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[9 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Wall Street Journal reports:

It’s useful here to consider that Google reported revenue of nearly $75 billion in 2015. Last year, an Authors Guild survey on writers’ annual incomes since 2009 showed a 67% decline for authors with 15 or more years of experience. Most respondents, if they were to live only on their writing income, would be below the poverty line.

It’s getting very difficult to defend the concept of intellectual property.

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[8 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

GOP USA reports:

Parents from two homeschooling families in Ohio face up to 23 years in jail for missing filing deadlines imposed by the state.

Despite the fact that each of the families were relatively new to homeschooling in Ohio — along with hundreds of other families around the country who report having trouble navigating their state’s notice requirements for the first time each year — school district officials filed criminal complaints against them.

This severe course of action of having both families served — which can cost them tens of thousands of dollars in fines and decades behind bars — has baffled attorneys with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which serves its 80,000 member families across America.

“Even when a family may have missed a key filing deadline, these situations can often be quickly corrected,” HSLDA Staff Attorney Peter Kamakawiwoole. “And usually, if the family resolves the issue promptly, state officials rarely pursue further action — like criminal prosecution — against the parents.”

Once they discovered the errors, both families quickly righted the wrong(s) … but no matter.

Similar charges were filed against the two families over the past month, with each facing possible jail sentences of more than a decade.

No word yet on this story from ObamaCare supporter John Kasich.

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[5 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Washington Examiner reports:New Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there were 665,000 jobs lost in January, a blunt finding that confuses the heralded report that 151,000 jobs were created in January in non-farm payrolls.But who got them? The ve…

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[4 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Chicago Tribune reports:After putting a long-expected bond sale on hold last week, Chicago Public Schools managed to borrow $725 million Wednesday by promising investors extraordinarily high interest rates.Bonds issued by taxing bodies like CPS are…

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[3 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Bloomberg reports:

Amazon.com Inc., the world’s biggest online retailer, plans to open from 300 to 400 bookstores, according to Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive officer of General Growth Properties Inc., which owns and operates shopping malls.

Mathrani revealed Amazon’s plan in response to questions about mall traffic during a conference call Tuesday to discuss General Growth’s earnings.

Retro.

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[3 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Average working woman commutes only 77 minutes for every 100 minutes a man commutes to work. That’s wrong https://t.co/FbDf4pNPEu @chsommers

— Mark J. Perry (@Mark_J_Perry) February 2, 2016