Pink Salt Scam

My girlfriend recently got into “Himalayan pink salt,” which I first thought was simply a marketing scam for “unrefined” salt, as if refining salt were a bad thing. Now the gimmick has appeared at most grocery stores. I thought it important to advise readers that they should not buy this sketchy product. The Himalayas go through some gnarly countries, and according to several German studies, Himalayan pink salt comes from Pakistani mines. The only reason its pink is because there is suspended iron oxide (rust) in the crystals, and it carries a variety of (unrefined and) undesirable chemicals, such as … Continue reading Pink Salt Scam

Castle Doctrine in the Kaarma Case

The trial of (ironically named) Markus Kaarma has been filling up Montana news feeds since April 2014, when the incident occurred. As to be expected, certain media outlets are leading an attack on the “Castle Doctrine” regardless of the fact that Kaarma’s defense failed. It appears both he, and many critics of the law, have a poor understanding of its functionality. Generally speaking, “stand your ground” laws state that victims of crime have no “duty to retreat” from a physical threat. You simply have the right to defend yourself, specifically inside your own home. Seems like common sense, right? Various … Continue reading Castle Doctrine in the Kaarma Case