Seattle’s Straw Ban Sucks

Seattle would like you to suck a little less. That’s the message from last week’s decision by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to prohibit the city’s food service industry from offering plastic straws and utensils with their meals.

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These Are America’s Fattest States

So proud to be tied for number 3 with Alabama…..

According to a new report , one third of U.S. adults are obese along with one in six children. The research was conducted by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and, as Statista’s Nial McCarthy explains , it found that the adult obesity rate exceeded 35 percent in five states, 30 percent in 25 states and 25 percent in 46 states.

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The Rise of Hindu Fanaticism and the Killing of Indian Journalists: New at Reason

While the world thinks of India as a land of white doves and Gandhi, this once proud liberal democracy is descending into darkness. Just last week, Reason Foundation Shikha Dalmia’s friend Gauri Lankesh—a fiery Indian journalist who was an outspoken critic of Hindu fanaticism­—was shot at point-blank range outside her house in Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley.

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Who Cares Whether Cake-Baking Is “Expressive”? The Doctrinal Costs of Focusing on Private Burdens Rather Than Governmental Purpose

In their focus on the creative artistry of wedding cakes, the briefs that are now piling up in Masterpiece Cakeshop read more like an episode of Cake Boss rather than a typical SCOTUS argument. Many focus on a question that, I shall suggest after the jump, ought to be legally irrelevant — whether baking a wedding cake is sufficiently “expressive” to qualify as “speech” the compulsion of which violates Wooley v. Maynard’s “forced speech” doctrine.

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DNA evidence proves “male” Viking warrior actually a woman

The skeleton of a Viking originally believed to be a man is now being classified as high-ranking female warrior after examining DNA samples taken from her arm and teeth. Researchers believed the skeleton had been male since it was discovered in Sweden during the 1880s — mostly based on assumptions, The Independent reports.

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Judge Bolton Should Let Someone Make the Argument Against Vacating Joe Arpaio’s Conviction

On October 4, Judge Susan Bolton will hold a hearing to consider former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s request that she vacate his conviction for criminal contempt now that President Trump has issued what many have described as a regrettable but valid pardon.

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As Hurricane Irma Bears Down on Florida, the Broken Window Fallacy Is Back

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the southeastern United States this weekend, cue another round of economic illiteracy from pundits and officials who will try to argue that all those flooded homes, torn-off roofs, and broken windows are actually a good thing for the economy.

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