■ Is it Proverbs
24:27 or "Hints from Heloise"? You make the call:
27 Put your outdoor work in order
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.
I'm not sure if that was good advice even back in ancient Israel,
and in any case I'm glad my house was built first.
■ Slightly old news, but I still wanted to comment: California
Issues ‘Travel Ban’ on Some Red States.
California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced
on Friday [actually, Thursday June 22] that the state would no longer fund travel to states deemed “discriminatory” toward LGBT people.
The travel-banned states are (so far): Alabama, Kentucky, South
Dakota, Texas, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, and Tennessee.
Consigning eight states to pariah status is in marked contrast to
other California news last month, for example, this fawning LA
Jerry Brown, America's unofficial climate change ambassador in the
Trump era, heads to China.
Just a reminder about the status of freedom in China from Freedom
report; it's bad and getting worse:
China received a downward trend arrow due to the chilling effect on
private and public discussion, particularly online, generated by
cybersecurity and foreign NGO laws, increased internet surveillance,
and heavy sentences handed down to human rights lawyers,
microbloggers, grassroots activists, and religious believers.
Hey, but they're in the Paris Climate Accord, so it's all groovy
■ Ronald Bailey has good advice at Reason: Go Ahead, Put Salt on Your Food
"Salt," an unknown wit once said, "is what makes things taste bad
when it isn't in them." In that sense, government nutrition nannies
have spent decades urging Americans to make their food taste
In June 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued proposed
guidelines to the food industry to reduce the amount of sodium in
many prepared foods. The agency, noting that the average American
eats about 3,400 mg of sodium daily, wants to cut that back to only
2,300 mg. That is basically the amount of sodium in one teaspoon of
salt. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) similarly
advises that "most Americans should consume less sodium" because
"excess sodium can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a
heart disease and stroke."
There's one problem: Evidence has been gathering for years that government salt consumption guidelines might well kill more people than they save.
I will confess that I really want this to be true, so take that bit
of confirmation bias into account.
■ Steve Horwitz at Bleeding Heart Libertarians has yet
another complaint about a recent book produced in part by
government-funded "research": The
Butcher with a Smile – More Mangling from Nancy MacLean. Horwitz
looks at MacLean's claim that James Buchanan and co-author Gordon
Tullock (in The Calculus of Consent) asserted that the 'nation’s decision-making rules were
closer to “the ‘ideal’ in 1900 than in 1960.”'
Horwitz looks at the actual text and concludes (by now, you should
see this coming):
The point at issue is that claiming that Buchanan wants to go back
to what he saw as the “ideal” constitution of 1900 is simply false.
[MacLean] has waded into a much more complex and nuanced discussion that
she has reduced to a simplistic falsehood.
It confirms one of the most trenchant criticisms of the book: she does not understand Buchanan’s system of thought. She cannot parse the context and meaning of his arguments, and given her fervor to counter the Trump presidency and the connection to Buchanan and libertarianism she imagines it has, she reads into Buchanan exactly what she imagined and hoped would be there. The problem is that it’s just not there.
I'll add that Horwitz's quote from The Calculus of Consent
doesn't win any sparkling-prose awards. It's ponderous and dense,
and requires serious skull-sweat to follow. But MacLean didn't.
■ "Hey, did you see that New
Fidget Spinners Are Catching On Fire?"
Yeah, man, they're totally cool, and cheaper too!"
"No, dude, I mean they are literally on fire."
"I know, man, they are most thoroughly en fuego!"