The Kensington Review

14 November 2005

Latest Commentary: Volume IV, Number 136
Bush Counterattacks on Wrong Front -- President Bush stood before a military audience on Veterans’ Day and attacked those who criticized his administrations use of prewar intelligence. The Sunday talk shows gave it huge airplay. What no one brought up was the fact that Mr. Bush was fighting on the wrong front. He can still save his second term if he focuses on how the troops are getting out of Iraq, but he’s worse than a lame duck if he insists on talking about how they got there in the first place.

Venezuela’s Chávez Tears up Oil Contracts, Bets on Permanently High Prices -- Hugo Chávez, the current president of Venezuela, is a typical leftist of the old model – so long as he is making the right noises about capitalism and imperialism, he can run his economy into the ground and thus screw over the little people forever. On the other hand, he doesn’t mind embarrassing the Bush White House at summits, so he isn’t completely awful. His latest move, forcing a more restrictive system on oil companies in his country, looks like more of the same. Yet his critics are on the left, and they’re saying he isn’t Che II but a sell-out. Future oil prices will decide which it is.

Microsoft AntiSpyware to Remove Sony CD Protection Software -- This journal has little good to say about the products from Microsoft, but when they get something right, they get it right. Having discovered that some Sony BMG Music Entertainment CDs can pose a security risk to Windows PCs, Microsoft is going to update its AntiSpyware package to get rid of the “rootkit” piece of the XCP software Sony has just stopped producing. Virus writers could use the piece to launch Trojan Horse viruses. This is great news, but shouldn’t Sony be held liable?

Scot “Cured” of AIDS Agrees to Further Tests -- A quarter of a century of progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS has extended the quantity and quality of life of those who are infected, but no one uses the word “cure” to describe the treatment. Now, there seems to be some evidence that someone has beaten the nasty bug. Andrew Stimpson, a 25 year-old Scot living in London, tested positive 14 months ago, and recently tested negative four times for the virus. He’s going to have further tests to see if his case offers something better than the current cocktail of life-extending drugs.

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