We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We read a story in fifth grade of a mean farmer who sold the cream from his milk and fed his kids the creamless milk, whose kids were thin and sickly.
Compared to the good farmer's down the road, whose kids got cream.
Back when there were milkmen, milk came in bottles with cream on top. Sometimes the cream was used for something else like coffee and we kids got thin and sickly; and sometimes we shook the bottle and got milk with cream in it, restoring our health.
Then there was homogenized milk and a choice was taken away. This was followed by milk grades in the supermarket, but this took more space in the refrigerator for everyone's preferences.
I started drinking coffee at age 10 and so always got cream.
Yeah, I read a book from 1909 on setting up and running a creamery. The whole milk came in, the cream was skimmed off and the skim milk was returned to the farmer for cattle feed. A good deal of discussion on ensuring the proper amount of skim milk was returned in relation to the whole milk delivered. The only other product was butter milk that came from the butter making with the skimmed cream.
So really the legislator just wants to ensure the kids are treated like livestock was a hundred years ago.
Skim milk, whole grains, herded here and there, it does seem they want kids treated like cattle in school.
Michael Lewis and HFT - I am very skeptical that the SEC rules protect the investor, they have typically protectd the brokers/Wall Street types. I find it hard to believe that the HFTs make their money providing a service to the investor, just doesn't seem very likely. I also suspect that the PR "flaks" have been given plenty of $ to spread stories just like this one.
Re fracing and health.
Reminds me of the Dow Corning silicon breast implant litigation that bankrupted Dow Corning. Lawyers Claimed the breast implants caused all sorts of medical problems. Later studies showed that women with the implants had no higher disease or mortality rates than women without the implants.