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Morning Lineup – February 24

Sunday Morning – Let's Stay Healthy Out There!

The Law of Unintended Consequences will always be alive and well.  That's the inevitable result you get whenenver corrupt and/of arrogant politicians pass laws meant to force public behavior to change from what is natural.  You've seen it happen where, for example, some state will spike their cigarette tax in order to "pay for" some health for kiddies project with a side benefit of discouraging smoking.  Instead, the sheeple just go someplace else to buy their cigarettes and the "health" program is either dropped or the treasury is raided to shift other funds over to sustain it.  You know what I'm talking about.

Well, another such bit of silliness has backfired, this time on the environuts who want to force you to somehow get your groceries home without using shopping bags.  Some localities have taken to outlawing the plastic shopping bag and forcing people to purchase these reusable shoppng bags that you see some people dropping on the checkout conveyor to "do their part" for the environment.  Reducing litter was the primary selling point of the ban.  But the L. of U. C. has kicked in on that bit of social engineering already.

The University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law & Economic Research Institute has completed and published a study of the effects of putting your groceries in the reusable bags.  It turns out that there are growing colonies of bacteria inside those bags that have all sorts of raw foods and contaminated packages passing through them without proper sterilization after using.  Bacteria that causes illness and sometimes death.

The abstract for the study reads:

Recently, many jurisdictions have implemented bans or imposed taxes upon plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. San Francisco County was the first major US jurisdiction to enact such a regulation, implementing a ban in 2007. There is evidence, however, that reusable grocery bags, a common substitute for plastic bags, contain potentially harmful bacteria. We examine emergency room admissions related to these bacteria in the wake of the San Francisco ban. We find that ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar increase.

The most important of these stray bacteria are E. coli that attach themselves to your fresh load of purchases and end up on your shelf or in your cupboard where they take off and spread through your stock.  They further say unequivically that any savings generated from reduced litter are literally swamped by the increase in health costs.

The study is published in an easy-to-read 24-page .pdf document  that makes for some interesting reading for a quiet Sunday morning.  So go ahead and CLICK HERE to download it and then after we get this equipment checked out we can talk about it back in the digital day room.  I'll make sure there is plenty of safe stuff in the Bunn-O-Matic for us.  See you there.

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