1. Cocoa-Cola Defends Aspartame
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A new ad campaign by Coca-Cola supports the safety of the artificial sweetener Aspartame, which was approved by the FDA thirty years ago. Is speaking up about aspartame a good move, or could this backfire? Shankman Honig principal Peter Shankman says it’s surprising that Coca-Cola is taking a stand on aspartame, but that it’s not a dangerous move for the company.
2. How Safe Is the Power System?
Ten years after the New York City blackout, the worst in North America’s history, not much has changed in power grid technology, says ITC Holdings CEO Joe Welch. He says that while maintenance spending has gone up, it’s because equipment is outdated – not advancements in safety innovation. Welch says there's been more spending on computer control, but that just leaves the grid open to cybersecurity attacks.
3. Should the White House Intervene in Egypt?
With a reportedly more than 400 people dead in Egypt, should the U.S. step in? FNC contributor Judith Miller says the Egyptian people wanted Muslim Brotherhood out of the streets, which is why the administration is having a hard time finding a voice to support the military and democracy. FNC Middle East and terrorism expert Dr. Walid Phares says yesterday’s events were a tactical victory against terrorism, as the Muslim Brotherhood was feeding jihadism in the Middle East.
4. No Privacy for Gmail Users?
Google says Gmail users shouldn’t expect privacy, but Reason Magazine managing editor Katherine Mangu-Ward says Google’s actions are arrogant. Do Google’s statements indicate that the company is more than happy to do the government’s bidding when it comes to snooping? Mangu-Ward says Google needs to answer in far more detail than they’ve done so far.