Attorneys General in Virginia and North Carolina continue to prosecute Hurricane Ike price gouging cases

Michael Giberson Another few price gouging cases settled by the Attorneys General of Virginia and North Carolina arising from complaints filed during Hurricane Ike in September 2008.  From North Carolina, via the AG’s press release: Cooper filed suit in October of 2008 against Steve Compton, owner and manager of Tire Pro, also known as Troy … More Attorneys General in Virginia and North Carolina continue to prosecute Hurricane Ike price gouging cases

Post-season tournament design: Seeding issues

Michael Giberson The NCAA post-season basketball tournament is seeded such that better teams are paired against weaker teams in the first round.  In fact, the highest seeded team is paired against the weakest team, the second highest seeded team against the next weakest team, and so on.  If the better seeded teams win each game, … More Post-season tournament design: Seeding issues

New transmission lines are the last thing renewable power needs, says John Harrell

Michael Giberson On Marc Gunther’s blog, a guest post by John Harrell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues that the “last thing renewable energy needs right now are new transmission lines.”  The view is not, he admits, shared by folks in the renewable energy business.  The ILSR has a second edition out of a … More New transmission lines are the last thing renewable power needs, says John Harrell

Power consumers in New York and New England markets rely on imports from Canada

Michael Giberson Power consumers in New York and New England markets rely on imports from Canada, so they may be interested in discussions between Quebec and New Brunswick that would give Quebec more control over power delivered from Eastern Canada into the Northeastern United States. The Globe and Mail reports: Quebec and New Brunswick are … More Power consumers in New York and New England markets rely on imports from Canada

Fake chamber press conference? Funny. Fake reporters? Not so much.

Michael Giberson There seemed to be a tone of mild amusement in some of the press coverage of the fake Chamber of Commerce press release and staged press conference earlier this week.  Activist group Yes Men staged an elaborate hoax, with a fake press release, website, and press conference (but fake press conference held in … More Fake chamber press conference? Funny. Fake reporters? Not so much.

Pandora+iPhone = Excellent car radio even in Lubbock

Michael Giberson I haven’t been much of a radio music fan since, I don’t know, high school.  I liked music that wasn’t played much by the local radio stations and in general the signal-to-noise ratio on most radio stations was too small.  Cassette tapes, then CDs were part of the answer, but that cuts off … More Pandora+iPhone = Excellent car radio even in Lubbock

Raising a generation of grittier children

Michael Giberson Do we need “grittier” children?  No, not messier children, but children with more grit, as in more stick-to-it-iveness and dedication.  A growing body of evidence is supporting the obvious – that success requires dedication and effort as much or more than intelligence.  Maybe obvious, but for decades the U.S. educational system and career … More Raising a generation of grittier children

Smart meter benefits mostly going to utilities so far

Michael Giberson Regular readers of Knowledge Problem will know that both Lynne and I are enthusiastic about the potential for smart meters and the smart grid to benefit consumers. (The difference between us on this topic is that she knows much much more than I do.  Examples: One, two, three, and four.)  But, as Lynne … More Smart meter benefits mostly going to utilities so far