Price gouging in Haiti

Michael Giberson Reports from Haiti suggest that prices for many useful and necessary goods have jumped considerably since the earthquake.  Candles, matches, ice, water, food items, bus trips from the capital, petrol, plastic sandals, charcoal, rice, sugar – the list of items now selling at dramatically higher prices seems endless.  Last week I suggested that … More Price gouging in Haiti

Energy storage on the grid: transmission equipment or market participant? (Again)

Michael Giberson In the wholesale power markets world, commercial energy storage concepts are commonly somewhat of an afterthought. None of the large regional wholesale power markets integrated into transmission operations put too much effort into thinking about energy storage as they developed their market rules. A part of the problem is that the transmission system … More Energy storage on the grid: transmission equipment or market participant? (Again)

Hey cooks! Use Bing for recipe searches

Lynne Kiesling OK, so this is pretty cool and useful: Today Bing, the relatively new search engine from Microsoft, launched a feature that lists recipes when users search for food items. Search “chicken,” for example, then click the “chicken recipes” tab, and Bing delivers chicken noodle soups and chicken schnitzels from major databases like Allrecipes, … More Hey cooks! Use Bing for recipe searches

Tim Harford on Hahn-Passell and Regulation 2.0

Lynne Kiesling Courtesy of Tim Harford’s blog at the Financial Times (which you should be following, or following via Twitter) is a link to this “Devils and Details” post from Bob Hahn’s and Peter Passell’s new blog, Regulation 2.0. Their comment and the links embedded in the post are worth considering on the topic of … More Tim Harford on Hahn-Passell and Regulation 2.0

Citizens United, competing free speech, and “associations of citizens”

Lynne Kiesling I’ve spent the past several hours reading the Supreme Court’s opinion in Citizens United vs. the FEC; the document is available at the Supreme Court web site, and I encourage anyone who has an opinion about or interest in political expression and freedom of speech to read it. In other words, every American … More Citizens United, competing free speech, and “associations of citizens”

The Founders were deeply skeptical of corporations

Michael Giberson Many keystrokes this week have been devoted to praising or damning the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  I’m inclined to agree with the praisers, but others are more competent to address the legal and political issues addressed by the court.  I just want to pass along a useful … More The Founders were deeply skeptical of corporations