Monthly Archives: April 2011

Apr
26

Green Tech Needs Capitalism

By Katie Kieffer

Green leaves

Earth to Washington: The free market offers practical solutions for going green. Private entrepreneurs will literally fly to the moon to solve the U.S. technology crisis while government initiatives to support green technology fall flat.

The set of 17 rare elements known as “rare-earths” is integral to normal technology like iPads, fiber–optic cables and military equipment as well as “clean” technology like wind turbines, solar panels and electric batteries. Continue reading

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Apr
21

Talking to America’s Mr. Right

By Katie Kieffer

I have listened to The Jason Lewis Show since I was a very little girl. At first, my dad made me listen to Jason’s show at the dinner table. We would sit down to eat and he’d inevitably say, “Katie, you should listen to Jason. You’ll learn something.” Eventually, I became hooked. Now, I listen by choice. Continue reading

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Apr
19

Save a horse, ride a trader

By Katie Kieffer

Wall Street Charging Bull

If the country duo Big & Rich sang liberal public policy instead of country songs, their hit single, “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” would likely be a twangy anti-Wall Street masterpiece. Something Michael Moore could proudly blast in his publisher’s jet. Something like “Save a Horse, Ride a Trader.”

Headlines of late ooze with stories of insider trading on Wall Street. At the center of this drama, is the high-profile trial of Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire entrepreneur and founder of a hedge fund management firm called the Galleon Group. With the assistance of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office), the SEC charged Rajaratnam with insider trading. Continue reading

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Apr
12

6 Women Want Wal-Mart WAM

By Katie Kieffer

Wal-Mart store.

Sorry boys, Betty Dukes is not a California girl who models daisy dukes. She’s a Californian in her sixties who is leading the charge in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Betty Dukes, et. al.

Six female plaintiffs, led by Betty Dukes, are current and former Wal-Mart employees with sexual discrimination charges against Wal-Mart. They seek to represent the group of over 1.5 million women who have worked at 3,400 domestic Wal-Mart retail stores since December 26, 1998. Continue reading

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Apr
05

Love oil and it loves you back

By Katie Kieffer

Image credit: "Sunrise - Gulf of Mexico" by Vince O'Sullivan on Flickr via Creative Commons.

Listening to morning shows is a good way to wind up in a psychiatrist’s office. I flip between 300 channels and have three basic choices: Bad economic news, high-profile violence or cotton candy interviews with reality stars. I try switching to Twitter and a trending topic is a cobra that escaped from the Bronx Zoo. I almost choke on my Pop-Tart.

I’m tired of negative news and hearing people whine without offering solutions. So, I’m defying the world by being optimistic. Continue reading

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