Seen on Twitter with the commentary “Darwin beats Marx every time”.From Rationalist Tumblr: those claims that medical error is the third-leading cause of death, kills 200,000 people every year, etc? And most people interpret it as ‘number of stupid mistakes by doctors’ when it really means more like “the number of bad health outcomes that could be prevented with perfect god-like-omniscient understanding of all patents’ health situation”.

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The bill’s proponents say that the only thing it does is prevent foreign countries from demanding American companies boycott Israel as a precondition to doing business there.

I think the opposing argument is mostly that laws often get overapplied, and this one seems more overapplicable than most.

It also costs health systems billions of dollars per year.

And key quote: “Pro Publica has been researching why the U. health care system is the most expensive in the world.

One answer, broadly, is waste — some of it buried in practices that the medical establishment and the rest of us take for granted.

We’ve documented how hospitals often discard pricey new supplies, how nursing homes trash valuable medications after patients pass away or move out, and how drug companies create expensive combinations of cheap drugs.

Both groups agree that it’s a hackish solution that ignores all the important subtleties around the question, but disagree on whether having something easy is at least better than nothing.

US Court Grants Journals Millions Of Dollars In Damages From Sci-Hub.

Volokh Conspiracy: Israel Anti-Boycott Does Not Violate Free Speech.

Some people on Rationalist Tumblr explained this to me: the bill says that Americans can’t join foreign anti-Israel boycotts, but doesn’t prevent them from starting their own, including ones that are exactly like the foreign ones and can’t be distinguished from them in any way.

Andrew Gelman takes on James Heckman; read the comments for some good debate around Perry-Preschool-style interventions. Make sure to spin it around to get the full 3-D effect.