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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

FCC Chairman makes his wife happy

It finally happened! The FCC has come down hard on the boogey man that no one else was willing to stand up to. The dreaded loud TV commercial.

"This is an issue people care about. My wife has wondered for years when we were going to do something about this," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski during a meeting Tuesday. "Bottom line, the FCC is quieting a persistent problem of the TV age, or loud commercials."

Well if just one man gets a little more peace at home from this, I guess the additional government regulation was worth it.

During their mandated spot checks for compliance (there’s a new job created right there!), what is the criteria for the commercial being louder than the program? What if it’s a commercial for Independence Day comes on during after a hushed Tiger Woods putt?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Krugman uses the D word

If Paul “we just needed more stimulus” Krugman is finally using the word “depression” you know its bad.

It’s time to start calling the current situation what it is: a depression. True, it’s not a full replay of the Great Depression, but that’s cold comfort. Unemployment in both America and Europe remains disastrously high. Leaders and institutions are increasingly discredited. And democratic values are under siege.

Guns and gold, my friends.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Go McDonalds Go!

San Francisco decides happy meals are unhealthy and you should not entice children to eat them by including toys. Does McDonalds simply stop selling toys? Do they change their meals to have less fat or salt in order to keep the toy?

No, they just offer the toys for a $0.10 donation to charity if you buy a happy meal.

Sometimes you just plain can’t regulate peoples behavior. Don’t even try. Money, like life, finds a way. That is what capitalism is all about.

PS. Can I count that $0.10 as a carbohydrate-credit? How many toys do I need to buy to offset some happy fat slob who chows down on 3 Big Macs in a sitting? I smell a new therma-geddon type business opportunity!