ACI in the Daily Caller: $3.3 Billion That Belongs To The Public

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In the FCC’s recent incentive auction for spectrum, a total of $41 billion was bid.  As expected, the winning bidders tended to be enormous, but this time, exceedingly small Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo stood out. Both have affiliation with Dish Network, the satellite TV outfit with revenues of $14.6 billion and a market […]

Americans’ Privacy and the Feckless Six

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been aggressively dithering on privacy since at least 2008, when it allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) to capture metadata from telephone calls. The DOJ talks a brave “civil rights” game in public but behind the scenes it invades the publics’ and even news reporter’s privacy whenever senior […]

Underfunded Retirement Plans May Sink Us All

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As we wriggle out from the worst recession in about 70 years, unfunded state and local pensions, and federal egos, could trigger the next financial calamity. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2011 that states and local government owed $2-3 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities for government employees. One state and one city at a […]

The Public Needs a Seat at the National Security Table

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Bulk surveillance of American’s telecommunications services by the National Security Agency (NSA) was, according to some, authorized in the Patriot Act Section 215 and was monitored by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).  But, the Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not permit NSA […]

Awaiting a Competent Leader

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A Gallup study of how working age Americans see their retirement income reveals significant concerns.  They will continue to rely on Social Security, pensions, IRAs, 401(k)s and other savings, but for many, total income will be so inadequate for retirement that employment after retirement age is inevitable for many. Some traditional sources of retirement income […]

EU Protectionism on the Rise

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For two decades, Google has focused tightly on improving its prowess in Internet search.  It is very good at search, and while it dominates search (worldwide about 88%) it is not the only player.  Microsoft’s Bing (4.5%) also produces excellent results, along with other rivals Yahoo (4.3%) and Baidu (0.6%).  When consumers choose among these […]

State’s 911 Tax Hike a Non-Emergency

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Pennsylvania Consumers love their smartphones and the associated applications that deliver better access to health care, delightful entertainment, informative news and communications with our family and our friends.  Perhaps most revered are the work-related applications that improve productivity and well-being.  The future is bright – the growing sophistication of applications will further tighten consumers’ reliance […]

Welcome Body Cams – Here’s the Rules

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In recent police-suspect encounters, the public’s accurate understanding of the events hinges on whether a video recording is available.  While witnesses may be plentiful, they seldom have that rarest of attributes, an excellent and unbiased memory.  Until a credible record of events is available, the public tends to shape a story from their imagination and […]

Florida’s Insurance Repair Shenanigans

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Each year some Florida homeowners deal with wind damage or flooding from faulty plumbing or similar unforeseen mishaps that are covered under an insurance policy.  Naturally, water removal and roof repairs often need immediate attention to lessen the spread of the damage. Homeowners are usually stressed when they call for urgent help from a tradesman […]