Animal-rights letter apparently astroturf
(April 30th, 2008)
It seems like a new group of opportunistic propagandists finds a way to hitch its wagon to Earth Day each year, and this time around it was the animal-rights nuts pushing the envelope.Not only were the claims in Travis Connley's recent anti-meat letter wrong-headed, but it wasn't even...
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Payday Loans Cost Borrowers Less, Study Finds
(April 30th, 2008)
This week, researchers at East Carolina University’s Department of Economics published an analysis on the most common interest rates of payday loans compared to charges by bank overdraft services. The study was able to directly compare the two by viewing overdraft protection as a form of a short-term...
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Report Rejects Personal Responsibility
(April 29th, 2008)
Radical obesity crusader Harold Goldstein believes that Americans simply can’t be trusted with the complex task of feeding themselves. Today, he drove home that point in a study released by his group, the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA). The report tapped government control as...
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How treatment of animals informs human values
(April 28th, 2008)
In response to Barbara Cook Spencer's recent Opinion piece on animal cruelty: The author exposes an interesting conundrum in her exploration of how modern society treats animals.While gratuitous cruelty toward animals clearly lowers humanity's value, the same can be said of the gratuitous elevation of animals' worth.The...
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Blacklisted Bacon
(April 28th, 2008)
Los Angeles food cops have blacklisted bacon. As a result, the city’s law enforcement is on the lookout for the most notorious ring of pork pushers: food cart vendors who serve bacon-wrapped hot dogs. (The infraction is taken so seriously that one merchant even found herself behind...
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TV Talking Heads Rarely Major In Math. Or Science.
(April 25th, 2008)
Bostonians who watch WBZ-TV News saw something last night that’s all too common in our national discussion about trace levels of mercury in tuna: a television reporter who can’t grasp the concept of multiplying  by 10. WBZ’s Paula Ebben whipped up pointless fear about “troubling levels...
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Patronizing Activists Hit Food, Fuel, Funds
(April 25th, 2008)
With soaring gas prices and food shortages approaching “global crisis” level, more and more Americans are tightening their belts. While anti-fat fanatics fight to ban “unhealthy” foods (or make us feel as guilty as possible about eating them) and organic activists whine that food is too...
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IN-VITRO MEAT?
(April 24th, 2008)
One national animal rights group's push for an "in vitro" chicken-meat substitute is among the more hypocritical things it has done in recent memory ("PETA plans $1 million prize for creation of in-vitro meat," April 21).Any reasonable attempt at culturing faux-chicken cells will have to involve a laboratory...
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Animal Rights Group Endorses Fresh Eggs. Just Kidding.
(April 24th, 2008)
We’ve been saying for years that the misnamed Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is really a “humane society” in name only. The group doesn’t run any pet shelters, but it raises countless millions of dollars from Americans who don’t know any better. In reality, HSUS...
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What do you mean I have to pedal?
(April 23rd, 2008)

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