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Virginia’s Censorship Laws May Be More Dangerous Than We Think

By Emily Merrell | VIRGINIA

In the state of Virginia, the code of law suggests that citizens use no profanity in public. Many places have anti-profanity signs and the like. Letting out an f-bomb in Virginia is a misdemeanor! Although it is a very old law, many people are still charged and can be charged a $250 dollar fine at the minimum.

A state lawmaker from Richmond Virginia is currently attempting to eliminate this law. The conservative Michael Webert is a farmer that believes in the right to free speech and understands that things happen that can trigger people to let out a dirty word. “When I cursed, my mother told me not to and handed me a bar of soap,” he said, “you shouldn’t be hit with a Class 4 misdemeanor.”

Clearly, any logical thinker will agree with Webert. Business owners can kick people out or ask them not to swear. However, lawmakers that voted against this law could be accused of “promoting profanity.” There’s another law in Virginia that violates free speech and that is the “flag burning” law. This law is also enforced despite the supreme court passing that flag burning is not a crime.

Virginia is violating people’s free speech. However, there’s more than just politics to these laws. Emily Post was an American author that wrote about etiquette for a formal society. The Emily Post Institute that is still run by her family still believes in keeping a lid on the censorship of profanity in order to keep a formal and polite society.

A researcher of profanity from Columbia University has answered his thoughts on these rules. It aims to “enforce politeness, and that is not something the law is equipped to do,” said Jesse Sheidlower, author of ‘The F-Word’.

While this law is often challenged and is clearly wrong, a recent video has shown it being enforced. Police took a reporter from a media outlet straight to the ground following an argument. “If you curse again you will go to jail.” an officer says. The reporter replied “F— this” and was charged with disorderly conduct.

Is it possible that we may be overlooking this law? We definitely are. The state of Virginia is violating our human rights to self-ownership and free speech and if they keep this up more states could follow along. Especially, within our current social justice society, censorship is not a fictional idea in our dystopian novels anymore. With our current political climate certain words, media, and ideas may be banned. And the enforcement of these Virginia Law shows that this could happen any day now.


The Gender Pay Gap is Perpetuated by Young Women Who Choose Low-Paying Jobs

By Jason Patterson | USA

The gender pay gap is by young female adults who choose jobs that pay less, a major study has found.

Even though teenage girls have a higher chance of attending a university, their male counterparts tend to major in professions with higher paying salaries, as the University College London (UCL)’s Institute for Education has shown in their latest study.

“Importance of recognizing the role of both boys’ and girls’ choices in perpetuating labor market inequalities” Professor Lucinda Platt, reported.

Shortly after she added that teenagers should be “encouraged and supported to think beyond gender roles and consider a range of future career options.”

Research has proven that girls thought they had a 71 percent chance of going to university, and 14 percent of girls were certain they would attend one.

On the other hand, with boys, the average expectation was 63 percent, and just under 10 percent were certain they would attend university.

They then asked what career aspirations the young people may have, and the average hourly wage for the occupations that girls aspired to was 27 percent lower than the boys.

Over 7,700 teenagers in the UK who are all part of the Millennium Cohort Study, a study which has followed their lives since they were born at the turn of the century.

When they were asked these questions at 14, the most popular jobs for both boys and girls included some highly-paid careers. However, the pay among the jobs girls aspired to was on average much lower.

In this study, they did not include the option of becoming a professional sports player due to the overwhelming majority wanting to play in the NFL and the NBA and according to the NCAA, only 1.7 percent of college football players and 0.08 percent of high school players play at any professional level. Only 1.3 percent of college hockey players and 0.1 percent of high school players play professionally. In basketball, only 1.2 percent of male and 0.9 percent of female college players play pro ball; for both, only 0.03 percent of high school players make it. And only 1 percent of college soccer players and 0.04 percent of high school players go pro.

Girls wanted to be either a medical profession, a secondary school teacher, a singer, the legal profession, a vet, a nurse or a midwife. For the boys, it was a professional sportsman, a software developer, an engineer, the army, or an architect.

Males and Females both favored jobs where the workforce was dominated by their own sex. Boys chose occupations with an average workforce that is 74 percent male, while girls chose jobs where women make up 59 percent of the workforce.

The final statements were by Dr. Sam Parsons, a co-author, saying he was surprised to find such “gendered differences” in young people’s aspirations. He said that “Despite aiming high academically and professionally, girls still appear to be aiming for less well-paid jobs.”

Rejoice, Because Net Neutrality is Gone!

By Ashton Barwick | USA

It’s official; on Thursday, December 13th, the FCC finally repealed net neutrality.

The internet has been set ablaze by hysteria over net neutrality. One question that everyone has asked is: What will become of the internet once it’s gone? The internet has always been a beacon of liberty because of its ability to advance faster than the government can legislate. However, in February of 2015, the Federal Communications Commision passed net neutrality in response to Comcast throttling access to illegal websites. Comcast, one of the largest internet service providers, is protected by a myriad of regulations designed to protect them from competition. The market is in a constant state of competition between suppliers. Businesses have to face two types of competition: potential and actual. Potential competition is just as threatening as actual competition because it forces the producer to keep prices low and quality high. Competition filters out the inept and the malicious.

How did the market for internet service become so volatile?

Internet service providers usually do a perfunctory job of ensuring quality internet access, but who’s to blame? Capitalism is often the scapegoat for most because it is easier than combing through pages of regulation. A government can completely destroy a market, and people will still blame capitalism and beg for even more regulation. This phenomenon is exactly why internet service leaves much to be desired. Local governments require ISPs to pay exorbitant costs and navigate through oceans of red tape. They also have to enter contracts with public utilities so they can rent space for wire connections to publicly owned electricity poles. This results in one ISP being granted monopoly privilege over a certain jurisdiction. Consequently, the supply curve shifts left, but government prevents potential suppliers from taking advantage of the augmented supply curve.

Despite all of the corporatism, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Trump has recently reignited the debate over whether online transactions should be taxed beyond their current levels. Currently, only sales taxes can be collected on transactions on the state level. However, in 2014, Congress passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H. R. 3086; 113th Congress) which bans state and local taxation of internet access. This was a big win for free speech because the government now cannot legally impede your access to the internet. The internet has been in the sights of the government since its inception. In a Firing Line debate, with William F. Buckley, they debated whether sales on the internet should subject to taxation by the Federal government. Christopher Hitchens spoke in favor of the legislation citing that it would equalize the playing field. The only problem is: you could use that line of reasoning to justify just about any tax increases. William F. Buckley and his team brought up many great points, but one did stand out. Many businesses that pay taxes also sell things over the internet so the many businesses would be demolished because they would be taxed twice. Businesses rely on the internet to make a profit because it is one of the few tax havens left. Amazingly, the internet has survived relatively unscathed, and it will continue to be the backbone of American commerce for the foreseeable future.

Szoka, Berin. “Don’t Blame Big Cable. It’s Local Governments That Choke Broadband Competition” Wired. July 2013.

Hillebrand, Mary. “Buckley Bows Out With Internet Tax Debate” Ecommerce Times. December 1999.

Selyukh, Alina. “FCC Repeals ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules For Internet Providers” NPR. December 2017.

Jagoda, Naomi. “Trump reopens fight on internet sales tax” The Hill. July 2017.

Bannon’s Next Move in the GOP Civil War

By Colin Louis | USA

On Tuesday voters in Alabama elected Doug Jones to the US Senate. This win for Democrats was a loss for the Republican nominee and accused pedophile Judge Roy Moore. Moore’s nomination from the Republican Party was an example of Steve Bannon’s effect on what direction the GOP will point itself to. Bannon, a fierce supporter of President Trump and the war on the Republican establishment came out several times in support of Moore. Moore’s loss was also a loss for the Trump movement within the GOP. Bannon’s fight against RINO Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan may be put on hold. Bannon has made his fierce opposition to McConnell very well known, well speaking at a campaign rally for Moore during the primaries Bannon sent a warning to McConnell saying,

“Mitch McConnell, your day of reckoning is coming!”

The war on the GOP establishment is sending a signal to McConnell that Republican voters are tired of “business as usual.” Around the nation, Republican candidates are stepping up to the podium in opposition to the establishment GOP and in support of Trump. Bannon and Trump need a primary opposition to bring establishment Republicans down so they can further their agenda. The Senate is full of anti- Trump Republicans. Senators John McCain, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, etc have proved through their voting and actions that they oppose the actions of President Trump. Bannon and Trump will have to work in 2018 and beyond on to get rid of these Senators and others to further the Trump agenda.

In Nevada Senator Dean Heller faces primary opposition to Trump supporter Danny Tarkanian. Heller’s seat is the most vulnerable in 2018. If Tarkanian is nominated the GOP may have higher odds of keeping a seat that is extremely unsteady.

In Tennessee and Arizona Senator’s Jeff Flake and Bob Corker announced they wouldn’t run for reelection in 2018. This is a clear path for Trump and Bannon to make their move on two seats.

So, Bannon and Trump were set back by the Alabama election, but they may have an opportunity to win more influence in 2018 and beyond. Bannon is now the face of the anti-establishment movement, his powerful opposition to McConnell and other RINOs puts the GOP establishment in jeopardy. McConnell should fear Bannon, especially since Bannon no longer works in the White House and is now able to campaign and seal without restriction.

The Cannabis Industry is Blazing on Economic Upsides

By Jackson Parker | USA

With the changing culture turning to allow cannabis for medical and recreational use across the world comes with some serious opportunities for those involved. Many places have decriminalized the plant for use among citizens. With states like Colorado, California and Massachusetts as well as countries like the Netherlands, Columbia, and soon to be Canada have started putting in place a system of legal consumption of the plant.

The legalization of the plant for recreational purposes has created enormous economic opportunities for the early adopters of the policy. Legal cannabis has accounted for 2.96 billion dollars so far in 2017.  With Colorado alone peaking over 1 billion dollars in cannabis sales in only the first eight months of 2017. With the plant’s massive success rate comprised of around 30% medical and 70%, recreational use investors are seeking the profitability associated with the newfound industry.

“While the medical market is expected to continue to grow over the next several years, the size of the coming adult-use market is expected to far exceed that of the medical side,” states the company of Viridian Capital Advisors, who closely analyzes the cannabis market and provide data on cannabis stock prices, and legislative progress. “Companies have been raising significant amounts of capital, primarily to increase capacity to satisfy the coming surge in expected demand.”

Canada has recently put a plan into action to move towards the legalization of recreational marijuana with bills to hit the floor in January 2018. With the medical use already legalized the profits involved with the full scale legalization in Canada have attracted many investors. Included within the investments made include 1.5 billion dollars into Canadian companies. One of the largest investments is from Constellation Brands, the proprietor of Corona beer, with an almost quarter billion dollar investment into Canopy Growth Corp.

“We expect to see larger, more successful companies beginning to raise additional capital to further expand their capacities and footprints,” states Harrison Phillips, the vice president of Viridian Capital Advisors, “we expect to see an acceleration in consolidation as operators seek economies of scale and synergies to remain competitive as the continued commoditization of cannabis reduces prices and margins.”