Is the use of corn ethanol a form of regressive taxation?
Ethanol production, mainly corn based, has increased dramatically. Substantial volumes of corn are being used to the extent it is affecting food prices. Congress has avoided increasing the gasoline tax because it would affect adversely the lower income people (regressive taxation). An increase in the gasoline tax would affect lower income people more than higher income people. However, there are options for lower income people for transport other than private vehicles and, hence, they can avoid the higher taxes. Buying food is not an option - an increase in a lower income's food budget seriously affects their spending options. I believe that, aside from corn being a less feasible ethanol source, our Government's policy on corn subsidies is, at best, ill advised and should be changed.
Delay, deny and deflect were the strategies Facebook has used to navigate scandals it's faced in recent years, according to the New York Times.
- The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
- It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
- On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.
Dogs' floppy ears may be part of why they and other domesticated animals love humans so much.
- Nearly all domestic animals share several key traits in addition to friendliness to humans, traits such as floppy ears, a spotted coat, a shorter snout, and so on.
- Researchers have been puzzled as to why these traits keep showing up in disparate species, even when they aren't being bred for those qualities. This is known as "domestication syndrome."
- Now, researchers are pointing to a group of a cells called neural crest cells as the key to understanding domestication syndrome.
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