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Saturday, August 25. 2012
Saturday morning links
With autumn just around the corner up here, it's time to stock up on pre-fossil fuel. A carbon-emitting friend sent me his pic of his growing woodpile.
It's also a good time to call your chimney sweep, because he will begin to get busy after Labor Day.
Why Do Americans Waste So Much Food?
What Do Feminists Want Women to Want?
AVI: The Vision Thing
Costco U., Adapting to Change in the 21st Century: Making the University a Lean, Mean, Discounting Machine
The "Smokey Bear Effect": How Government Forest Takeover Has Led to More, Bigger and Hotter Fires
For the Amish, Big Agribusiness Is Destroying a Way of Life
A Different Justice: Why Anders Breivik Only Got 21 Years for Killing 77 People
The Grim Reapers of Crop Insurance
Viral Internet story says Mitt Romney helped locate missing teen daughter of Bain Capital partner
Polls Find Tight Race, People Want Government To Leave Them Alone
Knish: The end of the alternative media
MSM won't stop talking about Akin gaffe
ACORN Back With 174 Rebranded Affiliates
US incomes fell in past 3 1/2 years
Sex and God at Yale (h/t Insty)
Michael Mann says lawsuit against National Review is on! Climate Depot responds to Mann and his lawyer's claims about the Hockey Stick & Climategate
Good news: EPA slaps landlords with $40,000 fines for failing to provide "EPA-Approved" pamphlets to tenants
Obama Campaign says Romney's career at Bain Capital "was not about creating jobs, it was about creating profits."
Bloomberg Blames Shelters For Homeless Rise
Obama's America released yesterday, #1 in box office
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"A Different Justice: Why Anders Breivik Only Got 21 Years for Killing 77 People"
Bain wasn't about jobs, it was about creating profits!
What does it say about these guys that they don't understand the connection?
Actually, I miss the old Village Voice. It's an absurd paper, but it had good sports editorials, usually spot on, great concert information, and every now and then its political stuff was so crazy it served as humor.
When I first moved to NYC, the Voice would litter my apartment as I sought out the coolest venues to trawl. I thought it great when Murdoch bought it. I didn't understand what the employees bitched and moaned about, the paper didn't change. They just hated Murdoch. Too bad....maybe if he still owned it they'd be in better shape.
Nat Hentoff is a very good writer, as good as he is insane.
Murdoch gives a ton to Republicans - so what? Soros gives a ton to Democrats, why doesn't he criticize Soros? Besides, Murdoch gives money to everybody, and was one of the largest funders of Clinton's Global Initiative (I think that was a waste, but some people like it).
Still, the Voice is iconic, it is (or was) the Village when it meant something. The Village today? I don't find it nearly as fun or interesting as it was. For many of the reasons in Knish's piece.
Americans waste food. "Vietnamese households spend 57 percent of their budgets on food." What percentage is spent on car payments, heating and air conditioning, gymnastic lessons, computers for school ... The comparison with US spending is meaningless.
Well, as we see from how GM is doing, the Obama taxpayer bailout was about the jobs because they surely aren't making the profits. Union welfare rather than auto industry bailout.
Here is a good example of the "new business model for Universities".
Please be sure to scroll down and click on the "more detailed information" button.
Here is another example of this flawed failed liberal/new business model for academia.
Food Waste: "All things being equal waste is bad, but the question that is unaddressed by the NRDC report is how much time and resources will be "wasted" through diverting them from other activities to cut food wastes? I fear that the "logic" of the NRDC report will eventually end in food taxes as way to make it a bigger part of family budgets in order to "incentivize" Americans into Southeast Asian frugality." Taxes are the first and preferred solution with which to beat us over the head!
The Village Voice: Killed by it's own success. And overtaken by the shorter-interval hipper-than-thou. Bummer, maaaaaaannnn.
Akin and the MSM: They don't want to talk about anything that is or might be important.
Mann, oh Mann: As the Powerline and NRO guys said, discovery gonna be a BITCH! or: Step into my parlor, said the spider to the fly.
Do we need more evidence that NYC's mayor is karma on the hoof for NYC (as I see it, anyway)?
Same experience here while I was in NYC. Mid to late '90s. The Voice was well into the territory Knish describes, a smear of malignant white noise. But great for finding out what was going on; between that and the New Yorker magazine you could get a handle on most of what was happening you might want to see. I, to my surprise, really liked the New Yorker; it was fairly cheap considering it came weekly, and usually there was at least one long piece in it worth reading.
I got a nosefull of the alternative in NYC. In DC I had dated David Korn's intern/assistant - he covered the DC politics for The Nation & various other lefty outfits. When I moved to NYC the girlfriend of a college buddy of mine worked at the Nation; for a while I dated a girl who worked at the New York Review of Books. Nice folks to have a drink with. Don't hand them the keys to the car.
I also did some did some freelance journalism & I think I got a few items in the Voice, or an associated paper - food, music & art review type pieces. Can't remember. Wrote a ton of that kind of thing for the City's various other free weeklies.
Anyway. My (subset of my) generation was very into the "Alternative", starting with music in the '80s & branching out into "lifestyles". Anybody remember the pre-internet Re-Search books?
Outside the music which I adored I never bought it, especially the grander notions of building a sustained self-supporting truly alternative way of life. I kept thinking about the numbers, even back then when I was an economic illiterate. What were they going to do? Base a thriving economy on irony and vacations?
Drought breaking Missouri dairy farmers.
Read it and . . .
You can also click on the GRUP tab above to search out your own favorite.
The full report on food waste claims that a typical American household wastes 25% of the food it buys. I don't know about you folks, but in my house we don't discard or otherwise dispose of anywhere near this much food that we have bought. Over the last month, for example, the only food I've thrown away is one spoiled raw onion in a bag of several dozen, which was probably starting to rot when I bought it at the store. If we throw away as much as 5% of our food, I'd be surprised. If I buy it, I eat it or drink it, even if I've decided I don't like it (in which case, I never buy it again).
Also counted as "wasted food" by the report are crops that the farmer never harvests, which I find a dubious methodology, and some of the estimates of food waste are cited from surveys of the habits of British rather than American households. That's not to say the report is just another alarmist PR release, but it does have its limitations. Also keep in mind that some of the waste is created by federal government rules that cover food grading while other "waste" is created by local government health rules that govern the handling of food that is sold by restaurants and other retail establishments. It may be "wasteful" to require a restaurant to throw out food that's been sitting around in a buffet for three hours, but the rules are in place to prevent people from getting sick and having to spend more money on health care.
Waste 40% of our food! I don't believe it. Someone with an agenda came up with that ridiculous statistic.
It was Old Home Day in our small town yesterday, a gathering of town residents past and present to celebrate our little town. There was everything from a pancake breakfast at the village church to a parade in the morning,...
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