November 14th, 2008

Mr. Twister


Chicago Tribune -- University of Florida epidemiologist Alexander Wagenaar and his colleagues compared Alaska's alcohol tax rate over a nearly 30-year period with deaths due to alcohol-related diseases such as cirrhosis. They found that when the tax rate shot up, deaths plunged as much as 29 percent.

Their study suggests that raising the price of booze could be a more efficient way to address the deadly toll caused by drinking than building new clinics or starting new programs.

"It's a simple adjustment that has a very, very low cost [to impose], and it has a significantly larger effect than any of these preventions we've tried," Wagenaar said. "The simple fact is that if you raise alcohol taxes, you save lives."

Вот эта логика, я считаю, поразительнее даже любви к DEA, CPS и центробанкам.
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Mr. Twister


yan рекомендовал в каментах к этому посту kenest-a: David Foster Wallace, "E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction" (1993). Работа отвечает на поразительный вопрос: "Чем именно нам так нравится телевидение, что мы так много его смотрим?" Тем не менее, интересно. Имеется, например, душераздирающая цитата из чего-то другого (DeLillo, "White Noise"):
Several days later Murray asked me about a tourist attraction known as the most photographed barn in America. We drove twenty-two miles into the country around Farmington. There were meadows and apple orchards. White fences trailed through the rolling fields. Soon the signs started appearing. THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED BARN IN AMERICA. We counted five signs before we reached the site. There were forty cars and a tour bus in the makeshift lot. We walked along a cowpath to the slightly elevated spot set aside for viewing and photographing. All the people had cameras; some had tripods, telephoto lenses, filter kits. A man in a booth sold postcards and slides—pictures of the barn taken from the elevated spot. We stood near a grove of trees and watched the photographers. Murray maintained a prolonged silence, occasionally scrawling some notes in a little book.
     ``No one sees the barn,'' he said finally.
     A long silence followed.
     ``Once you've seen the signs about the barn, it becomes impossible to see the barn.''
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Mr. Twister

Только в Америке: рыночное решение несуществующей проблемы

Bloomberg Top News -- A hidden chemical in Embeda called naltrexone may make it somewhat more difficult for abusers to get high by chewing or crushing the capsule, outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration said at a meeting today in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Support for Embeda helps both Alpharma and King Pharmaceuticals Inc., which is trying to acquire the company in a $1.6 billion hostile takeover. They are among a half dozen drugmakers racing to introduce the first long-acting painkillers that are resistant to traditional methods of abuse and misuse.

Надо половину пенсионного плана разместить вот в это, а вторую половину - в технологии, предотвращающие выбросы углекислого газа в атмосферу.
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