Posts Tagged ‘Silicon Valley’

Death, taxes and state incompetence with computer projects

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

There are fewer sure things in life than the likelihood the California state government will screw up a computer project. We may be home to Silicon Valley and the greatest concentration of information-technology skills in the world, but once a project unfolds in Sacramento, it almost always goes wro...

Shakedown street: Jesse Jackson targets Silicon Valley — again

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

However one feels about the growing fuss over white and Asian dominance of U.S. tech work forces, there are some fundamental facts to consider, starting with: African-American students are less likely to graduate college with degrees in high-tech fields. This is not because of a lack of interest ...

Will CA GOP emerge as defenders of embattled techies, tech firms?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Is the present anti-Google, anti-techie agitation in the Bay Area a reflection of anger over how affluent tech workers have driven up rent and reinflated the housing bubble? Or is it a harbinger of broader anger over how California technology firms are disrupting industry after industry? An essay in...

‘Techno-militarization’ seen in CA alarms tech intellectuals

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The NSA scandal and the increasing use of technology to police and monitor all Americans, not just suspected terrorists around the world and in our midst, is a growing worry in Silicon Valley. CEOs fret that U.S. tech firms will suffer fallout overseas because of the vast extent of our government's ...

Why CA’s going to thrive: nanotech, biotech and, in particular, Google

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

I will always remember 2013 as the year that I became a downright-giddy optimist about California's future. Regardless of the massive incompetence and (mostly legal) corruption of its government leaders, the Golden State is going to be saved by its extraordinary tech entrepreneurs and scientific gen...

Investigating the CA Delta

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Stop the Tunnels

Before attending an event for the Pacific Research Institute,'s parent think tank, earlier this month I drove around two areas of California I had not been to: the Delta and Silicon Valley. California is such a vast state that even the late Huell Howser only scratched the surface in ...

TX oil production soars as CA drops

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

July 11, 2013 By John Seiler Energy production jobs are good, middle-class manufacturing jobs. Texas is reveling in the creation of such jobs. California is against them, favoring instead two kinds of jobs: high-tech jobs for those with IQs higher than 180. "Service" jobs that pay minimum wage. F...

Latest taxpayer-subsidized green fiasco is based in Anaheim

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

April 25, 2013 By Chris Reed The latest Californa-based green energy fiasco took center stage in the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform on Wednesday. It is Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive. This is from the Washington Post's Wonkblog: "It’s time for another round of scrutiny ove...

MSNBC-style media on the bandwagon for bullet-train farce

Monday, April 8th, 2013
MSNBC-style media on the bandwagon for bullet-train farce

April 8, 2013 By Chris Reed When a friend urged me to check out the edition of "Dan Rather Reports" on high-speed rail in the U.S. that aired last month on Mark Cuban's AXS.TV, I figured it would be good for a few laughs, but that at least the former CBS anchor would note the volume of intense bip...

Why is state gov so inefficient? Duh. Job preservation.

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

March 30, 2013 By Chris Reed The Sacramento Bee's Jon Ortiz had a piece Thursday about the grotesque mess that is California state government that had lots of interesting details about the extent of the dysfunction: "Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown christened an overhaul of the state's personnel syste...