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The sole airline willing to deport high-risk immigrants is price-gouging ICE. There is only one carrier willing to take on US deportation flights and they're charging the US government nearly double the normal price, making flights as expensive as $33,500 per hour in November.

Sole airline willing to deport high-risk immigrants is price-gouging ICE

A basic lesson in supply and demand, as seen through the lens of ICE Air ops in an unredacted ICE document we obtained. ICE can only obtain the Boeing 767s required for its so-called SHRC (special high-risk charter) flights from one company in the entire country, because it's the only firm willing to

A basic lesson in supply and demand, as seen through the lens of ICE Air ops in an unredacted ICE document we obtained. ICE can only obtain the Boeing 767s required for its so-called SHRC (special high-risk charter) flights from one company in the entire country, because it's the only firm willing to take the contract for fear of negative press. But last month, those 767s were tied up with other, richer customers (i.e. the Dept. of Defense). So ICE was forced to take whatever the carrier offered—a 777 that was a couple of hundred seats bigger than what ICE needed, and double the price: $33,000/flight hr vs $17,000/flight hr. The company knows it's the only game in town and has no incentive to meet ICE halfway, according to ICE's primary charter broker, explaining why it can't put any pressure on the subcontractor to come down on its rate.

Every now and then, my faith is restored that the markets really know how to do their job. I'll use this as a lesson tonight to teach my kid the basics about supply and demand, and about how actions have consequences.

This is a super illuminating piece that shows the complexity of immigration control, public protest, and the business of deportation. Because ICE has garnered so much criticism few companies want to risk a public backlash and run the agency's charters. In fact, only one does it, which means it can charge

This is a super illuminating piece that shows the complexity of immigration control, public protest, and the business of deportation. Because ICE has garnered so much criticism few companies want to risk a public backlash and run the agency's charters. In fact, only one does it, which means it can charge whatever it wants.

Justin shows here how much this lack of competition is costing US taxpayers. It doesn't mean we should support all of ICE's activities but it does expose a dark side to an already dark law enforcement project.

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How competitive eating became the most American sport there is

How competitive eating became the most American sport there is

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  • "Competitive eating could not be more authentically American – it is excessive, dangerous and pointless; it is shrouded in patriotic fervor and comical machismo; and it is impossible to look away from."

  • Great piece on a true American sport and just in time for the Nathan’s 4th of July hot dog eating contest. Important to note that the very non-American Kobayashi put this sport on the map. Jennifer Berg from NYU food studies analyzed this well.

  • As someone who was born in the US, I never thought anything weird about the massive portion sizes...then I moved abroad and finally understood why there is a weight problem in the States. Shows with giant food eating challenges or those that give fame to restaurants with the largest *insert food name

    As someone who was born in the US, I never thought anything weird about the massive portion sizes...then I moved abroad and finally understood why there is a weight problem in the States. Shows with giant food eating challenges or those that give fame to restaurants with the largest *insert food name here*are just perpetuating the problem. When will it end??

  • Now this is strange! There's a lot of competition out there and I just didn't think about eating. There are certain sports you win gold medal for as a result of practice but who practiceson how to eat. I can't even eat 3 hot dogs and not feel nauseous, now we have someone who is competing for a prize

    Now this is strange! There's a lot of competition out there and I just didn't think about eating. There are certain sports you win gold medal for as a result of practice but who practiceson how to eat. I can't even eat 3 hot dogs and not feel nauseous, now we have someone who is competing for a prize for 50 dogs. Wow! Did I mention how dangerous it is? America is definitely something else. Lol

  • Will you choose to starve the hell out of yourself to death or eat full out of your stomach to death?? The former comes with gradual pain and the latter with immediate pain.

  • They should consider asking the American Medical Association to be a sponsor of eating contests. That’s where these competitors are heading, a lifetime of problems.

  • It is foolish to eat to gluttony. It damages and may destroy your body

  • When I think of chili eating contests, I have to think of Homer Simpson and the hallucinogenic hot Guatemalan chili pepper.