What We Are Fighting Against

There is a fascinating article from the Asheville Citizen-Times today detailing how people, especially partisan political types, are not able to process information contrary to their opinions since their brains actually shut off when confronted with contrary facts. You should read the whole thing, but I have quoted some of the best material below.

Age of Reason must be over
I’ve always suspected most people shut their minds off when the topic of politics comes up.

The Nail in the Gas Tax Coffin

The Charlotte Observer has an excellent piece on the editorial page from a couple of weeks ago about the gas tax and the state highway budget funds and how they are used. It gives a lesson of fairly recent legislative history that serves to shine a light on the ignorance of many critics of the gas tax and how the money is used by the legislature.

Revenues for roads/highways goes into one of two funds in the state budget. The Highway Fund is used to pay for general maintenance and repairs of state-owned roads. It also pays for some smaller construction projects and transportation programs. Revenues that support this fund come from the state motor fuel tax and vehicle registration fees. No money from this fund is transferred to the General Funds in the state budget.

Tar Heel Tavern XL, uh, II

Being kind of a moron, I got it into my head yesterday afternoon that it was Saturday. The following THT submissions came in on time, but after I jumped the gun. Here's what I almost missed:

Captivated by Mandy answers that age-old burning question: is my dog a Silky Terrier? This is the kind of information that will blow people's minds when you break it out at a cocktail party. And I should point out that I believe that blowing people's minds at cocktail parties should be among any person's highest aspirations.

Top 25 Consumers of Renewable Eletricity Nationally

Being a big fan of changing the world through spending habits, I thought that I should give a nod to this list from the EPA. The list includes the biggest users of renewable energy, the percentage of power from renewable sources, and providers. Some of the members of the list may not be who you would think, but Whole Foods predictably is at the top as well.

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