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Judiciary and Commerce committees move to checkmate Facebook

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On April 10th and 11th, the Senate and House committees on the Judiciary and Commerce held a rare joint open hearing with Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook. The topic was Facebook’s handling of the data of US citizens. The peripheral, but more important matter, was use of Facebook data in election interference around the world. Very few commentators differ …

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Ferguson bonds downgraded to subprime amid lawsuits

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In competitive intelligence, you can use bond prices as an indicator for future financial difficulty and thus strategic intelligence. Bondholders are often privy to behind-the-scenes financial reports and price future risk into their trades. Let’s have a look at the municipal debt for Ferguson, Missouri. It floated about $3 million in muni bonds that – prior to the protests and …

Regulate firearms like automobiles

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A very special policy analyst stopped by my Facebook discussion thing (featuring extra rants!)  last night to say that all gun laws change nothing except to ruin the lives of hamsters and – HEY! – what about cars, which kill more people? Don’t change anything about guns until you finally get around to making laws for killer cars! This is …

Keep gun laws the same – but change the conversation forever

Eric Garland Government Trends, Greatest Hits, Uncategorized

The bodies aren’t even in the bags when they start calling people “gun grabbers” and claiming that the Constitution was written exclusively for their tactical toys, as if Adams and Jefferson were modern fundamentalist Prepper militiamen instead of thoughtful liberal philosophers in search of a functional society. It is now clear that no blasphemy is grotesque enough to motivate action …