1. Ross Douthat responds to Krugman on Sweden.
2. From a longitudinal study on the longevity effects of muscle mass in teenage boys:
The teenagers who scored above average on muscular strength at the start of the study had a 20-35% lower risk of early death from any cause and also from cardiovascular diseases.
They also had a 20-30% lower risk of early death from suicide and were up to 65% less likely to have any psychiatric diagnosis, such as schizophrenia or depression.
In comparison, the 16- to 19-year-olds with the lowest level of muscular strength had the highest risk of dying before they reached their mid-50s.
3. Now feminists open up their traps about over-utilized mammograms. Surely this doesn’t have anything to do with Susan G. Komen falling out of favor with Planned Parenthood.
4. From ol’ Murray Rothbard – businesses passing costs on to consumers:
The idea that the increased cost will be passed on to the consumer by the employer is an illustration of perhaps the single most widespread fallacy on taxation: that businessmen can simply shift their higher costs forward onto the consumers in the form of higher prices.
5. Commercialism and hip hop.