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07 March 2006

What does it say about the modern American culture when the Adam Sandler movie Billy Madison is cited by a judge in denying a legal motion, and it’s appropriate?

How bad are things at Air America Radio? Consider this editorial comment from Phoenix, which just saw AAR’s local affiliate drop the troubled network's programming following a change in the station's ownership. One local AAR fan wonders if there's an evil Christian conspiracy afoot in the Valley of the Sun.

Without a doubt, this is the coolest story of the week (HT: In From the Cold). What's even cooler? A similar, independently-developed civilian prototype that's already flown with an eye to commercial development, coming soon to a brand new spaceport in New Mexico. Even more cool than that? The future competition may be an elevator!

Why are poor countries poor? The Undercover Economist finds clues while riding in a taxi in Cameroon. Meanwhile, another economist explains why U.S. cities are shaping up as they are.

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