Archive for March, 2010

US Healthcare Bill?

March 23, 2010

Seems like a good thing, as far as it goes— but I’ll readily admit to not understanding all the issues here. It’s a bit baffling from this side of the pond. The bill is basically about ensuring universal health insurance coverage, right? That sounds like a good idea, although it certainly won’t be enough (assuming that improving the overall health of the American population is your aim). I’ve seen stuff like this before, and the people over at Effect Measure seem to agree.

Earthquakes, blackouts, and Gini

March 18, 2010

Ramblings of a tired mind follow. Don’t expect much.

The cold curves of mortality

March 11, 2010

Though it’s still not exactly warm out there, in the UK we’ve at last come to the end of the coldest winter for 30-odd years. This was due to a more southerly-than-normal-for-the-time-of-year jet stream, as the somewhat controversial Paul Hudson explains here. He has an interesting if not entirely convincing (to this admitted non-meteorologist/climatologist) explanation which links the cold snap to the recent lack of sunspot activity. But that’s by-the-by.

The snow was photogenic and fun in the beginning, but persistent cold temperatures come with a price attached. This price is paid disproportionately within the population— and interestingly, disproportionately between populations, too.