In the United Kingdom, you need a license to operate a television. As of April 1, 2017, a color TV license costs £147 annually and a black and white TV license costs £49.50 annually. (At the time of writing this article, the exchange rate was approximately $1.31 to £1, according to the Federal Reserve Economic Data, which puts the rates at $191.88 and $64.61 US dollars.). According to the Official TV Licensing website, a license is required for the viewing or recording of live television on any device (including traditional television sets, computers, mobile phones, gaming consoles, etc.), and anyone Continue reading The Costs and Benefits of Public versus Private Broadcasting
If you are connected with the world of beer, brewing, or hops, you may have heard of the campaign “Take Craft Back,” a campaign organized by the Brewer’s Association, a trade group of brewers focused on craft and home brewing, to buy out Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI). ABI is a Belgian-Brazilian-American brewing conglomerate which controls 70% of the US beer market alongside Molson Coors. ABI is currently valued at $213 billion, which is the alleged goal of the Take Craft Back campaign, which they describe as the world’s largest crowdfunding effort. On their website, they estimate it would take $653.57 from everyone in Continue reading Take Craft Back: Beer Idealism or Crafty Marketing?