Morning Links

Monday, August 31st, 2009
  • I haven’t read Cheap, but judging by this op-ed, the book would make me angry. There are really people who believe this crap? What arrogant, self-righteous BS.
  • Here’s a good piece the valuable work the ACLU has done it is campaign against government abuse in the war on terror.
  • Consumer Reports turns snitch. Also, according to the CEI press release, the EPA is going to make shower heads even more low-flo?
  • Wrongly convicted man speaks from the grave.
  • So near as I can tell, this Alternet piece doesn’t really have any specific criticisms of Whole Foods other than that it’s “too big,” which the author states without any supporting evidence is “unsustainable.” Yeah. I’m not convinced.
  • The American Conservative declares legalization of online poker a “sure bet.” Tip to the Washingtonian and other Beltway mags: Someone should write a piece on the masterful lobbying effort the Poker Players Alliance has done on this issue. And for once, when I say “masterful lobbying effort,” I mean it in a good way.
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  • 53 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Patriot Henry | 

      Dear Hannah,

      “I’ve come to the conclusion that Patriot Henry is either single, probably still living with his/her parents or has a roommate that helps with the bills. Because hell I can’t for the life of me figure out how PH is paying $20 for a chicken and $6 for eggs let alone other groceries on 20 grand a year and still make the bills. I sure as hell know that with a family of 4 my husband and I couldn’t do that on that income and still make our bills. ”

      No cell phone. No alcohol/drugs except a 20/month tobacco pipe habit. Used car. No vacations. I bake my own bread, cook my own food, buy in bulk whenever possible, don’t eat out, don’t buy toys, cut my own hair, don’t go to movies, download my books for free online, don’t have a girlfriend wife or kids, etc.

      “As to your problems with the “government subsidized” Häagen-Dazs, my advice to you is move to one of the African countries, where pretty much nothing is government subsidized.”

      I have been thinking about and researching Somali more and more.

      ” Try to pick a country that isn’t going through some sort of civil strife. I’m sure the local growers would greatly appreciate you paying $20 for their scrawny chickens. I wish you luck.”

      I wouldn’t pay that much for an inferior product in a different market – that’s not the least bit frugal.

    2. #2 |  Patriot Henry | 

      Dear Dave Lincoln,

      “Seriously? 20 bucks for a chicken? Henry, you ought to get a chicken coup and start raising them and get some eggs for less than 6 bucks a dozen. As for feed, chickenfeed costs, like, chickenfeed.”

      True, but I also need to get a pasture and pigs and some cows or goats to replicate the polyculture that makes these eggs so damn good. All in due time.


      Patriot Henry

    3. #3 |  Patriot Henry | 

      Dear Zeb,

      “Patriot, you are getting ripped off. I can get local free range eggs for no more than $3 any day.”

      Free range is a government defined word which essentially means “really big cage with a little door to a little pen outside that no monoculture chicken will ever dare use”. The eggs I get are from pastured chickens that actually are raised outside.

      “I think that most people who read this blog will probably agree that the food subsidies are a bad thing, and from that it is not unreasonable to conclude that we probably are paying too little for a lot of our food (if you don’t count the taxes that you pay toward the subsidies). ”

      The taxes go to pay the interest and national debt for past spending. The subsidies are paid for primarily by inflating the currency which hardest hits the elderly and others living on a fixed income, Chinese and Russian workers, and of course future labor.

      “But that does not mean that poor people should starve if they can’t put together enough money for a $20 chicken. The unobstructed market in food should lead to more efficiency, not less as you seem to think.”

      Were it not for the incredible waste, inefficiency, and check on progress and advancement created by the governments of the world we would have more than enough wealth to feed everyone.