And they're learning that in Europe.
Turns out flat screen prices were not set by our beloved free market that we're supposed to all bow down before and then go down on. No, the prices were set by conspiracy: "Meeting on Golf courses in Asia and Europe, and attending 'glass room' meetings in Paris and Hong Kong, executives from 7 display companies formed sophisticated cartels responsible for keeping the prices of cathode-ray tubes high for more than a decade."
Conspiracy. And, again, they exist. They're actually fairly common in world history.
But some people think if they hiss the term, it'll scare you into submission, force you to stop asking questions, seeking truth.
I think that's a self-defeating attempt in this country because the hiss has to go against America's natural tendency to be obstinate. We are a stubborn people.
And the more you try to shame up, the more you'll discover that.
So if you've been hissed at recently, e-mail that article to one of your hissers.
Better yet, e-mail it to them and when they e-mail back -- you know they'll say something like, 'I bet . . . .' -- hit 'em with, "That's conspiracy talk!" And then have yourself a chuckle.
A good conspiracy movie I saw recently but forget the name of starred Robin Wright as the woman conspired against. It's the Robert Redford directed film about the Lincoln assassination. The Conspirator!
Spielberg's done his awful movie and everyone is going ga-ga over it. Which had me re-watching Redford's film because I needed something with a lot more substance than Spielberg.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"