Pounding Moonbeams ...
* David Shipula
(president of the Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania, owns Beer Super in Wilkes-Barre. Pa.)
As a guy who’s spent his entire working life running a beer distributorship, I often ask my customers, “What’s good about selling beer in convenience stores?” The answer runs something like this: “It’s convenient. You can stop for gas, and get beer and cigarettes at the same time.” Now, I can’t be the only person who sees a problem with making it easy to buy beer and gasoline in one convenient location. And even though I live in Luzerne County, I know that people in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods already are troubled by “convenience stores” that are more than a little careless about checking IDs for underage drinking and that all too often become nuisances in otherwise peaceful residential neighborhoods.
—The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 20, 2008
Pennsylvania’s blue laws are left over from Prohibition. Residents and restaurateurs are mandated to buy wine and liquor only at state stores, which have obscenely high prices and lousy selections. If I get caught bringing purchases home from Total Wine in Delaware or Canals in New Jersey—where prices are right and selections HUGE—I can be arrested, my purchases confiscated along with my car, and I will be fined. The beer distributors have the same lock on beer sales. This is government looking after its own rather than acting for the convenience and benefit of the taxpayers who pay their salaries.
* The Army Corps of Engineers
Critical New Orleans levee leaks again
The Army Corps of Engineers says it’s not a big deal.
—Cain Burdeau, Associated Press, May 22, 2008, headline and subhead in The Philadelphia Inquirer
6. If it’s free, how does Google make money off Google Health?
Much like other Google products we offer, Google Health is free to anyone who uses it. There are no ads in Google Health. Our primary focus is providing a good user experience and meeting our users’ needs.
7. How does Google Health protect the privacy of my health information?
You should know two main things up front:
* We will never sell your personal health information or data
We make it a point to let you know what information we collect when you use Google Health, how we use it, and how we keep it safe.
—FAQs on Google’s new proposal to store consumers’ personal health records, May 19, 2008