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Ad Skipping: Careful What You Wish For

(22) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 9:34 AM

No one likes watching TV commercials, except, perhaps, during the Super Bowl. Even those whose livelihoods depend on them have a hard time convincing family members not to fast forward past them in this DVR age.

Now, Dish is trying to make the TV commercial completely avoidable. They are introducing...

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Egypt's Troubling Transition

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 6:05 PM

Hosni Mubarak's trial has begun, but it's just a sideshow. The real action is happening in Cairo slums, places like Imbaba and Ain Shams. It's happening in Muslim Brotherhood meetings and the ongoing marches and protests throughout the capital city. Ask an Egyptian, and he or she will likely will...

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Why Iran is Bombing Iraq, and Why the U.S. Isn't Doing Anything About It

(20) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 1:55 PM

It is often said, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."

However, when it comes to the United States and a group fighting Iran, this axiom definitely does not apply.

In the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, near the Iran - Iraq border, Iran is lobbing artillery shells into...

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Goldman Scapegoat

(48) Comments | Posted April 16, 2010 | 11:55 AM

Far be it from me to defend Goldman Sachs and it's tone-deaf CEO Lloyd 'we're doing God's work' Blankfein.

I wonder, though, why Goldman is repeatedly the target of the most vitriolic attacks -- including the now famous description of the the firm as "a great vampire squid wrapped around...

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Lessons From NBC's Train Wreck

(42) Comments | Posted January 13, 2010 | 10:31 AM

Watching NBC implode must be great fun to Jeff Immelt and his colleagues at GE. Probably not so much fun for Brian Roberts and Comcast. I know the deal was about long-term strategy for both companies, but I'm sure a small ancillary benefit for Immelt and Co. was the satisfaction...

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Snow, Quayle, Feinberg and Merkin: This Is Who Gets Our Bailout Money?

(9) Comments | Posted January 8, 2009 | 9:09 AM

You might not think that your tax dollars should be given to a company like Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., the highly secretive, wildly wealthy, hugely powerful private equity firm.

But, well, we're not in Kansas anymore, are we?

Cerberus has been the beneficiary of not one, but two government...

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La Oroya: A Poisoned Town, A Billionaire's Profit

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2008 | 1:49 PM

La Oroya, Peru is one of the most polluted places on the planet. Situated high in the Andes, scouring acid rain has made it a moonscape. According to one recent study, 97% of the children suffer from lead poisoning. The average child in La Oroya has twice the arsenic and...

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Inside Georgia: Two HDNet Correspondents On The Job, And Suddenly, At War

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2008 | 10:45 AM

When Jason Maloney and Kira Kay, two freelance journalists who work frequently with HDNet, first pitched me a story about some obscure places called Abkhazia and South Ossetia a few months ago, I was skeptical to say the least. A story about breakaway territories in the Caucasus didn't exactly scream...

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