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Business & Economics

Longevity as a Commodity

Last week, GlaxoSmithKline announced it will buy Sirtris Pharmaceuticals for US$720 million, giving weight to the claim that anti-aging biotech firms can be a good bet. This is good news for Americans, given that a recent Harvard-affiliated study showed that some parts of the country have seen declines in expected ...
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A more primitive life might be required

Some readers recoiled at my depiction last year of Gov. Bill Ritter’s Climate Action Plan as a “faith-based document” that barely hints at the “grueling acrobatics” needed to reach its goals of a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. How dare I suggest ...
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California Report Card Shows Dismal Results

School Reform News (The Heartland Institute), May 1, 2008 A February 15 report card from the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a free-market think tank based in California, evaluated and graded 17 aspects of California’s K-12 education system, finding the state’s performance disastrously poor. Among the factors evaluated are the state’s ...
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Circuit Court Backs San Francisco’s Draconian Health Care Mandate

Businesses and employees in San Francisco are facing higher health costs and likely job losses after a three-judge panel from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a federal district court judge’s finding that San Francisco’s new health care ordinance violated the 1974 federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act ...
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Ohio Bank Offers Health Savings Accounts

Health Care News (Heartland Institute), May 1, 2008 Huntington Bancshares, Inc., a $54 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is moving into consumer-driven health care. The firm has announced it is making Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) available to the businesses that make up the majority of its ...
Business & Economics

Calif. May Let Special Interests Mine Internet

On February 22, the last day to introduce new legislation in the 2007-2008 session, California’s lawmakers unleashed more than 650 bills. In this barrage, legislators seek to derail one of the state’s thriving industries: the technology sector. This bipartisan agenda targets e-commerce, arming bureaucrats with vast new authority to monitor, ...
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Mass. Coalition Wants Controls on Drug Marketing

A coalition of Massachusetts community organizations, nonprofits, insurers, and health care providers is asking the state government to regulate the marketing practices of pharmaceutical companies, claiming it will help ensure more affordable prescription drugs for everyone. “The practice of medicine has been undermined by many pharmaceutical industry marketing practices,” said ...
Climate Change

Ridiculously Unrealistic =Not Serious

Southchild Blog, May 1, 2008 The usual chorus of environmentalists and editorial writers has chimed in to attack President Bush’s recent speech on climate change. In his address of April 23, he put forth a goal of stopping the growth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2025. “Way ...
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California Dropout Study Sparks Controversy

A study of California’s high school dropout rate has sparked a debate about the merits of nontraditional schools. According to the study, 41 percent of California’s dropouts come from nontraditional schools such as charter and alternative schools, which educate 12 percent of the state’s children. Critics of the study, released ...
Climate Change

Homelessness: The New Low-Carbon Lifestyle?

Reason Online, May 1, 2008 A nifty new study by some Massachusetts Institute of Technology students finds that even the average American homeless person uses about double the amount of greenhouse gas emitting energy than is the world average. Below are some of their conclusions: …none of the life styles ...
Business & Economics

Longevity as a Commodity

Last week, GlaxoSmithKline announced it will buy Sirtris Pharmaceuticals for US$720 million, giving weight to the claim that anti-aging biotech firms can be a good bet. This is good news for Americans, given that a recent Harvard-affiliated study showed that some parts of the country have seen declines in expected ...
Commentary

A more primitive life might be required

Some readers recoiled at my depiction last year of Gov. Bill Ritter’s Climate Action Plan as a “faith-based document” that barely hints at the “grueling acrobatics” needed to reach its goals of a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. How dare I suggest ...
Commentary

California Report Card Shows Dismal Results

School Reform News (The Heartland Institute), May 1, 2008 A February 15 report card from the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a free-market think tank based in California, evaluated and graded 17 aspects of California’s K-12 education system, finding the state’s performance disastrously poor. Among the factors evaluated are the state’s ...
Commentary

Circuit Court Backs San Francisco’s Draconian Health Care Mandate

Businesses and employees in San Francisco are facing higher health costs and likely job losses after a three-judge panel from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a federal district court judge’s finding that San Francisco’s new health care ordinance violated the 1974 federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act ...
Commentary

Ohio Bank Offers Health Savings Accounts

Health Care News (Heartland Institute), May 1, 2008 Huntington Bancshares, Inc., a $54 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is moving into consumer-driven health care. The firm has announced it is making Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) available to the businesses that make up the majority of its ...
Business & Economics

Calif. May Let Special Interests Mine Internet

On February 22, the last day to introduce new legislation in the 2007-2008 session, California’s lawmakers unleashed more than 650 bills. In this barrage, legislators seek to derail one of the state’s thriving industries: the technology sector. This bipartisan agenda targets e-commerce, arming bureaucrats with vast new authority to monitor, ...
Commentary

Mass. Coalition Wants Controls on Drug Marketing

A coalition of Massachusetts community organizations, nonprofits, insurers, and health care providers is asking the state government to regulate the marketing practices of pharmaceutical companies, claiming it will help ensure more affordable prescription drugs for everyone. “The practice of medicine has been undermined by many pharmaceutical industry marketing practices,” said ...
Climate Change

Ridiculously Unrealistic =Not Serious

Southchild Blog, May 1, 2008 The usual chorus of environmentalists and editorial writers has chimed in to attack President Bush’s recent speech on climate change. In his address of April 23, he put forth a goal of stopping the growth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2025. “Way ...
Commentary

California Dropout Study Sparks Controversy

A study of California’s high school dropout rate has sparked a debate about the merits of nontraditional schools. According to the study, 41 percent of California’s dropouts come from nontraditional schools such as charter and alternative schools, which educate 12 percent of the state’s children. Critics of the study, released ...
Climate Change

Homelessness: The New Low-Carbon Lifestyle?

Reason Online, May 1, 2008 A nifty new study by some Massachusetts Institute of Technology students finds that even the average American homeless person uses about double the amount of greenhouse gas emitting energy than is the world average. Below are some of their conclusions: …none of the life styles ...
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