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Nutrition Studies That Backed Obama-Era School Lunch Programs Get Retracted: Reason Roundup

Plus: Kennedy-family charity to bail out incarcerated NYC women and how Virginia makes things impossible for small distillers.

peter scholl Westend61/Newscompeter scholl Westend61/NewscomSix nutrition papers retracted from JAMA Network. The prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network announced Wednesday that it has retracted six papers that included Cornell University food scientist Brian Wansink as an author.

Wansink made a name for himself over the past decade pushing research on small environmental changes that could majorly effect people's eating habits. His research was widely disseminated in major media and incorporated into government programs—most prominently, a program to encourage healthier eating in school cafeterias called the Smarter Lunchrooms program.

The Smarter Lunchrooms program was spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and designed by Wansink and his Cornell colleague David Just. As I noted here last August,

For the better half of a decade, American public schools have been part of a grand experiment in "choice architecture" dressed up as simple, practical steps to spur healthy eating. But new research reveals the "Smarter Lunchrooms" program is based largely on junk science.

The sham data behind the Smarter Lunchrooms program was exposed last year by PhD student Nicholas Brown and by University of Liverpool profressor Eric Robinson. From there, more of Wansink's work started being called into question. Now, the JAMA Network has announced the retraction of six Wansink articles published in its JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine and JAMA Pediatrics journals from 2005 through 2014.

In May, "notices of Expression of Concern were published regarding articles published in JAMA and the JAMA Network journals that included Brian Wansink," said a statement from the JAMA Network:

At that time, Cornell University was contacted and requested to conduct an independent evaluation of the articles to determine whether the results are valid. Cornell University has notified JAMA that based on its investigation they are unable to provide assurances regarding the scientific validity of the 6 studies.

A response from Cornell stated that "because we do not have access to the original data, we cannot assure you that the results of the studies are valid."

The six retracted papers include research into how serving bowl size effects the amount of food people eat in one sitting; how watching TV affects people's eating habits; why it's a bad idea to grocery shop while hungry; and how to get students to order healthier lunches. Here's the whole list of questionable Wansink studies that have now been retracted:

FREE MINDS

Kennedy charity to bail out NYC women, teens. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights foundation "plans to spend millions of dollars to spring every bail-eligible city inmate that is 16, 17 or a woman in an epic move to promote jail reform," according to the New York Post.

The massive philanthropic move has New York City law enforcement upset, the Post notes.

"If a relative puts their house up for bail, the odds are pretty good that the arrested person will show up in court," fumed one source. "The odds are not that good if some rich person puts up the money. You won't feel as obligated to show up."

A high-ranking police source called the scheme "disgraceful."

FREE MARKETS

Small distilleries dragged down by regulation. "About 55 percent of the sale price from every bottle [of bourbon] Catoctin sells goes to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority and state coffers," writes Eric J. Wallace at VA Growler, in a piece that explores how state regulations are thwarting a burgeoning Virginia distillery scene.

For Virginia's craft distillers, "a tasting room is essentially a break-even business," says Scott Harris, owner of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. Harris says Virginia's hyper-regulatory spirits laws make it difficult to operate in the state. [...] And while craft brewers and vintners can lawfully serve patrons to the point of visible intoxication, distillers are allowed to pour just 3 ounces of product per customer, per day. Exacerbating the problem are the drastically different tax structures. Excise taxes on spirits are presently $19.93 per gallon (the third highest rate in the nation). Beer is taxed at $.26 and wine at $1.51.

One distiller told Wallace that Virginia's regulatory environment for distillers is so bad that she opened her new facility in Pennsylvania instead. "We've tried talking to legislators and they don't want to listen."

QUICK HITS

  • A New York Review of Books editor was fired after publishing an essay by ex-Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi, who had been accused of assault by more than a dozen women, and charged—then acquitted—in three cases.
  • Working in Nevada's legal prostitution industry can prevent a temporary legal resident from ever getting a permanent green card.
  • "There is no evidence that letting transgender people use public facilities that align with their gender identity increases safety risks," reports NBC on a large new study.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Student journalists in Vermont fight back after being censored in reporting on bad behavior from a former guidance counselor.

    Go all Walter Sobchak on the school! (Not the gun scene.)

  • Conchfritters||

    They should stay and finish their coffee?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Their buddies didn't die face down in the muck to do otherwise.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Professor Terguson: [after a student explains the reasons for the Vietnam War] Is she right? 'Cause I know that's the popular version of what went on there. And a lot of people like to believe that. I wish I could, but I was there. I wasn't here in a class room, hoping I was right, thinking about it. [shouting] I was up to my knees in rice paddies, with guns that didn't work! Going in there, looking for Charlie, slugging it out with him, while pussies like you were back here partying, putting headbands on, doing drugs, and listening to the goddamn Beatle albums! Oh! Oh! Oh!

  • Philadelphia Collins||

    Whoa, take it easy, she wasn't even born then.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    I'm perfectly calm. Calmer than you are.

  • ||

    Hello.

    Was that part of Michelle's bull shit 'eat what I tell you' bonanza?

    "Preordering school lunch encourages better food choices by children" (2013)"

    This is obviously nonsense to anyone who has kids.

  • Zeb||

    Are they going to find out what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Florida woman who is also an assistant district attorney gets caught shoplifting.

    Research.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Juanita Broaddrick

    Juanita Broaddrick Retweeted Chris Cillizza
    I know that feeling......Juanita Broaddrick added,
    Chris Cillizza
    Verified account

    @CillizzaCNN
    No big deal: Just the president telling the FBI to ignore an allegation of sexual assault

  • perlchpr||

    Daaaaaaaaamn.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    "If you want the FBI to go back that far @HillaryClinton @MSNBC to investigate Ford's allegations .... let's investigate my RAPE allegations against Bill Clinton, too. Seems only fair," Broaddrick tweeted on Sept. 18.

  • Shirley Knott||

    So, how about this memory hole?
    The accuser's scrubbed yearbooks

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Your link fell off.

  • Shirley Knott||

    Yup. I'll be damned if I'm going to use an url shortened.
    Here you go folks, some assembly required.
    http://cultofthe1st.blogspot.com/
    2018/09/
    why-christine-blasey-fords-high-school_19.html

  • loveconstitution1789||

    If you cannot do it right, dont do it at all.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    People are going to start calling you Sevo if you don't up your html game.

  • TuIpa||

    They even memory holed your link!

  • damikesc||

    Cilizza apparently blocked her over that comment.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Six nutrition papers retracted from JAMA Network.

    So dark chocolate is not actually good for you. I knew it!

  • Rich||

    Hey! That better not be a reference to Michelle Obama!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    It's canon. Go back and read my origin story.

  • Zeb||

    Fist is right up there with the IPA haters for defective sense of taste.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Fun fact: Fist has a BMI of 21.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    How do you get a BMI of 21 with light beer?

  • perlchpr||

    Sheer quantity.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    But IBU off the charts

  • commentator||

  • Zeb||

    Better than milk chocolate, anyway.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You misspelled grosser.

  • Dillinger||

    still super yum.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Nearly half in top 5 U.S. cities don't speak English at home, record 67 million
    Nearly half of the residents in the nation's five biggest cities do not speak English at home, choosing instead their native language, according to the latest Census Bureau data that details the impact of a decade of soft immigration policies.

    Overall, a record 67 million do not speak English at home, said the bureau. That is nearly double in 27 years.

  • Rich||

    Another damnable census question?

  • Conchfritters||

    No one in my family spoke English in the home until the late 1930s. They were dirt poor Scandinavian farmers. It took the next generation to go to school and and come home and teach the rest of the family how to speak it.

  • Trainer||

    That's fairly typical. I've lived around quite a few immigrant communities and the original language is pretty much gone with the grandchildren. That even includes places like Mexican areas in Houston where there were whole neighborhoods that speak Spanish. The original immigrants don't really learn the new language because it's difficult to learn a new language as an adult. (I'm now living and working in an Eastern European country and even with language classes 4-5 hours every weekday and living with a non-English speaking family, I'm still learning slowly and I already speak several other languages). The next generation learns both but prefers English and their kids only learn English because it is spoken by their parents and in their schools.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Being bilingual is something to admire.

  • Rat on a train||

    Does Pentacostal count?

  • Rich||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    YOU KNOW I DON'T LIKE BODY MODS

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Nearly every girl on bumble claims to speak "fluent sarcasm", so not surprised

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    That's pretty neat. Wish I was bilingual...

  • loveconstitution1789||

    There's a lot to like about the U.S. economy, which is enjoying its second longest expansion on record. Growth in the second quarter was the fastest in four years, while the unemployment rate of 3.9% is near its lowest since the 1960s.

    China, by contrast, is showing signs of softness. Fixed-asset investment growth in the first eight months fell to the slowest pace since at least 1999. The yuan is down about 8 percent since Trump ordered tariffs.

    "China should really wait another five years to stand up to the U.S.," said Jen.

    China's economy was expected to slow as it relies less on debt and shifts to a growth model driven more by consumption, a shift touted Wednesday in a speech by Premier Li Keqiang. Beijing has already unveiled measures to shield itself against the trade war, including infrastructure spending and looser bank capital requirements. While high debt levels may constrain the ability to respond, Xi still has plenty of ways to ease the pain.

    Trump Is Winning His Trade War With China. Here's Why That Might Not Last

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    James O'Keefe strikes again! Watch this GAO employee admit, 'I break rules every day'
    * United States GAO (Government Accountability Office) Auditor Pushes Socialist Agenda During Work Hours: "No one knows I spent six hours yesterday doing social media for DSA." (Democratic Socialists of America)

    * Resistance Against Administration's Agenda: "If you're in an Executive Branch agency, you can slow ball things to a degree… maybe you get fired or resign or whatever, but you slowed [Trump's agenda] down."

    * On His DSA Membership: "…it's a socialist organization and we want to destroy capitalists."

    * "We have a bunch of just like communists, like no prefix, and that's basically me."

    * GAO Auditor: "Do I care more about having this job, or do I care more about the [DSA] movement, and I was like… obviously the movement."

    * GAO Auditor Admission: "I break rules every day… at any point I can get fired."

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I dont see the MSM going near this type of story.

    They know that most bureaucrats support Democrats, so why cause more public contempt for bureaucrats.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "Howell Police Sgt. Richard Conte claimed he was a 19-year-old boy and believed he was chatting with a 15-year-old girl" whom he would meet for sex.

    And he's already a sergeant at 19? That bright a departmental star was bound to burn out quickly, I guess.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    Sgt. Richard Conte? He sounds more like Sgt. Dookie Houser!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    OH GROW UP

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Classmate of Kavanaugh's accuser deletes posts claiming allegations are true when story doesn't add up
    Hi all, deleted this because it served its purpose and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews from The Wash Post, CNN, CBS News. Organizing how I want to proceed. Was not ready for that, not sure I am interested in pursuing. Thanks for reading

    — Cristina King Miranda (@reinabori) September 19, 2018

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Its just what criminal conspirators do, when confronted by the truth- destroy evidence.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Yeah, an event that "everyone was talking about," but Ford supposedly never mentioned to anyone until 2012.

    The new narrative that they're running with is that Ford "wouldn't be putting her idyllic life on the line" unless she was telling the truth--except her name was redacted in the letter that Feinstein showed to the FBI, and they chose not to pursue it when Feinstein didn't want to tell them Ford's name to begin with.

  • damikesc||

    Why does anybody care about an allegation since the ONLY person not under oath here is the one making the accusation?

    The Democrats are turning into a viciously anti-male party. Which I can buy given that their members are nasty skanks that no dude would touch without considerable amounts of liquor in them and a large dose of sheer desperation for any female companionship.

    Perhaps dudes wouldn't "ghost" on them so often if they had anything worth sticking around for.

  • damikesc||

    Hmm, seems Corey Booker had his Spartacus moment when he felt up a drunk girl's tits back in 1992 or so.

    I'll note that the Dems aren't all that concerned about it.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "There is no evidence that letting transgender people use public facilities that align with their gender identity increases safety risks," reports NBC on a large new study.

    I've been injured using urinals incorrectly so I know what they're talking about.

  • Rich||

    "No squatting!"

  • Inigo Montoya||

    Injured? Like getting the back of a shirt wet when the urinal flushes after pooping in it? Yeah, they need to mandate warning notices not to try using them that way.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Fun fact: "urinal" isn't a fancy French word for water fountain.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    The actual French word "urinoire," however, is.

  • Fancylad||

    safety risks
    Whenever I'm feeling like a girl, I'll hang around in the girl's can at the park taking in the atmosphere and getting in touch with my feminine side.
    Once some bigot called the cops for scaring her bigot daughter. When I explained that I was "Betty" at the moment and that they were being transphobic haters the police took them away. I then caressed my feminine penis in defiance.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I accidentally used the women's restroom the other day, but I'm too afraid to admit it in real life.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    As of the most recent available moment in this episode, Ms. Ford's lawyer said her client would not appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee until there is a "full investigation by law-enforcement officials." Like the Mueller excavations, that could run to the horizon, unable to find anything but unwilling to stop until it finds something.

    Let us posit that the one thing not at issue here is the truth. As a matter of law and fact, Ms. Ford's accusation can be neither proved nor disproved. This is as obvious now as it must have been when Dianne Feinstein and the other Democrats came into possession of this incident.

    Surely someone pointed out that based on what was disclosed, this accusation could not be substantiated. To which the Democrats responded: So what? Its political value is that it cannot be disproved. They saw that six weeks before a crucial midterm election, the unresolvable case of Christine Blasey Ford would sit like a stalled hurricane over the entire Republican Party, drowning its candidates in a force they could not stop.

    What Democrats Have Become
    Brett Kavanaugh is a casualty of an anything-goes political resistance.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Sorry, the article jumped behind paywall. I would never pay for Lefty media.

  • Jerryskids||

    "You have to confirm Bret Kavanaugh to see what's in Bret Kavanaugh."

    Sorry, I don't like it either, but them's the rules.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Do liberal media notice the elitism oozing from their discussion of the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford?
    I'm overhearing the television, so I'm not going to link to anything, but I keep hearing the indicia of elite status — notably, that Blasey is a college professor.

    I'm trying to think of how her allegations should be handled, and I want like cases to be treated alike. When will one allegation from long ago justify delaying the Senate confirmation process and the opening of new investigations?

    The answer cannot be: when the accuser has elite status!

    I'm thinking of how Paula Jones was denigrated 20 years ago. "If you drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find," James Carville said famously.

  • Zeb||

    Carville knows from experience.

  • Conchfritters||

    Virginia is for assholes.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Virginia is for lovers, you silly goose.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Asshole lovers?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    No, that's your mom.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    She does love you being such an asshole.

  • Rich||

    "Opponents of public accommodations laws that include gender identity protections often claim that the laws leave women and children vulnerable to attack in public restrooms," said lead author Amira Hasenbush. "But this study provides evidence that these incidents are rare and unrelated to the laws."

    "Of course, it goes without saying that self-identifying women are vulnerable to attack in public men's rooms."

  • damikesc||

    I love these researchers assumption that men are always a split second from raping women --- but men assuming that women have a tendency to lie about this shit is just wrong and evil.

    Well, thanks to feminism, I do not believe rape accusations. At all. I need proof or you can go fuck yourself.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "Watch what you eat: action-related television content increases food intake" (2014)

    So watching The A-Team didn't turn a whole generation fat overnight?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    They are too busy get super violent, so they burn calories that way.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    To be sure, 80s shows had the best theme songs (with apologies to Hawaii 5-0)

  • DiegoF||

    5-0 lasted so long its final season actually stretched a few weeks into the '80s!

    Also you are going to have a hell of a lot more apologies than that to go around.

  • perlchpr||

    "There is no evidence that letting transgender people use public facilities that align with their gender identity increases safety risks," reports NBC on a large new study.

    Most people aren't worried that actual transgendered people are a threat in this context. Most people are concerned about the jackass who just says he's trans so he can hang out in the women's locker room.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    That and I am seriously concerned for Trans people's mental health.

    They have really serious mental health issues, where even cutting off their own penises does not make them happy.

  • perlchpr||

    Problems suffered by the actual trans people is a different thing. I'm just saying that once "locker rooms are effectively gender neutral" becomes a cultural norm, ladies are going to just fucking hate going to the gym or the swimming pool or all sorts of places.

    But, yeah. I mostly feel pity for trans people. The way I figure, they either have massive mental health problems, or one of the worst birth defects in the world. (i.e.: Being born in a body of the "wrong" sex.) And neither one is particularly fixable with today's medical technology.

  • ||

    they either have massive mental health problems, or one of the worst birth defects in the world. (i.e.: Being born in a body of the "wrong" sex.) And neither one is particularly fixable with today's medical technology.

    Considering my having been born without beauteous wings, blazing feet, vorpal hand, dragon eyes, and tiger claw is a way worse birth defect and no more fixable with today's medical technology and I manage not to kill or mutilate myself, I'm going to go with the former.

  • damikesc||

    I don't get the difference between a trans and an anorexic.

    Both see their bodies as what they are not.

    I just don't call anorexics "fatty". Because it'd be cruel.

    But calling trans their "preferred" gender? That, apparently, isn't cruel.

  • Rich||

    "Oh, sorry. The persistent erection is just a side-effect of my hormone therapy."

  • Inigo Montoya||

    I am so stealing that line. It will come in handy whenever I get a strange look from ladies on the subway.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Its not the same thing when your meat is hanging out.

  • Zeb||

    That's why I always say you should just use the bathroom that would raise the fewest eyebrows. If you pass reasonably well as the other sex, use that bathroom. If you are having a "gender fluid" kind of day, but are still obviously of the biological sex you were born with, then use that one.

    The fears about perverts and predators are way overblown, I think.

  • TuIpa||

    "The fears about perverts and predators are way overblown, I think"

    That's cool, and completely not for you to judge.

  • Zeb||

    I'll make judgments on whatever I want, thank-you.

  • TuIpa||

    No actually, you won't make other people's judgement on risk, at all ever, you're welcome very much.

    They will. And they won't care what you think about it at all.

  • Zeb||

    Did I claim otherwise?

  • TuIpa||

    "Zeb|9.20.18 @ 11:39AM|#

    I'll make judgments on whatever I want"

    You sure did.

  • TuIpa||

    I mean, your FUCKING POST IS RIGHT THERE.

  • Zeb||

    Um, no, I made my own judgement. Others are free to disagree.

    You are doing fine work to convince anyone who didn't figure it out years ago that Tulpa is an idiot. Well done, I guess.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Guys dont care if women use their bathroom.

    This is all about women's bathrooms.

  • Zeb||

    And I bet women would care more if some bearded, butch looking person, dressing and acting like a man uses the ladies' room more than if someone dressing and acting feminine, but who has a penis does.

    My point is if people just use some common sense and try to mind their own business, this shouldn't be a problem. As usual, it's activists fucking everything up and making an issue where there need not be one.

  • Trainer||

    If you know they have a penis, you would be the one behaving inappropriately.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'm curious how much women care either.

  • chipper me timbers||

    No one except for a few rabid bloggers cares.

  • Trainer||

    I don't care as long they do their business in a stall like they're supposed to. Other than that, it's just hand washing and makeup touch ups. There are a lot of public restrooms where I live now that are not designated for either gender. The stalls are more like little rooms (and often have squat toilets) and then everyone uses the sinks. I have yet to see a problem.

  • ||

    Most people aren't worried that actual transgendered people are a threat in this context.

    Right. They were more worried about the state government telling them that they had to accommodate people a certain way.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Some opponents of the nuclear agreement have argued that Obama's failure to seek Senate approval of the deal allowed Trump to unilaterally withdraw.

    "They did not have the votes in the U.S. Senate so they found the votes in the U.N. Security Council. That is insufficient in our system of government if you want to have something enduring and sustainable," Hook said, adding that Washington hoped U.S. sanctions would force Tehran to negotiate.

    Iran views the United States as acting in bad faith by withdrawing from a deal and has longed blamed Washington for stoking instability in the Middle East.

    Possible Iran-USA treaty

    1. I wonder if Lefties will now support a Trump treaty with Iran because the previous deal was 'good for the USA'
    2. Iran has been very aggressive for decades in trying to control the Middle East. Not excuse the USA's neo-con efforts in the ME.

  • Rich||

    Sgt. Richard Conte, claimed he was a 19-year-old boy

    "Dick C-word"? The man was doomed.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Don Barzini's evil is limitless!

  • Azathoth!!||

    Actually it's pronounced more like 'cunty' than 'cunt'

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Ireland's Eighth Amendment, which banned abortion, has been formally repealed.

    Well, you people finally win. Fewer Irish in the world.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    *Less* Irish.

  • Rich||

    LOL

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ANOTHER PAIR OF BIGOTS WHO THINK THE IRISH ARE NOT INDIVIDUALS BUT A HOMOGENEOUS GROUP OF DRUNKEN WHATEVERS

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    There's a tie in with that Virginia bourbon story here somewhere

  • DiegoF||

    See, no doubt this sort of racism is just the kind of thing that drove Just Say'n away. Nice job guys.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    One distiller told Wallace that Virginia's regulatory environment for distillers is so bad that she opened her new facility in Pennsylvania instead.

    How the fuck bad do things have to be if you're turning to the commonwealth for economic relief?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    My God.

  • DiegoF||

    But both are Commonwealths! Except for some unfathomable reason one calls its school Penn State.

  • damikesc||

    Hmm, hasn't VA become a Democrat state, basically?

    This result is so shocking given that.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    What an odd way to eat oatmeal.

  • mb||

    "There is no evidence that letting transgender people use public facilities that align with their gender identity increases safety risks," reports NBC on a large new study.

    I have no doubt this statement is true. I also have no doubt that individuals that NOW go to great lengths to video tape and otherwise spy on bathrooms will use these laws to spy on bathrooms, and a few new ones will be embolden to try if it is easy enough. It will happen, ignoring it will not make it go away and will only make the opposition look prescient when it does occur.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • DiegoF||

    I have nothing but contempt for snowflake students and their pansy-ass requests. But my violin for the cops is mighty small indeed. Maybe smaller coolattas with those doughnuts; that might help?

  • Rich||

    American public schools have been part of a grand experiment in "choice architecture" dressed up as simple, practical steps to spur healthy eating.

    That reminds me. Whatever happened to Cass Sunstein?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    He's busy making stains with Sam Power.

  • Rich||

    Wind-wink-NUDGE-NUDGE!

  • Rich||

    *** gets coffee ***

  • Sevo||

    "Europe to Investigate Amazon's Dual Role of Merchant and Platform"
    [...]
    "For many independent merchants who sell their goods on Amazon, there has long been deep concern that if the e-commerce giant saw a particular product selling well, the company would duplicate it, but at a lower price.
    [...]
    Margrethe Vestager, the bloc's competition commissioner, announced the start of an investigation into whether Amazon is unfairly using data collected about third-party sellers to make its own decisions about products to sell — information that would give it a potentially anticompetitive edge..."
    https://www.supplychainbrain.com/articles/
    28771-europe-to-investigate-amazons-
    dual-role-of-merchant-and-platform

    Note first, we have a "competition commisioner" and that she finds another supplier offering similar goods as "anticompetitive".
    I think there's something in the Rhine that makes Euros stupid.

  • Shirley Knott||

    There's something in *power* that makes people stupid. And evil.
    We would be so much better off if it were caused by Rhine water.

  • Fancylad||

    Lorelei's mermaids do their business in it.

  • Alan Vanneman||

    "Florida woman who is also an assistant district attorney gets caught shoplifting."

    How about "Florida woman who is also an assistant district attorney accused of shoplifting"? The woman put some cosmetics in her purse, worth $43, claiming that she did so because if she put them in her shopping basket they'd fall through. Am I the only person who's walked out of a store, discovered I had a small item I hadn't paid for, and kept on walking?

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    If that small item was a box of donuts, pair of Nikes, or a fur coat, then no.

  • DiegoF||

    Wait you actually do this? And you say it casually as though others will certainly think it to be remotely normal behavior?

  • TuIpa||

    IKR?

  • TuIpa||

    It sounds even dumber when you say it.

    No, I am not a thief like you and her. Sorry, no solidarity for ya.

  • ||

    It sounds even dumber when you say it.

    And really, what's the difference if you walk out of a department store with a small item in your purse or if you walk out of someone's house with a small item in your purse anyway?

  • Incomprehensible Bitching||

    "If a relative puts their house up for bail, the odds are pretty good that the arrested person will show up in court," fumed one source. "The odds are not that good if some rich person puts up the money. You won't feel as obligated to show up."

    A high-ranking police source called the scheme "disgraceful."

    MARKET FAILURE!

  • Brian||

    When the time is right, we'll come back to hating Nike because sweatshops. I'm the meantime, enjoy money!

  • TuIpa||

    It's cool shreek, no one expects true ideological consistency from anyone anyway, so your defense isn't necessary.

  • Sevo||

    Sarah Palin's Buttplug|9.20.18 @ 10:31AM|#
    "One man's sweatshop is another man's entry level job."

    And you're both of 'em, since you bring new clarity to the term "two-faced".

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    shriek the hicklib tries to pretend he's down with the brothers.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Sorry to disappoint you Dipshit Dave Weigel, but I don't have a problem with the ad at all. Nike has the right to feature whoever they want in their ads, and every individual person has the right to decide whether they want to support the company or not. Just the same as the owner of a professional football team has the right to determine how their players are going to conduct themselves when they're at work. And Paperneck is better at acting than he ever was at throwing a football on target.

    I'm not a censorious lefty jerkoff like you and your buddies like Robby Soave, who thinks that any person who says anything I don't agree with ought to be put into political gulag for life and be unable to support himself in any way, shape, or form.

  • TuIpa||

    What went wrong with that bet you never paid?

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Were you missing for a while because you finally made that long-needed appointment with the dermatologist to do something about that repulsive face of yours?

  • Troglodyte Rex||

    Too bad, Peanuts. This is called "capitalism".

    D G A F, no really, Nike can advertise as they see fit.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    En banc 5th Cir. rules that prosecutors are not required to reveal exculpatory evidence to defendants before they plead guilty.
    More made up court rules to increase the number of plea bargains.

  • Anomalous||

    Because FYTW,

  • DiegoF||

    More made up court rules to increase the number of plea bargains.

    Not to worry; if Reason gets its way many of those defendants will surely have extra desire to plea bargain anyway, since they will be stuck in jail throughout the whole process after their state institutes the made-up libertarian principle of abolishing cash bail.

  • DiegoF||

    Is Reason continuing its shameful track record on property rights vs. fictitious trans bathroom "rights"?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Reason is developing quite the long shameful track record on issues.

  • Zeb||

    As far as I have seen, they have never suggested that a private property owner or business should be required to allow trans people to use whatever bathroom they want.

    But aside from the property rights angle, it's really not a liberty issue. Nor, as far as I can see, is it a real problem in need of any kind of solution.

  • TuIpa||

    Yes, we know, you don't want individuals to have true bathroom autonomy, just trannies.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    What the hell is "bathroom autonomy", let alone the "true" version of it?

  • TuIpa||

    Which word are you having trouble with there jeffo?

    Bathroom? Or Autonomy?

    "let alone the "true" version of it?"

    If you were an actual libertarian you wouldn't be asking a simple question about respecting individual rights, but here we are.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Why don't you describe for us what you regard to be a state of "true bathroom autonomy".

  • TuIpa||

    What's with this "us" shit jeff?

    Which word are you having trouble with there jeffo?

    Bathroom? Or Autonomy?

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    You aren't going to answer the question, just fling poo. Got it.

  • TuIpa||

    I will when you do.

    So far you're the only one flinging poo, like yesterday when you fucked up the Kavanaugh's mom thing and slandered the Duke lacrosse kids.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    I really doubt you will answer the question in any honest fashion.

    You must be a very sad and pathetic man to derive such happiness from trying to make others miserable.

  • TuIpa||

    And I KNOW you won't answer mine.

    You've ducked it already, and all I'm trying to do is understand which self explanatory word you are struggling with.

  • Zeb||

    What?

  • Zeb||

    So, who is doing the Tulpa handle now?

    Good job on acting like a giant gaping asshole. You really capture the character well.

  • TuIpa||

    I'm sorry your stupid stance on this is so easily destroyed, but there's no need to get uppity about it.

  • Zeb||

    Well done maintaining character so well. It can't be easy to act like such a completely stupid asshole.

  • TuIpa||

    Well, you pull it off daily so how hard could it be?

    You don't even know what you're emoting about, you're just mad.

  • Cathy L||

    Hahaha

    Hahahahaha

    Hahahahahahahaha

  • Cathy L||

    Hahaha

    Hahahahaha

    Hahahahahahahaha

  • TuIpa||

    Don't worry Zeb, Jeff will be along to join your circle jerk any minute, and then you two can go into the ladies room and let off some steam.

  • ||

    As far as I have seen, they have never suggested that a private property owner or business should be required to allow trans people to use whatever bathroom they want.

    The City passed the ordinance. The state threatened to pass the law. Reason's typical 'to be sures' were had about the ordinance that was put into effect but they were decidedly against the state passing the law that basically said private property owners were free to choose.

    Reason themselves never came out and said they would require businesses to allow trans people to use whatever bathroom they please, they just took possibly the most mealy-mouthed, weaselly means of advocating civil libertarianism at the expense of liberty. It was their standard civil libertarian schtick where no one is forced to do something under the law but if they're widely and publicly shamed into doing so then liberty has been achieved.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    It was their standard civil libertarian schtick where no one is forced to do something under the law but if they're widely and publicly shamed into doing so then liberty has been achieved.

    Dude, that IS how social change is achieved in a libertarian manner.

  • TuIpa||

    Ladies and gentleman, chemjeff the prgogressive.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Are you opposed to social change?

  • TuIpa||

    Ladies and gentleman, chemjeff the progressive.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Are you opposed to social change?

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    How would you like to see social change come to fruition? Using the coercive power of the state?

  • TuIpa||

    Ladies and gentleman, chemjeff the progressive.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    How would you encourage people to become more tolerant of, say, people of different backgrounds or people of different political ideologies, or people of simply different preferences and tastes in general? Would you do anything at all? Maybe, instead, the "solution" proffered by so many here, who object to SJWs and who object to public shaming and who object to "Twitter mobs" and the like, is less about the objections to the mob actions themselves, and more about not really giving a shit about the injustices that they are protesting?

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Are you in favor of laws like the Civil Rights Act which use the coercive power of the state to try to force people to not be bigots? If not, then what is your preferred way to try to persuade people not to be so bigoted? Or maybe you don't really have a problem with bigotry in the first place.

  • TuIpa||

    Ladies and gentleman, chemjeff the progressive.

    (It wouldn't bother you if it wasn't true)

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    I don't really care how you label me. You are going to call me a shithead no matter what I do or say. (And calling me a "progressive" is your way of calling me a shithead.) I don't require your validation for my beliefs.

  • TuIpa||

    "You are going to call me a shithead no matter what I do or say"

    Well, I see your enormous errors yesterday have given you SOME self-awareness.

    "And calling me a "progressive" is your way of calling me a shithead"

    No, calling you a shithead is that. Calling you a progressive is just an observation of reality.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    When Twitter mobs go after racists for saying racist things on Twitter, is your initial reaction "it's not right that a mob is ganging up on some guy for expressing his beliefs", or is your initial reaction "I don't give a shit about racism anyway"?

  • TuIpa||

    Ladies and gentleman, chemjeff the progressive.

    (It wouldn't bother you if it wasn't true)

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    There is a difference between opposing mob overreaction to a social injustice, and not caring about the social injustice in the first place. I think there are far too many libertarians who fall into the latter category. They are willing to condemn anyone who even expresses a concern about social injustice as a "filthy progressive" even if they advocate completely nonstatist and noncoercive means to try to alleviate the injustice.

    Someone who wants to use the coercive power of the state to force individuals to obey certain rules in order to stamp out a social injustice is a progressive.

    But someone who wants to alleviate social injustices as they perceive them is not a progressive per se. That is just a moral human being.

    Too many people have become so anti-progressive that they are unwilling to even acknowledge or think about social injustices in the first place.

  • TuIpa||

    Ladies and gentleman, chemjeff the progressive.

    (It wouldn't bother you if it wasn't true)

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    So, Tulpa, why don't you explain for us all why you think I'm a progressive. (This should be good.)

  • TuIpa||

    Your entire posting history.

    Ladies and gentleman, chemjeff the progressive.

    (It wouldn't bother you if it wasn't true)

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Lame! I expected more insults and epithets.

  • TuIpa||

    Ladies and gentleman, chemjeff the progressive.

    (It wouldn't bother you if it wasn't true)

  • TuIpa||

    Jeff, you clearly haven't recovered from fucking up the Kavanaugh's mom thing, and your open slandering of the Duke lacrosse kids, so why don't you take another day off instead of putting the pedal back to the metal on stupid like you have here?

    It appears you learned nothing.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    So what is your preferred method for enacting social change? Use the power of the state to force citizens to obey?

  • TuIpa||

    What a strange place to put that question.

  • Zeb||

    This is why I say the bathroom thing isn't a liberty issue, outside of property rights questions.

    The question is whether this is desirable social change. People get to make up their own minds on that and I don't see how one answer is any more or less libertarian than another.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    You are right. It is not an issue of liberty.

  • TuIpa||

    There's that circle jerk I predicted.

  • You and I||

    Tulpa and chemjeff look like the same poster. I think he's talking to himself because everyone else thinks he's not worth talking to.

  • Azathoth!!||

    As far as I have seen, they have never suggested that a private property owner or business should be required to allow trans people to use whatever bathroom they want.

    Then you haven't been paying attention. This whole thing started when the Charlotte city council passed an ordinance that made it illegal to not let people use the bathroom of their choice--in public or private spaces.

    So it was EXACTLY what you said didn't happen happening that started all this.

    The state government got involved by saying that cities could not make civil rights mandates stricter than those mandated at the state level and the transtorm exploded.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    As always, I love how everything that Obama did during his presidency gets the label "Obama-era", as if he himself didn't actually do anything but was just some innocent, blameless bystander during his eight years in office.

    Of course it goes without saying that you never have and never will see the term "Bush-era" or "Trump-era".

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    See my response up above, Dipshit Dave Weigel.

    Maybe you'll actually learn something about real libertarian principles, but I kind of doubt it.

  • Fancylad||

    It creeps me out a little.

    Not because of the kneeler, but because Nike hired him to provide lefty armor against new allegations of tax dodging stemming from the Paradise Papers, and #metoo accusations against CEO Mark Parker by several employees.
    Now that the media have lionized the company as woke, there'll be less impetus to report on its grabby CEO and tax cheating.

    This has happened before.
    Honey Maid parent Mondelez International was facing a huge lawsuit in California for misrepresenting how much transfat was in its products and Honey Maid was its biggest culprit.
    So they came out in a big way for gay families with a "This is Wholesome" campaign. This made them Huffpo and NYT darlings, and allowed them to paint potential bad press as a homophobic attack on tolerance.

  • DiegoF||

    Oooh good call! Why is no one reporting on this?

    The Pepperidge Farm goldfish graham crackers are the tastiest anyway, if you can call such things that stretch the definition graham crackers. For more traditionalists there is one brand that has extra calcium that I remember tasting good. Or you can make your own; tasty!

  • Fancylad||

    Why is no one reporting on this
    Because you'll get called "racist" or "homophobe" as intended. Who's going to want to blacken the name of the latest woke darlings?

  • ||

    There is no evidence that letting transgender people use public facilities that align with their gender identity increases safety risks," reports NBC on a large new study.

    It this the part where we all pretend that this wasn't a straight up move to fuck over business owners?

    I'm sure studies show that gay people do better when people bake cakes for them as well. People felt better when they get free insurance so the ACA made sense. Scientism at its finest. Thanks Reason!

  • DiegoF||

    It is more activist-advocate "science" like we see everywhere else. The tobacco crusaders showed the way for everyone. Now we actually have marches on behalf of this approach.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Has anyone else rubbed one out to that Jane Fonda/ Norm McDonald interview? Hot damn.

  • DiegoF||

    Bah. Maybe Weekend Update era Norm.

  • ||

    Wansink made a name for himself over the past decade pushing research on small environmental changes that could majorly effect people's eating habits. His research was widely disseminated in major media and incorporated into government programs—most prominently, a program to encourage healthier eating in school cafeterias called the Smarter Lunchrooms program.

    The Smarter Lunchrooms program was spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and designed by Wansink and his Cornell colleague David Just.

    Goddamned Trump and all his fucking cronies! His placement of inept contrarian kleptocrats in top positions has got to make his administration one of the most corrupt in history.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Prediction: by this time next week, Brett Kavanaugh will officially be a U.S. Supreme Court justice, and the name Christine Blasey Ford will be on the way to being forgotten as the pathetic leftards are all like "never heard of her"!

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    When Kavanaugh casts the deciding vote to shred what's left of your Fourth Amendment rights, you can console yourself in knowing that at least that hussy Christine Ford was defeated!

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    You're pathetic, and yes, when my prediction comes to pass I will be laughing at your lying dumb ass.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Yes we know. What is most important in life is (a) defeating the Left and (b) handing Trump a win against the Deep State. Who cares about that whole Constitution crap.

  • TuIpa||

    So Kavanaugh should go down on the #MeToo crap... because he is bad on the 4th.

    This is your argument, and Ken has pointed out why it's a loser.

  • BYODB||

    Look, Kagan is on the court and she was literally never a judge. The fact is that the Supreme Court is already a joke institution, Chemjeff just protests anyone with a judicial record being confirmed perhaps because then you have a basis to actually review them.

    Nevermind that people with zero record have been confirmed, and we had no idea how they might rule or if they were even telling the truth.

    So, to protest now while Kagan is still on the court is literally a waste of time. The politicization of the courts has already happened, rather than it will happen at a future date.

    I don't really a give a damn about Kavanaugh one way or the other, but the clown show surrounding the hearings should tell you everything you need to know about what state the Supreme Court is in.

  • Azathoth!!||

    Yes we know. What is most important in life is (a) defeating the Left and (b) handing Trump a win against the Deep State. Who cares about that whole Constitution crap.

    Just (a).

    We do that, permanently, and everything else will take care of itself.

    Hell, the Constitution IS an attack on and defeat of the left in and of itself.

  • Ken Shultz||

    The Democrats should have opposed him on that basis.

    Make it about culture war horseshit and you lose.

    You lose to Trump.

    You lose in senate confirmation hearings.

    You make it about social justice warriors using unsubstantiated #MeToo allegations from 35 years ago to veto the norms of civil society--and you lose.

    Make it about the Fourth Amendment, and I might even oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Kavanaugh of course is not perfect, because nobody is, and he wasn't my top preference (I was hoping the pick would be Don Willett).

    "Chemjeff radical individualist" is a sad character who lies through his teeth here every single day, and he wouldn't be supporting Don Willett either, or anyone Trump would ever nominate. Because he wants more Sonia Sotomayors and Ruth Bader Ginsburgs.

  • chipper me timbers||

    ^ Exactly.

    Kavanaugh is terrible on many things that are important to libertarians. Just terrible.

    But this Ford accusation is laughable and makes me even half way root for him to get in. And I despise him.

  • Jerryskids||

    Working in Nevada's legal prostitution industry can prevent a temporary legal resident from ever getting a permanent green card.

    Is this going to be applied retroactively to all immigrant sex workers or does Melania get grandfathered in?

  • Dillinger||

    did Wasnick sue Mark Steyn yet?

  • Dillinger||

    fuck you a C violation does not occur when Brady material is not shared during the plea bargaining process.

  • damikesc||

    The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights foundation "plans to spend millions of dollars to spring every bail-eligible city inmate that is 16, 17 or a woman in an epic move to promote jail reform," according to the New York Post.

    Man, Progressives REALLY dislike men, don't they?

    A clever conservative might highlight minority men who the Kennedys would prefer to rot in jail.

    En banc 5th Cir. rules that prosecutors are not required to reveal exculpatory evidence to defendants before they plead guilty.
  • damikesc||

    God this site.

    How the fuck is that court ruling remotely legal?

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    NYC now has a great incentive to charge 16 year olds, 17 year olds, and women with any crime they came come up with and impose the absolute maximum amount of bail permissible on all of them!

  • BYODB||


    Kennedy charity to bail out NYC women, teens. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights foundation "plans to spend millions of dollars to spring every bail-eligible city inmate that is 16, 17 or a woman in an epic move to promote jail reform," according to the New York Post.


    Yeah, fuck those men in Prison! Women and children first! Yeah, gender and sex norms sure have changed all right.

    These women should stay in jail to stick it to the patriarchy or something, shouldn't they?


    In all seriousness though, I can't complain too much but I suspect they chose 'women and children' because, well, there are so few of them compared to the men that end up there. You do what you can, though, so ultimately I can't rib on them too hard even while no actual reform is likely to occur.


    And, to the point, the police are actually right on this one. What incentive is there to show up for your hearing when you don't have any stake whatsoever in the bail? I know we reflexively dislike police around here but that doesn't mean a stopped clock can't be right twice a day.

  • chipper me timbers||

    "Ireland's Eighth Amendment, which banned abortion, has been formally repealed."

    So if I understand correctly, it was just like The Handmaid's Tale over there until yesterday.

  • loveconstitution1789||

  • cc2||

    The study finding no elevated safety risks from trans persons using bathrooms they prefer is so flawed. Safety is only one issue. The much much bigger issue is privacy. These policies are being applied (or they would like to apply them) to high schools. So a boy who claims he is a girl gets to use the showers with the real girls--what about their right to privacy? If the same boy exposed himself outside the school he would get arrested but in school it is ok? Claims that schools don't have locker rooms anymore are simply false--lots do. The same problem applies to places like beach locker rooms, YMCAs, etc.

  • jagjr||

    "One distiller told Wallace that Virginia's regulatory environment for distillers is so bad that she opened her new facility in Pennsylvania instead. "We've tried talking to legislators and they don't want to listen.""

    having worked in the beer business in VA, and having spent a tremendous amount of time in PA doing beer related events, I'm a bit shocked by this statement. VA is bad - confusing, arbitrary, and nonsensical. the joke among license holders is that if you want 4 interpretations of VA ABC laws, ask 3 ABC agents - one of them will provide at least 2 contradictory opinions. PA is similar, with the added joy of legislated arbitrariness like being required to buy beer only from distributors and only by the case (apparently to reduce drinking - no kidding!!). apparently, VA has gotten worse since I left the business - the idea that anyone believes that PA's insane and inane regulatory environment better supports a business case than VA's admittedly equally half-assed version just amazes me.

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