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OpenMarket: July 2007

  • Sicko's Sick Stunt

    July 2, 2007
    MTV film critic Kurt Loder takes apart Michael Moore's Sicko.  The entire review is well worth reading, but here's a sample, Loder on Moore's most distasteful stunt:
    Fidel Castro's island dictatorship, now in its 40th year of being listed as a human-rights violator by Amnesty International, is here depicted as a balmy paradise not unlike the Iraq of Saddam Hussein that Moore showed us in his earlier film, "Fahrenheit 9/11." He and his charges make their way — their pre-arranged way, if it need be said — to a state-of-the-art hospital where they receive a picturesquely warm welcome. In a voiceover, Moore, shown beaming at his little band of visitors, says he told the Cuban doctors to "give them the same care they'd give Cuban citizens." Then he adds, dramatically: "And they did."
  • The Hidden Costs of CAFE standards

    July 2, 2007
    Charles Krauthammer has an interesting column today on the perils and hidden costs of higher CAFE standards, which would order automakers to increase the gas mileage of their cars and trucks.
  • Blame Government, Not Wal-Mart

    July 1, 2007
    Sunday's Washington Post printed a sympathetic story about an independent pharmacy. The story appears to be about how the rapacious forces of capitalism are causing problems for the independent business. Reporter Dale Russakoff writes:
    The forces of competition [are] turning the economy into one giant distribution chain, moving ever more products to ever more people at ever lower costs, mowing down everything in between. Amazon.com did it to bookstores, Home Depot did to hardware stores, and now so many forces are converging on community pharmacies that it feels like a tornado at the door.
    For a lot of businesses this is true. But, actually, Russakoff's own reporting undermines its thesis in the particular case he writes about. Because...

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