Tag Archives: Bold Impact

Reform the EPA, Oren Cass with Bold

Children holding a tiny tree and a tiny city in their hands.

Regulatory agencies like the EPA have a bad habit of trying to cure all the ills of the world through regulation. It’s like the old saw, if you give a guy a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail. Given this well-known dynamic, it shouldn’t be a big surprise that a group of bureaucratic regulators believe that the world needs a lot more regulations. Oren Cass, Senior Fellow at ...

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Amazon Private Label Lines, Huge Growth

An Amazon fulfillment center.

In recent months Amazon.com, Inc., the Seattle-based e-commerce and cloud computing tech giant, invested heavily in their private label business. It’s a bold action to increase margins and secure spaces in the marketplace with vertical control. While products under their private labels aren’t easily recognizable as Amazon-made, they have been winning over an impressive number of customers; according to a recent report by 1010data. Most notably, the Amazon brands experiencing ...

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USDA Turns to Private Sector to Make Impact

salmon and healthy food with USDA symbol

Government research institutions developed a great deal of cutting edge technology (like the Internet and satellites) over the years. But government researchers know that good ideas are not enough. Ideas that sit on the shelf, because real people aren’t aware of them and there is no one to distribute those great ideas, are wasted opportunities. These days, even the USDA is aware of the fact that it takes private business ...

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Cruel and Unusual: Juvenile Life Sentences

A juvenile with wrists bound by chains

The state of Missouri has changed its law to comply with a US Supreme Court ruling that deems juvenile prisoners sentenced to die in jail as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has ruled in different motions over recent years that harsh punishments applied to adults are unconstitutionally cruel and unusual when imposed upon juveniles. States across America are now adopting new laws that prohibit mandatory life-without-parole sentences for anyone under the ...

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Did Free Music Kill the Industry?

Music concert goers support artists

The music industry is vast, subdivided into the main industry we know at surface level, and the other industries that make it up (mostly behind the scenes). Each division has a number of jobs most people are left unaware of – ask just about anybody and they’ll probably only consider the artists and their managers as the entire industry. However, it involves many more people, including: production, distribution, sales, law, ...

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Robert Bryce, Can Clean Energy Replace Carbon? Not in Your Lifetime

Solar panels and city

Bryce is boldly calling out renewable energy and crying foul. Not that he has a problem with the idea of free and renewable energy, after all who doesn’t want that? Bryce’s beef is that the renewable energy industry is dramatically overstating their ability to replace fossil fuels. According to Bryce the time when renewables actually replace rather than supplement fossil fuels isn’t a few years away, but many many decades ...

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Energy 2020; Renewables Outcompete Carbon

Light bulb and tiny plant metaphor for renewable energy sources

The challenge of the century for renewable energy sources is quite simply storage, also known as batteries. Solar and wind can generate power at a reasonable cost, but that energy can’t be stored. Unfortunately, the sun doesn’t shine all the time, nor does the wind blow perpetually. Without cheap reliable batteries or systems to store that energy, renewables require on-demand backups, and those are almost always carbon-based. Energy is about ...

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$1.5 Billion Drone Market, Eyed by GCC

Drone approaches Riyadh

The drone market is expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2022. This has created an opening for the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, colloquially known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), to secure a significant role in the advancements of drone technology. This presents the GCC massive opportunities for telecoms growth in the next five years, according to Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), a global consultant ...

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Censored Internet; Is China Really Pro-Business?

map of china with no VPN graphic overlay

When it comes to internet access and social media, China is not usually one to conform. Their world-famous Great Wall of China has a virtual counterpart, dubbed the Great Firewall, which is causing a lot of chaos locally as well as globally. With the country’s next major political gathering on the horizon, companies worldwide are wondering how yet another government crackdown on Virtual Private Networking (VPN), will affect businesses in ...

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Segway Hack and Driverless Cars

Segway rider falling off a bridge.

When Segway was introduced, it was described as revolutionary, the vehicle that would change transportation forever. The hype machine was off the charts. And it should be no surprise that with so much fanfare and eager anticipation…well the poor Segway could hardly live up to the expectations. It was one of the bigger duds of the decade. Still, the self-balancing two-wheeled personal vehicle found a place in the world, primarily ...

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