Mayor Bloomberg’s Big Gulp ban is right out.

Mayor Bloomberg’s big soda ban was invalidated today, just one day before it  was set to go into effect.  The judge who made the decision stated that the rule was “arbitrary and capricious.”  (The word “inconceivable” came to mind in hearing this explanation, which is a sure sign it’s time to look up word meanings — as I’m often wont to do.)

So let’s take a look…


  1. Based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.
  2. (of power or a ruling body) Unrestrained and autocratic in the use of authority.

Flickr/Usonian “Capricious”


Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior.
whimsical – wayward – fickle – freakish – crotchety


Methinks his use of capricious was arbitrary.

Read the full NYT article here:

Judge Invalidates Bloomberg’s Ban on Sugary Drinks –


Five is right out.

Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do? Episode 01 “THE MORAL SIDE OF MURDER”

I highly recommend checking out the video above.  (Michael Sandel is a wonderful philospher and his lectures are readily accessible.)  If you enjoy the experience, you might want to join me in taking his EdX course (ER22x Justice), which starts on 3/12/13.  It will likely change you and that change will almost assuredly be for the better.

Transition Studies

E120, e145,

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