A Florida vapor spent a few days in the hospital after suffering facial burns when his electronic cigarette spontaneously ejected the battery. Given the current battle e-cigarettes are facing in numerous state legislatures, this could become a serious setback for the industry.Read more »
8.7%: The drop in traffic fatalities in states with medical marijuana laws. Want to make the road safer? Encourage drivers to hit the bong rather than hit the bars. That is a policy prescription that few people would recommend but it is effectively the course that states which have enacted medical marijuana laws have followed, according to an economic study.Read more »
Because your next new car probably won’t come with even a mini-spare – let alone an actual full-size spare tire. The latter has been MIA from all-but-large-luxury cars (and trucks) for years, partially because the available trunk real estate of the typical new car is much less than it was in the past.Read more »
A short blurb about a tragic accident, which reminds us of the fact that we cannot legislate our way into utopia.Read more »
Here I discuss a town in Wisconsin that is talking about outlawing biking and walking without first registering your travel plans with the town for prior approval. Unbelievable.Read more »
Reversing a near decade-long ban, Amtrak will allow passengers to bring guns on most trains starting next month. The change, pushed by gun-rights advocates and ordered by Congress, aligns Amtrak’s firearm policy with air travel rules that allow unloaded guns to be stored in locked baggage holds. Federal Homeland Security officials on Monday said they are OK with guns being on trains as long as security protocols are enforced. "It’s deemed safe and appropriate," federal Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez said. "If people follow the rules, it’s pretty simple."Read more »
The Senate agreed that small farms that earn less than $500,000 a year and sell directly to their buyer can be exempt from the Food Safety Bill. But does a local farmer understand economics better than the government?... Local farmer, Dale Artho says more regulations still mean more cost to farmers because of increased testing and inspections. Artho says "All regulations end up being born by two people: the producer and the consumer. Both of us will share in the cost of those in the long run and our country becomes increasingly more expensive to live in. So, how much do you want to spend?"Read more »
It's so hard to think logically about safety. We figure that any time our health or the safety of our children is at stake, it's better safe than sorry. Our safety is too important for logic, damn it!
Unfortunately, this leads to a whole lot of well-publicized and expensive safety measures that are often worthless, or downright dangerous. Like...Read more »
Monsanto GM seed ban is overturned by US Supreme Court
The bio-tech company Monsanto can sell genetically modified seeds before safety tests on them are completed, the US Supreme Court has ruled.Read more »
School officials have threatened a hearing-impaired girl with suspension if she uses sign language to talk to her friends on the school bus, the girl's parents say.
Danica Lesko and her parents say sign language is the only way to for the 12-year-old to communicate, especially while riding to school on a noisy bus.
The March 30 letter from her principal that said Danica was "doing sign language after being told it wasn't allowed on the bus."Read more »
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