The fed has almost a century of history of hitting it's target monetary growth target of 2%. At what point will the sun arriving every morning convince you that it will arrive tomorrow?
So, you think that a store shouldn't be able to set final prices with it's wholesalers? I agree that wholesalers conspiring is problematic, but I don't get there being a problem when a wholesalers and a retailer set prices together.
Apple conspired to unsettle a monopsonistic price fixing scheme by introducing competition. Yes, they correctly pointed out that prices would rise when the monopsony ended, but I think the justice department really slipped a disc on this one.
Regulatory capture can and does happen but is not a rule so much as it is a possibility.
Yet pop the astronomy books that I read my children are full of moons being captured. I've never gotten that.
Per facility is not really useful, you really need to know the cost per beer. i.e. if a facility makes 13 billion cans of beer in a year, $13 million is a 0.001$ increase per can--yawn.
You might want to add, "I am not an economist but..." before you write these things. "which may mean lower profits, leading to reduced employment" is as ridiculous as saying that adding a powered usb port will draw less power from your CPU and speed computation.
We have no idea what this will do for employment, there's simply too much going on. Increasing beer prices ever so slightly (I doubt this adds more than a cent or two per can, but whatever) would decrease beer consumption (also ever so slightly) and might increase productivity in other industries. Also, increasing food safety could decrease time off economy wide. It's impossible to know. But I doubt any effect would be large.
Military pensions are not included in the line you are pointing to. They are under "defense" and then "veterans." The line you are pointing to is for Social Security.
I am an economist and I'd say you did a pretty good job at a couple tough concepts there.
Uh, yeah. Since Hoover ran amok with the FBI and did sort of what you think the USG does, data use in the USG is pretty tightly regulated both in terms of what data can be used for and how it can be shared across agencies. I'd bet that if you asked the people working with this data if they could share it with another agency (for any purpose) they'd tell you it would be criminal for them to do so.
Uh, if the company doesn't track your financial records, how will they send you the bill?
There is a wind energy system that uses the wind energy to compress gasses in underground structures and then uses that gas to burn a natural gas system much more efficiently. I don't have all the specs, but they were building one in Iowa 10 years ago when I last checked.
Inefficiency for electricity is creating heat, so if you want a heater, you're just creating heat in a spot that you're not calling the heater.
I think the HDD draws a lot more than all the LEDs in my house.
It depends on what you run on it. LEDs wouldn't require that much of a load. This isn't a server farm with racks for 1 kW servers, it's a house.