I have been in Copenhagen, Denmark the past few days on a business trip. I spent much of yesterday in southern Sweden, just a short train ride away. Scandinavia is a unique niche in the world. It is interesting in these countries because they do so many things the opposite of the US - [...]
Archive for May, 2008
I wrote recently that US subsidies, to divert the use of corn to ethanol production, are helping drive up world food prices. Joining what mainstream food experts have been saying, I wrote , “With the new worldwide spike in food prices partly blamed on US ethanol subsidies, it is just a bad idea to be [...]
Why do we need legislatures when the courts can make our laws for us? The latest example:
The California Supreme Court, striking down two state laws that had limited marriages to unions between a man and a woman, ruled on Thursday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
… “In view of the substance [...]
The one-child policy includes eugenic regulations. Both partners have to be rigorously tested before they marry. If one spouse has an “unsatisfactory” physical or mental condition, ranging from dyslexia to schizophrenia, they are banned from marrying. The Chinese government claimed that these are aims to “improve the quality of the Chinese population.”
Some people lie, and some people lie big time:
Carrollton [Texas] Mayor Becky Miller’s City Council colleagues are assessing the fallout from questions about her past.
Ms. Miller has told acquaintances she sang backup for Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne and was engaged to Eagles singer-songwriter Don Henley. She has also said she had a brother [...]
Instead of using corn to make Ethanol, this is a much better way to go:
Farmers in Nebraska and the Dakotas brought the U.S. closer to becoming a biofuel economy, planting huge tracts of land for the first time with switchgrass—a native North American perennial grass (Panicum virgatum) that often grows on the borders of cropland [...]