Rolling Stone Sued For $25M By Fraternity Implicated in Rape Story

This whole episode happened at The University of Virginia, which is in Charlottesville, which is my home.

When the story broke there was much concern and furrowed brows everywhere. How could this have happened? See, college must be made “safe” for women. And so on.

Then I read the article. It felt hollow. It didn’t feel right. It felt made up.

If I hadn’t lived in Charlottesville I don’t know that it would have felt as false as it did.

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Navajo Nation president to sue mine and EPA over spill

The Animas River pre-spill

Good, they should. A classic understanding of property rights holds that if someone hurts you or your property you have a right to compensation.

But as we reported in the post before this one, the federal government is already busy trying to get people to waive their rights to future compensation. This could be a very costly mistake for a signee.

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Rand Paul asks Americans to join him in a class action lawsuit targeting the NSA (Video)

This is a Constitutional issue. This is a general privacy issue. But it’s also a crony capitalism issue. How many tech companies have been compelled to partner with, or have partnered willingly with the NSA in its domestic spying efforts? At this moment it looks like a good part of Silicon Valley falls into one or both of these categories.

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Crony Credit Ratings and the Debt Ceiling: Why the U.S. Won’t Lose Its AAA Bond Status

It’s not that the US doesn’t deserve to lose it. There’s a pretty good case to be made that America should not have the AAA rating on its debt from Moody’s and Fitch that it currently does. But S&P lowered its rating on US debt from AAA to AA+ in 2011 and soon found itself with a lawsuit on its hands brought by the Justice Department for alleged ratings impropriety prior to the 2008 Crash.

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S&P calls US lawsuit retaliation for stripping AAA rating


Remember when S&P downgraded US debt? Boy, some people weren’t very happy about that. The public just might get the idea that this country was headed in the wrong direction financially. And that dear readers is clearly not the case. I mean Washington has told us over and over that there is nothing to worry about.

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Ambulance in DC stalls because its emissions are too high, Patient dies because of EPA regs?

I heard this story on the way home from Washington DC yesterday. What is unclear is whether the engine died because of actual failure or whether the engine was programmed to die because it reached a certain level of emissions as determined by the EPA. Sadly it sounds like the latter.

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Meet The ‘Inflatable Car’ Inventor Suing The U.S. For $675 Million

Everyone wants a piece of the taxpayer funded pie. The inventor of “The Whisper,” an inflatable car is no different. When billions were handed out from the Obama administration for “green” vehicles in the Whisper project (now updated as an SUV)  was not picked up for funding. Now the inventor is miffed.

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Buy a Camry, not a Malibu : The US Government Shakedown of Possibly the World’s Greatest Car Company, Toyota

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Toyota just paid $1.1 billion to settle lawsuits alleging random acceleration problems in its cars. The allegations were, and are essentially false. But, Toyota paid out because it knew it had to, to move on. A giant speeding ticket to the government. (And Toyota wasn’t even speeding.)

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