Better contraceptives are part of the reason for the declining abortion rate. Lower teen pregnancy rates are part of the reason. Changing sexual mores might be part of the reason. But laws restricting abortion? That might succeed in making lots of poor women miserable, but it has nothing to do with declining abortion rates. Not yet, anyway.
If the state of California is going to be legislating changes to help prevent foodborne illness, shouldn’t they maybe mandate more oversight of production? It makes the conspiracy-minded among us wonder: Is it just easier to make laws that will impact small individual businesses rather than large, powerful corporate businesses?
Of course, people do get sick because sick people handle their food in restaurants. Rather than mandating that your bartender wear a glove to flame the orange on your cocktail, perhaps it might make more sense to mandate that restaurant and food workers get paid sick leave so that they’re less likely to show up sick in the first place. Gloves or no, I don’t want someone with a stomach virus cooking my burger.
I don’t think any of us would argue against the idea that our food should be safer. But if we’re going to devote resources and write laws towards that aim, perhaps we should focus on real problems rather than complicating the lives of cooks and bartenders with overbearing laws requiring cumbersome tactics that may not even work.
academic studies more or less confirm this
Ladies and gentlemen, never, EVER, trust ANYONE who uses the phrase “more or less”. Ever. Is it more? Or is it less? “More or less” is just another way of saying “I have no idea really. Won’t even bother trying.”
And that’s today’s top tip.
One of many comments about a prohibitionist screed published in the New York Times today in David Brooks Outgrew Smoking Pot & Thinks You Stupid Stoners Should Be In Jail: Gothamist