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”.Edge conversation on various things with Rory Sutherland.
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.
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.
“As of March 2017, we find that Sci-Hub’s database contains 68.9% of all 81.6 million scholarly articles, which rises to 85.2% for those published in closed access journals…estimate that over a six-month period in 2015–2016, Sci-Hub provided access for 99.3% of valid incoming requests.
Hence, the scope of this resource suggests the subscription publishing model is becoming unsustainable.” The Intercept: US Lawmakers Seek To Criminally Outlaw Support For Boycott Campaign Against Israel vs.
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 sure would be a shame if this caused a Streisand Effect where many more people became aware of the existence of Sci-Hub, a free and easy-to-use source for almost all otherwise-paywalled scientific papers, which by the way depends on reader donations to stay online.