Archive for April 1st, 2008

Dan Smolin asks whether you are a victim of investment pornography.

| April 1, 2008 | 4 Replies
Dan Smolin asks whether you are a victim of investment pornography.

Dan Smolin writes some persuasive posts on the topic of investing.   I’m categorizing this post under “snake oil” because of a point that Smolin repeatedly makes:  that virtually every investment professional’s claim that he/she can help you beat the market is false.  Dan often does a Q&A.  Here’s a recent example: Question: Can I […]

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There might not be a “plausible” way out of this country’s financial mess.

| April 1, 2008 | 2 Replies
There might not be a “plausible” way out of this country’s financial mess.

There might not be a plausible way out of our country’s financial mess.  That’s the opinion of Kevin Phillips, a former republican strategist who works as an economics commentator.  What are the main problems?  [P]hony Washington statistics and warped market measurements make it doubly hard to tell. The federal Consumer Price Index is already regarded […]

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Prayer fails again

| April 1, 2008 | 4 Replies
Prayer fails again

In a tragic story from my own state of Wisconsin, an 11-year-old girl died last week because her parents trusted God to heal her. The parents apparently didn’t realize that their child had diabetes, so they never sought medical help. Instead, they prayed. Though not reported in the StarTribune article, local radio reported that the […]

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Gasoline and Iraq

| April 1, 2008 | 1 Reply
Gasoline and Iraq

Price Of Oil Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant   Our Saudi Friends Keefe, The Denver Post   Tanking Economy Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner   Iraq Milestone 4000 Brian Fairrington, Cagle Cartoons   McCain and the Iraq War Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant

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How about Tylenol for your child’s cold or fever? How about Tylenol ADVERTISING to rev up a parent’s anxiety?

| April 1, 2008 | 5 Replies
How about Tylenol for your child’s cold or fever?  How about Tylenol ADVERTISING to rev up a parent’s anxiety?

Check out this current website from Tylenol. You’ll see that McNeil (maker of Tylenol) has heroically and voluntarily removed all of these medicines from the market:

Concentrated TYLENOL® Infants’ Drops Plus Cold
Concentrated TYLENOL® Infants’ Drops Plus Cold & Cough
PediaCare® Infant Dropper Decongestant
PediaCare® Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough
PediaCare® Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine)
PediaCare® Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough
PediaCare® Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine)

Why remove all these children’s medicines? According to Tylenol,

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