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government | Jason E. Shao

Where Congress spends $$$

Now on Google Earth: Map where Congress spends your tax dollars | Tech news blog – CNET News.com “The Sunlight Foundation on Tuesday released a downloadable Google Earth layer that plots what it says are some 1,500 earmarks attached to a proposed U.S. House of Representatives defense spending bill. The Washington-based group describes its mission ...

Mix: AAPL, Canada, Jacuzzi, EMI, Unlock

Mix: AAPL, Canada, Jacuzzi, EMI, Unlock: The Copyright Board of Canada has approved a new tax on music downloads from iTunes and other online retailers. Retroactive to 1996, the tax means Apple will have to pay 3.1 cents for each music file they sell, or 1.5 cents per track for complete albums, to SOCAN (the ...

Fuel for Thought: Financial Page: The New Yorker

Fuel for Thought: Financial Page: The New Yorker: In calling for a law requiring better gas mileage in our cars, then, voters are really saying that they’re unhappy with the collective result of the choices they make as buyers. This is a neat quote, summing up how competitive pressures can cause every individual to become ...

Strange love for passwords

Strange love for passwords Now, I’m not going to speculate too far into the future, to a time when Visa displaces the DMV or passport agency as issuer of authoritative international credentials for every kind of identification and authentication. However, there are no other entities that have Visa and MasterCard’s topical ubiquity and influence.  They’ve ...

America’s Giving – Scroogish?

America, the Indifferent Almost a third of the way into the program, the latest available figures show that the percentage of United States income going to poor countries remains near rock bottom: 0.14 percent. Britain is at 0.34 percent, and France at 0.41 percent. (Norway and Sweden, to no one’s surprise, are already exceeding the ...

For a Flat Tax

WSJ Opinions Section > Mr. O’Donnell’s complaint seems to be that blue > states like Connecticut pay a much higher > average tax rate than do red states like Oklahoma, > making them carry a disproportionate > share of the federal tax burden. If that is so, > enacting John Kerry’s proposed tax hike > ...

French Religious Symbol Ban

> PARIS, Oct. 21 – To enforce its new law banning > religious symbols from public schools, the Ministry of > National Education has decided to get tough. > > This week it held formal disciplinary hearings and began > expelling students who violated the law. The goal was to > get rid of those ...

Votergasm

> Voters who visit the Votergasm website can choose from three > different levels of commitment: > > * “Votergasm citizens” must pledge to withhold sex from non-voters > for a week after election night > * “Patriot-level commitment” requires a voter to have sex with > another voter on election night as well as ...

Bush, Kerry, and voting Independent?

There’s been a lot of heated debate over dishonesty and manipulation of facts after the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates. In many ways I think the items that are attracting outrage are relatively small, and those more deserving of public scrutiny seem to be getting ignored. For instance, given the overall context of a political debate, ...

NOAA – XML/SOAP Service

National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a service providing the public, government agencies, and commercial enterprises with data from the National Weather Service’s (NWS) digital forecast database. This service, which is defined in a Service Description Document, provides NWS customers and partners the ability to request NDFD data over the internet ...