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About Those Recyclable Grocery Bags.

This is one of those things where you go “huh?”:

(Image courtesy of Food Network Magazine.)

(Image courtesy of Food Network Magazine.)

The research: Uma Karmarkar, an assistant professor of marketing at Harvard Business School, and her research partner Bryan Bollinger, of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, studied the grocery bills of thousands of California shoppers. Because the receipts noted small discounts given to people who had provided their own reusable bags, it was possible to study whether their purchases differed from those of other shoppers. Comparisons showed that people who brought their own bags were more likely to buy organic goods—but were also more likely to load up on high-fat, high-calorie junk.
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New Rubick’s Cube Record.

A friend of the site is really into Rubick’s Cubes. He actually collects and solves some of the larger ones.

We found this on another site and we have to admit that watching a guy solve a 7 X 7 Rubick’s Cube in less than 3 minutes is pretty impressive and fun to watch.





Welp, That Didn’t Take Long.

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The new Microsoft operating system Windows 10 launched yesterday to much hype and good reviews. In case you aren’t aware, Microsoft will be offering a free (as in “no cost to you”) upgrade to Windows 10 if you are currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.

With the big launch of Windows 10, roughly 7 hours later this started to appear in mailboxes:
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The Science Of Dogs.

Many of our contributors here at Raised on Hoecakes have dogs. After the long posts from yesterday, we’ll keep it simple today with a post in the “Science of Dogs.”

Woof.



Cocoa Beach: Height and Density Meeting

This flashed across our mailbox the other day.

It is a public meeting in a public place so we are letting people know about it.

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Cocoa Beach: Height AND Density AND Commission Meetings AND The Public. (Don’t Worry About The “And,” It Is Meaningless.)

Cocoa-Beach-AND-ROH“And.”

It is such a simple word that carries so much meaning.

Apparently the 3 letter word has the same connotation to some members of the Cocoa Beach Commission as other 4 letter words that are not used in polite conversation but are used to describe people opposed to the way members of the City Commission are dealing with height and density concerns.

To understand the issues, I think you have to go back in time and look at the documents. I am going to try and give a primer on this issue and if I am wrong, please use the comments to correct me.

In 2000, the City Commission passed a Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) as required by Florida Statutes. That plan can be found on the Cocoa Beach website.

That plan was amended and parts re-written until at least 2010.

In 2002, a City wide referendum on height and density restrictions as well as codifying those restrictions were voted upon and passed by citizens of Cocoa Beach.

CITY OF COCOA BEACH CITY CHARTER REVISION

REFERENDUM TITLE: “DENSITY LIMITS”

“Shall City Charter Section 6.01 – Density Limits, be changed: – for permanent occupancy dwellings decreased from fifteen (15) to ten (10) units per acre; and – for transient accommodations decreased from forty (40) to twenty-eight (28) units per acre; and, – by removing provisions for granting higher densities? ”

YES, FOR AMENDMENT – 4213; NO, AGAINST THE AMENDMENT – 2095
YES -66.79%;
NO – 33.21%

REFERENDUM 2 – CHARTER AMENDMENT

CITY OF COCOA BEACH CITY CHARTER REVISION
REFERENDUM TITLE: “HEIGHT LIMITS”

“Shall City Charter Section 6.04 – Building Height Limits, be amended to: – Reduce maximum height of structures, including attachments, from eighty-five (85) feet above mean sea level to forty-five (45) feet above crown of abutting road; and, – allow rebuilding structures to existing height if damaged or destroyed by disaster?”

YES, FOR AMENDMENT – 4268; NO, AGAINST THE AMENDMENT – 1881
YES – 69.41%;
NO – 30.59%
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Religious Tolerance: Made In America

From Prager University comes this video hypothesizing that America is the “birthplace” of religious tolerance. We aren’t sure we agree, but certainly a case can be made that religious tolerance was a founding principle of the country.

It is disheartening that in this day and age, that tolerance is now under attack by many people but most of all, from the government.

Religious tolerance is a given in the West. But it’s a historical aberration — an ideological revolution created by the Puritans and pre-1776 Americans. What was it that led to the religious tolerance revolution? Was there something unique in Protestantism and Americanism? Or would tolerance have eventually arisen elsewhere, perhaps in Europe? Larry Schweikart, best-selling author and professor of history at the University of Dayton, explains.




Feel Good Sunday Story.

Let’s be honest.

Cancer sucks.

There is not a staff member here at Raised On Hoecakes that has not had a friend or relative die from the nasty disease.

It is in that vein that this story made us smile.

When Ann Trachtenberg joked that she wanted to be escorted out of her last chemotherapy treatment by a marching band, little did she know her niece would contact the University of Wisconsin Badger Marching Band to make it happen.

Trachtenberg, in a red Wisconsin T-shirt, came out of the UW Carbone Cancer Center to find about a dozen members of the Badger band had already launched a rousing rendition of “On Wisconsin” to mark her milestone.

They played a couple more songs, including “When you say Wisconsin, you said it all.”

“Congratulations,” said the Badger member playing the cymbols, who then hugged Trachtenberg.

“This is great, this is great!,” Trachtenberg said.

Congratulations to Ms. Trachtenberg in completing her treatments.

In addition, big thanks go out to the members of the Wisconsin Marching Band who took their own time to celebrate with Trachtenberg.
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