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OpenMarket: August 2009

  • End the Letter Delivery Monopoly: Sell The USPS

    August 4, 2009
  • LibertyWeek 54: Read My Lips

    August 3, 2009
    Your host Richard Morrison welcomes back returning guest co-hosts Michelle Minton and Jeremy Lott for Episode 54 of the LibertyWeek podcast. We start with ominous hints of new taxes, California state employees making strike threats and the possible antitrust implications of the Microhoo partnership. We continue with a double-dipping pay scandal, the suppression of dissent in Venezuela and some fully transparent Olympic News.
  • Policy Translated: Technology Regulation

    August 3, 2009
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  • Turn out the lights, the party’s over… and tomorrow start the same old thing again.

    August 3, 2009
    Cuba has become more and more destitute since the revolution and has fallen on hard times since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a period also known as the “Special Period”. ( Efrén Córdova)
  • Policy Peril Segment 4 - Sea Level Rise

    August 3, 2009

    In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore warns that global warming could raise sea levels by 20 feet, and he implies that this could happen quite suddenly--in our lifetimes or those of our children.

    Specifically, on pp. 204-206 of the book version of AIT, Gore warns that if half the Greenland Ice Sheet and half the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melted or broke up and slipped into the sea, some 100 million people living in Beijing, Shanghai, Calcutta, and Bangladesh would  "be displaced," "forced to move," or "have to be evacuated."  Is there any truth to it?

  • FDA to Smokers: Drop Dead

    August 3, 2009
    The FDA is now moving towards banning a smoking alternative that could save many lives. Every year, millions of smokers like my wife try and fail to quit, because they are nicotine addicts. Many later die of smoking-related illnesses, which are caused by the smoke, not the nicotine. The obvious solution is to give smokers access to less hazardous products that provide the nicotine they crave without the deadly smoke, like chewing tobacco, or, better yet, electronic cigarettes or snus. (Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, deliver nicotine in a vapor instead of much more harmful tobacco smoke). The FDA is now...
  • Who’s a climate scientist? Depends on which side you’re on.

    August 3, 2009
    I was interested to read an item in today’s Climate Wire about a new report by “a prominent Australian scientist.”  Andrew Macintosh of the Australian National University has “spent months modeling 45 different climate change scenarios” and concluded that the target recently agreed by leaders of G-8 nations to limit the global mean temperature increase to two degrees Centigrade could not be met with policies currently in place or being considered. What caught my attention in this story was the description of Macintosh as a prominent climate scientist.  That’s how computer modelers are routinely described by the global warming alarmists, and the mainstream communications media routinely accept this...
  • The Antitrust Anachronism

    August 3, 2009
    Wall Street Journal columnist Gordon Crovitz has a great column in today's paper on the anachronism that is antitrust law. He writes: "Markets were so much simpler in the 1890s, when Sen. John Sherman got almost unanimous support in Congress to go after the Standard Oil Co. of Ohio. The Sherman Act and later antitrust laws were supposed to protect consumer interests. That’s not so easy when regulators have to deal with industries as different as oil, with its cartels and long product cycles, and technology, where fast change is a constant necessity for survival."
  • Newsflash to FCC: The iPhone is a Closed Platform, and Consumers Love It

    August 2, 2009
    Just when you thought the FCC's investigation of the wireless industry couldn't get any stranger, TechCrunch reports that the Commission has sent letters to AT&T, Apple, and Google inquiring about Apple's recent decision to reject the Google Voice app from the iPhone App Store. It's been over two years since the original iPhone was launched, but it seems the FCC still doesn't get it: the iPhone is very clearly a closed...


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