Poverty is Poison Paul Krugman, New York Times
Citigroup Plans to Hire ‘Hundreds’ in Japan to Target Wealthy Bloomberg. I have long been skeptical of the portrayal of Japan as a basket case.
Iranian Oil Bourse Started Trading Today, Will Also Accept Roubles The Prudent Investor
Animal dung and climate change Roland Piquepaille’s Technology Trends
I’m calling BS on compact florescent light bulbs RFK Action Front. This made me feel sooo much better! I tried those bulb like a good environmentally conscious citizen ought to. Not only did I hate the light (and I bought the premium color corrected kind) but my cats did too.
Fat rights and responsibilities Larvatus Prodeo. LP sees this as a pathological manifestation of identity politics (hooray!)
Inspectors Verify Abuse Of Cows in California Washington Post. I find it really odd that the focus here is on “abuse of animals” (and I do believe in humane slaughter). Downers are a huge health risk. They might have BSE or other nasty ailments. Are we downplaying BSE because mention of it might make the public worried about beef?
Regardless, here’s corporate honesty for you, in the form of a classic “see no evil” defense:
Lawrence Miller, director of business affairs at Hallmark…..insisted, as has company head Steve Mendell, that Hallmark has never been found in violation of USDA rules since the current management team took over in 1998.
But USDA records indicate the company was cited in 2005 for several animal welfare violations, including “too much electric prodding.”
Asked how that comported with his claim of no citations, Miller said he was unaware of it.
“We certainly wouldn’t have failed to disclose that if we knew it was in the public record.”