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Hanlon’s Razor

Some of the reactions to my blog entry about Burien, WA banning bare feet were rather interesting. Some thought that the city council people were terrible authoritarians. Another thought that the town had gone full blown communist.

I’d like to introduce you to Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

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Dangerous

Here’s another one of those delightful articles from yesteryear, designed to demonize bare feet.

It’s from 1959.

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Burien, WA Bans Bare Feet

Burien, WA is a suburb of Seattle. In August they passed an ordinance that essentially bans people from any conduct that is “dangerous, unsafe, illegal, or unreasonably disruptive” on all city property, both indoors and outdoors.

And they consider bare feet to be “unreasonably disruptive”.

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Hippie Fashion Trend?

Slate recently had an article about how Hippie fashion is back for men. Is that a good thing?.

Well of course it’s a good thing. On one condition . . .

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Shoe Specialists

Running shoes in the 1970s weren’t the first fad foisted upon the public by “shoe specialists”. Despite all the “technology”, those running shoes didn’t do a thing to prevent injuries (and in all likelihood, increased them).

And then there was the fluoroscope.

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Saturday Comic

From your premier barefoot comic source, here’s today’s “Saturday Comic”. It’s from a strip called Side Glances, by Gill Fox, which ran from 1962 to 1982. Gill Fox was mainly known as an early illustrator for comic books.

This panel is from August 9, from 1972.

Side Glances, August 9, 1972

Side Glances, August 9, 1972

Hey, I resemble that remark!

 

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