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Airborne Bollocks

Most drugs are developed by Big Pharma–Brobdingnagian corporations with vast teams of scientists who have, to date, failed to cure the common cold. Airborne’s creator is “Knight-McDowell Labs”–Victoria Knight-McDowell is a schoolteacher and her...

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Away From Serfdom

The low-tax, high-income countries are mostly English-speaking ones that share a direct historical lineage with 19th-century Britain and its theories of economic laissez-faire … Budgetary outlays for social purposes average around 27 percent of...

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Bunny Love

How is [Hugh Hefner] who’s 78 years old able to have sex with that many women?He doesn’t really do anything. He just lies there with his Viagra erection. It’s just a fake erection, and...

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Sweet Tooth

What the ancient Mayans relished was not solid chocolate as we now know it. Rather, it was a thick, gritty, generally unsweetened frothy beverage composed of ground cacao beans, water, and other spices and...

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Social Insecurity

People’s incomes are swinging wildly—like winnings in a casino. In 1970, a [US] family in any given year had a one-in-fourteen chance of its income dropping by half; today, the chance is one in...

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Sick Transit

One-third of U.S. patients with health problems reported experiencing medical mistakes, medication errors, or inaccurate or delayed lab results—the highest rate of any of the six nations surveyed [Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, UK,...

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Lies, Damn Lies

The latest [US] BLS employment situation report states 4.5% unemployment, and 167,000 jobs created in December … the headline “unemployment” number we see every month isn’t the unemployment number — it’s one of many,...

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All Things Are Lights

It will only take a few tens of thousands of years at most before almost every trace of our present dominance has vanished completely. Alien visitors coming to Earth 100,000 years hence will find...

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Raging Bull

Working in Morgan Stanley for a few months. It’s strange working just beside Wall Street – before it was something I usually only saw doing the tourist thing… now I am sourly pushing through...

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Saddam On Finding A Good Wife

[Saddam] was particularly phobic about germs. Even top generals summoned to meet him were often ordered to strip to their underwear and their clothes were then washed, ironed and X-rayed before they could get...