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Not in the mood to be charitable again. Screw the FDA and the crop of enfeebled nannies who demand crap like this: The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules on Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly […]

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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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Why? Because I am NOT an anti-science zealous denier. Here’s what I want those who also think they are steeped in sciency-goodness to do: (1) Explain the known health risks of drinking sugary beverages. This includes how much we know (and we know, I’ve read the “science”) about how much soda contributes to BMI, this […]

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Understanding Risk

Given the choice between having a well-trained medical professional attend to my BASIC medical needs (i.e. not things like heart surgery) or having access to the internet, online medicines, and a professional that was well-trained in statistics and actuarial studies, I would easily choose the latter, If I were to cite evidence for you that […]

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Let me get this straight. When it comes to Lyft and Uber, we must deeply care about the existing regulated incumbents. And of course, rather than calls to ease up the burdens on the very regulated taxi industry, all I’ve run across are calls to put the shackles (in the name of fairness and safety […]

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Maybe we will take such a principle seriously when it is consistently applied – such as to when the government regulates market activity, or in how much power to entrust to the politicos in the first place. But of course as Obama Administration official Cass Sunstein smartly recognizes: The precautionary principle has been highly influential […]

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I’m not in the mood to rant and rave about this silliness, especially since we here at the Wintercow Brewing Company partake in a very “small scale” version of the same: In Maine and across the country, brewers and farmers have formed handshake agreements: Brewers brew beer, producing barrels or truckloads full of heavy, wet […]

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Alex Tabarrok reports today: Excellent piece in the Washington Post on the FDA and sunscreen: …American beachgoers will have to make do with sunscreens that dermatologists and cancer-research groups say are less effective and have changed little over the past decade. That’s because applications for the newer sunscreen ingredients have languished for years in the bureaucracy […]

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Among some of the most unproductive questions I am asked regularly include questions of the type, “are you in support of XYZ?” As if XYZ is some monolithic, black and white, easy to understand and represent with the word XYZ, thing. Of course, it is not. So, in the past I’ve been very evasive when […]

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In Klingian Macroeconomics, this episode (it’s more than an episode, we need a better word) is what we mean by the bottom-left quadrant:  At midnight on December 31, I not only drank a toast to the new year, but also to finally getting all my business operations out of Ventura County, California. Never have I […]

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