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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pseudo-random.

In 2009, CDC published additional estimates of flu-related deaths comparing different methods, including the methods used in the 2003 JAMA study. The seasons studied included the 1993-94 through the 2002-03 flu seasons [9]. Results from this study showed that during this time period, 36,171 flu-related deaths occurred per year, on average.

Questions and Answers Regarding Estimating Deaths from Influenza in the United States, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), March 12, 2009, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/usflu-relateddeaths.htm.

The Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) (5 U.S.C. § 504; 28 U.S.C. § 2412) provides for the award of attorney fees (up to $125 per hour) and other expenses to eligible individuals and small entities that are parties to litigation against the government. An eligible party may receive an award when it prevails over the government, unless the government’s position was "substantially justified" or special circumstances make an award unjust.

Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), United States Small Business Administration, http://www.sba.gov/advo/laws/sum_eaja.html.

...contrary to popular belief, costs of production do not determine prices of goods. Prices are determined by the instantaneous valuations made by consumers and producers bidding against one another. By a process of imputation that flows from the consumer to the producer, prices of goods impute value to the factors of production necessary to make the goods that consumers demand. This imputation of value occurs when producers and entrepreneurs bid for the factors of production (labor and materials) in response to expected future profits, which sets wages for labor and prices for materials. Prices of goods, therefore, determine costs of production.

The Health Czar Can't Calculate, Edgardo Tenreiro, April 30, 2009, http://mises.org/story/3428.

"Please, treat me like a child. Treat me like a five-year-old," Sacramento resident David Cooke, 64, wrote in a letter to Congress. "I lost everything when the Dow tanked, and I'm too old to start working again, so why punish me further by explaining in detail the clever ways these investment firms ripped me off and how they're all going to get away with it?"

The Onion, Nation Ready To Be Lied To About Economy Again, May 4, 2009, http://www.theonion.com/content/news/nationreadytobeliedtoabout.

The knowledge of the fact that rational economic activity is impossible in a socialist commonwealth cannot, of course, be used as an argument either for or against socialism. Whoever is prepared himself to enter upon socialism on ethical grounds on the supposition that the provision of goods of a lower order for human beings under a system of common ownership of the means of production is diminished, or whoever is guided by ascetic ideals in his desire for socialism, will not allow himself to be influenced in his endeavors by what we have said. Still less will those “culture” socialists be deterred who, like Muckle, expect from socialism primarily “the dissolution of the most frightful of all barbarisms-- capitalist rationality.”34 But he who expects a rational economic system from socialism will be forced to re-examine his views.

Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth, Ludwig von Mises, Archiv für Sozialwissenschaften, vol. 47 (1920), http://mises.org/pdf/econcalc.pdf.

Treaty On European Union, July 29, 1992, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/treaties/dat/11992M/htm/11992M.html.

Jury nullification permits a small minority of citizens to invalidate, in the context of a particular case, laws that have been established through the legislative process. It permits a single individual to temporarily thwart the imposition of the law on a criminal defendant by deadlocking the jury and forcing a mistrial. Jury nullification happens when juries, or individual members of the jury, vote to acquit the defendant although the jurors believe that the defendant is guilty under the law... Evidentiary factors are particularly important in both acquittal juries and hung juries. The dynamics of jury deliberations are strong influences in hung juries. The combination of so many variables makes it unlikely that jury nullification plays a dominant role in the large majority of cases.

US Dept of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Nullification at Work? A Glimpse From the National Center for State Courts Study of Hung Juries, Paula L. Hannaford-Agor and Valerie P. Hans, 2003, http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/Abstract.aspx?id=202473.

Every day, we hear the secrets of life, Reduced to cheap jokes, poetry and friendly advice. They'd rather see us all pusillanimous, Absorbent in their chorus of correctness.