When Bureaucrats Attack!!! Smoke from a guy’s grill wafted into his neighbors yard (across the street) County shows up

I have grilled in the rain many times. Happily. (With charcoal. Never gas.) 

The below video speaks to me. I love to grill. I love to barbecue. A man and his grill is a sacred thing.

I am willing to bet that whatever this guy is cooking tastes awesome too. I just get a vibe from this fellow. And I’ll bet he cooks pig. That’s what I am talking about.

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Socialism empties, shelves, stomachs in Venezuela, Desperate people cross into Colombia for food

When prices aren’t free to move shortages result. And people become hungry.

Opening the border is the last thing President Maduro and the Chavistas wanted to do of course. By opening to Columbia and letting people get food it highlights the massive failure the socialist regime has induced. But the Chavistas recognize that keeping hungry people penned inside the country would probably be an even worse option for them than letting them out. One thing that all totalitarian regimes understand is that bread is key to pacification of the population.

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Your Federal Physical Activity Guidelines, Presented by Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola, the great American drink. One of America’s greatest contributions to world cuisine. (Seriously.) It has brought much joy, and caffeine to the world. I love an ice cold Coke. In fact I’ll probably have a little can of it after I take the kids to the pool this evening.

But you know what? It ain’t good for you. And you know what else? We drink way too much of it in this country. (Though we are drinking less.) It’s bubbly sugar syrup.

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The price of LEDs is falling so fast it’s profitable to farm in a New Jersey nightclub

I had some hydroponic lettuce in my salad last night and not only was it delicious, really really delicious (as lettuce goes) it was relatively cheap. Things are changing. Opportunities abound. (That’s a good thing.) Let’s hope the government (and its big ag sponsors) doesn’t regulate this industry to death.

Guess which industry is ripe – get it – for disruption? (And I hate the word “disruption” but it fits here.)

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This article might finally scare you off of diet soda

I like food. I care about what I eat. But I’m not insane about it. The gluten bit I still have a hard time buying. But aspartame is something I have steadily cut out of my diet, though I still enjoy a nice cold Diet Coke from time to time. It may be time to quit completely however.

Aspartame is an interesting substance as at least some people argue that it would not be allowed in food if it were not for the fact that the soda companies are cozy with the FDA.

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As hunger stalks Venezuela, government encourages city-dwellers to start planting

Apartment friendly potatoes.

Gardens are almost always a good idea. In a country like Venezuela which for the most part is quite verdant naturally and which has a completely dysfunctional economy this is especially the case.

Of course for urbanites (and a good part of the Venezuelan population is urban) to revert to subsistence farming is a challenge to say the least. Venezuela is in desperate need of economic liberalization. It is in desperate need of new leadership.

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Wendy’s to Put Kiosks In all 6,000 Restaurants to Counter Minimum Wage Hikes

One can’t blame Wendy’s. Labor will be too expensive to make money on hamburgers and frostys soon. So they must automate. They have no other choice. By automating they will eliminate thousands of jobs which didn’t pay $15/hour, but they did pay something.

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Socialism fails yet again in Venezuela: Looting breaks out as inflation rises, bread disappears

The French Revolution (and others) was tied to hyperinflation and a shortage of wheat. When people are hungry they get desperate. There is no reason why anyone should be hungry in Venezuela. It’s a verdant country. Yet the socialists have so mismanaged the economy that even here, in a veritable Garden of Eden, people are hungry. Even here, a country which sits on massive oil reserves nearly unrivaled in the world there is not enough energy to keep the lights on.

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DAVID CHANG: Here’s why the restaurant industry is about to face an apocalypse (And he doesn’t even mention a $15/hour minimum wage)

I like David Chang. He’s a Virginian and even had a restaurant in my home town of Charlottesville Virginia.

The restaurant business is brutal. And plain old business is brutal enough. But food, a restaurant? Long hours. Staff drama. Regulatory drama. Meeting payroll. Hungover cooks. Not an easy way to make a buck.

Though Chang never mentions an increasing minimum wage in the attached piece he does give non-restaurant folks a little insight into the economics of restaurants.

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Why a $15 minimum wage is “good” for rich people and bad for the less well off

We’ve been covering the minimum wage debate since its most recent flare up a few years ago and our assessment is the same. If the government decrees that a job be paid $15/hour that does not mean that a job which pays less than $15/hour previously will suddenly be WORTH $15/hour. The government can not just upend supply and demand. The market will just adjust to the new reg. For businesses which operate on thin margins,

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Chick-fil-A: Ditch your phone, get free ice cream

It’s the highest quality fast food one can get. By a lot. Plus it’s closed on Sundays.

This is the market at work.

I do love Chick-fil-a. By the way the best value going in fast food is their 3 chicken tenders order. Plus they always say “my pleasure” when I ask for extra ketchup.

(We have no affiliation with Chick-fil-a.)

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