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February 10, 2005

antitrust: the video (and textbook)

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 9:04 pm

When film buffs hear “Antitrust: the Movie,” they probably think of the 2001 flick,    antitrustDVD

starring Ryan Phillippe, Claire Forlani, and Tim Robbins.   Well, expand your mind and your

book shelf for another antitrust video, with a more realistic plot and plenty of heroes — Antitrust the

Documentary.  The new video will be made for tv and for classrooms, and made possible by an award

of $496,000 granted as part of the Vitamin Cases Consumer Settlement Fund (Judicial Council Coordination

Proceeding No. 4076 Master File No. 301803, San Francisco County; approved September 8, 2004).


aaiS  As a press release posted today by the American Antitrust Institute explains:

A California court has awarded to the American Antitrust Institute a grant of nearly

half-million dollars to educate California consumers and businesses about the benefits

of the antitrust laws, including the production of a half-hour documentary video for a

television audience and educational materials for high school classrooms.1 The video

will present stories about several actual antitrust cases, demonstrating the harm to

consumers and ways in which the federal government, state government, and private

attorneys brought relief.


A blue ribbon panel of attorneys, economists, and educators in California will advise

on the cases to be presented and a diverse “project team” will provide continuing advice

on quality and tone of the film and other materials.


aaiMastN  AAI has selected The Filmmakers Collaborative in

San Francisco to produce and distribute the video. In addition, the video will be modified

for use within a high school curriculum.


The AAI, in conjunction with Street Law, Inc., and the Constitutional Rights Foundation,

will develop and distribute teaching and text materials, and train teachers in California so

that an antitrust section can be inserted into various social science curricula.

With his usual flair for understatement, AAI President Bert Foer explained further:  bertFoerS

“Although antitrust may sound like an esoteric and painfully dry topic, it is actually full of drama

with important economic and political implications that often escape public attention. Our film and

materials will be objectively presented, colorful and provocative. They should stimulate a great deal

of interest about the need for promoting and protecting competition in our economy.”


Our Prof. Yabut wonders just what the folks at  Von Mises Institute (see Antitrust: The Case for Repeal), 

the Moral Defense of Capitalism] will have to say about this.  Perhaps, they’ll be pleadin’ “Mamas, don’t let

your babies grow up to be antitrust lawyers.”


If you’d like to learn right now about the benefits of antitrust for consumers, go to the annotated links in AAI’s

Guide to Antitrust Resources on the Web.  (We suggest the EU brochure.)   Click here to learn about other

projects funded through the Vitamin Case Settlement Fund.

  • While you have AAI and Bert Foer on your mind, I suggest reading his op/ed piece on

    Social Security and Antitrust (FTC:WATCH, Jan. 31, 2005).  Bert summarizes:

    “We seem to have made the choice to place more stress on the individual

    by putting the individual ever more at risk within the economic sphere,

    while reducing the role of the safety net. How much more stress will people

    accept before they rebel against the very idea of free markets?  Protect or

    protectionism: that is the question.”



the thief
is just as he is…
hazy moon



first frost–
flower sellers in a row
hitting their bells


movie film


the pond’s frozen

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 2:23 pm

On one of those eerie, northeast, all-gray, winter days (with the tv

weather weenies trying to explain why last night’s forecasted foot

of snow turned into half an inch),  I am very pleased that the newest

edition of  frogpond, the Haiku Society of America’s journal, just plopped

onto my desk.  Here are a few haiku from frogpond, penned by some of

f/k/a‘s good friends:

froglegs flip



winter seclusion

a pinch of cumin

a few whole cloves


                   Peggy Lyles



his quiet funeral—

a man who did

most of the talking






her diamond band

missing a chip


                 Pamela Miller Ness 




froglegs neg   from frogpond XXVIII: 1




by dagosan:  

wondering where

they go in winter —

pond frogs and children

                                       [Feb.9, 2005]


Snoop-Dog Parents Get a Hearing in Seattle:  There was a lot of disappointment phone old

back in December, when the Washington Supreme Court issued its silly decision

criminalizing a parent’s eavesdropping on a minor child’s telephone conversation.

(see, e.g., J. Craig Williams, f/k/a, Mitch Albom; contra: Fed84).  The high Court should 

have decided that a minor child has no expectation of privacy vis-a-vis a parent, and was

outside the Washington eavesdropping statute.  Instead, the Washington State legislature

has to act in order to decriminalize parents doing what parents should do.  A Seattle Times article

today tells of two bills filed to fix the problem.  One would merely let parents eavesdrop without

committing a crime, the other would also allow the information gained to be used as evidence.

  • A local ACLU spokesperson said they support the former but not the

    later bill.  Some legislators, including the Judicial Committee chairwoman,

    are unhappy with depriving minors of their so-called right to privacy without

    meeting a “very high burden.”  That’s the kind of knee-jerk rights-talk that

    gives liberals a bad name.  And, makes a lot of them ineffective parents.

  • The article points out that “Washington is one of 11 states that requires

    consent from all parties involved before a conversation may be intercepted

    or recorded. The other states are California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland,

    Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.”

  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Robert L. Jamieson, Jr. says we should add

    “Parents who do not snoop become moot” to the biblical maxim on sparing the rod.


tiny check That rake Evan Schaeffer offers another chance to learn about and contribute derogatory

names for lawyers at his Underground weblog.   


tiny check  Sheppard Mullin has converted its newsletter to a weblog named Antitrust Review Blog.

Many of the posts will, therefore, be pointers to articles by Sheppard lawyers, focusing

on the antitrust and competition activities of DOJ and FTC.  I’m still hoping that its editor,

Bob Doyle, will put the “we” back in front of “blog,” and have written him with my plea. (Bob

was a merger maven and lover of language at the FTC, when I was also employed there.)  The 

weblog, which was officially launched today, has a good review of California’s Proposition 64.

(via Ambrogi)


boxerSignN   Monica Bay has again sicced her pet-peeve pooch on a couple of my own favorite

complaints — this time, using un-explained acronyms and checking email during an in-person

conversation.  Thanks, Mon/Mom!  Like many other annoying traits that we see too often on

this planet in the Third Millennium, the cause seems to be the belief that so many people have

that they (and what goes on in their own minds) are at the very center of everyone else’s universe.

  • Which reminds me:  Why do so many newspaper websites fail to say where — in what

    City and/or State — the newspaper is published? 



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