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The debate continues on the merger of XM (XMSR ) and Sirius (SIRI ) Satellite Radio as the case again comes before the Senate Committee on Commerce for round four since its original proposition in February. Opponents argue that the merger will create a monopoly, leaving a sole provider for satellite service to consumers. This, they argue, will lead to increased prices and decreased content. Advocates argue that the merger is necessary in order to compete against other technologies, including terrestrial radio, MP3 players, CD/DVD etc. The inference is that the battle between the two small companies for the limited audience is splitting the market and preventing its advance against the other technologies.

 

 

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Food, Inc.
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Are you curious about where your food comes from?


MANOHLA DARGIS of the NY Times writes: "Forget buckets of blood. Nothing says horror like one of those tubs of artificially buttered, nonorganic popcorn at the concession stand. That, at least, is one of the unappetizing lessons to draw from one of the scariest movies of the year, “Food, Inc.,” an informative, often infuriating activist documentary about the big business of feeding or, more to the political point, force-feeding, Americans all the junk that multinational corporate money can buy."

 
The Real Victor in Iraq: Monsanto
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Written by Jeanne Roberts   

Five years of occupation, more than $558 billion spent, 4,182 U.S. soldiers and 655,000 Iraqi civilians dead, and it now looks like Monsanto (NYSE.MON - $71.95) is going to be the real victor in Iraq thanks to a postwar document known as Order 81.

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I Can Live with Peak Oil, but Peak Coffee is a Dealbreaker
Written by Jeanne Roberts   
News from Green Options Media via the blogspot EcoWorldly suggests that coffee addicts in Western nations may soon face shortages.
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In a Warming World Coastal Forests Are the Only Defense
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Written by Jeanne Roberts   
As the world warms and oceans rise, coastal forests of mangrove, beach grasses, tupelo and bald cypress help protect coastlines from the ravages of hurricanes and typhoons.
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FDA Approvals and What They Mean to You
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Written by Jeanne Roberts   

FDA Approvals and What They Mean to You
Photo: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com, Creative Commons, Flickr
I recently wrote an article on a Supreme Court ruling that limits the ability of patients to sue over defective medical devices if the item has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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