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Joe Biden + Guide to Troubled Birds 

Trump’s supporters keep saying give Donald Trump a chance. He had his chance. It’s called a campaign (or audition if you’re more of the reality-star-turned-president-elect type). If you take him at his word, as I assume both his supporters and his doubters should (unless you’re Kellyanne Conway who recently said that we should judge Trump, not by what comes out of his mouth, but by what’s in his heart), here is his audition:

Mocking a reporter with disabilities

Mocking a Gold Star family

Mocking John McCain, war hero

Bragging about sexual assaults of women

Expressing admiration for foreign dictators

Expressing more outrage at the New York Times than Neo-Nazis

Vilifying our press and our intelligence community

Attacking John Lewis, American hero

Questioning the birth place of President Obama and legitimacy of his presidency even though he knew better, or worse, didn’t know better

The list of those he offended and/or threatened goes on: Muslims, immigrants, undocumented workers, refugees, the LGBTQ community, African Americans, women needing reproductive healthcare, our allies around the world…

So, give Trump a chance? What were the months-long campaign and the weeks following the election if not his chance to sell himself to the country? He had his chance and I’m not buying.

For those who keep saying give him a chance to show us who he truly is, the implication is that you expect that he is now going to change into something better? If that is your reasoning, and you liked what he was saying, why would you now expect or want him to change? 

(I won’t even get into the chance that was given Obama by Congressmen and Senators who publicly vowed to block him at every turn before he had even taken office.)

I’ll leave it to Maya Angelou:

Calories tell us nothing other than, if we were to set fire to this food, how much energy would be released?

In “The Number to Avoid on the New Nutrition Labels,” James Hamblin discusses the effectiveness of a major change that will soon befall nutrition labels in July:

Current nutrition labels, legally required on all packaged foods, are to be be replaced with the explicit purpose of improving people’s health. As Michelle Obama said at the unveiling of the new labels on Friday, “Very soon, you will no longer need a microscope, a calculator, or a degree in nutrition to figure out whether the food you’re buying is actually good for our kids.”

The first two are jokes, but the new labels won’t obviate the need for a nutrition degree. Learning to read them, and to contextualize them, is a critical undertaking. The labels stand to be enormously consequential—maybe more so than any other recent public-health initiative. Poor nutrition (mostly overnutrition) causes more death and disability than any other single factor. Celebrities and gurus can write a billion books on what to do about this, and they’ll all sell very well, but nothing reaches people like the words and numbers written directly on the boxes and bags that stand between humans and food.

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Chrysler CEO: Please don't buy our government mandated electric car! We lose $14k on every one sold.

Here’s how much the government controls the auto industry in America: FIAT Chrysler is now forced to sell electric cars that cost them money every time a customer buys one.  Why?  Because Obama said so, that’s why!

from Reuters:

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne has a request for potential buyers of the automaker’s Fiat 500e electric car: Don’t buy it. He’s tired of losing money.

Speaking at a conference in Washington on Wednesday, Marchionne said Tesla Motors Inc was the only company making money on electric cars and that was because of the higher price point for its Model S sedan. Decrying the federal and state mandates that push manufacturers to build electric cars, Marchionne said he hoped to sell the minimum number of 500e cars possible.

“I hope you don’t buy it because every time I sell one it costs me $14,000,” he said to the audience at the Brookings Institution about the 500e. “I’m honest enough to tell you that.”

The gasoline-powered Fiat 500 starts at almost $17,300 including delivery charges, while the 500e starts at $32,650 before federal tax credits. Consumers are not willing to pay a price that covers Fiat’s costs so it loses money on the 500e.

Through April, the automaker sold 11,514 of the 500 cars in the United States this year, down about 15 percent from the same period last year. The company does not break out 500e sales.

“I will sell the (minimum) of what I need to sell and not one more,” Marchionne said of the 500e.

Chrysler filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and received a U.S taxpayer-funded bailout. Italy’s Fiat took over the U.S. automaker at the time and completed the buyout earlier this year.

“If we just build those vehicles, we’ll be back asking … in Washington for a second bailout because we’ll be bankrupt,” Marchionne said of electric cars.

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Don’t call it a free market because it’s not.  Only an idiot would think this is a good idea.