JOBS ACT - JOHN BERLAU
CEI's John Berlau explains why the Senate should pass the JOBS Act:
But the question remains: once a bill has investor protections accepted by Maxine Waters, Barney Frank, and the Obama administration, what exactly do you need further protection from? The answer is that these Senators wish to protect the Wall-Street centric system of securities regulation enacted eight decades ago, when many households didn't have telephones, from any meaningful modernization for the age of the Internet. While Republicans are accused of being stuck in the '50s on cultural issues, it is fair to say that these Democrats are mired in the 1930s when it comes to entrepreneurs' accessing of capital.
EPA AND FRACKING - WILLIAM YEATMAN
Last Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency conceded that preliminary lab results from samples taken from wells in Dimock, Pennsylvania indicate that drinking water there has not been contaminating by hydraulic fracturing drilling.
The news is embarrassing to both agit-prop film director Josh Fox and EPA. For the fabulist Fox, the Dimock lab results are yet another official rebuke of his terrible, fact-free, Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland.
HATE CRIMES & FREE SPEECH - HANS BADER
A New Jersey jury has convicted Dharun Ravi of hate crimes in the Tyler Clementi case, which created a furor over bullying that led to legislation that endangers free speech on campus, and helped spawn a thriving “anti-bullying” industry that has enriched opportunistic consultants and self-proclaimed experts.
HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR
Saturday, March 31
HAH is an annual event to recognize and celebrate human achievement and innovation. During the hour, participants are asked to listen to music, surf the internet, have a glass of beer, and generally enjoy the fruits of the human mind which would not have been possible in a world where conservation restrains advancement. HAH can be celebrated anywhere from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. In addition, CEI will be hosting a celebration at our headquarters in Washington, DC and live streaming our event online. Join the HAH Facebook group.