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.
Everything Does cause cancer if you are testing in lab animals and give them huge amounts of nothing else BUT whatever you are trying to prove causes cancer. Like abuse or climate change, pay people to 'find' it out and it will suddenly be everywhere.
I'd rather die of cancer, than starvation.
My daughter just took her herbicide/pesticide ap license test. (she's in high school) the study book even points out the anti-science arguments and debunks them. Too lengthy to go on about here.
None of those things to know in your twenties are as useful as if someone had told me that by your fifties, you need to have a plan to make money that doesn't require you getting hired as someone else's employee.
Because if you lose your job in your 50s, and you are very likely to, you will have a very hard time getting hired period, much less at a similar salary unless you've made plans.
I remember back in the '60s when the "x causes cancer" fear mongering got started (nobody thought it could get any crazier - we were so naive!) a researcher tried to poke fun at the fear mongers by showing that money caused cancer. He had sewn coins in lab rats and a significant number developed cancer. That would be a much more dangerous joke now because some congress critters would probably use that as justification to outlaw money.
Jeff Koons simply takes the "no-talent artist as a corporate brand" concept, created by Picasso and refined by Warhol, to a new, higher level.
Just further evidence that "Modern "Art" is a conspiracy forced on the masses by those who have bought up or wish to buy all the real art, at reduced prices. Over-value the crap and dross, to under-value the art produced by real talent! (My personal favorite example of "modern'art", are those nude women who menstruate on canvas, by standing above the frame. Reminds one of the "artist" in "The Big Lebowski".)
That is certainly enticing! I've had similar thoughts - especially when my daughter's first grade teacher retired at age 50 (I wish I could have done that!). Of course that works as long as the pension pays. :-)
The government used to go after companies that didn't properly fund their pensions. Of course, none of the federal government pensions are properly funded starting with Social Security and many states are having real problems funding theirs. There could be a huge fight between tax payers and retired government workers and if it happens, it won't be pretty.