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OpenMarket: April 2011

  • New Food Marketing Guidelines Undermine Parental Responsibility

    April 29, 2011
    On Thursday, the federal government once again appealed to the food industry to stop marketing junk food to kids. This time, though, government officials provided a specific set of guidelines for food makers:
    Citing an epidemic of childhood obesity, regulators are taking aim at a range of tactics used to market foods high in sugar, fat or salt to children, including the use of cartoon characters like Toucan Sam, the brightly colored Froot Loops pitchman, who appears in television commercials and online games as well as on cereal boxes. The guidelines, released by the Federal Trade Commission, encompass a broad...
  • Obama Administration Ignores the Will of States

    April 29, 2011
    Openmarket.org Recent National Labor Relations Board actions have revealed some disconcerting truths about the vision of the Obama Administration. The litigation against South Dakota and Arizona over union laws prove that the Chief of State and his appointees do not believe in basic Constitutional liberties enjoyed by the people of the United States. Americans value their own individual responsibility, and they understand that the state’s ability to intervene in citizens’ affairs must be strictly limited if people are to remain fundamentally free. Though some Americans may argue for increased government intervention, the recent encroachment by the NLRB on the right to a secret ballot election has taken the majority of Americans by surprise. Big...
  • Obama Administration Ignores the Will of States

    April 29, 2011
    Recent National Labor Relations Board actions have revealed some disconcerting truths about the vision of the Obama administration. The litigation against South Dakota and Arizona over union laws prove that the Chief of State and his appointees do not believe in basic constitutional liberties enjoyed by the people of the United States. Americans value their own individual responsibility, and they understand that the state's ability to intervene in citizens' affairs must be strictly limited if people are to remain fundamentally free. Though some Americans may argue for increased government intervention, the recent encroachment by the NLRB on the right to a secret ballot election has taken the majority of Americans by surprise. Big Labor first attempted to...
  • Regulation of the Day 168: When Chickens Mate

    April 29, 2011
    In Hopewell Township, New Jersey, chickens are only allowed to mate on 10 pre-selected days per year.
  • Washington Post's Royal Class Snobbery Against Middletons

    April 29, 2011
    Thanks Iain, for your kind comments on my Wall Street Journal op-ed celebrating the Middleton's entrepreneurship and for the great info on how economic life has improved in Britain -- largely due to (now Baroness) Margaret Thatcher's reforms -- since Charles and Diana's wedding in 1981. In my Journal op-ed, I made the point that Prince William's wedding to the daughter of entrepreneurs represents an elevation of the status in entrepreneurs in British culture. "For centuries in Britain, commercial activities were looked down upon by many in the aristocracy, whose wealth lay in landownership and who would not deign to dabble in trade," I noted. However, a few days ago The Washington...
  • CEI Weekly: Real Story Behind Royal Wedding Is Entrepreneurs' Fairy Tale

    April 29, 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 http://cei.org/newsletters. CEI Weekly April 29, 2011 >>Featured Story As spectators on both sides of the Atlantic prepare to watch England's Prince William wed his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, CEI's John Berlau draws the attention of the political community to the free-market angle of the Royal Wedding saga. As Berlau explains in a Wall...
  • Martha Stewart's Posh Tribeca Penthouse Finally Off the Market

    April 29, 2011
    After two years on the real estate market, Martha Stewart's beautiful Tribeca penthouse finally sold this week for $8.6 million, a cool two-and-a-half times what Martha paid for the condo in 1999.

    Alexis Stewart, the media mogul's daughter, initially listed Martha's "Ice House" for $12.95 million in 2009. This weekend Tribeca begins its film festival, an annual event started in 2002 to bring attention and financial support to areas in lower Manhattan I wrote over at The Washington Examiner:

    A lot has happened in Tribeca since 1999 -- lower...

  • Illegal coupon settlement in Nevada

    April 29, 2011
    Daniel Greenberg of the Center for Class Action Fairness LLC has filed an objection on behalf of two class members to a coupon settlement where the attorney-fee request does not even begin to comply with the basic Class Action Fairness Act requirements of 28 U.S.C. § 1712. We are mystified how the plaintiffs intend to justify the settlement; perhaps they will contend that the $10 discount "certificates" issued to the class are not coupons. The attorneys and class representatives are asking for $1.46 million without even an attempt to predict the redemption rate of these certificates.

    The case is Sobel v. Hertz Corp., No. 06-cv-545 (D. Nev.), and the fairness hearing will be in Reno May 17.
  • Morning Media Summary

    April 29, 2011
    Tech: If You’re Going To Kill It, Open Source It!: “Another week, another company killing off a giant product after spending millions of dollars and years developing. Back in 2009 Cisco bought Pure Digital Technology’s Flip. Gadget fans and makers were puzzled by this; phones were just about good enough to start beating the Flip. Now, it’s heading for the landfill.” Amazon’s Cloud Crash Disaster Permanently Destroyed Many Customers’ Data: “In addition to taking down the sites of dozens of high-profile companies for hours (and, in some cases, days), Amazon's huge EC2 cloud services crash permanently destroyed some data. ”
  • CEI Podcast for April 28, 2011: High-Speed Rail

    April 28, 2011
    Land Use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner looks at China's experience with high-speed rail, and finds that it may not be a very good deal for the United States.

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