Your Safety Shouldn’t Be a Crap Shoot – Why Senator Tillis Is so Very Wrong

You may have heard that Thom Tillis, a Republican United States Senator from North Carolina, said that government shouldn’t require restaurant workers to wash their hands after they use the bathroom. He said, “I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy…

If We Rewrote Our Laws to Help Entrepreneurs Understand Them, We’d Have More Startups and More Jobs

A major entrepreneurial center in the country, the Kauffman Foundation, has ranked cities and states for small business friendliness. The results are interesting, but not as interesting as the reasons why some areas scored better than others. As it turns out, there are three things that make an ideal place…

If this is America, I Don’t Want to Live Here. Thank God it’s Not.

When I saw this political cartoon it knocked the wind out of me. In this cartoon, put out by the conservative political cartoonist, David Eden, a beefy, angry caucasian Uncle Sam has a slight, fearful Barack Obama by the tie. Uncle Sam screams at President Obama, “Stop Trying To Change Me!!”…

Don’t Fetishize the First Amendment – Violent Threats Ought to be Illegal

An ex-husband started posting nasty remarks about his wife and his co-workers on Facebook. One of them said, “There’s one way to love ya but a thousand ways to kill ya. I’m not gonna rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the…

Conservative Justices on the Supreme Court Have Gone Insane

Everyone is talking about Linda Greenhouse’s column, in which she admits that the conservative justices on the Supreme Court have gone insane. If you don’t have the patience to read it, let me summarize it: The Supreme Court is hearing a new challenge to Obamacare. It’s not that the…

Behind Private Equity’s Curtain | NYTimes.com

Happy Halloween! The scariest goblin among us? Private Equity. The New York Times says that many Private Equity funds refuse to provide information on their fees and expenses to the people who get charged those fees and expenses, often without their knowledge. First, what is “Private Equity?” “Private Equity”…

I’ve Read the Government’s Arguments to Screw Amazon Workers and I’m Furious

There’s a monumental case at the Supreme Court that has got me obsessed, bewitched, enraged and mildly despondent. Technically, it’s called Integrity Staffing v. Busk. It actually is Amazon v. Amazon’s warehouse workers. (Integrity Staffing is the subcontractor stooge hired by Amazon to employ its warehouse workers). After Amazon…

Chobani and Dov Seidman Wrestle Over Use of ‘How’ Trademark

I predict this is going to end badly for Dov Seidman. Seidman, who uses “How Matters” as his content calling card, is suing Chobani yogurt for its new “How Matters” ad campaign. Seidman can win if he can show two things; First, that his trademark is distinctive enough to not be…

Justices Weighing Wages for After-Work Screenings in Amazon Case

I’m pretty much obsessed with this case. Amazon – and the companies Amazon hires to deal with its warehouse employees – make its employees go through security screens before they leave work. The employees have to hike up to 20 minutes at the end of their physically brutal shift to get to the…

AT&T: If you build your own broadband then we don’t get any of your tax money

AT&T Wants Your Tax Dollars The only problems we have in America are bad ideas. Here, AT&T is pushing the federal government to stop small towns from providing rural internet service where AT&T won’t. Instead, they want to be given tax dollars to do it. Why? Because the “free…