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A commonplace book

Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

What comes to mind when you think of Scotland? Bagpipes, certainly, perhaps Scotch whisky, maybe William Wallace (or at least a version that looks suspiciously like Mel Gibson). Above all these, however, is the unofficial national dish of Scotland, haggis, maybe ranking just below the inescapable fashion choice that is the kilt.

Government and Baseball. And Government.

Have you heard the one about attending a boxing match and a hockey game breaking out?

Appreciating D-Day’s 70th anniversary | Human Events

When Dwight D. Eisenhower’s former executive assistant was asked about the General’s use of the “D” in “D-Day”, his response was perfunctory. He used it merely to indicate the “designated day” for his army to advance as ordered.

The rising class-war chorus

Income inequality tells us nothing about the absolute condition of the poor.

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Today’s daily cartoon by Barbara Smaller: http://nyr.kr/1ewm0HS

newyorker:

Today’s daily cartoon by Barbara Smaller: http://nyr.kr/1ewm0HS

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"Happy Easter: Message from David Cameron"

Happy Easter: Message from David Cameron:

Lawn darts, BB guns, and the trouble with protecting us from ourselves

Managing risk is a tricky business with no one-size-fits all solution. So it is downright dangerous when politicians or, worse, un-elected bureaucrats try to do it on our behalf. Basing public policy on the extreme behavior of Darwin Award winners is decidedly counterproductive.

Cronyism versus the free market

We are all better off thanks to the efforts of countless individual inventors, tinkerers, investors, entrepreneurs, and just plain folks who are finding better ways to do things every day. Keeping that lesson in mind, trusting people to order their own lives, should be our top priority. Communicating that message in a way that connects with people will be key to ensure that future is a bright one.

Article: The Overprotected Kid

The Overprotected Kid

Maybe the real question is, how did these fears come to have such a hold over us? And what have our children lost—and gained—as we’ve succumbed to them?

The Peltzman Effect in Children

The advent of all these special surfaces for playgrounds has contributed very little, if anything at all, to the safety of children,” he told me. Ball has found some evidence that long-bone injuries, which are far more common than head injuries, are actually increasing.