Campaign Finance Reform in One, Easy-to-Remember Syllogism (Huh?!?)

Devil in Details?  Maybe Not See if you can track what is — at least to me — the unassailable logic of the following, three-part syllogism (a logical proof favored by ancient Greek philosophers). Don’t worry; if you get stumped, I’ll help you out. #1. The airwaves are a public asset that government, representing the people, licenses to...
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Canadian Quirks: What’s the Opposite of “Tabling” Something? “Tabling” Something

Coming Soon?  Legal Cannabis in Canada At least to me, the standard definition of “tabling” something is this one: “to remove (something, such as a parliamentary motion) from consideration indefinitely.” So, what’s the opposite of that? At least in Canada (I visited Toronto earlier this Spring), it’s this: “to present formally for discussion or consideration...
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Customer (Dis)Service: “Thank You For Your Patience. Your Expected Wait Time is . . . Forever”

How to Get Out of “Customer Service Purgatory” Want less of something bad? Tax it. Or fine it. So, aggressive phone solicitations have been dramatically slashed by federal legislation establishing “Do Not Call Lists,” and fining transgressions. Of course, if you truly want zero of something . . . make it illegal (prostitution, meth, etc.)....
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If We Treated Bankrupt Countries Like Bankrupt Banks

Norway + Greece = ?? If busted sovereigns were banks, policymakers would know exactly what to do:  fold the bankrupt country into a designated “acquirer” with a strong (or at least stronger) balance sheet, which is then given a package of cheap financing, guaranties, and indemnity (or maybe not) in return for straightening out the...
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Whither Meadowbrook Golf Course? (& What Will Take Its Place?)

St. Louis Park’s FEMA Money Here’s something new on my radar, picked up at the weekly Edina Realty – City Lakes meeting this morning:  what’s going to happen to Meadowbrook Golf course in St. Louis Park? As locals know, the city-owned course suffered massive, sustained flooding last Summer. What they may not know (or at...
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