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  • Fight Leftist Tech Giants With Capitalism, Not Big Government

    09/06/2017 9:03:28 AM PDT · by Mafe · 16 replies ^ | September 6, 2017 | Bob Barr
    Perhaps it is too much West Coast air, or perhaps because the vast wealth of their owners keeps them insulated from the working class, but with few exceptions (such as Pay Pal founder Peter Theil), tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon all share a left-leaning, Kumbaya-like corporate culture; one that will protect itself with all the vengeful vigor of any social justice warrior on a college campus. This corporate culture war has pushed many conservatives to view these companies and their enormous clout as a threat in the market place and in politics. This is, of course, much the...
  • Vanity: ~40 years ago, Pacific Gas & Electric moved a gas meter for their convenience...

    09/03/2017 7:38:37 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 88 replies
    The State of High Dudgeon | September 2, 2017 | Swordmaker
    My parent built a second house on their property in Sacramento in 1954 for my grandmother to live in. Pacific Gas & Electric ran a gas line and installed a meter for that second house. They tapped the gas from the main gas line that was at the front house which had my parent's gas meter attached to it. That extra gas line to the second house ran about 80 to 100 feet farther to my grandmother's house. Sometime in the 1970s the PG&E meter reader got tired of walking that extra 160 to 200 feet to read my Grandmother's...
  • Demand Congress Remove CNN's Airport Monopoly and Tax Payer Funded Broadcast

    07/04/2017 4:01:38 PM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 77 replies
    Petitions to Congress ^ | July 4, 2017 | Colleen Conley
    "As it stands, taxpayers, like you and I, fund the free broadcast of an extremely partisan cable news network in airports around the country. In America we aren’t supposed to have state-sponsored media. CNN’s biased propaganda is being piped into the subconscious of America’s traveling public and all taxpayers are paying for their opinion." Click link for the survey.
  • President Trump To The Liberal Media: Hands Up, Stop Monopolizing

    12/12/2016 5:10:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | December 12, 2016 | Kurt Schlichter
    This festive season – made all the more festive by our Republican victory – marks the one-year anniversary of CNN’s Don Lemon sourly cutting my mic on air because I refused to stop pointing out Hillary’s all-encompassing evil. Sure, when discussing her myriad misdeeds and cover-ups and how they dwarfed the unproven accusations against Donald Trump, my description of her hubby’s intern depredations was a bit colorful. But I didn’t get cut off for being colorful. I got cut off because I refused to abide by CNN’s official narrative. And now President Trump will have to make a decision about...
  • Do Unions Cause Inequality?

    05/14/2016 10:20:51 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/14/16 | Dr. Robert Owens
    Monopolies were and are considered universally evil except when it comes to unions. We hear quite a bit about inequality today. This seems to be the mantra in the waning of the Obama Administration with the President saying, “Income inequality is “the defining challenge of our time.” This is all code for another of President Obama’s descriptions of the same policy, the need to, “Spread this wealth around,” or in other words “From each according to his ability to each according to his need.” Let’s spread the wealth around and end inequality. One of the President’s and the Democrat Party’s...
  • Budweiser, Miller beer owners craft a $106 billion merger deal [Obamanomics]

    10/13/2015 4:42:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies ^ | 10/13/15
    The sixth time was the charm as British-based brewer SABMiller on Tuesday accepted in principle a $106 billion takeover offer from Anheuser Busch InBev that will create the world's biggest beer company and bring together top U.S. brands Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft.
  • Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

    12/11/2014 5:39:22 PM PST · by Theoria · 85 replies
    NPR ^ | 11 Dec 2014 | Peter Overby
    The costs of solar energy are plummeting, and now are about on par with the electricity generated at big power plants. This new reality intensifies a long-running business and regulatory battle, between the mainline electric utility companies and newer firms that provide solar systems for homeowners' rooftops. Sometimes the rivalry looks more like hardball politics than marketplace economics. The way rooftop solar typically works, the homeowner leases rooftop panels from a company that owns and installs them. It can be an expensive proposition, but the homeowner saves some money by drawing less power from the utility company's electric plants, and...
  • Threat of Health Care Market Consolidation

    08/13/2014 4:28:00 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    NRO ^ | August 12, 2014 | Reihan Salam
    Chris Pope observes in a new report from the Heritage Foundation, however, the Affordable Care Act has if anything exacerbated the problem of monopoly pricing power in medical care. Yet the story of government’s role in driving provider concentration is not primarily about the Affordable Care Act. The bigger culprit is Medicare, the single-payer health system that represents just over a fifth of all health expenditures in the U.S. Read More …
  • Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused

    06/04/2014 4:05:55 PM PDT · by Renfield · 19 replies ^ | 6-4-2014 | Jason Koebler
    In light of the ongoing net neutrality battle, many people have begun looking to Google and its promise of high-speed fiber as a potential saving grace from companies that want to create an "internet fast lane." Well, the fact is, even without Google, many communities and cities throughout the country are already wired with fiber—they just don't let their residents use it. The reasons vary by city, but in many cases, the reason you can't get gigabit internet speeds—without the threat of that service being provided by a company that wants to discriminate against certain types of traffic—is because of the giant...
  • It Turns Out That The Smartest People Do Run The US

    05/01/2014 7:17:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/01/2014 | JONATHAN WAI
    Does IQ correlate with power? How many powerful people in the U.S. are actually geniuses, and how much does intelligence really affect success? In one of my research papers published last year, Investigating America's Elite, I set out to address these questions. I collected data on some key groups that greatly influence society: Fortune 500 CEOs, billionaires, federal judges, Senators, and House members. Individuals were deemed to be in the top 1% of ability if they attended an undergraduate or graduate school that had extremely high average standardized test scores that put the typical person well within the top 1%....
  • Who Owns the News Media

    09/21/2012 11:09:41 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 24 replies
    Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read Back in 1983, approximately 0 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. Sadly, most Americans don't even stop to think about who...
  • USDA says it will close 259 domestic offices, make other changes to save $150 million per year

    01/09/2012 4:59:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 36 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/9/12 | AP
    WASHINGTON — USDA says it will close 259 domestic offices, make other changes to save $150 million per year.
  • Lenin on America part 4: Inflammable material

    08/16/2009 11:50:17 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 5 replies · 792+ views
    Mainestategop ^ | 7/23/1908 | V Lenin
    For the next several days, I will publish letters and Essays by Vladamir Lenin On the United States. Examine Bolshevik views on the US way of life and free market. I hope you all find it very interesting EXCERPT The sharpening of the struggle between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie is to be observed in all the advanced capitalist countries. The tendency is the same everywhere, though it manifests itself differently in accordance with the difference in historical conditions, political systems and forms of the labour movement. In America and Britain, where complete political liberty exists and where the proletariat...
  • As Costs Fall, Companies Push to Raise Internet Price

    04/22/2009 6:34:41 AM PDT · by steve-b · 53 replies · 1,786+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/19/09 | Saul Hansell
    Internet service providers want to end the all-you-can-eat plans and get their customers paying ŕ la carte. But they are having a hard time closing the buffet line. Faced with rising consumer protest and calls from members of Congress for new regulations, Time Warner Cable backed down last week from a plan to impose new fees on heavy users of its Road Runner Internet service. The debate over the price of Internet use is far from over. Critics say cable and phone companies are already charging far more than Internet providers in other countries. Some also wonder whether the new...
  • CNN Airport Monopoly

    09/21/2008 9:12:21 AM PDT · by Neoliberalnot · 49 replies · 347+ views
    ME ^ | Sept 21,2008 | Neoliberalnot
    I am going to keep this short and to the point. I do a fair bit of air travel and have for the last decade or more pondered why CNN is the only station ever available in every airport in the US. Does anyone else ever question this media monopoly which is able to capture the attention of every air traveler in the country? I don't get it. Why does CNN have this exclusive monopoly in public airports? They have the lock on the attention of the millions of air travelers that move throughout the country. Why is CNN allowed...
  • Cable Prices Keep Rising, and Customers Keep Paying

    05/24/2008 11:43:54 AM PDT · by kingattax · 32 replies · 117+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 24, 2008 | MATT RICHTEL
    Americans discouraged by higher gas prices and airline fares may decide to spend more vacation time at home, perhaps watching television. But that, too, will cost them more than ever. Cable prices have risen 77 percent since 1996, roughly double the rate of inflation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this month. Cable customers, who typically pay at least $60 a month, watch only a fraction of what they pay for — on average, a mere 13 percent of the 118 channels available to them. And the number of subscribers keeps growing. The resiliency of cable is all the more...
  • Monopoly And Government (Thomas Sowell)

    06/19/2007 8:09:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 704+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | June 20, 2007 | Thomas Sowell
    June 20, 2007 We in America have some of the most magnificent national parks in the world -- Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and many others. Sadly, however, our government has turned over to private monopolies the operation of many of the services and accommodations available to visitors in our national parks. For example, the same monopoly controls not only the lodgings but even tourist buses and taxi services on both the north rim and the south rim of the Grand Canyon. A different monopoly controls lodgings and other services at Yosemite. Monopoly is bad news, whether in the private marketplace...
  • Absolut Vodka to the people!! Swedish state monopolies in the firing line

    09/16/2006 11:23:29 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 28 replies · 726+ views ^ | 09/13/2006 | Sophie Mongalvy
    Tomorrow (17th of September) Sweden will hopefully elect a conservative-center government. Whatever the choice of the swedish electorate, the traditional Swedish (nanny state) Model, represented and defended by the Social Democratic Party of Sweden presently ruling the country, is under attack from many sides. Not at least the EU. The article: "Sweden's monopolies in the firing line Sweden's state monopolies on alcohol, pharmacies and gaming were created decades ago to promote social justice and public health, but now they are under threat from the European Union and a possible change of government after Sunday's general election. Since 1955, Swedes wanting...
  • D-I-Y Hedge Funds

    05/18/2006 6:01:36 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 7 replies · 445+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 18 May 2006 | By Dominic Basulto
    In a recent op-ed column ("Do You Really Need a Hedge Fund?") for the Wall Street Journal, former hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt lamented the current state of the hedge fund industry. With hedge funds now being marketed to the masses and run by amateurs, it's a recipe for trouble, writes Steinhardt: "If hedge funds are so mainstream that people discuss them casually, as if they were looking for stock tips, then hedge funds have evolved into something they were not intended to be." Of course, the upshot of that argument is that only an elite group of wealthy, sophisticated...
  • What REALLY is driving up oil prices.

    04/26/2006 6:35:00 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 368 replies · 4,937+ views
    4/26/06 | self
    Okay, I have seen a LOT of threads claiming that oil companies aren't really making that much on each gallon of gasoline. Oh, really? (blink, blink) Then explain the record profits by the oil companies. Why sure. First, US oil companies don't import all of their oil. In fact several companies actually import very little. Where do they get it? Why, from wells on private and federal land that they drilled on years and years ago. What is the extraction cost to get it out of these wells? You can be darned sure that it is nowhere near $75 a...