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“Okay. So who’s our market here for Himalayan salt?”

“Pretty much the people who pride themselves on buying stuff that’s locally sourced.”
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"Net Neutrality is "a solution that won't work to a problem that doesn't exist," says Ajit Pai, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)."

They heist our SIM chips, hack our net traffic and want to regulate and control everything. Really, these folks are the problem.
Net Neutrality is "a solution that won't work to a problem that doesn't exist," says Ajit Pai, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission
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I found his claim to be disturbing:

"I certainly think there are a lot of markets where consumers want and could use more competition. That’s why since I’ve become the commissioner, I’ve focused on getting rid of some of the regulatory underbrush that stands in the way of some upstart competitors providing that alternative—streamlining local permit rules, getting more wireless infrastructure out there to give a mobile alternative, making sure we have enough spectrum in the commercial marketplace—but these kind of Title II common carrier regulations ironically will be completely counterproductive. It’s going to sweep a lot of these smaller providers away who simply don’t have the ability to comply with all these regulations, and moreover it’s going to deter investment in broadband networks, so ironically enough, this hypothetical problem that people worry about is going to become worse because of the lack of competition."

That doesn't sound like anti-trust.
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"I argue that progressive income taxation in the twentieth century is a product of the exigency of war and not of democracy. I obtain long-run series of the top marginal personal income tax rate for a large sample of OECD countries, and use data on wars of mass mobilization and democracy from the Correlates of War data set and Scheve & Stasavage (2012) to test this hypothesis. My results suggest that wars of mass mobilization (i.e. wars in which more than 2% of the population served in the military) cause substantial increases in tax progressivity. These effects are persistent and do not vanish upon the conclusion of war."

This is the special case of the general rule:  http://www.independent.org/store/book.asp?id=15

"In Crisis and Leviathan, Robert Higgs shows that the main reason lies in government’s responses to national “crises” (real or imagined), including economic upheavals (e.g., the Great Depression) and especially war (e.g., World Wars I and II, Cold War, etc.). The result is ever increasing government power which endures long after each crisis has passed, impinging on both civil and economic liberties and fostering extensive corporate welfare and pork. As government power grows, writes Higgs, it achieves a form of autonomy, making it ever more difficult to decrease its size and scope, and to resist its further efforts to increase its reach, so long as the citizenry remain uninformed of its true effects."

Leftists claim to favor such growth of taxation as a means of generating revenue to fund their various policies. However, only a portion goes to those putatively virtuous objectives, while a great deal goes to the already rich and powerful who produce the war and/or other crises materials. 

Our current hysteria about climate and terrorism are part of this. We need new crises since old fashioned hot war has declined.
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"Home Depot commercials should be required just like drug commercials to have a disclaimer: “At the end, when they’re showing the happy couple in their new do-it-yourself kitchen, an announcer would say: ‘These people are actors. They are not capable of operating an espresso machine, let alone building this kitchen. This was done by contractors with trucks.’”

"I am glad to know this, I spend a lot of time feeling inadequate that I can’t fix much of what is wrong with our house and am constantly asking a man with a truck to explain stuff to me. It doesn’t seem to make it any easier though, to do myself."

This isn't unique to homes. All your stuff are belong to guys with trucks. 
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"I understand people’s frustration at the continuing shifts in nutrition recommendations. For decades, they’ve been told what to eat because “science says so.” Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be true. That’s disappointing not only because it reduces people’s faith in science as a whole, but also because it may have cost some people better health, or potentially even their lives."

Well, but only a tiny bit better science. It's still mainly nonsense. Reform is very difficult since over the decades in which non-science guidelines have have in force - despite the fact that there was science contradicting those guidelines all along - a great deal was invested in policies, institutions and reputations based on those nonsense guidelines. There's lots of money and power at risk.

Still, that's not the real problem. The whole idea of guidelines and recommendations for all is nonsense. This isn't just a problem for diet and food, it's a habit of mind that causes grief in many domains. That is so obvious I've come to see the habit of seeking general guidelines and regulations as a character defect. It's a nasty habit, a compulsion or obsession. It may be that if we must have national policies that one might be to identify and mitigate this mental problem.
Government recommendations on how much fat and salt you should eat weren’t always based on the best available evidence. That may be changing.
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"The Dawn mission’s unprecedented feat of surveying two worlds is only made possible by the revolutionary use of powering it by an exotic ion propulsion system which is vastly more efficient than chemical propulsion thrusters. Indeed, the ability to orbit two bodies in one mission is only enabled via the use of the ion engines propelled by xenon gas."
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"Some folks just hate the idea of voluntary transactions among consenting adults that don't route through the State somehow along the way"
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"The study involved two widely used emulsifiers, polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose. The researchers are planning human studies and are already studying other emulsifiers."

"Emulsifiers are used in margarine, mayonnaise, creamy sauces, candy, ice cream, packaged processed foods and baked goods. They can make products like mayonnaise smooth and creamy instead of an unappetizing amalgam of water and oily globules."

"A key feature of inflammatory bowel diseases and metabolic syndrome is a change in the gut microbiota - the roughly 100 trillion bacteria that inhabit the intestinal tract - in ways that promote inflammation. In mice given emulsifiers, the bacteria were more apt to digest and infiltrate the dense mucus layer that lines and protects the intestines."

"Incidence of inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome started rising in the mid-20th century at roughly the same time that food manufacturers began widespread emulsifier use, the researchers said."

""We were thinking there was some non-genetic factor out there, some environmental factor, that would be explaining the increase in these chronic inflammatory diseases," Georgia State immunologist Andrew Gewirtz said."

""And we thought that emulsifiers were a good candidate because they are so ubiquitous and their use has roughly paralleled the increase in these diseases. But I guess we were surprised at how strong the effects were.""

Eat real food.
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There's been some recent news about peanut allergy. It seems that it can be overcome by gradual exposure, especially in youth. Given that the alternative can be death, it seems like a thing worth doing in our society where peanut oils and the like are so common.

In addition to the problems that can result from avoidance there are others that result from the use of substitutes as a means to avoid without sacrifice. 

We know so little, and often reason poorly. I used to know more, but much of it was wrong.
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"every year, millions of tons of nutrient-rich Saharan dust cross the Atlantic Ocean, bringing vital phosphorus and other fertilizers to depleted Amazon soils."

"For the first time, scientists have an accurate estimate of how much phosphorus makes this trans-Atlantic journey. A new paper, published Feb. 24, 2015 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, puts the number at about 22,000 tons per year, which roughly matches the amount that the Amazon loses from rain and flooding."

It also fertilizes the ocean, and not just with P.
The Sahara Desert and the Amazon rainforest seem to inhabit separate worlds. The former is a vast expanse of sand and scrub stretching across the northern third of Africa, while the latter is a dense green mass of humid jungle covering northeast South America. And yet, they are connected: every year, ...
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To bad we don't get a little drift this way.
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"(ii) The sum total of all the renewable energy does not make serious inroads to this. Indeed Roger Pielke has a graph from last year’s BP data showing that the ratio of non-carbon energy to carbon energy in the world economy has been fixed at 12-13% for the last 25 years, indicating that the carbon energy usage is growing at quite precisely seven times the rate of non-carbon energy to maintain the ratio. [link]"

"(iii) Note that the contributions of renewables are nugatory, so far and going forward."

"(iv) Note the size of the blip represented by the international financial crisis in 2008-9: we would need to multiply the downturn in energy usage by a factor of more than ten to get even onto a linear track for an 80% decarbonisation of the global economy from 1990 to 2050. If we think of the human misery of that crisis multiplied ten, it is a very unlikely call. Who will vote for that?"

The purpose of climate activism and UN sponsored activity is not to mitigate carbon emissions. It's about money and power.
by Michael Kelly One graph I caught up with this week has convinced me that climate change mitigation by supressing carbon dioxide emissions is a busted flush that history will look back on with gr...
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ALL about power, $ and control.
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"The nation’s top nutritional panel is recommending for the first time that Americans consider the impact on the environment when they are choosing what to eat, a move that defied a warning from Congress and, if enacted, could discourage people from eating red meat."

"Members of Congress had sought in December to keep the group from even discussing the issue, asserting that while advising the government on federal dietary guidelines, the committee should steer clear of extraneous issues and stick to nutritional advice."

The committee has presided over a precipitous decline in health due to its mistaken dietary guidelines. Doubling down and expanding their scope to the environment more than doubles the harm they cause.

Our government has a competence problem.
Top dietary advisers consider environment in report about what Americans should eat.
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