In support of ligers

I was watching Nightline last night and there was a story on interesting animal hybrids.  These include Zedonks, Beefalos, Wholpins, and–as made famous in Napoleon Dynamite–ligers.  Besides the obvious appeal of creating something never seen before, is it worthwhile to create these hybrids? One “expert” said that creating these crossbreeds upset the natural order of…

Word of the day: Quango

Quango noun, acronym: Quango or qango is an acronym (variously spelt out as quasi non-governmental organisation, quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation, and quasi-autonomous national government organisation) used notably in the United Kingdom, Ireland and elsewhere to label an organisation to which government has devolved power. In the United Kingdom the official term is “non-departmental public body” or…

Bon Voyage

The Healthcare Economist will be taking a break from blogging.  I’ll be on vacation in Israel (Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv) and Egypt (Cairo) for two weeks.  Blogging will return in the new year. Here is some information on each country: Egypt Hello: as-salam alaykum Language: Arabic Population: 80.5 million GDP: $469 billion GDP per capita: $5,900.…

Keep Your Identity Small

I came across this essay from Paul Graham and it truly an excellent piece of insight about how one’s identity informs your opinions.  Are you Jewish?  You’re more likely to support Israel in any debate.  Are you a Moslem?  Then you are more likely to side with Palestinians. This is true almost regardless of the…