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    Ezra Klein in "How Van Halen explains Obamacare, salmon regulation and scientific grants" notes:

    This is the famed rider to Van Halen’s 1982 concert contract. In a sentence fragment that would define rock-star excess forevermore, the band demanded a bowl of M&M’s with the brown ones laboriously excluded. It was such a ridiculous, over- the-top demand, such an extreme example of superstar narcissism, that the contract passed almost instantly into rock lore.

    It also wasn’t true.

    He then points to Obama making using regulation of salmon with a false spin of a bureaucratic mess needing clean up. It isn't quite that way, an example of even a well educated person in a position of responsibility for the subject can just be wrong.
    “The salmon issue isn’t some kind of blunder,” Slate’s Matthew Yglesias wrote last week. “It just reflects the fact that large bureaucracies — whether private sector or public sector in nature — need to make some choices about dividing up responsibilities. Any set of choices entails dealing with some edge cases. It’s tough. But absent a constructive suggestion, just pointing and laughing is silly.”
    We even see it here, lots of discussion at times with barely any facts becoming evident.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sun May 05, 2013 at 07:14:11 AM PDT

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