The Effect of Patents on Drug Prices

The NYT has a good article on how patents enable drug companies to keep prices high – far higher than in other countries. For example, with the patent for the older oral contraceptive Loestrin 24Fe about to expire, the company Warner Chilcott stopped making the pill this year and introduced a chewable version — with […]

Groklaw is Dead

This is so sad. Pamela Jones of Groklaw has decided to shutter the site as a result of Snowden’s revelations about email snooping. I know this won’t mean anything to most people, but Groklaw was a beacon in the IP world. PJ is a para-legal who reported on all the big cases – SCO, Apple/Samsung, […]

The Peace Poll

I’ve just launched The Peace Poll, a 2-question survey on peace. Visit , read about our plans, vote, and tell your friends.

Firearms and Fear

Dear gun owners: I know you have many stories of how the presence of guns prevented a crime of some sort, and I in turn have stories of when their presence caused injuries or death. We’re both right. But when different stories each have internally consistent reasoning, the only way to choose between them is […]

The Psychology of Politics

Years ago, I thought I was going to die. I was a back-seat passenger getting a ride back from a weekend encounter group, and the driver and the other passenger had such a screaming match over politics that I thought a car crash was inevitable. Ever since then, I have pondered the emotional basis of […]