For a limited time only, both parts of the documentary film Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business are available to watch for free online. If you haven't seen them, I highly recommend watching them now or bookmarking this page to watch later. But don't wait too long, because it's only available until December 16.
The U.S. mainstream media has a rather strange understanding of what "diplomacy" in international relations means. Under the headline "Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy", Mark Landler in the New York Times offers two problematic examples that are somehow supposed to support this thesis: Iran and Syria.
One of the characteristics of a psychopath is that they will unashamedly lie even if they know others will know that it is untrue. Barack Obama frequently illustrates this characteristic. Such was the case last month, when he told the Wall Street Journal CEO Council that he cut the deficit in half since talking office.
There was a great deal of buzz about the initial agreement between the U.S. and its Western allies and Iran, with the media calling it "historic", "a breakthrough" and a "game-changer". The media is also characterizing the Obama administration's role as ushering in a new era of U.S. diplomacy. But the U.S. is not engaged in diplomacy, and the Iran nuclear deal is not a serious step towards rapprochement, as far as the U.S. is concerned, which is why the continuing talks will ultimately fail to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
My interview with Devon Douglas-Bowers about my forthcoming book on the U.S. role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A Reuters headline reads "Iran says to continue building at Arak nuclear site despite deal", thus implying that its ongoing construction would be in violation of its recent agreement with the U.S. and its Western allies. But a State Department spokesperson acknowledged that "building work" is allowable under the deal.
How a panicked response to 9/11 wastes billions of dollars fighting a minuscule threat.
"So, very early reports are that Obamacare exchanges are, as expected, having some technical glitches on the first day — maybe even a bit worse than expected, because it appears that volume has been much bigger than predicted. Here’s what you need to know: this is good, not bad, news for the program.... Lots of people logging on and signing up on the very first day ... is an early indication that it’s going to be fine, that plenty of people will sign up for the first year of health reform." -- Paul Krugman, "Good Glitches", October 1, 2013
Paul Krugman writes that "there is something wrong with the structure of the economics profession. We don’t seem to need different economics as much as we need different economists." He got one thing right: we need different economists, because economists like Paul Krugman are very much a part of the problem.
Under the headline "Right-wing extremists face new moral conundrum", Brian Beutler writes that Obamacare has all of the ingredients any marketplace needs to be successful: 1) An appealing product. 2) A large population of motivated shoppers. 3) Affordable prices, either by design or by discount. 4). A fast-moving checkout counter. But Beutler forgot the most important ingredient of all!
There is no such thing as a "right" to health care.
No, outlawing jobs is not good for our families and our economy. Naturally, the consequence of outlawing jobs is higher unemployment, and those most hurt by such government price controls are the very same people the price fixing is supposed to help, the less highly skilled members of the labor force.
Paul Krugman on his blog today denies that he advocated that the Fed create a housing bubble in 2002.
Oftentimes, Paul Krugman maintains his Keynesian theology by deliberately missing the point of people who say things that don't conform to it. In a post yesterday, he takes issue with the argument that there was indeed substantial price inflation during the housing bubble years and the corollary that the Fed monetary policy was "too loose", meaning that it was printing too much money out of thin air. The argument is that the inflation might not have shown up in the CPI, it showed up in food and energy prices, and in the bubble itself, with its rising home prices.
So you've probably heard how in a vain attempt to try to keep his already broken promise to Americans that if they liked their health insurance, they could keep it, Obama announced a proposal that people who were sent letters informing them that they would be losing their insurance to be able to remain with the non-Obamacare-compliant plans for another year. This illustrates how Obama doesn't understand his own law, much less how markets work.