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  • Cap and Trade Takes a Big Hit in Australia

    November 30, 2009
    Breaking news: At a meeting of the Liberal Party's Members of Parliament today, Malcolm Turnbull was turned out as Leader and replaced by Tony Abbott on a 42 to 41 vote.  Abbott then immediately called for a vote of his colleagues on the Labour Government's cap-and-trade bill to ration energy and raise energy prices.  The vote was 54 to 29 against. A number of Liberal Members have risked their careers to stop cap-and-trade, including Cory Bernardi and Nick Minchin as well as Tony Abbott.  They should all be honored for their courageous stand. Toppling Turnbull was a necessary step, but it isn't the end of the story.   It is likely that the Senate will now defeat the cap-and-trade bill for the second time.  However, a few disgruntled Turnbullite Liberal Senators could provide the votes needed...
  • Injustice Delayed

    November 30, 2009
    Tomorrow, December 1st marks the day when banks and other credit processing companies would have had to be in full compliance with Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA).  The Act, which was sneaked into the unrelated and must-pass Port Safety Act, passed in the late night hours just before congressional recess, would cause a variety of problems for the credit processing companies and has been vehemently opposed for over three years by a multitude of banks, players' organizations, and regulators. Luckily, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Board on November 25th with little more than a week to spare decided to delay the implementation of the law for a period of six months. According to the...
  • Regulation of the Day 76: Generic Medication for Farm Animals

    November 30, 2009
    If you put chlortetracycline powder in your farm animals’ drinking water to prevent disease, please be aware that a new federal rule now allows you to buy a generic version of the powder if you wish.
  • LibertyWeek 71: The Politics of Booze

    November 30, 2009
    Richard Morrison and Jeremy Lott host episode 71. We bring you the Climate-Gate scandal, the impact of nanny state policies in New York, Monsanto’s antitrust worries and an interview with the author of The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet.
  • "Would ObamaCare Reduce Innovation?": Health Care Bill Would Cause Preventable Deaths

    November 30, 2009
    "Would ObamaCare Kill Medical Innovation?"  That's the question posed by health care expert Michael Cannon.  His answer is yes:  "President Obama’s health plan would likely reduce such innovation, to the detriment of the entire world." Other experts agree.  Harvard Medical School's Dean said the health care bills backed by Obama would reduce “our capacity to innovate and develop new therapies” that save lives. England's government-run NHS health care system results in "10,000 unnecessary cancer deaths" every year.  “Hundreds of patients died...
  • How Capitalism and Property Rights Saved the Pilgrims From Starving

    November 28, 2009
    Law professor llya Somin notes a "lesson of the original Thanksgiving: that the Pilgrims nearly starved to death because of collectivism and eventually saved themselves by adopting a system of private property." He then highlights an article by economist Benjamin Powell:
    Many people believe that after suffering through a severe winter, the Pilgrims’ food shortages were resolved the following spring when the Native Americans taught them to plant corn and a Thanksgiving celebration resulted. In fact, the pilgrims continued to face chronic food shortages for three years...
  • The Economics of Black Friday

    November 27, 2009
    Non-price costs such as crowds and long lines should be factored into your shopping habits. Otherwise you just might be getting ripped off.
  • CEI Weekly: Unearthed E-Mails Point to Data Manipulation

    November 27, 2009
    CEI weekly is a compilation of articles and blogs from CEI's staff. This week features the release of leaked emails suggesting that renowned climate researchers manipulated climate data.
  • Global warming email scandal: Will the real Kevin Trenberth please stand up?

    November 26, 2009
    It has become evident that the planet is running a “fever” and the prognosis is that it is apt to get much worse. “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal” and it is “very likely” due to human activities. This is the verdict of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), known as AR4 . . . . Warming of the climate system is unequivocal as is now clear from an increasing body of evidence showing discernible physically consistent changes.
    - Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section at the Colorado-based National Center for Atmospheric Research and a lead author of the warmist bible, the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, congressional testimony of February 2007...
  • Post Promotes Pig Pandemic Panic . . . and promotes and promotes . . .

    November 25, 2009

    Following in an unpublished letter to the editor of the Washington Post.

    “Panic is what we want,” declared Anne Applebaum of the swine flu in the Post Opinion pages in May. “Panic is good.” The next month John Barry told Opinion readers...

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