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Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us [Time Magazine]

Fantastic article exposing one of the major reasons medical bills are so high [Hint: Government regulation forcing insurance companies and doctors to price services based on arbitrary Medicare prices].

[PDF Archive of Time magazine article, since original is behind paywall]

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Reporting Factory Farm Abuses an Act of Terrorism

New Hampshire, Wyoming and Nebraska are the latest states to introduce Ag-Gag laws aimed at preventing employees, journalists or activists from exposing illegal or unethical practices on factory farms.

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German City Creates "Pleasure Tax" to Close Deficit

Posted December 11th, 2010 by pmfalcon
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Challenged with a $133 million deficit, one western German city has introduced a day tax on prostitutes to help whittle down its budget gap. The new "pleasure tax" requires prostitutes in Dortmund to purchase a 6 euro "day ticket" for each day they work, or face a potential fine. The city estimates that the new tax will add some 750,000 euros to its coffers each year. Such taxes are not unusual in Germany where prostitution is legal and sex workers must pay tax on their income.

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PA Walmart stores getting (CCTV) breathalyzing wine vending machines

Posted December 9th, 2010 by andrew.valish
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PA Liquor Control Board has given Walmart preliminary approval to sell liquor in the state, even though grocery stores cannot legally sell alcohol. To keep the state's monopoly on liquor sales breathing, it's now legal as long as the store installs a vending machine that dispenses wine with a breathalyzer.

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Feds Threaten School for "Killing" Endangered Birds with Stdm Lights

Posted October 25th, 2010 by pmfalcon
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A small Hawaiian island was forced to cancel Friday night football games indefinitely after the federal government threatened to prosecute high school athletic officials for not protecting an endangered bird.
So instead of playing high school football under the Friday night lights, teenagers in Kauai County are forced to endure dangerously hot conditions and play their games on Saturday afternoons.

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New Airline Seat Design May Lead to Cheaper Tickets, FAA Skeptical

Posted September 15th, 2010 by pmfalcon
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A new airplane seat, to be unveiled next week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas conference in Long Beach, would give passengers an experience akin to riding horseback.

They'd sit at an angle with no more than 23 inches between their perch and the seat in front of them — a design that could appeal to low-cost airlines that have floated the idea of offering passengers standing-room tickets on short flights.

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LETTER TO A TALK HOST - L. Neil smith on immigration

A few minutes ago, I wrote e-mail to a Denver talk show host. The topic today was illegal immigration (he’s against it), Arizona’s
new legislation on the subject (he’s for it), the 16,000 drug war
related deaths, so far, that have occurred on the U.S./Mexican border,
the likelihood that this war will spill over (in fact, it already has)
onto U.S. soil, and the federal government’s complete lack of concern
that it might happen.

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NJ to physicians: you are our servants.

Posted April 20th, 2010 by kypdurron5
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NJ requires 30 hours of community service for all healthcare practitioners to practice in the state.

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States Cracking Down on Unpaid Internships

With job openings scarce for young people, the number of unpaid internships has climbed in recent years, leading federal and state regulators to worry that more employers are illegally using such internships for free labor.

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Pfizer's 'imaginary friend' took a guilty plea in 2007

Imagine being charged with a crime, but an imaginary friend takes the rap for you.

That is essentially what happened when Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company, was caught illegally marketing Bextra, a painkiller that was taken off the market in 2005 because of safety concerns.

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