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Canadians Moving To US To Retire

Posted on February 19, 2014

It’s far from uncommon for Americans to retire abroad—the combination of exotic surroundings, lower rent and cheaper medical care can be irresistible for a retiree with wanderlust and an undernourished nest egg. But Yanks aren’t the only gray-haired migrants in North America: As Kathy Kristof reports this month for Financial Planning magazine, many Canadians are […]

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Can Electric Cars Be Charged Wirelessly?

Posted on February 18, 2014


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Toyota has announced that it will begin actual verification testing of its new wireless battery-charging system for electric vehicles, one that charges the battery of a plug-in hybrid or a pure-electric car by having the car park on top of it. Toyota’s charging system uses magnetic-resonance technology. This method transmits electricity by using magnetic resonance […]

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Union Vote in Chattanooga Doesn’t Go As Expected

Posted on February 15, 2014


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Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union’s effort to organize Southern factories. The 712-626 vote released late Friday stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga […]

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Is Amazon Raising Prime Price?

Posted on February 15, 2014

Amazon’s recent statement that it’s contemplating raising the price of its free-two-day-shipping membership program by $20 to $40 from its current $79 annual rate has ignited a firestorm of sorts and led to a UBS stock downgrade on Wednesday that cited concern that a significant percentage of existing Prime members won’t renew at a higher […]

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Half of Our Economists Distrust the Free Market

Written by Gary North on February 11, 2014

Mark Perry is a free market economist. He has a blog on the site of the American Enterprise Institute. Recently, he cited a pair of editorials in the New York Times. They were on minimum wage laws. One was published in 1987. It called for a minimum wage law of 0. The other is recent. […]

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DOA: Unions Push for a $15 Minimum Wage

Written by Gary North on December 2, 2013

This week, fast food workers are striking in 100 cities. They are striking for a federal minimum wage law. . It will be a one-day strike. It’s really a protest, not a strike. The strike will demonstrate clearly that the trade union movement has no power. There will be very few workers involved. It will […]

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Android Beats Apple: Patent-Free Competition Works Best

Written by Gary North on November 13, 2013

Apple’s iPhones and iPads are popular, but they are the wave of the past. Android is the future. The reason? Android is based on public domain software, called open source. Apple is based on patent law, attorneys, and the U.S. Government’s patent office. It is the free market vs. political rewards. The free market will […]

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USA Is #5 in World Economic Competition

Written by Gary North on September 4, 2013

The World Economic Council in Davos, Switzerland has released its list of nations’ ranking in terms of competitiveness. As always, Switzerland is on top. That’s what peace can do for a nation. Also limited central government, respect for property rights, and low crime. Here are the top nations. At the bottom, also as always, are […]

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