Two foreign policy initiatives contrasted

Michael Giberson Two foreign policy initiatives, both began in mid-March, one a year old and the other started ten years ago, have had dramatically different effects on the world. Eric Shierman celebrates the wiser of the two efforts: I have considered writing about the Iraq War on the tenth anniversary of our collective, bi-partisan decision … More Two foreign policy initiatives contrasted

You are not entitled to a profitable business model

Lynne Kiesling Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing highlights the Supreme Court’s copyright decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons. Briefly, Wiley wanted the court to enforce copyright in a way that restricts the flow of book purchases across geographic regions (i.e., limiting the ability to buy cheaper versions elsewhere online). Clearly Wiley was attempting … More You are not entitled to a profitable business model

Should governments raise the cost of water used in fracking?

Michael Giberson In dry Texas, water use has been one of the bigger of the policy complaints tossed into the policy whirlwind surrounding hydraulic fracturing. A number of water quantity related bills are currently circulating in the Texas legislature and the Texas Railroad Commission (which regulated oil and gas drilling in the state) has considered … More Should governments raise the cost of water used in fracking?

Promoting cooperation instead of conflict on public lands

Michael Giberson A few days ago Shawn Regan and I had an op-ed that appeared in the Denver Post‘s Idea Log online section, “Promoting cooperation instead of conflict on public lands.” We begin: Energy and the environment are often at odds. As America’s energy production reaches record levels, controversies over the environmental impacts of energy … More Promoting cooperation instead of conflict on public lands

Jim Epstein: Doctors going off the insurance grid

Lynne Kiesling Reason’s been knocking it out of the park lately. Consider this article from Jim Epstein on doctors who have chosen to set up their practices to provide direct primary care. They don’t take insurance, they consult with patients in more flexible ways, and they charge lower fees as a result. This model is … More Jim Epstein: Doctors going off the insurance grid