m not normally one to defend Mr Obama, but … he has two teenage daughters. Two teenage daughters. ’nuff said.

One Response to Monday/Tuesday Highlights

  1. First, what isn’t a surprise, here and here.

    Actually it’s saying that health care premiums are going up slower than last year for one particular segment of the market. But health care costs as a whole seem to indeed be slowing:

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/01/07/the_healthcare_spending_slowdown.html

    If you’re off on your basic facts, then you can be fairly escorted out of the room of serious discussion of the issue. But let’s explore the idea of measuring success in health care by lowering the % of income we spend on it.

    let’s say between 1975 and today the economy has grown by 3.5% per year. That means the things we buy have grown by 3.5% per year. That’s only an average, though. Clearly some stuff didn’t grow that much (8-tracks), other stuff grew faster (decent hair cuts) and some stuff we spend money on today didn’t even exist back then (World of Warcraft?). Other stuff disappeared entirely (drive in movies).

    So you have a particular category of spending, say plastic toys. Each year the economy grows by so much so you have an opportunity to grow that much by simply asking people to increase their spend as much as income goes up. But you’re also in competition with other things so say you make really great plastic toys which everyone loves, but the TV industry churns out 3-D TV’s that no one is all that keen on. You can grow your sales faster than the economy grows by tapping not only the 3.5% in income growth but also taking sales that would have otherwise gone to other categories of spend, like TVs.

    If things other than health care do not improve as much as health care improves, one wouldn’t expect nor want healthcare to grow slower than the economy as a whole. It’s share of spending would increase.

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