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OpenMarket: October 2009

  • Regulation of the Day 62: Government Employees and Texting while Driving

    October 19, 2009
    Executive Order No. 13513 prohibits federal employees and contractors from texting while driving while on duty.
  • Weekly Flu Watch IV - What swine flu ISN'T doing

    October 18, 2009
    Total deaths since Aug. 30 from "Influenza and Pneumonia-Associated" illness are 2,029 reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site FluView. But only 292 of those have been laboratory-confirmed as flu of any type. (And yes, people die of pneumonia from many causes other than flu.) By comparison, the CDC estimates about 260 Americans die each day from "regular" flu during each season. And the Swine Flu Count Website shows about as many swine flu deaths worldwide in the last six months as the World Health Organization (WHO)...
  • "The Pandemic Is Political," my article in Forbes Online

    October 18, 2009
    As evidence continues to mount that swine flu is more of a piglet than a raging razorback, why isn't curiosity mounting as to why the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic? And definitions aside, why does the agency continue to insist we're going to get hammered?
    As I write in my new article, it just might be related to a speech the WHO chief gave last months in which she said "ministers of health" should take advantage of the "devastating impact" swine flu will have on poorer nations to tell "heads of state and ministers of finance, tourism and trade" that:
    • The belief that "living conditions and health status of the poor would somehow automatically improve as countries modernized, liberalized their trade and improved their economies" is false. Wealth doesn't equal...
  • Deficit Hits $1,400,000,000,000

    October 17, 2009
    President Bush's $400 billion budget deficits were the largest in history. Now comes news that President Obama has broken Bush's record by a trillion dollars.
  • California federal court dismisses global warming common law nuisance lawsuit

    October 16, 2009
    My weekend is starting out fine, thanks to this happy news. Peter Glaser, an environmental attorney with Troutman Sanders, just sent around his analysis. Here it is: California Federal Court Dismisses Global Warming Common Law Nuisance Lawsuit In another chapter in the continuing saga of whether energy companies can be sued under tort law for emitting greenhouse gases (GHGs), a federal district court in California yesterday dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Kivalina Alaska Native Village and others against a large number of energy companies.  The Court became the fourth federal district court to find, in essence, that there is no common law nuisance tort of global warming.  One of those district court decisions, however, was recently reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the Connecticut v. AEP case, which we reported on extensively...
  • Obama administration promotes junky, risky mortgages at taxpayer expense, ignoring history's lessons

    October 16, 2009
    George Mason University Professor Ilya Somin explains how the Obama administration is expanding the awful policies that caused the mortgage crisis, like having taxpayers effectively underwrite risky-mortgage loans by bailing out GSEs at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars.  Now, the administration is stepping up Federal Housing Administration subsidies for risky, junky mortgage loans that are likely to default in large numbers. (The Obama administration doesn't seem to have learned history's lessons overseas, either.  White House Communications Director Anita Dunn cites as...
  • Happy 90th Birthday to Nobel Laureate James Buchanan

    October 16, 2009
    James Buchanan was one of the founding fathers of public choice theory - market behavior does not end where government begins. Politicians are not angels. They are just as self-interested as you or I.
  • CEI Weekly: John Berlau Criticizes Proposed Consumer Protection Agency

    October 16, 2009
    CEI weekly is a compilation of articles and blogs from CEI's staff. This week's feature is John Berlau's appearance on C-Span talking about ways to improve financial regulation.
  • Socialist International Meets, but Carol Browner Can’t Make It

    October 16, 2009
    The Socialist International’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society has sent an interesting account of their recent meeting and release of their report, “From a high carbon economy to a low carbon society.” As revealed by Steve Milloy earlier this year, Carol Browner, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration and now President Barack Obama’s “climate czar,” is a long-time member of Socialist International . Here’s what Socialist International said about their meeting held at the UN in September: “Holding its second yearly meeting in conjunction with the opening of the general debate of the General...
  • Regulation Not Worth Its Salt

    October 16, 2009
    A recent study by University of California, Davis nutritionists concludes that it may not even be possible to reduce salt intake through regulation.

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