News Politics

IRS targeting the LDS?

Amit Ghate compares Obama’s use of the IRS to the Nazi SS. Boom! Godwin’s Law detonated!


This IRS scandal was aimed at Jewish Pro Israel groups, beloved Christian ministers and men of God (Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, James Dobson), groups that believe in the U.S. Constitution, and even groups that help wounded veterans. Why is no one calling out this pure blatant religious profiling?
After my commentaries were published a month ago about this IRS scandal, I was contacted by a Mormon who told me that everyone in his circle of friends and neighbors had received audit notices since Obama’s re-election. He believed Mormons were being targeted to punish Mitt Romney’s biggest supporters.
But how could the IRS identify Mormons? He educated me that all Mormons tithe 10% of their income to the Church of Latter Day Saints. That charitable donation is clearly visible on every Mormon’s tax return. It’s actually easy for the IRS to target and persecute Mormons.
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Jobs chart suggests there will be no recovery

So, 10 months, 26 months, 30 months, 45 months, 60 months and counting. Looks like a trend. Maybe Molyneux’s right–there will be no recovery this time.

The Scariest Jobs Chart Ever Isn’t Scary Enough : Planet Money : NPR

One of the defining graphs of our time (yes, there are defining graphs of our time) comes from the blog Calculated Risk. It tracks the job market in every U.S. recession and recovery since WWII — and it shows just how brutal the the past few years have been.


Business Politics

The chilling effect of a “mother, may I” economy

The tentacles of spying state agents reach into all of our lives, but imagine having no choice but to invite a police detective into your home to open all your drawers on the off chance there’s something that could be turned into an indictment.

Fishing around for lawsuits

When the Department of Justice Antitrust Division sued to stop the merger of two beer makers last month, the complaint filed in court quoted more than thirty times from internal company documents.

The two companies involved (Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo) are private companies. How, one might wonder, did the government get its hands on their private internal documents, prior to making its first legal claim of wrongdoing?

News Politics

Bitcoin is rebellion

Bitcoin recently hit an all time high of $31.9, rebounding from the crash in 2011. Tyler Cowen points out this behavior of a currency is unusual outside war or rebellion. I’m outside my expertise on this, but I have to ask, isn’t Bitcoin an act of rebellion? Isn’t something of an act of war against all states?

Good or bad news for Bitcoin? (Marginal Revolution)

With apologies to Scott Sumner, I say Bitcoin is a bubble.  Outside of war and rebellion, do “normal” new currencies behave this way?

News Politics Programming

Firefox 22 may reject 3rd party cookies by default

If you click through to the bugzilla item Block cookies from sites I haven’t visited, there’s a debate going on about it. The change essentially makes FF behave like Safari. There is some worry that FF, representing roughly 10x the traffic compared to Safari, could upset many people with this change. Would that result in a drop in Firefox usage? Maybe there non-advertising usages for 3rd party cookies, but it seems unlikely that the would be to domains you’ve never visited. Chrome, naturally, will remain uber-friendly to anything advertising related, so this might be a differentiator for Firefox.

On an unrelated note, Mozilla still uses Bugzilla and Mailman.

» The New Firefox Cookie Policy Web Policy

The default Firefox cookie policy will, beginning with release 22, more closely reflect user privacy preferences. This mini-FAQ addresses some of the questions that I’ve received from Mozillans, web developers, and users.