By a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28 upheld the fine for not buying medical insurance as required by “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” The ruling is that the penalty for not having […]
Dead Bats Don’t Lie — Don’t Upset Natural Balance Humans are comfortable with killing to get what they want, but even for a “good cause” killing can backfire, as do most familiar taxes, leaving policy wonks with one option: respect […]
Do Gifts Fund Cancer Research or Salaries & Overhead? Why do we give charities a pass? Have they cast a spell on us? Would economic justice — or “geonomics” — work better? This 2012 article is from Truthout, Jun 12. […]
How to Talk to Win Over a Majority How do you get people to vote for you, against themselves, and for an unheralded social reform that really works? We trim, blend, and append three 2012 articles from: (1) Huffington Post, […]
Bankers, not banks, are the real recipients of trillion dollar bailouts and subsidies. Bloomberg cites the Georgist solution.
The fish you have for dinner may have been caught by slave labor. Slavery became illegal in most of the world during the 1800s, but it never went away, and is now expanding. One of the industries that uses slave […]
ND voters Reject Measure to Abolish Property Taxes “The devil you know” is what people prefer yet they could “keep their cake and eat it, too” with geonomics. We trim, blend, and append two 2012 articles from (1) Reuters, Jun […]
If You Got Land, You Can Do These Things Hard times usually spur some people to cooperate but the groups they form often don’t survive good times — so basic reform is always needed, which is land justice. This 2012 […]
Government Multiplied Insider’s Ranch 4 Times Over Current Ag chief Adam Putnam got rich in ‘05 selling land $20 million above appraised value — which is what happens when we pay owners for land instead of pay neighbors. This 2012 […]
In this Green RoundUp, see the linkages in economies, the petitions of activists, and the video of a savant. We trim, blend, and append two 2012 articles from (1) Pacific Standard, Jun 4, on fracking by L. Margonelli (who’s been […]
The world’s oceans are being poisoned. Some of the plastic litter is visible, such as in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. There, plastics and other debris are trapped by the “gyres” or currents of the North Pacific. Some plastics float […]
Taxman Goes After a Non-Banker, Non-Insider. Five-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill has been charged with failing to file income tax returns for several years with the IRS, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced.
Why would anyone try to escape taxes? They’re as inevitable as death. Aren’t they? These two 2012 articles are from the Associated Press, Jun 7, and the BBC, Jun 12.
Yesterday evening I realized that this blog is, indeed, aptly named. The key to our chronic economic problems is indeed all around us. Truly, unavoidably: everywhere we look. I was driving in to Belfast, Maine to attend a meeting, The […]
Some of my friends (not a scientific sample) joined the military because they could not find work, never mind start a business. Some of them reenlisted because when their time was up, the economy was still bad. So they chose […]
More soldiers are killed by their own hand than by an enemy, saying something about war, human nature, and government priorities. The soldier suicide rate has reached its highest in ten years of war. While soldiers with multiple combat tours […]