More stories of note

December 8th, 2003 – 8:48 pm
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Another bunch of stories from the pile that I haven’t yet written about:

Moving Targets — A Newsweek piece that takes a pretty balanced look at the current state of Al Qaeda, and whether or not the war against Iraq has helped or hurt the “war on terror.” Since it’s a mainstream news outlet, it never really makes the call one way or the other, but there’s still some good information in the article.

U.S. Programmers at Overseas Salaries — A scary article that talks about a U.S. “entrepreneur” who discovered that the IT job market was so bad he could get American programmers to work for the same wages that an outsourcing company would charge him for Indian programmers working in India. Because it’s a business article, it talks about how interesting this is, but the truth is that it’s a perfect example of what many on the left have been saying for a long time, namely that a global “free market” inevitably leads to a race to the bottom for wages.

Glaxo chief: Our drugs do not work on most patients — Yes, in a story that of course is being carefully ignored by much of the American press, a top executive at Glaxo admitted that many drugs work in only half (or less) of the patients they’re prescribed for. Remember that the next time you hear them whine about how price controls in Canada or cheap knock-off drugs for AIDS patients are killing their companies.

Aides Prodded Reluctant Bush on Iraq Trip — In case you were still under the illusion that it was actually his idea.

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