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No Tax Breaks for Amazon

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On September 12, 2017
Cities should tell Amazon to stick their new headquarters up their profit hole. Among the criteria Amazon will use to determine where its second headquarters will go is everything you’d expect: a large-enough population, good schools, solid public transportation. And, inevitably, tax breaks. Loads and loads of tax breaks. “Incentives offered by the state/province and […]

9/11

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On September 12, 2017

Above: One of the most evil human beings to ever pollute the Earth. Also, Augusto Pinochet. Let us remember the greatest act of terror the United States was ever involved with on September 11. That

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Ag-Gag

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On September 11, 2017
I’ve expressed deep worry about so-called “ag-gag” bills for the past several years, even devoting a section of Out of Sight to the issue. Basically, these are bills that criminalize knowledge of what happens inside big agricultural production facilities. They are a result of agribusiness outrage over animal rights activists getting jobs to film the […]

Never Forget

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On September 11, 2017

As we note the 16th anniversary of 9/11, remember that the man who is currently president of the United States used the occasion to brag that his building was now the tallest in New York. Amazingly or

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This is the grave of Grantland Rice. Born in 1880 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to an elite New South family whose father was a big-time cotton dealer and whose grandfather was a general while committing treason in defense of slavery, Rice played football and baseball at Vanderbilt, graduating in 1901. He coached baseball at Vanderbilt in […]

Progress

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On September 10, 2017

Congratulations to the British. From fish and chips to the traditional roast dinner, us Brits love to elevate the simplest of dishes with the help of a good sauce. But when it comes to which one we li

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Planning, Florida, and Irma

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On September 8, 2017
Forgive me for a similar post as to what I wrote about Houston, but a gigantic hurricane ripping apart Florida is entirely predictable and the developmentalist ideology that drives that state only makes the situation worse. We’ve seen evacuation orders given, but where are people in Florida supposed to go? There is nowhere to go, […]

Fire

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On September 8, 2017

The reason I am based out of Oregon for the first half of my sabbatical is to work on a new book project on recent Northwest history. But the other reason is that I want to be in Oregon, my home state

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