The report warned the corporate social credit system would cover all aspects of a company’s business in China. Their behaviour in a number of fields – such as tax, customs, environmental protection and product quality – will be rated as will their compliance with the government’s requirements.China’s social credit system may soon target online speech
For companies, higher scores will mean lower tax rates, better credit conditions, easier market access and more public procurement opportunities, but lower scores could lead to sanctions and blacklisting.
Following a trend that seems to be sweeping the country, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, has made it illegal to release a helium balloon. The offense would be punishable by a fine of up to $250 dollars.…The primary reason for banning the practice is environmental. Environmentalists note that non-biodegradable balloon fragments often end up on beaches and in oceans, and they can also ensnare and kill wild animals and fish. Additionally, they have been known to cause power outages and other public nuisances.…A Queen Anne County Commissioner told WBUR-TV that the bill will not ban balloons, even helium ones, but rather merely releasing them into the air. “If you want to have balloons out at your kid’s birthday party or you want to have them at a wedding, get them… Tie them securely and then dispose of them properly when you’re done,” the official said.
In what some people are calling an example of nanny statism gone horribly wrong, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials announced that they had arrested three people for illegally picking saw palmetto berries on Friday.According to the Panama City News Herald, a spokesperson for the FWC told the newspaper that they had been working on a sting to catch the berry bandits since last Thursday. The berries had been picked from a portion of Elgin Air Force Base that had wild saw palmetto plants growing.The spokesperson, who was identified as Bekah Nelson, was further quoted as saying, “This is something that also happens in South Florida, but individuals that are attempting to harvest saw palmetto berries, and I believe that’s a misdemeanor to do so, you have to be permitted.”The extract of saw palmetto berries is believed to be a homeopathic remedy for a number of conditions, including enlarged prostate, decreased sex drive, migraines, and hair loss. The National Institutes for Health disputes that saw palmetto berry extract has any medicinal use, and claims that peer reviewed studies have found that saw palmetto berry extract is no more effective to treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy than a placebo.They are similar in character to an olive and used to be used by Native American populations in cooking; however, they are rarely used now in American food recipes.The berries are estimated to have a value of about $4.45 a pound, according to the News Herald.Many libertarians on twitter were quick to criticize the use of government force to arrest people for picking berries on public land.