Net neutrality1 will, almost certainly, increase the cost of end-consumer2 connections. The logic behind this is simple and requires only minimal understanding of economics; in short: requiring equal treatment of all data will mean that capacity increases will be the only way to ensure quality of service for important or time-sensitive data3; such increases in capacity will, necessarily, be inefficient4; increased inefficiency means increased operating costs5; and the consumer always pays.
As I previously speculated, Stone Brewing’s 2017 Anniversary will be held on the 18th (Brewers Reception) and 19th (Anniversary Celebration) of August. Tickets are on sale now (Brewers Reception; Anniversary Celebration) at Brown Paper Tickets. Get yours before they sell out.
While there is no shortage of blame to go around when it comes to environmental issues and environmental policy, the over politicization of environmental matters falls squarely on the shoulders of those pushing the global warming (or climate change or whatever the term du jour happens to be) narrative. That the Earth’s climate is changing is undeniable, the science insofar as that is concerned is fairly settled and the conclusion well supported, but whether or not that change is an artifact of human industrial and technological advance is another matter entirely. However, arguendo, let’s assume that that anthropogenic climate change hypothesis is correct.
While a number of Stone Brewing festivals got the axe this year, Sour Fest seems to have survived the cull. Tickets are on sale now for those interested. Unfortunately, the Stone 21st Anniversary event has not yet been confirmed for 2017.
However, a page on Stone’s website (since taken offline, and likely accidentally published in the first place) mentioned the 21st Anniversary and a date of August 19th, which is in line with previous years (and would place the Brewers Reception on Friday 18 August 2017). Hopefully Stone will confirm both the event and its dates in the near future. Some of us have to make travel plans, after all.
Prescription drug prices in the US are, to say the least, unpleasantly high. Now, there are a plethora of reasons for this (e.g., use of brand-name drugs over generics, long waits on approvals for new drugs), but one that could be easily addressed is blatant price gouging. Pharmaceutical companies routinely charge more in the US for the same drugs that are available in other parts of the world at vastly lower prices. Here’s a single sentence proposal for a law to address that problem:
“Any pharmaceutical company, or company offering products in the pharmaceutical category, operating in the US, or any territory or possession thereof, or which is subject to US law, must offer its products on an MFN basis to US consumers and businesses.”
The punishments meted out to poachers need to be much, much more severe, and the (primarily Asian) countries importing these products need to be punished economically and diplomatically.
Remember, the press aren’t biased. It’s just that they’re almost exclusively Leftists, hate Republicans, and love Democrats. Oh, wait, that is bias.
Somewhere, Edward Snowden is screaming (and James Clapper is laughing).
— Kevin Lewis (@KLewis44) March 4, 2017
Looks like somebody needs his citizenship revoked.
While Jerry Brown and his enablers in the Assembly and the Senate continue to spend like profligates, California’s aging infrastructure continues to crumble. What’s $65 million here for illegal aliens to get driver’s licenses or $64 billion there for a doomed high-speed rail project1? Paltry sums in light of the benefits received2 relative to the costs incurred3. So be sure to thank a Democrat today4.
- One that has already cost at least millions just to defend against electoral challenges (read: accountability requirements). ↩
- Literally none, unless you’re a lobbyist or someone who employed a lobbyist. ↩
- Literally trillions over the decades of single-party rule in California. ↩
- Because tomorrow you might be drowning in the floodwaters from a failed dam, and then you’ll have missed your chance. ↩