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OpenMarket: April 2009

  • Green Is the Color of Death

    April 22, 2009

    Okay, so the title of this blog post might be a little provocative, but allow me to explain.

    The term "green" as used by environmentalists refers to the pristine beauty of nature free from the corrupting influence of humanity, but humanity where ever it exists, by our nature must use our environment for our survival.  When it is broken down, the philosophy of environmentalism is the philosophy of life on earth without humanity at all. Green becomes the color of a forest that grows over unmarked graves.

    Everything on this earth has its survival skill. Some animals run fast, some have claws, some have millions of offspring with the hope that a few will survive. Human beings only have one survival trait—our minds. Our ability to look around our world and use our wits has created shelter, clothing,  weapons, food, and medicine,  has...

  • Mortgage Executive Kills Himself, After Obama Makes Mortgage Giant Freddie Mac Lose Money to Bail Out Irresponsible Borrowers

    April 22, 2009
    The chief financial officer of mortgage giant Freddie Mac committed suicide today in his basement. The Obama Administration forced Freddie Mac to run up billions of dollars in losses to bail out mortgage borrowers, including irresponsible high-income households with modest mortgages. Until last year, Freddie Mac was a GSE -- a...
  • People Make Earth Day Better

    April 21, 2009
    This year, we at the Competitive Enterprise Institute are suggesting that those who will be celebrating Earth Day remember the challenges presented by living in the natural world, and the inspiring ways that human beings have worked to overcome them. This new perspective is celebrated in a short video titled “Humans Make Earth Day Better.” While Earth Day has previously focused on traditional concerns like pollution and recycling, we think it’s also a perfect time to think about the challenges human beings themselves face around the world – like hunger, disease and poverty – and the many ways human ingenuity has helped drive them back. Many thanks to CEI Studio Producer Drew Tidwell for his excellent work on the video....
  • Enviro-Scare Artists

    April 21, 2009
    According to a new report released by enviro-scare artists at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, most food packaging still contains the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). That is supposed to scare you, but I say, who cares? It’s there because it’s useful. BPA is one substance has proven very helpful in maintaining the integrity of the products it packages and there is scant evidence of anyone ever having a problem. The idea that food companies want to slowly poison their customers and that the Food and Drug Administration supports that strategy by issuing reports on BPA safety should be quickly dismissed as silly. But the green groups continue to make this case. They note that the substance...
  • Kids Know a Bucket of S**t When They See One

    April 21, 2009
    I've always been a fan of Lewis Black's take on things, even when it's obvious we disagree politically, but this take on the way TV networks are marketing Earth Day to kids is great whether you're deep green or a free-market environmentalist. Enjoy.
  • More Green Tape

    April 21, 2009
    EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson states in a press release today: "People have a right to information that might affect their health and the health of their children--and EPA has a responsibility to provide it." How does she plan to do that? EPA is imposing more paperwork and red tape--or in this case what might better be called "green tape"--on America's small businesses by reversing a Bush Administration rule that attempted to reduce meaningless paper work mandates. Supposedly, if companies report more about inconsequential use and "release" of chemicals from their manufacturing processes we can all sleep better at night--or maybe not. At issue is the Toxics Release Inventory a government reporting program on legally "released" chemicals in the...
  • Americas Summit: Two Views

    April 21, 2009
    Abajo! (“Down!”) was the response given by the friendly, bronzed-skinned middle-aged Cuban man who chatted with my husband and me over Cuban coffee on Calle Ocho, downtown Miami, when asked about Fidel Castro.  This discussion and our interaction with many other proud Cuban Americans occurred during a recent visit to Miami, just prior to the Fifth Summit of the Americas. His sentiment against the 50-year-old communist dictatorship is the tenor among many Cubans living in Florida who disapprove of the Castro brothers’ administration.  It is but one example of how the American media choose to focus on President Obama’s conciliatory approach to the region [especially Cuba].  Meanwhile, Latin American newspapers are praising Obama and hoping for a hemispheric alliance. “If the United States wants, it has the chance to write a new chapter in history, not of interference, but of cooperation...
  • Does Anyone Understand The Internet?

    April 21, 2009
    I'm beginning to think "no" is the definitive answer.  While most tend to understand the basic concepts of Internet connectivity and its associated parts, it seems that it is becoming abundantly clear that terminology has been misused by media and public organizations such that no one really understands what they are even talking about anymore. It's understandable that people who don't work in the telecommunications sector are unfamiliar with networking.  But a group of writers that should understand these concepts are the individuals that are paid to write for PCWorld. Today, David Coursey discussed the recent decision of Time Warner Cable to back off its plans to test metered broadband service in an essay strangely entitled, "Why Metered Broadband Would...
  • The "Small Business" Exemption Distortion

    April 21, 2009
    Many of the federal regulatory and tax laws include a "small business exemption" - politicians displaying an aversion to crippling a politically powerful constituency.  Often this is done by a cap - "This law will not apply to businesses having net annual sales less than some amount."  Years ago, I saw one consequence of this law in the organization of the US scrap industry.  A prospering scrap firm would approach the cap ceiling and re-organize into two smaller businesses -- sometimes one brother would head one firm, another the other.  Nothing wrong with this, save the transaction costs of creating two organizations rather than one.  But these costs may indeed be large - duplicate job slots in...
  • Washington Logic

    April 21, 2009
    President Obama asked federal departments to find $100 million dollars in cuts. Does that mean that a $1.75 trillion budget deficit is too much, but $1.7499 trillion is ok?

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