February 2011 archive

Feds Falsely Accuse 84,000 Sites of Being Child Pornographers

We’ve all seen an occasional cop show on TV.  There is often this character who is absolutely certain of how they ‘got the guy’.  the would-be hero cuts corners and kicks in the door — on some absolutely innocent old lady. 

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Detest Your Boss? Call the Government

As part of the Obama administration’s “Middle Class Task Force Initiative”, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently teamed up with the American Bar Association (ABA) to help plaintiffs obtain legal counsel for claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Under this new …

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Michael Vick and the Duration of Reputational Damage

It wasn’t long ago that Michael Vick was the highest paid player in the NFL and was frequently tapped for high profile endorsement deals with companies such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Kraft and Hasbro.  But when news of his dog fighting activities surfaced, the endorsement deals came to a grinding halt.  A prison sentence and a bankruptcy …

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Marriage’s impact on poverty

On this Valentine’s Day, I note a November 2010 report by the Pew Research Center that analyzed data from the U.S. Census bureau.  The report concludes: A new “marriage gap” in the United States is increasingly aligned with a growing income gap.  Marriage, while declining among all groups, remains the norm for adults with a …

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State budget shortfalls do not discriminate between “red”, “blue”, and “purple” states.

This article involves using the Fisher exact and the chi-square test to determine whether state budget challenges more frequently pertain to the states that typically vote as “red”, “blue” or “purple”. There is a general notion that states in the biggest fiscal messes are the “blue” democratic states, generally because these states tend to have …

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The FCC Moves Closer to Opening Up 'White Space'

On January 26th the FCC designated nine companies to act as database administrators for licensing television white space.  None of the nine companies are household names with the exception of Google, who has been a key promoter of the project.  The FCC further noted that it favored the database model for future frequency licensing.  This topic …

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The FCC Moves Closer to Opening Up ‘White Space’

On January 26th the FCC designated nine companies to act as database administrators for licensing television white space.  None of the nine companies are household names with the exception of Google, who has been a key promoter of the project.  The FCC further noted that it favored the database model for future frequency licensing.  This topic …

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Another Undisclosed $17 billion Federal Deficit Increase

The Senate approved the repeal the expanded 1099 information reporting requirements contained in last year’s health care law. This has bipartisan support, so the change is widely expected to also clear the House.  At the time of the original passage, we discussed details of these requirements and the significant challenges that such reporting would require.  …

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Is Jane Harman the First Casualty of the Citizens' Redistricting Commission?

CA-36th

However California voters also voted for something else last November. By a substantial margin they increased the power of the citizens’ redistricting commission to include congressional districts in addition to those of the California legislature and BOE. That means that a big part of Harman’s, and her colleagues’, fate is in the hands of a carefully selected group of talented amateurs.

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Is Jane Harman the First Casualty of the Citizens’ Redistricting Commission?

CA-36th

However California voters also voted for something else last November. By a substantial margin they increased the power of the citizens’ redistricting commission to include congressional districts in addition to those of the California legislature and BOE. That means that a big part of Harman’s, and her colleagues’, fate is in the hands of a carefully selected group of talented amateurs.

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