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1) Please remember, during the dog days of summer, not to patronize any cherubic youngsters hawking lemonade or other drinks. It’s dangerous, don’t you know, and those youngsters haven’t got the proper permits. Forbes kindly has an article detailing authorities’ efforts to curtail this beverage menace.

I’m beginning to think that there’s a nation-wide government conspiracy against either lemonade or children, because these lemonade stand shutdowns seem to be getting more and more common. If you set up a stand for your kids, just be prepared for a visit from the cops.


But it’s the shutdown of lemonade stands that I find so inexplicable. Who stands to lose from a couple of six-year-olds selling lemonade? Who stands to gain from shutting them down? Do local governments really think parents are going to pay for $400 vendor permits, or that kids can scrape together the money for food permits? Are there any actual safety risks? Kids have been selling lemonade for decades without permits of any sort. They often set the stands up just for fun, but many lemonade stands (or bake sales) are used to raise money for schools, cancer, or sick pets. Lemonade stands represent the most innocent, optimistic side of capitalism out there.

If you want a map of all the “lemonade” shutdowns, go to Selling Lemonade is Not a Crime. Honestly, I was surprised. Any “authority” shutting down a kid’s stand should be very embarrassed. And remember, if lemonade is outlawed. only outlaws will have lemonade.

2) Remember when the U.S. “killed” Gadafy’s daughter?

According to Wikipedia, there was even a question at the time whether or not this daughter existed.

According to medical staff in the nearby hospital, two dozen people arrived in military uniform and two without uniform.[16] Total Libyan casualties are estimated at 60, including casualties at the bombed airbases. Among the casualties was an infant girl, whose body was shown to American reporters and who was claimed to be Gaddafi’s recently adopted daughter. However, there was much doubt about this claim, since nobody had ever heard of her before and many people believed it was actually a “posthumous adoption”.[16][17]. After storming Gadaffi’s compound during the 2011 Battle of Tripoli, further evidence[18] was uncovered that the child killed was not Gaddafi’s daughter as claimed.

Regardless, IrishTimes says she did exist and she’s alive and well.

The adopted daughter of Muammar Gadafy, whom he claimed died as an infant in the 1986 US bombing of his Tripoli compound, appears to be alive and worked as a doctor in the Libyan capital, documents discovered by The Irish Times  indicate.

A room belonging to Hana Muammar Gadafy in the section of the Bab al-Azizia compound where the Gadafy family lived contained several documents that appear to indicate she grew up to study medicine in Tripoli and took English classes at the British Council in the Libyan capital.

Many Libyans have long doubted the story of Hana’s death, which Gadafy used to bolster the notion that he was a victim of western military aggression.

Just another version of the “Great Satan” not being either, really. Remember how Ronald Reagan and the military were excoriated for this?

3) At the Register (UK), you’ll find a story about a CERN study suggesting that the Sun plays a much bigger role in climate change than previously thought – and that man plays less.

The first results from the lab’s CLOUD (“Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets”) experiment published in Nature today confirm that cosmic rays spur the formation of clouds through ion-induced nucleation. Current thinking posits that half of the Earth’s clouds are formed through nucleation. The paper is entitled Role of sulphuric acid, ammonia and galactic cosmic rays in atmospheric aerosol nucleation.

This has significant implications for climate science because water vapour and clouds play a large role in determining global temperatures. Tiny changes in overall cloud cover can result in relatively large temperature changes.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a politically sensitive topic, as it provides support for a “heliocentric” rather than “anthropogenic” approach to climate change: the sun plays a large role in modulating the quantity of cosmic rays reaching the upper atmosphere of the Earth.

Hmmmmmm. Thoughts?

4) Lastly, the WSJ details government agents raiding Gibson guitars.

Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson’s chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company’s manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. “The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier,” he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle.

Of course, this doesn’t just apply to companies. Musicians are worried too.

It isn’t just Gibson that is sweating. Musicians who play vintage guitars and other instruments made of environmentally protected materials are worried the authorities may be coming for them next.

If you are the lucky owner of a 1920s Martin guitar, it may well be made, in part, of Brazilian rosewood. Cross an international border with an instrument made of that now-restricted wood, and you better have correct and complete documentation proving the age of the instrument. Otherwise, you could lose it to a zealous customs agent—not to mention face fines and prosecution.

So, if I see someone with an antique GIbson, can I make a citizen’s arrest? Is a dude busking at a lemonade stand a twofer? Hmmmm. I can see the new tv ads now. . .

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