Get Out the Checkbooks

Legal Blog Watch Alert discusses a story in the Boston Globe titled Grape Expectations: What Wine Can Tell Us About the Nature of Reality. The story explores the influence of price-based expectations, such as how wine drinkers will prefer a more expenseive bottle over a cheaper bottle, even though the wine is exactly the same and the only difference is the labeling and the price. The blog post notes the conclusion of the article: “it is possible to make a product more ‘effective’ by increasing its price.” Excellent news! Accordingly, from this day forward, reading A Foolish Consistency will cost $100/month.

See how much smarter you feel already?

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

A person’s sexual proclivities are a private matter and rarely relevant to his or her professional abilities–unless that person pushes his values on others and doesn’t practice what he preaches. That’s the position of Republican Louisiana Senator David Vitter, just the latest “clean-as-a-whistle champion of family values” to get caught with his hand in the . . . (let me rephrase that) . . . to have his phone number found in the D.C. Madame’s little black book. Vitter, who who “opposes radically redefining marriage, the most important social institution in human history,” acknowledged his call-girl relations as a “very serious sin in [his] past.” This is bad news for Rudy Giuliani–another born-again moral hypocrite–because Vitter was liaison to the south.

Next stop, pastoral counseling and rehab* for sex addiction? That’s what the playbook calls for.

*Three seconds after I typed this word iTunes cranked out Amy Winehouse’s Rehab. Spooky.