Archive for October, 2009

Canadian Healthcare

October 17, 2009

A good story from Sandro Contenta at

“Laughs aside, the American tendency to treat policy debates as life and death struggles over ‘the American way of life’ reminds many Canadians, rightly or wrongly, of how lucky they are to be living north of the border. It’s hard not to feel civically more evolved when, in some U.S. states, people can legally show up at presidential speeches sporting handguns or assault rifles.

U.S. culture wars, in other words, often reinforce Canada’s national identity.”


New Dance Craze

October 12, 2009

Everybody’s doing it.

Marijuana Macroeconomics

October 12, 2009

Interesting Washington Post article on the largest cash crop on the continent:

“Mexico produced 35 million pounds of marijuana last year, according to government estimates. On a hidden hilltop field in Mexico’s Sinaloa state, reachable by donkey, a pound of pot might earn a farmer $25. The wholesale price for the same pound in Phoenix is $550, and so the Mexican cartels could be selling $20 billion worth of marijuana in the U.S. market each year.”


Another Beer Fest down the tubes

October 12, 2009

I’ve done little except work and work and drink at the Great American Beer Fest – held two weekends before this last one – but have been lazy about blogging. Also saw Slim Cessna’s Auto Club on Friday at the Oriental Theater.  Anyhoo, here are some Beer Fest pics.