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The War on Cops

BPF Book Review | "The War on Cops"

by Ashby Foote Published July 31, 2020 If there is a more insightful tract for today’s tangled and tortured times, I don't know what it is. "The War on Cops - How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe" was published in 2016, but the message is more relevant today than ever.
Broadband COVID-19 Grant Program Fund

Broadband COVID-19 Grant Program Fund

by BPF Published July 31, 2020 Fifteen non-profit power associations, two rural water associations and two existing broadband providers will receive more than $66 million from a $75 million emergency broadband grant program using COVID-19 relief funds.
Asphidity Bags vs Face Masks

Asphidity Bags vs Face Masks

by Kelley Williams Published July 27, 2020 My grandmothers were born in the late 1800’s. They might have worn asphidity bags filled with smelly herbs to ward off colds and other diseases. Many rural folk did then. Some accounts say asphidity bags were used to ward off the Spanish Flu. So were face masks. They may have saved some lives. Who knows? 
MDE Graduation Reports

Did the dog eat MDE’s homework? 

by BPF Published July 15, 2020 In early June 2020, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) issued a scathing seventeen page report on the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and it appears MDE may need to repeat the last eleven years.
MS Regulated State

Mississippi is the most regulated state in the South

by Guest Contributor Published July 13, 2020 Mississippi has a ways to go before challenging some of the South’s strongest economies, and one key reason is more regulation and red tape than its neighbors. New legislation proposed this session could have helped rein in government red tape, but the most significant bills failed to gain enough traction.
Steve Azar Podcast Episode 1
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BPF Podcasts

Music and Cultural Ambassador of Mississippi — Steve Azar 

Bigger Pie Forum

MS River Flooding
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Mississippi River Flooding

Time to change the flood control plan – before it’s too late.

Bigger Pie Forum

Kemper County Lignite Plant
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The Kemper Plant

The Kemper clean lignite project is a cancer in Mississippi’s economy.

Bigger Pie Forum

Recent Commentary

Making Sense of Experts’ Nonsense

It’s not uncommon for experts to disagree.  That’s why you get second opinions. Or should.  If you need reminding, look at the conflicting admonitions, confusing advice about, and disastrous consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns experts advocated.  And at the cynical exploitation of their bad advice to advance political narratives.

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Less Regulations and More Freedoms

The Occupational Licensing Review Commission could soon perform reviews of existing regulations now that a bill is headed to the governor’s desk for signature.

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Bogus Numbers vs Bogus Narrative

The COVID-19 narrative is that we barely escaped national disaster thanks to government ordered lockdowns — which shouldn’t be lifted too soon. It says the lockdowns prevented about 2.1 million deaths vs 2.2 million predicted. But it’s obvious the numbers don’t match the narrative.

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The Great Travel Industry Takedown

The Coronavirus has clobbered the world economy but for the travel and hospitality industries, it has become an existential crisis.  The consequences are lingering far too long with no end in sight.  Two good examples to examine are the airlines and airports.  The data is really ugly but it is right there on the TSA website for all to see — the daily number of passengers screened by the Transportation Security Administration.

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Life After Mass Transit – Save Your Life and Drive a Car

The Coronavirus has disrupted just about everything, but few things as much as transportation networks in and around big metropolitan areas.  The global pandemic could be a back breaker for these mass transit systems and the authorities that run them.

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Death Counts and Mistrust

Lies today are intended to exaggerate the COVID-19 epidemic and create panic and political opportunities. Some politicians see this as an opportunity to “fundamentally transform America.” Loss of freedom is a near thing. 

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Mississippi River Flooding Charts

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Charts indicating the frequency for flooding in pre- and post-1973 at various points along the Mississippi River.