Bureaucracy -- Thinking too much about it leads to insanity

Posted February 10th, 2011 by THCPower

So, as I've talked about here before, ferrets are illegal in California. However, we've long known that there is a special permit you can get for them if you are active duty military making a PCS move. Being responsible people who are moving to California soon, we called the relevant bureau and asked for an application for special military permission to transport our ferret. They knew what we were talking about and (eventually!) sent out the forms this month.

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GATA exposes silver manipulation after CFTC ignores warnings

Posted February 10th, 2011 by brill

In a report published yesterday, GATA made the world aware of whistleblower Andrew Maguire, leading to lawsuits against JPMorgan and HSBC accusing them of illegally colluding to manipulate the silver market. Maguire had warned the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission of manipulations to suppress the price of silver, but the CFTC had taken no action, so Maguire turned to GATA.

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Florists, shampooers, cat groomers all demand certification!

Posted February 7th, 2011 by jockox3

The Wall Street journal reveals the inside track on "license to trade" regulation and how it adds $115bn a year to cost of services whilst excluding others from jobs.

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French Propose G8 Roundtable on Internet Regulation

French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared his intent to hold a roundtable on “Internet Regulation” prior to the next G8 Summit, which is scheduled for May 26-27 in Deauville, France.

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No internet in Egypt but metered internet coming North America's way

Posted January 30th, 2011 by newspost

The CRTC (the canadian FCC) is looking into letting the telecommunication companies put a meter on the internet. Making downloading a gig to be up to 4-5 dollars each; whereas it only costs them 1 penny. If only licences to begin telecommunication companies in Canada were not restricted and costly; we could have better services at cheaper prices.

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Revolts in Tunisia and Egypt sparked by one man's lack of permit

Posted January 28th, 2011 by brill

What ignited the antigovernment revolts in Tunisia and then Egypt? Police "cracking down" on one man selling vegetables without a permit.

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City of Houston protects homeless from evil unlicensed food

Posted January 14th, 2011 by xenophobe51

City of Houston stops homeless food bank due to licensing

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New York State to Sears: You Can't Sell Those Legal Knives

Posted January 8th, 2011 by iambinarymind

"Well, we used to have knives--a lot of them. But a few days before Christmas, we received a letter from management that we had to remove all of our knives from the sale floor. Apparently, New York State told us that we couldn't sell knives or utility knives anymore...."

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MDMA (Ecstasy)-Psychotherapy Relieves Treatment-Resistant PTSD

Posted January 4th, 2011 by dogcow

Just looking over my Continuing Education credits and saw a news story about a British study of MDMA for Post Traumatic Stress Disease. I think that this has been covered on the show, but here's some further reading if anyone is interested in the studies. They are with a small group and the need more studies on more people.

Below is a link to a PDF. I am a pharmacist, so it is written at that level, but take a look and see what you think.

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N.J. plans to seek unused money on gift cards and traveler's checks

Posted January 4th, 2011 by masshole

New Jersey isn't giving up its effort to seize unused money on gift cards and traveler's checks.

Lawmakers voted last year to allow the seizure of cards after two to three years as a way to raise about $80 million and help balance the state's budget.

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