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Development by Market

June Arunga and Billy Kahora of the International Policy Network have a new paper out about the cellphone revolution in Kenya. The tale is…

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The Third Way: Officialdom

In a nice display of bipartisanship, Iain Dale has a post quoting Britain’s former Labour party Home Secretary David Blunkett approvingly. Blunkett says: “…The…

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Out of Energy

The President’s proposals for energy in the State of the Union address are wrong-headed. He proposes to put the boon in boondoggle by increasing the…

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Could Al Gore be Biased?

The Progressive Majority today reports that Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth has been banned by the The Federal Way School District in Washington…

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Consumer distorts

Consumer Reports’ retraction last week of its flawed testing of infant car seats puts in question the magazine’s credibility as an unbiased product evaluator.

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Oil over bar the shouting

With oil prices currently at a 19-month low and heading back to $50 a barrel, this is an excellent discussion of the causes…

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Useful Jargon

Al Gore’s movie increases Informational and Reputational Cascades based on Availability bias… Hey, don’t complain to me, but to Oxford University’s Future of Humanity…

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Bad law breeds bad law

The scandal of the US ethanol program – a mandate, a subsidy and a trade barrier all rolled into one – is now having dire…

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Let 1,000 Starbucks Bloom

It had to happen. Jokes about Starbucks’ ubiquity have become, well, ubiquitous, much like the coffee chain itself — so it was only a…

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Imagine no FCC?

Jack Shafer ponders the case for abolishing FCC in Slate’s blog.  He wonders what things would be like if the philosophy of FCC’s control…

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As Lenin said about rope…

Our sophisticated friends, the Europeans, are desperate to do anything to meet their Kyoto targets, which they are currently speeding away from in the wrong…

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Forbidden Words

Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes observed in Towne v. Eisner (1918) that “a word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a…

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Another Hazardous Rulemaking

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied the marketing of yet another wood preservative, meaning consumers will continue to have few choices when it…

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Farm bill — a focus on energy

A 2007 farm bill with generous support could run into problems, according to a New York Times article today. But despite possible budget problems,…