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Category Archive for 'Flotsam and Jetsam'

Processed

Exactly what is “wrong” with processed foods? At the same time, what is “right” about something that is “hand-crafted?” Now, as a home brewer and a craft beer enthusiast, I am certainly “guilty” of favoring brewers that “hand-craft” their beer and whose ingredients, I am told, are lightly or not “processed” … Note that “processed” […]

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I’ll have more to say later, here is the obit from my school: St. Francis Prep SFP Community Mourns Coach Vince O’Connor Please pray for the repose of the soul of Coach Vince O’Connor who passed away this morning at the age of 85. His wake will be held in the Prep’s auditorium on Tuesday […]

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. I think the world would be a nicer place if we all took a moment to have a drink with one another, we all took a moment to share a meal with one another, and of course we all decided to trade with one another. This cartoon hit my desk the […]

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So, it turns out that preventing consumers and merchants from doing business now amounts to “peacefully shutting down multiple malls and stores.” Welcome to postmodern America. We’re doomed.

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The Thanksgiving Gift

Today I reprint a slightly edited piece I put together several years ago. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Four centuries after the celebration of the first Thanksgiving, there is still widespread disagreement about the reason for the Pilgrims’ feast. But whether it was a harvest festival, a strictly religious observance, or a thank you to the […]

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Our family purchased some tea on Wednesday night:       Can someone remind me again why we need to mandate GMO labeling? For those interested, that B logo stands for a Certified B Corporation (again, I don’t know how we’d ever survive without government entities certifying corporations …). Here is the CCOF certification, again, […]

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Rest in peace S. Donald Stookey: In 1952, he placed a plate of glass into an oven to heat it, but the oven malfunctioned. Instead of heating to about 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven shot up to more than 1,600 degrees. Stookey expected to find a molten mess. Instead, he found an opaque, milky-white plate. […]

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Ken at Popehat has the story. In addition to some basic civil knowledge one might reasonably expect mainstreamed fifth-graders to possess, liberty also requires at least primitive-hominid-level common sense, confirmed Trent. “This guy says critics are criminals, gets no result because of the rule of law and a hundred years of unbroken constitutional tradition, and thenwhines because […]

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In the litany of noise that we hear about “respecting diversity” what I originally imagined was that we should respect diversity because there is a lot of value to be had from learning from, sharing with, playing with, dating, marrying, trading with, writing music with, etc. people who are different than us. And what I […]

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Monday Research Roundup

Here is yet another paper computing “optimal” top marginal income tax rates. As I’ve said a zillion times, the term “optimal” implies a goal. And that goal is obviously not universally shared. Let me ask rhetorically, is the goal of a tax system to maximize revenues to the government? Now this paper actually comes up […]

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