Ward S. Denker January 16, 2009 2:02 PM

I really enjoy listening to CATO’s podcasts. They’re some of the best quality productions on the web. Their ability to boil down an argument to a condensed form and ask the questions that really need to be answered is hard to match.

Your arguments are particularly salient in this podcast. I’ve often made the same arguments, comparing the actual risks of things we do every day (especially driving a car) compared to relatively minor risks. Our ability to acclimate to risks in our everyday lives and ignore them (even if they’re very real and are never reduced) and simultaneously gravitate toward endless worrying about insignificant risks never ceases to amaze me.

Nick January 16, 2009 3:27 PM

I enjoyed the comment that if it is in the news, don’t worry about it.

five minutes well spent listening.

Anonymous January 17, 2009 5:36 AM

(Not related to the interview)

“Biometric passports agreed to in EU”


“People with no hands would obviously be exempt from the new fingerprint-based biometric passport system. Instead, they would have to apply for temporary, 12- month passports in order to travel, the MEPs agreed.

The new law makes no specific reference to bricklayers, who frequently erase their fingerprints in the course of their working lives. “I suppose they’ll get classified as disabled and will have to travel on temporary passports,” Clayton said.”

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