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So crisis has been averted for now; the government will reopen tomorrow and we won’t default on our debt. But it’s worth calling to account those who brought us to the brink. Ted Cruz and John Boehner are going to get plenty of attention, but there were also 162 other elected representatives who actually voted against today’s bills — who voted to default.
If you’re in their districts, let them know what you think of that, and kick them to the curb next cycle, eh?
When I was 11 years old or so, I picked up a copy of California’s food regulations — volume 3 of 47 or whatever — and read for a while. The most interesting thing to me was a requirement that any beverage containing “Pepper” in its trade name must contain caffeine (and in fact Caffeine-Free Dr. Pepper was not sold in CA las time I checked). Anyway, thanks to Google News and a 1983 article in the Palm Beach Post, I now know why: the law was introduced to discourage bottlers from using more dangerous stimulants like cocaine. (The article references a federal regulation which also applied to “cola”, but I assume that must be gone, as non-Dr.-Pepper caffeine-free products have definitely been in circulation for years.)
From back on July 3rd. This is an eye-opening factoid:
According to BBC World News, the number of Egyptians protesting yesterday (33,000,000) is the largest number of gathered protesters in the history of mankind.
Can we all think about that for a minute?
Over 33,000,000 people
are standing in the streets
as they have been for days
and their act of valor is unprecedented in the history of mankind
no one is talking about it