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New Rules on Calorie-Labeling on Menus

Consumers are at an advantage when they are informed about what they are eating. Knowing their calories intake would enable them to monitor their diet. Calories reveal the amount of energy found in the food. This could allow consumers to… Continue Reading →

NIST-StratML: Common Ground

By R. Russell Ruggiero   Introduction In our world today it seems like manmade (e.g., terrorist attacks, oil spills, etc.) and natural (e.g., earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, etc.) driven events are becoming even more common place. As a resident of Manhattan… Continue Reading →

America’s Need for a Multi-Party System: The 2016 Presidential Election

As the 2016 Presidential Election approaches, voters across the nation are being forced, as we are every four years, to make a partisan decision. Although this is the most important collective choice of the next four years, we are not… Continue Reading →

Landfill: The Tale of City by the Bay

We as humans tend to think we can fool Mother Nature, but really the joke is on us because what Mother Nature wants to do, she will do. I happened to be in Houston, Texas during the month of April,… Continue Reading →

Signs, What Do You Say?

A recent Supreme Court case (Reed et al. v. Town of Gilbert Arizona) further defined the application of the First Amendment protection of free speech and the regulation of signage. In this case, the town requires permits for all signs… Continue Reading →

Heroes: America’s Trailblazing Leaders

George Washington was the first president of the United States of America. He wanted to defeat the British, and he accomplished that in the Battle of Yorktown. George Washington allied with the French in order to trap British General Charles… Continue Reading →

Affordable Care Act for Native Americans 

Health care is the uttermost importance in every family in the United States. Many Native Americans have health care from Indian health facilities. The problem with this is that they cannot perform emergency operations, so Native Americans are forced to… Continue Reading →

A Glance at College Affordability

by Dustin Broussard Education is a salient issue for all facets of government. In 2013, President Obama outlined a plan on college affordability in three distinct sections. The first involves coupling funding to the performance of public universities, challenging states… Continue Reading →

Human Behavior 9.0: How the Mind Adapts to Long Distance Travel Destinations

Introduction While my heavily modified Klein Quantum road bike is great for short treks, it is not the ideal choice for domestic or international travel. As a result, I must take airplanes to better deal with my long-distance travel needs…. Continue Reading →

Keystone Pipeline XL Project

I took the national survey recently in the month of May 2015, and I support the Keystone XL pipeline project because of the creation of jobs for America and the creation of the advanced system of pipelines. The national survey was from the… Continue Reading →

StratML: Aligning Strategies for a Better Future

By Matthew Harang and Dan Strongin In many ways, communication is the cornerstone of civilization. After all, it is humans unique ability to communicate on endless levels that sets us apart from other species. In today’s fast paced world, information… Continue Reading →

Preventing School Shootings: the Use of Threat Assessment in Schools

School Shooting in the US: How Far Have We Come? School shootings in the United States are a statistically rare, albeit devastating, occurrence. There have been many efforts to address school shootings ranging from the Safe School Initiative to spending… Continue Reading →

Why Ownership Matters

A little over a decade ago, in 2004 to be exact, the subject of ownership in democratic capitalist society was raised as a national political issue. Attribution goes to President George W. Bush, as he was campaigning for a second… Continue Reading →

Taylor Alesana, Conversion Therapy, and the Treatment of Transgender Youth

Taylor Alesana, a 16 year-old from California tragically took her own life on April 2, 2015 after being bullied for being transgender. Taylor became popular on her YouTube channel for her makeup tutorials and her candid advice to other transgender… Continue Reading →

Gerrymandering Our Demise

The graphic above is an historically famous newspaper illustration of the first application of redistricting based upon choosing voters likely to vote for one party over the other, thereby assuring the election of a favored candidate. The map is of… Continue Reading →

Unaccompanied Alien Children and the Lack of Legal Representation

The problem of unaccompanied alien children coming to the U.S. is a massive, complex, and urgent one. In 2014, roughly 60,000 to 90,000 unaccompanied children crossed the southern border of the United States.  That number is up from approximately 21,000 in 2013… Continue Reading →

Current U.S. Foreign Policy is Further Eroding America’s Soft Power Abroad

The term “soft power” is anything but “soft”; it can be argued that it is one of the United States’ greatest achievements. Evidence of American culture can be seen in every corner of the globe, from bustling metropolises to remote… Continue Reading →

Realizing the Dream

In light of the recent events across the country that sparked accusations of racially motivated actions by police. I thought it would be a good time to look at what it would take to truly move past discrimination. I say… Continue Reading →

Every Child Learns Differently: The Need for Gifted Education Policy

It’s no secret that the education system in the United States has lagged in recent decades compared to other countries around the world. Part of the failure of the system is the lack of specialized programs and the overwhelming approach… Continue Reading →

Innovation Through Collaboration: Working Together to Invent a Brighter Future

By Matthew Harang From blue jeans to apple pie—there’s no place on earth like the United States. We are a nation of immigrants. We willingly migrated from all across the globe to chase the American dream of freedom, prosperity and… Continue Reading →

Alcoholics finally land a career – the power & perils of corporate branding; judging on the Internet

by Gary S. Nellis I came across a recent posting in one of the several online company rating sites that really got my attention.  From time to time I check into these sites to keep tabs on the ebb &… Continue Reading →

The Price of Tea in China

  By Gary S. Nellis   I was a 19 year-old aspiring photojournalist on a trip abroad, the intention of which was to, well, photograph the world.  My girlfriend and I had been classmates in high school, and reconnected with… Continue Reading →

Help, Our Earth Is Tumbling!

By Patricia C. Bischof The tiny birds hopping around on their diminutive feet are chirping away, playing with their food dropped or fed by pedestrians who have walked by on this very beautiful blissful sunny day. This small park is… Continue Reading →

Pollution From An Artist’s Perspective

By Patricia C. Bischof At this moment, why don’t you go look into your clothes’ closet! How many of any one clothing item might you have accumulated because of the need to have the newest version of that item? As… Continue Reading →

America and Job Creation: Years 2014 to 2044

By Russell Ruggiero and Matthew Harang Since the Great Recession started somewhere around 2006, America has lost millions of well-paying jobs and replaced them with the lower-paying type. This trend is quite troublesome and will most likely foster a lower… Continue Reading →

StratML Portal – StratML Exchange – StratML Master Repository

StratML Portal – StratML Exchange – StratML Master Repository w/NIMS examples report co-authored by Russell Ruggiero and Ranjeeth K. Thunga is meant to leverage the various alignment capabilities of StratML in the Enterprise. It tries to connect the dots between concept and deployment…. Continue Reading →

Emergency Services Operational Net-Centric Pattern

By Rex Brooks The Emergency Services Operational Pattern describes the prescriptive operational pattern for a set of discrete but interrelated communications services based on the Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) suite of standards. These data-interoperability standards have been developed by… Continue Reading →

Lies, Damned Lies and Food Safety

By Dan Strongin A handful of epidemiologists applied probability theory to a hodgepodge of data to come up with a number of cases of food-borne illness annually in the United States. The number they come up with is over 9… Continue Reading →

StratML Toolkit & StratML Cloud

By Ranjeeth K. Thunga StratML is an XML language used to capture strategy information of an organization in an open, standard, machine-readable format. The vision of StratML is to help lead to “A worldwide web of intentions, stakeholders, and results.” This… Continue Reading →

StratML: Private & Public Sector Uses

Ranjeeth K. Thunga a well-respected open-standards expert has partnered with long-time Policy Tree contributor R. Russell Ruggiero to create a large-scale White Paper on Strategy Markup Language StratML. This new piece exposes the value of this technology in both private… Continue Reading →

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