Schattschneider on Democracy

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Price Gouging
By and large economists seem quite opposed to anti-price-gouging laws in the wake of weather-related disasters.
Trust is heritable, whereas distrust is not
"Social scientists have devoted much attention to studying the sources and consequences of the disposition to trust but have only recently begun to investigate the disposition to distrust. An increasing consensus is emerging that distrust is not merely the opposite of trust. ... although both trust and distrust are strongly influenced by the individual’s unique environment, interestingly, trust shows significant genetic influences, whereas distrust does not."
How the AP Stylebook censors 'pro-life' and other conservative words
"The original intent of word preference was to use words that are more neutral than others. But in recent years, that concept has changed."

Chrome is getting cranky

If you're using Chrome the theme probably stopped rendering correctly in the past day or two. Chrome has been getting a bit more pedantic about displaying things of late. Warning: will probably be poking at that in the near future so don't be too surprised if you see some updates.

That theme issue also isn't the only problem that I've had with this site and Chrome. Chrome now blocks Drupal's module auto-updater from working properly and also is making me unable to preview posts being putting them in place. I'm currently posting this in Safari and may start using this or some alternate browser more in the future.

Must confess that I'm getting more frustrated with Google and its products lately. Currently testing out Bing and DuckDuckGo as default search engines in various browsers of mine.

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Wealthy Elites’ Policy Preferences and Economic Inequality: The Case of Technology Entrepreneurs
"technology entrepreneurs’ predispositions toward racial tolerance, non-authoritarianism, and cosmopolitanism align them with Democrats in supporting liberal redistributive, social, and globalistic policies. However, they generally oppose regulation—but also for reasons that extend beyond self-interest alone."
Could Fake Palm Oil Made From Food Waste Help Save Orangutans?
You probably haven't heard much of palm oil but you probably use it quite a lot: "In a single day, you might use a dozen products made with palm oil, an ingredient in many consumer products such as toothpaste, cereal, laundry detergent, instant noodles, and vitamins. By some estimates, as many as half of the packaged items in a grocery store might contain it." Would be great to be able to replace it with a product from food waste with a bit of yeast added.
That Drug Expiration Date May Be More Myth Than Fact
"If some drugs remain effective well beyond the date on their labels, why hasn't there been a push to extend their expiration dates? It turns out that the FDA, the agency that helps set the dates, has long known the shelf life of some drugs can be extended, sometimes by years. In fact, the federal government has saved a fortune by doing this."


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