A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
In which I respectfully disagree with Prof. Hanley
On average, men wait significantly longer for prostate cancer surgery than women do for breast cancer surgery – and a lot of people are calling foul. The lesson to be learned from this much ballyhooed statistic? That more and more, ideology is forcing us to choose narrative over data. Tod Kelly explains.
James Hanley proposes a No Rent Seeking constitutional amendment.
Kazzy takes a look at the pros and cons of voting blocks.
Burt Likko celebrates the history of a city that seems all too frequently to act as though it had none, on the centennial anniversary of an important, oft-overlooked event. In the beginning was a ditch…
Roger imagines a better and more libertarian way to structure license plate giving programs.
Patience, unlike smoking crack, is a virtue.
A loathsome practice goes the way of the dodo? About time.
In which our hero resists the siren’s call of grad school. Twice. 20 years apart.
Katherine MW explores land use and water rights issues in Palestine.
Vikram suggests a moral code that is simple if not flexible.
The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Why is that? Seriously, why? We’re asking.
The discrepancy in quality healthcare isn’t just between the rich and the poor, it also exists between urban and rural patients. Michael Caine looks at the healthcare crisis afflicting America’s rural communities.
In his film version of Much Ado about Nothing, Joss Whedon highlights the social context that makes it acceptable for Claudio to shame Hero before her father and the wedding guests. There’s something rotten in the patriarchy of Messina.
Jason Kuznicki looks at rational ignorance in the voting booth.
Educational opportunities for students exist everywhere. Why public education is just as important as the traditional classroom.
As it turns out, at-risk men really do need a men’s rights movement. They just might not need the one they have. From Tod Kelly, a companion piece to the men’s rights movement story on The Daily Beast.
In which Burt Likko envies Canada for its annual commemoration of courts expanding individual rights.
Cucumber or lemon?
A deal? Really? And with literally hours to spare! Discuss.
You say you’d like to breathe? Splendid. That will be $100, please.
An intellectual acknowledgment of poverty is not the same thing as believing in poverty and acting accordingly.
There is no denying that the rollout of the Obamacare exchange website has thus far been a complete and utter disaster. I tend to agree with the assessment that if these problems aren’t fixed – and soon – it will start to ensure that the “young invincibles” that Obamacare needs to have any chance at…
The US healthcare system is about to radically change, whether or not Obamacare stands. Exactly how it’s going to change, and the degree to which that change will be good or bad for the country, is a choice we still need to make. Before we can make that choice, however, we need to understand how we got here in the first place.
It’s the first Monday in October. Burt Likko offers a preview of the high points of the Supreme Court’s docket, and some other interesting notes.