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Last Build Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 07:33:59 PDT

 



Comey Proved Himself Unfit to be FBI Director

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:39:44 PDT

What Trump did TBD. Anonymous sources (natch) have leaked that former FBI Director James Comey wrote a memo after a meeting in February with the President quoting Trump as saying “I hope you can let this [an investigation of just-fired National Security Advisor Flynn] go”. Assuming that the leak is accurate and the memo exists, which seems likely since the...



Vermont Teachers Should Send Their Union to Detention

Tue, 16 May 2017 02:53:00 PDT

As most Vermonters know by now, the legislature is in extended session trying to deal with the issue of teacher healthcare. The position the Vermont NEA, the teachers’ union, has taken puts job protection for union staff ahead of the interest of the teachers, the students, and the taxpayers. Teachers should tell their union to back off. All involved agree...



Perpetrator of Fraudulent Vaccine Scare Speaking in Stowe

Fri, 12 May 2017 06:00:55 PDT

Should he be allowed to speak? The most prominent speaker at a “Hope and Healing” event to be held next week in Stowe, VT is a despicable charlatan. Andrew Wakefield’s manipulation of test results to indicate a non-existent link between vaccines and autism made Time’s list of five great science frauds. More importantly, the hysteria he started and cynically exploits...



Why Government Subsidies Never Make Anything More Affordable

Sun, 07 May 2017 17:31:56 PDT

And why we can never get rid of them. The chart from American Enterprise Institute could almost be this whole post. As you can see college costs have increased almost four times as fast as general inflation over the last twenty years. Four-year college has gone from being a stretch for middle income families to being affordable (at list price)...



Internet Fast Lanes

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:24:23 PDT

You may be surprised at who has them. The Internet Association - lobbying organization for Internet giants like Google, Amazon and Netflix – is adamant that it is necessary to apply of 1935 phone regulation (Title 2) to the Internet to assure that there are no premium “fast lanes”, that all bits are treated equally, that Internet access providers (ISPs)...



An Open Letter to My Friends at Google

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:33:29 PDT

You run a fantastically successful business. You deliver search results so valuable that we willingly trade the history of our search requests for free access. Your private network of data centers, content caches and Internet connections assure that Google data pops quickly off our screen. Your free Chrome browser, Android operating system, and gmail see our communication before it gets...



Don’t Make the Internet Safe for Monopolies

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:11:05 PDT

This week I’m going to Washington to argue against regulating Internet access as if it were phone service. Twenty years ago I was there for the same reason. My concern now as it was then is that such regulation will damage the economy and reduce opportunity by stifling innovation and protecting the current dominant players from the startups which would...


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Net Neutrality. What’s It All About?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The fear is that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will be able to determine what Internet content you get to access or at least make it more expensive or less convenient to access some content than other content. Most Americans get their fixed line Internet access from either a phone company or a cable company. Former phone companies like AT&T...



A For-Profit Surgical Center is a Good Idea for Vermont

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A group of local investors want to build a $1.8m surgical center in Colchester, VT for surgeons who prefer not to operate in a hospital setting, according to a story in VTDigger last week. Opening such a center, even when no public money is involved, requires a certificate of need from the Green Mountain Care Board. Vermont’s non-profit hospitals (there...



Do you Want Comcast to Know Your Underwear Size?

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:08:23 PDT

Congressman Michael Capuano (D, MA) complained on the House floor that he bought some underwear online and that he thinks that Comcast, his internet service provider (ISP), is selling information about his purchase. He was testifying against Republican legislation which prevents a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation promulgated in the waning days of the Obama administration ostensibly to protect Internet...