Life expectancy and infant mortality – poor health care performance measures

Supporters of Obamacare or those who want to go further and implement universal health care in the US often make the argument that America spends more than most countries on health care, but relatively speaking gets pretty lousy results. Having personally experienced universal health care systems in the UK, New Zealand and Australia this argument […]

Keep government out of preschool

<Originally posted at Sound Politics> Government funded preschool is one of the latest public policy fads and unfortunately Seattle might catch on to it this election with two initiatives on the ballot. Although the Seattle Times editorial board got it right in recommending a no vote on Proposition 1A, it recommended we “hop on the […]

It’s not Ebola that scares us, it’s our government – or Bruni vs. Bruni

Frank Bruni wrote an Op-ed in the New York Times on October 14 entitled “Scarier Than Ebola” in which he argued that we should be more worried about things such as the flu, car crashes and skin cancer than Ebola. His argument immediately began to fall apart when I applied the lessons in logic I […]

An inconvenient study part two

(This post was originally published on Sound Politics and is a follow up to “An Inconvenient Study?“) My September post on the recent climate study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which concluded the rise in West Coast temperatures since 1900 was due to natural forces, generated some good comments from readers, some […]

The future of Hong Kong


The following is from my pre-blog archives. When I lived in Hong Kong in 1997, I was asked to write a semi-regular column under the banner “Postcard from Hong Kong” for a university newspaper in New Zealand. This article appeared on July 4 1997, three days after the United Kingdom transferred sovereignty of Hong Kong back […]