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  • The Fat Acceptance Movement Needs You

    November 10, 2006
    Jacob Sullum over at Reason reviews two of the latest books on weight loss industry and the obsession with the obesity "epidemic" in America. He summarizes his reaction with the simple plea: "Lay off the fatties. They're not hurting anybody - maybe not even themselves." Link from Arts & Letters Daily.
  • Internet Medicine: Does that Make Al Gore My Family Physician?

    November 10, 2006
    A new study finds an increasing number of doctors using information from Internet searches to help diagnose illnesses:
    The internet search engine Google has added another impressive string to its bow - by helping doctors diagnose illnesses, according to a new study. Researchers found that almost six-in-10 difficult cases can be solved by using the world wide web as a diagnostic aid. Doctors fight disease by carrying about two million facts in their heads but with medical knowledge expanding rapidly, even this may not be enough.
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  • Samuelson on Stern: “…a masterpiece of misleading public relations”

    November 10, 2006
    Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson has a bracing take on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change today:
    [Based on the report's findings] no one could fail to conclude that we should conquer global warming instantly, if not sooner. Who could disagree? Well, me. Stern's headlined conclusions are intellectual fictions. They're essentially fabrications to justify an aggressive anti-global-warming agenda. The danger of that is we'd end up with the worst of both worlds: a program that harms the economy without doing much to cut greenhouse gases. Let me throw some messy realities onto Stern's tidy picture. In the debate over global warming, there's a big gap between public rhetoric (which verges on hysteria) and public behavior (which indicates...
  • Warming Watch in the Senate

    November 10, 2006
    Barbara Boxer is slated to replace James Inhofe as chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, and she's got big plans for global warming legislation. According to the Associated Press, "a top environmental aide at the White House signaled Thursday that the administration would work with Boxer."
  • Thank Goodness for California

    November 9, 2006
    One of the least mentioned election day stories is that California - yes, California - rejected a punitive tax on oil production that would have funded alternative energy research:
    Proposition 87 was portrayed as a battle between liberal Hollywood and Big Oil in a state that has long blazed a trail in environmental causes and has one of the most aggressive greenhouse gas reduction laws in the world. But the measure, which was bankrolled in large part by real estate heir and Hollywood producer Stephen Bing and would tax oil production in California for the first time, was criticized as likely to raise energy prices for consumers. And Californians, who already pay some of the highest gas prices in the country, were seen as reluctant to tack on another tax, even in the name of progress...
    Even the Los AngelesTimes, which tends to lean left in...
  • Taking Reagan's Advice

    November 9, 2006
    Thanks to our friend Neil for reminding us that today is "World Freedom Day" (at least according to the White House). Here's the proclamation:
    On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was torn down by the desire of a people to be free. On World Freedom Day, we commemorate this historic event and reflect on liberty's power to change lives and raise societies. After decades of oppression, the fall of the Berlin Wall brought the light of liberty to the people of East Berlin, and the events that followed set the course for a new era of freedom in Germany and in much of Central and Eastern Europe. Today, we again face an ideological struggle with the enemies of freedom, democracy, and moderation. In this struggle, America will continue to stand with those who seek to build societies where people live in...
  • Oh, the Humanity!

    November 8, 2006
    Perhaps the most amusing moment of last night's election coverage came from Chris Matthews, while he was interviewing congressional has-been Dick Gephardt. Let's go to the transcript:
    MATTHEWS: We have a lot of regular people in the U.S. House of Representatives. And I'm about to introduce a former member of the House who was a very regular guy, although he has advanced degrees from great universities, Dick Gephardt. Thank you, sir. GEPHARDT: Good to be with you. MATTHEWS: Well, you haven't gotten fat like a lot of ex-politicians. I'll give you that. I saw Gore the other night. I couldn't believe it. I thought I was seeing the Hindenburg coming by. And there you are; You're looking great. How's Jane? GEPHARDT: She's...
  • Mixed Signals from the Grand Canyon State

    November 8, 2006
    Arizona voters have provided us with another positive development coming out of the midterm election - reform of eminent domain abuse, which passed by a 2-to-1 margin. Unfortunately, they also approved a smoking ban and a minimum wage increase. Check out this video on the minimum wage, courtesy of Bureaucrash.
  • Two Victories for Taxpayers

    November 8, 2006
    Yesterday, taxpayers celebrated two big victories at the ballot box. Nevada voters removed a controversial state supreme court justice, Nancy Becker, who joined in the much-reviled Guinn v. Legislature decision. That ruling held that Nevada lawmakers could ignore a state constitutional requirement for a two-thirds majority and hike taxes by a simple majority vote. (The court felt that increasing taxes would make it easier to increase funding of the state's educational system, although additional funds for education could have been freed up by cutting other state spending). As a result of the ruling, the state legislature raised taxes by $833 million. Becker was defeated by a trial judge, Nancy Saitta, who was critical of that ruling. Saitta also criticized Becker for ruling that the City of Las Vegas could seize the Pappas family's property and give it to gambling moguls to...
  • It's a Landslide!

    November 8, 2006
    America's finest news source has the best round-up of election coverage I've seen so far - "Politicians Sweep Midterm Elections: Resounding Victories In All States, Counties, Cities, Towns."

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