More than 1600 pages of regulations added to Federal Register last week, cost now $1.8 trillion per year
Last week, 1,641 pages of regulations were added to the 2012 Federal Register, meaning it now contains over 55,300 pages and is on pace to eclipse 79,000 this year, reports the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
“That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 3 hours and 17 minutes — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” notes CEI.Read more »
Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.Read more »
Uber, SideCar and Lyft Fined, Uber Also Sued by Taxi Drivers
It hasn’t been a good week for San Francisco taxi and ride-share apps.
On November 9, two taxi drivers filed what they hope will be certified as a class action lawsuit against Uber stemming from its months-old taxi service in the city.
Yesterday afternoon, Uber, SideCar and Lyft were fined $20,000 each by the California Public Utilities Commission for operating what the state considers unlicensed charter car businesses.Read more »
Despite strong outcry against it from the adult film industry, a measure requiring porn performers to wear condoms on set was passed by LA County voters, with 56% of the vote. The "Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act'," in addition to mandating condoms, will require porn producers to apply for a permit from the LA County Dept of Public Health to shoot sex scenes. The fee will finance periodic inspections of porn filming, and violations will be subject to civil fines and criminal misdemeanor charges. 1.2 million people thought this was a good idea.Read more »
Jones is one of the owners of Buckingham Slate, a Virginia business a little over an hour's drive west of Richmond. The company is distinguished by the quality of the highly valued Arvonia slate it produces. And by the fact that its roots trace back almost to the Civil War. And by the fact that federal regulators smacked it with a $4,000 fine.
Over a trash can.
At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products. Under the doctrine, which the Supreme Court has recognized since 1908, you can resell your stuff without worry because the copyright holder only had control over the first sale.Read more »
The 20-year-old Jasmine Maxwell was caught importing marimo moss balls, likely from Iceland, Scotland, Japan or Estonia. The balls are a type of algae popular in fish tanks, but they are prohibited in New Zealand because if they get into the natural waterways they could destroy fish populations.Read more »
The mayor of the "eternal city" has made it illegal to eat snacks and junk food on or around its monuments.Read more »
Four judges of the Honduran Supreme Court voted in favor of an interposed appeal against the decree to reform articles 304 and 329, giving the green light to the creation of the “Private Cities” / Model Cities / REDsRead more »
The United Nations Small Arms Treaty passed in its second session. The Media was silent over its passage.Read more »
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