Trophy hunter optics

Big game hunters are quick to tell you that they are the biggest contributors to nature conservation efforts. But how often do you see a hunter posing with an oversized check, instead of with an animal that they just killed?
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Happiness through honesty

Never tell a lie, your mother may have told you.

But you probably tell lies every day. To yourself, your co-workers, your family.

Sorry I’m late, there was an accident on the freeway.

Looks great, honey. Wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m doing the best I can.

But the real truth is that, in a general sense of things, we are not truthful. And why should we be? Dishonesty can make difficult moments easier to deal with.

It also makes us normal to be dishonest. If lying wasn’t a common activity, it wouldn’t be something our mothers would even warn us about.


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Plastic bags

Unexpected beneficiary of California's ban on plastic grocery bags? The people who make doggie poop bags. Without grocery bags to recycle, dog owners are forced to spend extra money to pick up after their pets. Or there's just going to be a lot more poop left behind on neighbor's lawns.
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Elevators in two story buildings shouldn't have buttons inside the car. If there's only one option, to go up from the ground floor, or to go down from the top floor, then there's no need for a button. Close the doors and go.
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What is your time worth?

This morning I stopped at a gas station to fill up my tank and found that the gas pump would not allow me to buy the grade of gas that I wanted. I was forced to pump gas that was 10 cents more expensive.

I have a mild fixation on gas prices, so my first reaction was to reset the pump and try my transaction again. No go — only the more expensive gas was available.

Fine, I said to myself, I’ll just buy a few gallons here, and fill up the rest of my tank later, at a station that will allow me to buy cheaper gas.


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