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  • Mississippi Enacts Anti-Competitive Catfish Marketing Law

    07/06/2013 11:28:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | July 6, 2013 | Baylen Linnikin
    The Mississippi (Catfish Marketing L)aw, which updates a 2008 law, requires every grocer and restaurant in the state to “provide the consumer with the country of origin and method of production of catfish” and, now, of other catfish-like fish. While the 2008 law required groceries throughout the state to provide country-of-origin labeling for catfish alone, the new law expands the measure to include all catfish-like fish, which is mostly imported, at every “restaurant, cafeteria, lunch room, food stand, saloon, tavern, bar, lounge or other similar facility operated as an enterprise engaged in the business of selling food to the public.”...
  • Teenager not allowed to sell hot dogs now homeless

    08/11/2012 7:40:45 AM PDT · by mom4kittys · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/10/12 | The Daily Caller
    Nathan Duszynski, a 13-year-old whose hot dog cart was shut down by city officials in Holland, Mich., is now homeless, along with his disabled parents. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy first reported the story. Nathan had saved up money for a hot dog cart to help his parents pay their bills. His mother suffers from epilepsy and his father suffers from multiple sclerosis, limiting their ability to work. The family survives on $1,300 a month in disability assistance, food stamps and medicaid, but has struggled to stay afloat. “Nate and I are now in a shelter,” Nathan’s mother Lynette...
  • MEPs criticize behavior of (European) low-cost airlines

    05/12/2012 1:15:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    European Voice ^ | 10.05.2012 / 15:11 CET (May 10) | Dave Keating
    MEPs today (10 May) voted to condemn low-cost airlines, such as Easyjet and Ryanair, for “aggressive business practices” that hurt the regional airports they operate out of. MEPs said such behavior breaches EU competition law. The resolution, drafted by Philip Bradbourn, a UK Conservative MEP, says that excessive booking fees and hand-luggage restrictions are discouraging travelers from buying goods in smaller regional airports. The resolution calls on the European Commission and member states to impose caps on charges for excess baggage, and for a common upper weight limit to be set. …
  • CALIFORNIA: Legislature blithely interferes with local decision-making

    06/03/2011 8:14:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/3/11 | Dan Walters
    While state legislators pay lip service to local decision-making, they also claim a divine right to intervene in local conflicts by siding with one faction or the other, even when it means overturning ordinary governmental and legal processes. Sen. Juan Vargas, who made it back into the Legislature last year by the skin of his teeth, embraces that dubious, time-dishonored practice with measures that would intervene in two local development flaps. ... Meanwhile, another Vargas bill, SB 469, inserts the state into a long-running controversy in San Diego over development of "superstores" by Wal-Mart and other big retailers, taking the...
  • Why Wall Street Isn't Main Street

    11/12/2009 2:49:57 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies · 518+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 12, 2009 | Jeffrey R. Carter
    The Obama administration has taken great pains to blame Wall Street for the woes of the financial system. Representative Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd have held numerous hearings, pointing fingers at greedy capitalists and unchecked, unregulated risk-taking. What they should be doing is pointing their fingers at the American financial regulatory system that the committees oversee. The rules of the game need to be changed so that the playing field is actually competitive. Structures need to be altered, and regulations written, so actual risk is being assumed or transferred when money is invested. Goldman now makes millions of dollars...
  • USDA Comes Under Fire For Blocking Livestock Market Probes

    03/10/2006 12:34:26 PM PST · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 181+ views
    Cattle Network ^ | 3/9/2006 6:18:00 PM
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The integrity and competence of the U.S. Department of Agriculture were called into question Thursday by U.S. senators concerned with the USDA's failure for several years to investigate anti-competitive cases in the livestock and meat packing sectors. "It is totally unacceptable of our government to conduct business in this way," Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said at a Thursday hearing. He threatened to call USDA officials back up to Capitol Hill again if improvements aren't made. The Senate committee called the Thursday hearing to demand answers from the USDA over a recent Inspector General report charging...
  • Toyota, GM chiefs to discuss cooperation

    05/06/2005 11:14:05 AM PDT · by snowsislander · 20 replies · 1,100+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 5, 2005
    Toyota President Fujio Cho may offer troubled General Motors Corp. help with safety and environmental technology at a meeting with Chairman Rick Wagoner this month, a Japanese newspaper said on Thursday. The report comes a week after Toyota's chairman raised the possibility of raising prices to help struggling U.S. manufacturers, which are losing market share. Wagoner is expected to fly to Japan on May 14 for the meeting, which is also likely to be attended by GM's research and development chief, Larry Burns, the paper said. Toyota's honorary chairman, Shoichiro Toyoda, planned talks with Wagoner in the United States on...
  • Copying, content and communism (Bill Gates on Who is a Communist

    01/13/2005 12:54:36 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 254 replies · 5,925+ views
    BBC ^ | Bill Thompson
    Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, has been talking about the digital future. The other Bill, technology critic Bill Thompson, has been reading between the lines.Bill Gates thinks I'm a communist. Not the old-fashioned state socialist concerned with five-year plans for boot production in the eastern provinces, but a "new modern-day sort of communist", the sort who "want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and movie-makers and software makers". Admittedly, Mr Gates probably does not know who I am and I doubt if he spends a lot of time reading the BBC news site. But he...
  • Microsoft's Ballmer Warns Asia of Linux Lawsuits (Microsoft pulls a SCO in Asia)

    11/18/2004 8:48:26 AM PST · by Prime Choice · 147 replies · 8,814+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/18/2004 | Reuters
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. Chief Operating Officer Steve Ballmer on Thursday warned Asian governments that they could face intellectual rights-infringement lawsuits for using rival open-source operating platforms such as Linux. Linux is open-code software that is freely available on the Internet and easily modified by users. Its growing popularity with companies and governments around the world, and particularly in Asia, is a threat to the global dominance of Microsoft's proprietary Windows platform. Ballmer, speaking in Singapore at Microsoft's Asian Government Leaders Forum, said that Linux violated more than 228 patents. He did not provide any detail on the alleged...
  • DMCA: Ma Bell Would Be Proud

    01/21/2003 10:21:18 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 284+ views
    wired news ^ | 1.20.03 | Lauren Weinstein
    <p>Get out your wallet. Big business has found another way to tighten the screws on customers, in league with its new partner: the notorious Digital Millennium Copyright Act.</p> <p>Just as naysayers predicted when it was enacted, the DMCA's anticompetitive impact is reverberating widely beyond the entertainment and software industries, with potentially devastating effects on consumers.</p>
  • Microsoft 'killed Dell Linux' - States

    03/19/2002 12:28:49 PM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 47 replies · 472+ views
    The Register ^ | 03/19/2002 | Andrew Orlowski
    Microsoft sharpshooter Joachim Kempin, who was convicted of illegally shooting antelope in Montana in 1998, has been turning his guns on a more familiar target: Microsoft's own OEM customers. The States' remedy hearing opened in DC yesterday, and States attorney Steven Kuney produced a devastating memo from Kempin, then in charge of Microsoft's OEM business, written after Judge Jackson had ordered his break-up of the company. Kempin raises the possibility of threatening Dell and other PC builders which promote Linux. "I'm thinking of hitting the OEMs harder than in the past with anti-Linux. ... they should do a delicate dance,"...