Comedy, Competition, and Investment: Everything is Amazing and Broadband is Too
Communications / Culture / Regulation / Technology

Comedy, Competition, and Investment: Everything is Amazing and Broadband is Too

“Everything is amazing right now and nobody’s happy.” Few things are truer than that we, as humans, fail to appreciate the present moment.  Regardless of how bad the “good ole days” were factually, we hang on to the notion that simpler technology equates to simpler needs, simpler problems, and simpler living.  While being lost in … Continue reading

Why Is The EU Running Off With Our Chianti And Parmesan?
Culture / Economy / Europe / Foreign Policy / Regulation

Why Is The EU Running Off With Our Chianti And Parmesan?

Ladies and gentlemen, our champagne and charcuterie are in danger. Bubbling to the forefront of the upcoming round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations is the controversial U.S. usage of regional European names for food and drinks manufactured by U.S. companies. Many EU members demand that U.S. wine, spirits and food companies … Continue reading

Pay As You Earn: Not the Solution to Student Debt Crisis
America / Culture / Debt / Economy

Pay As You Earn: Not the Solution to Student Debt Crisis

President Obama’s expansion of the Pay As You Earn program for student loan payment while earning support still fails to fix the root of the student debt problem. The expansion allows for more people to become eligible for their student loan payments to be capped at 10 percent of their monthly income, which is based … Continue reading

Blame game: VA edition
America / Culture / Healthcare

Blame game: VA edition

Inspector General Richard J. Griffin’s investigation on the Veterans Affairs scandal has confirmed that 1,700 patients that were not placed on the official waiting list for doctors’ appointments at the veteran’s medical center in Phoenix and discovered that the average waiting time for initial primary care for veterans is about 115 days. In light of … Continue reading

Biometrics: Changing the Way Medical Information is Gathered
Culture / Healthcare / Other / Technology

Biometrics: Changing the Way Medical Information is Gathered

In one sense, Telehealth services and biometric devices are similar; both have the potential to improve access to a breadth of valuable health information. They are also different in a sense that the proliferation and use of biometric devices may have more profound long-term societal and policy implications when compared to telehealth services. Biometric devices … Continue reading

The Confident Public: Misguided or Justified on the “Graying of America?”
America / Culture / Economy / Fiscal policy / Medicare / Politics / Social Security

The Confident Public: Misguided or Justified on the “Graying of America?”

The graying of America is not a new fear for economists and politicians. Before even the earliest Baby Boomers began retiring, economists were making predictions about the hardships America would undoubtedly face as it aged. Many say those problems have already begun, while others argue they have been over exaggerated and prematurely predicted. The American … Continue reading

The Cost of Being “Cool”: Politics and Pop Culture
America / Culture / Politics / Presidency

The Cost of Being “Cool”: Politics and Pop Culture

Heading into the 2014 elections, politicians will no doubt use pop culture in an attempt to engage the electorate, specifically young Americans, in the political process in order to encourage voter participation. The question is who will use pop culture effectively and why should politicians care about pop culture in the first place? According to … Continue reading

Tracking Technology to Benefit Children with Autism
Culture / Healthcare / Politics

Tracking Technology to Benefit Children with Autism

The tracking technology that has been successfully used to locate missing individuals with Alzheimer’s can now offer similar success to individuals on the autistic spectrum. On January 29th 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder from the Department of Justice testified at a Hearing with the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Part of his testimony … Continue reading