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Online Publish Date: March 24, 2016
Are all certification outfits created the same? Should the government impose free market features? Any pro-market health economists out there?H.L. Greenberg wrote a scathing indictment of board recertification last week in Medical Economics. He makes excellent points regarding “quality” but he also argues that the board re-certification process offered by National Board of Physicians and Surgeons...
Online Publish Date: October 6, 2004
CREEKSTONE FARMS’ BEEF WITH THE USDA (scroll about 80% of the way down from the top of the page) tells the story of a Kansas beef farmer whose access to the lucrative Japanese beef market was cut off when Japan banned US beef until every animal was tested for mad cow disease (this all part of the tit for tat of protectionism). Rather than wait for USDA testing that was delayed indefinitely by...
Online Publish Date: August 24, 2021
Enrique Briega completed an MBA at IESE Business School with an exchange at Chicago Booth. He has a financial certification CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and has worked in investment banking, corporate strategic consulting, as well as in the world of development in Africa and Central America.
Online Publish Date: April 4, 2017
Nicole Papakostas is a Mises University alumna and is currently an undergraduate student at Sam Houston University in Huntsville TX, where she is working toward her major in Business Management with a minor in International Business. She graduated from Lone Star College with an Associate of Arts. She also achieved a degree in Business and Economics with a certification in “ Tools for Social...
Online Publish Date: October 3, 2022
Kevin Van Elswyk is a graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois) with a BA in Literature and a minor in Philosophy. He received an MBA from City University and has completed post grad and certification courses over his career. After 36 executive years with International Commercial Casualty & Risk Management Companies Kevin retired in 2018. Kevin is a 10-year adjunct associate professor most...
Online Publish Date: September 21, 2006
The Financial Times reports that: "'Ethical' coffee is being produced in Peru, the world's top exporter of Fairtrade coffee, by labourers paid less than the legal minimum wage. Industry insiders have also told the FT of non-certified coffee being marked and exported as Fairtrade, and of certified coffee being illegally planted in protected rainforest. This casts doubt on the certification process...
Online Publish Date: April 13, 2004
The CSciMon runs an inadvertantly hilarious article on what happens to an anti-business business that becomes a consortium and eventually a big business with high fees for fair-trade certification. By adhering to dated ILO standards with a green twist, the simpliest points seemed to have escaped these people.What if, for example, a coffee plantation in a country with chronic unemployment could...
Online Publish Date: January 27, 2011
I say I’m nosy, my wife says I’m bitter. She’s probably right. Regardless, our township contracts out residential refuse and garbage removal. All residents are required to pay for the service, whether they use it or not. The current contract was about to end so the township sent it out for bid.Since I am nosy (my view), I wanted to see what recycling nonsense is in the official legal notice to...
Category: The Accad and Koka Report, Mises Media, Interviews
Online Publish Date: July 29, 2018
Dr. Wes Fisher is leading the fight against the American Board of Internal Medicine and its self-serving tactics that force thousands of physicians to comply with the onerous Maintenance of Certification Program. Wes outlines the new initiatives that stand a realistic chance of turning the tide against the quasi-regulatory monopoly of the board-certifying agencies. The Accad and Koka Report ...
Online Publish Date: June 8, 2017
I saw a small sign stuck in the grass near the side of a road where I live in Orlando that I have never seen before. I wrote down the text on the sign so I could remember it. It simply said:Legal WeedOffice Visit $199Signs like this were inconceivable until January 3 of this year. That is the day when Florida’s Amendment 2 took effect, “The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative.”...
Online Publish Date: November 8, 2017
When unions are in their justifying-their-existence mode, they quickly turn to false claims, such as asserting that higher union wages benefit other workers. In fact, unions actually actually reduce the availability of union jobs, and force workers elsewhere, increasing labor supply and decreasing wages for those jobs. At a more basic level, though, they justify themselves as exemplars of the...
Online Publish Date: November 27, 2007
That's the nickname of the Boston area, a nickname that appears to be applicable once more. Massachusetts looks to be the forefront of another revolution: the revolution to end the income tax. Last week, the Patriots over at the Center for Small Government reported that 100,000 signatures were delivered for validation and certification. This is another step in the arduous process to gain ballot...
Online Publish Date: November 14, 2008
I just received an ominous (but informative)updatefrom my company’s excellent outside employment lawyer (Trey Wood, of Alaniz and Schraeder), regarding the mis-named “Employee Free Choice Act“. The EFCA, as one commentor notes here, “should rightly be called the Employee No Choice Act. It will abolish NLRB elections and allow unions to certify via card check. The deal being that Unions have...
Online Publish Date: October 29, 2020
No, the general election on November 3 will not be postponed, but the future president of the United States may be elected by a different group of voters on a much later date—and it may happen after the new Congress convenes on or around January 3. This election may be as close as it is disputed, and given the complexities and vagaries of election laws, the House of Representatives could very...
Category: Mises Daily Articles
Online Publish Date: January 17, 2011
Diamonds are considered a unique resource because the price level is always on the increase without any big swings, unlike other commodities, such as gold, whose prices fluctuate (sometimes violently) in the market.The constant increase in the price of diamonds is usually attributed to the monopolistic behaviors of the infamous De Beers Group. But the details of the monopoly are concealed from...
Category: Mises Daily Articles
Online Publish Date: October 20, 2010
For those of us with artistic sensibility, the sight and feel of an original, hand-woven oriental rug is a unique experience. These artifacts are timeless in their design and quality, and their look improves with age and wear. My wife and I have a special love for the rugs of northern Morocco, called "kilims," which feature elegant and discreet geometrical designs, unlike their more extravagant...
Online Publish Date: April 2, 2008
Government green included, of course.Can you answer the following questions correctly (take a guess if you like, I did)?1. Which two of the following are considered sources of potable water in LEED? (Choose two.)A. irrigation wellsB. captured rain waterC. municipal water systemD. municipally supplied reclaimed waste water2. For a 200-occupant, all-residential condominium, the architect's plan...
Category: Mises Daily Articles
Online Publish Date: September 13, 2011
Any conversation about the superfluity of the federal government or her legion of agencies will invariably turn to this question: "Who will keep our food safe?" It is as sure as Godwin's law — except in this case, the fascists have, inexplicably, become the good guys.Apparently, the FDA and the USDA have a stellar and unblemished track record of keeping the populace safe from tainted food and...
Online Publish Date: June 20, 2018
According to conventional wisdom, one of the prerequisites for a civilized society is a system of government enforced licensing of numerous occupations. Licensing laws establish the standards (e.g. educational) to be met before people are legally permitted to sell specified services. The government says the safety and wellbeing of consumers impels it to enact these laws, which ensure the superior...
Online Publish Date: June 24, 2020
The governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, signed new legislation on Friday that immediately puts into effect a wide variety of new reforms regulating the state's police agencies. These include a number of provisions related to the use of force, body cam recordings, and qualified immunity for police officers. Specifically, the bill states: All local and state police officers must wear body cameras by...