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Spanish civil servant off work unnoticed for six years - BBC News
A Spanish civil servant who failed to turn up for work for "at least" six years has been caught after becoming eligible for a long service award
bureaucracy  government 
may 2018 by Jswindle
A Plan to Cut Federal Government Spending | Downsizing the Federal Government
Federal government spending is rising, deficits are chronic, and accumulated debt is reaching dangerous levels. Growing spending and debt are undermining economic growth and may push the nation into a financial crisis in coming years.

The solution to these problems is to downsize every federal department by cutting the most harmful programs. This study proposes specific cuts that would reduce federal spending by almost one-quarter and balance the budget in less than a decade.
government  budget  bureaucracy  federalGovernment  balancedBudget  deficit 
august 2017 by Jswindle
States are a relic of the past. It’s time to get rid of them. - The Washington Post
While Donald Trump resoundingly won the electoral college — the state-based “point system” we’ve used in presidential elections for more than two centuries — Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by about 780,000 as of a week out of the election. In other words, more Americans wanted Clinton to win, reason enough to revisit the wisdom of using the electoral college to determine elections. But a larger, more important argument is often overlooked in this ongoing debate.
government  federalism  statesRights  electoralCollege 
november 2016 by Jswindle
The real reason America controls its nukes with ancient floppy disks - The Washington Post
A 1970s-era 8-inch floppy disk lies underneath a ZX Microdrive from the 1980s and an SDHC card from the 21st century. (David Smith / Flickr) America’s nuclear arsenal depends on a surprising relic of
tech  government  security 
may 2016 by Jswindle
The Bank Robber - The New Yorker
few days before Christmas in 2008, Hervé Falciani was in a meeting at his office, in Geneva, when a team of police officers arrived to arrest him. Falciani, who was thirty-six, worked for H.S.B.C., then the largest bank in the world. He was on the staff of the company’s private Swiss bank, which serves clients who are wealthy enough to afford the minimum deposit—half a million dollars—required to open an account. Falciani had been at H.S.B.C. for eight years, initially in Monaco and then in Geneva. He was a computer technician who helped supervise security systems for the handling of client data. He had grown up in Monaco, where as a young man he had worked as a croupier at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, and developed an excellent poker face. As the Swiss police escorted him from the building, he insisted that he had done nothing wrong.
banking  government  taxes  corruption  wealth 
may 2016 by Jswindle
Over-Medicaid-ed: How Medicaid Distorts and Dilutes America's Safety Net | Manhattan Institute
The American social safety net's overwhelming emphasis on health care is the unintentional result of skewed incentives, leading to an ineffective antipoverty strategy poorly aligned with the needs and preferences of low-income Americans. Reforms that allow states to reroute substantial sums from Medicaid to other programs would better meet the needs of the poor at no additional cost to taxpayers, marking the first step toward a more flexible and effective safety net.
government  welfareState  healthcare 
may 2016 by Jswindle
Classified Legislation: Tracking Congress’s Library of Secret Law - Lawfare
Most citizens assume that all of the law Congress writes is public. That is not, in fact, true. Our general norm of publishing law has a significant and largely overlooked legislative exception:
ruleOfLaw  secrecy  security  government  law 
may 2016 by Jswindle
Two US publications lead to arrest of suspected Bitcoin creator | The Drum
Police have raided the home of an Australian entrepreneur just hours after two US publications, Wired and Gizmodo, ousted him as the brain behind cryptocurrency
government  bitcoin 
may 2016 by Jswindle
The Present American Regime: Tyranny, Oligarchy, or Democracy? | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views
The most dangerous thing that anyone can do, in Aristotelian terms, is to accurately describe the existing regime that he is living under at the time. (Photo of Aristotle: us.fotolia.com/thelefty;
free  tyranny  constitution  government 
may 2016 by Jswindle
One Year After: Freddie Gray and 'Structural Statism' | Cato Institute
When Freddie Gray was born in 1989, Baltimore hosted 787,000 residents and 445,000 jobs. By the time his fatal injuries in police custody provoked riots last April, the city’s population had fallen by one fifth, to 623,000, and its job base had shrunk by one quarter, to 334,000.
government  blacks  poverty 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Public Pensions — the Problem Is Not Just the Benefits | Manhattan Institute
It’s been a long recovery for U.S. states and cities, thanks in no small part to the trillions in retirement-benefit debt weighing down their balance sheets. As the Obama administration has noted in each of the last three editions of its “Economic Report of the President,” public pension obligations relative to revenue are at a 50-year high. Costs have been rising more rapidly than revenues, crowding out space in government budgets that should be going to services.
pensions  government 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Predictable History, Unpredictable Past: It CAN Happen Here
Shortly before the second-term inauguration of Barack Obama this January, I wrote the following of my worries over the Obama way of doing business:

But the untruths and hypocrisy hover in the partisan atmosphere and incrementally and insidiously undermine each new assertion that we hear from the president — some of them perhaps necessary and logical. Indeed, the more emphatically he adds “make no mistake about it,” “let me be perfectly clear,” “I’m not kidding,” or the ubiquitous “me,” “my,” and “I” to each new assertion, the more a growing number of people will come to know from the past that what follows simply is not true. Does this matter? Yes, because when the reckoning comes, it will be seen as logical rather than aberrant — and long overdue.
obama  obamacare  government  corruption  socialism 
april 2016 by Jswindle
To Broke and Back | City Journal
Early in Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy case—the largest in U.S. history—federal bankruptcy court judge Steven Rhodes rejected a settlement that would have paid two banks $165 million. The banks had loaned money in a complex deal to enable Detroit to keep paying bloated municipal pension obligations. It was “too much money,” Rhodes declared. If the city won’t stop making bad deals on its own, the judge said, then the court would force it to stop. It was precisely this type of judicial head-slap that Detroit needed. As Nathan Bomey chronicles in the excellent Detroit Resurrected, 50 years of mismanagement and magical thinking had made the Motor City insolvent, with unfunded retiree pension and health-care liabilities totaling an astounding $9.2 billion—about nine times Detroit’s annual budget.
detroit  government  corruption 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Oregon Outlaws Coal | Heartlander Magazine
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed into law a controversial bill on March 11 that will ban the use of coal to generate electricity, beginning in 2030, making Oregon the first state in nation to outlaw
regulation  greenPower  government  nannystate 
april 2016 by Jswindle
California Coastal Commission Fires Director, Stirs Controversy | Heartlander Magazine
In a controversial move, the California Coastal Commission (CCC), which controls development along 1,100 miles of the state
government  regulation 
april 2016 by Jswindle
What the New Atheists Don’t See | City Journal
he British parliament’s first avowedly atheist member, Charles Bradlaugh, would stride into public meetings in the 1880s, take out his pocket watch, and challenge God to strike him dead in 60 seconds. God bided his time, but got Bradlaugh in the end. A slightly later atheist, Bertrand Russell, was once asked what he would do if it proved that he was mistaken and if he met his maker in the hereafter. He would demand to know, Russell replied with all the high-pitched fervor of his pedantry, why God had not made the evidence of his existence plainer and more irrefutable. And Jean-Paul Sartre* came up with a memorable line: “God doesn’t exist—the bastard!”
god  religion  atheists  government  civilization  westernCiv 
april 2016 by Jswindle
New bill would require companies to decrypt data on demand | The Verge
Today, legislators from the House and Senate introduced a new bill that would require smartphone manufacturers to decrypt data in response to law enforcement demands. Introduced by Senators Diane
bigBrother  government  encryption 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Cologne Police Reveal 'Cover Up' Of New Year's Eve Rape Attacks Ordered By Government
A leaked cache of confidential emails and notes passed between the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) state government and local police has revealed the extent to which the force were placed under pressure to cover up the migrant sex attacks at New Year’s Eve.
germany  government  islam  immigration 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Prison Porn | City Journal
A British convict, Dennis Nilsen, has been campaigning for the right of prisoners to obtain hard-core homosexual pornography. Hitherto, they had permission to acquire only the porn sold on ordinary newsstands: pornographic enough, one might have thought
government  perversion  decline  law 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Corporate Inversion & Renouncing U.S. Citizenship -- America Builds Walls Around Itself
Do not allow the terminology here to confuse you. There is nothing especially complicated about a corporate inversion — it is what happens when the government makes tax refugees out of businesses. A U.S. firm merges with a foreign firm, and moves the corporate headquarters abroad, generally (though not exclusively) for tax purposes. Note that in this case, Pfizer was not seeking to relocate its corporate domicile to some Caribbean tax haven but to the Republic of Ireland, which has lower taxes than many European countries but is hardly an outpost of Rothbardian stateless capitalism.
government  govtOverreach  taxes  corporate 
april 2016 by Jswindle
China and the U.S. Are Both Malinvesting National Review Online
Jiang Jianqing is the boss at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), which bought a few private jets a while back — with your money. As the invaluable Timothy Carney explains, this was another in the Export-Import Bank’s long line of shenanigans.
government  corruption  China 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Activist Raided Over Planned Parenthood Videos Vows to Fight Back » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
The Center for Medical Progress issued a response stating they would not be intimidated by the government or Planned Parenthood following a raid on its founder’s home Tuesday.
government  corruption  plannedParenthood 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Murphy’s New Law | City Journal
To the list of things that are as predictable as death and taxes, add the ineffective—and often wasteful—government programs aimed at curbing violence by persons with untreated serious mental illness. Legislators in Congress, New York City, and in state capitols around the country are being misled by mental health industry claims that the mentally ill are no more violent than anyone else. As a result, the most seriously mentally ill are suffering needlessly, while putting the police and the public at risk.
mental  health  government 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Who’s watching the chickens?
American food-safety systems are so tangled it's nearly impossible to know. Is there a way out?
government  regulation  nannyState  bureaucracy 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Paul Krugman Blames Over-Regulation for Urban Unaffordability - Hit & Run : Reason.com
In an op-ed published in yesterday's New York Times,
Nobel laureate, economics professor and "Conscience of a Liberal" blogger Paul Krugman took aim at what he believes is the culprit for the US' "shortage of urban dwellings" and the un-affordability of existing housing inventory.
regulation  rentControl  government  nannyState  housing 
april 2016 by Jswindle
The fury of American voters is in its infancy - FT.com
Yes, doubling the EITC would cost taxpayers another $60bn annually. But this is not a big sum by federal budget standards and could readily be financed by phasing in higher taxes on dividends and capital gains. Many forget that tax rates on income from capital are not high by historical standards.
taxes  poverty  budget  government 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Hillary's 'classified' smokescreen hides real crime: Column
Law makes clear DOJ should prosecute Clinton for mishandling 'national defense information,' classified or not.
hillary  security  government  corruption  justice 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Notes on People - Some Disunity Along the United Way - NYTimes.com
But the charity workers heard the sort of things they wanted to hear from only one of their guests.

''I don't believe in charities,'' said Mayor Sanders, bringing a shocked silence to a packed hotel banquet room. The Mayor, who is a Socialist, went on to question the ''fundamental concepts on which charities are based'' and contended that government, rather than charity organizations, sho uld take over responsibilit y for social programs.
sanders  charity  socialism  government 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Connecticut’s Unionized Budget Breakdown | City Journal
This week, Connecticut lawmakers passed a bipartisan fix for this year’s $220 million deficit, but legislators in Hartford must now get to work fixing next year’s deficit—projected to be $900 million. And they have more work to do. Taken together, the state’s budgets for the next two years fall $4 billion short—even though, since 2011, Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy and the Democratic-controlled legislature have instituted two of the largest tax increases in state history.
deficit  budget  government 
april 2016 by Jswindle
200 Imprisoned Based on Illegal Cellphone Tracking, Review Finds » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
The ruling, issued Wednesday by Maryland’s second-highest court, said Baltimore police violated the Constitution when they used one of the tracking devices to catch a shooting suspect without first obtaining a search warrant. It was the first time an appeals court had weighed in directly on the legality of phone-trackers that have been widely — and mostly secretly — used by police agencies for nearly a decade.
surveillance  privacy  stingray  government 
april 2016 by Jswindle

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