American and European biofuel mandates and subsidies are starving the Guatemalan working class.
GUATEMALA CITY — In the tiny tortillerias of this city, people complain ceaselessly about the high price of corn. Just three years ago, one quetzal — about 15 cents — bought eight tortillas; today it buys only four. And eggs have tripled in price because chickens eat corn feed.
Brought to you by the same folks who would denounce the United Fruit Company.
Tip from the Knowledge Problem.
Update (14 January). The mandates are hitting Americans in the pocketbook as well. Tip from the Instapundit.
Anyone who believes in something for nothing is already half on the road to being swindled.
Fortunately, millions who have defected to the People’s Democratic Republic of California are finding it easier to escape.
Update (22 July). And then there’s this poor mook who’s looking for an Islamic paradise. Tip from Via Meadia.
When he was campaigning for election, Barack Obama said the country needed to have a “conversation about race.” In the wake of the Martin-Zimmerman tragedy, we’re getting it, but I don’t think it’s the I-talk-you-shut-up-and-listen conversation he imagined. Black folks are disenchanted, and some white folks are tired of shutting up. The President may have triggered a serious gunnysacking, one that could cost him re-election.
Update (7 April). Derbyshire’s widely discussed article got him bounced from National Review. Contrary to Dan Rielhl’s observations, things like this tend to support Derbyshire’s contentions. And of course, right on cue, the usual suspects generate a rumor about the Neo-Nazis showing up (from Detroit, no less!). Some conversation!
Wow, I almost missed it! Tonight is the Greenies’ April Fool’s Eve celebration, EARTH HOUR, wherein folks indulge in a pointless demonstration of energy conservation by sitting in the cold and dark at 8:30 pm* for A WHOLE HOUR, like some kind of stoner mook who took too many downers. I’d be more inclined to get on board if they were showing solidarity with these folks
instead of some fuzy-headed idea of Saving the Planet from Big Energy.
Amnesty International founder Peter Benenson coined the ultimate Earth Hour motto: “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
* OK, at my house the sun doesn’t set until 7:52pm. You didn’t think a bunch of limousine liberals were going to sit in really dark dark, did you?
Tip from Michelle Malkin, who’s often in Dutch, but never in the dark.
Debt slavery is alive and well in the (Korean) commercial fishing industry. And some of our hippest destinations, from P.F. Chang’s to Whole Foods, are aiding and abetting.
Tip from Via Mead.
Sanjay Srivastava describes The Precisely Fuzzy Science of Gaydar: “…, a quick calculation tells us that for a randomly-selected member of the population, if your gaydar says “GAY” there is a 9% chance that you are right. Eerily accurate? Not so much. If you rely too much on your gaydar, you are going to make a lot of dumb mistakes.”
Tip from Andrew Gelman.