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In the shadow of the Megadrought

March 22nd, 2015 · 23 Comments

An article from Slate.com caught my eye this week: “California’s Next Megadrought Has Already Begun.” Overall, it’s a pretty grim read. California’s cities have more than enough water to withstand the current drought and then some. They simply don’t use that much. Not true for agriculture, which uses 80 percent of California’s water—10 percent of […]

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Tags: Economics · environment · Politics

The economics of athletic mediocrity

March 3rd, 2015 · 6 Comments

I was up on the UH Manoa campus yesterday afternoon and noticed an article on the school’s athletic budget woes as spelled out in a report released in mid-February (“Beyond wins and losses, Underfunding at the heart of continued UH athletic deficit, according to Jay“). I had followed the coverage of the report at that […]

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Tags: Economics · Education · Politics

The New Standard for Transparency: Open Checkbook

February 17th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Take a look at the official website of the Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, and you’ll be invited to check out OhioCheckbook.com, the state’s searchable, online checkbook detailing all of the state’s spending. And Mandel is now urging all local governments in the state to follow suit and open their checkbooks to public scrutiny (“Ohio […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Economics · Politics

U.S. called out for our lack of maternity leave and family supports

January 23rd, 2015 · 4 Comments

A segment on last night’s PBS Newshour should be required watching (“Almost every country in the world offers more generous maternity leave than the U.S.“). That link will take you to the video of the segment and a transcript. According to the United Nations, we and Papua New Guinea are the only countries in the […]

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Tags: Business · Economics · Health · Politics

Lower gas prices are nice, but geopolitics behind them suggest dangers

January 18th, 2015 · 12 Comments

I’ll say it up front–I don’t understand the complicated economics and geopolitics behind the rapid slide in the international price of oil. But its clear that the there’s a lot going on, and a lot that we should be paying attention to, beyond the pleasant relief we feel at the gas pumps. I searched for […]

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Tags: Economics · Energy · Politics