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Tony and Tacky
November 4, 2005

Paul McCartney Maybe He's Amazed
Sir Paul McCartney is in the midst of a sold-out U.S. tour. Fan and concert attendee Stephen Moore is happy to report what he did not hear at the show. "If people get a chance to see this concert, which I got to see last week, it is absolutely fabulous," says Moore. "James Paul McCartney plays for two and a half hours, all the old songs and new songs. If you go to a rock concert these days, they are not even concerts. They are political rallies: impeach Bush, get out of the war, etc. There were no political statements in this concert. It was just great music. Although he did wear his 'no land mines' t-shirt during one segment. But Paul, we still love you even though you're still 64, and it's nice to see you can have a concert without political hype."

Combating Malaria plane spraying chemicals
If the best way to fight malaria, which kills a million people a year in developing countries, is by spraying the insecticide DDT, why are U.S. aid agencies reluctant to promote its use? "This is hypocritical, because back in the 40s and 50s, rich countries like the U.S. and parts of Europe used DDT, sprayed it everywhere, to eradicate malaria. Now these countries are discouraging poor countries from doing the same thing. There's a big fight in Congress right now on whether the U.S. Agency for International Development should be required to use DDT to fight malaria. Some people say yes. Other people say no. The experts at the agency should be in charge of this. We don't want to micro-manage. The problem is that the experts, the so-called experts on this issue, march to the drum of the environmentalists, who are opposed to these insecticides. So we are left with a situation where we know what the best way to prevent this disease and we don't do it because of political opposition in rich countries."

organic soy milk Righteous Weiners
Many parents will spend a lot of money on organic foods in order to keep their children's food free of pesticides, hormones and antibiotics. Why not, says Dan Henninger. "I thought this was going to be a tacky, but it's going to end up as a tony. According to the AC Nielsen Marketing Company, spending on organic baby food is up 18 percent over the past year. That means that parents are obsessed with pesticides, hormones, bioengineering. They are now going out and buying things like organic hot dogs and organic cookies for their children. I thought this was kind of over the top because there is really no evidence whatsoever that it makes any difference. And frankly, I'm a little sad that I'm not going to be around 35 years from now when some of these kids grow up and do stand-up comedy routines about mom's obsession with organic cookies. But you know what? If people want to spend all this extra money on organic food, that is great. They are putting their money where their mouth is. So, it's a tony."