You Rate Businesses, But What Happens When Businesses Start to Rate You?

You’re probably familiar with Yelp, Trip Advisor, Yellow Pages, and other online review sites that help you pick out the best restaurants, hotels, services, and attractions in your local area. You may have even contributed to some of these sites by telling others about your stellar (or not so stellar) experience. But what would happen if businesses started rating their customers? In actuality, this has already begun. Uber already has a rating system in place whereby drivers can rate passengers. Read more […]

The Big Short Stands Tall on Explanations, but Gives No Solution

Recognizing that it’s only January, I can already say with some degree of confidence that The Big Short is the best movie that’s going to be released this year. As a movie, it succeeds on every level. The acting, directing, editing, cinematography, music, pacing, and script are all superb. The movie has an eclectic range of emotional and genre modes as well. Sometimes hilarious, other times tear-jerking, always compelling. But it’s the content and delivery of The Big Short that surprised Read more […]

The Click Clique, Ad Blockers, and the Future of the Internet

I’ll tell you a secret. I have never intentionally clicked on an internet ad. Not once in my whole life. I know that probably seems strange to you given the fact that I write for a site that makes the entirety of its income from ad revenue. But it’s the truth. I don’t watch television or listen to the radio because of ads. I hate ads with a passion. I’ll tell you another secret. Because I have never clicked on an ad, I feel no obligation to allow them to insert their ugly tackiness, usually Read more […]

Gun Sales Up Even More Amid Christmas Season

Gun sales have already been on the rise since the Paris attacks and San Bernardino. And in spite of all the rhetoric and legislative propositions coming from the left as to how to deal with “gun violence,” the country has in general moved away from gun control. This year was already seeing a gun sales trend, as gun sales hit record highs seven months in a row through November. Sales spiked on Black Friday, and this year is on pace to break records with gun sales. All they need is to pass 1.2 Read more […]

Guess What’s Happening to These Stores’ Guns Sales Following San Bernardino Shooting

Turner’s Outdoorsman is a gun store/range just a couple miles away from where the San Bernardino shooting happened recently that left 14 dead and 21 injured. They’ve seen a surge in gun sales immediately following the tragic incident. Politicians and media used the event to push for more gun control. But people haven’t completely swallowed all the propaganda. They’re fearful, but they’re not looking to the government for protection. They know when seconds count, the police are minutes Read more […]

People Outraged Over Starbucks’ Red Blank Christmas Cups

One customer’s video has gone viral, in which he explains that Starbucks has removed “Christ and Christmas” from their new Christmas cups. The coffee company’s “holiday” cups this year are simply red and blank. No text referencing “Merry Christmas” or anything like that. And that’s what has some people like evangelist Joshua Feuerstein outraged. His Facebook video has already garnered over 14 million views: Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus Read more […]

Salon Writer Laments That There are no Abortion Ads

After all, as Salon writer Danielle Campoamor noted, abortion isn’t a “social issue.” It’s a “medical procedure.” You see advertisements for other services involving medical procedures, and advertisements for things like drugs that treat erectile dysfunction. In advertisements of other products and services, voluptuous women are often used to entice viewers to buy. But not an abortion ad to be seen anywhere. In fact, according to Campoamor, one clinic attempted to purchase ad Read more […]

Another Casualty of the War on Christmas: Planned Parenthood Replaces “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays”

I recently saw a Christmas e-greeting from the Greater Memphis Region chapter of Planned Parenthood, and I was appalled and outraged to see that they had replaced “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays.” I don’t know about you, but I feel like this replacement is just another emblem of the Christian culture cleansing of the West. It’s just another notice that political correctness is erasing all the external signs of Christianity from society. It’s yet another token that unbelievers Read more […]

The U.K. Government Tries to Cripple Uber under Pressure from Cab Industry

Speak of the devil and he shall appear. After writing about crony capitalism just yesterday, a story popped up on my Facebook feed about how London is trying to handicap Uber drivers with arbitrary regulations. Uber, for the uninitiated, is a taxicab-like service that has exploded over the last two years. Uber employees are not cab drivers, but “private contractors” who use their own vehicles. The operation is run on an app with which you digitally hail the nearest driver. The app also uses your Read more […]

Why Current Copyright Restrictions Actually Harm Content Creators

Copyright law is designed to benefit content creators by making sure no one can use their proprietary content without permission and restricting where and in what ways consumers can use purchased content. Especially in our digital age, copyright laws, DRM technology, and use restrictions have become commonplace. I think they actually do great harm to content creators in the long run. Here’s why. Like gun control laws, the only people who actually abide by copyright laws are those who really Read more […]

Bill Gates Apparently Doesn’t Understand How the Private Sector Works

Given the amount of money Bill Gates has made, one would think he already understood how the private sector works. But his recent comments concerning green energy research and the public and private sector makes me think he has no idea what he’s talking about: Yes, the government will be somewhat inept… But the private sector is in general inept. How many companies do venture capitalists invest in that go poorly? By far most of them. Yes. Precisely. It is absolutely necessary for companies Read more […]

Airbnb Responds to SF Hotel Tax with Snarky Ad Campaign

Airbnb is quite upset about being forced to pay hotel taxes by the city of San Francisco. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Airbnb is an online platform people can use to rent out rooms from their own homes to other people who wouldn’t mind lodging with a stranger. It’s a cool concept. It’s currently less regulated (and was less taxed) than hotels, so hotels didn’t like it much. Airbnb’s troubles are similar to all the hot water Über has gotten into. Airbnb claims it is not Read more […]