Archive for December, 2011

Ghost of Christmas Presents

December 21, 2011

It is likely a bit late for most, but I do have a suggestion for removing one of the stresses of Christmastime: Declare a gift giving truce.



The Placebo Effect

December 18, 2011

The placebo effect, the ability of an inert substance to deliver a cure, is an oft-remarked part of hypothesis testing. Such results are dismissed with a cursory “that is just the placebo effect.”

Rarely mentioned is just how amazing such a thing is.


The Republican Primary

December 13, 2011

Because I know everyone is waiting to hear what I think of the Republican presidential contenders, I present my rundown of the candidates.


The Buffet Tax?

December 4, 2011

Warren Buffet along with various other wealthy individuals called for higher taxes on the wealthy. His claim was that he was under taxed, suffering a rate lower than his secretary and other employees (who must be well paid, as he claims they are suffering a 33 percent burden). Perhaps there is a way we can give Buffet and friends what they want.