After learning more through research about patents, the patent war, and the patent trolling that exists in today’s modern world, I can safely say the topic got me a bit more riled up than I thought it would. The issue is anything but dull. I recommend you take a look into it if you enjoy reading about business and law. Continue reading
I originally thought that I wanted to write my White Paper on something regarding the environment since that is a strong interest of mine. My past two proposals were on the topic of coal mining and coal-fired power plants, but after doing some initial research I decided that I chose that topic because it seemed safe. On top of that, it seems pretty boring as well! I have decided to change my topic to the legalization of marijuana since I wrote a blog post on the topic and enjoyed learning about it.
The United States Congress is arguably the most powerful legislative body in the country, responsible for financial and budgetary policy, national defense, and the oversight of the Executive Branch. And in August of 2012, its approval rating amongst Americans was 10% (Gallup 2012), a thirty-eight year low. Yet despite this appallingly low rating, members of Congress have historically been re-elected over ninety percent of the time (Congress of the United States 2012). Such a dichotomy seems absurd- if the American people are so thoroughly disgusted with their government representatives, why have they continued to re-elect them? And with such widespread public disapproval centered on Washington, why have those representatives not altered their behavior?
Since 1980, the number of inmates housed in American prisons has quadrupled to over two million people. The number of people on parole or probation has also dramatically increased during this time to nearly five million adults. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world with .743% of its population behind bars (Squidoo). This unstable situation is caused by certain US laws which contribute to an increased duration of incarceration and mandatory jail time for some non-violent offenders.
This photo shows an American man promoting immigration reduction in Minnesota. He is a member of the tea party and feels strongly enough about this cause to stand outside on a cold looking day to support what he believes in. He is a member of the Tea Party according to the picture caption. I chose this photo because it shows how strongly some people feel about immigration reform all over the country, not just in highly concentrated illegal immigrated to states. I liked that this photo shows the man’s support and love for his country, shown in the American flag next to his sign and his USA hat. I found this image by using the flickr website.
Campaign Finance Reform
Political Campaigns in America, where democracy is a highly valued necessity, have a unique place in society. During Presidential campaigns, candidates become quasi celebrities and spend hundreds of millions of dollars promoting themselves. During the month of September in 2008, Obama raised over $150,000,000 which shattered all previous fundraising records. He went on to raise over $770,000,000 total during his 2008 presidential campaign (ABC). These enormous sums of money are donated by individuals and institutions and are protected in some instances by the first Amendment of the constitution as “freedom of speech.” Which such a large amount of capital being donated and spent during political campaigns in America, the practice needs intricate rules and regulations. Continue reading
According to EPA (environmental protection agency), gas emissions from the United States totaled 6,821.8 million metric tons CO2 in 2010 and rose by 3.2% from 2009 to 2010. In 2009, the Unites States account for 18% of the total green house gas emission in the world.
Currently, the two most popular emission control policies are cap-and-trade system and carbon taxes. Those approaches are not incompatible with each other and a number of countries use one or both across various business sectors to control emission. Hence, in my paper, I would like to investigate which approach is best suited to which sector and recommend an emission control for the next government. Continue reading
The Following is a conversation on Twitter between the Petrobas CEO and Lay and Skilling (Enron Executives) on the Enron twitter account.
PetroBros: @EnronAndGone – Opening up a new rig next month #rollininthemoney #sustainabilityischill
EnronAndGone: @PetroBros – Biggest Energy Corp in South America huh? Congrats I guess… #USA #BiggestintheWorld
PetroBros: @ EnronAndGone – Put an asterisk next to that title, all your revenue was fake… #hasbeen #suckstosuck #stillinbusiness
EnronAndGone: @PetroBros – Congrats on your new social responsibility initiatives… heard they are expensive and time consuming #MiltonFriedman #WasteofMoney
Arizona has been making headlines recently for passing several controversial laws that cover a host of different social issues. However, I was shocked to discover that the law that I find most objectionable was also passed in Kansas, and has been in effect in Oklahoma for the past two years. This law was passed in Arizona in early March of this year. The law protects doctors from being sued if they withhold medical information about a pregnancy that might lead the mother to consider abortion.