Friday, December 02, 2011

Friday Night Gallimaufry

1. Cancer patients can now legally offer modest compensation to bone marrow donors, thanks to a legal victory this week by the Institute for Justice.

2. The British Library has digitized 300 years worth of newspaper archives, and now brings 65 million articles and 4 million pages online in searchable format.  

3. Do cell phone bans have a positive effect on road traffic safety? No, not in terms of reduced number of crashes, according to this Swedish study (see Section 3.9).

4. As more Americans give up their land lines, the increased use of cellphones is causing big problems for public opinion pollsters.

5.  Retail health clinics in the U.S. are now at record high: 1,353 are operating in 41 States, and the number of clinics has increased by 144 over the last 12 months. 

6.  A professor says that colleges should be required to post a "College Report Card" on their Web sites, i.e. a "consumer warning label," like those required for tire manufacturers. 

7. America's 100 most promising companies, from Forbes.   

8. October home sales increased by 15.2% in Phoenix and by 15.3% in Las Vegas.

18 Comments:

At 12/02/2011 9:32 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

I do not need a Swedish study to tell me distracted drivers are dangerous.

All this tells me is that either cell phone bans do not work, or else drivers find something else equally distracting.

Or the study was flawed.

 
At 12/02/2011 10:08 PM, Blogger Ed R said...

"October home sales increased in by 15.2% in Phoenix and by 15.3% in Las Vegas."

And how many of those 'sales' were foreclosures??

 
At 12/02/2011 10:15 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


1. Cancer patients can now legally offer modest compensation to bone marrow donors, thanks to a legal victory this week by the Institute for Justice.

Which means that lesser quality organs will be available to the masses, and it is open season for looting the destitute and corpses for organs of questionable quality.

Modest compensation, if allowed, will crack a door wide open to mean "modest for the very well-heeled".

 
At 12/02/2011 11:25 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"Modest compensation, if allowed, will crack a door wide open to mean "modest for the very well-heeled"...

Does that mean the 'well heeled' will have their denizens lurking about in your neighborhood ready to tackle you and harvest your organs for no compensation sethstorm?

 
At 12/03/2011 4:40 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

juandos: "Does that mean the 'well heeled' will have their denizens lurking about in your neighborhood ready to tackle you and harvest your organs for no compensation sethstorm?"

LOL good one!

Shhh! When they ask for directions, don't tell them he's hiding in his mother's basement.

 
At 12/03/2011 8:43 AM, OpenID moneyjihad said...

Regarding the difficulty in polling the cell phone using public, it's not as though we didn't have cell phones in 2008... Guess this is the excuse the Obama campaign will use to say that the polls are "skewed" because they're not adequately including young, hip, cell-only voters..

 
At 12/03/2011 9:10 AM, Blogger juandos said...

re: 8. October home sales increased...

Anyone believe this?

Renter Nation

Developers say the nature of home ownership has changed for good

By Frank Cagle
Posted November 30, 2011 at 1:20 p.m.

 
At 12/03/2011 10:22 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

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At 12/03/2011 10:30 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

re: "America's 100 most promising companies, from Forbes."

This is a fascinating and diverse list of companies in the venture capital/private/equity/friends and family stage of economic development.

So, if one wanted to invest in one of these top prospects then...

one could use #8, SecondMarket, to try and invest in #78 rgb NETWORKS (my pick, gut reaction, no due diligence), as an investment vehicle for the little guy.

 
At 12/03/2011 10:52 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Ahhh, look! More good news for sethstorm...

Excellent News: Your Federal Government Training IT Workers In Asia and Europe... So They Can Outsource American Jobs

 
At 12/03/2011 2:50 PM, Blogger PeakTrader said...

Also, Herman Cain quits.

I guess, he's not a fighter, and can't turn negatives into positives.

Embattled Cain ends 2012 bid
Dec 3, 2011

Herman Cain - ""false and unproved" sexual accusations have made it impossible for him to carry on a credible campaign."

 
At 12/03/2011 9:09 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...

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At 12/03/2011 9:15 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


juandos said...
Does that mean the 'well heeled' will have their denizens lurking about in your neighborhood ready to tackle you and harvest your organs for no compensation

No, but it opens the idea of it being one part of a Morton's fork. Having two equally bad choices is tantamount to force.


Unless there is a willingness to provide absolute top notch health care for this person, strict donation prevents abuse.

The better route would be to clone organs anew, where there can be some room to justify compensation.


Renter Nation

A reduction in freedom, not an increase.


Also, Herman Cain quits.

Good, now finish the job so the other Georgian quits(or is rendered unable to continue). That is, the intellectual that advocates the reintroduction of slavery, if only towards a wider amount of people. That GOP Georgian, for which is not Cain, wants to bring back the US to the 1860's.

Apparently William T. Sherman & Ulysses Grant didn't break the will of the South deeply enough, such that slavery stayed dead.

 
At 12/03/2011 9:58 PM, Blogger PeakTrader said...

Sethstorm, being dependent on government is slavery.

Work is not slavery. It's something that has to be done.

 
At 12/03/2011 11:30 PM, Blogger PeakTrader said...

Also, I may add, many people are working harder for less, because there's too much government dependence by other people.

It seems, you don't care about them.

 
At 12/04/2011 6:39 AM, Blogger sethstorm said...


Work is not slavery. It's something that has to be done.

What he was proposing was a form of slavery known as indentured servitude - not work. Gingrich, true to Southern form, wishes to bring back slavery through a favorable avenue - by introducing it to people that are politically OK to mistreat.

 
At 12/04/2011 6:30 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"What he was proposing was a form of slavery known as indentured servitude - not work"...

Oh nonsense sethstorm, read this since you are seriously in need of an education: Debt Slavery – Why It Destroyed Rome, Why It Will Destroy Us Unless It’s Stopped

 
At 12/04/2011 7:51 PM, Blogger juandos said...

From Wall St 24/7 here's something you might find worth the read: Best and Worst Run States in America — An Analysis Of All 50

 

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