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  • Reply brief filed in NVIDIA case

    March 14, 2011
    Our earlier post continues to update the docket, most notably with our reply brief filed today.

    It's hard to believe that multiple millionaire lawyers from multiple law firms all asked the court to apply the wrong legal standard for deciding a dispute over a consent decree accidentally. I'll take it as a good sign that they didn't think they could win if the court applied the correct legal standard and that their only hope was to obfuscate. It is of some concern that lawyers think they can obfuscate like that and get away with it without getting sanctioned.

    What is most remarkable is the shamelessness of the contrasting...
  • Pro-Ethanol Legislation Introduced in the Senate

    March 14, 2011
    Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) introduced legislation last week to provide more support to the biofuel industry. This would counter a number of bills introduced recently intending curb biofuel incentives (here, here). Fortunately, support for this kind of bill does not seem to be in the pipeline, so it must mostly be for show. The "Securing America’s Future with Energy and Sustainable Technologies Act" (SAFEST) is bold. Rather than picking one or two things the ethanol industry was interested in, it throws them everything they've ever dreamed of. Let's look at a few...
  • Human Achievement of the Day: Print-on Skin

    March 14, 2011
    Imagine being able to simply spray new skin onto wounds, scars, or burns as if they never happened? We may be one step closer to that future. Researchers at Wake Forest’s Institute of Regenerative Medicine, inspired by the inkjet printer, have created a device that sprays on a layer of skin cells to heal burns and wounds. Initial tests show that the spray-on skin heals more than twice as quickly as traditional skin grafts and result in less scarring and more hair regeneration in the new skin.
    The device itself consists of a tank holding a...
  • Bidding Bon Voyage to Nationalized Wind Insurance

    March 14, 2011
    According to several Gulf Coast legislators, the idea of adding wind insurance to the National Flood Insurance Program is not going to happen anytime soon. The “Taylor bill,” named for the Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi, failed to pick up support despite several attempts by Taylor -- a result that made all free-market supporters and anyone not wishing to pay for beach homes in Florida breathe a sigh of relief. Recently, in an interview with the Mobile Press-Register, Mississippi Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo, who defeated Taylor in the 2011 midterm elections, confirmed...
  • Legislating the Way to Prosperity

    March 14, 2011
    Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. has a novel idea for ending poverty: make it illegal. He explains in this short video of a speech he gave on the House floor:
    The Constitution should be amended to guarantee everyone the right to a decent home. That way, everyone will get one. In a speech he gave on the House floor, he asks, "What would that do for home construction in this nation? What would that do for millions of unemployed people?" The Constitution should also be amended to guarantee the right to decent health care. Jackson implores, "How many millions of doctors would such a right create?" Education needs an amendment, too. "How many schools would such a right...
  • Morning Media Summary

    March 14, 2011
    Tech: Amazon Pressured on Sales Tax: “Across the country, state officials struggling with big budget shortfalls are trying to get to take on a role it does not want: tax collector.” Survey: 41% of Facebook Users Total Idiots: “In an experiment, 41% of Facebook users were willing to divulge highly personal information to a complete stranger. This according to IT security firm Sophos, which invited 200 randomly selected Facebookers to befriend a bogus Facebook user named “Freddi Staur” (an anagram of “ID Fraudster”). Of those queried, 87 responded to the invitation, among them 82 people whose profiles included personal information such as their email address, date of birth, address or phone number. In total...
  • CEI Weekly: Wisconsin Republicans Vote to End Collective Bargaining

    March 13, 2011
    CEI Weekly is a compilation of articles and blog posts from CEI’s fellows and associates sent out via e-mail every Friday. Also included in the weekly newsletter is a brief description of CEI’s weekly podcast and a feature on a major CEI breakthrough made during the week. To sign up for CEI Weekly, go to CEI Weekly March 11, 2011 >>Featured Story On Wednesday, Senate Republicans voted to pass Governor Scott Walker's emergency budget bill, which restricts the collective bargaining rights...
  • Unintended Consequences, Low Flush Toilets

    March 11, 2011
    In yet another example of why prudence is necessary on the behalf of law makers, who might have a little more faith in the market getting it right the first time: San Francisco spends $14 million on bleach after eco toilets cause a stink Less water per flush means less water pushing sludge along through sewers. Now California has spent $14 million (aside from $100 million in previous attempts to deal with this problem) on bleach that will eventually flow into the San Francisco bay. That doesn't sound very environmentally friendly. See Rand Paul's questioning earlier this week on the issues of low-flush toilets and efficiency standards for light bulbs here. "We don't even save money. We flush 'em ten...
  • A Tsunami is Not a Stimulus

    March 11, 2011
    Tragedy struck Japan this morning. It will be some time before we know just how many lives the tsunami took, and how much damage was done. But pundits are already saying dumb things.
  • $6 Billion More in Cuts

    March 11, 2011
    If they succeed, this year’s budget deficit will go from about $1.6 trillion to $1.594 trillion. Never let it be said that congressional Republicans don’t think big!


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