How Your Doctor’s Greatest Fear Can Cost You

One of the reasons that the costs of medical care continue to escalate is the litigious society we live in. Physicians, leery of the litigious patient, must practice medicine in a defensive manner. Oftentimes, they must prescribe medications or order expensive tests to cover all bases. These expensive routine workups are a primary reason . . . → Read More: How Your Doctor’s Greatest Fear Can Cost You

Gas Prices: Print Media’s #1 Enemy

At over $4 a gallon, gas is definitely putting the pinch on consumers. Wired writes, “No Mocha For Me, Thanks. I’ve Gotta Buy Gas.” We aren’t sweating the little things; we’re simply cutting them out.

The media is self-centered. It loves to write about itself without regard for whether its audience is interested or . . . → Read More: Gas Prices: Print Media’s #1 Enemy

How to Choose Your Doctor Online…and Annoy the AMA

A recent poll by the California HealthCare Foundation found that even though a substantial amount of patients use the Internet to obtain their health information, few patients make use of the physician rating sites, and fewer still (2%) used the information available to change their physician. However, this could change . . . → Read More: How to Choose Your Doctor Online…and Annoy the AMA

Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch…in the Scifi World?

Art and commerce have long had an uneasy relationship. In fact, I can’t help thinking about economics and writing without being reminded of the saying attributed to Moliere, the French playwright: “Writing is like prostitution. First you do . . . → Read More: Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch…in the Scifi World?

Tort Liability: Another Reason We’re #1

Tort is a civil wrong other than a breach of contract – an injury to someone’s person, reputation, or feelings or damage to real or personal property – for which a lawsuit can be brought by the injured party. The legal rules of liability for torts impact economic behavior. These rules provide the circumstances . . . → Read More: Tort Liability: Another Reason We’re #1

How to Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking

Have you ever had to give a speech in front of more than 1,000 people, half of whom were sure to disagree with what you had to say? That’s what I had to do on Sunday, May 24, at the Libertarian National Convention in Denver, and it was pretty nerve-wracking. Oh, and . . . → Read More: How to Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking

The Foreclosure Crisis and the Elusive Silver Bullet

While Congress tries to patch together some kind of package to help people facing foreclosure without piling even more losses onto troubled lenders, the number of homeowners facing foreclosure is quietly rising. Fast.

According to a recent article in the New York Times, 2.6 million American homeowners were facing foreclosure when Congress first started . . . → Read More: The Foreclosure Crisis and the Elusive Silver Bullet

Amazon’s Kindle: Super Useful or Super Flop?

Instead of sitting down to read the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, imagine unplugging a paperback-sized Kindle reader from your nightstand and scrolling down to your favorite columnist. No, you can’t flip the pages.

Since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ pet project hit the market, publishers and writers . . . → Read More: Amazon’s Kindle: Super Useful or Super Flop?