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  • CEI Podcast -- November 30, 2010: Food Safety, Washington-Style

    November 30, 2010
    CEI Senior Fellow Greg Conko looks at the major provisions of the food safety bill that the Senate is voting on today.
  • Vincent Vernuccio on TSA Unions

    November 30, 2010
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  • Naked Body Scanners -- Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

    November 30, 2010
    Well, you can forget the airports-only naked body scanners -- they're now coming to a neighborhood near you. Forbes reports that "American Science & Engineering. . .has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter X-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents." My take: This whole War on Terror is getting out of hand. What happened to the Fourth Amendment (i.e., no unreasonable searches and seizures without probable cause)? The Department of Homeland Security's mission statement says that their "overriding and urgent mission is to lead the unified national effort to secure the country and preserve our freedoms...
  • The War on Terror, the TSA, and Useful Partisans

    November 30, 2010
    Partisans are strange creatures. They can support a policy for years when their guys are in charge, then oppose it in the blink of an eye when the other team takes power.
  • Afternoon Links: November 30, 2010

    November 30, 2010
    1. Literary Review was going to give the 2010 Bad Sex in Fiction Award to Alastair Campbell--Tony Blair's former Director of Communications--but they had to disqualify Campbell for "wanting to win." 2. The head of the Washington State Potato Commission has ended his 60-day all-potato diet. The diet was a protest of new government limits on potatoes in federal meal programs. 3. As the U.S. debate over DADT continues, Britain's Ministry of Defense maintains that women are the real threat to "group cohesion" on the front lines. 4. Jimmy Kimmel and David Sedaris don't think TSA scanners are a big deal, but...
  • Real Estate Development and Generation Y

    November 30, 2010
    Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I came across this article in Urban Land magazine, "Housing Gen Y: The Next Challenge for Cities," by John McIlwain. In it, McIlwain describes the current status of Generation Y -- young people in their late teens to early thirties:
    Today, an unprecedented number of gen-Yers are responding to this housing challenge by living with parents, with roommates, or in university dorms. Indeed, U.S. household formation has dropped to some 400,000 a year, a mere quarter of the pre-recession norm of 1.6 million. (The drop in immigration has caused some, but by no means all, of this remarkable shift.) Why is gen-Y, now at the prime age for forming new households, staying at home, with roommates, or at school? For one, over 30 percent of this cohort, by some estimates, is...

    November 30, 2010
    The federal government has managed to create a new regulation that will put even more local governments in the red. Apparently, bureaucrats have determined that this is the perfect time to force all street signs across America to be revamped. It will no longer be legal to have all capital letters in the signs; instead, only the first letter of each word will be permitted to be in CAPS along with other requirements. "In Milwaukee this will cost the cash-strapped city nearly $2 million -- double the city's entire annual for traffic control." So during this recession, local governments will not only need to cut back on services, but they will need to pay for new street signs. Sadly...
  • CEI Weekly: Frankenfoods Are Here to Stay

    November 30, 2010
    CEI Weekly is a compilation of articles and blog posts from CEI’s fellows and associates sent out via e-mail every Friday. This week features Greg Conko's interview on genetically-modified foods.
  • Happy 80th Birthday, G. Gordon Liddy!

    November 30, 2010
    Today marks a milestone -- the 80th birthday of G. Gordon Liddy. While any biographical reference to Liddy invariably leads with his role in the Nixon administration's Watergate scandal -- and subsequent prison time -- it's important to say also that the man's life has transcended that historical moment. It's a life that has been rich and full and adventurous.  I know him best in his reinvention as a top radio political talk show host, The G. Gordon Liddy Show on Radio America, where, since 1992, he has daily featured outstanding topics and guests and skewered the folly and misdeeds of the Left. What many may not know about Liddy is that he's appeared as an actor in movies and television -- including Miami Vice, Airwolf, MacGyver, The Highwayman, and as himself (!) in Oliver Stone's 1995 movie ...
  • Morning Media Summary

    November 30, 2010
    Tech: Christian group asks Apple to reconsider app suspension: “A Christian organization that recently had its Apple iPhone app removed from Apple’s App Store has sent a letter to protest the removal, asking CEO Steve Jobs to reconsider the decision.” Comcast Starts The Ball Rolling That Kills All-You-Can-Eat Internet Access: “Get ready to pay more for all the video you're watching on the Internet: The days of all-you-can-eat Internet access are growing scarce.” Netflix Partner Says Comcast ‘Toll’ Threatens Online Video Delivery: “Level 3 Communications, a...


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