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The Secret Meaning of Thanksgiving Dinner

Did you ever wonder why we eat turkey, of all things, on Thanksgiving? After all, the Pilgrims didn’t. They were more into duck, goose, and shellfish. Last year, when the Reason Podcast (subscribe!) was just getting started, I interviewed Rachel Laudan, best known for the …

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Turkey, Stuffing, and a Side of Subsidies: New at Reason

It’s that time of year again, when millions of Americans gather for Thanksgiving meals of turkey and plentiful sides. I hope you enjoy yourself, because as a taxpayer, a consumer or even a producer of some of that food, you’re paying a stiff price for …

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How Grocery Stores Got Good: New at Reason

Of all the stories in the busy news cycle of 2017, the one with the most meaningful long-run effects may be Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods. What this marriage means for the future of the food industry remains to be seen, but the combination of …

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How Grocery Stores Got Good

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman, Abrams Press, 307 pages, $28 Of all the stories in the busy news cycle of 2017, the one with the most meaningful long-run effects may be Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods. What this …

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Brickbat: Nice

Six Czech tourists were arrested and fined $67 in Kazakhstan after posing for photos in public wearing nothing but the mankini swimsuit made famous by the movie “Borat.” They were charged with indecent appearance. Continue Reading....

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Turkey, Stuffing, and a Side of Subsidies

It’s that time of year again, when millions of Americans gather for Thanksgiving meals of turkey and plentiful sides. I hope you enjoy yourself, because as a taxpayer, a consumer or even a producer of some of that food, you’re paying a stiff price for …

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GOP Rep. Barton Says Sorry for Nude Selfie, Virginia House Leader Wants Gender-Neutral Titles, LAPD Overwhelmed by Sex Cases: P.M. Links

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) apologizes to his constituents for nude selfie. Facebook will let users find out if they interacted with sketchy Russian content. The Los Angeles Police Department says it’s overwhelmed by celebrity sex cases. Republican Rep. Kirk Cox, leader of the Virginia House …

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Trump’s Deregulation Drive Stops at the Border

The Trump administration is an increasingly mixed bag for free market types; deregulating the domestic economy with one hand, placing more barriers on international trade with the other. Yesterday, Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a major rollback of heavy-handed Obama-era internet regulations; a decision …

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Graduate Instructor Who Showed Gendered-Pronoun Debate to Class Is Basically Hitler, Says School

As Lindsey Shepherd was pleading her case before Wilfrid Laurier University faculty and staff, the 22-year-old Canadian grad student and teaching assistant seemed caught off guard by their demands. Her superiors weren’t saying she couldn’t show a televised debate over gender-neutral pronouns in the context …

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GMO Virus Could Save Florida’s Orange Groves

Citrus greening is “the most serious threat that the Florida citrus industry has ever faced,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The bacterial disease, which tends to turn fruit green after ripening, is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid insect. The devastating disease has …

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