Category Archives: Health

The Coronavirus: How Bad and How Long?

Introduction When it comes to the coronavirus, the key questions for most people are how bad and how long. I make no claim to any medical expertise, but I do understand numbers and can read graphs. To address these questions, … Continue reading

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Why “Entertainment” Drugs Should Be Legalized

Introduction Most Americans think the “entertainment” drugs (Marijuana, Opioids, Cocaine, Amphetamines and there derivatives) are bad. Bad or not, their illegality should be reconsidered. Below, I make the factual case for legalizing them. Are Illegal Drugs Different Than Food? Entertainment … Continue reading

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The Stellenbosch Tastings – 2013: Should We Ignore the “Mediocre” Wines?

Introduction Last year, the annual meeting of the American Association of Wine Economists was held in Princeton, NJ. The big news was that New Jersey wines did almost as well as French wines. But enough. Another contest pitting French wines … Continue reading

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US Drug Policies Need an Overhaul: Lessons from Prohibition

Introduction Consider first that a drug is “a chemical substance that affects the processes of the mind or body”. That means nicotine, cocaine, opium, alcohol, heroin, amphetamines and food (yes – food) are drugs. And as I have written, all … Continue reading

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Global Entertainment – The Dangerous Addictions

The following was saved the old Morss Global Finance website, just in case anyone was looking for it (with the help of archive.org): Introduction In a recent article, I estimated that “entertainment” drugs were second only to drinking as the … Continue reading

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Health Care and Obesity: A Global Dilemma

In the US, health reform will be debated throughout the summer. But an expensive contributor to health care costs gets little attention: overweight and obese people. Two easy numbers to remember: Two-thirds of Americans are overweight; One-third is obese. Beyond … Continue reading

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