Politics

Wanted: Seeds to Grow Pizza in my Vegetable Garden

Wanted: Seeds to Grow Pizza in my Vegetable Garden

Well well well. Congress: Pizza IS a vegetable.*Saw this brilliant tweet from McGarry’s Ghost: Thinking about planting pizza in my garden next spring, now that Congress says it is a vegetable. Anyone know where I can buy pizza seeds? So, on Facebook, I said this: I guess this is the result of one of those […]

Ezra Klein on Health Insurance Exchanges

Ezra Klein is one of my must-reads on the whole health care reform situation. He digests all those white papers, position papers and the like, and then spells out the most salient points. The mechanism that makes it possible to get a better deal on insurance is the Health Insurance Exchange. The Health Insurance Exchange, […]

Are health insurance companies like all other for-profit ventures?

Nate Silver at 538 (He called the 2008 election with the most accurate breakdown of electoral votes) parses the difference between your standard profit-making business and how health insurance works. I’m a big believer in the profit motive in 99 percent of all cases. If the government decided to open a non-profit hamburger stand, I […]

Restrictions May Apply

This American Life, episode 386: Fine Print. (still available for download through end of week) Act 3: Restrictions May Apply. For all the bullshitting politicians and insurance co lobbyists who say “no, no, we don’t need reform to health care, no no, slow down, no no, it’s fine as it is,” take a listen. Ira […]

Judiciary Haiku

Dahlia Lithwick sums up — in Haiku — the speeches by each member of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the vote whether to recommend Sonia Sotomayor to a full vote in the Senate. For those who missed the proceedings, the following are summaries of each of the senators’ speeches as offered this morning—in haiku form. […]

Debate between Lessig and Conyers

Larry Lessig and Michael Eisen call out a bill in congress that’d restrict publishing of government scientific research to subscription-only journals. Representative John Conyers is a sponsor of that bill. “The law would forbid entities like the NIH from requiring that recipients of government grants make the product of their research openly accessible. (The current […]

John Holdren to be White House Science Advisor

ScienceInsider posts the news (well, the “strong indications” of news) that physicist John Holdren will be Obama’s Science Advisor. [via Ben Smith] Holdren is well known for his work on energy, climate change, and nuclear proliferation. Trained in fluid dynamics and plasma physics, Holdren branched out into policy early in his career. He has led […]

The man speaks truth

What I’m most looking forward to after the election I will finally get my brain back. It’s been extremely difficult for me to focus on anything but the election since about midway through September, which has not been a good thing; I admit I’ve been one of those people who has been refreshing FiveThirtyEight.com like […]

Sorry we can’t

From Le Monde [via Follow Me Here] Sorry. No column today. The keyboard is not responding. History is a page being turned. Three words on the screen: “Yes we can.” While it is impossible to joke with genocide or disaster, it is equally impossible to joke with an event that makes you weep for joy. […]