Thursday, August 28, 2014

California's Plastic Bag Ban Is Bogus

I don't think "bogus" is strong enough.  Stupid.  Repulsive.  Hypocritical.  Onerous.  Ignorant.  That should do it.

Symbolic gestures such as these can be important in inspiring broader, more meaningful environmental reform. But they risk fueling a self-congratulatory complacency that distracts from more serious challenges. Take furniture, for example. In 2012, Americans disposed of 11.5 million tons of furniture and furnishings -- a volume more than three times greater and far less recyclable than plastic bags because of the labor involved in disassembling a sofa into recyclable components. (The EPA reports that less than 1 percent of discarded furniture is recovered in any form.) Even worse, Americans wasted an indefensible 36.4 million tons of food in 2012, according to the same EPA data. Although compostable, less than 5 percent of the total was recovered in any manner. The rest was presumably laid to rest in landfills where -- because of the lack of oxygen -- it does little more than take up space.
Earlier in the article the author mentions that plastic bags should be banned, just not right now.  I thought that was a worthless bone to throw the activists and sort of self-steals some of their thunder.

On second try, California plastic bag ban passes Assembly

How can a state be so infested with so many stupid, stupid people.  If you're poor, leave.  Leave now.
Proponents argue that massive volumes of discarded bags clog rivers and landfills, saddling California with hefty cleanup costs. They point to the scores of counties and cities that have already enacted bag bans as evidence that the policy can be effective and enjoys popular support.

“We live in a throwaway society. We live a lifestyle that is ultimately non-sustainable,” said Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward. “What this bill does is to make an effort to do one little thing – get people to use reusable bags.”

But critics warned that the measure would cost jobs. They continued to lambaste the 10-cent fee, saying it would line the pockets of grocers and retailers.

“It is a tax increase we impose to benefit local businesses,” said Assemblyman Don Wagner, R-Irvine. “It makes absolutely no sense as tax policy, it makes no sense as a jobs policy.”

The measure now moves to the Senate, where it has yet to be tested with a floor vote.
I had no idea how lucrative it was for the grocers.

Also, where are those photos of plastic bag clogged rivers?  Where are the photos of mountains and mountains of plastic grocery bags in landfills?  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THE LAW OF INNOCENT DEATH: FDA's New Food Regulations Are A Recipe For High Food Prices

We really need to get rid of the FDA.  I'm sick of their control of the food supply.  And they are basing their control on outdated ideas on low sodium intake.  It's stupid and archaic. This is yet another example of the Federal Government trying to do one thing - save lives - and accomplishing just the opposite.
Food prices continue to go up and consumers are feeling the pinch. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of food has spiked to its highest rate since September 2011. Consumers are now paying more for such staples as ground beef, chicken and turkey, eggs, bacon, citrus fruit, coffee, peanut butter, and margarine. Normally, politicians would try to alleviate this financial strain on American families. Yet, this administration seems to want to make food more expensive.

Consider the recent announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that it plans to create “voluntary” guidelines for food manufacturers and restaurants to reduce the amount of sodium in their products and prepared meals. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg explained the move with the classic “it’s good for you” rationale, saying, “We believe we can make a big impact working with the industry to bring sodium levels down, because the current level of consumption really is higher than it should be for health.”

But is American salt consumption really unhealthy?

According to a new study from researchers at the University of Copenhagen Hospital in Denmark and published in the American Journal of Hypertension, the daily salt intake guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (currently set at 2,300 mg per day for people under 50 years old, and less than 1,500 mg per day for people over 50 years old) are “excessively and unrealistically low.” The researchers found that most Americans consume more sodium than the CDC recommendations (at around 2,645-4,945 mg per day) and that when sodium consumption fell outside that range, there was an increase in mortality.
Did you read that last sentence? Reduced consumption of salt will kill you.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

After missteps, Dunkin’ Donuts set for California expansion

Interesting article.  Well written.  I just wonder if DD is ready for the whacked out labor laws there.
Dunkin’ plans to open its first traditional restaurant in Modesto, Calif., on Tuesday and a second store in Santa Monica in the following weeks.

Three additional restaurants in Long Beach, Downey, and Whittier are expected before the end of the year. Franchisees have signed agreements to open nearly 200 stores by 2020 and the company intends to eventually grow to 1,000 stores in the state.

“We’ve learned a lot about operating out West,” said Nigel Travis, chief executive of Dunkin’ Brands. “We’ve been incredibly impressed with the quality of the franchisees.”

But Dunkin’ had to learn the hard way.

Monday, August 25, 2014

California bill to delay cap-and-trade expansion finished for year

See?  CA politicians really DON'T give a shit about the citizens of the state.

Avoiding an election-year legislative debate over how California’s cap-and-trade program could affect gasoline prices, the leader of the state Senate has sidelined a bill that would have delayed a key aspect of California’s landmark emissions law.

Several years have passed since California enacted AB 32, a 2006 law meant to reduce heat-trapping emissions and which requires industries to purchase permits for the carbon they pump into the air. But transportation fuels such as gasoline have not yet come under the program. That is scheduled to change in January, prompting moderate Democrats and an oil industry-funded campaign to warn about a spike in prices and argue for a delay.

Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, warned that the change would hurt residents of inland districts where unemployment hovers above the state average and long commutes are commonplace. His Assembly Bill 69 would have delayed bringing transportation fuels under the cap-and-trade program. Numerous moderate Democrats signed a letter supporting the concept.
If you're poor, get out.  Get out now.  Come to Texas.

2 state supreme court rulings on animal abuse make for harsher penalties

The idea of animals having basic "human rights" is a perversion.  We kill animals everyday.  We slaughter them by the millions if not billions for food.  Let's keep it that way.  Animals are property.  Once you deviate from that the road to the demeaning of human life is the final destination.
This month, two rulings by the Oregon Supreme Court granted animals some rights formerly reserved for humans. Now, people in Oregon guilty of animal abuse or neglect may receive harsher sentences. Also, police can save animals in danger without getting a warrant.

New York and California Migration is Helping Liberals Take Over America

Yep.  Texans are NOT happy that these leftists start at one state, destroy it, then move on to others, leaving in their wake a trail of tornado destruction.  Get the hell out.
It’s no accident that the places in once-red states where migrants have tended to settle — like the Virginia suburbs of Washington, the Research Triangle of North Carolina and the Denver metro area — are the places that have allowed Democrats to overcome huge deficits elsewhere in those states. Many of these migrants are Northeastern Democrats.

Colorado has gained twice as many migrants from blue states as from red since 2000, and blue-state expats now make up 12 percent of the population. In North Carolina, blue migration is occurring four times as quickly as migration from red states, and blue-state natives now account for 16 percent of the North Carolina population.

On the flip side, the movement of blue-staters into Texas, Utah and Idaho hasn’t helped Democrats as much, in part because many of the migrants are more conservative voters, such as whites from Southern California. Texas and the interior West have also drawn more red-state migrants than states where Democrats have recently won.
Internal to cities such as Austin and even Houston are bluer than blue.