This and That

In the modern consumer economy, “shrinkflation” is a description of what happens when products or packaging are subtly manipulated so that a person pays the same price or even slightly more for something but gets less of it.

The nemesis of these actions is a lawyer by the name of Edgar Dworsky. Dworsky writes about his discoveries on his website,, a reference to the fine print often found on product packaging. Print so tiny “only a mouse could read” he says.

One recent MousePrint report explored toilet paper shrinkflation. “Virtually every brand of toilet paper has been downsized over the year.” (WW has noticed the shrinkage.)

Betting on elections is technically illegal in the United States. [NYT 11/6/22]

At Cornell University, which has over 4000 courses across 100 academic departments, two of the most popular courses are:

Introduction to Wines — An average of about 700 people each spring and fall semester get away with drinking alcohol during class. In this course, students are encouraged to imbibe.

Introduction to Oceanography — One of the largest classes at Cornell with over 1,000 students and 40 teaching assistants. [WRVO 89.9 10/10/19]

The average number of drinks Americans consume in a week has been falling over the last several years – from 4.8 in 2009 to 3.6 in 2021. 60% of Americans say they drink, down from 65% in 2019. The share of college students who abstain from alcohol jumped from 20% to 28% between 2002 and 2018. Gallup and Axios Finish Line 10/18/22.

Pickleball was invented in the mid-1960s by three vacationing dads on Bainbridge Island in Washington who were trying to entertain their bored children. [NYT 10/23/22]

64% of Americans think that programs designed to increase the racial diversity of students on college campuses are a “good thing” while 36% believe it is a bad thing. [WP/Schar 10/10/22]

The following were created by Gerry Kauvar.

Churchillian v Trumpian

We shall fight on the beaches.
We shall fight on the landing grounds.
We shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
We shall fight in the hills;
We shall never surrender.

We shall fight the sons of bitches,
We shall fight defending our gonads.
We shall fight in the courts and in the rallies,
We shall fight with our lawyers.
We shall never surrender.

Success is not final,
Failure is not fatal,
It is the courage to continue that counts.

Success is final,
Failure is not fatal,
It is the courage to continue that counts.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed to so few.

Never in the field of human conflict has one person owed so much.

There is no doubt that if we falter at all in the leading of the nation we should be hurled out of office.

There is no doubt that I shouldn’t be hurled out of office because I never faltered in bleating to the nation.

Thank you, Herschel Walker, for agreeing to write an op-ed about States’ Rights. Walker. Glad to hear.

First and four most States get it right. It means that the States have rights and can add or subtract or multiply or divide them.

So, for example, bunches of States have universities like both Georgia State University which is all over the place and the University of Georgia which are different football teams.

Also, States can make rules about things like Senate elections and how where you live or where you pay taxes and whether you rent or own or how long you live in one of them makes any difference. Like you can run for office in Georgia though you may not actually live there much.

States Rights also means that the State mostly gets it right and get the benefits of the drought and can right any wrongs that may happen.

States Rights also means you can vote in as many States as you want to. Like I could vote in Texas and in Georgia. You know you could even run for Congress in both states