Comments on: GULP! http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/06/04/gulp/ Models.Behaving.Badly Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:10:53 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: RobSteele http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/06/04/gulp/#comment-414 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:07:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/?p=923#comment-414 Consistency is not the greatest virtue of course but yeah, inconsistent. How about saying people are not created by the state rather than that they have no purpose, which seems too far-reaching? Corporations are created by the state (and by people, it must be admitted.) Render unto Caesar and all that.

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By: Emanuel Derman http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/06/04/gulp/#comment-406 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 00:34:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/?p=923#comment-406 Good memory! I am going to start working on it one of these days again, and I like the idea of Amazon publishing

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By: chrissarda http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/06/04/gulp/#comment-402 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 23:22:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/?p=923#comment-402 Don’t mean to be completely off topic, but how about releasing that novella Time Decay has a five dollar (or more if you choose) download on Amazon?

I figured it would have been out by now…

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By: SethTS http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/06/04/gulp/#comment-398 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 00:26:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/?p=923#comment-398 “Inconsistent. Very likely.”

Not at all. This is just a case where members of the Pig-Out Club need to be sent to Pigou Club:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigou_Club

The negative externality here is the health insurance ‘dumping’, as ‘runnerup’ already noted.

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By: runnerup http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/06/04/gulp/#comment-397 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 18:25:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/?p=923#comment-397 I am pretty much for higher tax rate than banning a product.

If someone wants to eat unhealthy or even poisonous food, he has every right to do so as long as he falls into society’s definition of adult and sane. besides, such banning laws have proved futile even if they are enforceable.

but if an obese guy and I are on the same health insurance plan, technically I am paying for his medical costs. If he sits in a subway train no one can sit on the seat next to him because he is too fat. same thing on an airplane, it is not most comfortable to sit next to an obese person.

and lots of other ways that a society has to pay for its obese or unhealthy citizens. doesn’t it make sense that such people pay more taxes back to society?

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By: FranklinChen http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/06/04/gulp/#comment-396 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:59:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/?p=923#comment-396 I think all these dilemmas have no perfectly logical resolution. For example, I had a dilemma when I was volunteering for the local chess club: we provided marked up candy and other total junk at children’s tournaments and of course, this was one of the major ways we have to keep the club operational and pay the bills. On the one hand, the parents of the kids were enabled to support the club, and the kids were happy, but I was unhappy about encouraging unhealthy eating habits. My personal “solution”: I “nudged” by advocating for the sale of fruit. We experimented with buying more fruit (in addition to the donuts and soda and candy and such), I prominently displayed it in front in a basket, and some kids actually chose the fruit over the candy as a result. There was one scene in which a boy wanted a banana, but his mother scowled at the high price (relative to the candy), but she couldn’t very well just look us in the eye and tell him it was too expensive and to get candy instead, so he got his banana.

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By: jmh530 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/06/04/gulp/#comment-395 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:35:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/?p=923#comment-395 It isn’t a ban on 64 oz. drinks, it’s a ban on 16 oz. drinks. I’d say that’s a mighty difference.

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