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Drinking, Energy, and Life: THE LAST STRAW TOSSEL on Reason <p><a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/176022832961/plastic-straw-myths-do-you-enjoy-sipping" class="tumblr_blog">redbloodedamerica</a>:</p> <blockquote><h2> Plastic Straw Myths </h2><blockquote><p> Do you enjoy sipping drinks through plastic straws?  Well, if activists get their way you won’t be allowed to anymore.  “These must be banned,” they say.  </p><p>Why?</p><p>When celebrities speak, politicians listen.  Seattle recently banned straws, and other places want to do the same.  “The idea that you’re going to ban straws and save the world is ridiculous.”  Angela Logomasini studies environmental issues at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  What will banning plastic straws accomplish?  “Probably nothing at all.  It might make some people in Hollywood feel good.  It may make some politicians feel good, like they’re doing something.  It might sound good at parties, but it’s not going to solve any problems.” </p><p>Plastic pollution in the ocean <i>is</i> a real problem, but only about 1% of it comes from the United States.  Of that 1%, a tiny amount comes from plastic straws.  But what about that 500 million number?  Where do they all get that number?  They got it from this child’s school project.  He says he got the 500 million straws a day figure through a phone survey he conducted with straw manufacturers.  The media just accepts his 500 million number.  But the actual number is much lower according to the analysis firm Technomic.  </p><p>Okay, so activists and media exaggerate the problem.  Still they promised it would be easy to get rid of the straws. “If we can reduce something that is easy, that is polluting in the environment, that is getting stuck in turtles’ noses and causing damage to the environment, let’s do that,” says progressive talk show host Ethan Bearman.  “Sometimes we do need a little gentle guiding hand from government.”  <i>Governments gentle guiding hand</i> will either ban straws or order us to replace this cheap plastic straw with ones like these made of paper or bamboo.  “Plastic doesn’t actually biodegrade.  So unlike a lot of other things, paper, for example, actually breaks down into other components.”  </p><p>That’s not a good thing.  That means paper straws break down, even while you’re using them.  They get soggy, they leak.  “That’s the beauty of plastic, it’s enduring,” says Logomasini, “Paper straws are going to break down while you’re drinking with it.”  Paper and bamboo straws aren’t environmentally pristine either.  Paper products take more energy and more effort to produce.  You’re going to have a net negative environmental impact.  The paper doesn’t degrade in a landfill either.  Everything is essentially mummified.  <b>You’re replacing a superior product with an inferior one and you’re asking people to pay more for it.</b> It doesn’t make a lot of sense,” she says. </p><p>It doesn’t, and the higher price is the final result.  Paper straws are eight times more expensive to make than plastic straws.  Won’t this hurt businesses?  “I don’t think so.  Maybe people won’t use straws,” claims New York City Councilman Barry Grodenchik.   “If it’s a $1.79 to get the fountain drink at Joe’s corner deli that we’re talking about, and now it’s a $1.83, I don’t see that as being a huge difference in the price,” says Bearman.  </p><p>“This is what environmentalists will say about <i>every</i> policy they put out.  A few cents here, a few cents there eventually begins to become a burden,” explains Logomasini.  We don’t need straws.  “You know a lot of things in life are not <i>necessary</i>, but beneficial and enjoyable.  Banning straws isn’t going to do anything for the environment.  So what they’re just trying to do is take away my freedom for nothing in return.”  </p><p>As the environment has become cleaner, that’s become a specialty of the environmental movement: spend <i>your</i> money on feel-good policies that make no real difference.<br/></p></blockquote></blockquote>
Drinking, Energy, and Life: THE LAST
 STRAW
 TOSSEL
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<p><a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/176022832961/plastic-straw-myths-do-you-enjoy-sipping" class="tumblr_blog">redbloodedamerica</a>:</p>

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Plastic Straw Myths

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Do you enjoy sipping drinks through plastic straws?  Well, if activists get their way you won’t be allowed to anymore.  “These must be banned,” they say.  </p><p>Why?</p><p>When celebrities speak, politicians listen.  Seattle recently banned straws, and other places want to do the same.  “The idea that you’re going to ban straws and save the world is ridiculous.”  Angela Logomasini studies environmental issues at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  What will banning plastic straws accomplish?  “Probably nothing at all.  It might make some people in Hollywood feel good.  It may make some politicians feel good, like they’re doing something.  It might sound good at parties, but it’s not going to solve any problems.” </p><p>Plastic pollution in the ocean <i>is</i> a real problem, but only about 1% of it comes from the United States.  Of that 1%, a tiny amount comes from plastic straws.  But what about that 500 million number?  Where do they all get that number?  They got it from this child’s school project.  He says he got the 500 million straws a day figure through a phone survey he conducted with straw manufacturers.  The media just accepts his 500 million number.  But the actual number is much lower according to the analysis firm Technomic.  </p><p>Okay, so activists and media exaggerate the problem.  Still they promised it would be easy to get rid of the straws. “If we can reduce something that is easy, that is polluting in the environment, that is getting stuck in turtles’ noses and causing damage to the environment, let’s do that,” says progressive talk show host Ethan Bearman.  “Sometimes we do need a little gentle guiding hand from government.”  <i>Governments gentle guiding hand</i> will either ban straws or order us to replace this cheap plastic straw with ones like these made of paper or bamboo.  “Plastic doesn’t actually biodegrade.  So unlike a lot of other things, paper, for example, actually breaks down into other components.”  </p><p>That’s not a good thing.  That means paper straws break down, even while you’re using them.  They get soggy, they leak.  “That’s the beauty of plastic, it’s enduring,” says Logomasini, “Paper straws are going to break down while you’re drinking with it.”  Paper and bamboo straws aren’t environmentally pristine either.  Paper products take more energy and more effort to produce.  You’re going to have a net negative environmental impact.  The paper doesn’t degrade in a landfill either.  Everything is essentially mummified.  <b>You’re replacing a superior product with an inferior one and you’re asking people to pay more for it.</b> It doesn’t make a lot of sense,” she says. </p><p>It doesn’t, and the higher price is the final result.  Paper straws are eight times more expensive to make than plastic straws.  Won’t this hurt businesses?  “I don’t think so.  Maybe people won’t use straws,” claims New York City Councilman Barry Grodenchik.   “If it’s a $1.79 to get the fountain drink at Joe’s corner deli that we’re talking about, and now it’s a $1.83, I don’t see that as being a huge difference in the price,” says Bearman.  </p><p>“This is what environmentalists will say about <i>every</i> policy they put out.  A few cents here, a few cents there eventually begins to become a burden,” explains Logomasini.  We don’t need straws.  “You know a lot of things in life are not <i>necessary</i>, but beneficial and enjoyable.  Banning straws isn’t going to do anything for the environment.  So what they’re just trying to do is take away my freedom for nothing in return.”  </p><p>As the environment has become cleaner, that’s become a specialty of the environmental movement: spend <i>your</i> money on feel-good policies that make no real difference.<br/></p></blockquote></blockquote>

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Children, Love, and School: EmbraceRace Yesterday at 12:00 PM Because treating people fairly often means treating them differently Equality Equity calvstarose Because treating people fairly often means treating them differently aloneindarknes7 This is something that I teach my students during the first week of school and they understand it. Eight year olds can understand this and all it costs is a box of band-aids I have each students pretend they got hurt and need 30 I have each students pretend they got hurt and need a band-aid. Children love band-aids. I ask the first one where they are hurt. If he says his finger, I put the band- aid on his finger. Then I ask the second one where they are hurt. No matter what that child says, I put the band- aid on their finger exactly like the first child. I keep doing that through the whole class. No matter where they say their pretend injury is, Ido the same thing I did with the first one. After they all have band-aids in the same spot, I ask if that actually helped any of them other than the first child. I say, "Well, I helped all of you the same! You all have one band-aid!" And they'll try to get me to understand that they were hurt somewhere else. I act like l'm just now understanding it. Then I explain, "There might be moments this year where some of you get different things because you need them differently, just like you needed a band-aid in a different spot." If at any time any of my students ask why one student has a different assignment, or gets taken out of the class for a subject, or gets another teacher to come in and help them throughout the year, I remind my students of the band-aids they got at the start of the school year and they stop complaining. That's why eight year olds can understand equity Fuente: citizenshipandsocialjustice 30 Why is it hard to understand?
Children, Love, and School: EmbraceRace
 Yesterday at 12:00 PM
 Because treating people fairly often means treating
 them differently
 Equality
 Equity
 calvstarose
 Because treating people fairly often means treating
 them differently
 aloneindarknes7
 This is something that I teach my students during the
 first week of school and they understand it. Eight year
 olds can understand this and all it costs is a box of
 band-aids
 I have each students pretend they got hurt and need
 30

 I have each students pretend they got hurt and need
 a band-aid. Children love band-aids. I ask the first one
 where they are hurt. If he says his finger, I put the band-
 aid on his finger. Then I ask the second one where they
 are hurt. No matter what that child says, I put the band-
 aid on their finger exactly like the first child. I keep doing
 that through the whole class. No matter where they say
 their pretend injury is, Ido the same thing I did with the
 first one.
 After they all have band-aids in the same spot, I ask
 if that actually helped any of them other than the first
 child. I say, "Well, I helped all of you the same! You
 all have one band-aid!" And they'll try to get me to
 understand that they were hurt somewhere else. I act
 like l'm just now understanding it. Then I explain, "There
 might be moments this year where some of you get
 different things because you need them differently, just
 like you needed a band-aid in a different spot."
 If at any time any of my students ask why one student
 has a different assignment, or gets taken out of the
 class for a subject, or gets another teacher to come
 in and help them throughout the year, I remind my
 students of the band-aids they got at the start of the
 school year and they stop complaining. That's why eight
 year olds can understand equity
 Fuente: citizenshipandsocialjustice
 30
Why is it hard to understand?

Why is it hard to understand?

Apparently, Bad, and Dude: Freehand Profit liked Domonique . @ChefDomonique You know how racist you have to be to use the N-word during a conference call About Pizza ????? 7/12/18, 1:55 AM 6,247 Retweets 17.5K Likes Sean McGregor @SeanToo Trill-1d ﹀ Replying to @ChefDomonique Like how does that word even work itself into the conversation 3 172 Domonique @ChefDomonique.1d Buddv iust needs to aive me the garlic <p><a href="http://celticpyro.tumblr.com/post/176012420944/curiooftheheart-celticpyro-iirc-he-was" class="tumblr_blog">celticpyro</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="https://curiooftheheart.tumblr.com/post/176012238756/celticpyro-iirc-he-was-talking-about-his" class="tumblr_blog">curiooftheheart</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://celticpyro.tumblr.com/post/176012105014/iirc-he-was-talking-about-his-upbringing-and-about" class="tumblr_blog">celticpyro</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>IIRC he was talking about his upbringing and about how racist a neighborhood he grew up in (and that it was terrible how blatantly racist they were in that time and place). In context, he was saying “They would call you the n-word openly” but he actually said the word. <br/></p></blockquote> <p>From what I’m seeing apparently he for some fucking reason decided to claim Colonel Sanders used that word with no public backlash (like the reason is because Papa John himself was getting backlash for comments on NFL protests but even then he really didn’t have to bring up or quote exactly the Colonol). And the thing about a racist neighborhood was to bring up tying black people to trucks and basically keelhauling them…ostensibly in an attempt to go “See I’m from an area that did this and think it’s so I’m not racist.” But the people he was talking to rather reasonably went “Why the fuck would you talk about that???”</p> </blockquote> <p>Okay, that’s fair.<br/></p></blockquote> <p>Yeah that was the context of the statements and it’s like… Maybe you’re not a big racist yourself but holy fuck dude, in this day and age do you not see how you can’t say shit like that on a phone call? There were about a million better ways to communicate “I’m not racist“ or just vaguely say “I remember how bad racism was growing up“. At no point did you need to actually use the N-word or go into graphic descriptions of racist violence.</p>
Apparently, Bad, and Dude: Freehand Profit liked
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<p><a href="http://celticpyro.tumblr.com/post/176012420944/curiooftheheart-celticpyro-iirc-he-was" class="tumblr_blog">celticpyro</a>:</p>

<blockquote><p><a href="https://curiooftheheart.tumblr.com/post/176012238756/celticpyro-iirc-he-was-talking-about-his" class="tumblr_blog">curiooftheheart</a>:</p><blockquote>
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<blockquote><p>IIRC he was talking about his upbringing and about how racist a neighborhood he grew up in (and that it was terrible how blatantly racist they were in that time and place). In context, he was saying “They would call you the n-word openly” but he actually said the word. <br/></p></blockquote>

<p>From what I’m seeing apparently he for some fucking reason decided to claim Colonel Sanders used that word with no public backlash (like the reason is because Papa John himself was getting backlash for comments on NFL protests but even then he really didn’t have to bring up or quote exactly the Colonol). And the thing about a racist neighborhood was  to bring up tying black people to trucks and basically keelhauling them…ostensibly in an attempt to go “See I’m from an area that did this and think it’s so I’m not racist.” But the people he was talking to rather reasonably went “Why the fuck would you talk about that???”</p>
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<p>Okay, that’s fair.<br/></p></blockquote>

<p>Yeah that was the context of the statements and it’s like… Maybe you’re not a big racist yourself but holy fuck dude, in this day and age do you not see how you can’t say shit like that on a phone call? There were about a million better ways to communicate “I’m not racist“ or just vaguely say “I remember how bad racism was growing up“. At no point did you need to actually use the N-word or go into graphic descriptions of racist violence.</p>

<p><a href="http://celticpyro.tumblr.com/post/176012420944/curiooftheheart-celticpyro-iirc-he-was" class="tumblr_blog">celticpyro</a>:</p> ...

Being Alone, Family, and Parents: Balloon Boy The Untold Stor <p><a href="https://ren-of-rationality.tumblr.com/post/176000159280/libertarirynn-this-is-mind-blowing-theres-a" class="tumblr_blog">ren-of-rationality</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="https://libertarirynn.tumblr.com/post/175977121284/this-is-mind-blowing-theres-a-good-chance" class="tumblr_blog">libertarirynn</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>This is mind blowing. There’s a good chance “Balloon Boy” from back in 2009 wasn’t actually an intentional hoax at all and this family got screwed over by the justice system and lied about by the media 😳</p> <p>Follow up: <a href="https://youtu.be/Axgyj7g5XZY">https://youtu.be/Axgyj7g5XZY</a></p> </blockquote> <p>I don’t know, I always thought that the most damning evidence against them was the kid’s slip up during the interview, which interestingly enough is the evidence he seemed to gloss over more than the others.  The excuse given by this kid wasn’t just “not a great excuse” it makes no sense.  </p> <p>The kid states that someone asked him vaguely “so what happened about this balloon thing” shortly after he’d spoken to someone else about where he was hiding.  That’s not what happened though, when this kid slips up his parents asked him, “Didn’t you hear us calling for you?” then when he nods yes, they ask “well why didn’t you come out?”  Then the kids answers, “<b>You guys said</b>, we did this for the show.” </p> <figure class="tmblr-embed tmblr-full" data-provider="youtube" data-orig-width="459" data-orig-height="344" data-url="https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FwI6UONWCq7A"><iframe width="540" height="405" id="youtube_iframe" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wI6UONWCq7A?feature=oembed&amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;origin=https://safe.txmblr.com&amp;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></figure><p>All of which is very different than what the kid’s saying happened in his later excuse. </p> </blockquote> <p>Yes and the video addresses this. It is a weird slip but being that it’s pretty much the only evidence that still stands up and it *is* still the word of a sleep deprived six-year-old who may not have even fully understood the question, especially since they *have* been on shows before, I don’t think that alone is enough to show beyond reasonable doubt that’s a hoax.</p>
Being Alone, Family, and Parents: Balloon Boy
 The Untold Stor
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<p><a href="https://libertarirynn.tumblr.com/post/175977121284/this-is-mind-blowing-theres-a-good-chance" class="tumblr_blog">libertarirynn</a>:</p>
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<p>This is mind blowing. There’s a good chance “Balloon Boy” from back in 2009 wasn’t actually an intentional hoax at all and this family got screwed over by the justice system and lied about by the media 😳</p>

<p>Follow up: <a href="https://youtu.be/Axgyj7g5XZY">https://youtu.be/Axgyj7g5XZY</a></p>
</blockquote>
<p>I don’t know, I always thought that the most damning evidence against them was the kid’s slip up during the interview, which interestingly enough is the evidence he seemed to gloss over more than the others.  The excuse given by this kid wasn’t just “not a great excuse” it makes no sense.  </p>
<p>The kid states that someone asked him vaguely “so what happened about this balloon thing” shortly after he’d spoken to someone else about where he was hiding.  That’s not what happened though, when this kid slips up his parents asked him, “Didn’t you hear us calling for you?” then when he nods yes, they ask “well why didn’t you come out?”  Then the kids answers, “<b>You guys said</b>, we did this for the show.” </p>
<figure class="tmblr-embed tmblr-full" data-provider="youtube" data-orig-width="459" data-orig-height="344" data-url="https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FwI6UONWCq7A"><iframe width="540" height="405" id="youtube_iframe" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wI6UONWCq7A?feature=oembed&amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;origin=https://safe.txmblr.com&amp;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></figure><p>All of which is very different than what the kid’s saying happened in his later excuse. </p>
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<p>Yes and the video addresses this. It is a weird slip but being that it’s pretty much the only evidence that still stands up and it *is* still the word of a sleep deprived six-year-old who may not have even fully understood the question, especially since they *have* been on shows before, I don’t think that alone is enough to show beyond reasonable doubt that’s a hoax.</p>

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