The Tyrant in the Grey Flannel Suit:
But one of those things is not like the others. There is a great deal more to the Tea Party than tricorn hats. The paradox of our constitutional order is that its architects had a deep appreciation for the dynamic described later by Lord Acton but also had firsthand experience of the necessity of building the very institutions and instruments of political power that cannot be trusted. The arrangements that they developed were both inspired and in a way crude: a federal government turned against itself, with three (it had to be an odd number) equal branches invested with both complementary and adversarial interests, a legislative branch further subdivided, and a federal government held in check by the self-interest of the individual states of the Union. Each of those divisions and adversarial relationships is crucial, which is why there remains a great deal of energy behind even such quixotic proposals as repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment.
I’m a fan of the quixotic proposals to repeal the 17th Amendment.
Read it all here.
I’m not buying into this study:
Frequent experiences of racism are associated with a higher risk of obesity among African American women, a new study claims.
Scientists found that women who were more frequently victimised for their race, were more likely to be obese.
The study, by Slone Epidemiology Centre at Boston University, found the relationship between racism and obesity was strongest among women who reported consistently high experience of racism over a 12 year period.
I do not think the average American white is anywhere near as racist as the media would portray them. I think what is happening here is that obese black women are enjoying the results of a colorblind society. Yeah, colorblind, but also very much against the fatties. I bet these women are not interpreting the signals they receive properly, they are not being slighted over the color of their skin, they are being slighted over the amount of their skin.
Different thing, that is.
Read it all here.
I find this amusing. From ThinkProgress:
Chipotle Inc. is warning investors that extreme weather events “associated with global climate change” might eventually affect the availability of some of its ingredients. If availability is limited, prices will rise — and Chipotle isn’t sure it’s willing to pay.
“Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients,” the popular chain, whose Sofritas vegan tofu dish recently went national, said in its annual report released last month. “In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients.”
You can read the article here.
Nothing about a human response to changing climate. Like say, moving the avocado trees… Because if it gets really warm, there is plenty of room for avocado trees in Kansas and Nebraska.
I don’t get it. I’m going to admit that I haven’t read all the stories in detail, but that doesn’t matter to make my point. Via Maggie’s Farm, I would like to point out this photo from Ace:
With all that pipeline out there, how do the people that want to build the Keystone XL continue to justify their project financially? I would think that after spending $X over the original marketing/regulatory approvals budget that the project would no longer make sense financially. I get that for the people opposed to this pipeline it is a fundamental religious principle (These people will worry, if the pipeline is ever built that Keystone XL energy may be commingled with their good energy in the same way Hindus and Muslims might worry about lard making its way into some of their food.) But the coldhearted, monocle wearing capitalists behind this project should eventually decide it is no longer worth it.
I’ve got to think the point of no return (financially speaking) was crossed long ago.
One quote from the article:
Most of them are awash in alcohol. And most if not all of them are bereft of any meaningful adult supervision.” As for the risk-management policies themselves: “They are primarily designed to take the nationals’ fingerprints off the injury and deaths, and I don’t believe that they offer any meaningful provisions.” The fraternity system, he argues, is “the largest industry in this country directly involved in the provision of alcohol to underage people.” The crisis-management plans reveal that in “the foreseeable future” there may be “the death or serious injury” of a healthy young person at a fraternity function.
I read that long, and worth the time, article. The author makes a strong case that the fraternity system is deeply flawed. She also hits pretty hard on much of the problem being alcohol. Since college students can’t drink on campus at school sponsored events (most students are under 21), they will go off campus to the parties at the frat houses. The drinking age being 21, and the whole cascade of other factors the author lists, cause the crazy fraternity situation.
The drinking age should be lowered to 18. Alcohol should be deglamorized. It should be more common and less mysterious and romantic.
It is an insane public policy that will require the Deuce to register for the draft when he turns 18, but will not allow him to legally buy a beer.
It is also insane, I’m looking at you feminists, that the Deuce has to register for the draft but the Ace gets to skate on that requirement.
Go read the whole thing: The Dark Power of Fraternities – The Atlantic.
My trips to Whole Foods do not involve all the customers being like those described in the article linked below, but there are certainly a significant percentage of them. The more pieces of metal hanging off various parts of their face, the more likely they are going to be an angry Whole Foods shopper. From the article:
The problem with Whole Foods is their regular customers. They are, across the board, across the country, useless, ignorant, and miserable. They’re worse than miserable, they’re angry. They are quite literally the opposite of every Whole Foods employee I’ve ever encountered. Walk through any store any time of day—but especially 530pm on a weekday or Saturday afternoon during football season—and invariably you will encounter a sneering, disdainful horde of hipster Zombies and entitled 1%ers.
They stand in the middle of the aisles, blocking passage of any other cart, staring intently at the selection asking themselves that critical question: which one of these olive oils makes me seem coolest and most socially conscious, while also making the raw vegetable salad I’m preparing for the monthly condo board meeting seem most rustic and artisanal?
Read the whole thing. I was amused.
Let’s send Syrian refugees to San Diego.
He said, the IRC is calling on the U.S. to increase the number of refugees allowed to resettle in here, and if that happens, some may wind up in San Diego.
I have family in San Diego.
From Arnold Kling:
At one point in Megan’s book, she writes,
There is a scientific name for people with an especially accurate perception of how talented, attractive, and popular they are–we call them clinically depressed.
And when you fall into that category, Big Pharma will try to sell you pills to fix the situation. What if I am justified in feeling depressed?
I’m going to put a job search tag on this post. It’s all about the job search…
Fucking crazy talk:
If parents don’t go, 6th graders won’t move onto 7th grade.
NY lawmaker: Parents should take parenting classes.