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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Ban Straws?

Okay. Now they're just trolling us.

The response to bans on plastic straws is, of course, expensive metal straws that can only be cleaned with difficulty. The next step after metal straws will be to notice that not everyone can afford metal straws and to set up a government agency to get metal straws into the hands of the proletariat … who are then expected to be grateful. That, in turn, will be followed by sneering at the people who complained about the original regulation combined with accusing them of being hypocrites when they also criticize the agency.

I have three questions about this:

  1. If a couple with a child are arrested for the illegal manufacture, sale, or transportation of plastic straws, should the child be separated from the parents or should there be a family jail?

  2. How stoned do you have to be to think a plastic straw is a problem requiring a ban?

  3. What do “people of color” think about a straw ban?


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