Archive for April, 2013

Caveat Enbrel

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

My doctor says I have bursitis… inflammation after an injury last September. The result is a lot of joint pain and stiffness. He recommended glucosamine and chondroitin, and that I switch from Naproxin to Tylenol. So, I guess we'll see. Meanwhile, I just saw a commercial for something called Enbrel, and ...

Charlie’s inland brother, Altoona

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

I'm at a newly-refurbished (or new-ish) Comfort Suites in Altoona, PA. I can't really tell the state of this place because it has contraindications. Most of the furnishings look new, but there are cracked tiles and very-worn information placards in the elevator. Also, the room furnishings look new, but the ...

The Labor Force Participation Rate—Don’t Blame Obama

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

The labor force participation rate (LFPR) declined from 1956 until 1964, when it began to rise. While there were occasional slight dips, the LFPR saw an upward trend until 2000. Except for minor upticks in 2006 and 2008, the trend has been downward since 2000—or really, since 9/11. All this ...