18 March 2008

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Google Inc (NasdaqGS:GOOG - News), the world's leading search engine, said on Monday it was concerned about the free flow of information on the Internet if Microsoft Corp (NasdaqGS:MSFT - News) were to succeed in acquiring Yahoo Inc (NasdaqGS:YHOO - News).

Of course businesses complain about their competitors. The original headline:

Google says Microsoft's Yahoo buy might hurt Internet

In actuality Google is saying:

Google says Microsoft's Yahoo buy might hurt Google

17 March 2008

Post v.51

As it relates to those financial markets, time to start buying!

16 March 2008

Post v.50

Quite right:

Pope Benedict XVI issued one of his strongest appeals for peace in Iraq on Sunday, days after the body of the kidnapped Chaldean Catholic archbishop was found near the northern city of Mosul.

The pope also denounced the 5-year-long Iraq war, saying it had provoked the complete breakup of Iraqi civilian life.

"Enough with the slaughters. Enough with the violence. Enough with the hatred in Iraq!" Benedict said to applause at the end of his Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square.

Post v.49

Our leaders seem to be indeed grasping at straws:

As part of the EU's ongoing quest to make itself more competitive, the bloc's leaders have suggested creating a "fifth freedom" of knowledge to be added to the four original principles of free movement of persons, capital, services and goods in the European Union.

"Member states and the EU must remove barriers to the free movement of knowledge by creating a 'fifth freedom'", the heads of states and governments concluded on Friday (14 March) in a statement following their traditional spring summit.

Undoubtedly some out there will say this "freedom" is actually cover for the Bilderbergers and other secret governments to move their operatives into pre-planned highly-sensitive positions to indoctrinate and subject.

Try being rational and note that it is just a tired bunch of functionaires trying to make themselves somehow relevant in a world (not, by the way, controlled by the Bilderbergers) which continues to run laps around their socialistic ideals.

Post v.48

Oh my, the hemp-shirted among us must have been caught rather flat-footed on this one:

Energy intensive industries have won some concessions from the European Commission when it comes to taking part in future legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe.

Nary a mention in the article regarding the usual "eco-screams of protest" and "end-o-the-world now" panty bunching. Give it time.....

Post v.47

Something about those who go through all the trouble to blog yet do not allow comments/feedback to be left regarding their missives.

Post v.46

A test blatantly stolen from Tim Worstall:

Governor’s prostitute was a ‘homeless runaway’

Ninemsn - Sydney,New South Wales,AustraliaShe now goes by Ashley Alexandra Dupré, although it is unclear if this is her legal name. Now 22, she describes how she moved to New York and worked the …See all stories on this topic

Spitzer run over by Mack truck

National Post - Toronto,Ontario,CanadaAFP, Getty ImagesA photo from her MySpace page shows Ashley Alexandra Dupre, 22, the prostitute former New York governor Eliot Spitzer apparently hired. …See all stories on this topic

New York Gov. Spitzer resigns amid sex scandalReuters - USAThe Times said she had been born Ashley Youmans but now is known as Ashley Alexandra Dupre, and that she was expected to be a witness in the case against …See all stories on this topic

Ashley Alexandra Dupré’s MySpace profileSalon - USAAshley Alexandra Dupré is 22, an aspiring R&B singer, the product of "a broken home," and, of course, gorgeous. But she’s so much more. …See all stories on this topic

Kristen aka Ashley Alexandra DupreKNX1070 - CA,USAKNX 1070 NEWSRADIO is a favorite radio station in Southern California trusted for Los Angeles / Orange County / Ventura County / Riverside County / San …See all stories on this topic

Meet ‘Kristen’, star of the Client 9 scandalSydney Morning Herald - Sydney,New South Wales,AustraliaThe faces of Kirsten … or 22-year-old Ashley Alexandra Dupre, who had a rendezvous in a Washington hotel with disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer, …See all stories on this topic

AP Top News at 9:35 pm EDTThe Associated Press - … woman — identified as "Kristen" in court papers alleging that Gov. Eliot Spitzer paid more than $4000 for prostitutes’ services — is Ashley Alexandra Dupre.See all stories on this topic

Woman at the Center of Governor’s DownfallNew York Times - United StatesBorn Ashley Youmans but now known as Ashley Alexandra Dupré, she spoke softly and with good humor as she added with significant understatement: “This has …See all stories on this topic

"Report: The Girl Behind the Spitzer Scandal"WKBW-TV - Buffalo,NY,USA… Taney According to the New York Times the escort Federal Officials say lead to Governor Eliot Spitzer’s demise is 22 year old Ashley Alexandra Dupre. …See all stories on this topic

Spitzer Call-Girl RevealedWBNG-TV - Binghamton,NY,USABy WBNG News It reports the real name of the woman, identified as "Kristen" in court papers, is Ashley Alexandra Dupre. Dupre is said to be the prostitute …See all stories on this topic

M@M: Ashley Alexandra Dupre-What We WantBy maxwellpage If you don’t know who this is, read the front page of the New York Times web site today. I am not trying to take advantage of this girl or her situation or appear exploitive in any manner, but this is a music blog. So here it is:If It’s Good, It’s Good - http://ifitsgood.wordpress.com

Ashley Alexandra Dupre and Governor SpitzerBy witz Meet the lovely young lady who brought down otherwise (we think?) fine Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Apparently a budding pop star, our guess is we are witnessing the creation of yet another Monica Lewinsky. Drats. Myspace: Ashley Alexandra Dupré …witz.org - http://witz.org

Ashley Alexandra Dupre at center of Spitzer scandalBy broadcatching March 12, 2008 Ashley Alexandra Dupre has been named as the woman named in the Eliot Spitzer scandal. Click for more pictures >>> Dupre is a 22-year-old would-be singer from New Jersey, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Eliot Spitzer’s “Kristen” Revealed: Ashley Alexandra DupreBy Free Britney According to the New York Times, Ashley Alexandra Dupre made a brief appearance in court Monday as a witness in the case against four people charged with operating the infamous prostitution ring known as Emperor’s Club VIP …The Hollywood Gossip - http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com

Eliot Spitzer’s Hooker Is Ashley Alexandra DupréBy J Koot Ashley Alexandra Dupré is the name of the now infamous Kristin that all men across the nation wanted to get a look at. Well, as is custom nowdays, Kristin has a MySpace page and provides us with these great shots to get to know her …Busted Coverage - http://www.bustedcoverage.com


15 March 2008

Post v.45

Jeez, one wonders if this guy has issues:

Governor Eliot Spitzer's downfall contains a Biblical lesson for all men: Don't be controlled by your dick. It will ruin your life.

Sex is a powerful force. Either we control it or it (and woman) controls us. Like Samson, Spitzer forfeited his power for sex. The bankers used it to control Spitzer; they also use it to control us.

Men are fighting a powerful meme created by the banker-owned media. Although sexual attraction is based on our instinct to propagate, the media divorces sex from love, marriage and procreation

Masturbating is a far better solution for single men than anonymous sex. You have your flawless fantasy woman and fantasy situation. After, she's gone instantly. And there's no chance of pregnancy or STD. Oh yeah. It's FREE. And, often it's better.

Let's deconstruct the fertile female while we're at it. Having lost her ability to love a man, most young women today are themselves scrawny men, with narrow shoulders, a couple of feed bags on their chests, and an unsightly jungle below.

Loony tunes indeed.

Post v.44

This article by Adam Nossiter in the New York Times is informative as it throws many competing values headlong into each other, allowing one to actually think:

  • Use of drugs by an individual
  • Use of drugs by an individual who is pregnant
  • Probable State zealotry in prosecuting

One thing which denies sympathy in spades to the women highlighted in the article (women who are truly doing harm to another human being, not just themselves) is their own backgrounds:

A day after she gave birth in 2006, Tiffany Hitson, 20, sat on her front porch crying, barefoot and handcuffed. A police officer hovered in the distance.

Ms. Hitson’s newborn daughter had traces of cocaine and marijuana in its system, and the young woman, baby-faced herself, had fallen afoul of a tough new state law intended to protect children from drugs, and a local prosecutor bent on pursuing it.


"I made the biggest mistake of my life & did some drugs with her father right before I went into labor, unaware I was about to have her," Ms. Hitson wrote to the court from the Covington County Jail, in neat schoolgirl script, pleading to be released after her arrest in October 2006. "Please, please let me spend this most important time with my baby," she wrote.

But the judge had set bond at $200,000 — Ms. Hitson had earlier been charged in connection with a break-in, and with credit-card fraud — and in jail she stayed.


The environment can be unforgiving. Rachel Barfoot, 31, who had been charged before with beating her niece, told her probation officer that she was pregnant. When she tested positive for cocaine, she was arrested.

"I was in shock," said Ms. Barfoot. "I told the truth, but the truth got me nowhere," she said in an interview. Three months pregnant, already a mother of four, she spent five weeks in the Covington County Jail.


It is not as though we are dealing with Joan's of Arc here.

14 March 2008

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Move along, nothing to see here:

The average temperature across both the contiguous U.S. and the globe during climatological winter (December 2007-February 2008) was the coolest since 2001, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. In terms of winter precipitation, Pacific storms, bringing heavy precipitation to large parts of the West, produced high snowpack that will provide welcome runoff this spring.

12 March 2008

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A present glimpse into our dear future:

STUNNED smoker Daniel Slaney ended up in court – for dropping cigarette ash on a pavement.

The computer programmer, 37, was having a fag as he walked to work.

But two council wardens accused him of throwing his cigarette end away and handed him a £40 fine for littering in Sandiacre, near Nottingham.

Daniel refused to pay and told Southern Derbyshire Magistrates he always carried an old packet for his butts as he was against littering.

Magistrate Geoffrey Dennis threw out the case. He said: "This would seem to be an example of overzealous officialdom."

For today at least...

11 March 2008

Post v.41

Greg Craig, former director, Policy Planning Office, U.S. State Department (and former attorney to then-President Clinton during impeachment) unloads in terms of "experience":


Senator Clinton has pointed to a March 1996 trip to Bosnia as proof that her foreign travel involved a life-risking mission into a war zone. She has described dodging sniper fire. While she did travel to Bosnia in March 1996, the visit was not a high-stakes mission to a war zone. On March 26, 1996, the New York Times reported that "Hillary Rodham Clinton charmed American troops at a U.S.O. show here, but it didn't hurt that the singer Sheryl Crow and the comedian Sinbad were also on the stage."

Post v.40

Seems to be all shits and giggles in Canada:

Hold onto your hats, scarves and shovels. Weather forecasters are predicting even more of the white stuff Tuesday after a brief respite today following the weekend's blizzard that blanketed eastern Ontario.


According to Russ Fraser, public works supervisor, that brings this winter's total to 286 centimetres, 200 of that since the start of the year.


Children didn't seem to mind the snow one bit either. "We can have fun," Nicholas Perry said cheerily before tobogganing down a huge snow bank in front of his house with his sister Jamie, 4.


"You have to make it fun," said Genevieve Adriaen, who was walking her dogs Nimo and Toolo on King Street.

"You can't grouch about it," she said, adding: "It's a beautiful day for a walk."

Nelda Peterson watched in wonder from the warmth of her downtown home as snowflakes swirled outside her window Saturday.

"This is the worst it's been for quite some time," observed the 89-year-old who grew up in Ontario. She said all the snow reminds her of going for horsesleigh rides as a child near Winchester.


(Insert latest man-made global warming hysterics here)

Post v.39

Of course one is always aware of the aspects of our brothers and sisters on the Left (how can you not the way they bleat on and on): peace, love, understanding, tolerance, diversity of opinion, nuance, and forgiveness.....

You know the routine:

What a fuss about Mrs Thatcher being poorly. Why the headline news, caring eulogies and taster-obituaries over the weekend? All she did was feel a little hot and faint, and wilt over her jelly. And anyway, whatever was she doing still eating her dinner at 10pm? That's far too late for someone of her age and condition. She ought to have known better. But don't worry, folks. She's all right. She has 24-hour care and her daughter Carol has visited. It wasn't even another mini-stroke. She spent only 15 hours in hospital.

If this is the sort of mealy-mouthed slop we get because she felt a bit weedy after dinner, what will happen when she really does fall off her perch? Are we going to get gallons more of the same? Will anyone remember who she was? Thatcher, the famous milk-snatcher, the woman who rejoiced in triplicate during the Falklands war. The mad privatiser who held a quasi-religious belief that the market was the ideal mechanism for social organisation, who thought naked personal ambition was fine, who crushed the unions, who knew how to appeal to our basest desires, who turned us into a nation of selfish toads.

Courtesy of our collective self-appointed Leftist betters at the Guardian naturally. Of course the comment section is filled with equally loving thoughts of humanity:

I feel no nostalgia just felt let down when Thatcher was released from hospital.

It did however stir me to do something I had been intending to do for some time. I downloaded 'Ding dong, the witch is dead' - that joyous liberation anthem from The Wizard of Oz - convert it into a ring tone and upload it to my phone for use on the day that she doesn't come out alive.


Oh c'mom Michelle, we need to be told when Thatcher's poorly so we can get started on organising the street parties. That way when she does finally fall off her perch we're ready to go at short notice.


On learning of Milk Snatcher's demise, I, for one, will immediately proceed to dance in the street, singing "Maggots 1 Maggie 0" by Attila the Stockbroker. The next evening I will go to Trafalgar Square to join the massive street party that will be going on.


One can only sit and wonder what tender missives we all missed by the many comments on the editorial which were:

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10 March 2008

Post v.38

Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist and scold, my have many reasons to lambaste John Hutton, he is afterall a politician, however her latest comments continue to rather expose:

While half the cabinet is trying to strengthen communitarian feelings of Britishness and endeavour, Hutton celebrates people "as individuals not as part of a collective".

This is really what it all comes down to in regards to positions on many topics, individualism vs. collectivism (undoubtedly in the dreams of most leftists, forced collectivism ...... for your own good mind you).

Individual efforts, individual merit, individual thought, individual rights, individual actions and responsibilities are the conerstones of any free and prosperous society.

Collectivism, statism, communism (whatever one calls submission to the 'greater good' of the collective) are all feathers of the same bird and lead to nothing but privation, economic retardation, and a truly miserable existence.

Before it is too late, as a proud individual I hereby vote myself out of the fantastical charade which is championed by Ms. Toynbee and her fellow collectivists.

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Whatever happened to the American Humanist:

09 March 2008

Post v.36

A perfectly reasonable editorial in the Guardian today from the Managing Director of Waitrose, Mark Price:

I firmly believe that as a retailer and a consumer I have a responsibility to protect the planet and minimise our impact on the environment. But in our pursuit of a "guilt-free" supermarket, are we fishing for sustainably sourced red herrings, rather than weighing up which of our actions will have the biggest impact on the next generation?

Mr. Price then goes on to give a few facts related to the AGW 'problem'. Facts are not a convienient truth for the environmentalists soaked in the religiousity of their movement. First out of the box, goldengate:

Ethical shopping and plastic bags are two different issues. Related they are for the convenience of the shoppers but for all the plastic and styrofoam pre-packing it is far more profitable for the Supermarkets and the manufacturing. But then again, is it the misled and gullible general public that is coned through all this advertisement and consumer based economy, where the public is lured to buy things it cannot afford and does not need. The bean counters with their new theories, formulas, more variable every third day, rate adjustments and keeping two sets of books, have the people over the barrel.

A couple of questions:

  • Does modern refigeration and packaging techniques actually extend the shelf-life of products, in turn requiring less to be produced, in turn reducing the emitted carbon of production?
  • Do fundamental environmentalists actually have such a low opinion of their fellow man as to think people are "lured" and "conned" into purchasing items they neither want or need?

05 March 2008

Post v.35

Oh dear, even more shock horror. Of course you recall the blaring headlines and bleating columns regarding the absolute mendacity heaped upon Tesco for having the temerity to run their business like a business and maximize their profits?

It turns out that those at the Guardian do indeed live in glass houses:

I'll begin with my former employer, the Guardian Media Group, following its flagship paper's investigation last week into Tesco's use of tax efficient Cayman Island vehicles.

That one drew quite a bit of flak from those Farringdon Road firebrands, with a Guardian leader thundering: "The Government should make it clear that paying a fair share of taxes is not an option but a duty."

Odd, then, that buried on page 25 of yesterday's paper was the following notice: "Guardian Media Group plc, parent company of the Guardian, in partnership with Apax Partners, has incorporated a new company registered in the Cayman Islands as part of its proposed acquisition of Emap plc."

A spokesman from GMG is then quoted as saying: "The tax arrangements of Apax Partners and GMG for the acquisition of Emap plc are completely legitimate, and are based on accepted practice and the recommendation of our advisers. This is not about GMG avoiding tax - indeed we have paid an average of 34pc tax over the last five years."


Post v.34

These ancient warriors, passed over by time, economics, and reality:

The train platform was jam packed at Warschauerstrasse in eastern Berlin on Wednesday morning. Hundreds of disgruntled commuters stood shivering in the cold as snow swirled down out of the frigid gray skies. Their mood didn't improve when the train showed up -- the doors opened to reveal a hopelessly overcrowded car with hardly a speck of space available for new passengers.

It was a scene which played out across the German capital as the large service workers union Ver.di went out on strike to leverage a 12 percent pay hike for public service workers in Berlin, meaning that all subways, busses and trams remained in the garages on Wednesday. Only the trains operated by the Deutsche Bahn, Germany's national rail company, ran on schedule.

Elsewhere in Germany, the same union staged warning strikes at three of the country's biggest airports, resulting in hundreds of cancelled flights and thousands of stranded passengers. On the national level, Ver.di is demanding an 8 percent pay raise for Germany's 1.3 million public sector workers.

Strikes by public sector employees are always quite puzzling. The public sector unions perpetually claim to be treated poorly and bemoan their toiling conditions under the "bosses" (ie. government). Yet the very same collectivist groups are always clamouring for more intervention by their very same "bosses" (ie. government) into every nook and every cranny of every other individual's life ('free' healthcare, schooling restrictions, booze bans, smoking bans, hyper taxation, 'eco' restrictions).

Mate if the government is treating you like shite, why are you doing your level best to introduce them ever more deeper into my life?

Ahhhh, misery does indeed love company.

Post v.33

A firm ruling:

TOKYO (AFP) — A Japanese pin-up model says that her big breasts have not only boosted her career -- they also helped her overturn a court verdict.

The bikini model, who goes by her professional name Serena Kozakura, was cleared after a court decided she was too well-endowed to squeeze into a room through a hole, as she had been found guilty of earlier.

"I used to hate my body so much," Kozakura, who has appeared in product commercials on television, told the private Asahi network in an interview aired Tuesday.

"But it was my breasts" that won in court, she said.

The case was splashed through the Japanese media on Tuesday, with the Asahi network even inviting her to demonstrate how she could not fit through the opening.

Kozakura, 38, was convicted last year of property destruction after a man said she kicked in the wooden door of his room and crawled inside, apparently because he was with another woman.

Kozakura had said the man made the hole himself.

In her appeal, the defence counsel held up a plate showing the size of the hole and said that she could not squeeze through with her 110-centimetre (44-inch) bust.

"The judges were very good-mannered as they showed no expressions on their faces. I guess they're well-trained," Kozakura said.

Tokyo High Court presiding judge Kunio Harada agreed and threw out the guilty verdict on Monday, saying there was reasonable doubt over the man's account.

04 March 2008

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Not sure if this is the entrance or the exit...

Post v.31

Saudi justice is often depicted as rough justice, in this particular case one hopes it is doubly so:

Early morning shoppers at a supermarket in Jeddah were left reeling yesterday, with some falling unconscious, after a well-built Syrian man clinched a knife and decapitated his 15-month-old nephew in front of his mother in the store’s fruit and vegetable section.

In a brutal murder that has shocked the city, the 25-year-old man beheaded the boy, who was out shopping with his mother — in full glare of shoppers and staff at Al-Marhaba supermarket on Sari Street around 9.30 a.m. The man, who is the boy’s maternal uncle, apparently killed the boy following a dispute with his sister and brother-in-law.

Eyewitnesses said that the man picked up a knife from inside the store and severed the boy’s head. The mother and a shopper standing close by fainted, while several other stood in shock and disbelief over what had happened.

Words truly escape.

02 March 2008

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It was rather difficult to comprehend after reading the opening paragraph in this Financial Times article:

Germany will on Tuesday call for the European Union to clamp down on the continent’s last tax havens, whose low taxes and bank secrecy rules it sees as an incitement to tax evasion.

Pardon me, but is it not the hyper levels of taxation unfortunately found in many European countries which is the very true incitement for individuals to become motivated in the protection of their incomes/wealth?

01 March 2008

Post v.29

This does not seem to be a hoax of the Hoax:


There are four basic strategies for dealing with climate change: Wait for a Miracle, Last Man Standing, Change the System, or Just Stop. Which do you choose? (The idea of four strategies and a few of these phrases come from Richard Weinberg’s book Powerdown.)

1) Wait for a Miracle: This is the strategy of the ~ 90% of humanity who either never heard of global warming, or who approach climate catastrophe through philosophizing, theorizing, or proselytizing, or by fantasizing that someone will discover a technological breakthrough to save us all. These people choose to do nothing.

2) Last Man Standing: This is the strategy favored by the elite, wealthy, power holders in the corporocracy. The plan is already being implemented: business as usual while ruthlessly competing for dwindling resources as the world "goes down." Survivor takes all. However, no amount of money, nor guns, assures survival from ecological collapse.

3) Change the System: This is the strategy favored by intelligent, compassionate, political activists in NGO's lobbying for regulations to change the socio-economic system. Workable scenarios for international cooperation, conservation, and resource sharing might indeed be developed, but implementation fails in practice due to too much compromise. When the cat has no claws, rats rule the world.

4) Just Stop, Build an Ark: This is the strategy of a small minority, relying on alternative sources of information, who realize that the entire system of industrial civilization is inherently unsustainable. Of these people, most will simply watch helplessly and cynically as the world disintegrates. Only a small subset of this already marginal group will take total personal responsibility for having caused the present conditions in the first place, and will then Just Stop creating them. Out of the ashes of their lives, they will gather in small sustainable social systems beyond the reach of globalization and create parallel culture "lifeboats," the "arks."

Go with either #'s 1 or 2. Do either include the issuance of a firearm? That may tip the scale.

Post v.28


GILFORD, N.H. (AP) - Much of this week's winter carnival in Gilford has been canceled, due to too much winter.

Parks and Recreation Director Herb Greene notes that the cancellation of 2 events was due to poor road conditions and snow-filled parking lots.

Post v.27

Close to perfect. Vote with your feet and let those greedy for what you got taste a little bit of "social ...... sTrEeT jUsTiCe", from an economic perspective:

Post v.26

A fascinating article in the New York Times by Carol Pogash. The topic is that of US high school students eligible for 'free' lunch programs and their choice to not participate. The article correctly serves as a microcosm into the many elements highlighting the relationship between individuals and the state: economic choice, social awareness, immigration, statism, unintended consequences, and so on.

Prior to reading the article one should note, as this piece is coming from the NYT, the 'purpose' behind the information presented is undoubtedly designed to provoke an emotional response and prompt 'someone to do something' through more intervention by the state.

As noted earlier, the article's main theme revolves around the stigmatisation 'felt' by individuals who choose not to participate in government subsidised 'free' lunch programs. Some points which stick out in the article:

Many districts have a dual system like the one at Balboa: one line, in the cafeteria, for government-subsidized meals (also available to students who pay) and another line for mostly snacks and fast-food for students with cash, in another room, down the hall and around the corner.

Odd to create such a dual system, why is that?

Most of the separation came into being in response to a federal requirement that food of minimal nutritional value not be sold in the same place as subsidized meals — which have to meet certain nutritional standards.

Ahh, no doubt more regulation by the state with only the best of intentions at heart will help to solve the new 'problem' created by the previous regulation which was designed to solve the old 'problem'.

What else:

"We want their participation so it’s important for us to deal with the stigma," said Ms. Hill, who is also executive director of food services for the public schools in Jackson, Miss., where students who pay are required to buy the subsidized meal before they are allowed to buy à la carte items.

So, force all into a one-size-fits situation to avoid the stigmatisation of some. How much of the state-forced purchasing results in wasted food? Could those resources (the monies, the food, opportunity costs, time itself) be put to better uses by individuals deciding vs. the state?

How about we put this version of 'doing something' by the state into a way which may get the attention of statists, what is the carbon footprint of the food wasted by this particular collective vs. individual solution?

Do read the article. The anecdote about immigrants being grateful for the 'free' lunch programme in California is quite illuminating. That of immigrants going to the United States, taking advantage of the opportunities available, and no doubt having a better chance at succeeding in their newfound home.

Added bonus quote which gives away the plot:

Ann Cooper, director of nutrition services for the public schools in Berkeley, Calif., said that attention to school cafeterias had traditionally focused on nutrition, but that the separation of students who pay and those who receive free meals was an important "social justice issue."

Post v.25

Tim Worstall with two (among many) nice points:

....The first is that the newspapers really do have a problem now: on just about any and everything, their readers in aggregate know more than their journalists do. And comment systems are making it clear that they do. The second is that those on The Guardian really know very little at all about how the tax system works: perhaps that's why they're so insistent that taxes should be higher?