Posts Tagged: Houston

Politics. Ethics. Economic Literacy.

Many of the pressing moral and political issues today have an economic origin. Students especially need to have the critical tools to help them evaluate economic policy issues and the principles underlying and dividing them. At the UH Hobby Center for Public Policy, we now have the means to provide students with such tools. A… Read more »

Should Hospitals Be Considered a Significant Target Of Terror?

www.homelandsecuritynet.com Many social scientists referred to guerrilla warfare as the “weapon of the weak” and terrorism as the “weapon of the weakest,” using violence to generate fear, and thereby to achieve their political goals, when direct military victory is not possible. Today terrorists usually prefer to avoid attacking heavily defended “hard targets” such as military… Read more »

Commemorating African American Achievements in Houston

February’s Black History Week was established by historian Carter Woodson in 1926 to recognize the achievements of African Americans. Fifty years later under President Ford’s leadership, the week was expanded to a month now also known as National African American History Month. A history of African American achievements in Houston is beyond the scope of… Read more »

Measuring Unemployment: Bad News, Good News, and When to Know the Difference

On the surface, the drop in the civilian unemployment rate to 8.6 percent signals an important and positive breakthrough. Data provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louisshows that since the most recent recession “officially” ended in June 2009, there has been an uneven, but steady downward trend in the unemployment rate. Figure 1… Read more »

The Six-Pack Viewers Guide – Week 14 College Football – from Govloop’s Bureaucrat on Sports, the Hokie Guru

Wow… the college football season… almost over… but stay tuned for our college football bowl pick’em contest right here on Govloop!! This will tide you through the holiday season, until get get to college hoops… Inclement Weather Policy Changes and Potential Salary Freeze Let’s start, though, with some important government news… OPM has updated its… Read more »

Government Doing More with Less

As the City of Houston’s 2011 fiscal year winds down, hard decisions have been made to overcome a $70 million shortfall. Enacting mandatory furloughs and lay-offs, reducing library hours and closing some neighborhood pools are just a few of the methods the city administration has chosen to use to balance this year’s budget. With such… Read more »

Crowdsourcing at its Best

I just found an interesting comment on a blog at Information Week from Janelle: When the City of San Francisco, the City of Houston, and the Country of Ireland wanted to launch innovation portals to increase collaboration & gather ideas between employees and citizens, they turned to Brightidea. All three programs have unique themes with… Read more »

Our History of Polite Political Dissent

In 1832 in a political attack on President Jackson’s policies, Congressman William Stanbery of Ohio made allegations against Sam Houston, a native Virginian, former congressman from Tennessee, and Jackson supporter who was in Washington to lobby for better treatment of the Cherokee. Incensed, Houston confronted Stanbery outside his boardinghouse and the argument led to Houston… Read more »

Wayman Tisdale, 1964-2009

Wayman Tisdale lost a two-year battle yesterday with colon cancer. He was universally loved by everyone. And I mean everyone… even rival coaches. Billy Tubbs recruited Tisdale to Oklahoma… Tisdale was the kid everyone wanted. He was Blake Griffin way before Blake Griffin. He was only 44 years old and had transitioned to his second… Read more »