Sunday, March 16, 2014

Robert Reich: The "Paid-What-You're-Worth" Myth

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In his recent article, The “Paid-What-You’re-Worth” Myth, Robert Reich does a fine job of dissecting the effects of the Government's billion dollar banking subsidy. But while he bemoans the fall of union power he doesn't even touch on how the same corrupting Government policies fatten union leaders' portfolios while forcing union members out of work.
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Eminent Domain Abuse in Honolulu

"How people respond to criticism can reveal a lot about their character.  Some might try to debate or reason with those they disagree with.  Others prefer to ignore critics.  City officials in Honolulu take a different approach: They use a bulldozer."
From "Woman Criticizes Honolulu's Government, Has Her Protest Signs Bulldozed" in Forbes.
Sounds like a "Taj Mahal" project, a giant monument to some bureaucrat's vanity.

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Job Hunting? Update Your Bio

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Job hunting like me? This article from the Buffer blog is a useful little How-to on writing a professional biography that fits in various forms of social media like Twitter and Facebook. Buffer itself is a neat tool for posting to multiple media sites, but that's a story for another day.
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Local Regulations Keep You Unemployed

Local politicos and their backroom "business partners" are creating phoney licensing scams to keep you out of work. Check out your local licensing regulations and see if any of them are based in reality. Fight for your right to work!

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Proponents of such requirements justify these barriers by endlessly parroting the same worn-out phrase: public health and safety.  Yet if public health and safety were truly at risk, we would expect to see florists regulated in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., not just in Louisiana as they are now.

State legislators largely seem oblivious to the counterproductive effects of the licensure schemes they create.  This spring there was a ray of sunshine in the gloom of occupational licensure when Florida's new governor, Rick Scott, proposed a list of 20 occupations ripe for deregulation.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

EFF Campaign Increases the Number of TOR Relays

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There is an acute need for circumvention technologies in authoritarian regimes - and even activists in many would-be progressive societies may feel safer if they can avoid the electronic gaze of authorities.

Our gratitude goes out to the hundreds of individuals who set up relays and donated bandwidth to help strengthen the network. They are true defenders of online freedoms.


Monday, July 18, 2011

The Stimulus that Didn't

It should also be noted that 'official' unemployment figures ignore the completely disenfranchised who do not 'qualify.'

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Myth 1: Stimulus spending can jump start the economy and fix unemployment.

  • Since the enactment of the stimulus bill in February 2009, the unemployment rate has not approached pre-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) levels, even though $382 billion has been made available by government departments and agencies (on top of tax credits and other tax-related items).
  • In fact, unemployment recently edged up, from 9 percent in April to 9.1 percent in May.

Myth 2: Additional infrastructure spending is an effective way to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

politicians rarely include infrastructure spending in stimulus bills.
  • Instead, they spend money on items like transfers and tax cuts.
  • Only 3 percent of the last stimulus went to infrastructure.