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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Also interesting today: sex arrests, health inspections, fried clams, coffee, and trade policies

Very little discussion in the midst of the Larry Craig brouhaha about why police solicit sex in bathrooms in the first place. Don't you ever wonder about this? Kevin Drum discusses, and reminds us of Walter Jenkins. Remember him? Says Drum:
Who knows? Maybe the Larry Craig incident will have a silver lining, prompting states to begin questioning all their solicitation laws. And if not that, maybe at least the stupider and most antique ones. A guy can dream.

HealthInspections.com, 'your source for restaurant inspections' says Florida's the most dangerous state to eat out in. Next worst: California, Ohio, Michigan, New York, and Minnesota.

Darn Sheila Lennon, who pointed to this New York Times story on fried clams and reminded me how much I miss visiting New England for the seafood.....

Several bloggers are pointing to this lovely graphic, Coffee Drinks Illustrated, which is wonderful, but as Michael Froomkin reports, leaves out the Cuban versions.....

And, on a serious note, an interesting report from the Cato Institute on foreign trade: Thriving in a Global Economy: The Truth about U.S. Manufacturing and Trade:
...despite all the stories about the erosion of U.S. manufacturing primacy, the United States remains the world’s most prolific manufacturer—producing two and a half times more output than those vaunted Chinese factories in 2006.
Yet, the rhetoric on Capitol Hill and on the presidential campaign trail about a declining manufacturing sector is reaching a fevered pitch. Policymakers point repeatedly to the loss of 3 million manufacturing jobs as evidence of impending doom, even though those acute losses occurred between 2000 and 2003, and job decline in manufacturing has leveled off to historic averages.

2 Comments:

  • Liz, maybe I could FedEx you some clams. Steamers are easy -- steam them in a little water with onions and a few spices, and they're done when they open by themselves. Save the broth, melt some butter, pull the neck skins off and swish them first in broth, to clean out any sand, then in butter. Yum.

    We usually don't shuck and fry them at home, though. Too much work, too hard to get right.

    THIS is why we need the Star Trek replicator -- so you can have clams, and I can have key limes.

    Thanks for the link!

    By Anonymous Sheila Lennon, at 12:48 AM  

  • The Ikenson piece on the U.S. economy somehow misses the fact that manufacturing job losses have been considerable in the past year-- with 45,000 lost jobs in August alone. He laments U.S. "protectionism," but disregards China's very aggressive protectionist practices.

    By Anonymous Steven Capozzola, at 4:12 PM  

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