Lunatic Zionazis

A few American Israelis appear to have gone off the deep end ever since Obama chose Cairo over Tel Aviv:

The Pope and the cardinals of the Vatican help organize tours of Auschwitz for Hezbollah members to teach them how to wipe out Jews, according to a booklet being distributed to Israel Defense Forces soldiers. Officials encouraging the booklet’s distribution include senior officers, such as Lt. Col. Tamir Shalom, the commander of the Nahshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade.

I realize there is a German Pope these days, but I find it highly unlikely that he, and the College of Cardinals based in Rome, occupy themselves with providing guided tours to Lebanese terrorists in Poland. As Justin Raimondo wryly notes: “The irony that one of Israel’s most ardent defenders is now using arguments based on theories of genetic superiority may be lost on that country’s knee-jerk defenders at this point….”

It seems to have escaped the attention of nearly everyone, Christian, Jew, and atheist alike, that an America that is not a White European Christian nation is not an America that will lift a finger in order to preserve the only Jewish state. I tend to doubt those Muslim Somalis in Minnesota lose much sleep over the prospective fate of Israel.

The Israelis have the same right to exist and defend themselves that any other nation does. Their right of conquest is no less legitimate than that of dozens of other nations. But I fail to see how actively attempting to create more enemies than they already have, or fostering even greater reliance on the USA, serves any rational Israeli interest.

At the Black Gate

In which I address the recent matter of Adam Roberts’s criticism of the recently published Hugo Award shortlist.

A new game

Are you smarter than a Nobel-prize winning economist?

There are two strongly distinctive aspects of health care. One is that you don’t know when or whether you’ll need care — but if you do, the care can be extremely expensive. The big bucks are in triple coronary bypass surgery, not routine visits to the doctor’s office; and very, very few people can afford to pay major medical costs out of pocket.

This tells you right away that health care can’t be sold like bread. It must be largely paid for by some kind of insurance. And this in turn means that someone other than the patient ends up making decisions about what to buy. Consumer choice is nonsense when it comes to health care. And you can’t just trust insurance companies either — they’re not in business for their health, or yours….

The second thing about health care is that it’s complicated, and you can’t rely on experience or comparison shopping. (”I hear they’ve got a real deal on stents over at St. Mary’s!”) That’s why doctors are supposed to follow an ethical code, why we expect more from them than from bakers or grocery store owners.

So, here’s the challenge for the economically literate readers here. Can you spot the flaws in Paul Krugman’s assertion that health care is a special case not subject to the basic laws of economics?