Dec 21, 2016
In a recent case the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held that a wife who had apparently discovered her husband’s infidelity by intercepting his emails to and from various women could be liable for violating the federal Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act. 18 U.S.C. §2520. In his concurring opinion, Judge Richard Posner questioned whether the law should protect the husband’s privacy interest in concealing his infidelities from his wife.
As Judge Posner wrote: “I … Read more
Dec 20, 2016
In a recent act of performance art, illustrating that city and county governments may truly be the sewers of American politics, King County Washington is now sending its employees out digging through residential garbage in the early morning hours when they’re least likely to be discovered. Residents have found men outside their homes at 5:30 in the morning going through their garbage with flashlights. The highly-paid King County public servants engaged in this dumpster diving … Read more
Dec 12, 2016
The City of Portland has just enacted an ordinance imposing a 10% surcharge to the annual city business license tax paid by publicly traded corporations whose CEOs earn compensation when compared with the median worker pay is a ratio of 100:1 or more. The surcharge increases to an additional 25% of the city business tax if the ratio of CEO compensation to median worker compensation is 250:1 or greater.
The ordinance rationalizes the surcharge as … Read more
Dec 9, 2016
Even if it may not be poetic justice it is certainly ironic that to the extent the federal government redistributes federal tax revenues it receives from each state in federal spending among the federal states, the biggest losers are the states which consistently vote for candidates who support higher federal taxes.
While it’s generally accepted that American conservatives and “Red States” generally favor lowering levels of taxes while American liberals and “Blue States” generally support … Read more
Dec 8, 2016
I used to attempt home repairs more than I do now. Experience can be such a harsh teacher. On one notable occasion, my do it yourself plumbing “repair” caused a flood inside my home. I was so confident, before the fact, that the initial problem (the steady drip, drip, drip from a leaky valve) would require but a simple fix. Not so. If you have ever watched Mickey Mouse perform the role of The Sorcerer’s … Read more
California has just enacted legislation regulating methane emissions from, among other things, cows. Implementation is only possible with significant government subsidies despite which it’s likely that the dairy industry will further decline through emigration of dairies to other states or cessation of operations. The story is here. The legislation will, no doubt, magically turn manure into gold for someone.
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