Tax Increases and the Great Depression
Chris EdwardsDid tax increases deepen and extend the Great Depression?That is one topic explored in a  new book by Art Laffer, Brian Domitrovic, and Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield,Taxes Have Consequences: An Income Tax History of the United States. The authors include a  discussion of federal, state, and local tax increases during the 1930s.Many economists would point to monetary policy mistakes for causing the initial slide into the Great Depression. The nation ’s money supply fellnearly 30 percent between 1930 and 1933.But Laffer and coauthors argue that the “chief cause of the Great Depression was taxation.” That is ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 16, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Sunday Sermonette: Explain it to me because I don't get it
Chapter 21 repeats the story of 2 Samuel 24 -- the last chapter of Samuel -- but does try to fix one obvious problem. In Samuel, God tells David to take the census, and then gets mad at him for doing it. That doesn ' t seem to make any sense, so the Chronicler has Satan tell David to take the census. There are several other discrepancies as far as the census numbers, and the number of people God kills because David took the census. (Might have been 70,000, might have been 200,00) Either way, the census numbers are ridiculous. In Samuel, there are 1.3 million soldiers in Israel and Judah, while in Chronicles there are 1.5 m...
Source: Stayin' Alive - November 13, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

The Monstrous Driver of Higher Halloween Candy Prices
Gabriella Beaumont-SmithThe last two Halloweens looked very different amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as people wore very different types of masks. Unfortunately, this Halloween will continue to be filled with more tricks as candy prices are up13.1 percent since September last year —Hershey and Nestlereported raising prices 14 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively.While inflation is haunting many food products, candyflation could be lower if the U.S. government did not cartelize sugar. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides a  sugar program to purposefully keep the price of sugar high. Figure 1 illust...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 31, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Gabriella Beaumont-Smith Source Type: blogs

The 26 Best Poems About Life of All Time
In today’s post I want to share timeless poems about love, happiness, death and beauty. These are 26 of the best poems about life of all time (in my opinion). Some from recent times. Some from several hundred years ago. I hope you’ll find these poems as beautiful and insightful about living life, common life struggles and the fleeting nature of our existence as I have. And that at least one or a few of them will help you to understand yourself a bit better or to improve today in some way. And if you want even more timeless inspiration then check out this post with quotes on inner peace and also this one filled with un...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - October 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Inspirational Quotes Personal Development Source Type: blogs

Is It Revolutionary? A 6-Question Checklist To Assess Any Digital Health Announcement
The sheer amount of press releases, news articles, and corporate announcements on digital health technologies is overwhelming. You see dozens every day, and they all sound grandiose and important – obviously.  But how can you separate the wheat from the chaff? How to decide if the given report is about something important, about a technology or method that might become really significant? This is what we try to do with the team of The Medical Futurist by providing context, but the goal is that you can do it as well.  We collected a six-question checklist to help with this. The method is simple: if the answer ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 6, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andrea Koncz Tags: TMF Forecast Digital Health Research artificial intelligence future Medicine technology medical technology health technology med tech Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
August 04, 2022 Edition-----The war seems to grind on sadly and Pres. Biden is having a second round with COVID as unprecedented weather happens all over the US. It all feels rather like ‘the end of days’!In the UK we see an increasing chance of a third female PM being elected as the country seems to be struggling. We do need to remember however the UK remains a significant power with nuclear weapons and home-grown nuclear submarines!In OZ we have had last week working out how to progress the First Nations ‘Voice’ as we wrap up the 1st session of Parliament for the new Government. Comments welcome on how you think ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 4, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Clouded Yellow butterflies
In the summer of 2020, just after the first covid lockdown, I visited Waresley Wood, which is a few miles west of the city of Cambridge. The wood itself is good for Silver-washed Fritillary and the adjacent Brown’s Piece has plenty of Marbled White. That summer, there was a small patch of meadowland next to a maize crop where Common Blue and Brown Argus danced among clover, borage, viper’s bugloss and vetch. Clouded Yellow butterfly Location: ///finalists.legend.exhaled On that visit, I also spotted a couple of fast-moving and vivid butterflies chasing up and down this ad hoc meadow. They were Clouded Yellow bu...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - July 20, 2022 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Lepidoptera Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
June 09, 2022 Edition-----The Russian war on Ukraine is now well over 100 days old. The destruction and deaths are just awful and the world is being seriously re-shaped. Where this ends is unknowable but unlikely to be good.In the US we are seeing almost daily mass shootings and no-one seems to know what to do. Just pathetic.In the UK the hangover is slowly lifting after the 4 day royal celebration.In OZ we are having an energy crisis which we hope we will find solutions for soon!-----Major Issues.------https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/economics/australias-labor-government-faces-a-whole-new-economic-ball-game/news...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 9, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

No Wheat Crisis: Agricultural Trade Liberalization in Quebec during the 1830s and 1840s
Vincent Geloso (George Mason University), Alicia Plemmons (Southern Illinois University), Andrew Thomas (George Mason University), No Wheat Crisis: Agricultural Trade Liberalization in Quebec during the 1830s and 1840s, GMU Working Paper Econ. No. 22-05 (2022): In the first half of... (Source: HealthLawProf Blog)
Source: HealthLawProf Blog - April 17, 2022 Category: Medical Law Authors: Katharine Van Tassel Source Type: blogs

From “Eminence-based” to Evidence-based cognitive & mental healthcare: Time for quality and accountability
Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring timely brain & mental health news, two excellent new books and a few fun brain teasers. #1. From “Eminence-based” to Evidence-based mental healthcare: Time to focus on quality and accountability “The real challenge is not finding a therapist, it’s finding a therapist who knows how to provide the treatments that work. In the early 2000s, Myrna Weissman was trying to understand why so few therapists use scientifically based treatments. She found that over 60 percent of professional schools of psychology and master’s level social work prog...
Source: SharpBrains - March 31, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Education & Lifelong Learning SharpBrains Monthly eNewsletter Technology & Innovation adhd ADHD-symptoms alvaro-fernandez behavioral health screening Brain Teasers BrainHealth Cajal cognitive-abilities DARPA Source Type: blogs

Wednesday Bible Study: Construction Contract
The next couple of chapters describe the construction of the first temple. Most scholars think it probably existed, one reason being that it ' s destruction, which is described later, happened within perhaps a generation of whoever wrote this. However, as I have noted earlier, archaeological excavation on the Temple Mount is not possible, so it can ' t be confirmed by physical evidence. (Archaeological finds which some have claimed to be evidence for the temple have either turned out to be fakes, or are of dubious meaning.) In any case, it was highly unlikely to have been as grand as is described here, and we don ' t ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - March 30, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Separating brain-healthy wheat from chaff is becoming more urgent by the day
A) New video game company aims to develop therapeutic games (The Verge): Video game-based tools can help with conditions like depression and ADHD, research shows. DeepWell Digital Therapeutics plans to build on those studies. “There was an amazing amount of science that had already been done,” Douglas says. “We started to recognize exactly how therapeutic these games already were.” Often, a game used as a therapy would be designed as a therapy first, with fun or engaging gameplay elements layered on top, he says. But DeepWell wants developers to build games in the most engaging way possible — and ...
Source: SharpBrains - March 21, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Technology & Innovation adhd Bayer DeepWell depression digital therapeutics Woebot Health Source Type: blogs

Tighten your belts
 I refer you to this extensive, comprehensive, and apprehensive Kos diary by Bilboteach. I discussed this with a friend the other day and I ' m not sure he took me seriously. A consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine will be a global food shortage. Ukraine is a major grain exporter, and Russia is a major exporter of nitrogen fertilizer on which, unfortunately, the global food supply is completely dependent. Higher fuel costs will also increase the cost of food.Futures prices for basic food commodities -- wheat, maze, soybeans -- have soared already. It seems inevitable that there will be famine in poor countrie...
Source: Stayin' Alive - March 4, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Dorie Greenspan ’s Apple Cake ala’ Marie-Hélène
I found the recipe for this delicious Apple Cake on Food52, which features an adorable and informative video of Samantha Seneviratne and her little boy making a modified version of the original recipe, which Dorie Greenspan originally shared on Epicurious. Dorie credits her friend Marie-Hélène Brunet-Lhoste for the recipe, but truth be told, Dorie created this recipe herself, having been given only a few vague instructions from Marie-Hélène. This cake is mostly apples with a little sweet batter (and a little rum…) holding them together. It’s easy to make, bakes up beautifully, and, reports Dorie, tastes...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - February 21, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Fruit Apple Cake Apple dessert Apples Dorie Greenspan Marie-Helene Source Type: blogs

Dorie Greenspan ’ s Apple Cake ala ’ Marie-H élène
I found the recipe for this delicious Apple Cake on Food52, which features an adorable and informative video of Samantha Seneviratne and her little boy making a modified version of the original recipe, which Dorie Greenspan originally shared on Epicurious. Dorie credits her friend Marie-Hélène Brunet-Lhoste for the recipe, but truth be told, Dorie created this recipe herself, having been given only a few vague instructions from Marie-Hélène. This cake is mostly apples with a little sweet batter (and a little rum…) holding them together. It’s easy to make, bakes up beautifully, and, reports Dorie, tastes...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - February 21, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Fruit Apple Cake Apple dessert Apples Dorie Greenspan Marie-Helene Source Type: blogs