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It's been a while since I've done one of these! Let's get to it.

  • According to Slate.com, complaining about how early Christmas shopping starts is a bit of a Christmas tradition.
  • Robert Murphy reacts to Paul Krugman admitting that higher taxes and death panels are exactly what health care reformers have in mind.
  • Via Marginal Revolution, Avik Roy suggests that people in the US have the best life expectancy in the world, if we exclude deaths resulting from injury. Or if we start counting from the point of medical intervention. That is, for deadly things that can actually be treated by health care, US has the best outcomes in the entire world.
  • David Henderson directs our attention to an article about walking versus driving. This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has ever understood that the reason you can't solve electricity problems in Africa by distributing hand-crank electric generators is because people just become hungrier. Surprise, surprise, you can't out-smart the Law of Conservation of Energy.
  • If you're not familiar with the Canadian news landscape, you need to read this BBC article about Toronto mayor Rob "I smoked crack on video" Ford. Bear in mind that Ford smoked crack on video while in office