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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sunspots 437

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

The Arts: Connie Willis, winner of Nebula and Hugo awards, on why she is fascinated by stories about time travel.

Health: NPR reports on how people eat more food that isn't all good for them when their sports team loses, and less when it wins.

NPR also reports on "Mountain Dew Mouth," and, in particular, how some health professionals want to restrict the intake of soft drinks with sugar and acid.

The BBC reports on a 'dramatic' drop in the number of HIV infections, world-wide.

Science: A golden eagle has been photographed in the act of attacking (and bringing down) a deer, with a report by Nature World News.

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atlibertytosay said...

Its interesting to me to see people who identify themselves as Republicans or even Libertarians say they want restrictions on food stamp purchases for soft drinks.

The reality is this …

1) Food stamp FRAUD and overcompensation is THE real issue

2) The government saying "This" but not "That" bothers me - always makes me think it'll be precedent in religious matters one day (or maybe already is ; ie prayer)

3) Food stamps weren't just set up to "help" the disadvantaged - it was set up as a stimulus for American farmers, grocers, and food companies. Coca Cola in particular sees food stamp reform as the #1 threat to its bottom line according to their prospectus to shareholders.

4) Restricting liberty is never an answer and the ONLY exceptions I can think of are alcohol, cigarettes, and hardline drugs

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, atlibertytosay.

Offhand, I would add traffic laws and pure food and drug regulations to your list of justified restrictions on liberty, and perhaps building codes.

Weekend Fisher said...

Bless their hearts, sounds like NPR has discovered the concept of "comfort food".

The golden eagle photo was amazing.

Take care & God bless
Anne / WF