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how-the-government-protects-us-subways

Unfortunately, that's Subways(TM) as well as a dog boutique, a radio station and a perfume shop in the Virgin Islands.

identity-theft-the-nanny-state-and-ambulance

Mordaxus at Emergent Choas has an inciteful post on how the government can protect people from identity theft.

I can think of a situation we need protection from. Here is a scenario. Let us take the case of a lender, Larry. We need a law to make it so that if Larry lends money to Alice, he cannot try to collect it from Bob. That's all we need. If we have that, we'll have all the legal protection we need to solve identity theft.
This is an interesting idea, but I fear that it is too simplistic. I suspect that this is the current law. The problem is really the burden of proof. Currently, Bob has to prove to Larry that he did not borrow the money. Larry gets to put all sorts of nastiness onto Bob's credit report that Bob will never be able to get off. Bob can sue Larry, butas mordaxus points out, the way to change the business practice is to make it not worthwhile, which means a class-action lawsuit.

chertoff-shocker

From the Borowitz Report:
CHERTOFF LOCKS HIMSELF OUT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HEADQUARTERS

error-message-your-password-must-be-at-least-18770

Ouch

entrepreneurship-access-to-capital-and-americas

Here's an interesting post on entrepreneurship, access to capital and race based on a restricted Census Bureau information. The post ties this study into the current fiscal crisis as well. It's a very interesting post.

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