Why ‘sin’ taxes fail

Why ‘sin’ taxes fail

By Matthew Glans / Heartland Institute Voters in South Dakota may soon be considering a new proposal to dramatically increase the state’s tobacco tax. The current cigarette tax is levied at a rate of 76.5 mills per cigarette, making the average tax on a 20-cigarette pack $1.53. The tax on other tobacco products is set […]

Buyer, and consumer, beware of new TV standard

Buyer, and consumer, beware of new TV standard

By David Williams / Taxpayers Protection Alliance The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) 3.0 is an exciting development in the technology community. At least, that is what broadcasters would like you to think. Right now, they are looking forward to a promising revenue stream of targeted advertising and forcing every American with a television set to pay […]

AI robots to replace human teachers within 10 years

AI robots to replace human teachers within 10 years

Does this mean a new teachers union, and if so, how will they pay dues? – Ed. From Technocracy News You might expect that this new trend is starting in California, using robots to teach little Johnny about values and human nature. The early Technocrats considered education to be nothing more than human conditioning. To […]

Illinois could learn credit rating lessons from Michigan

Illinois could learn credit rating lessons from Michigan

From Watchdog.org Illinois’ Great Lakes neighbor Michigan may have some lessons that Illinois could learn when it comes to finances. Credit rating agency S&P’s latest Illinois report removed the Land of Lincoln from a negative to a stable outlook because of the budget and $5 billion tax hike imposed by lawmakers in July. But, Illinois […]

Best Buy ditches Kaspersky Lab, Russian antivirus vendor

Best Buy ditches Kaspersky Lab, Russian antivirus vendor

Best Buy, the nation’s largest electronics retailer, said it’ll stop selling antivirus software made by Moscow-based security firm Kaspersky Lab as questions persist about its relationship with the Russian government. Kaspersky products are being pulled from Best Buy shelves across the U.S. after the Minnesota-headquartered retailer decided to part ways with the antivirus vendor after […]

Maine is nullifying federal regulations that cripple local farmers

Maine is nullifying federal regulations that cripple local farmers

By Chris Callton / Mises Wire A few weeks ago, Maine Governor Paul LePage signed a Food Sovereignty Bill into law, guaranteeing the rights of Maine towns to regulate food production locally, rather than submitting to federal regulation. Although the press is avoiding describing the bill as such, this is a nullification of federal food […]

5 ways “consumer protection” hurts consumers

5 ways “consumer protection” hurts consumers

By Daniel Press / FEE The debate over financial regulation is stuck in a false dichotomy. Many see it as a zero-sum trade-off between protecting consumers on the one hand, and defending business interests on the other. This was on display over the weekend as Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), […]

Alexion cutting 600 jobs and moving headquarters in major shakeup

Alexion cutting 600 jobs and moving headquarters in major shakeup

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, until recently seen as one of biotech’s biggest success stories, is eliminating roughly 600 jobs and moving its headquarters to Boston amid federal investigations and pressure to cut costs. The company made its name on Soliris, a treatment for rare diseases that – at a cost of about $700,000 a year – is […]

12 reasons gold is better than bitcoin

12 reasons gold is better than bitcoin

From Freedom’s Phoenix The world has gone wild for the cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin. One Bitcoin would set you back $4,425 at the time of writing. That’s up from less than $600 a year ago, according to CoinBase. But a word of caution: Gold is still a better bet for anyone who wants to own a […]

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