‘Off-beat’ Archive

How The Tobacco Companies Should Spend Their Money June 2, 2012 1 Comment

Once again, in the debate over California’s Proposition 29, the tobacco companies seem to have all the money in the world, even though relatively few people smoke nowadays.  Under the circumstances, I don’t shed much of a tear for them. 1.  They could put on their packs, in type as large as the health warning, […]

I Couldn’t Resist . . . December 19, 2011 1 Comment

Low Carb Fuel Standards? I shall have to check into this.  Somebody needs to develop an automobile that will run on lentils, bacon, lean chicken breast, and smoked salmon.  What impact that will have on the environment, I have no idea. Sorry, couldn’t resist that.  The Gentle Readers will be aware by now that I […]

Identification Cards Required to Leave the State July 5, 2011 1 Comment

Some rather interesting requirements imposed for flying. It declares, “If you plan to fly out of the state, federal regulations mandate that all adult passengers (ages 18+) must provide a valid state or federal photo ID that includes the passenger’s name, gender, date of birth, and expiration date, prior to passing through airport security.” Now […]

In my youth, people knew that the only way to stop arbitrary exercises… December 22, 2010 1 Comment

It is a pity that, apparently, no one got arrested. In my youth, people knew that the only way to stop arbitrary exercises of government authority like this one was to force them to arrest you or give you your way. This is especially true in dealing with unelected administrative ‘authorities’ such as fire marshals, […]