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Who said it? #science   #environment  

"It's very unlikely that many animals are killed by plastic bags. The evidence shows just the opposite. We are not going to solve the problem of waste by focusing on plastic bags. With larger mammals it's fishing gear that's the big problem. On a global basis plastic bags aren't an issue."
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Correct! David Santillo, a senior biologist with Greenpeace.

Source: http://reason.com/archives/2015/09/01/plastic-bags-are-good-for-you/singlepage
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there is “planning” in the market economy, too. The difference is that the planning is decentralized in a market, spread out among millions of entrepreneurs and resource owners, including workers. Thus, in the debate between socialism and capitalism, the question isn’t, “Should there be economic planning?” Rather, the question is, “Should we restrict the plan design to a few supposed experts put in place through the political process, or should we throw open the floodgates and receive input from millions of people who may know something vital?”
To early 20th-century intellectuals, capitalism looked like anarchy. Why, they wondered, would we trust deliberative, conscious guidance when building a house but not when building an economy? It was fashionable among these socialist intellectuals to espouse “planning” as a much more rational ...
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The illusion of investment is maintained by giving the Social Security trust fund government bonds in exchange for the money that is taken from it and spend on other government programs.  ... If there were no such bonds, then future taxpayers would still have to make up the difference when future Social Security premiums are insufficient to pay pensions to future retirees.  That is exactly the same as what will have to happen when there are bonds.  ... the economic reality is that neither the government nor anyone else can spend and save the same money.

When you retire, you attempt to redeem your I.O.U.s.  Only then, lo and behold!, does the realization hit you that an I.O.U. that you owe to yourself is no wealth at all for you.  Those I.O.U.s are redeemable only if you return to work and then pay yourself, with your income, the value of each of your I.O.U.s.
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Chicken parts dipped in herbs and exposed to high ambient temperatures are also tasty.
i tried, i really tried, but even after writing this comic i still just really want to eat fried chicken parts
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As I said to a vegetarian I met earlier this week: "My only problem with vegetarians is that I can rarely finish a whole one."
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Another C. S. Lewis smackdown:

We must not encourage in ourselves or others any tendency to work up a subjective state which, if we succeeded, we should describe as “faith,” with the idea that this will somehow insure the granting of our prayer. We have probably all done this as children. But the state of mind which desperate desire working on a strong imagination can manufacture is not faith in the Christian sense, it is a feat of psychological gymnastics.

Lewis, C. S. (2002-11-04). Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (p. 60). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 
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Facebook: We have new stories for you!

Me: Ok let's see them.

Facebook: Well, by new we mean things you've already seen that have more likes. But that's cool, right? 
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Google photos has been doing thos too. Well, they're remaking them or notifying me of old ones I already chose not to share. Not sure which.
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I like what Adams says up until the last paragraph, where he pulls out the precautionary principle (we should treat climate change as potentially catastrophic until we can prove it's not). There is a strong case for precaution in climate change, but I think ultimately precaution will do more harm than good.
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The cause of justice is not furthered by treating prosecutors as infallible:

"Under [Supreme Court decision in Imbler v Pachtman], prosecutors cannot be held liable, no matter how badly they misbehave, for actions such as withholding exculpatory evidence, introducing fabricated evidence, knowingly presenting perjured testimony and bringing charges for which there is no credible evidence. All are immune from liability. A defense lawyer who did any such things (or their equivalents) would soon find himself disbarred and playing house with Bubba. The Imbler majority seemed reassured by the possibility that rogue prosecutors will be subject to other constraints.

"…This argument was dubious in 1976 and is absurd today. Who exactly is going to prosecute prosecutors? Despite numerous cases where prosecutors have committed willful misconduct, costing innocent defendants decades of their lives, I am aware of only two who have been criminally prosecuted for it; they spent a total of six days behind bars.

"…What kind of signal does this send to young prosecutors who are out to make a name for themselves? I think it signals that they can be as reckless and self-serving as they want, and if they get caught, nothing bad will happen to them. Imbler and Van de Kamp should be overruled. It makes no sense to give police, who often have to act in high pressure situations where their lives may be in danger, only qualified immunity while giving prosecutors absolute immunity. It is a disparity that can only be explained by the fact that prosecutors and judges are all part of the legal profession and it’s natural enough to empathize with people who are just like you. If the Supreme Court won’t overrule Imbler and Van de Kamp, Congress is free to do it by amending 42 U.S.C. § 1983."
Federal Judge Alex Kozinski (9th circuit) has written a scathing indictment of the US justice system. Kozinski starts out discussing a number of myths such as that eyewitness testimony or forensic evidence is highly reliable. Business Insider gives a quick rundown of this […]
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We mustn't forget that God blessed the Corinthian and Galatian churches in spite of their sin and error. God's blessing is not a blanket endorsement, as Stanley Horton observed:

"A common fallacy that often leads people astray is the idea that because God blesses or uses a person this means he is putting His approval on everything else the person does or teaches." – Stanley Horton
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"I have trouble making decisions because of fear of how I will be treated in the media" does not convey "I'm capable of good judgment about the use of force, so you should trust me more."

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If "maybe I shouldn't kill this guy unless I have a good reason" isn't an adequate motivator to govern deadly force — and our history suggests that it isn't — I'm okay with "maybe I don't want to be on the news" stepping in to help.
The Blaze, Glenn Beck's tequila-sweat dream-diary, repeats a law enforcement talking point today. The talking point -- "scrutinizing use of force will kill cops" -- is rarely served this explicitly...
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If you want some reasons for optimism, there are plenty listed in this article. Spoiler: politics is not one of them.
Progress occurs despite politics and politicians, not because of them.
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I learned long ago to brush my teeth to milder music...
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Capitalists Have a Better Plan | Foundation for Economic Education
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To early 20th-century intellectuals, capitalism looked like anarchy. Why, they wondered, would we trust deliberative, conscious guidance whe

Dinosaur Comics!
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i tried, i really tried, but even after writing this comic i still just really want to eat fried chicken parts

When Schools Do the “Free-Range Kids Project” : Free Range Kids
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Fighting the belief that our children are in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, baby snatchers,

Obama Sides with Cameron in Encryption Fight
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President Obama said police and spies should not be locked out of encrypted smartphones and messaging apps, taking his first public stance i

“Pastors also have agreed… to preach environmentally focused sermons”
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In exchange for relief from a state-mandated stormwater remediation fee, and direct government subsidies to pay for property improvements in

Here’s A Better Idea Than Net Neutrality Knockoffs
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There are essentially no good guys in the Internet net neutrality wars. It’s just a sharkfest, and you’re dinner.

A Quick Case for Charter Cities: Memo to the Gates Foundation | EconLog ...
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has an interesting accountability mechanism. After they make a major funding decision, they solicit pr

Quotation of the Day…
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… is from pages 11-12 of Hayek’s 1948 collection, Individualism and Economic Order; in particular, it’s from one of Hayek’s most profound an

Quotation of the Day…
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… is from James Madison’s 1795 essay “Political Observations“: Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded,

Krugman on housing
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I generally don't read Paul Krugman -- bad for the blood pressure -- and I even less often respond -- don't dignify the insults or feed the

Don't Give Special Rights To Anybody! Oh, Except Cops. That's Cool. | Po...
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I was all set to write a post making this point: it's offensive and irrational for the police to say "we have to protect the identity of a c

Rodebaugh on Contemporary Worship | Preposterous Preponderance
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One Jonathan Rodebaugh writes about some of the theological shortcomings of popular contemporary worship songs. He also has a catchy title (

Asthma Reduction: The Joker Card of EPA’s CO2 Power Grab (Part 2) — Mast...
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What we do know is asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. The causes of asthma symptoms can vary for different people. Sti

Stocks Need Flows Need Stocks Need Flows Need Stocks
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Anno Domini 2014 boasts a historically impressive amount of content. Not only does the world have all of the surviving lore of the past, not

The Republic of Gilead is Not Nigh
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Self-styled "liberals" have a very un-liberal take on the Hobby Lobby case.

France to ban e-cigs | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
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E-cigarettes continue to be a burning issue. Vapers are still a new product, and therefore call for regulators' attention. The newest is tha

Haven't we already read this news before?
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Presbyterian Church Votes To Allow Gay Marriages I guess God didn't get a vote.... These sort of news articles have become so common place t

Scenes from the Rent-Seeking Society: Norwegian Airlines Can't Fly to th...
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I love traveling, and I might be one of the few people on earth who actually enjoys flying. Trouble is, flying is pretty expensive, and it's

Entrees were good, but the crab cakes were lackluster and the service was only mediocre.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Slow service and poor food presentation.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We had the Korma and Teeka, with a spinach dish (don't remember the name now). All were very good, though a little more mild than I expected. The seasoned rice with raisins and almonds was also great. We went on a Friday night and they said they recommend making reservations, though we didn't have much of a wait.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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I bought a certified Camry from AutoNation, and it was a very smooth process. The final price was reasonable, and I was treated well through the process.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We had the best service here I've ever had at a Wendy's - and perhaps the best at any fast food restaurant - the Sunday after July 4th. The young lady at the counter was friendly and engaging, recommended good menu items, and even described the dressing that comes on the chicken wrap for me. She must be attending culinary school, or something. The service was also very quick and the food was done well.
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reviewed 2 years ago
Got Pad Thai here yesterday. It was done right, with the noodles obviously cooked in the sauce for a while. Good portions, too, and moderately priced.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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