New Zealand proposes taxing cow burps, angering farmers

Isn’t there a saying about “the inmates running the asylum?”

On a more serious note, there has been a lot of progress in the world, but I hope our regression on critical thinking skills is rightfully mocked by future generations.

Troy Aikman under fire for ‘take the dresses off’ comment on ‘Monday Night Football’

Twitter and other perpetually offended zealots got mad at NFL commentator and former Dallas Cowboy quarterback for criticizing a clearly bogus roughing the passer call. He said the NFL and officials need to toughen up and take off their dresses.

Imagine being this offended. Although I’ll add, I think most of the so called outrage out there today is merely performance art. Are people really this fragile or are they seeking attention?

Schools branded ‘racist’ for trying to improve pupils’ vocabulary because tackling the ‘word gap’ between middle and working class children ‘has colonial roots’

Imagine truly believing a high vocabulary is racist.

Makers of Texas Pete hot sauce face lawsuit over product being made in North Carolina

Before I lived in North Carolina I remember learning that Texas Pete is a North Carolina brand. I remember just saying, “oh, interesting.” Imagine how rich I’d be if I was smart enough to sue.

Tabasco is better but hopefully one of those sane judges laughs this one out of court.

Mortgage rates hit highest level in 16 years

I think it’s safe to say that “Build Back Better” is way off target.

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‘It’s humiliating’: US voters struggle with hunger ahead of midterms

As US voters prepare to decide control of both houses of Congress in November, millions will head to the polls while struggling to feed themselves and their families. In 2021, according to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 13m households had trouble affording enough food. And there are signs, from census data, that food hardship could be getting worse this year.

Of course, one has to read stories like this in the English media.

‘Green Goblin’ crew member released without bail in NYC subway beating

If you’ve been following the news, you aren’t even a little bit surprised.

ACT test scores drop to lowest in 30 years in pandemic slide

The test scores, made public in a report Wednesday, show 42% of ACT-tested graduates in the class of 2022 met none of the subject benchmarks in English, reading, science and math, which are indicators of how well students are expected to perform in corresponding college courses.

Maybe it’s time for more education and less indoctrination.

Stanford University doctor: chop ’em off while they are young!