The Kensington Review

4 May 2005

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Kensington Review Endorses Liberal Democrats in UK Election -- The British general election is tomorrow, and there has been a full campaign reasonably centered around issues that matter to most Britons. The stamp duty, crime, and top-up fees at university have all factored into the campaign. So have transportation, the National Health Service and the environment. The same can be said of civil rights, Britain's relationship with the European Union and pensions. But there is only one issue in this election that matters -- the records of the Labour government and the Conservative official opposition in fighting an unnecessary and illegal war in a country that didn't threaten Britain. Only the Liberal Democrats among the major parties opposed the war, and only the Liberal Democrats deserve the public's support on polling day.

US Unprepared for Nuclear Attack -- The Washington Post has laid its hands on a couple of government reports that say the US is unprepared to deal with nuclear terrorism. This isn't news to anyone who was alive during the Cold War, when it was Soviet and American policy not to defend their population centers. However, the threat has changed, and it is irresponsible of the government to have ignored the planning and dissemination of information that could save countless lives.

Boeing and Lockheed Unite for Rocket Business -- Lockheed Martin and Boeing have been at loggerheads for some time now over government rocket launches. Both sides have had legal papers out on the other, and the legal claims have been numerous. All that has ended, or will when the peace treaty between the two is signed. Rather than fight one another, they are going to form a 50-50 joint venture, United Launch Alliance, with the support of the Air Force. This is a definite case of a natural monopoly, and the only question now is whether it should remain in private hands.

Hollywood Whines about Filtering Technology -- Last week, President Bush annoyed Hollywood (which probably won't keep him up at night) by signing a bill that provides legal protection to the content filtering industry. What this means is small companies that sell hardware or software that cuts out sex, violence or naughty words from films won't get sued into oblivion for copyright infringement. The film industry, as the movie making business likes to call itself, maintains its protesting is about artistic integrity. But of course, it's really about money.

Copyright 2005 by The Kensington Review, J. Myhre, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.


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