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The $15 Minimum Wage Is Turning Hard Workers Into Black Market Lawbreakers – ReasonTV

13½ minutes

An in-depth look at New York’s car wash industry, and the real world consequences of politicians interfering with a complex industry they don’t understand.

As Reason chronicled in a feature story in our July 2016 issue, the real world impact of the unionization drive, the lawsuits, and the $15 minimum wage has been mainly to push car washes to automate and to close down.

Two years later, there are more unintended consequences. The $15 minimum wage is fostering a growing black market—workers increasingly have no choice but to ply their trade out of illegal vans parked on the street, because the minimum wage has made it illegal for anyone to hire them at the market rate.

The minimum wage is also cartelizing the industry: Businesses that have chosen to automate are benefiting from the $15 wage floor because outlawing cheap labor makes it harder for new competitors to undercut them on price and service.

Does COVID Dominate Your Life? – Dennis Prager

31 minutes

Religion Of Green – PragerU

18 minutes

Has environmentalism become more than just a good faith effort to protect the Earth? Is it now tantamount to a religion? And if it is, is that a good thing or a bad thing? PragerU’s latest short documentary, hosted by Will Witt, explores the origins, agenda, and motives of today’s environmental movement. What he finds raises some challenging questions for anyone who sincerely cares about the future of the planet.

A Society in Decline? – Dennis Prager

31 minutes

• The Acceptance Of Public Cursing
• Public Vs. Private
• Signs Of The Decline: Prayer In School
• Signs Of The Decline: Late Night TV
• Signs Of The Decline: Sports & Music
• Our Culture’s Increasing Degradation
• Free Speech Online & At Universities
• Should We Form Our Own Social Media?
Comparing Seat Belts To Wearing Masks – 20:40
Moral Opposition To The Lockdown – 25:54
Comparing Ruined Livelihoods To Lives? – 27:55

Online Voting Is Impossible To Secure

Why Electronic Voting Is Still A Bad Idea – Tom Scott – 12 minutes

David Dill: Why Online Voting Is a Danger to Democracy –

The whole goal of an election is to satisfy the people who lost the election that they lost fair and square and that the candidate who is elected is legitimate.

Online voting is such a dangerous idea that computer scientists and security experts are nearly unanimous in opposition to it.

How easy would it be to hack a computerized system? Not very hard, as we can see from the frequent news stories about massive thefts of data from government and corporate web servers. And there are many other threats, including voters who are not experts in computer security and may be easily fooled, and potential for corrupt insiders at companies that produce the Internet voting software.

Online Voting System Used In Florida And Ohio Can Be Hacked To Alter Votes Without Detection –

“At worst, attackers could change election outcomes without detection, and even if there was no attack, officials would have no way to prove that the results were accurate,” wrote the two researchers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Michael Specter and University of Michigan professor J. Alex Halderman.

“No available technology can adequately mitigate these risks, so we urge jurisdictions not to deploy OmniBallot’s online voting features,” they added.

One of OmniBallot’s biggest weaknesses, the researchers said, is that it provides an option for voters to submit ballots electronically without creating any secondary record of ballots that could be tallied to double-check elections results.

Online Voting Is Impossible To Secure. So Why Are Some Governments Using It? –

Before the election, the state electoral commission told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that “People’s vote is completely secret… It’s fully encrypted and safeguarded, it can’t be tampered with.” Yet it took researchers only a few days to identify fatal flaws in the online voting web application that could have easily been used to spy on and even modify every single vote cast online, and to do so in an undetectable manner.

NIST, the U.S. cybersecurity standards body tasked with examining the issue, concluded that online voting is impossible to secure.

Pregnant Australian Mom Arrested For Facebook Post – Dennis Prager

7¾ minutes

Secrets To Measuring A Piece Of Paper – Cliff Stoll – Numberphile

When Cliff Stoll sets your homework, there’s always an extra lesson. 5½ minutes

Why You Should Turn On Two Factor Authentication (2FA) – Tom Scott

8 minutes

Email and Internet Banking Safety. Don’t click on links or attachments in email unless you are absolutely sure of the sender. In your browser, when you are on financial or sites with your credit card or personal info, make sure there is a ‘padlock’ 🔒 in the url and that the company name is spelled correctly. – Steve

Gender “Equality” & Why Women Don’t Occupy Top Positions – Jordan Peterson

13½ minutes

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