Daily Archives: March 14, 2014

USEPA needs to take a hike out of Wyoming

Excuse me for being direct, but the USEPA have their heads in the wrong orifice on this one. This is a clear example of the tyranny of government.

“All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a stock pond on his sprawling eight-acre Wyoming farm. He and his wife Katie spent hours constructing it, filling it with crystal-clear water, and bringing in brook and brown trout, ducks and geese. It was a place where his horses could drink and graze, and a private playground for his three children.”

But instead of enjoying the fruits of his labor, the Wyoming welder says he was harangued by the federal government, stuck in what he calls a petty power play by the Environmental Protection Agency. He claims the agency is now threatening him with civil and criminal penalties – including the threat of a $75,000-a-day fine. ” click here

It’s time to begin moving beyond the internet

Giving up control of the internet is simply international politics not in US best interest. If NSA spying was the primary concern for this move, just wait until other governments get involved. Internet spying will become the norm. Let’s start moving forward beyond the internet and beyond google.

“U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move likely to please international critics but alarm some business leaders and others who rely on smooth functioning of the Web.” click here for news article

Water sector business model innovation in developing countries

H. Gebauer, CJ Saul. Business model innovation in the water sector in developing countries. Science of the Total Environment. 2014 Mar 4. pii: S0048-9697(14)00220-4. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.02.046.

Various technologies have been deployed in household devices or micro-water treatment plants for mitigating fluoride and arsenic, and thereby provide safe and affordable drinking water in low-income countries. While the technologies have improved considerably, organizations still face challenges in making them financially sustainable. Financial sustainability questions the business models behind these water technologies. This article makes three contributions to business models in the context of fluoride and arsenic mitigation. Firstly, we describe four business models: A) low-value devices given away to people living in extreme poverty, B) high-value devices sold to low-income customers, C) communities as beneficiaries of micro-water treatment plants and D) entrepreneurs as franchisees for selling water services and highlight the emergence of hybrid business models. Secondly, we show current business model innovations such as cost transparency & cost reductions, secured & extended water payments, business diversification and distribution channels. Thirdly, we describe skills and competencies as part of capacity building for creating even more business model innovations. Together, these three contributions will create more awareness of the role of business models in scaling-up water treatment technologies.

Click here for full paper (fee).

US Government workers cost 45% more than an equivalent private sector worker

“The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced on March 12th that the total cost of employing a state or local government worker is 45% more than an equivalent worker in the private sector.” click here

Ms. Renee Ellmers should focus on retirement after amensty bloviation

Rather remarkable. Ms. Ellmers has decided to not represent her constituents by continuing to push amnesty. If she “thinks only for herself” she certainly does not care much for her constituents or the rest of us. I would guess the US Chamber of Commerce has her by the bank account (click here).

She, Mr. Zuckerberg, and the US Chamber have no clue of the security risks being created by the continued push for granting amnesty. click here By the way, no one needs a Facebook page…..time to move on….