European Unemployment

Why are the highest unemployment levels in Europe concentrated in the South?

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Vermont Voted to Buy Its Prescription Drugs from Canada, and the Pharmaceutical Industry Is Not Pleased

Many critics of America’s pharmaceutical industry have argued that the best way to bring down drug prices is to let Americans buy prescription drugs from countries with nationalized health care systems. Those countries’ governments negotiate lower drug prices, and their consumers pay a fraction of what Americans do for most pharmaceutical products.

Source: Vermont Voted to Buy Its Prescription Drugs from Canada, and the Pharmaceutical Industry Is Not Pleased

May 12 Tidbits

I came across a couple of interesting things today.

Here is a county map of wet, moist (combo) and dry counties in the US. While Texas and Michigan seem to be predominantly moist, I think that Arkansas has the most dry counties.

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Here is a map showing common states voting patterns since 1960. To me the most interesting things on this map are Illinois and New Jersey being together and especially California and Vermont. You would think Vermont and California would have almost nothing in common. The other “voting blocs” are adjoining which is what I would expect.

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Finally, this headline from a New York Times article was very interesting to me. The fact that 6,580 people applied for 95 affordable apartments is just astounding. What is even more astounding is that rather than loosen regulations to encourage the building of more affordable housing the state is trying to allow further rent control which will only make the housing problems worse. It’s just crazy that the state doesn’t pass housing reform to encourage the building of more housing.

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Here is the average housing rental costs in San Francisco:

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