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  • IPN to UNFPA: Drop Dead

    September 7, 2006
    It's a thankless task keeping up with the Ozymandian agglomeration of bureaucracy that is the United Nations, so it's merciful that our friends at the International Policy Network are following the most recent developments in UN “programme” development for us. This week the UN Fund for Population Activities released a report on “Women and International Migration.” IPN naturally responded with a simple and direct policy recommendation: eliminate the agency. From the press release: When the UNFPA was established in 1979, it was charged with reducing population growth in order to prevent the spectre of ‘overpopulation'. In the pursuit of this mission, it actively promoted...
  • A Backyard Texas Tea Party

    September 7, 2006
    Despite recent good news on the oil front, some people are still upset with current energy prices. Louisiana oilman Steve Jordan has even decided to open a new field under his swimming pool. Like we at CEI, Mr. Jordan thinks the U.S. government should open up more domestic locations to energy exploration. We wish him the best of luck recouping his $2 million investment in equipment.
  • REACH: Coming to a Shore Near You

    September 6, 2006
    When it comes to regulatory policy, it seems that among the few voices of reason in the Europe today is an American. In today's Wall Street Journal Europe, U.S. Ambassador to the EU, C. Boyden Gray, has outlined the inanity of the proposed chemicals policy—the so called REACH policy—that European legislators are expected to pass into law before the new year. REACH is the acronym for the appropriately bureaucratic name of the policy: Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization, of Chemicals. Yes—believe it or not—some companies will undergo that many bureaucratic steps before doing business in Europe. The program is based on the precautionary principle, which demands that firms prove their products safe before introducing them into commerce—a standard that is impossible to meet. The result is will likely be arbitrary bans and regulations on many politically unpopular...
  • The Dwarfs Beat the Justices

    August 15, 2006
    Guess what — a new poll shows that the Seven Dwarfs are better known in the U.S. than the Supreme Court Justices. According to the Reuters article, “Three quarters of Americans can correctly identify two of Show White's seven dwarfs while only a quarter can name two Supreme Court Justices.” The poll, conducted by Zogby International, also showed that 57 percent of Americans could name Harry Potter as the hero of J.K. Rowling's novels, but only 50 percent could identify the UK's prime minister as Tony Blair. Is this a case of “rational ignorance,” as CEI's president Fred Smith describes it?
    “People have few reasons to spend their time...
  • Wasting Time at the Farm Bill Hearing

    July 28, 2006
    Two hours and 12 minutes of subsidy-sucking. Those people wanted money for everything. Old programs and new programs and more money for all of them, and full federal funding for every possible "conservation" program. The worst was Pheasants Forever, which is supposedly a "private" conservation group. They are supposed to be doing this stuff privately. That's their mission. Now, they act like they're just another arm of the Federal government. The guy from the OK Conservation Districts was the best. His line, essentially, was “We got lots of programs and lots of money in 2002 Farm Bill; let's make those work first We don't need a whole flood of new stuff. There's such a plethora of confusing and possibly conflicting programs out there that lots of folks don't even know what's there.” Most interesting theme was that ring-necked Pheasants ran through the whole program. The...
  • Splinternets

    July 25, 2006
    Contrary to the network neutrality agenda presented in this Newsforge article by some anonymous individual going by the name of James Glass, there is no such thing as one network that is suitable for all the disparate functions that are increasingly being demanded today (porn, national defense, financial transactions, massive uploaded video, kid-friendly environments, secure video-conferencing, etc.) Future, wealthier, generations will "surf" networks--not sites on a network. Think of them as "Splinternets" rather than just the "capital-I" Internet. There are good reasons for wireless phone networks to exclude all the services noted below by Glass-not-his-real-name; the cell network couldn't function otherwise; it'd be as polluted as Kazaa and unsuitable for its purpose of making reliable calls. Better to accord...
  • Don't Fence Me In

    June 6, 2006
    Joseph Farah over at WorldNetDaily makes the case against the Hank Paulson nomination for Treasury secretary, including a nice quote from R.J. on The Nature Conservancy and how it threatens property rights.
  • How many species are there?

    March 21, 2006
    All we can say is there are most certainly a lot and no one has any idea of how many. Close to two million have actually been collected, studied and undergone some taxonomic classification. Deciding where they fit and giving them a scientific description and a Latin name. Various biologists, naturalists and environmentalists estimate there could be up to 100 million species -- with obviuously 98% ofthem therefore still waiting to be discovered. Most will be bacteria, fungi, insects, beetles, etc. Plus totally weird things we've just been finding in last two decades -- the deep seabed life around volcanic vents thriving without sunlight and oxygen. Bacteria and perhaps lichens living underneath ice sheets. And of course scientists are still discovering entirely new species of birds and large mammals -- which were all thought to have been discovered as recently as 25 years ago....

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