Archive for June 2013

#  Not all Calories are Equal →

June 30th, 2013 at 16:39 // In Worth Knowing 

It’s not a new story (I’m slowly making progress on a dauntingly large backlog of stuff to read), but an interesting one, especially to someone who advocates (and is currently practicing) calorie-counting for weight loss. Nothing Rob Dunn says really negates the basic merits of calorie counting, but I’ve rarely seen his points made elsewhere. Among them:

Peanuts, pistachios and almonds all seem to be less completely digested than their levels of protein, fat, carbohydrates and fiber would suggest. How much? Just this month, a new study by Janet Novotny and colleagues at the USDA found that when the “average” person eats almonds she receives just 128 calories per serving rather than the 170 calories “on the label.”

#  The Argument Against Recycling →

June 26th, 2013 at 17:29 // In Worth Considering 

I’m no economist nor libertarian, but I was pretty intrigued by the points Michael Munger makes about recycling in this essay. A non-recycling thing  (that turns out to be pretty important) I was surprised by:

Officials need keep landfill prices artificially low to discourage illegal dumping and burning.

#  No One is Innocent →

June 23rd, 2013 at 16:43 // In Worth Considering 

Alex Tabarrok writes a slightly different version of a story I wrote a few years ago (I’m under no delusions that I was the first to think of it, just some self-pimping): we’re all criminals.

I broke the law yesterday and again today and I will probably break the law tomorrow. Don’t mistake me, I have done nothing wrong. I don’t even know what laws I have broken. Nevertheless, I am reasonably confident that I have broken some laws, rules, or regulations recently because its hard for anyone to live today without breaking the law.

#  The Time You Have Left →

June 21st, 2013 at 16:06 // In Worth Watching 

A simple beautiful illustration of life by Ze Frank and company.