Imagine a system in which a private company, as a government service provider, offers you the protection of life, liberty, and property. This service includes internal and external security, a legal and regulatory framework and independent dispute resolution. For these services, you pay a contractually fixed fee per year. The state service provider as operator of the community can not unilaterally change this "citizens contract" with you later. As a "contract citizen", you have a legal claim to compliance and a claim for damages in the event of failures.
When we think about people in the public eye we should thank, we think of figures such as Mother Teresa (we'll let Christopher Hitchens spin in his grave at this mention) or Princess Diana, who virtuously stood out because of their charity work. However, it is demonstrably true that the people who create the technology that betters our lives need an even bigger sense of gratitude.
Since the end of communism, countries suffering from the economic destruction of collectivism have risen out of the ashes, and are turning into prosperous and modern countries. Time to celebrate!
Back in November, I wrote an FTN piece about the fight of students such as Frédéric Jollien, against the mandatory media royalties in Switzerland. They campaigned for the abolishing of a yearly tax of 450 CHF (€385/$453), used to finance public TV and radio stations. One of the most vile criticisms howled at them was that such a move would get rid of these public broadcasters and their cultural enrichment.
The irreverent little restaurant behind the world-famous Trump-Kissing-Putin mural is in hot water with authorities in Lithuania for another bit of social commentary-as-advertising it did that, according to some, offends Christianity and public morals.
Lithuania’s Consumer Protection Agency fined Keulė Rūkė – a BBQ restaurant based in an artsy Vilnius’ neighborhood – 1500 euros for “mocking religion and offending public morals” with its depiction of a smiling crucified man crowned with marijuana leaves squirting BBQ sauce into a Christmas message.
Whether you sop it up with bread or use it to boost your cooking, olive oil is awesome. But a lot of chemistry goes on in that bottle that can make or break a product. Take the “extra virgin” standard: Chemistry tells us that a higher free-fatty-acid content leads to a lower grade, less tasty oil. And those peppery notes are thanks to antioxidants that contribute to olive oil’s healthy reputation. Check out the latest Reactions video for more olive oil chemistry, including how to keep yours fresh and how to best use it to give your food a flavor boost.