Monthly Archives: June 2011

Jun
28

Photos from RightOnline 2011

By Katie Kieffer Katie Kieffer speaking at RightOnline 2011. Image copyright Katie Kieffer. On Friday, June 17th, I spoke at the national RightOnline conference sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. This year, my home-state hosted the conference at the Hilton Minneapolis. I spoke on the challenges to high tech free speech, with a special focus on net neutrality, and offered the audience six action steps to overcome these challenges. I’ll share photo highlights from the event:

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Jun
27

Pure awesome All-American fun

By Katie Kieffer Minnie and Mickey Mouse Apple pie. Baseball. And Disneyland? I never thought of visiting Disneyland as “All-American” recreation on par with watching a baseball game—beer in one hand, hot dog in the other. But, last week, I vacationed in California. Before I left, my friend insisted, “You have to go to Disneyland. It’s practically un-American not to go.”

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Jun
20

Entrepreneurship helps animals

By Katie Kieffer Koala I’m going out on a limb with the koalas to say that entrepreneurs are better caretakers of animals and endangered species than politicians who call themselves environmentalists. Last month, the journal Nature published a study showing that mathematical models for determining species extinction are unreliable and may be leading us to overestimate extinction probabilities by up to 160 percent. The study’s authors encourage the scientific community to not become complacent, but, rather, adopt better mathematical models for forecasting extinction rates.

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Jun
12

Fear not, buy an iPad

By Katie Kieffer iPad If Steve Jobs’ name were Lindsay Lohan and he were looking for work starring as the wife of John Gotti Jr. in a mobster film, confrontation with the law would be the best thing that ever happened to Apple. We all know Lohan can serve jail time and then spend weeks defending herself in court on new charges only to walk away flashing an ankle monitoring bracelet above her five-inch heels and … drum roll … land an acting gig next to John Travolta. For LiLo, fighting the law appears to be a remunerative gold star on her resume. For tech companies like Apple, not so much.

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Jun
07

Gossip Cheats Men & Capitalism

By Katie Kieffer

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Lately, the media has been whetting the public’s appetite for gossip, handing out cupcake stories like Weinergate, Arnold’s affair, John Edwards’ criminal infidelity and reports of Tiger Woods’ marital affairs still affecting his golf game.

Reporting scandal may be justifiable if public figures are criminals in addition to sinners. But, shouldn’t “objective journalism” have some standards for reporting gossip? Extreme coverage of high-profile male cheaters misclassifies all men as deviants and mischaracterizes capitalism – which rewards innovation with money and power – as immoral.
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Jun
01

Why college is not for everyone

By Katie Kieffer

Peter Thiel is rocking the boat of higher education. The libertarian entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and co-founder of PayPal is sending liberal college administrators into a tizzy with his latest push to encourage young innovators to ditch college for two years and pursue entrepreneurship.

Last week, Thiel awarded 20 young people with “20 Under 20” Thiel Fellowships: $100,000 and two years of mentorship to develop entrepreneurial ventures in science and technology. Continue reading

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