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  • Alcohol Regulation Roundup: March 29, 2011

    March 29, 2011
    With April Fool's Day just around the corner, you might think that I'm pulling one over on my readers with the some of the laws below... unfortunately, the following roundup contains a number of outdated, silly, and useless regulations that are actually in place or under consideration: Nation: Small brewers are cheering the “BEER Act,” the Brewer’s Employment and Excise Relief Act, which would cut excise taxes for craft brewers, was introduced this month by Sens. John Kerry and Mike Crapo. Currently, brewers pay $7 per barrel in excise taxes on their first 60,000 barrels and $18 per barrel between 60,000 and 2 million barrels. The act would cut the excise tax in half for the first 60,0000 barrels, reduce the taxes on the subsequent barrels, and redefine “...
  • Delaware DOT Removes a Public Menace

    March 29, 2011
    One wonders just how many regulations this rogue basketball hoop violated in the 60 years it spent terrorizing an unsuspecting Delaware neighborhood.
  • NVIDIA hearing held March 28

    March 29, 2011
    As I discussed on our Facebook page yesterday, I wasn't given our full ten minutes to argue in the hearing, while Milberg and NVIDIA took well over ten minutes each to argue against the motion. This could mean Judge Ware didn't care what I had to say, or it could mean that he wanted to give the other side the chance to exhaust every argument before ruling against them, or it could mean nothing at all or anything in between. The judge acknowledged the difference between a 17-inch screen and the smaller replacement computer screen. Judge Ware said he'd review the technical reports, so it seems that it will come down to which experts he believes. Will the judge see that Nader Bagherzadeh's conclusions are dishonestly inconsistent with his own data or that Jon Peddie applied the wrong legal standard and contradicted his non-litigation positions? I don't know, and I don't know when the judge...
  • Dilbert on Green Technology!

    March 29, 2011
    When the cartoon strips realize the humor inherent in “green energy technology," can victory be far away?
    Dilbert.com
  • Morning Media Summary

    March 29, 2011
    Tech: Lawyers Seek to Block Twitter Handover: “Lawyers on Friday asked a US judge to overturn a ruling from earlier this month, forcing Twitter to hand over account details to the US Department of Justice, in a case related to the US federal government’s ongoing investigation of Wikileaks.” The New York Times’s pretend pay wall: “For years, newspapers have struggled to cope with the challenges of the Internet age: declining print circulations, the evaporation of the market for personal ads, and advertisers’ gradual shift from print to online media. But that may be about to change, because The New York Times has finally found a solution to the newspaper industry’s troubles: preying on the...
  • CEI Podcast for March 28, 2011: Human Achievement Hour

    March 28, 2011
    Human Achievement Hour founder Michelle Minton talks about the annual celebration of human creativity and innovation that happens at the same time every year as Earth Hour.
  • Maine Gov. LePage Looks to Reform for Balanced Budget

    March 28, 2011
    Governor Paul LePage and Maine have skirted the public attention present in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan that have proposed budget reform bills. Maine has proposed legislation to combat budget woes and public employee unions that has not received inordinate amounts of media coverage or protests. Even without the publicity, Governor Paul LePage of Maine decided to take the bull by the horns in tackling his state’s deficit. Maine joins the vast majority of other states that have dangerously unfunded pensions, health care, and non-pension benefits. These unfunded liabilities will only increase without a change in appropriations of taxpayer dollars. To address the state’s budget woes, Governor LePage has proposed budgets cuts and legislative reform to expand worker freedom. The fiscally responsible changes will help promote workplace rights and ease budget deficits. Liberal detractors...
  • March Madness

    March 28, 2011
    In the closing days of March, not only are sports fans a bit crazy, so also are the electorate. Consider the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, long secure within the Christian Democratic “right-of-center” view (recall this is Europe, so “right” is at best “moderate” American conservatism), has moved left. More alarming, the Green Party gained most in the election and the Greens, one will recall, are anti-nuclear and anti-coal. The prospects for reversing the earlier German government decision to close down nuclear plants have dropped sharply and the increased clout of the climate change alarmists makes the prospect for new coal plants dim also. As one unhappy CDU official noted, The election was decided in Japan, referring to the tsunami created nuclear disaster. That tragedy turned a side-issue in the German election into a major concern and led to the CDU defeat.
  • Geo-Engineering?

    March 28, 2011
    Seismologists have long feared that “BIG” earthquakes might trigger other “BIG” earthquakes (a view that warms the cockles of catastrophist’s hearts who immediately connected global warming with this event). However, a March 2011 study published in Nature Geoscience finds this is highly unlikely. Since reliable records began back in the '60s, there has been no correlation of this sort. Rather, “BIG” earthquakes trigger “small” earthquakes, which relieve plate tectonic pressures building up elsewhere in the world. An interesting and reassuring finding -- Bad things don’t have to happen in concert! -- which suggests that at some point in the future (when our ability to work with nature is much greater than it is today) geo-engineers might select regions remote from population centers and...
  • Morning Media Summary

    March 28, 2011
    Tech: Microsoft scheme sniffs out unused wireless spectrum: “Microsoft researchers have designed a scheme for measuring whether licensed radio frequencies are actually being used so unlicensed devices can use it, something that may become necessary as demand for wireless applications grows.” Doctors Warn About ‘Facebook Depression’ In Teens: “Add “Facebook depression” to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors’ group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.”

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