It's time for movie critic Bob Mondello's latest home-viewing recommendation, for those who want to pop in a video and pop their own popcorn. This week, Bob's suggesting a new Blu-Ray collector's edition of The Bridge on the River Kwai.
British prisoners of war marching into a Japanese labor camp, whistling "The Colonel Bogey March" as a way of thumbing their noses at their captors, then building one magnificent railroad bridge — the best that British military engineering (and director David Lean's production crew) could manage.
"According to sufferers," the BBC writes, "it is as if someone has parked next to your house and left the engine running. The Hum is a mystery low frequency noise, a phenomenon that has been reported across Britain, North America and Australia in the past four decades."
There was a 0.2 percent drop in retail sales in May from April, the Census Bureau just reported. Driving the decline: A 2.9 percent drop in motor vehicle sales. Car sales were hurt by a disruption in supply among Japanese manufacturers following that country's devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.
According to The Associated Press, the overall decrease is "the first decline after 10 straight increases."
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson addresses the company's shareholders meeting in Detroit on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. In 2009, the government GM declared bankruptcy but was bailed out by the government.
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Robert Weissman is the president of Public Citizen.
It's not easy envisioning a more democratic and just economy not dominated by large corporations. It may be even harder to imagine ways to get from here to there, with giant corporations restructured or displaced altogether. The central involvement of the government in the private sector — as a direct market participant and as a rule setter — offers opportunities, too little appreciated, to spur new forms of economic organization.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX) former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and businessman Herman Cain stand on stage before first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester on Monday. Many GOP candidates have come to the surface throughout the past year.
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William Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard. He also regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel.
Left to right: Former Sen. Rick Santorum; Rep. Michele Bachmann; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Rep. Ron Paul; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; entrepreneur Herman Cain.
A child receives an eye exam in the city of Popayan, some 230 miles southwest of Bogota, Colombia. In Some developing countries, less than 5 percent of those needing corrective vision assistance receive it.
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Charles Kenny is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation.