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Location: Mailing Lists / Archive General Hot Articles / 2001-08-15

In this week's issue:  executive philosophy, lucrative
law-enforcement, why fine Bordeaux might soon come with a
screw-top, and more...
BMW commissioned five A-list directors to shoot short action
films advertising BMW vehicles.  A New Republic article
critiques both the resultant Internet films and the new
"advertainment" phenomenon.
---Business & Strategy---
A Business 2.0 article explores why Ayn Rand's "objectivist"
philosophy has so many followers among the ranks of
high-tech executives.
The weak economy combined with the threat of bankruptcy
reform has led to a spike in the number of deadbeat accounts
written off by credit-card lenders, according to Financial
Services Marketing.
A Time article reports on serious charges of malpractice in
an industry with zero tolerance for error:  commercial
aircraft maintenance.
Companies like 3M and FedEx have found that hard times are
the best times for innovation, reports CIO.
A Car & Driver article looks at cameras that automatically
identify and ticket red-light runners, concluding that
they're more a tool for collecting money than saving lives.
Business 2.0 reports on new technology that may soon make
the bus the fastest way to commute.

What's it like running the web strategy of notorious
perfectionist Martha Stewart's media empire?  Tough,
according to a CIO article.
Technology Review shows how the U.S. educational system
produces scientific elites and scientific illiterates --
with little in between -- and discusses why that's not a
good thing.
New eBooks at a 15% discount:
---International Politics---
Does a more-friendly relationship between the U.S. and India
portend a coming cold war with China?  A Salon article
weighs the evidence.
Time reports that, while Mexico complains about the U.S.'s
immigration policies, it is refusing entry to migrants from
even poorer nations in Central America.

---The Internet---
In The Industry Standard, a law professor goes over the
finer points of taxing the Internet, with the U.S.
moratorium on such taxes coming up for reconsideration soon.
Critics of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act have long
felt that the law is too harsh.  Now they have a test case,
reports The Industry Standard.
Swiss watch company Swatch has introduced a new time
measurement called "Internet time" that it hopes will become
popular, reports CIO.
Scientific American reviews a new book that depicts
America's scientific bureaucracy as the quintessential
bloated, whiny special-interest group.
Business 2.0 reports that Detroit Edison is rolling out
liquid nitrogen-cooled superconducting ceramic power cables
in order to increase efficiency.
Science News examines the ongoing attempts of brain
scientists to understand dreams, one hundred years after
Freud first addressed the topic.
A Technology Review article describes the (disturbing) lack
of attention paid to security and encryption by mobile phone
and wireless network providers.
Salon profiles Marvin Miller, the baseball players' union
leader who first challenged the assumption that professional
athletes are chattel and won them worker's rights.

Wine snobbery takes a hit, reports FEER, as a study
determines that screw-tops are better than corks for keeping