America’s Great Depression section VI

I’m sorry about the two-day delay. Terrible job by me. No real excuse except some minor work distractions. The reading for next Saturday is Chapter 6.

Abandon hope, all ye who compare discount rates….

Christmas science

No doubt science fetishists will attempt to give science credit for this amazing scientific breakthrough too, since it involves saving lives:

The New Yorker is running a piece by Atul Gawande that starts by describing the everyday miracles that can be achieved in a modern medical intensive care unit, and ends by making a case for a simple and inexpensive way to save 28,000 lives per year in US ICUs, at a one-time cost of a few million dollars. This medical miracle is the checklist.

Note the category… who knew that Santa Claus was a scientist?