Links for 11/28/11

Slaughtering horses for food is once again legal in the US (but don’t get any ideas about using them as your personal Tauntaun). This is surely a sad day for my favorite commenter on this blog.

I’m generally willing to believe the worst about government, but there’s no need to posit conspiracy when incompetence is an adequate explanation.

Creative scams department: Why hailing a cab for strangers is illegal in New York City.

Yet another dubious heart miracle study that garners headlines despite its shoddy methodology.

Freakonomics on the limits of locavorism.

Jeff Alworth visits Belgium to report on the real state of Belgian beer. Big dependence on US market, high premium on getting any sort of association with an abbey, no matter how tenuous.

The case against Pi.