Not to be outdone in the silly law area, Washington State is working on creating a new business license. Sponsored by a Democrat and a Republican, it would require hair designers to be licensed. After all, you can't let just anyone design hair styles! You might end up with people looking like this:
Folks who think that disasters and radical weather is getting worse or peaked in the 20th century are lacking in history. At Futurepundit, Randall Parker has some useful history lessons about the 19th century, which included:
- The New Madrid earthquake
- Mount Tambora's vast eruption
- The 1859 Carrington Solar Event
- 1816 Year Without a Summer
- The little ice age ended in around 1850
- a 28 year drought in California ending in 1810
Rush Limbaugh and Ann Althouse couldn't resist the irony of President Obama visiting China with plenty of diplomacy and kind words:
"The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Winner hosted a dinner for the guy holding the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner in prison..."Its almost as if Obama didn't deserve the prize or something.
Nutrition labeling is very common in the US, you can hardly buy anything edible or drinkable without some kind of content labeling (other than "food supplements" like bee pollen). One exception: liquor. Beer companies are try to market their beer as healthier somehow by claiming it has fewer calories and so on, but now the Federal Tax and Trade Bureau which handles liquor labeling is looking to require nutritional labeling on booze. Because people who drink booze care about how much vitamin A they're getting.
Often when conservatives argue that the government needs to be cut to shrink it to proper size and get rid of waste, some leftist will pipe up with "well what should be cut, huh? huh?" There are always good suggestions - and these days few conservatives consider the military a sacred cow like we once did - but Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe have gone further, listing over a trillion and a half dollars of savings that could and should be done.
Speaking of specific cuts and naming names, Jane Jamison at Right Wing News did the same thing for the State of California, listing scores of government agencies that are wasteful, absurd, outdated, or just insane that California spends billions on. Its a huge, huge list, and even if half of them were kept there would be significant savings.
Unions fought hard in the 20th century for legislation to make union votes private and secret so companies couldn't pressure or punish workers for trying to unionize. Now they want to get rid of that because they're on the strong side but losing workers and need that ability to pressure and intimidate to win votes. There's no chance a bill of that kind can pass this congress, but states are passing legislation to replace the federal law just in case the next one tries again. Now the Obama administration is threatening to sue states who dare to disagree with unions on this topic.
And finally, Dire Straits is offensive and must be banned. So says the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC). Their problem is with the song "Money For Nothing" which, while not their best song was their most popular and it contains the phrase "The little faggot with the earring and the make up, yeah buddy, that's his own hair." Mind you that's mocking someone who'd have that attitude, but the truth is, lots of songs have lots of words that people find offensive (most of hip hop and rap, for instance). The broadcast council isn't a government agency, its more like an industry broadcast oversight group which suggests what radio stations should do. In response, at least one station is playing "Money For Nothing" over and over all day today. I onder what the CBSC thinks of The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York." Mark Knopfler explains the song this way:
Apart from the fact that there are stupid gay people as well as stupid other people, it suggests that maybe you can't let it have so many meanings - you have to be direct.
In fact, I'm still in two minds as to whether it's a good idea to write songs that aren't in the first person, to take on other characters.
The singer in 'Money for Nothing' is a real ignoramus, hard hat mentality - somebody who sees everything in financial terms.
And that's the Word Around the Net, January 21, 2011.