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Oxfam Joins The Global Warming Shakedown

Alan Daley
Writer, American Consumer Institute
Environmental activists play with a giant globe on the streets in a rally demanding more action to battle climate change during the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw November 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Oxfam International, a UK-based non-profit, changed its mission to ending poverty and injustice. While Oxfam’s historic focus had been ending world hunger, its U.S. affiliate is now campaigning to bite the hands that feed the world most efficiently.

Net Neutrality: A Seductive Political Euphemism

11:03 AM 06/11/2014

At the end of 2012, there were 634 million websites scattered across the world. In the U.S., physical connections to websites are carried by dozens of commercial backbone operators and large last mile ISPs (Internet Service Providers), such as those using cellular, satellite, cable, fiber or plain old copper. As well, there are hundreds of smaller ISPs, including many small ISPs, over builders, Wi-Fi and WiMax networks.

Net Neutrality: A Light At The End Of The Pipe?

12:40 PM 05/05/2014

The Network Neutrality saga began a decade ago when “bits just wannabe free” thinking embraced a theme of socialized broadband benefits from privatized investment. The early, aggressive Net Neutrality backers were website sources with the highest internet volumes at that time (search and email, music downloads, and a handful of video sources).

Mugged by the ticket cartel gatekeepers

7:34 PM 04/02/2014

Entertainers and ticket sellers have a right to earn an honest living, but we’re tired of being mugged at the ticket booth. Shameless greed has become standard practice and it’s neither entertaining nor sportsman-like conduct. Ticket vendors have perfected the art of trolling. They slap high fees on ticket sales and for the event tickets that are returned and resold, total fees sometimes 75 percent above or even higher than the ticket’s face value.

New Jersey colludes with the auto dealer cartel in blocking Tesla from direct sales

5:37 PM 03/19/2014

Tesla sells its electric cars directly to customers, no middleman, and customer demand is so brisk that a backlog of has developed. The popularity of the cars and the direct sales model is very disturbing to automobile dealers, and in some states they have enlisted politicians to hobble Tesla’s distribution model. Five states have banned Tesla direct sales and four have imposed nasty restrictions or have similar legislation pending.

Food is the new tobacco, for big class-action payouts

4:55 PM 02/13/2014

Winning lawyers from the big tobacco award of $246 billion are preparing to take on “big food.”  We can expect disruptions in our food supply due to packaging, promotion and labelling changes, ultimately ingredient changes and price hikes, and especially limits on that most heinous of demons – sugar.

Since when do we coddle cartels?

3:54 PM 08/29/2013

The farm bill (S. 954) plans for the U.S. sugar cartel to continue the tradition of pillaging Americans. Already through the Senate, the bill needs House action, notably removal of government’s obligation to ally with the sugar cartel against American consumers, workers, and taxpayers.

The heavy hand of Google

4:53 PM 08/20/2013

Google is blocking Microsoft’s YouTube phone application again. When confronted about why the app is being blocked, Google has demanded that Microsoft’s app be written in HTML5, even though neither Google’s Android platform nor Apple’s iPhone used HTML for their YouTube apps.

Don’t tax the Internet — ever

5:25 PM 08/06/2013

The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act (ITFFA) from Senators Wyden and Thune has roots going back to 1998. It’s an example of good legislation achieved through bipartisan cooperation.