Category: Opinion

Opinion

America’s Foreign Policy Calculus

The United Nations is far from perfect, that I agree. But, it is our channel for international peace and diplomacy, and I am dismayed to see a U.S. President yet again bypass, ignore, and generally disregard this institution. Yes, I’m an idealist – I sincerely believe that War does not have to remain a permanent […]

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Notes on Parking Ordinance Changes in Houston

The City of Houston Planning Committee is considering changes to our parking ordinances. Some notable changes include increasing the parking ratio for restaurants (from 8 to 10 spaces per 1000 square feet) and bars (from 10 to 14 spaces per 1000). These rules come on top of an already increasingly “suburbanized” parking and building rules. […]

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Texas Employment Statistics

As Rick Perry has joined the Republican Party presidential fray, there will be questions about his prowess at bringing jobs to Texas.  Of course, a governor can only directly “create” jobs by increasing payroll of government employment, but he does have a limited role in creating a more or less positive environment for businesses in […]

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Houston, Opinion

The 3 P’s of Social Media Marketing

Introduction Over the past year or so, I have been helping a small cafe in Houston, a tea house, enter into the world of social media marketing, mostly employing Twitter, and recently making use of Facebook. In fact, we were perhaps the first retail establishment in Houston to enter the brave new world of Twitter, […]

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Health Care – costs vs. price

It’s oft repeated that health care costs continue to rise at a crazy pace.  While most costs of most products and services have been decreasing, in terms of “real”, inflation-adjusted dollars, health care, like education, have been increasing at record paces.  And, unlike the housing/real estate “bubble”, there doesn’t seem to be an end in […]

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Pseudoscience vs. Science

Boiled down: Science = testable hypotheses Pseudoscience = exploiting anomalies in Science I had the misfortune of running into a 9-11 Truther last week, on a bridge in Houston. I was gracious enough to accept 4 DVDs from him, and was open minded enough to even start viewing one of these videos (along with my […]

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A Social Media Drinking Game

Here’s my random thought of the day: After reading this article: The web, the politician and the prostitute, I was inspired to imagine the following game: Get with a few of your friends at your favorite bar. One with wireless access; Start drinking; When everyone’s getting good and happy, pull out your special deck of […]

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Opinion, software

Bridges and Phones – Social Media Economics

In microeconomics, economists like to talk about substitution goods and complementary goods. A classic complementary good to peanut butter is jelly: both are usually consumed together in that delectable sandwich known as PB & J. Economists care about this, because when consumption goes up in peanut butter, you’ll likely see an increase in jelly too, […]

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Houston, Opinion

Cultural Awareness

OK, I guess I won’t really fault the local tech community for sponsoring not one, but TWO events, both falling on the first day of Chinese New Years. Did anyone check their calendars?! Yeah, yeah, I know … you can’t pick any date without landing on some sort of holiday, be it National Pickle Day […]

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Objective Journalism is a Myth

Forget what you were taught in school about journalistic ethics. There is no objectivity in the news. Journalists, editors and news corporations come to every story with their biases intact, and select and produce stories that reflect their leanings. OK … actually, the situation is more subtle and complex than that. I’m not talking about […]

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