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It’s Illegal to Resell iTunes Songs Online, Court Rules

It’s Illegal to Resell iTunes Songs Online, Court Rules

Digital music cannot be sold secondhand over the Internet, even if the seller deletes the original file, a federal judge ruled last week.

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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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'Challenging the dollar': Bitcoin total value tops $1 billion

Posted March 31st, 2013 by WaxCrax
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Already bigger than many sovereign currencies, Bitcoin has broken the $1 billion in value mark this week. In the wake of continuing economic crises and liquidity shortages, this new virtual currency is poised to challenge the euro and US dollar.
By not being tied to any particular financial institution and independent from world governments, Bitcoin will become a safe haven for anyone trying to save their money from the crippled international banking system, claimed Max Keiser, the host of RT's Keiser Report.

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Berkeley Councilman Proposes Email Tax To Save Post Office

Wrong on so many levels... Gordon Wozniak, a city councilman in Berkeley, Calif., has proposed an email tax to provide much-needed revenue to the ailing U.S. Postal Service. “There should be something like a bit tax,” Wozniak said. “I mean a bit tax could be a cent per-gigabit and they would still make, probably, billions of dollars a year… And there should be, also, a very tiny tax on email.” Wozniak said the bit tax could bring in revenue to help a number of sectors, beyond just the post office.

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LA State Health Inspectors Destroy 1600 lbs of Donated Deer Meat

Posted March 3rd, 2013 by pmfalcon
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Louisiana state health inspectors destroyed 1,600 lbs of deer meat donated by hunters to a local homeless shelter. The agency received a complaint that deer meat was being served at a mission. State regulations bar food establishments from serving hunted deer meat. Late January, the department discovered the deer meat — which had been appropriately processed at an area slaughterhouse — and destroyed it in a dumpster by dousing it in bleach. The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission had been serving deer meat donated by area hunters for decades.

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Topless women could get prison time under NC proposal

A bill that could send women to prison for going topless in public appears headed for approval by the North Carolina legislature.
Depending if such exposure is judged to be "for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire," the woman could be charged with a felony, punishable by up to six months in prison for first-time offenders. More mundane exposure would be a misdemeanor meriting up to 30 days in jail.

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Three Strikes May Decrease File Sharing, But If Sales Keep Dropping

Posted February 12th, 2013 by Mattfree88
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Three Strikes May Decrease File Sharing, But If Sales Keep Dropping, Who Cares?

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Proof Of A U.S. Police State

Proof Of A U.S. Police State

America has fast descended into a police state. The trouble is that we want to believe in the rule of law and the system that alleges to support and enforce it. But when reality collides with illusion, it is too late. No matter how bad things seem, we always think that times will get better and that government will do the right thing.

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Surprise investigations aimed at homeschoolers

Posted February 12th, 2013 by iamodd999
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In what critics are seeing as an ultimate power grab, state officials in Connecticut are pushing forward a bill to require state investigations of children like never before – calling for a “confidential behavioral health assessment” of every public school student in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, and every homeschool student at ages 12, 14 and 17.

The proposed Bill 374 is being described as the ultimate home invasion.

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The States People Are Fleeing In 2013

Posted February 9th, 2013 by Mattfree88
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The States People Are Fleeing In 2013

Long-term shifts in the U.S. economy coupled with the recent recession means Americans are more likely to pack up and move for employment-related reasons. Although the total number of residential moves is down, new data shows a clear pattern of the states that people are fleeing the fastest.

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