"The CVS Health bid to buy Aetna will "reshape" health care, or so headlines would have us believe. Actually, it's a sign that the health care landscape is already being reshaped — by consumers, instead of central planners."
I'm far from a conspiracy-theorist, but I agree with Victor Davis Hanson that there are a heck a lot of "coincidences" here.
A promising sign. The country probably would be better off if some of the Smart People left D.C. and worked for constructive change in their hometowns.
Get a Christmas gift for a conservative.
This is the biggest civil rights issue of our time.
(Related: I'm reading a book on education reform. The author talks about the PISA test that is used to compare high schoolers' performance across countries and he states: "Last time out, the U.S. average score was 500, just behind Poland and ahead of Liechtenstein. However . . . If America's scores were limited to those from schools in districts in which the poverty rate was less than 10 percent--Finland's poverty rate is less than 4 percent--the United States would lead the world, and it wouldn't be close . . .")
The solution starts with "low-calorie liquid meals for three to five months". That doesn't sound easy, but you wouldn't expect it to be.
Made me laugh.
Someone may be putting something in the Los Angeles water supply. In the past months, two unlikely L.A.-based presidential contenders — Mayor Eric Garcetti and Disney Chief Robert Iger — have been floated in the media, including in the New York Times.
"‘Who’s Next?’: The Mysterious Blind-Item King Who Exposed Weinstein, Spacey, and Lauer Before the Media"
I've been reading the "blind-item king" for a while now. He sure seems to have some good sources.
"San Francisco rent is so expensive that a law firm bought a $3 million plane to fly its people in from Texas instead of having them live there"
The jet cost $3 million and costs $2500/hour to operate.
"We know little about the effect of diet on health. That’s why so much is written about it". (And he links to a short paper by John Ioannidis, "Implausible results in human nutrition research".)
Put these two pieces together and something interesting may be happening.
More reasons why I get very little of my news from the MSM.
Also on the Middle East:
Caroline Glick likes the supposed new peace plan.
Myron Magnet approves of--but warns about--the actions of the new Saudi Crown Prince.
An evergreen story: "So, the Food and Drug Administration, tasked with proving the safety and efficacy of medication, was either bought off by the drug company or failed in their due diligence."
"The Windy City is using complex bonds to delay a financial reckoning and avoid cleaning up its fiscal mess."
The horrible, disgusting, deeply no-good action by President Trump on the Utah monuments--all our land should belong to the federal government!--has gotten some of the usual suspects all upset. I don't know if this story checks out, but it certainly sounds right.
Sell 80% of federal land, across the board, and use the money to pay down the deficit.
A fine piece by Richard Ebeling. He makes the vital points but simply enough that a high schooler could appreciate them. Give the piece to a young person you know who's being taught some bad antitrust economics.
"She loves spending time with her son and daughters," Tortorella said, adding that Cook is "as mentally sharp as ever."
Now I know what a fire hydrant being orange means.
"To the young (like my sons) who think we baby boomers are pampered, selfish, racists, here's why you're all SO wrong"
I really don't believe in collective guilt, but if I did, this would be one fine answer to the "Baby Boomers are to blame" argument.
Three more reasons why many Americans don't trust the mass media as much as they used to.
Related: a brief recounting of how the reporting on the effects of Amazon acquiring Whole Foods was clearly superficial and credulous.
Including Arnold on The Dating Game. (15 minute video.)
Not rewatchable but otherwise a fine film.
I don't know the answer, but my guess is nothing good. ("Post-empirical science": sheesh.)
"The private-equity firm that saved Arby's is making a $2.9 billion bet that it can do the same for Buffalo Wild Wings"
Those Arby's ads are probably the best I've seen in the last ten years. If they can produce ads as good for Buffalo Wild Wings, I think they'll succeed.
Easy: solve the other half.
I'll be pulling for the Tide in the upcoming playoffs, but if you want a reason to root for Clemson, try this.