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"Pr news live from news at eight. Seven in houston. I'm gail lauder. The first case in texas of new and more contagious strain of the corona virus has now been confirmed in harris county health reporter. Sara will earnt says this is a same various led to a massive spiking cases in lockdowns in the united kingdom. The first confirmed case in texas is a man in his thirties or forties located in south west harris county. He is currently in isolation as well as recent contacts harris county. Judge lena hidalgo says the variant is seventy percent more contagious. Although there's no evidence that it's more deadly this variant has the potential to throw jet fuel on already dangerous situation and the reason for that is this something of a turbocharged version of the virus in the sense that it's a lot more contagious. Officials are assuming the case is a result of spread in the community as the identified man reported no recent travel that means the variant is already likely in the population and health officials. Say could be part of why we're seeing a surge in cases. I'm sarah will ernst in. Houston the houston. Health department says people who've signed up to receive their cloven nineteen vaccine. The city's all mon portal will have to go to minute maid park this weekend if they have an appointment. The city has been using the bayou city events center for those vaccines but that site is occupied this weekend. Mayor turner says the city is partnering with the astros foundation. Vaccinate people at minute maid starting on saturday. The site is open only to people who already have appointments this week. We've been trying to get more supply telling me mayor next week. We'll be providing more Buffer this week you know we have gone to be limited. Turner says he was hoping that could use minute maid as make a distribution site this weekend. But they don't have enough vaccine supply. He says that supply is dependent on what the state delivers. More texans are falling unemployment. The us labor department says initial jobless claims were up forty percent in the week. Between christmas and new year's heisman texas. We have clear skies fifty eight degrees on the hugh h campus. I'm gail lauder news eddie. Eight seven support for npr comes from npr stations. Other contributors include heather stirred hager and paul g.
How To Make Houston Prettier (Dec. 3, 2020)
"This programming is brought to you by baylor. Medicine stratus integrated health. Where every patient's personal primary care physician is committed to their immediate and long-term health stratus s. t. r. a. t. o. s. health dot org slash. Care hey greg here while houston matters is taking a break this week. We're sharing some of our favorite conversations from the year here on the podcast feet. Today we contemplate the beauty of houston and a bit will hear joshua's ins report from october on a joint projects. Still going on right now. Between buffalo bayou partnership in the river oaks chamber orchestra that fuses art and nature in a pandemic safe way. I though my conversation from august with heather howson executive director of scenic houston about steps. That could be taken to make houston prettier. I began by asking her. How the pandemic may have influenced houstonians perceptions of the beauty or lack of it in houston. I think it's been you know a scenic awakening for a lot of When you know when most of us have been stuck inside and the highlight of our day has been getting out and walking and biking in our neighborhoods. I think it's made us really aware of how much scenery impacts our health and wellbeing. And you know if you're lucky enough to live in one of these beautiful neighborhoods. Then you're you're having a very pleasant walk and bike and then there are some many other neighborhoods that need great improvement. And i think that that's what covert is done for. Many of us is really putting a spotlight on what's beautiful about our neighborhoods and then of course what what needs changing. What has seen accused in done to date in an effort to make houston more visually appealing. Well scenic houston was started back in the sixties and originally was formed to fight billboard white and. I don't know i'm sure many of your listeners. Remember when back then. There were over ten thousand billboards throughout the city. And now we just have a little over thirteen hundred so that was a significant improvement in houston first impression overall scenic character I'm i'm sure many of your listeners may have seen that Two weeks ago A three year long effort led by scenic houston was passed by city hall. And that was called the airport corridor district and basically the goal with this new Ordinance that that city council and mayor turner past and we're very grateful to them is that it will all of the thoroughfares leading in and out of the airports Into downtown will be much more visually appealing And it does that. Through restricting the size and height of the new signs that will go in Eventually removing abandoned and unused signs and lastly will improve the general maintenance of this area. So that there's less illegal dumping and much more beautification in terms of landscaping along these roads and it will all just lead to a much better first impression of houston and we focus on first impressions Quite a bit at phoenix houston We were the group that led the effort to improve broadway leading up to the airport which made a change in civic pride and really transform that neighborhood as well. I'm it feels so much better. You know when you're driving hobby our airport. And now we're focusing our efforts on another what we call gateway corridor Entrance into downtown off of the ps exit. On off of i forty five You know that's a major thoroughfare into downtown and we're focusing our efforts on on that area right now working with the city of houston tex dot and ito And somebody other Things we do. We have big piece. We created a publication called the streetscape reports Which really is a it's it. It focuses on improving the scenic character of the shared public realm which are streets sidewalks crosswalks and bike lanes and it. The guide really helps Stakeholders make much more thoughtful and better decisions when designing these spaces But it can also be used by. It can be a great tool for civic clubs neighborhood. Associations you know when they wanna see scenic changes made in their own neighborhoods. This houston matters. I'm craig cohen. we're discussing. How houston looks. What efforts exist make it. Maybe a bit prettier and what more might be done to improve the scenery. It's the mission of scenic houston. My guest is executive director heather house and we welcome your questions and comments at seven one. Three four four zero eight seventy you can reach out on twitter at houston matters. You can email us at talk at houston matters dot org cows on the line in cyprus with a question kyle go ahead. Yes good morning. Thank you for taking my call. I have a question about zoning. And how the industrial and retail space comes to border residential areas Case in point my neighborhood Was at one point very nice and beautiful and once a residential Sorry a industrial and retail space opened up pretty much surrounding our community We saw just the overall aesthetic declined rapidly a lot about side traffic end. Also a lotta trash that that brings along with it That litters the streets and the neighborhood Any on elaboration on what may be coming in the future as far as zoning and maybe a little bit of history behind why we don't have as strict zoning laws and replaces thanks for the call in for the question. Heather well Look that must be extremely frustrating. And i think I'm i'm no expert in zoning. But i i. I understand your frustration. And that's the kind of the beautiful thing about houston and sometimes the messy part of houston Our recommendation is that you know when you wanna see scenic change in your neighborhood and when you're having these issues in your neighborhood that you make sure you know there's a way for us citizens to to to make these changes to have our voices heard and to you know. Make sure that you're getting involved with your civic club. Your neighborhood associations pay attention to what's happening at city hall and then Make sure that you know when you when these things are happening in your neighborhood that you're reaching out your city council member and and really advocating for perceived change in your neighborhood. And i'm sorry that that sounds so frustrating that that's happened But i'm i'm not zoning for and i don't i don't know what's happening with zoning in the near future but but again our mission is that were you know we want to empower citizens to make scenic change in their own neighborhood then and there are definitely ways. You can do that by by staying involved in your in your neighborhoods. I guess just sort of generally speaking though does are are limited zoning laws traditional zoning other ways that we do you have neighborhoods that have specific requirements. And things like that but we don't have the kind of traditional zoning might see in some other cities does it make it a little bit harder to get some of these projects going Yeah i think. I think it does make it harder. And he's been But you can. You can see the you know. The city has a great list on their website of projects. That are undertaking. You can go to the city of houston website and search for that And you can see where the projects are happening But i but i do think it is more. It is harder to make some changes because of the our zoning laws and he has done in yon unless you live in one of the neighborhoods. That's pretty strict about what you're doing Which i happen to live in one of those neighborhoods You know it it is. It's hard to 'em to make an impact. What are the the major complaints that you stones tend to make when it comes to how pretty or not houston is. Well the ones we hear almost are because we are. We were considered the you know sign of experts and we really focus on again streets sidewalks crosswalks that shared public realm. We hear mostly that about Blight hear a lot about unworkable sidewalks. we here You know ugly looking streets And so again. That's what what are focused on is is improving not shared public round. I mean i think we we all have you know tripped over. Are the you know the broken sidewalks in our neighborhoods and you know been scared to cross the street. You know at times in our neighborhood. There's there's a lot of improvement to to be made there. You mentioned sign. Blight mario rights after spending weeks in the lush green jungles of mexico and landing at intercontinental airport. Driving down i forty five. With the overabundance of unseemly billboards was rather jarring about it is it is It is jarring well. Look we're we. We were constantly advocating for less billboards in houston and We you know that was that was our initial mission and we are very hopeful with this air- airport corridor district that The the sign edge. This it doesn't really impact the billboards it impacts the sign edge. That will be built. You know with the businesses along those thoroughfares that it will be greatly cleaned up with the size and height restrictions and also those thoroughfares will just look a lot prettier That it's been deemed You know its own district but it is. it is jarring forget. The first time. I flew into houston i i moved here to be the find my husband and i'll never forget the first time i flew in and i'm like you know thinking what have i done and then i got four neighborhood and i got to our neighborhood and i it's the you know one of the prettiest neighborhoods you could you could live in and so you know there's there's such a it is it's jarring when you first come into the city and then you know there's so much beauty in inside Houston and inside lots of the cities around houston. And but you just have to get there. I appreciate it when i first arrived in houston. It wasn't anything about the scenery. What stuck with me was everywhere. I went my god. This blast of cold everywhere inside. And i'll admit pretty much. Keep my that all the time now. Seen is in spring branch and she offered some ideas for how to make easton prettier. She mentioned four. She says shade trees preferably natives walkable neighborhood. She says a walkable neighborhood is usually a beautiful one. She says cultivate the unique character of neighborhoods and she says bury the power lines and admits that maybe that's a pipe dream. What of those are realistic options. Well i think Those are great Let the city just passed a walkable neighborhood. ordinance Which is very exciting. And that means that the city of houston we'll have a lot more focused on making our neighborhoods more walkable. That was a big a big win. I think for all of us in houston and You know look there are. Lots of organizations trees for houston is one of them that really focuses on planting more trees throughout houston. They've done a wonderful job of that. the The power lines. Oh that's a that's a tough one You know We have sister organization called scenic texas and They work you know they. They work on You know advocating for that throughout the state That is a tough one. I think we'd all like to see that happen. But i'm look. There are things that are happening to improve all the things that she that your your your listener has has touched upon. That are happening now. And he's been so that that's good news. It seems like these efforts fall into you could almost divide them into two categories what to do with new spaces that are being developed to ensure that there's some consideration given to how they look and then what you do with all spaces that are either being redeveloped or are not and there are limitations on what you can do. How much do you. How much energy or you spending sort of navigating the old versus new spaces. We that that we have people ask a lot and that's a what's that saying. How do you eat an elephant. One bite at a time. you know. That's that's a these. Things are very hard to tackle and city and our city So we we don't we don't focus too much on on that We focus more again on this on first impressions and Shared public spaces educating the public and land and and and and and developers and all the folks state different stakeholders who would be building houston to make sure that they're you know making thoughtful design decisions when they're building so that's really what we've focused on. You know like unfortunately there are so many things to focus on in the city of. Houston we you have to. You have to pick a couple of spaces and and go there. I wish we could focus on on all of these things. I can't believe we're we're going to have to wrap on eating an elephant metaphor but okay. Heather house executive director of scenic used heather. Thanks so much for joining us. Yeah thank you for having me. I spoke with heather host and back in august we earlier in that conversation about how the pandemic may be influencing keystones perceptions of our areas beauty or a lack of it in part because more of us have spent more time and biking in and around our neighborhoods. Parks have been a bigger part of that. In twenty twenty offering an option for safe social distancing the pandemic may have brought some of us closer to nature. It's moved us further from live arts performances. The collaboration between the buffalo bayou partnership and the river oaks chamber orchestra seeks to fuse. The two as our own joshua's in learned in october along buffalo. Bayou there are a lot of interesting things to see from all the parks two different art installations to the cistern to the bats at wat bridge. If you go to any of those spots today you might notice a little sign with a qr code on it and if you scan that code with your phone you can access a curated performance from the river oaks chamber orchestra. Once i realized that qr codes had come back into fashion. I realized that are access for our entire library. One of the few orchestras in the nation. That's paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the rights to be able to put them up that there's free listening. It can have for hundreds of pieces and the uniqueness of the by you that has such amazing art and landmarks would be the perfect place to program and karen is always up for a wonderful a fun time so it was perfect partnership those alicia lawyer founder and artistic director for the orchestra for this project. Roco picked forty pieces of music that they've performed and tied them to forty stops along buffalo. Bayou and for karen farber the vice president of external affairs for the buffalo value. Partnership the timing of this collaboration couldn't be better at timing was perfect when least approached us because not only are people spending more time outdoors right now and we're experiencing the arts outdoors in a way that you know we never have before but also it's the fifth anniversary of buffalo by park so it was a great opportunity to keep celebrating the fifth anniversary with programming. That people can experience all fall. The just gets people kind of seeing the parking different way hearing the park in a different way and Really spending time exploring these pieces of music. So let's take a little tour of some of these spots starting near the buffalo bayou waterworks. One of the most clicked or the most clicked right scanned. Qr codes is right here. At donald lipski down periscope which is an installation. That's permanent here are the waterworks in the park. Right above the cistern. And if you look inside the periscope you can see inside the cistern space. That's underneath us so now. In addition to being able to do that there's a qr code where you can hear a piece of music. Well that's what's been really fun. Is the humor of programming it. Because this piece is by criminals on it's one of our world premiere commissions and it's called visions from another world which is another world underneath here and so it sept spinning ballerina little further into buffalo bayou park at the corner of allen parkway in montrose boulevard. You can find another code near a special bridge. We're in the park at the base of the rosemont bridge. Which is the pedestrian bridge. That many people know is the bridge of tolerance. right here. We have the sculptures the permanent sculptures by zalmay plans. That were part of the design of the bridge of tolerance. And we're looking at something called netscape by urban yardage that was created for the fifth anniversary of buffalo. Bayou park. which we're celebrating this. This is a piece. We commission many years ago and world premiered by rina s smells. She's obviously one of the most well-known female composers now and it's just a piece based on her Indian ragas that she included and it is perfect to be at the tolerance statues. It is one of the most clicked. I think it's very visible. I think that's why In wall most of these are specifically in buffalo. Bayou park the value itself flows by several other parks in the city where you can also find these musical. Qr codes so we're here at buffalo bend nature park which is also called yolanda black navarro park and it is a ten acre park with trails and ponds and we've planted ten thousand wetland plants that have encouraged many bird species to make their homes here. So if you walk around this park you'll really experienced this sort of wetland feel of it so gaby linda frank Gabriel and frank is one of the most multicultural humans on the planet. Her dad was a lithuanian. Jewish and her mother was chinese peruvian spanish. And so this piece is called a leisure and dina and it's basically an exploration of all the cultures that she grew up with. And that's what i love about it again multicultural. The east side of houston represents so well. I can't wait to walk this. I probably will whom we're done with this interview because it's so beautiful out here that no one just knows about it for karen farber not only. Is this a meeting point for music in nature but the technology is a huge part of it as well during this pandemic. we've come to appreciate technology in a really different way. I think we're technology is enabling us to do all these things that you know in previous decades. We wouldn't have been able to do so while we're separated from each other. Were so much more connected than we used to be. And this is a way of experiencing nature outdoors and also experiencing music through technology without having to you know be close to anybody. You can do this completely on your own. You can do this with your family. It's just a really great way to get out and Have a completely new experience of these bucolic. Urban spaces and alicia lawyer is happy to have something to share with an audience of historians. Even if it's not live it's pretty exciting to be the soundtrack for houston. Let's let's say that. But i also think we emphasize so much about multi generational audiences in the fact that you can do something together but at separate like you can be listening to this. Your kids are running around the park. And it's just a way to share something that have separate experience and just create memories with music and with our spaces. I'm really thrilled that this could happen. It's so exciting and you know we have hundreds and hundreds of other pieces we. This is not the end there. There are so many other ways we can be doing. This and i am just thrilled to partner with buffalo partnership on this for houston matters. I'm joshua's in joshua's ins reporters from october. But that collaboration between the river oaks chamber orchestra in buffalo bayou partnership continues here in december. We'll have more conversations for you here on the feed tomorrow. Then we'll be back with our full daily program on monday including another round of houstonians pet. Peeves if you wanna get a headstart on sweating the small stuff email your peeves to us at talk. It houston matters dot org Also were planning to do a holiday themed volume of the houston matters. Mix tape later in the month and we'd love it if you could take part. Here's how you do. So us open mic on the houston public media app to record yourself telling us about your favorite holiday song. Who sings it and why you love it record your message press send and your message will be emailed to the houston matters team. We will take care of the rest. Share your thoughts and song and question in that holiday themed matters mix tape later in the month. That's it for today. Thanks for listening. I'll talk to you again tomorrow. Houston public media.
Tiger King: Joe Burrow's Journey to the Bengals
"Hey It's field gates of NFL live in the fantasy focus football podcast with ESPN daily. You can wake up to the best story. You'll hear all day twenty minutes a day five days a week where you get an inside look at the most interesting stories at ESPN. As told by the top reporters and insiders on the planet the Breaking News of Sports Center with the deep dive. Storytelling a thirty for thirty. Today's episode was one. I thought our listeners would especially enjoy. Please listen and subscribe to Espn daily wherever you find your favorite podcasts. Smoking Joe is already igniting. The Queen City today since he's shirts pretty now. Tease faster than Joe. Borough can throw touchdowns and they say business is booming for the Bayou bengals with the bengals having two and fourteen record this past year. This is something we can all get behind the Cincinnati bengals had the NFL's worst record by season. An intern looked to be the winners of the Joe. Borough sweepstakes as they're poised to take the LSU quarterback with the first overall pick in tomorrow night's draft the local kid coming home to save the downtrodden franchise would seem to be the stuff that sports movies are made of but as. Burl have what it takes to turn things around in Cincinnati. Does he want to play there. I mean it comes. It's April Twenty. Second this is espn daily band draft is almost here. It is the draft is definitely almost here and I think you've been in Cincinnati. You've been kind of thinking about the draft for like six seven months so it's Kinda weird to think about the fact that the draft is upon us then baby covers the Cincinnati bengals for ESPN. What percent of Cincinnati was watching the national championship with an eye on Jonesboro? A very large amount these fans. Whenever the bengals season started to go south very quickly you know they started to look towards. Okay we might be having a number one overall pick and at the same time. Joe Borough at an incredible year in his stock really started to go up. So let's start there with the obvious question. The Society Bengals for those who don't know have that first overall pick. Is there any chance then baby that they do not take Joe? I I highly highly highly doubt it. I mean as we all know anything can happen of the day of the draft but everything that we've heard in you know you when you hear new dice up. The comments of the bengals made publicly. I think there's been close to zero percent chance that they do anything. But Take Joe Borough who does a lot of them that it makes a ton of sense and if they didn't I imagine that fan base given that he's not only the best prospect but also the local kid would probably revolt right. Yes I've actually joked and I don't really know it's a joke but I think if they don't take borough we might legitimately see some riots in downtown Cincinnati by the stadium because what they need right now from from not just on the field standpoint but what they need off the field I think Joe Boroughs. The only person that can provide both of those things. Let's talk about that sort of off. The field need because the reason. Cincinnati is in position to get borough is because they were terrible. Last year they went to and fourteen. Worst record in franchise history and of course this is a franchise with a fairly miserable history Haven't won a playoff game since the one thousand nine hundred season Ben. What is it about Joe? Borough aside from obviously having just won the heisman national championship and putting together arguably the best season of any college quarterback in football history book. What is it about? Joe Perot that makes bengals fans believe he can lead them out of misery. You know when when you look at where Joe's able to do on his strengths on the field that really lines up well to what the Bengals coaching staff philosophically wants a senior quarterback which is making really strong pre-snap reads and being accurate in With the ball and putting it where needs to be on time when the bengals spoke with him and have been talking to him throughout the draft process they were able to to Suss out his leadership qualities and his football and elected and those are things that have come across really well as they met with him throughout this whole process. So if Joe Borough does land in Cincinnati he would of course be walking into up difficult situation. How does that compare to his journey as a quarterback so far you know it's fascinating when you look at Joe Bureau's history in in worrying comes from specifically in Athens County Ohio and out in high school when whenever he got there they had never won a playoff game and this is a town in a high school football for decades. What he did in Athens is what he's essentially going to be doing. In Cincinnati but on a much larger scale is taking place. It's never really had on a success. In trying to elevate them to the highest level in in borough interestingly enough because of his journey has some experience in that category. He talks about being from Athens when he accepted the heisman. Coming from from Southeast Ohio. It's it's a very very impoverished area and the poverty rate is almost two times the national average INS. There's so many people there that don't have a lot and I'm up here for all those all those kids in Athens in Athens county to go home to not a lot of food on the table you guys can be up to eight talked about food insecurity and poverty and you know kind of shown a light on the place where he grew up. What is it like if you drive through there? It's a it's a really rules herald? You're in West Virginia Market for TV Columbus's eighty miles away so it's really a no man's land and there's really not a walnut economy. They're the biggest thing. Is You know high university which is in Athens. Which is you when whenever opposing coaches are looking at. What's going on in Athens? Hi there? They're just praying that the the Ohio University. Coaching staff doesn't change. Because that means that someone might bring kit in who might change the dynamic of the team and intrigued enough. That's what happened when job removed in the town when he was in second grade the move there because his dad who is a college coach. Got A job there. Right is. Dad was a graduate assistant for Frank Solich at Nebraska. A couple of years before in the one soul which got the job as Ohio's head coach. He brought Jimmy Borough along the defensive coordinator and then they moved to Athens. Joe Almost left whenever he was in middle school whenever Jimmy had a job opportunity at Iowa state and and he didn't ultimately get it. You know they said. We're not leaving until JOE gets out of high school in that ended up being very formative experience for him in. It's kind of from that moment on. You know he's kind of had the ship on a shoulder and you know it's fascinating if that would still be there if he didn't finish his career at Athens. How good was he is is quarterback? He was phenomenal. He was one of the best you know. When you talk about his athleticism he was supposed to be playing another position as a sophomore. Dan Another kid who they liked the quarterback on that year in two thousand twelve in that Kid's Dad Michael J. Models Dad Peter Motto. Got A job at Fresno state as an assistant and then all of a sudden they said well against Jones playing quarterback a year early and opposing coach. Told me you know we have a lot of people. Just going into Athens Games just to see what that offense looked like because they had heard all the rumors around this. This thing looks really different in. This quarterback can really sling it so I'm joined by a whole lot of excited at. I could not find a more excited ban. The Mister Charlie came over two hundred miles and painted up showed us. This dance moves so the community really got behind him. Yeah they definitely did Joe. Borough ENDED UP WINNING MR football in state of Ohio. His senior year whenever they went to go play a playoff game they were driving through some of the other towns in people were coming out from those towns to sport Athens region that got really overlook that never really had its honor respect You know a lot of people didn't think much of it from county standpoint. There was a really strong sense of okay. It's Kinda Southeast Ohio. Everybody where everybody had. The sense of pride is this what we can do. I want to give a chance. How far did he take that team? They want fourteenth. Straight Games went undefeated into the State Championship game in division three or mashed up against Toledo Central Catholic Fame Horseshoe Ohio Stadium in Columbus. It's the Ohio. High School Athletic Association Football State Championships. Joe was really effective. He tied the state record. For six touchdown. Fifty four yard touchdown strike from. They took a lead with a little over two minutes left. And all of a sudden Toledo central Catholic basically needs a miracle to go and win this game and sure enough they convert three different conversions and they ended up scoring the game winning touchdown with fifteen seconds. Catholic Day champion. There is no consoling any member of the bulldogs here tonight. It's interesting to go back and you look at that post game. Press conference in a lot of the questions are especially to joe or maybe talk about how great the season was and all that and enjoy. Didn't really see any of that easily. You were staying at one interception earlier in the game and in. That's what he wanted to focus on with your piss Cantonese. We'll look at that history. The fact that they were playing for State Championship game and were seconds away from winning it. You would think that there would be some satisfaction in that and For Joe that definitely wasn't there. You know another wrinkle. All of this game was played at Ohio Stadium. Which is the home state buckeyes and going into Joe Season? He had already committed to Ohio state. So you know this was going to be the stadium. Everything fell right where he was going to be a starter and he was gonNA lead. The buckeyes in in front of big crowds in front of Games of higher stakes is replaced GT. Barry Tonight is apparently done. Joe had tubes biggest heartbreaks Ohio state. One was losing the State Championship fast forward. If he doesn't win the starting job with the Buckeyes and that for him to leave his home state and go to Lsu to prove himself as a starting quarterback. Let's talk about that. His inability to immediately win a starting job after high school after the break and So Ben while Joe did not win a state championship. It does sound like his high school. Career was fairly charmed. He was an unmitigated success as a high school quarterback but after that he wasn't so successful what happened before he ended up at Lsu so he didn't have a ton of offers intially because Athens were so close to Columbus. Ohio state was one of the bigger schools that offered him when he got to Ohio State. In a you quickly realize that. There's a lot of good quarterbacks here in his primary competition when it came time for him to be the starter was Wayne. Haskins job suffered a hand injury that required surgery. And what that did was that end up putting Haskins in the driver's seat in in you know by the time the two thousand seventeen season ended and then they were getting ramped up to go into eighteen. It was clear that Joe was not going to be the starter in for him to do so required him to transfer it so he ended up going to. Lsu We all know how that ended sits on the throne of college. Football concluded with the National Championship with the Heisman with all the accolades led him to being the number one pick. If his high school career ended with what he described as the worst day of his life how did his college career field him. You could definitely see the joy that he had. I feel talk to his high school coach. A Ryan Adams and felt like there was a lot of validation that came with lsu winning the national championship because of the journey that Joe went on for everything to finally all come together for him. I was a validation of the effort that he put in boroughs. Probably one of the hardest working quarterbacks that you'll find remember is a high school offensive coordinator Nathan White said. Joe Was the type of kid who will be texting me like. Hey One can we go throw. Hey I WANNA go out to the field in throw some routes in offense coordinator said that. I don't think I ever saw a bad practice from joe in that kind of shows the work ethic any even at a young age and so it kind of was a culmination of all the things that have been working for him for so many years out of his Mouth Championship. My Dad lost a couple of cups. I lost state. Jv Both my brothers state championships is kind of our first. One Super Special after two of Loa got hurt and of course joe ended the season away. Did it seem pretty? Foregone that he would be the number one overall pick and then of course when the NFL season and did we all knew that it would be a little earlier than that. We knew it'd be the Cincinnati Bengals with that pick. It seemed perfect waistband. Right because Joe Borough is from Ohio. It's the bengals but do you think it's perfect to him. You know he's been very hesitant to say that he's all in on coming to Cincinnati when we asked him about after Columbine that you WANNA play. It's been going up. What did you make of it? You know the only thing that I've said is I just didn't WanNa be presumptuous about the pig and so that's why I've been non-committal because I don't know what's going to happen you know. They might not take me. They might fall in love with someone else. It sounded like he was okay with Communist Cincinnati. Bengals select you number one. Would you happily report to go play for them? Yeah I'm not GonNa not play. I'm a ball player. Whoever picks me on my go show you have any reservations about playing for the Cincinnati Bengals? How play whoever forever address me you know? I'm I'm just not going to be presumptuous. About you know what what they WANNA do. I think Joe also takes that challenge in his father. Jimmy said as much you know when you have that kind of franchise you have to kind of embrace What what the the history and kind of what that entails and you know with Joe. Being competitive as he is. He's the one to be a turnaround. A franchise like the bengals would also go to show. What what borough can do and kind of your competitor. Kinda thrive on on that opportunity. Did he grow up the Bengals? He did not he i. It's funny because Thinking he actually cheered for the browns for short period of time it harder story where Someone was saying that he grew up. A big drew. Brees ran and you know after after seven months before the season started so the end of the National Championship and how much stock grew and got to the point where he was signing autographs or drew brees because breeze. Ask for them a no. He did not grow up bend. The bengals. Did something very strange. This offseason they spent money they went out and I added some free agents is the team. That doesn't really do that. What did you make of their spending spree? Feels a little strong? But what did you make of their expenditures? And what do you think that says about how they view? Borough YEA Bengals. They went out and they signed cord. Houston DEFENSIVE TACKLE DJ reader they signed or Minnesota quarterback trae. Wayne's I think ultimately what you told a web all of their deals you're looking at least a hundred and forty five million dollars and that's a very conservative amount on you know and that's the kind of money that historically has been spent here in Cincinnati type of franchised really hesitant to take that risk but I think it's fascinating when you look at the backdrop of what happened. After the season ended. There was a lot of comments of does this franchise actually WanNa win championships. And you had Joe Borough say no you WANNA go number one but you also want to go to a great organization. That's committed to winning. Committed to winning super bowls. And if you WANNA win Super Bowl is also spend like it as well and so for Cincinnati to go out and attack key positions and say. We're going to go out and spend a lot of money and try to overhaul this roster. I think they were not only just trying to prove it to those naysayers but maybe also even borough to say listen. We are a place that wants to win a super bowl. We do want to compete so van. Joe Says he's ready to walk into a difficult situation and he's done in the past but is coming from an Lsu team that was extraordinarily dominant with incredible weapons around him. An amazing coaches not so much when he goes to Cincinnati. Do you think that will be challenging for him? I think it will. I think like anybody who stepping into the real world for the first time. It is going to be a bit of a shock but to Joe's credit I think one of the things that's going to help them out is is confidence is probably one of the best. You're going to see out of a quarterback. He was confident. Self enough to say you know what? I'M GONNA go. Transfer my comfort zone and go to Lsu and prove myself there in the bengals have been cognizant of that as well. So I know you have not been in Cincinnati for terribly long or not from their case. Anyone who is hearing Benz accent can't tell but you've got a sense of the fan base and the misery and the team. How do you think he jives with the organization just his personality and style you know? I think he is going to walk into a situation. That is gonNA feel really familiar to him on the vibe of the city by his his ice coached. Only you know what Cincinnati feels like is what we felt like during the eighties nineties. Two thousand what. We had no success at all. We just wanted it. So bad in JOE IS GONNA walk into a similar city. That is just like I said yearning for that playoff victory in Zack Taylor in this coaching staff. They WANNA be the ones also bring that success to Cincinnati sack. You know you took a risk coming here. You know you knew this franchise in its history yet is where you wanted to start out your career as a head coach and he felt good enough to say this is where I wanNA start my career and I'm willing to take that risk. If you're Joey I think you have to like that. That there's a guy who could have probably waited a couple years to maybe get a job somewhere else and said you know what I'll go ahead and start at Cincinnati it. We'll see how this goes last question is do you think. There's any concern in the organization with the Bengals or in the city of Cincinnati. The job row has gone on the record hating on Skyline Chili. I hate to switch back. No hate me about hate that stuff. Really it's a Saas. What do you mean Cincinnati GonNa hate? You was if he Joe D'oro Bring Cincinnati playoff win and also maybe even does more. He can skyline as long as he wants. He's also right. I will Declined comments on as you gotta you gotTa keep peace with the locals. Thanks so much bad. 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Examining Proposed Flood Prevention Projects (Oct. 26, 2020)
"This programming is brought to you by Baylor. Medicine stratus integrated health where every patient's personal primary care physician is committed to their immediate and long-term health. Stratus S. T. R. A. T. O. S. HEALTH DOT ORG slash care. More than a million registered voters have already cast ballots Harris County with one week of early voting. Still go I'm Craig Cohen Today on Houston matters the high turnout we discuss it with news seven Andrew Schneider. Then Harris County. Public Health Executive Director Dr Bernard Shaw joins us to walk through the latest on cove nineteen across the region. Houston matters with Craig. Cohen is a production of Houston, public media with support from CIGNA together all the way also. This hour the US Army Corps of Engineers wants your feedback about proposed flood mitigation projects including a third reservoir further widening Buffalo Bayou talk over those and other proposals and welcome your thoughts and what you should know about Halloween and pets veterinarian Dr Lori Teller has some tips and field's your dog and cat care questions email them now to talk if Houston Matters Dot Org, we'll start with the news update from NPR news eighty, eight, seven stay with us. This is Houston matters. I'm Craig Cohen Good Morning Ahead we'll talk with the speech centers Jim Blackburn. About Flood Mitigation Proposals and a report from the US Army Corps of Engineers and later will welcome your dog and cat. Care Questions for veterinarian Dr Lori Teller you can send those are way now to talk at Houston Matters Dot Org I up a million registered voters of already cast ballots in Harris County with one week of early voting still to go ahead of election day a week from. Tuesday to discuss the continued high turnout we're joined now by news eighty, eight sevens, Andrew Schneider Good Morning Andrew. Good. Morning safe to say a lot of Houstonians want to have a say in how this election plays out. The. Of Yeah I mean we're we're actually closing in on one point one million voters as of this morning that's that's already broken through by a wide margin the previous record for early voting. What are some other numbers you can share with us this morning? Well, we're looking eh one more record that this city has to break. That's for total voting that was set in two thousand sixteen that was just shy of one point four million. we also have total of of close to a quarter million ballots that were mailed in that had been received so far. We may look back on twenty twenty is an outlier due to the pandemic, and of course, the intensity of our politics these days. But but how do these turnout numbers stack up? You mentioned Twenty Sixteen and we may be closing in on record there. What about other recent election cycles if we've seen anything like this? No No. This this is by far and away the largest number of ballots that have ever been cast in Harris. County. It's twenty two thousand sixteen was was was the the high water mark for whole variety of reasons. The high turnout has come despite some bumps along the way across the entire region. What issues have we seen at some polling location so far? Well I mean the the big. The big issue that we've seen so far as has been the back and forth as we were discussing. The top of the hour over the mail in ballot issue. We've had all sorts of. Lawsuits that have been going forth I the federal courts now through the state courts the latest result is that these the state supreme. Court of Texas has put hold on a prior ruling from the from the district courts and from the. was upheld by the Appeals Court which would have allowed more than one dropbox for in ballots per county and the the both sides is supposed to give A. A their their rulings on this or or their opinions on this by five PM today. We also had was about a week. We can half ago two weeks ago voting equipment programs with the wrong start date for early voting in Fort. Bend County that caused some initial delays have there been any other issues anywhere else that you're aware of. Not Not to the scale of Fort. Bend County. No. That was that was definitely a problem on the first day the they wound up expanding early voting hours to arrested that first week in order to make up for it. What does this high turn out in early voting suggest for Election Day itself a week from tomorrow. Well that's uncertain I mean the the the big question in any case like this is whether what we're seeing in early voting is forecast for a big turnout election day or whether people who would have voted on election day or simply voting early in which case we could we could see slightly lower turnout. Most analysts that that I've seen suggests that that it's the former that that we could wind up seeing a larger turnout on election day as a result of this news at seven Andrew Schneider. Thanks very much. You're welcome. No doubt you've heard how in recent weeks, Corona virus cases are spiking particularly dramatically and some other parts of the country cases are on the rise here in Texas to including here. In Houston, with schools welcoming more students back in classroom learning folks standing in line for early voting and most notably may be more people congregating in larger groups, restaurants, and bars. Public health officials are keeping a wary off on covert nineteen numbers. Let's check in with one of them, Dr Shaw Executive, director of Harris, county public, health good, morning, and welcome back to the program. Good Morning Craig Hope you're doing well, I'm well and yourself I'm doing well, early voted this weekend so. Easy Breezy. was very very. Easy process and I just WANNA encourage everybody to make sure they vote. Always Nice to be able to check it off the list I did that about a week or so ago I can't say it was super easy was in my case I was in line for about an hour fifteen something like that, which is still not bad but. Yeah. We have to have enough data at the moment to know whether we here in the Houston area are dealing with just a small uptick in cases or something indicative of larger so-called third wave like some other cities around the country are experiencing. Definitely across the country, you're seeing increases I. think the last number I saw was thirty seven states that are seeing an increase and You are seeing it across Texas as well. We're seeing El Paso and Amarillo and other parts of the state where with increases and and obviously in the case of El Paso some concerning increases were hospitalizations or up as well Here, locally Craig we're also seeing increases. It's it's early though but I will say that it worries me that we are you know we're not insulated from what happens across the country we're not insulated from what happens across Texas and so when we start to see increases, then you have the context of what's happening elsewhere. Then you know maybe it just hasn't gotten to us as much. Yet, but it will, and that's why we need to wear a mask can do all those things because right now that's the concern that we are going to see that third wave here locally you mentioned El Paso. My understanding is that that some of the hospitals they're the they're sending patients to hospitals and other communities right? That's right. That's right. Yeah you know he's thin as one of. Them but across Austin Dallas etc and you know I think that brings up the same thing we've seen throughout this remember this is the Third Way Right? So the first wave was what happened in the springtime than we saw in the summer and now this third wave and we don't know how it's GONNA materialize remember every wave and pandemic is somewhat different than previous ones were future ones. So you know again, we we know that there's a lot of information out there about wearing a mask and washing your hands and watching your distance that those three things are so key to fighting a pandemic. So we've got to make sure we keep doing those. Two what do you most attribute the jump in numbers that we're seeing here? I think it's fatigue I think think there's Two things. It is fatigue. It's also The, you know the fact is that you know when you start to get into the fall, you you get to a point where you know people are maybe more starting to become more indoors. You know if you get cooler weather like you know in other parts of the state, we haven't gotten as much of it here but you start to get people indoors. Maybe they're more crowded around each other and now you know you've got the. Holiday season about to come, and that's when you start to get an increase. But I did want to say fatigue in the sense that we may be tired of the viruses I've said to you before but the viruses and tired of us it's still you know it's still lurks, and so if we don't do all those things to protect ourselves and we're not meticulous about the the prevention measures then guess what that's when it sneaks up on a community and we don't want that to happen. That concept of people being around one another more indoors because of changing weather seems to me I wonder if we have the opposite effect here in Houston in that. So many of us, we have this tendency almost to hibernate during the summer. As the weather cools off finally that we're like, Hey, now I can go outside. Yeah you know I I you would hope that we don't get that that kind of a wave but you know unfortunately I you know maybe I'm I'm just you know a realist or or a concern you know worried public health professional. But when I see it across the state and across the country I, think that we're any more immune to it in our community than anywhere else and so I would love to say that you know because of some of our practices or things of that nature maybe we tend to be out. More in the in the winter perhaps, but you know cooler weather also implies that you've got flu season we WANNA make sure everybody gets their flu vaccine. We we do know that. Cova vaccine is around the corner but it's not here and so we still have a long way to go and the only thing we've got is prevention we spoke last week with the head of the Texas Medical Center it sounded like hospitals here in the region are well positioned to handle another wave. If that is what we're dealing with what's your impression of that? I I think. So I'm actually looking at the Texas, Medical Center numbers of it's it's it's open right in front of me, and I would say that you know we we do appreciate all the work that our healthcare partners have done for the first couple of wave the last several months but again you know. Craig. Any system can can break if it's it's you know surge too much, and that's why we don't want to get to a point where we test Texas Medical Center other hospitals because we say, Hey, we've got this. Let's just do what we can. You know always say ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So let's you know let's prevent this before we can but our hospitals in general are well situated for what we've seen previously, we just don't know what we will see in the future and that's why it's of concerning to US Halloween is Saturday any advice for how to navigate the holiday? Well you know if you especially if you've got health conditions and you know if you're in those categories of higher risk than I, would say sit it out but you know if folks are going to go out and do things please wear masks remember that a a mask on your costume is not the same as the mask that you would wear to prevent covid nineteen We've got some tips on our website as well and want to make sure that you know people aren't doing the kinds of things that you Halloween parties are a big no-no or were you know having the common bowl where people reach in and get in you know the the candy and then? along. That's the kind of stuff that starts to increase risk If you are at all hesitant or worried or concerned, please just keep your light off. That's what I would say and and then remember don't get to take the test. I think that's the other thing Craig is WanNa. Make sure that people are are also getting tested. We've seen a decrease in testing over the last several weeks and it started to have an uptick of late but we WANNA make sure people are still remember that forty percent of people can be a symptomatic but still be able to spread the virus doctor who Shaw's the executive director of Harris County Public Health Doctor Shaw. Thanks very much. Greg, as always thank you. Up, next, the Army Corps of Engineers wants your feedback on proposals for flood mitigation in Houston. We discuss the projects in their report with Jim Blackburn from Rice's speed center is Houston matters continues. This is Houston matters. I'm Craig Cohen Today at one o'clock. The US Army Corps of Engineers. Will hold the last of four virtual public meetings seeking public comment about its interim Buffalo Bayou and tributaries resiliency study. Basically, it's a report laying out some potential flood mitigation efforts and what each would cost. Here's the short short version for about three billion dollars. The report says we could construct a new Katy prairie reservoir and dam upstream of the addicks reservoir in the Cypress Creek watershed for about a billion dollars give or take we could complete some twenty two. Miles of deepening and widening buffalo by you for seven to thirteen billion dollars. The federal government could purchase thousands of properties upstream downstream of the addicts and Barca reservoirs, and the core offers a fourth option doing both the new reservoir and the channel improvement. That's what the report says. That's what the Army Corps of Engineers wants feedback on to discuss these concepts and what may actually be feasible. We're joined now by Jim Blackburn co-director of Rice University speed center speed stands for severe storm prediction education, and evacuation from disasters. Jim Blackburn welcome back to Houston matters. And as we talk about the Army Corps of Engineers Interim Report, we welcome your questions and comments at seven, one, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight, seventy. You know what Jim we've got kind of a bad connection on the line. We're GONNA put you on hold and we're GONNA see if we can get a little bit stronger connection. So just stand by their first second. And again, if you have any thoughts on the four ideas that I just floated, it's really three ideas of a combination of two of them. Again, we welcome your questions and comments at seven, one, three, four, four, zero, eight, seventy or talk at Houston Matters Dot Org. I'll also mention that again this last virtual public meeting on this today from one to three, and we have posted links to more information about how to take part in that meeting. If you want to comment directly to the US Army Corps of Engineers, also how you can submit public input to the core. After today's meeting actually until they're accepting comment until I believe it's November second all of that information those links at Houston matters dot org. Let's see if we've got a better connection with Jim for now Jim are you with us OK? Yeah. Very much better much better. All right. So let's first walk through these plans in a little more detail. What can you tell us about the potential plan for a new reservoir? But I think the first thing I would say generally, I think I and many of us are very disappointed in this report. In that thing, we were hoping for a much more in depth study of a lot of these alternatives beyond those that we're sorta featured in the report because I think this is probably the biggest turney rainfall related flood problem that we've got in Houston and The court can do excellent work. This is not their best piece of work by fifty. All right. Well I I understand that and I do WanNa get to some of the other things that you may have hoped had been in the report but let's first address the things that are in it. And let's start with this new reservoir. What? What would how would a third reservoir work? Well a third reservoir would be upstream most likely of addicks reservoir. I would be in the Katy. Prairie em would actually cover up a lot of the lands that are currently owned and operated by the Katy Prairie Conservancy. and. It would be an impoundment much like an addict or Parker impoundment and would hold water for many weeks if not months. After a large rain and I would be essentially a large holding pond that would draw backed up and reinforced addicts and Barker perhaps the reduce the amount of water they would have to be released overtime. The second concept that the Army Corps of Engineers Lists In this interim report is completing some channel improvement. So this is something that's already underway, right? They. Handle improvements are not necessarily underway. There may be some minor improvements underway, but generally, they're talking about a major channelization project from the outlet that addicks barker all the way down to about student Mont, Montrose, bridge crossing in the near the downtown area, which would take away a lot of the. environmental attributes of buffalo value would widen it the handle they fifteen thousand cubic feet per second release from. Attic. Barca reservoirs, and then what can you share about the this other idea of potential acquisition of structures upstream and downstream of the existing reservoirs Well, that is the one that I think. I am the most critical of the way they've candidate. But basically ideas by the I. we have allowed I think wrongly, but it's already been long is long been. That we have developed land within the flood pool both addicts and Barker reservoirs. In other words, the levees are higher and we'll impound Waterton elevation higher than the property that was obtained for the reservoir in the first place. So homes are within the flood fool of the reservoir. that led to litigation that litigation led to a federal judge at the Court of claims in Washington DC determining. That at least in the upstream case, a flood easement had been inversely condemned by the corps of Engineers. and. Now, they're arguing about how much that flood is work? That litigation is not even discussed in the report which I think is one of the major deficiencies, but it would reduce significantly the cost of this alternative. If you basically assume that the government is buying a flood underwrite litigation concept and that does not leave that much more to be paid to buy out the. Remaining interest in the Hos-. if the very complicated situations, it just wasn't adequately address. They're also talking about purchasing downstream properties that would also be flooded. in the case of rebate to release his from addicts embark. I it seems like another piece in all of this of course is what happens with folks who have Property, and they don't want to sell. I would think route. I would think this would create some delays and challenges and some well, some complication in court potentially. Oh Yeah I mean this is this is literally the most complicated flood. Protection problem that I have ever encountered and. We have to basically have our kind of a our a game on if you if you will and I don't think that so far we have come close to having an game focused on this problem. I will say this I do think that this report may have an indirect effect direct effect if you will organizing the community to basically come together and take charge I have. Never. Seen as much cooperation between the Development Community and the environmental community and of the flood protection community as as as is beginning to emerge around this report I I, want to get some more into evaluating this report and maybe some things that aren't in it. But first, let's take a couple of calls. We have Alan the line from Cinco ranch, Al what's your question or comment. Yeah but you guys have doing a great job Cobra the things I was concerned about. But I am part of the the families, the Charter Lawsuit Against Army Army Corps of Engineer. And the judge said that you know they were they do wrong. It's Leiden I and we're supposed to be getting some some compensations of course. Something that would happen in my lifetime It's just a question for the gentleman that is with the with the Army Corps. Well again, I should stress. Jim Black is not with the Army Corps of Engineers. That's all right. That's okay. A gym though. We're talking here with somebody who's WHO's part of all of that that litigation and is. This is an ever-present threat for anybody that's a homeowner in. In the neighborhood like that. You. What advice do you offer for AL generally speaking Well I mean, I, think that's one of the problems is it is a very slow process I. I would like to see the entire process accelerated. I would hope our congressional delegation can come together after the election whoever is elected will work together to cause the core one to move quickly to resolve the litigation and to to work with the community to come up with better solutions and have been crafted so far. But I think there needs to be clarity with litigation and like I said, the litigation side even discussed in the report, and while on the one hand I as an attorney, I can understand their. Reluctance to talk about the litigation litigation is the key aspect. The key fact that has a huge bearing on the outcome of what happens with Addison Barker into totally ignore it and really not talk about it in any detail at all I think is a disservice to the people like the gentleman that called Dan that are really in limbo and they through no fault of their own We allowed this situation to come into existence. We I think as a community have an obligation to try to fix it as quickly and efficiently as we can't Williams in the Fifth Ward William what's your question or comment? Yeah, I have a two parts. So one part of my question is, how does the current plan? coincide with the East River project that's also being. Considered for that same area and then with that in mind how would The current plans propose by the Army Corps of Engineers. prevent what happened to the community as a hurricane harvey that category flooded to save downtown. So I'm just curious about how do we prevent you know communities from being disrupted, due to historic flooding. All right. Thanks for the call and for the questions and I think Jim. Maybe. The second question that's basically what these proposals are all about to some degree. Thank you. Can You? Can you share Do you have any idea whether or not this? Coincides with efforts in the East River Project Williams talking about. Well if I understand correctly what the East River project is improvements east of downtown and this project would stop just west of downtown. So I think that basically the result would be the conveyance of. A perhaps a greater amount of water more Spain at least theoretically more safely through the Western community that the report doesn't say a lot about what would happen east of student, Mont. so that would be something that would have to be analyzed they in a sweat in subsequent study. So I would say the primary focus that this was further west. Than either the third the fifth wars or the East side of downtown and really doesn't address problems associated with harvey other than those arising from the operation of addicts and residents and Barca reservoirs. She does on the line for makers homes. What's your question or comment? Hi Show. I'm a second year or third year civil engineering student at the University of New Mexico, and some of the first two plan sound a little bit more feasible in terms of. Actual flood control. But I was wondering on the third plan. Do they consider futures, zoning laws or anything like that. Because I know land uses a little bit difficult to to you know. Go all the way through with in terms of like buying and selling properties that they were saying earlier who don't want to sell. So do they do the Army Corps of Engineers have any sort of suggestions or recommendations for future? Zoning laws. to were, they answered that question I folk we do not have zoning in county in in Texas counties are not allowed to own, and of course, city of Houston has no zoning. The court does take into account future land use to the extensive as relevant. Here our biggest problem is the current land use is within the reservoir. And trying to figure out what to do with those houses that are already in the reservoir, and what can we do to make these reservoirs more functional with those houses in it or by removing those houses one or the other. But those houses being in the reservoir is starting part a point of problems there those of us that think that frankly a lot more attention should be focused on making these reservoirs work better than they currently work. Right there's a being a soil could be excavated out of the reservoirs you could. could digging deeper you could and and these are to buy these being classified as two of the six most dangerous dancer in the United States because the potential risk of failure as well as the consequences of that failure, we have got to make sure that these dams or as they can be over the years. This has been our best flood control investment that has ever been made in our region, and we've got to make sure that these answers safe. That we getting as much out of the money that's already been spent and they will be spent in the litigation and then come up with alternatives from that Jimmy does seem and maybe I'm misreading this report from the core but it does seem as if what they're saying is any of these alternatives will be expensive. But if you want the biggest bang for your buck and you want it done quickly, well, we can deepen and widen the by you when we can create a third reservoir that's going to cost a lot less than buying up properties is that what they're saying by basically laying out especially in light of the fact that they're offering a fourth. which the combination of those two brings it. Yeah. I think that's part of what they're saying I think part of the concern is if they Made sort of short shrift with some other alternative there are those that are very big advocate. So they tunnel project the core has dismissed this I don't think here is county flood control district can't dismiss that. Personally I'm a big fan of the buyout alternative which may not be nearly as expensive if you basically considered that the core has already condemned an easement that they had to pay for, and that's different than this project for psych. I just think there's a lot of subtleties that have and miss but I think the the core trying to come up with the cheapest project but none of these projects meet their national economic. Development criteria I think one of the real problems is that the corps of Engineers methodologies in my opinion at least are a bit outdated they don't really address the realities of the storms like what we're looking at a really don't incorporate climate change into the long term kind of consequences. that have to be evaluated at least not as thoroughly as they've. I certainly think they should, and so I I think what we're running into almost a reality of the twenty first century being addressed with perhaps twentieth century thinking and I I've really think that you're gonNA see coming out of this project they call for a major revision in the approach of the Corp Engineers and like I say I, think the community is not going to be happy frankly with. The alternatives that have been set out I think there are better alternatives to be developed but they require different methodologies in different tools and I. think that will be the interesting thing coming out of this is to watch the community response and we actually To this report in to push for change within the engine. I, mentioned that the last virtual meeting on this is today from one to three. We have posted links to more information about how to take part in that meeting and how to submit public input to the core. Again, that's all at Houston matters. 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Friends for veterinarian Dr Lori Taylor Ireland Animal Clinic and Texas A and M University where she's a clinical associate professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Dr Taylor Welcome. Having. And we welcome any questions you have about the dog or cat companion in your life at seven one, three, four, four, zero, eight, seventy or talk at Houston. Matters. Dot Org. Dr Taylor. The pandemic may limit the number and intensity of Halloween related festivities this year but some reminders are probably still order for those who do have trick or treaters or do their own in a household Halloween parties. In particular when it comes to candy and chocolate these are not good things, dogs or cats, right Absolutely, not chocolate poisonous to our furry friends and so please keep all chocolate out of reach. The other thing to remember is sugar free. Especially, xylitol is toxic to our dogs that can cause very rapid liver failure and We have a really hard time saving dogs from at particular toxicity So just a good idea to keep all of those things out of your dog or cat reach. Some folks like to dress up their dogs or cats on the regular anyway But then especially. So around Halloween do you have a problem with that? I don't have a problem if they want to dress them up as long as the. Darker cat is tolerant of it. Just a couple of things to keep in mind make sure whatever the costume of choices it does not obscure the animals division because that can certainly be a problem or their mobility. So you don't want your dog or cat tripping over something If your cat likes jump on services surfaces, you certainly don't want them getting tangled up. In their costume and and missing the counter or whatever it is they may have fun or having your dog run when the doorbell rings and slowing down and and tearing a ligament or anything like that as well. What about when we dress up in costumes sometimes our pets will react negatively to that. Should we be mindful of anxiety or confusion that that can cause? Yeah, that's a great point. Dogs or cats are pretty laid back about that kind of stuff especially if they're used to seeing people in a wide variety of dress. But when you put on something that completely obscures your normal body shape or your head or face, that can be a little bit disconcerting to them have. So definitely at take it slowly and gradually especially if you have a pet that tends to be a little. More stressed with change and be aware of that it, it probably helps a little bit that all been wearing masks for the past several marksman. So our dogs have gotten a little more used to to seeing those like that it's still changes a lot when you put on a brand new wig and I'm kind of outfit that is not your your customary clothing. Veterinarian Dr Lori Taylor here to feed your dog and cat care questions at seven one, three, four, four, zero, eight, hundred, seventy or talk at Houston Matters Dot Org. Let's start with gene in west Houston John. What's your question? Yeah Our dog is an older dog. Now she's fourteen years old and she's we were told when we adopted her, she's a cross between lab and. Staffordshire terrier or something like that. And Anyway in the past few days, she's developed a can really weird condition in one ear it's. It's Exploded up like a balloon it hasn't popped or anything, but it it looks. Like a balloon inside her. Her, ear and she shakes her head a lot. And we don't know what to think about why she might be getting this. We thought it I maybe. It was a life poma like she has in other parts of your body, but this is different because it's more. Liquid I think and she shakes her head of lot. Like she's gotten a Hematoma and that means that some blood vessels have burst. Inside the your slap itself. said, the blood is leaking there and it fills up and gets really tight and so I would definitely recommend visit to your veterinarians I'm there are things that can be done to treat this It's it's uncomfortable for her. That's why she shaking her head because she feels somewhat unbalanced, and sometimes these are triggered by an ear infection itself. So if there is an underlying urine infection that will need to be treated as well but there are things that can be done to give her some comfort in relief that swelling and remove all the boy that has built up there. So I would definitely recommend a visit to your veterinarian. Then, kind of pop the ear to get out the blood or something. So there. Multiple kinds of treatments so they can drain the blood and inject medication in there, and then put a type pressure rap on it and see if that works. and. If that doesn't work, then there's a couple of minor surgical procedures that could be done instead the idea is to get the blood out and then allow for some scar tissue to form. So it doesn't resell Jean thanks very much for the call. Let's go next to Rene and sugarland. What's your question for Dr Taylor? Hi Dr Keller I've been up for three straight nights. Now with a dog that's coughing she has a congestive heart failure to enlarge heart and the veterinarian seems to think that it's tracheal in nature How do you tell the difference between a tracheal cough and a Kennel? Club. Because there's a Lotta Kennel cough going around right now out here in sugarland. Yeah, there's been a horrible outbreak. Kennel cough across the city So sometimes you well. So Kennel cough can cause a tracheal cough. It's actually crowd infectious tracheobronchitis though it can cause irritation both the trachea in the Bronx. And in that will trigger a COP. So it is possible that she has Kennel cough on top of her congestive heart failure especially since we do know it scoring around the city but typically the cost when upper airway such a trade tia is going to sound differently than when it's fluid building up in the chest from congestive heart failure attempts to sound more like a honking off kind of like a a goose honk honcker what you would get child we'd get with whooping cough. So certainly ask your veterinarian if there's some medication to help keep your dog more comfortable and but both of you get some sleep and her certainly hate for you to end up with bronchitis on top of them congestive heart failure issues as well. Rene thanks very much for the call. We appreciate it one less question Dr Taylor Halloween related a lot of folks. This week will curl up a night on the couch and watch some horror movies can dogs and cats be as scared by horror films as we are. Don't think they're scared by the movie itself but the hair supersensitive to our reactions to our horror film. So if we're getting nervous or scared or safety or start screaming, then they will definitely react to that So so be aware if if you have a large dog and you start jumping and screaming your dog may jump up on, you trying to protect you or syncing your here, and we just don't want you to get knocked down either. Dr Lori Taylor is a veterinarian with the Mirela animal, clinic and clinical associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A. and M. Dr Taylor. Thank you very much. Thank you to mind was their skin. He can't. Scare. This scared that. She heard funding noise should say among was. Oh, yes. Jemima was a scaredy cat. The Houston Texans fell thirty, five, twenty, two, the Green Bay packers Sunday to drop to one in six on the year and won in two hundred new head coach Romeo Cornell to discuss Sunday's game and contemplate the present and future the Texans were joined now by Jeff Bulky. He writes for Hugh Stoning and the Houston Press I Jeff Acre. The Texans got off to another awful start trailing twenty one nothing at halftime. While the packers have an excellent offense it does seem like teams know how to pick apart the Texans defense from the get-go is this something can be improved on the rest of the season. I would say probably not I mean JJ. Watt. Said, we are record says we are. Post in his Berry snippy post. Game press conference. He's not wrong. The Texans do not play against the run well, at all they have trouble tackling. Green, base number one running back was out in, yet they still ran roughshod over the Texans. Their secondary has not been good since the beginning. So they're just you know teams are especially the better teams like Green Bay certainly, a contending team this year they just taking the Texans apart easily without any effort, and of course, as you said, they terrible start the Texans. Their first series again, this is another one of those games I. Forget how far back it goes now several years where they haven't been able to score on the first drive of the of the game and it's just it's a really really terrible and and the Texans are just not a good team well, and again on defense they had what appeared to be a three and out stand to start the game and then a penalty washed out and another penalty made it very easy for the packers marched down the field is that something that maybe they can learn to limit I. Want to say, yes but they continue to do the same things you know for the entire season. When you look at the Texans history going back all the way to when they when they first started franchise, they're making many of the same mistakes that they've been making regardless of the coach regardless of the general manager they still seem to be. A team spinning their wheels trying to figure out who they are trying to put. You know figure out let their identity is and they just don't seem to be able to do that. There isn't a culture of leadership in that organization that has given them sort of direction, and that's something that football teams in particular really need you see teams in. There really good and they know they are they know what style they play they know who they're supposed to be. Texans just don't seem to have that and on top of that, you have a team that's been really decimated by their previous coach slash general manager. I mean they're going to be one of the worst season the fell this year, which would lead you to think, Hey, great. They're going to get a high traffic while guess what their first and second draft picks are going to Miami because as part of the learning. Something it's just it's just insult on injury for the Texans right now, and it's GonNa take them probably at least a couple years today out of the soul what's also confounding is looking at the performance last couple of weeks of quarterback Deshaun. Watson he's the last two weeks completed three quarters of his passes. He hasn't thrown an interception. But he and the offense seemed to be constantly playing from behind. Is it is it even? A responsibility on their part to gain enough yardage, get some first downs early and at least keep the other teams offense off the field. So much it is. But the problem with their offense, they have no runway they had no balance on their office. You can't just drop back throw the vault, seventy tons of game. No matter how good your quarterback is. The Sean wants is very, very good and they also have very good receiving core but the problem is they cannot run the football and. They traded. For the running back this year and they traded him the they got him because they moved younger Hawkins to Arizona who by the way is leading leading passer sessions. It's just been a nightmare of disastrous one after the other and the thing is that sexism cannot run the football no matter how good your quarterback is only be it's going to make things typical because at quarterback can you perfect guys are drop passes? There's GonNa be a penalty here there you during the game one of the announcer said something he said. Texans cannot afford penalty because they're not good enough to make up for him and I think that's one hundred percent perfect and it's almost impossible to be perfect on offense. Especially, when you can't run the football, what's the status of the Texans effort to hire new GM and eventually new coach? 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Tiger King: Joe Burrow's Journey to the Bengals
"Smoking Joe is already igniting. The Queen City today since he's shirts pretty now. Tease faster than Joe. Burrow can throw touchdowns and they say business is booming for the Bayou Bengals. Bengals having two and fourteen record this past year. This is something we can all get behind the Cincinnati bengals had the NFL's worst record bus season. An intern looked to be the winners of the job borough sweepstakes as they're poised to take the LSU quarterback with the first overall pick in tomorrow night's draft the local kid coming home to save the downtrodden franchise would seem to be the stuff that sports movies are made of but as Burl have what it takes to turn things around in Cincinnati. And does he want to play there. I mean it comes it's April twenty second this Espn David. Band draft is almost here. It is the draft is deathly almost here. And I think you've been in Cincinnati. You've been kind of thinking about the draft or like six seven months so it's Kinda weird to think about the fact that the draft is upon us then baby covers the Cincinnati bengals for ESPN. What percent of Cincinnati was watching the National Championship With an eye on Jonesboro a very large amount. He's fans whatever. The bengals season started to go south very quickly. You know they started to look towards okay. We might be having a number one overall pick and at the same time. Joe Borough at an incredible year in his stock really started to go up. So let's start there with the obvious question. The Society Bengals for those who don't know have that first overall pick. Is there any chants? Ben Baby that do not Joe Borough I. I highly highly highly doubt it. I mean as we all know anything can happen. The day of the draft. But everything that we've heard and and you know when you hear Andy New dice up. The comments of the bengals made publicly. I think there's been close to zero percent chance that they do anything. Take Joe Borough does a lot of things well for them that it makes a ton of sense and if they didn't I imagine that fan base given that he's not only the best prospect but also the local kid would probably revolt right. Yes I've I've actually joked I don't really know it's a joke. But I think if they don't take borough we might legitimately see some riots in downtown Cincinnati by the stadium. Because what they need right now you know from from not just on the field standpoint but off the field I think. Joe Boroughs the only person that can provide both of those things. Let's talk about that sort of off the field need. Because the reason Cincinnati's in position to get borough is because they were terrible. Last year they went to fourteen. Worst record in franchise history and of course this is a franchise with a fairly miserable history Haven't won a playoff game since the nineteen ninety season. Ben What is it about Joe? Borough aside from obviously having just won the Heisman in the national championship and putting together arguably the best season of any college quarterback in football history. But what is it about? Joe Perot that makes bengals fans believe he can lead them out of misery. You know when when you look at where Joe's able to do on his strengths on the field. That really lines well to what the Bengals coaching staff philosophically. F- wants to see in their quarterback. Which is making really strong. Pre snap reads and being accurate in with the ball and putting it needs to be on time when the bengals spoke with him and have been talking to him throughout the draft process. They were able to to Suss out his leadership qualities and his football in elected. And those are things have come across really well as they met with him throughout this whole process so if Joe Borough does land in Cincinnati he would of course be walking into up difficult situation. How does that compare to his journey as a quarterback so far you know it's fascinating when you look at Joe Bureau's history in in worry. Come specifically in Athens County Ohio and Athens high school when whenever he got there they had. Never WanNA playoff and this is a town in a high school football for decades. What he did in Athens is what he's essentially going to be doing. In Cincinnati but on a much larger scale taking place. It's never really had a ton of success. And trying to elevate them to the highest level in in borough. Interestingly enough because of his journey has some experience in that category he talks about being from Athens when he accepted the heisman. Coming from from Southeast Ohio. It's it's a very very impoverished area and the poverty rate is almost two times the national average with so many people there that don't have a lot and I'm up here for all those all those kids in Athens in Athens county. It go home to not a lot of food on the table. You guys can be up to talked about food insecurity and poverty and Shown a light on the place where he grew up. What is it like if you drive through there? It's a really rule town. You're in West Virginia Market for TV. Columbus eighty miles away. So it's really a no man's land and there's really not a Konami. They're the biggest thing. Is You know high university which is in Athens Which is you know when whenever Opposing coaches are looking at. What's going on in Athens? Hi there? They're just praying that the the Ohio University. Coaching staff doesn't change. Because that means that someone might bring a kid in who might change the dynamic of the team. And that's what happened when Jill removed in the town when he was in second grade they move there because his dad who is a college coach. Got A job there. Right is dad was a graduate assistant for Frank Solich at Nebraska. A couple years before in the one soul which got the job as. Ohio's head coach he brought Jimmy Borough along to be the defensive coordinator and then they moved to Athens. Joe Almost left whatever he was in middle school whenever Jimmy. I had a job opportunity at Iowa. Stayed in he didn't ultimately get it. You know they said. We're not leaving until JOE gets out of high school in that ended up being a very formative experience for him in. It's kind of from that moment on. You know he's Kinda had this ship on his shoulder and you know it's fascinating if that would still be there if he didn't finish his career at Athens. How good was he is quarterback? He was phenomenal. He was one of the best you know. When you talk about his athleticism he was supposed to be playing another position as a sophomore. Dan Another kid who they liked is the quarterback that year in two thousand twelve in the net kids. Dad Michael Gemina's Dan pitcher motto got a job at Fresno state as an assistant and then all of a sudden they said well against Joe's playing quarterback. Your early and opposing coach. Told me we have a lot of people. Just going into Athens Games just to see what that offense because they had heard you know all the rumors around. Oh this this thing looks really different in. This quarterback can really sling it so I'm joined by a whole lot of excited average fan. I could not find a more excited. Fan The mister. Charlie came over two hundred miles painted up showed us his dance moves so the community really got behind him. Yeah they definitely did Joe. Borough ended up winning Mr Football on state of Ohio. His senior year whenever they went to go play a playoff game they were driving through some of the other towns in people were coming out from those towns to Sport. Athens this region that got really overlooked but never really had a ton of respect. A lot of people didn't think much of it from county standpoint. There was a really strong sense of okay. It's kind of southeast Ohio versus everybody where everybody had the sense of pride is. Is this what we can do when give us a chance. How far did he take? That team will be. They won fourteen straight games and went undefeated into the State Championship game in division three in over matched up against Toledo central Catholic from the Vein Horseshoe Ohio Stadium in Columbus. It's the Ohio. High School Athletic Association Football State Championships. Joe was really effective. He tied the state record. For six touchdown. Fifty four yard touchdown strike from Joel. Berry took lead with a little over two minutes left and all of a sudden Toledo central Catholic basically needs a miracle to go and win this game and sure enough they convert three different without conversions and they ended up scoring the game winning touchdown with fifteen seconds left him. There's no consoling any member of the bulldogs here tonight. It's interesting to go back and you look at the post game press conference a lot of the questions are especially to joe or maybe talk about how great the season was and all of that and enjoy. Didn't really say any of that. The worst day my life had one interception earlier in the game. And that's what. He wanted to focus on batons history. The fact that they were playing for. State Championship game and were seconds away from winning it. You would think that you know there would be some satisfaction in that for Joe. That definitely wasn't there. You another wrinkle to all of this game was played at Ohio Stadium. Which the home of the buckeyes going into Joe Season. He had already committed to Ohio state. So you know this was going to be the stadium if everything fell right where he was going to be a starter and and he was gonNA lead the Buckeyes in front of big crowds in front of games with higher stakes replaced GT. There is apparently done for Joe. Had tubes biggest heart breaks out. Ohio state was losing the State Championship. Fast forward if he years he doesn't win the starting job with the Buckeyes and that forced him to leave his home state and go to Lsu to prove himself as a starting quarterback. Let's talk about that His inability to immediately win a starting job after high school after the break room. So Ben while Joe did not win a state championship. It does sound like his high school. Career was fairly charmed. He was an unmitigated success as a high school quarterback but after that he wasn't so successful what happened before he ended up. Lsu So he didn't have a ton of offers you know. Interestingly enough because Athens were so close. Columbus Ohio state was one of the bigger schools that offered him when he got to Ohio. State in quickly realized that. There's a lot of good quarterbacks here in his primary competition when it came time for him to be the starter was Dwayne. Haskins job suffered a hand injury that required surgery and what that did was that ended up putting Haskins in the driver. Seat in in you know by the time the twenty seventeen season ended and then you know they were getting ramped up to eighteen. It was clear that Joe was not going to be the starter effort to do so require him to transfer so he ended up going to. Lsu will we all know how that ended? Rose Dot Tom Watson for the exhort sits on the throne of college. Football concluded with the National Championship with the Heisman with all the accolades led him to being the number one pick. If his high school career ended with what he described as the worst day of his life how did his college career field him joy he had them. I feel. I talked to his high school coach. Bryan Adams in felt like there was a lot of validation that came with lsu winning the national championship because of the journey Joe went on for everything to finally all come together for him was a validation of the effort and kind of the word that he put in girls. Probably one of the hardest working quarterbacks that you'll find I remember his high school offensive coordinator Nathan White said. Joe Was the type of kid who will be texting me like. Hey can we go throw? Hey I want to go out to the field and throw some routes in his offense coordinator said that. I don't think I ever saw bad practice from that. Kinda shows the work ethics any twin even at a young age so it was a culmination of all the things that have been working for him for so many years his borough curse my brother lost the national championship my Davos coupled Drake Hooks. I Lost State Championship. Both my brothers Rosca Championships. It's kind of our first one. So this is sue. After two tank of Loa got hurt and of course joe ended the season away. Did it seem pretty? Foregone that he would be the number one overall pick and then of course when the NFL season and did we all knew that it would be actually a little earlier than that. We knew it would be the Cincinnati bengals with that pick. It seemed perfect in some ways. Ben Right because Joe Borough is from Ohio. It's the bengals but do you think it's perfect to him. You know he's been very hesitant to say that he's all in on coming to Cincinnati in when we asked them about that you did WANNA play in CINCI. It's been good number lawsuits. What did you make of it? You know the only thing that I've said is I just didn't want to be presumptuous about the pick and so that's why I've been non-committal because I don't know what's going to happen you know. They might not pick me. They might fall in love with someone else. It sounded like he was okay with Communist Cincinnati. Bengals select you at number one. Would you happily report to go play for them? I'm not GonNa not play. I'm a ballplayer. Whoever pays me on my show you have any reservations about playing for the Cincinnati Bengals? How play whoever for forever address me you know? I'm I'm just not going to be presumptuous. About you know what what they WANNA do. I think Joe also takes that as a challenge in his father. Jimmy said as much you know when you have that kind of franchise you have to kind of embrace What what that his drink? What that entails with Joe being as competitive as he is I think if he's the one to be able to turn around a franchise like the bengals that would also go to show woodborough can do and kind of your competitor cut thrive on on that opportunity. Did he grew up Bengals Fan? He did not he i. It's funny because I think he he actually cheer for the Browns for a short period of time. I heard a story where someone was saying that he grew up a big degrees. You know after after that seven months stretch before the season started to the end of the National Championship. And how much is stock grew he got to the point where he was signing autographs or drew brees because breeze? Ask for him. I know he did not grow up. Then bend the Bengals. Did something very strange this offseason? They spent money. They went out and I added some free. Agents is the team that Asli doesn't really do that. What did you make of their spending spree? Feels a little strong? But what did you make of their expenditures? And what do you think that says about how they view borough the Bengals? They went out and they signed former. Houston DEFENSIVE TACKLE DJ reader they signed for Minnesota quarterback. Trae Wayne's I think ultimately what you toto of all of their deals you're looking at least a hundred and forty five million dollars and that's a very conservative amount of money that historically has been spent here in Cincinnati through the type of franchise that is really hesitant to take that kind of risk. But I think it's fascinating when you look at the backdrop of what happened after the season ended when there was a lot of comments of your does this franchise actually WanNa win championships chips. And you had Joe Borough say no you WANNA go number one but you also want to go to a great organization. That's committed to winning. Committed to winning super bowls super bowl also spend like it and build your team Mike it as well and so for Cincinnati go out and attacks in key positions and say. We're going to go out and spend a lot of money and try to overhaul this. I think they were not only just trying to prove it soon. Those naysayers but maybe also even borough to say listen. We are a place that wants to win a super bowl. We DO WANNA compete so van. Joe Says he's ready to walk into a difficult situation and he's done in the past but he's coming from. Lsu team that was extraordinarily dominant with incredible weapons around him and amazing coaches not so much when he goes to Cincinnati. Do you think that will be challenging him? I think it will. I think you know like like anybody who's stepping into the real world. The first time it is going to be a what a shock but you know to Joe's credit. I think one of the things that's going to help him out is is. Confidence is probably one of the best. You're going to see out of a quarterback he was confident self enough to say you know what I'm GonNa go transfer on my comfort zone and go to Lsu and prove myself there in. I think the bengals have been cognizant of that as well so I know you have not been in Cincinnati for terribly long. You're not from their case. Anyone who is hearing bent accent can't tell but you've got a sense of the fan base and the misery and the team. How do you think he drives the organization just his personality and style you know? I think he is going to walk into a situation. That is gonNA feel really familiar to him in terms of the vibe of the city. I mean by his his ice well coached only Cincinnati. Feels like is what we felt like during the eighties and nineties to thousands what we had no success at all. We just wanted it. So bad in JOE IS GONNA walk into a similar city that is just like I said yearning for that. Playoff victory in Zack Taylor in this coaching staff. They WANNA be the ones also to bring that success to Cincinnati Ohio sack. You know you took a risk coming here you know you. You knew this franchise in its history and yet this is where you want to start out your career as a head coach and he felt good enough to say this is where I wanNA start my career and I'm willing to take that risk and if you're joey I think you have to like that that there's a guy who could have probably wait a couple of years to maybe get a job somewhere else and said you know what. I'll go ahead and start at Cincinnati. We'll see how this goes. We'll ask questions bet is do you think. There's any concern in the organization with the Bengals or in the city of Cincinnati. The Joe Bro has gone on the record hating on Skyline Chili. I hate it. You're GONNA switch back. No Guy. Like Scott Scott is GonNa hate me by hate that stuff? It's it's a soft. What do you mean Cincinnati GonNa hate you if he if Joe Borough Brings Cincinnati playoff win and also maybe even does more. Hey Skyline as long as he wants. He's also right. I will I decline comments on on as you gotta you gotTa keep peace with the locals. Thanks so much coming up. Michael Jordan's global fame led to a life changing decision. Here's another story. I want you to know the last dance has reminded us all of what a global phenomena Michael Jordan was in the eighties nineties. Hit fans all over the world. One of those fans grew up in Australia. His name is James Data and a few years ago he wrote a piece for espy nation. Where he works about idolizing. Mj He loved him so much when it came time for him to college he wanted to be like Mike and go to UNC. He had family living in Greensboro North Carolina so he applied to UNC Greensboro. And when he was accepted he was thrilled on the first day of class. He wore a tar heels hat so showed up and if no no one's wearing the same shade of blue doesn't really put two and two together until he's sitting in a giant lecture hall watching a powerpoint and there's a section on campus life at which point an image pops up of the UNC Greensboro logo lose spartans. In that moment dater knew. He had made a huge mistake after tossing his hat in the trash. Data did some research about the schools actual basketball program and he found out that the year before their record was seven and twenty two not. Exactly College Basketball's elite. He says the only cried a little on his first day and he fell asleep to his DVD. Copy of Michael Jordan. Come fly with me. But twelve years later. He says he has no regrets. I mean and this has been. Espn daily. I'd also like to tell you about a fundraiser companies. Part of called the all in challenge. It's at all in challenge dot com on that site. You will see short videos from professional athletes sports celebrities and others describing prized possessions and once in a lifetime experiences you can bid on or enter to win one hundred percent of the money raised by the all in challenge will benefit organizations providing food to those in need right. Now if you want to participate or you went to learn more about these organizations and how they help visit all in challenge dot com. Thanks so much. I'll talk to you tomorrow.
Tiger King: Joe Burrow's Journey to the Bengals
"Smoking Joe is already igniting. The Queen City today since he's shirts pretty now. Tease faster than Joe. Burrow can throw touchdowns and they say business is booming for the Bayou Bengals. Bengals having two and fourteen record this past year. This is something we can all get behind the Cincinnati bengals had the NFL's worst record bus season. An intern looked to be the winners of the job borough sweepstakes as they're poised to take the LSU quarterback with the first overall pick in tomorrow night's draft the local kid coming home to save the downtrodden franchise would seem to be the stuff that sports movies are made of but as Burl have what it takes to turn things around in Cincinnati. And does he want to play there. I mean it comes it's April twenty second this Espn David. Band draft is almost here. It is the draft is deathly almost here. And I think you've been in Cincinnati. You've been kind of thinking about the draft or like six seven months so it's Kinda weird to think about the fact that the draft is upon us then baby covers the Cincinnati bengals for ESPN. What percent of Cincinnati was watching the National Championship With an eye on Jonesboro a very large amount. He's fans whatever. The bengals season started to go south very quickly. You know they started to look towards okay. We might be having a number one overall pick and at the same time. Joe Borough at an incredible year in his stock really started to go up. So let's start there with the obvious question. The Society Bengals for those who don't know have that first overall pick. Is there any chants? Ben Baby that do not Joe Pearl. I highly highly highly doubt it. I mean as we all know anything can happen. The day of the draft. But everything that we've heard and and you know when you hear Andy New dice up. The comments of the bengals made publicly. I think there's been close to zero percent chance that they do anything. Take Joe Borough does a lot of things well for them that it makes a ton of sense and if they didn't I imagine that fan base given that he's not only the best prospect but also the local kid would probably revolt right. Yes I've I've actually joked I don't really know it's a joke. But I think if they don't take borough we might legitimately see some riots in downtown Cincinnati by the stadium. Because what they need right now you know from from not just on the field standpoint but off the field I think. Joe Boroughs the only person that can provide both of those things. Let's talk about that sort of off the field need. Because the reason Cincinnati's in position to get borough is because they were terrible. Last year they went to fourteen. Worst record in franchise history and of course this is a franchise with a fairly miserable history Haven't won a playoff game since the nineteen ninety season. Ben What is it about Joe? Borough aside from obviously having just won the Heisman in the national championship and putting together arguably the best season of any college quarterback in football history. But what is it about? Joe Perot that makes bengals fans believe he can lead them out of misery. You know when when you look at where Joe's able to do on his strengths on the field. That really lines well to what the Bengals coaching staff philosophically. F- wants to see in their quarterback. Which is making really strong. Pre-snap reads and being accurate in with the ball and putting it needs to be on time when the bengals spoke with him and have been talking to him throughout the draft process. They were able to to Suss out his leadership qualities and his football in elected. And those are things have come across really well as they met with him throughout this whole process so if Joe Borough does land in Cincinnati he would of course be walking into up difficult situation. How does that compare to his journey as a quarterback so far you know it's fascinating when you look at Joe Bureau's history in in worry. Come specifically in Athens County Ohio and Athens high school when whenever he got there they had. Never WanNA playoff and this is a town in a high school football for decades. What he did in Athens is what he's essentially going to be doing. In Cincinnati but on a much larger scale taking place. It's never really had a ton of success. And trying to elevate them to the highest level in in borough. Interestingly enough because of his journey has some experience in that category he talks about being from Athens when he accepted the heisman. Coming from from Southeast Ohio. It's it's a very very impoverished area and the poverty rate is almost two times the national average with so many people there that don't have a lot and I'm up here for all those all those kids in Athens in Athens county. It go home to not a lot of food on the table. You guys can be up to talked about food insecurity and poverty and Shown a light on the place where he grew up. What is it like if you drive through there? It's a really rule town. You're in West Virginia Market for TV. Columbus eighty miles away. So it's really a no man's land and there's really not a Konami. They're the biggest thing. Is You know high university which is in Athens Which is you know when whenever Opposing coaches are looking at. What's going on in Athens? Hi there? They're just praying that the the Ohio University. Coaching staff doesn't change. Because that means that someone might bring a kid in who might change the dynamic of the team. And that's what happened when Jill removed in the town when he was in second grade they move there because his dad who is a college coach. Got A job there. Right is dad was a graduate assistant for Frank Solich at Nebraska. A couple years before in the one soul which got the job as. Ohio's head coach he brought Jimmy Borough along to be the defensive coordinator and then they moved to Athens. Joe Almost left whatever he was in middle school. Whenever Jimmy had a job opportunity at Iowa stayed in he didn't ultimately get it. You know they said. We're not leaving until JOE gets out of high school in that ended up being a very formative experience for him in. It's kind of from that moment on. You know he's Kinda had this ship on his shoulder and you know it's fascinating if that would still be there if he didn't finish his career at Athens. How good was he is is quarterback? He was phenomenal. He was one of the best you know. When you talk about his athleticism he was supposed to be playing another position as a sophomore. Dan Another kid who they liked is the quarterback that year in two thousand twelve in the net. Kids Dad Michael Gemina's Dan pitcher motto got a job at Fresno state as an assistant and then all of a sudden they said well against Joe's playing quarterback. Your early and opposing coach. Told me we have a lot of people. Just going into Athens Games just to see what that offense because they had heard. You know all the rumors around this. This thing looks really different in. This quarterback can really sling it. I'm joined by a whole lot of excited average fan. I could not find a more excited. Fan The mister. Charlie came over two hundred miles painted up showed us his dance moves so the community really got behind him. Yeah they definitely did Joe. Borough ended up winning Mr Football on state of Ohio. His senior year whenever they went to go play a playoff game they were driving through some of the other towns in people were coming out from those towns to Sport. Athens this region that got really overlooked but never really had a ton of respect. A lot of people didn't think much of it from county standpoint. There was a really strong sense of okay. It's kind of southeast Ohio. Nurses everybody where everybody had. The sense of pride is. Is this what we can do when give us a chance. How far did he take? That team will be. They won fourteen straight games and went undefeated into the State Championship game. In division three in over matched up against Toledo central Catholic from Bain Horseshoe Ohio Stadium in Columbus. It's the Ohio. High School Athletic Association Football State Championships. Joe was really effective. He tied the state record. For six touchdown. Fifty four yard touchdown strike from Joel. Berry took lead with a little over two minutes left and all of a sudden Toledo central Catholic basically needs a miracle to go and win this game and sure enough they convert three different without conversions and they ended up scoring the game winning touchdown with fifteen seconds left him. There's no consoling any member of the bulldogs here tonight. It's interesting to go back. And you look at the Post Game Press Conference. A lot of the questions are especially to joe or maybe talk about how great the season was and all of that and enjoyed really say any of that. The worst day my life had one interception earlier in the game. And that's what. He wanted to focus on his batons history. The fact that they were playing for State Championship game and were seconds away from winning. It you would think that you know there would be some satisfaction in that for Joe. That definitely wasn't there. You another wrinkle to all of this game was played at Ohio Stadium. Which the home of the buckeyes going into Joe Season. He had already committed to Ohio state. So you know this was going to be the stadium if everything fell right where he was going to be a starter and and he was gonNA lead the Buckeyes in front of big crowds in front of games with higher stakes replaced GT. There is apparently done for Joe. Had Tubes. Biggest heartbreaks breaks out. Ohio state was losing the State Championship. Fast forward if he years he doesn't win the starting job with the Buckeyes and that forces him to leave his home state and go to Lsu to prove himself as a starting quarterback let's talk about that his inability to immediately win a starting job after high school after the break room at autozone. They're all about giving you more choices to help you get what you need and get it fast if you need something for a job that has to get done today. Disorder on Auto Zone DOT COM and choose free. Same Day pickup. You can pick your order up in store at more than five thousand seven hundred locations nationwide or if you prefer you can have. It brought out to you with their curbside option. Your choice autozone also offers next day delivery just order what you need on autozone dot com by ten PM and the bring it to your front door the next day. It's great for those jobs that can wait until tomorrow. That's how autozone helps you get your job. Done easier. Restrictions and details autozone DOT com. Get into zone autozone so Ben. While Joe did not win a state championship. It does sound like his high school. Career was fairly charmed. He was an unmitigated success as a high school quarterback but after that he wasn't so successful what happened before he ended up at Lsu so he didn't have a ton of offers you know. Interestingly enough because Athens are so close to Columbus Ohio state was one of the bigger schools that offered him when he got to Ohio. State in quickly realized that. There's a lot of quarterbacks here in his primary competition when it came time for him to be the starter was dwayne. Haskins job suffered a hand injury that required surgery. And what that did was that in the pudding. Haskins in the driver's seat in in you know by the time the two thousand seventeen season ended and then they were getting ramped up to go into eighteen. It was clear that Joe is not GonNa be the starter and for him to do so required him to transfer and so he ended up going to Lsu we all know how that ended dot Com watch for the sits on the throne of college football concluded with the National Championship with the Heisman with all the accolades that led him to being the number one pick if his high school career ended with what he described as the worst day of his life. How did his college career field of him? You could definitely see the joy that he had them. I feel. I talked to his high school coach. Bryan Adams and felt like there was a lot of validation that came with lsu winning the national championship because of the journey that Joe went on for everything to finally all come together for him. I was validation of the effort. And kind of the work that he put in boroughs. Probably one of the hardest working quarterbacks that you'll find I remember his high school offensive coordinator Nathan White said you know Joe was the type of kid who will be texting me like. Hey One. Can we go throw. Hey I want to go out to the field in throw some routes in his offense coordinator said that. I don't think I ever saw a bad practice from Joe in that. Kinda shows the work ethic that he put in even at a young age and so it kind of was a culmination of all the things that have been working for him for so many years. Borough my brother-in-law semester tipped grey cups. I Lost State Championship. Both my brothers. Ross Skate Championships. It's kind of our first one. This is super spouses. After to a tank of Loa got hurt and of course joe ended the season. Did it seem pretty? Foregone that he would be the number one overall pick and then of course when the NFL season and did we all knew that it would be a little earlier than that. We knew it'd be the Cincinnati Bengals with that pick. It seemed perfect in some ways. Ben Right because Joe Borough is from Ohio. It's the bengals but do you think it's perfect to him. You know he's been very hesitant to say that he's all in on coming to Cincinnati about EPA called by that you did WANNA plants. Nt It's been good number of lawsuits. What did you make of it? You know the only thing that I've said is I. I just didn't want to be presumptuous about the pig and so that's why I've been non-committal because I don't know what's going to happen you know. They might not take me. They might fall in love with someone else. It sounded like he was okay with Cincinnati bengals. Select you number one. Would you happily report to go play for them? I'm not going to not play. I'm a ballplayer. Whoever takes me on my go show up? You have any reservations about playing for the Cincinnati. Bengals how play whoever forever address me you know. I'm I'm just not going to be presumptuous. About you know what what they WANNA do. I think Joe also takes that as a challenge in his father. Jimmy said as much when you have that kind of franchise you have to kind of embrace. What the the history. And kinda what that feels well and you know with Joe. Being as competitive as he is I think if he's the one to be a turn around a franchise like the bengals would also go to show. What what borough can do and kind of your competitor. Kinda thrive on on that opportunity. Did he grow up Bengals Fan? He did not he It's funny because I think he. He actually cheered for the browns for a short period of time. You heard a story where someone was saying that he grew up. A big drew brees training after that seven months stretch before the season started to the end of the National Championship and how much stock grew and got to the point where he was signing autographs or drew brees because breeze asked for him. No he did not grow up then bend the Bengals. Did something very strange this offseason? They spent money. They went out and I added some free agents is the team. That doesn't really do that. What did you make of their spending spree? Feels a little strong? But what did you make of their expenditures? And what do you think that says about how they view borough the Bengals? They went out and they signed former. Houston DEFENSIVE TACKLE DJ reader they signed for Minnesota quarterback. Trae Wayne's I think ultimately what you Totowa all of their deals you're looking at least a hundred and forty five million dollars and that's a very conservative amount on the you know that's the kind of money that historically hasn't been spent here in. Cincinnati during the type of franchise that is really hesitant to take that kind of risk. But you know. I think it's fascinating when you look at the backdrop of what happened after the season ended when there was a lot of comments of Does franchise want to win championships? And you had Joe Borough say no you WANNA go number one but you also want to go to a great organization. That's committed to winning. Committed to winning Super Bowls Super Bowl is you have to also spend like it and build your teen like it is well and so for Cincinnati to go out and attack some key positions and say we're going to go out and spend a lot of money and try to overhaul this roster. I think they were not only just trying to prove it to those naysayers but maybe also even borough to say listen. We are a place that wants to win a super bowl. We do want to compete. So Joe says he's ready to walk into a difficult situation and he's done in the past but is coming you know from an Lsu team that was extraordinarily dominant with incredible weapons around him. Amazing coaches not so much when he goes to Cincinnati. Do you think that will be challenging for him? I think it will. I think anybody stepping into the real world for the first time. It is going to be a bit of a shock. But you know to Joe's credit. I think one of the things that's going to help them out is. His confidence is probably one of the best. You'RE GONNA see out of a quarterback. He was confident enough to say. You know what I'm GonNa Transfer of my comfort zone and go to Lsu and prove myself there in. I think the bengals have been cognizant of that as well so I know you've not been in Cincinnati for terribly long. You're not from their case. Anyone who is hearing Benz accent can't tell but you've got a sense of the fan base and the misery and the team. How do you think he jives with the organization just his personality and style you know? I think he is going to walk into a situation. That is going to feel really familiar to him. You know in terms of the vibe of the city I mean by his his ice will coach only you know what Cincinnati feels like is what we felt like during the eighty s and ninety two thousand what we had no success at all. We just wanted it so bad in. Joe Is going to walk into a similar city. That is just like I said. Burning for that playoff. Victory in Zack Taylor. In this coaching staff they wanna be the ones to bring that success to Cincinnati Ohio sack. You took a risk coming here. You know you knew franchise in its history and yet this is where you wanted to start out your career. As a head coach in he felt good enough to say. This is where I wanNA start my career and I'm willing to take that risk and if Joey I think you have to like that that there's a guy who could have probably waited a couple years to maybe get a job somewhere else And said you know what I'll go ahead and START IT IN CINCINNATI? We'll see how this goes last question is do you think. There's any concern in the organization with the Bengals or in the city of Cincinnati. The job row has gone on the record hating on Skyline Chili. I hate it. You're GONNA switch back. No I hate me. Hate that stuff John as it's a sausage that what do you mean H. You wasn't as if he Joe Berle Bring Cincinnati a playoff win and also maybe even does more. Hey Skyline as long as he wants. He's also right I will. I declined comments on you. GotTa you gotTa keep peace with the locals. Thanks so much bad coming up Paul. Michael Jordan's global fame led to a life changing decision. Here's another story I want you to know. Less stance has reminded us all of what a global phenomena. Michael Jordan was in the eighties and nineties. He had fans all over the world. One of those fans grew up in Australia. His name is James Data and a few years ago he wrote a piece for espy nation. Where he works about idolizing. Mj He loved him so much that when it came time for him to college he wanted to be like Mike and go to. Unc He actually had family living in Greensboro North Carolina so he applied to UNC Greensboro. And when he was accepted he was thrilled on the first day of class. He wore a tar heels hat so showed up and if no no one's wearing the same shade of blue doesn't really put two and two together until he's sitting in a giant lecture hall watching a powerpoint and there's a section on campus life at which point an image pops up of the UNC Greensboro logo. The spartans in that moment dater knew he had made a huge mistake after tossing his hat in the trash data did some research about the schools actual basketball program and he found out that the year before their record was seven. Twenty two not exactly college basketball's elite. He's the only cried a little on his first day and he fell asleep to his DVD. Copy of Michael Jordan. Come fly with me but twelve years later. He says he has no regrets. I mean at times and this has been ESPN daily. I'd also like to tell you about a fundraiser. Our companies part of called the all in challenge. It's at all in challenge dot com on that site. You will see short videos from professional athletes sports celebrities and others describing prized possessions and once in a lifetime experiences you can bid on or enter to win one hundred percent of the money raised by the all in challenge will benefit organizations providing food to those in need right. Now if you want to participate or you went to learn more about these organizations and how they help visit all in challenge dot com. Thanks so much to talk to you tomorrow.
Thursday, May 9th, 2019
"And. Welcome to security on the by you. I'm your host, Chris Adkins. A recap of today's Security News, and why it matters to you. Good morning friends. It is Thursday may ninth twenty nineteen. And this is on the bayou hope everybody's having a wonderful week two more days almost done get there. It's gonna be a beautiful. We can hopefully wherever you are are, right. I up from security boulevard dot com by Erica chicken, while ski breach instance on record pace for twenty nineteen. So this is an interesting report. And this is again, one of those articles that you're gonna find multiple people reporting on it throughout the the industry in all over the news. Right. So in quarter, one of twenty nineteen there were one thousand nine hundred or three data compromise incidents, exposing more than one point nine billion records. Obviously this sounds like a lot. It's because it is a lot. Let's compare it to lash twenty eighteen the volume of reported breach. Incidence was up fifty six percent in one quarter in expose records was up by nearly thirty percent. That's a huge jump year of your. That's I mean, that's really really fifty six percent and thirty percent anywhere else. Those percentages jumped like that most. Usually you're getting rich, right? Not here. This is bad news is going backwards and some more perspective on this usually between two thousand nine and two thousand sixteen average records expose was right in one quarter was right around one hundred million to two hundred million. So in twenty fifteen there was a are. There was a larger number twenty fifteen. I don't remember exactly what was preached then. But out the look that up for you guys. So there I mean, there's so many huge increase you go from one hundred million two hundred million. And then you go to a billion in less than two years. That's significant. That's quite a bit. This goes to show you it's not stopping. It's not slowing down people are continuing to get breached. So you gotta do your do your part, right? Protect yourself. So I don't want this to be a scare tactic. You shouldn't be scared by some of this stuff. This information you can use to go make things better. Right. Put this near tool belt and move along next from health nut security dot com. Title, the article C level executives, increasingly and proactively targeted by social breaches. Normally, this is not something I would have included. I mean, this is sort of a no brainer. C level executives are getting fished wailed, vici-, whatever you wanna call it pretty consistently over the time over forever, right? It's something that's going to continue to happen serially because of the amount of access to information they have. But here we go. This is again came from the variety DR, we'll start to see more and more stuff. People start digging in this poll out little nuggets here and there so I'm not going to read one of these everyday hopefully, but for a while you probably going to be hearing about this stuff. So senior executives are twelve times more likely to be target of social incidents and nine times more likely to be the target of social breaches than in previous years. So once again, this is big because increase year over year twelve times and nine times more likely than they were last year. That's that's significant once again this significant. So there's things you have to be focusing on right? You know, you don't need to go by all these fancy technical solutions right in the security, tools and deal P and caz. Be I mean, eventually order to mature your physician you should. But at the end of the day. One of the biggest things is our IT hygiene. Right. What are your your help desk processes to investigate fishing? What are you patching? How're you? Filtering emails real basic sort of business operations items. Right. So hygiene, it always comes back to IT hygiene. Right. Do the small things right to build upon and build your organization upright. You can't have a good. You can't build a big house. If you ain't got a good foundation. Create a good foundation for your house next. I like this one if you're ever on Reddit or just in the world, you know, people always talk about what would you do if you got fired from this job, you know, and people that really hate their job always end up. You know, I'm going to delete everything I'm gonna I'm gonna take everything down hack this right on the a script that's going to blow up the machine right of her that one before. Here it is from security week via the Associated Press IT specialists, convicted on cyber hacking charges is sentenced you may. Or may not remember this. But this gentleman named Edward soya bell. He was convicted by federal during the summer on twelve counts of computer hacking, the thirty five year old soil of Chicago acted after the industrial supply company fired him in two thousand sixteen for quote unquote on on professional conduct and punctuality issues. So you've his late and he was an asshole. So essentially, he got fired and he decided, well, if that's the case, and I'm gonna take down everything I can guess what still illegal now he's in jail for three years. So there you go don't do it. It's pretty simple, right? One of the principles of life. Don't be an asshole in you'll be. Okay. All right, folks. Hope you learned something today. Something putting your tool belt in take back to work with you. Everybody have a wonderful Thursday at has made ninth twenty nineteen the security on the by.
290 - 5 Steps to Overcoming Nightmares
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It always seems to be just two steps behind you run and run in your whole body on fire with fear and you cannot shake your pursuer your teeth start rattling falling out then somehow you're onstage under a spotlight and you realize you're not wearing pants and everyone in the audience is staring at you. Hopefully you haven't experienced any of these events in real life. But I wouldn't be surprised to hear you've gone through at least one of these common themes in dreamland and woken up in a cold sweat with your heart. Pounding nightmares are mysterious. Folklore from around the world has attributed nightmares to be demons. The souls of dead people who were wronged in life and spirits with all sorts of malicious intent nowadays although we haven't fully solve the mystery of why nightmares exist and how they come about. We know that they're intense mental activity. That happens mostly during rapid eye movement. Sleep or REMM sleep for short. Usually we experience nightmares as very vivid dreams that are terrifying or upsetting and naturally they can disrupt our sleep and effect or mood. Most of us are lucky and only have nightmares once in a while but for about two to five percent of the population they happen often or even nightly nightmares are much more common among girls and women than their male counterparts. Those who struggle with alcohol or drugs are also more likely to have frequent nightmares people who have post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD or have experienced. Childhood abuse are also at risk and most of these people have frequent nightmares. But for some people there seems to be no particular reason for persistent nightmares instead. They have something called nightmare disorder. This is a disorder where you not only frequently have vivid and disturbing dreams but also suffer major distress or impairment during the day such as exiled he concentration problems tiredness and worry about going to sleep and during this particularly stressful time of the cove in nineteen pandemic. Even if you didn't have nightmare disorder before or any of the risk factors. I mentioned earlier. It's possible that you are experiencing persistent nightmares for the first time or just more frequent nightmares. But you know there is good news whether you have nightmare disorder. Ptsd or just having stress response nightmares right now. There are things you can do to decrease nightmares and regain a good relationship with sleep. So here's what to do number one. Most importantly don't avoid sleep and keep a regular sleep. Wake schedule if you often have nightmares. You might be afraid of going to sleep. Who could blame you that moment? When our head hits the pillow might be relaxing and sweet for some but for you. It's like stepping into a horror movie. You don't know when you'll round a corner and see your worst nightmare. So perhaps you tried to procrastinate about bed time keeping yourself awake as much as possible by watching yet another movie. This will backfire and cause more nightmares. Depriving yourself of sleep. Leads to less rapid eye movement or REM sleep which is the stage of sleep. Were most dreaming happens. When the brain is deprived of Ram it brings ram back with a vengeance later in the night or on the next night. This is called a rim rebound effect. The brain gets into ram faster stays there longer and creates more intense dreams. Something similar happens if you keep an irregular schedule. Such as having a rotating shift job or having a very different lifestyle on weekdays versus weekends you Raines. Internal clock gets confused and it can save up remm propensity that drives you into intense nightmares when you try to catch up on lost sleep so even if it's scary to go to bed try your best to keep a steady sleep wake schedule. Keep yourself ample opportunity to sleep. It will be worth it once. You establish a more consistent pattern tip number two decrease alcohol intake and review your psychiatric and sleep medications with your doctor. Alcohol may seem very tempting for quote. Quieting the mind since it makes you. Drowsy might help you to pass out however it actually disrupts your sleep keeping you and later stages and preventing you. From entering the healing and restorative deep sleep stages alcohol can also tamp down on REMM or rapid eye movement. Sleep drinking a lot is just like REMM. Depriving yourself that leads to run rebound and more opportunity for intense nightmares. The next time you go to sleep if someone frequently drinks withdrawal from alcohol when they tried to cut down on drinking also leads to more nightmares other substances may also cause nightmares. Some sleep medications antidepressants and other types of drugs have been linked to nightmares so review. Your medications with your Doctor. To see if there are possible culprits. Sometimes even the timing of when you take medication could affect dreaming so ask your doctor whether you must take your antidepressant at night or if there are other options before I go on. I want to tell you about a quick and fun way that you can help. Keep my podcast going these days. Many of us are doing a lot more online shopping than we used to. But did you know that when you shop on Amazon? You can also support our show. All you need to do is go to quick and dirty tips dot com slash Amazon. You find a link that can take you right to Amazon from my website with a little tracking code attached. That tells Amazon. You came from me when you shop and make a purchase using that link. A percentage of your total will make it back to savvy psychologist headquarters and that money will help me continue to bring you more great episodes that I know you want to hear. The best part of shopping on Amazon is that you can find anything. Get a brand new e reader to stay. Entertain an informed or a new stand mixer to help you experiment more in the kitchen or any number of the baby. Things that I've recently discovered is a must have. If you're in the same boat as me as a new parent just go to quick and dirty tips dot com slash Amazon to start your next shopping trip. That's quick and dirty tips dot com slash Amazon. Thank you so much for supporting the show tip number three. Wake up fully and be ready for a quick reality check. You've set yourself up with a regular sleep schedule you've cut down on alcohol consumption and you've checked with your doctor about medications. You may still have nightmares especially if they're related to a traumatic events or if you've been having frequent nightmares for a long time. So what should you do when they happen in the moment the first thing to do when you wake from a nightmare is to make sure you wake up all the way because the veil between asleep and awake can be so thin your brain my easily pass back and forth between the two in the middle of the night? If you don't fully wake up you could go right back into the nightmare you were having this will reinforce the nightmare making. It seem more at home in your brain. Don't worry about disrupting your sleep by turning on the lights or getting out of bed simply waking up even several times per night is okay for your overall sleep health. It's also a much better alternative to keeping nightmares around so pinch yourself get out of bed. Drink some water. Give your partner or pets a cuddle. Whatever you need to do to wake up fully and ground yourself in reality before lying back down and closing your eyes again tip number four rewrite the ending and rehearse the new script one of the most widely used in evidence based treatments for nightmares whether they're caused by PTSD or not is imagery rehearsal. Therapy or Rt. This therapy has a very simple premise. Having nightmares is a learned behavior for the brain which means it's possible to unlearn. In other words your brain has gotten into the habit of creating nightmares and the more does so the easier. It is for to keep going. It's like driving a car on a muddy road that has deep ruts in it. The more you drive in the ruts the deeper the roots and the harder it is to get out of those ruts imagery rehearsal. Therapy goal is to help steer the car out of those routes in other words. You want to give your brain an alternative path that leads to the nightmare but to another story you can give the brain that alternative story by making it up and then telling it and retailing it to yourself. So take a recurrent nightmare or maybe a recurrent theme and write about in as much detail as you can. This can be hard to do. But don't flinch away you've got to put your brain in the scene before you can change it. Take one element of the nightmare you've written about and change it. You can make the monster evaporate into thin air or make a magical escape door arm yourself with a magic wand that you can use to waive anything away. Give yourself the power to snap your fingers freeze the scene. Use your imagination. After all the dream is playing in your mind and you're the boss here during the daylight hours give yourself uninterrupted time to rehearse that dream and the alternate ending that you wrote up in your mind do this every day. Patriot with as much vivid detail as possible with a few days or weeks practice. You may have fewer nightmares or they might at least be less scary and less intense and the last tip tip number. Five is not only good for those with frequent nightmares but just for anyone experiencing stress right now. Which is I'm guessing most of you so to number five seek treatment for PTSD and other mental health needs taking care of your asleep. Health means taking care of your whole health. Nightmares often happen due to having. Ptsd or another psychiatric condition and successfully treating those conditions can often decrease nightmares not only that but treating PTSD will improve your daytime to allowing to have less anxiety better relationships and the room to be yourself fully. There are excellent evidence based treatments for ptsd such as cognitive processing therapy which uses an evidence based step by step approach to help you learn about how PTSD has impacted you to pinpoint the stuck points that keep you mired. End Learn strategies for finding balance. But if you're not yet able to start working directly on PTSD that doesn't mean you have to wait to tackle nightmares. Research has shown that for people with PTSD related nightmares. A few sessions of imagery rehearsal. Therapy Iot like we talked about earlier can decrease nightmares even without directly targeting. Ptsd SYMPTOMS IN. Fact just improving. The nightmares could take. Ptsd DOWN A notch overall. So go ahead and take care of yourself both during the day and the night your brain is always working hard and sometimes in these just a little extra help to relax at night instead of playing horror movies remember. That nightmares are not totally outside your control. You can use the strategies we talked about today to set yourself up for sweet dreams instead. Let me know what else you like to learn about. Sleep nightmares stress or anything related to mental health and wellbeing. This is a time where we could probably all use some extra tips. You can reach me on facebook and twitter. I'm at Cutie. T- savvy sake or add jade woo PhD. If you'd like psychology tips delivered straight to your inbox. Subscribe to the savvy psychologist newsletter. You can also make sure you don't miss an episode by subscribing on Apple spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Meanwhile I hope you stay. Well I hope your loved ones stay well and I hope you stay healthy and happy during this particularly challenging time savvy. Psychologist is audio engineered by Steve Rookie. Berg and edited by Karen Hertzberg as always savvy psychologist is strictly for informational purposes and does not substitute for mental health. Care from a licensed professional. Thank you so much for joining me again. And I'll see you next week for happier and healthier mind.
Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
"Welcome to security on the BAYOU. I'm your host percents recap of today's security news and why it matters to you all right. Welcome back Tuesday January Twenty eight twenty twenty today okay. We have a bit of a government flair to our podcast. Let's start right at the top of the space I sack so this is kind of the need in a different. There's a lot of Lot more space related companies popping up out there more and more satellites and such so. They've started this space Izhak for those. It is information sharing and analysis center. There's quite a few of these across many industries the biggest one is the FSI sack financial services services. Essentially what it is. It's an organization so that private companies public companies governmental agencies can share information across each other each other's organization in an unclassified manner so they're generally beneficial. There's usually a lot of good information although there can be bad information. They're depending on the ice axe to some of the more mature is actually. Don't have that problem with the you know the unreliable information with the more mature ones. It's usually pretty solid information and you can use a lot of a lot of companies will pull in. IFC's from this and do correlation matching in threat hunting. That kind of stuff so this is this is a pretty big step because the space industry is Probably not niche. But you know it's quite a bit different. Most people don't necessarily associate hits cybersecurity when they talk about space but it is very much a real a real scenario here. There's so many public contractors out there that are producing adducing items for the federal government. These days got to keep them secure as well. So this is gonNA launch. It looks like in March when they're planning on launching there's already a few members Some of the larger government contractors as you'd expect WHO's Allen Hamilton. Sas Parsons Corp Lockheed Martin and Mitre. There's a Kratos DDOS. Defense is also part of that too. So you'd expect to see this start to increase over time If you're part of this industry I recommend you go look into this and figure it out. Enjoin Enjoin it's relatively cheap if you're a big enough company even if you're not they have ways for smaller startups such deep become part of it too and they're also having a cyber symposium in Denver June fourteenth and sixteenth. This is first amount. Each one of these guys have an inventor. Usually pretty good stuff. You have to be a member to get it all right. That's enough that one. Let's move on next. We've got three D. printed gun so this one this is not new to most people three D. printing guns have have been a they've been around for a while now. There's been all kinds of stuff. This this is interesting. Because there's a mix of the Second Amendment and the First Amendment in this. Yes in the freedom of speech so essentially there's a bunch of attorney generals from twenty states and the District of Columbia that are suing to try. And get get the files that you would need to go and print these guns removed from website. So that's where the second amendment part comes in freedom. I'm a speech to put this stuff online. So are the first abandon. Excuse me and then you layer in the second amendment gun rights so this has the possibility sibility to be explosive. I so I actually probably hear my three D. Printer going in the background and I've done some research on this never plan on printing one. There's a lot of legal things that go into that but the thing the thing that scares me the most is the unreliability of it in the safety of them. I just I'm sure you can do it correctly. the home hobbyists could do it in a way where they wouldn't kill themselves so it's interesting I'll keep up on it Keep track of it. Just because is it that mix of the first the Second Amendment which you know also bleeds into the privacy part of this what people are posting a line and where So there's a post the link on the blog but they've got a huge timeline here going all the way back to two thousand fifteen So this has been going on for a while defense distributed. I mean it goes way back our next. Oh ransomware of the day this one. This one's interesting so there was a Canadian military contractor that that was compromised by ransomware attack. But this is sort of on the heels of what we talked about yesterday where we're starting to see these groups not actually not only ask for money but then the threat of releasing information so these guys went release the information And it doesn't seem like there's a bunch of actual property. I mean there's some but for a construction firm you you wonder. How sensitive is that information? What's the classification of but the big part of this is that there was a bunch of employee information there so now you starting in? Pi PIPPA different relations of Canada. Obviously but the all the Pi that is involved in that in this actually brings up a good point if you haven't been following along with new regulations that are coming out this EMC And of course now I'm GonNa Forget what his stance essentially it's the federal government's regulation that they're gonNA GONNA require contractors of the Federal Government Dod. Da Tests all that to become certified at specific levels else when it comes to cyber security so it's no more just to throw in a contract of do your best rate you have to be certified and authorized to submit that that contract in the form of the MC so one more for people to jump through but in the end is probably a good thing. It's not gonna be it hasn't been released yet suppose. Come out the end of this month. Yep so the few days here but it's largely based on nist so if you've already implemented missing organization as part of your secretary strategy should be in pretty good shape and there's a process you're gonNA have to go through. It's not until the end of this year that you probably start to see the ramifications in the third quarter fourth quarter this year that you start to see it in. There's not a ton of information out there that just released board members so it's just now starting to ramp up so if you get in now as far as figuring out what your firm or company needs to you do you'll be in pretty good shape you'll be ahead of the game for most folks are right next. The Zoom Bug will call the bug this articles on dark reading. But this is most of these you can find pretty much anywhere this one. This specific the dark reading. I enjoyed dark reading. I read it all the time Kelly Sheridan so essentially this newsroom bug. So this is the second time Zuma's had an issue in the past. What is it three or four months now in it comes up and it's big news because because who is used so frequently across business these days is it cheaper alternative to your traditional video conferencing and it works pretty well for the most part part just like any of them so what these guys were able to do from folks from checkpoint good on you and I wouldn't say this is overly technical or overly overly complicated? It's sort of. We've seen this sort of deal before. Essentially what they're able to determine is that that meeting ideas nine ten or eleven digits and then they were able to take that that meeting. Id put it in the URL and they also determined that when when you hit that you are L. A. Returns one of two requests either. It's invalid it's valid meeting so at that point They're able to go through a list of numbers which ones are valid. And then if you you don't have any sort of security setup on your zoom which is possible. I think it's comes default. Actually that there's no pass code in that the meeting eating automatically open so if you have a valid meeting you can jump right in so this apparently has been fixed. I guess I I haven't check to see if my zoom is updated this morning will they're calling it zoom roulette so once again it shows you that even the good tools that are out there. There's always issues secure coding practices right. It's always tough building technical data. How do you how do you fix that before you go alive or even in process as you guys know? It's a never ending battle and of course ransomware. I'm not going to stop talking about it until we do something about about it. We've got to get better at it. All right folks. That's it for today. We'll be back tomorrow. Everybody has a wonderful day. Use Breath don't forget to subscribe at I tunes spotify Stitcher in tune in you can also visit us on twitter at second the by on Instagram instagram. 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Transect on Oil and Gas Startups
"This is the oil and gas startups podcast where we showcase emerging technology and the storage industry Founders investors and Leaders with your hosts Jake and Colin McClelland. and What's going on wildcatters? Thanks for tuning in and join us for another episode. One of the things that I think is really unique about meaning of the guests that we have on the show. Is that the problems that they're solving you couldn't necessarily identify right at school. You had to have some sort of experience in that field Robin in Sam lane from transsexual necessary to chat about how the previous careers and environmental Consulting in real estate development LED them to identifying a huge problem in the environmental due diligence process AKA You Gotta Do and Sagebrush lizard in the Permian and it shuts down all drilling right? Huge issue. We talked about how they built transect to solve that problem with a lot of fun with guys. So we hope you enjoy before we get in the episode. 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You can learn more and SB consulting.com are Pub SSB Consulting, enter Pub, which we've thrown the link in the show notes for you below if you want to click that enter Pub from Stonebridge Consulting, maybe it's time to reimagine public data off. What is up guys? Welcome back to another episode of The Well, yesterday's podcast. We've got the people from transect today. What's going on guys? What's up? Hey, good morning. Yeah, we got Robin and Sam appreciate you guys coming on the show. We were just talking about the name. Let's start there. What does the name mean? And let's kind of segue into the show that way you started telling me as a cult on hold on. Hold on. Let's get the Mike's going to get live. Yeah. So the name transect. I think the definition of it is collected at the line between point a and point B where you're collecting some data that we we named the company transact because back when I was a film that as a biologist, I spent my very first summer collecting data in the field walking transects back and forth across thirty-five hundred acres in 103 degree weather looking out for karst features, which are basically holes in the ground that have water quality implications when you build a residential complex, and so it's this idea of you who are walking back and forth with the GPS dog. Snake guards rattlesnakes and all sorts of West Texas hundred thirty degree weather rattlesnakes, Austin Austin. Yeah. Okay. Okay, so Central, Texas. All right, Joe, Texas so often tell us a little bit, you know, you've kind of dove into your field background and how you got the name. What do you guys do now as a company and then after that I want to dive into each one of y'all's backgrounds and wash the rattlesnakes no stories and all that good stuff. Okay, let's the field stories Sam came over here with a shirt with rattlesnakes on it. So there are water moccasins on the water marks off earlier. I can't see from here. So there's no there's no water around them, or can you just tell from the well, we can get to the snake hunting stories later, but it's the pattern on the snake. Yeah. I can tell unless it's a little chubby in the middle. I see a brown snake coiled up on like a snake solid bats. I've got I've got a pretty solid rule where I just don't mess with any kind of snakes. I just threw out of snake. I'm not messaging. That safe bet so tell us a little bit about what you guys do. Yeah, so in the US there's a lot of really cool stuff outside like animals plants stream ponds archaeological stuff and it's protected by the federal government state government local governments. There's a lot of regulations around it. And so anybody who's building something like a a road or solar farm or an oil and gas location pipeline has to care about those things and previously. It was hard to find the information about those things. Where are they? What recommendations matter what permits apply? How long is it going to take me to get through the permit process that was kind of housed in a black box with environmental Consultants, which is my background. And so transact were an online tool that took a ton of information digital digitized non digitized. We we applied a whole bunch of really cool algorithms and triggers to it so that our users can learn about the environmental issues. Natural resources issues on their properties around their potential projects in about 90 seconds. They know exactly what regulations apply what permits they need what they need to do about it next steps who to contact helps with that environmental piece much earlier in the process for you know, we say 1% of the time for about a third of the cost. Yeah. I remember back in West Texas. I want to say like maybe six or seven years ago. There was a huge issue with a lizard. Demon Sagebrush. Yeah. There you go. Yeah. There you go. I can remember like lizards just lizard like turn into like Animal Planet. I'm pumped about this one might have never got to just talk about animals on the other line for a huge issue, right? Because there there was you know, this was in the middle of the Shale boom and like, oh my God, we got to quit fighting. It's going to shut down the Permian Basin because of this lizard and it seems like there's a lot of misinformation around that and it kind of seems like you you touched on that a little bit that a lot of this used to be in a black box and people then it off. Access to it and you know, you had to go in and higher environmental consultants and things of that nature. So essentially what you guys are looking to do is kind of streamline that process say that you. Oil and gas company and you know, you have acreage down south Texas in the eagleford. You can go to your platform and easily find out you know, what are the regulations? What are the concerns hazards around that and kind of figure out who you need to talk to Santa. That's exactly I pulled down thesis. Yes. Mm. So you're an environmental Consulting I want to talk about jealous backgrounds a little bit. You're in environmental consultant. How long did you do that for environmental consultant. Do day-to-day basis think you're the first environmental consultant we've had on the show. We should we go back you refer to environmental you go back to the to the zoo key or how did you even get into Zoo keeping track in college. There was a I ended up with a semester where I needed a job and there was a job board posting for an intern as a products at the if that would have been awesome job. I don't know. You know, it's for the Austin Zoo, which is a really great non-profit rescue Zoup and yeah started out as an intern and stayed on as a keeper like a part-time zookeeper. I did a lot of stock, right so anything with a hoof I did do the big cats and carnivores cuz everybody asks the the reptiles the only thing it didn't do a ton of was the monkeys cuz they're they have they have Alpha zookeeper problems May throw stuff at you. Robin nearly got eaten by a lion one time, but you really loud when you come in with a bucket of the coolest thing about being a zookeeper. I honestly being you know, six inches away from some of the coolest animals in the world. Yeah big cats. I'm a cat person so big cats and carnivores Bears. I mean, you're it's all safe, right? There's there's enclosures and there's a protocol and policies but it's just cool to be have a have, you know, they recognize you and have a relationship with a tiger is kind of cool. I have so many questions. So what's your what's your thoughts as you watch Tiger Shroff? Sugarcane, I have thoughts but I sort of times I used to spend a ton of time up in Ardmore, Oklahoma right outside of where his zoo was and when that documentary came out I was like this is the only surprising thing that I've ever seen by Ardmore Oklahoma is one of the most unique places. I've been to that's a really nice way to put it. Yeah, like I was at a Walmart at midnight one time. I thought I was in an episode of The Walking Dead is just like Nation up there. So yeah, so, okay so zookeeper and then obviously, you know, you kind of found this passion for animals and life. I'm assuming and then decided to go into the Consulting route. Yeah. Okay. And then okay, let's stop there. I got asked the guy at this wearing a shirt with water moccasins on it off. What's your background? Well going back to the water moccasin days or like a little bit from now you want to go back as far as satin sheets and a trailer and my mom told me that's how she knew I was going to be fancy one day. Hey, yeah. So the the water box is actually like we you know, I thought it was a beautiful Ranch. It turned out to be a trailer and a swamp down a dirt road outside of Houston, but it was a lot of land and our neighbors didn't care bout. We trekked back through my little brother and I or my best friend with machetes and like, you know other snake guards and why not and we'd go check down the sloughs and we'd hunt water moccasin boats. And so we would chop their heads off and then we would like scan them and make belts and hats out of them. And so it was like say what these boots came from know these these came from a catheter. Thanks, Well as exotic. Yeah, but yeah, so that's the water moccasin. So I never seen a shared with water moccasins long before. Was really exciting. It was it was a lot of fun until 8 a.m. Around and chased. It's one day and then we decided that maybe we should run things instead with rifles. Yeah have some Weaponry very different than my background. Yeah with that with the saving of that's true. Yeah, very different. So you're trying to save the information saying basically someone brought a monkey 200C Jim. There we go. There's the digits for the show last week. Is that a Capuchin? I don't know. It's a monkey. Is that Robin? It's hard to see but probably Capuchin if I had to guess. Yeah confusion. So I think it's like a baby think buying a pet monkey sounds like a terrible life decision. If you've ever seen friends, you know, it's like a Waffle House on friends had a Capuchin washrooms. Okay. Well, my mom likes Frank so much to say or something. Okay, so, you know how this transition into the story transaction how you know, you guys identified this problem. You know, I'm sure that you saw it. If you look at you know, you're coming from a Consulting background here. I'm just going to kind of spitball you're like, hey, you know companies pay all this month Consulting. There's got to be a way to create a technological platform. They can do the same thing and streamline the process. I think that whenever we met the blueberry CEO Summit last year you were telling me that you so other than like telling Watermark another version voice become real estate development background, right? Yeah. Yeah. That's yeah, so after killing water moccasins and going to UT a couple of times. I ended up in commercial real estate development in Austin dead. Okay, and so it'll real prolific firm. So prominent actually work together when I was at that firm cuz we'd be developing single-family industrial office and what not. And I thought I was on the side of kind of the demand side of the product where I'd find out, you know, 30 days into a 45-day due diligence. That there was a endangered bird and I didn't know why nobody picked it up and then it cost me half a million dollars to date that bird. So the question was always like why am I find that out so late in the process like isn't there something that could have been done earlier? So I'll let you speak from your side. But yes, it was commercial real estate development was the background and so we developed a whole bunch of stuff in and around Austin. So got you. So were you working for you working for the same firm? But were you working as the environmental consultant to know I was a subcontractor? Okay. I was doing environmental Consulting at a small local firm. At the time okay, it's all coming full circle. That makes sense. So you guys identified this problem becomes a pain in the ass on the real estate development side. You're like look a month into this and we just now found out that we have this endangered bird. It's holding up the project. So you guys, you know, how did you decide to go full time on this and actually develop something. I think that you mentioned before we get the podcast. Did you guys are now backed by blue bear? So let's talk about, you know, did you guys decide to build an MVP while you know, still your jobs you just decide to quit go full-time raise Capital. Let's talk about that whole process. Yeah. Yeah. So the idea of our Transit came around in well, like right after 2014 when I was doing a ton of oil and gas work at the time and change plans for calling me every single day. Say I'm thinking about building this lateral or this Gathering system and I basically want to put it in the ground like next week tell me what my environmental problems are and it was real time consuming for us. I mean just besides bap. That we were trying to be out in the field doing permitting all this kind of thing. This is where the idea for Trans that came from is like we were doing a ton of research to try to create a PDF report about here's all your environmental problems and what you should do about it off and that inefficiency is where a transect came from and so once the market kind of slowed down we we were we were chatting one day and we're like Sam had seen this problem before I had kids running around ragged for the last two years trying to create this. You know, what we call like a desktop report in the industry like this, you know analysis of what your potential problems could be and we're both like there's there's a better way to do this and now it's probably the right time and so that was back in I think early 2016 we incorporated in 2016 in the summer, we built the MVP in the fall when we were all still full time at our previous jobs. We've actually built it in a weekend like in a hot tub. It's like first off Yeah, and then we quit once we figure that out. We got some early buy-in from some of my old oil and gas clients to see if it would be something that they were interested in and we quit just our jobs to start full time. At least our our CTO and I quit you kind of came on full-time a little bit later Sam did in January of 2017. So so you guys had developed this MVP, you know, was it an actual technological platform? Did you have a wire frame for it? How did you guys build it? You know who built it? Yeah. Yeah. So our CTO at the time built it he was one of our co-founders and it was basically the idea behind the MVP is can we draw a line which could represent a pipeline on a map and have that map spit out some information right? So we don't just want to draw a line on a map like you would offer Google Maps like that's not helpful data on a map is not helpful unless you know what it means. And so if we draw a line on a map and then that tells us, you know, it spits out some information like, you know, the sample permit is what you needed that's based off. What are MVP was was to see if the technology could be there where we could have a third party draw a line on a map that we hosted and then have it tell us something. Yeah, it was basically the MVP that we originally so your job really before transect was going out your essentially manually kind of joined on this line States or right away from pipeline or something. And if you're going out and you're going to a million different sources and trying to figure out what endangered animals and plants in a variety of things actually replacing your job, right which translates a part of my job. Yeah. The field component is absolutely something we don't do that. You know, you still need Consultants to help you with and even the permitting peace, but that that initial five to ten per-cent of a job, which is just the planning phase the due diligence phase. That's where transect Ops. So so you guys aggregate they're like different databases and stuff you guys are tapping into and aggregating it and then you you type in that kind of like GIS mapping component of like hey, here's where we want our project to be and yes pins out all the yeah. That's right. So there's a lot of GIS out there though where you can again, you can aggregate a lot of different data and put it on a dead. On a GIS platform but transact Secret Sauce is we tell you what that means like great. So you pull in something like the national Wetlands inventory and it tells you have a forested wetland on a map. That's great. But that does you nothing about the you know, the the schedule budget timeline footprint implications for your project, you know as a consultant if somebody called me I would say, you know, if you're a pipeline we recommend you bore underneath that for so long island if you want to avoid this permit and you know avoid some mitigation but a map can't tell you that transcend us. Okay, so you're human data both context. That's right. Yeah, the context piece is important. So I think yeah. Thursday is viewers out there and I obviously need GIS data because it's useful to show information on a map. But we also want to say what what permits do you need give you a lot of information about the regulations give you information about the regulator that you need to contact with. Some next steps are things you can avoid to make your life easier, you know, say you need a permit. But if you follow this step, you know, you can shave 6 months off your permit timeline wage. Important information people want to know right away. So when you guys want to build the product, you know, I'm thinking about building the MVP and the early stages of it your CTO built out the product you say your CEO was at the firm with you. You knew them previously. Yeah. Yeah. So all three of us went to the University of Texas. Got you got you that's where we we open. Yes, you know when we talked to a lot of found objects. The hardest part is always finding the technical person, you know, especially here in Houston. You have a lot of smart Reservoir Engineers, you know, geophysicist, whatever maybe that they have an idea, you know, they identified a problem in their everyday work flow. They want to build something but like we need to we need a CTO we need someone that can actually own the product and build it and so for you you already had someone in your network that had that expertise, you know how to convince them to come on in work with you joining answer that. Yeah. Sure. So we went back to like Like I'd known our CTO since I Was Eighteen and so like we did stuff the University of Texas together and then we'd kept up. He was in my wedding was at my brother's weddings like so we'd known each other for over a long time. When we kind of came together. I was always bouncing bad ideas off of them. But this one was like when we all came together and Robin came up with the idea and we're thinking about like what could this look like and sort of implications across the United States, right? Cuz it's when you're impacting land these regulations and rules apply not just for oil and gas but for solar and Renewables and water and wastewater get the drift, right? Yeah. And so that was like we kind of all got together and that's when we went out and raised the money to do it. So we you know, most companies don't put together a 45-page boss. And Robin was the national program manager to environmental consulting firm. Like I told my own real estate Development Fund and buildings. Yeah, we we put it together for ourselves cuz we're like birth. All about the leave like really good job pretty convinced myself everything else to go like do this thing. Like we need we need to do this for ourselves not like a pitch black like we need to make sure we're not crazy. Yeah, and so I think a lot of that internal vetting and then one night I had some, you know, a couple of drinks and I may have bought 96 website sucks. So but it was it was like it's still normal Consulting Texas winning Louisiana things. Like, you know, I'm Jeff bailes, right? Well, it was just interesting because back when you when you look in an idea like this your like obviously somebody had to have thought of this right. So the first thing you go do is like well Endangered Species Act calm and it's like it's available for 9199 and you're like what Clean Water Act. I mean like literally all these regular like the actual domain names are available. And so I think that's for us internally. It kind of helped us flush it out. And regarding the technical Talent like it was just the three of us for a long time, you know, and and that was you know, building that out was was tough because it's not it turns out that drawing a line a triggering a thing. Well, that was a great NDP. But that line in that trigger needed like eight levels below it subject to what state you're in kind of content a lot of content off so that the tech always leads looks easy on the front end right but it's the back end and all the content that goes into it that that's hard. Yeah. How did you guys let's talk about getting like your first customer. Hold on. I wanted to change something before you go into that because he brought up and he brought up a good he brought up a good point here about how they wrote this white paper and something and I talked a lot about because when you look at a lot of push-ups, you know, when the raising Capital you have this idea. It's like a 10 slide pitch deck nothing nothing more than that. We wrote a white paper for digital wildcatters that never got sent out externally wage. Is just for us it was for us to get our thoughts and get clarity into where we were going and it was a good exercise for us. So we had one of those documents we kind of references as like our internal Bible of like strategy that we kind of seem to revisit. I don't know it seems like every two weeks at least but I think the misconception there with like business plans is especially in Silicon Valley. It's like hey, you don't need a business plan wage is always in the context of reaching out to venture capitalists. It's like all we only need a picture texts and then they think all like business plans are not in Vogue like who cares about it, but it's a great thought exercise to see are you prepared and have you really thought through everything is a lot of students going to get thrown your way, you know in this little entrepreneurial Journey, you know what I mean? Yeah. Yeah. I was really shooting. I was actually had been awhile probably, you know, twelve or fifteen months since I had looked at our business plan originally home and I was working on our current product roadmap and I went back to our business plan that I hadn't even thought about and or used it as any sort of strategy on our roadmap and we're actually really close to what we thought. Going to do when we like started writing it in a hot tub. Wow, that product was ahead of its time and I think I just thought of it but no I actually thought of it. I know there's more business plan should be written more business plans offer. Absolutely, right? Yeah. No just like a whiteboard next to the next of the hot tub. You can just return to get her rolling whiteboard. Just bring it out. All right. Sorry to interrupt you. Go ahead and ask you one more question was now home. You're asking me if they had discussed your first customers. Yeah, that was your deal with. Oh we talk about that. Yeah. Our first customer was a group called New Jersey resources and that was really funny because I think in some ways it it wasn't a very helpful first customer get because I'm at a bar in Houston at a conference that was unaffiliated with were doing we got invited down there and I'm sitting there talking to somebody telling them what we're doing and he's eating Burger. I'm eating Burger and he's like, oh, this is really cool. I should hook you up with you know this guy and I'm like, okay great so long So we jump on a call and we're talking about and he's like, oh, this is great. So we're like nine months then we kind of have a product and we're just kind of like touching our fingers putting it up in the air being like he's like well, how much is this going to cost to roam? Well, you're pipelines x amount of miles. So maybe like $8,000. He's like, okay, we're like great. So what all do you want in here? He's like, oh, well, could you add this and this and this is were like we can do that, you know, we built it out and shipped to him. He was like really excited about it. The reason why I say it's kind of a weird first client is because it kind of like ruins your brake. Suddenly. You're like, wow, we can charge people so much money and then maybe first not sure on some of the first iterations cuz nobody's seen it but then when you start talking about scaling, it's like actually you need to be charging people about maybe half that much for like Market penetration. Yeah, but that was our first client and our second clients when we actually launched the product truly. I was at another conference that we got invited to in the CEO of Phillips 66 was talking on stage to about three hundred people at this master limited and they'll like partnership that was like a Midstream conference and he starts talking about the Bayou Bridge Pipeline and how they got shut down by the courts and they were losing a million and a half dollars a day because of forested wetlands. I'm like, I've heard that word and so I text message Robin. I'm like, hey can y'all pull the Bayou Bridge Pipeline and uploading the transect and I just get this message back. Yeah, but why I'm like just do it. Just can we do it like yeah, it's the next thing I know like in all my phone. I've got the Bayou Bridge pipeline the CEO walks off stage and I run over there and I'm like, hey, I remember his name, but my name's Sam Lane and like I co-founded this company called transect and this is your Bayou Bridge pipeline. You have 462 forested Wetlands on it, and he just looks at me. He looks at that and he's like, where did you get that? I was like online. It's like and this is you know, our Tech that we created he goes, that's really cool. He's like hey, you know talks to the next person next to get this guy's information and not walk off and I'm like, well that's not going anywhere ever and three months later. We get a message in a month after that. Like our first client is signed up with 66,000. Like what in the world just happened and they never signed a B2B SAS subscription like we were offering before and we'd never created a contract for it. There's a lot of interesting things. Yeah, but taking on a big client like that, you know, it's like your first or you know, in this case second client. I mean, I'm sure that comes with a lot of learning experiences and and Juice like you said, it's like we haven't even done a contract for a company this size of Phillips 66 or some of the things that you guys kind of learn from jumping in the fire without one. I think as far as technology goes it was great because we started to get our first feedback with our first set of hands which is super important. Everybody wants to know like does is our product like worth anything. Is it a total piece of crap? Yes our product marketing. Yeah, definitely. And so I think that was you know for me just on the product side since I'm so focused on the product. I think that was that was huge was too often have people that matter because they think my product is your first customers on a product and they get them actually use it but it's also like a double-edged sword there. Like I hate this part about it. I hate it, but I loved it. I loved this and I love this. That's right. I mean super excited to get that. I guess that feedback loop from clients and constantly being able to iterate provide more value and seeing them getting excited about it and how they can use in their daily lives and stuff. This episode is powered by W energy software you remember that. We had W energies founder and CEO Peak Waldrop on the show while back and you may know that dog. Cutters very own Jeremy Funk AKA 1/2 of the tripping over the barrel podcast calls W energy home and he loves it. You guys know our Mantra is evolve or die and after a year like this that is now gone through than ever all wheel of the industry to thrive right now. 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Well, I'm replacing three full-time employees and their average salary is this and then we'll divide it by 3 or something or we can look at competitors and they're charging this and either we want to be positioned as a premium product. We want to go higher we want to be considered the the value solution like walk us through your thoughts on that. I'm sure there's probably a couple of iterations home of that. Yeah. We are still entertaining our pricing like pricing is really hard. I think it's the hardest. I think it's one of the hardest things we've had to do and it matters so much because so much of how you're judged as your revenue and yeah life, you know, we we kind of have settled on this point in time on you know, kind of we we changed pricing based on the the number of employees at a company. We never did like seats because that was one thing that we decided early on do things about our pricing is we never close. I wanted to be unlimited reports didn't want to charge my report and we wanted unlimited users. So we didn't want to charge for seats because we felt like the more people were in the platform the more information we would get the more prolonged. It would become the more sticky. Our platform would be within a company cuz if that one person that has a seat leaves the nobody else their uses it and then they try to cancel and so does that was important and really the great thing about technology is because the cost to run a transect report is pretty minimal. I mean, that's the great thing about technology. It's the computer does it and so we've we've been fortunate that we've able been able to experiment with pricing and I don't know Sam's on the growth so he can probably talk about pricing a little bit more but I feel like this is like a massive Journey. It's just it's really hard to figure out pricing and but we didn't know that we always wanted those two things to be important like unlimited seats unlimited users cuz I don't want to be like in you know be a be like like fiefdoms about who could access our technology and who couldn't cuz even the existing GIS tools out there. They still have seats and we wanted to be different. I think it's a pretty unique dog. Album not only for enterprise software but specifically for companies that are doing you know with energy related markets like you guys are construction or whatever. It may be if you think about sass the economics of sass tools in the consumer Market, it's a lot easier to figure out okay, you know, what's the willingness to pay the market? We generate a demand curve figure out our price elasticity things of that nature, but when you're trying to do that for an Enterprise Market where you know, like if you're looking at Mid stream companies, for example, there's not that many Midstream companies, right? And so you don't have a whole lot of chances to play around with pricing model figure out, you know, you can't do a survey on the market and figure out okay, where are these guys want to pay and things of that nature? So it's interesting because you start looking at okay, do we go on a Model where we charge by box seats or you know charged by how many reports you generate and so you have to start getting really creative with those things. Whereas, you know, if you look at pricing models of you know, say slack or some other, you know, tool like that dog. Their pricing models are pretty they're pretty easy to figure out and get to pretty quickly. But I think that it's a unique problem that companies like you guys have and you have to put a lot of brainpower in bandwidth and not doing it out. So and there's also kind of an education piece because hey our users aren't typically used to a whole lot of B2B SAS opportunities. So the concept of paying for a subscription that you kind of have all access to all the time and getting this to be part of their business process is a bit of an education piece also because our technology we have no competitors. We're not just another communication to like it's right. It's it is hard part of our sales process definitely involves really understanding our users processes right now and thinking really creatively about how to fit in to that process and then we have to talk about okay. So, you know if this is your process now, what does that pricing look like? Are you stepping out this kind of work to a subcontractor? Are you not doing it all are you doing it in-house and how much time and money does that take you and so because all of our U age Have different use cases because they have different processes and things like that. I think that's contributed to pricing too because if you're stepping it out to a consultant you're used to paying maybe more but if you do it in-house you're not used to paying anything for it. Yeah. I'm just going to your over so your existing staff. And so we're we're talking to a lot of different people that are fitting transect into a lot of different places in their existing process. And that's so it's it's hard to kind of find a consistent price across the pricing model. So you guys really take it from the approach of you. Look at. Okay, what is a company spending today on their traditional processes and workflows? How much value are we Act of creating and you know, how much money are we saving them at the end of the day and then money and time money a lot of them, you know, a lot of our bigger clients. They're like you have money is kind of a thing but they really love the time piece of it. Yeah. Yeah. So that's you know, sometimes money isn't isn't the problem more efficient that you don't want to wait a few weeks for somebody outside of their company that sell them or they don't have a good resource or they, you know, they're like, I'm frustrated. I want to know this information that I don't know where to get it off. That's the value for them is the timepiece getting it just reminded me. Remember we had that Midstream company reach out to us one time with this exact problem. They're like, yeah, you know, we're building these pipelines and know the situation we will want to report on hey where we at in this pipe line in terms of Permitting and issues. And yep. They asked us like, you know, anyone that can help us build build this and for them it was efficiency. It's like it takes us a month or month-and-a-half to generate that and get it back up to see sweet. We want something that we can you know, within a few days or week have that information. They were looking to we should like you guys help with them because the exact solution is so I'm sorry. What did you say? Yeah with any one of them that was interesting because they wanted to use it essentially as like a project management tool but with like a graphical map Ur face of being able to see a pipeline maybe literally one of like like sections like highlighted as it was done and then all the day like all the financials you can see alongside that which I thought was a really cool concept and to my knowledge. I've never seen anything like that builds. You guys look at your tool as kind of like a project management or do you see it as the resource just for the environmental side just for our due diligence tool. Yeah, Arlene is really natural resources, but we do have you know, we've got off sharing and we've got capability where you can have kind of like teams in there. But yeah, are you missing something or Arlene is basically natural resources. I mean, that's that's what we're good at. There's other groups out there that hath direct management tools and that do like hazardous material stuff means money as they type stuff. Like that's that's other people do that. Well, and that's not where where we play you guys are primarily in natural resources right now, or do you guys have any other random like home state clients or anything yet? So I think when Robin says natural resources is like a terminal are right and this is where our transect one-on-one comes in you're talking about how you price things and educate people because even though life people here natural resources and that means something different to an oil group than a solar group to these statements, right? And so I feel like when you say are y'all just in that for resources like dog? From a land standpoint the federal government state governments consider your property and natural resource. Yeah, and so like the birds the bunnies you have the cow ponds that are wetlands the dishes that our systems like that they consider that a natural resource. And so it's kind of across the market and that's been one of the difficulties about I think the education piece of transect that we fight locked into is that everybody's got a different term for what we do almost it's like our solar groups battery storage wind like they call it something different inside of their organization and because of that the education piece is so important but it's also just interesting because when you talk about doing the dollar to dollar comparison, it's like well you pay this much money. Well, they may be paying a consultant through $10,000 to do it after they've selected their site or route. And so you're not only giving them something they could do earlier on so we have groups that have anywhere from 20 to 40 users in the platform. Reports all across America at a phase in the Project Life Cycle that they've never had the ability to do so, it's like well, how do you price that right? Cuz yeah, they're used to spending X dollars like when they've selected a project but now they're able to get this information so much earlier on different the rest of their projects and make better decisions. And that's been it's like it's not exactly an apple and orange will it off right? Cuz it's two completely different process one is like oh no, there's a problem like my little bird problem I have right the other ones like, oh I'm going to face this issue. We need to budget and plan for it off. Yeah. And so the value of that is real interesting because it's hard to quantify it because you can look at well. This is what you used to get but we're doing hundred ex that earlier on and so then they're using transpire dial in their sights their routes or what I mean, if you go back to your real estate deal, you know, if you would have had trance-like then you could have identified that before you guys even started the project and say, okay look, you know, we're going to have to spend a few hundred thousand dollars off. To get this issue put it into the model see if the project Works getting 30 days into it and it's like what the hell like, how do we not know about this? Oh, we can only chop down trees for seven months out of the year. Yeah. Well, well that's going to delay when we can start the building. Yes. Absolutely. Absolutely. So as you guys scale, you know, I may be jumping ahead in the conversation here a little bit, but I'm just curious, you know, if you think about this product in the United States, I imagine it's hard enough to build out in the United States, you know, just on a state-by-state basis and I don't know if it goes down to county-by-county but there's just so much data in content that you guys have to provide in context. Do you guys ever see going International or is it like hey, we just we gotta stick to Thursday for the foreseeable future. I think we'll stick to u.s. Per foreseeable future, but the great thing about this technology is it could very easily scale to Canada or anywhere in Europe the tricky bit is finding the log. Specialists we call ourselves like recovering Consultants. They can help with the content. And so that would be that would be the hard part. Yeah, swing it actually request all the time to go out of to imagine. I mean, like if you look at it from a logical standpoint, the technology can be applied to I mean the technology doesn't care about borders, right but as far as scaling it actually becomes a bit of a manual process of finding the subject matter experts in that area that can help provide the content and data to support the context of the technology. So when you guys are thinking about scaling are you looking at getting more environmental types of data or you try to gain maybe other types of data like I'm thinking about just like as we're looking at places in East downtown right now, like we're looking at like tax incentives historical status on buildings things like that. I don't know if those apply to the same kind of projects you guys are looking at but is that like would that be something you'd be interested in or is it was it we need more types of environmental data like you're going to stay super heavy on the environmental Lane. Yeah at this point in time well, Super heavy on the environmental peace because oftentimes when we start diving into like title or zoning, there's other groups that do that. Well, okay, right and so we really feel like the environmental is the hole in the mark and that's what we're going to stick with and do it really really well because once you start getting into other types of Land Development, like I said, there's groups that do that well and we don't want to reinvent that wheel. Yeah, absolutely. So I asked kind of about the journey a little bit, you know, you guys said that you started it in 2016. That's when you Incorporated. I think you guys went you went full-time on it in 2016/2017. Mm. Okay. So when you guys decided to go full time, I mean did you guys bootstrapped this did you raise a seat around from Angels? How did you go about that? You know, we have a lot of listeners that always want to know, you know, the the media tells actually jumping from a job. You guys all had good jobs jumping from the job to actually focus on a full-time raise Capital bootstrap. How do you go about actually attacking it? You know where you client funded Yas. We raised when we first started we raised a small friends and family around especially and that's what got us through. I guess like the first year and half or so and then we raised a second friends and family around both on like control boats until just the two and then and then we got venture-backed right? I said the three rounds and we were in a unique place because you know, we're not dead like transect isn't the type of company that you would roll out a college dorm room and start, you know, it's kind of Technical and it's Steve case has this book called the third wave and it's like a technical industry. They can really be helped with if you optimize it and that's what he talked about. So we actually had backgrounds and so when you spend ten to fourteen years across a different career and Robbins industry off made a lot of money for people in their decisions and in my industry, I had made good decisions and help people make money as well. So even though we kind of grew up in a trailer lower-middle-class we had careers that's Panthers. Decade and so that gives you a lot of close relationships with people and so our First Investors were people that we have either already made money for or people that they're willing to take another risk on us because they knew us and they're like y'all have really good careers. Now if y'all are leaving that to do this like there's gotta be something there that they're due diligence. I'll never forget one of my close friends from college. I sat down with them and he was a former Goldman Sachs Austin Ventures. I mean prolific Angel smartest guy knew and when we sat down with him, we did that because we're like surely he's going to be like no this is a terrible idea don't do it. And so we go to him and he's like, this is great. I'm in like dude. That's what you're supposed to say. He's like, no seriously. I got pinched all the time. Like, I hope you'll and you're like, okay one off. That's fine. Let's go talk to these other for people's surely they're going to be like so we hit up a person off. On the Midstream company who owned an environmental firm somebody who had had multiple successful from a technology standpoint companies of you know, Venture capitalists prolific Angel and we did that kind of get them to tell us know and every time we went after people that were supposed to tell us know they started writing checks and so in that two months away as opposed to work it's because we're like, you're supposed to get a whole lot more notes than yeah. We're so we had about eight conversations and eight eight or nine checks that came out of that from them introducing us and we raised seven hundred fifty Grand in like home three months and that was wild but I think that so when I look at you know, when we talk about startup journey, I think that when you've got a decade or more which I think this is for people in their thirties or forties, it's like off the sometimes if you've got industry experience like Ramen, it can be a little easier to actually create a startup out of that industry experience because you have existing relationships and you don't have to be twenty two or twenty five years. Right like you could do something when you're older. You connect with me on LinkedIn. I wrote a post about this two days ago. Yeah the way that did really well and said the same exact thing was one of the top messages that I get from people are wanting to leave their job at a major EMP office and I said, the biggest thing people need to do is kind of change their mindset and have some patience. If you look at companies just like transect the majority of successful companies come from people that are you know, thirty-five forty years old that have had ten fifteen years in the industry to build skills to build relationships and you can launch companies on the back that like this whole silicon valley-type mindset of you know, being Mark Zuckerberg coming out of you know, twenty years old creating Facebook like yeah, look it's happened on that experience and wisdom and a technical industry. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, Mark Zuckerberg turn made this platform when he was twenty years old, right? He couldn't have done it. Right? And so I think that's a really important message that resonates with a lot of people and wage. To understand that is like look in your career, you know, your career isn't isn't the end of it, right? It's step and you use that to take skills that can carry over to make those relationships like you brought up a good point. I think it's relationships over everything, you know to where you guys go to raise capital and boom $750,000 in a few months that wouldn't have happened. If you didn't already have pre-existing relationships, you should be able to pick up the phone and you have people that know you and are willing to cut a check so really good story their risk. Yeah, you know, it's like I think that they saw it as like we were taking a lot of risk leaving a really steady jobs. Yeah, go do something and they admired that yeah, absolutely. So before we wrap up this podcast real quick, you know lets you guys just got funded by Blood, correct? Yes. So blueberry Capital great friends Parsons. Yeah. Yeah. They they were one of our first podcasts shows way back in the day and been grass. Enzo from ever since so you know, what what was the process in going and raising Capital? I'm assuming this was a series a for you guys it was a seed round like she drowned. Okay. Okay, cool. Yeah and so often, you know at that point what made you guys think that you wanted to go the venture out and you know move on from friends and family to actually going into the Venture treadmill. Yeah, it's you know a fate is great. We we weren't sure actually that we wanted to go the Venture around and we were actually introduced to Blue Bear by apatin like on a demo like we were demoing some Solar Company that was up in Wisconsin or something and he knew ernston Bond. Okay. He said maybe this isn't a great fit for us. I can't even really became a client or not, but you should probably meet blue bear and we just loved them like wage even really we weren't actually actively fundraising at the time. We didn't know that's the route we were going to go. We didn't know if we were going to go Venture but we liked the guys that blue bear so much that it made sense for us. Yeah and so long Then of course it all works out because if we hadn't been had the introduction hadn't decided we were going to go down that path we would you know, we would have hit covid-19 and things probably would have been a lot harder. Yeah. Absolutely. Yeah fate Fate has a way of working out right? You always need a stroke a look it does. Yeah. Absolutely we and you know that we put a lot of thought into that decision like we had a 26-point rating scale from everything from her session raise the control to like what the dollars would go for what we were thinking about and I think that oftentimes is boundaries are entrepreneurs. You don't we don't think those things through right and so long as we got to know Ernst and Vaughn in the blue bear team more it became kind of abundantly clear that at some point in time. You need to make a decision on where you're going with your company, you know, and like you said, it's a great company. It's like do you want it to be International? Do you want to be Across the Nation? And so we kind of did some soul-searching and I think that's one of the reasons why they were such a great fit. Yeah, cuz they were birth. Pretty transparent and they had invited us to meet different people that knew him and some of our investors got to know him as well. And so it was it was an atypical process that I think is was in a relational like what you said earlier. Yes, you guys you said John met at Blue Bear? Yeah. We said we said next to each other NASA. Okay. So that was before you guys were funded. You know, it's just some of the value that blueberry does bring a bunch of smart people investors companies into the room to have those collisions. So, you know, I think that speaks volume two blueberry, you know, they think in terms like that, so yeah, absolutely. Yeah, thing that we talk about life partners and having good Capital Partners is critical and yeah somebody that supports you and isn't just there to kind of control you and care about revenue and that's what we liked about blue bear because yeah, we had a whole Matrix with like mental health and mental health club has been like, you know, I'm a female founder so I'm pretty particular about like what new? Yep control I bring in into into this company and yeah, that's it and you like the first person to bring a mental health At least probably fifty or sixty episodes as soon that's like on every single one of our matrices that we make about decisions. It's what's our stress level and what's our mental health. Like what's our mental capacity that we can handle based on a decisions because you know, if we can't function. Yeah, whatever decision we make is not going to matter. Yep. So mental this year's were big into self care where begins like taking care of ourselves at transact and with our partners in and all that kind of stuff and we do feel like we feel like blueberry. Honestly didn't laugh at that being a consideration about our choice like blueberries. Awesome. So now hard having to restrain myself from talking about Brazilian Jujitsu and that's the way it has kids are talking about tap dancing that's an idea for my for my love. So that's also a first place we need to do and tap dancing in a tiger. So if people are listening to this and you know, they're interested in using the platform. They want to reach out working. They find you guys. It sounds like you bought fifty domains. Which domains You actually use translate.com. All right, settle on something basic. Yeah, are you least pointing all those other domains to translate.com? I'm working order. But yeah, they can she go to translate.com like sign up for a free account run their first report for free. Oh cool. We like to let people actually see it to believe it and learn about it. And so whether you're just a Rancher out in West Texas listening or somebody who's got a Thousand Mile Midstream pipeline, you know, like or solar side or you know, just go in log in and see what it is. I mean very cool. It's been really neat to watch people. Usually just like I have a ranch I went to know what it's like you're not technically a user but that's where they're going to say me signing up for the platform and running a line in my neighborhood exact same thing. All right guys. Well, thank you all for taking the time to come on the show excited about you know, what everything that you're working on and hopefully we can have you on here sometime, you know next year and hopefully here that you guys are killing it in Chrome. Yeah, huge thanks to Randy Rogers from taking time off of a tour to join us are tap dancing deeper. You look like naked. Well, I've really made my heart attack. All right guys, if you know the episode takes 2 seconds to leave us a rating reviews and all your friends and catch you guys in the next episode.
Thursday, January 30th, 2020
"Welcome to security on the by you. And I'm your host Chris Adkins recap of today's security news and why it matters to you all right back. It is Wednesday. Thirty Twenty Twenty Excuse me on the by you. You got a few good ones for you today. We'll start off at the very top with the Google Bug Bounty Program They spent a record some this this year. I believe I saw this trending on twitter last night. so I think the Reports fairly new. The here numbers were this Last year paid out six point. Five million dollars In two thousand nineteen double what it did in two thousand eighteen. Three point. Four million The largest award was two hundred grand For somebody from Alpha labs who discovered exploit and Pixel three so This this is a good sign over all right that These companies are paying out more and more bug bounty programs. I'd be curious I at the dig into the numbers here. I'm curious how many performer abilities. That was For six point five million dollars you know a curious about the economy's here Is it more valuable for them. Just is to hire more folks or keep doing this. I know it's goodwill and you know this provides income for other folks and it's a good thing but I'm curious from the business sense of How this works six point five million dollars to buy a lot of researchers right So I hope they keep going a good sign More and more people start paying out bug bounties you see across all the big guys So all in all good stuff I hope it doubles again next year. Are this year. I should say I think that'd be a good thing thing to keep that. Keep going all right next a The Botany report this came from Spam House Spam House releases their numbers every year of The number of botnets that they see Globally which if you've you know worked in a sock environment or any sort of security operations environment you spam house very well and we used to use it all the time in In our fishing investigations to figure out Any information we could on IP addresses domains as such so. There are some interesting numbers in here and also my my apologies that first one that Google will VIP that was article on Yahoo. Even though that's one of those articles you could find anywhere This next one is from dark reading so about the botnets and I'm sure you go straight to pay house and get the whole all the numbers. Let's see here also a big jump. This year it was a seventy one percent percent increase over last year. That's a lot. It's a lot of new botnets and see to servers party wonders if they didn't have full visibility because that's a a huge jump. I know that there's always gonNA be increased but I'm curious about the visibility aspect of it Let's see here's some good numbers This surprise me The country with the most Boughten at C.. Two servers was the United States which is interesting. I would not have guessed that I I probably would've put it maybe third or fourth list Behind some other well known large countries But interesting you know. One of the things they talked about the article was the lack of Knowing your customer New Your customers a big deal in the financial world obviously so curious about If there's any repercussions for hosting services based on these numbers it's always good to get ahead of these things before they become regulated related right so these folks should start Doing a bit more. Know your customer some other interesting numbers numbers in here They talked about the increase in In China and Russia so in Russia it increased one hundred one hundred forty three percent from twenty eighteen They there were an additional seven hundred. Baht Nazi to servers In Russia there's also a large jump in China as well I don't see number. Here's another one They actually call out a specific company. CLOUDFLARE had fifteen hundred botnets on their infrastructure. It's a lot. Aw second-place Alibaba with China Which only had six hundred twenty nine? So I was double of second-place which she's interesting considering cloudflare what they do? And I knew I recommend it to my customers. A Lot The obviously good deed. Osman mitigation other tools. There's all all kinds of stuff you could start layering in there with with cloudflare. So that's sort of surprising but I guess maybe not it is so they go onto the article article to talk about customer vetting which already hit on already It needs to be there needs to be more of it pretty plain and simple all right next excuse excuse me this from the CBC Straight out of Canada Hackers were paid ransom after tax on Canadian. Insurance firm firm court documents. Reveal so this is your ransomware of the day. Obviously I highlight ransomware every day. I'm going to continue to do that. this one one was interesting Because of the way it happened and who paid and all that kind of stuff so The total ransom was point. One point two million but they were able to negotiate it down to nine hundred. Fifty rain Another interesting part of this is that they didn't list the company And they did not list the insurers so this was covered by the insurance company talked about up at earlier this week so good on Canadian company for doing that am in the you know to kind of pile on here. The thing that's most concerning is that this happened in October of last year. It's almost February. We're we're almost February. Twenty twenty in. Nobody knows who this company Yes yes In Bio counts is the network contained information of customers whether Pi Hip PC data. I mean there's a lot of things that could be out there but we don't know which is concerning right it's been a while And at this point on a win the last time you guys went and checked any of the dark web services. You can't see it on audio. I'm doing air quotes. It's the dark web services the popular Your email address or credit card number or any of those I know. At and T.. Myself Myself Provider has one which is an interesting Interesting thing I only give him so much stuff right because I don't trust them as much either. But you pop all those things in there and you can go see you know where your information has been compromised. And every time I checked the list just grows and grows and grows and grows so at this point. It's all out there right I have I get emails at least once a week if somebody tries to log into my account. That wasn't me and then resetting setting passwords I go reset the past version so This has been a common thing throughout the years of of companies keeping these attacks secret I get it bad for the reputation but at some point you have a responsibility to your customer right that you need to alert them. This also makes me wonder about the The disclosure rules in Canada. I'm not fully Up to date on that but my assumption is that waiting until now and still haven't released anything when the attack happened in October probably violating some sort of regulation or law Unless they have a really good reason Let's see anything anything else getting here. I not really I mean they go on to talk about paying the ransom. So it's a calculated risk right. You pay the ransom you get the decrypt or it works great. I've had customers. Ask Me what do I do. If they don't give me the decrypt or doesn't work too bad I you know they're still they're still criminals are still bad guys. If you don't have proper backups ups then what are you going to do anyways. It's gone no matter. What at least gotTa try and if you're insured this is exactly what your insurance? It's not money out of your pocket so so once once again. Go Get your cy reliability. All right. That should do it for today. S- Thursday still Thursday. The thirtieth everybody have a wonderful day. And we'll talk again tomorrow. Don't forget to subscribe at Itunes spotify Stitcher in tune in and you can also visit us on twitter at second the by on Instagram. At second the by you don't facebook. Guess where at on the Bayou. You can also find us on Lincoln security on the by you. Guess what else you can find us on the Internet at SEC on the buy dot com.
January 27th, 2020
"Welcome to security on the by you. I'm your host Chris Adkins uh-huh recap of today's security news and why it matters to you all right and welcome back Security on the by Monday January twenty seventh twenty twenty Get a few stories today. We're GONNA talk about First let's Let's kill music. Thank you next the first one it's From Puli Microsoft's Internet Explorer Zero Day. Working workaround is breaking printers so Last week or earlier this month actually Microsoft released a a work around for a C B Twenty twenty zero six seven four in security advisory essentially. It's a way to restrict the access to deal L. File. I'm not sure I would have to do some research. Well what exactly the deal. Four but essentially one of the side effects of this is that it makes your printer. Stop working so there is zero day. But there's has limited limited visibility of it in the wild it doesn't look like anybody's currently exporting it. Although as as we know that will change very quickly so you can either. At the end of the day you can either have working printers or you can have it open zero day. So it's up to you I would ask why are you printing so much of this is affecting you that much. So there's that one from graeme clearly next also from Graham clearly. He's got some he's got to today. This is a record for him. hackers hit firms with ransomware by exploiting Shitrit Slot. So here it is. It's starting to happen As you if you keep up with the news at all shit tricks rex was released was last week last weekend I think is them all the PSC started coming out and all the different code exploit essentially. There's a there's a vulnerability in some six appliances and what we saw happen is that there was actually good guys and bad guys going in patching thing in using the tricks appliances you know some folks were dropping in other back doors. While securing the the flaw that or the vulnerability vulnerability they use to get in. Well now. We're starting to finally see a bad guy start to use it for ransomware. It was inevitable. I mean it's going to happen right. you know they're they're going to do random. Wears the flavor of the day people pay it you know so. Why wouldn't you do it? If I was in that position I would do the same thing. One of the interesting thinks he points out here. Is that obviously six. A lot of remote work is done via six apparently had some issues. The Dutch had some issues with this ended up having to bring a bunch of people link because they couldn't get in with I guess they work strictly out of citric so there is some free tools out there that was developed by six and fire. I of all people will to to help. DETECT ICEES of This it's not going to do any patching and actually gonNA protect you. It's more more or less warning so if you haven't used that tool or done some tricks has suggested in need need to go off and do that or does it get rid of six together. It's up to you all right And so speaking of ransomware the cost for ransomware to where to recover from a ransomware event doubled in the last quarter of two thousand eighteen so that they estimated the average recovery costs was right around forty one grand that has doubled all the way up to eighty four thousand dollars which is as we talk just talked about. It's going to keep going and people are going to keep. Exporting these things these vulnerabilities and putting ranch. It's more because they're getting money. It's just that that plane is simple thereafter one thing. It's the money although as they do point out in this article I'm sorry this is on Forbes as written by Lee Matthews. He's a good one as he pointed out in this article. We're starting to see more and more of these folks. Take the data and threaten to release it if you don't pay the ransom so it's a little. This sort of a standard tactic has been used forever right. That's been normal now. The ransomware guys have started to pile onto although only a few have actually done it. I think we'll start to see more and more and more of that I think simply because they're making enough money with the ransom enough people are paying it. They can afford to let a few of them. Go and drop that data to scare put the fear of God in them and one of the things that as soon as I saw this saying well how do you know. So how do you protect yourself. If you think about the small companies out there in one of the things he right here at the very end arkle already says instead. Strengthen your defenses pence's investing capable firewall hardware and reputable anti malware software train your staff to spot suspicious but suspicious emails ensure that you have reliable data backup system in place place. Those one hundred percent. Ultra those one hundred percent all things you should be doing but I look APP. The smaller companies in the world. That have like one or two people in their struggle to keep up with that alone which is tough and that's part of the deal right is it. That's the reality of the way it is so I would also I would add onto here to that if you're in a director position. It Director Security Director CCS. Oh any of those sort of you know responsible for this sort of item. If you're not exploring some form cyber liability insurance to cover your ass. I think you're going to be in trouble. I mean it's going to cost you a lot of money. It's driving your car without insurance. Why would you do? You know the the the premiums in principle the premiums are low. That's something you should be doing on a daily basis. Is If you're not if you don't already have that that you should be buying that. Go talk to your risk managers. I'm sure if you talk to any nearly any other leader in your company I bet you they. They have some form of liability insurance to cover them for something in all of those companies will settle you cyber liability. You should be. You should be exploring that you should have that on your books. It'd be something should be doing. Add that to your tool belt. That's Cya all day long. You don't WanNa be the guy that gets that gets ransomware and it doesn't have a way to pay for it right. Don't be that person are now. We'll get off my high horse for the day. I'm sure that will come up again. All right folks back at it first podcast in quite a while. Hope you enjoyed it. Learn something I'll get better as we go. I'll get better again. Trust me I will We'll get there all right. Everybody have have a wonderful Monday We'll talk tomorrow. Don't forget to subscribe at I tunes spotify Stitcher in tune in you can also visit us on twitter at second the by are you on instagram. 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"Dr news live from news. Eight seven in houston. I'm gail water. Here's were working on for. All things considered at least three houston democratic members of congress. Say they'll now support articles of impeachment against president trump over his role. In inciting wednesdays attempted insurrection. Government reporter andrew schneider is looking at. How one congressman hopes to broaden. The charges congressman. Al green also wants to impeach trump for inciting hatred over the course of his term. He cited instances of trump supporting rhetoric against jews blacks muslims and lgbtq individuals. We have a responsibility and a duty as well as an obligation to now stand up to all of the would be bigots. The would be bigots. Who would want to replicate what the president has done. There are people who literally well campaign using the president's style of weaponising hate to get elected that audio courtesy of fox twenty-six congresswoman sheila jackson-lee has authored articles of impeachment herself and congresswoman lizzie. Fletcher said she would support impeachment. I'm andrew schneider in houston this afternoon. Some texans are wondering what happened to their unemployment benefits. Sisco gomez with texas workforce commission says they started issuing payments earlier this week after the federal government extended the assistance from last year's corona virus. Relief package we have roughly one hundred forty thousand claimants that exhausted benefits between october and december that we are working to transition over to benefits extensions from the continued assistance act which requires additional attention. Those benefits are available through march thirteenth. Here in houston. The health department has an alert for people who have appointments to get. Covid vaccine says saturday and sunday at the bayou city events center. Those people are now asked to report to minute maid park at their scheduled appointment time on saturday. Minute may not be operating a side on sunday for tonight. We're expecting mostly clear skies overnight. Low around forty right now partly cloudy skies fifty two on the campus. I'm gail delattre news. Eddie eight seven support for npr comes from npr stations other contributors.
After the storm: two portraits of hurricane recovery
"This is a c._b._c. Podcast hello. I'm jamie pussy <music> this week. A hurricane battered the bahamas stalling over the caribbean islands wins for date in the midst of historic tragedy my island island finish. Everything is going just bodies as i record this. The storm is headed towards south carolina. Then candidates east coast dorian is the latest example in a worrying trend involving climate change and intensifying hurricane seasons some of them invulnerable corners of the world today two different from portraits of hurricane recovery after storms in two thousand seventeen houston and dominika in the caribbean and the one thing that they have in common. This is from <music> two years ago. The small caribbean island of dominika was hit by a category five storm called maria maria lashing out with winds of nearly one hundred sixty not miles per hour. This used to be church. The baptist church one piece of along meaning. I lost. I lost my nieces. My brothers in martinique could go conditions gent's. I love this country. I i it's devastating for me was janeth. Eli is a reporter with the guardian her her parents are from dominika and three months after the storm passed she went to survey the damage and was shocked by what she saw. <music> lush vegetation has three hundred sixty five rivers. He's full foam. Tom and the landscape is when i got there. Trees were saccharin for mangoes bananas green abundance all that remains the barren landscape moonscape nothing there was leftover main road one morning okay and my mother's school in sofia in the southwest of the country which hardly completely flattened charge me. She made their holy communion destroyed by i in the sanitary where my father was buried with by for them broken. <hes> obviously i saw i understand something like doc. Ninety five percent of the buildings on the island were destroyed right out of the building <hes> with destroy mainly <hes> damage damage to the even the history of kaufman. The storm may people yes many streets the prime minister my vote's going hummus. I am i'm also homeless as a frame of the country is five people cool died and fifty thousand people with displaced by the storm in a population of about seven hundred twenty thousand now complete communication black count how on for a long time i didn't even know my family an uncle dad's it was a terrifying time. The country was i'm so sorry that you had to go through all of that when when you were able to talk to your family what did they tell you about what it was like to live through that storm well. They said the soul is absolutely terrifying. Something was coming but they hit the west of the storm's about children couldn't her earlier and i wasn't quite devastating and they thought they were in the clear but before long they realize that if something terrible happening and raise the tone off windows learning <hes> my family said that everything went black i'm they can handle this owning almost like some sort of monster was descending on them and it was absolutely terrifying was was just absolutely crazy like i saw death that night. It's terrifying. It's scary t._v. Close your eyes because you don't know what's going to happen. You're still thinking linking not when you called your eyes you hear the howling of the the wins like it sounded like like like a pack of wolves i if an island this is essentially you know ninety five percent destroyed what what does rebuilding even look like when you're starting from nothing what did the people of dominique and he can do in the aftermath of hurricane in terms of rebuilding. You'll start nothing. There was no running water. There was as i said a communication acacia blackout. They totally dependent on help from outside sources from neighboring islands. Tommy has often help from the u._n. From the world bank and former colonial power also which has its own unique problems an openness so they both help but it was a bit slow in coming in partly because of the nature of the damage to the country <hes> there was no <hes> they slice coming for a while. It was difficult for coming by the also with both airport shutdown people crowd the gates at the port to try to get on one of the few ships evacuating people out and when you say slow you know what do you mean by right on what what what does dominico look now two years on top of the country the country for the resilient people i'm so it looks very different to how it is when the hurricane hit the schools are reopen. The hospital is back up and running. Let's go pocket for various especially <hes> areas that were hardest hit which are on the coast that still you can still see the aftermath of the film. Will we still some structural damage but people have really have the resources to repair and kind of happiness in in the demeanor was the people <hes> i think the trauma has had a big impact and that's something that's often. I look whenever stolen nature. Can you tell me a little bit more about that. Well there are people although i spoke to in my family who have insomnia so awhile from with quite depressed they were children who had lost classmate <hes> literally it also not their homes were swept in the and these people were never seen again. I'm not lis having balked on on a people. I would also imagine you mentioned that there had been some successes in some brick and mortar rebuilding on the island but there would also be a heavy hit to dominika economy. How has that affected in the aftermath of the storm and probably through destroyed our culture pull. The transport sectors were with a disabled by by the storm. I had a devastating impact on the people and to resolve nope minister preferring phase and carrie kahn the face of dominica international experts disclosed that a single hurricane in a few hours so it's causing loss and damage equivalent to two hundred and twenty six percent of our country's g._d._p. The cost of building back better comes with a price tag far in excess of what small development sits dominico are able to meet single handedly. I i am wondering you. I mentioned to me that dominika did get some help from neighbouring islands and no other sources in response to hurricane an official from the island of saint lucia russia essentially said that caribbean countries like his end lake dominika are left on their own after a disaster where a state in the united added states is affected their another forty nine states which respond immediately because the continent we don't have that luxury and musha in fact. We are separated from all of the other islands. Do you think that that's true. Were that there's some truth in that say arriving. There has been help but the help hasn't come easy. It seems that there is a rich reluctance from former colonial powers enough. I think there is is the sense in dominate because that could have been done to help and with a bit more immediacy. I think maybe not easy from being transatlantic j. jay trade and influence so many consult resilient <hes> but most of them are descendants of intrigued africans and so property take remains wife on the island partly three that me then and there have been no reservation since trade which went on for centuries and what britain's wealth kamaz rebuilt on that there is an obligation from colonial powers to do more it strikes me that when you live in a place where events like hurricanes mccain's are almost an inevitability the idea that this will happen again whether or not there is an infrastructure to protect people from it. No how do people continue continue to cope with that well. I've noticed that people can just for the day. The problem is that change of widespread poverty majority. Georgia people cannot adequately pre owned. Many properties are made from aluminium would and so courageous existence. Many people push concerns. It's about upcoming hearkens back of their minds and even in the aftermath of hurricane maria the infrastructure that was built back up again was it the same kind of infrastructure that was built before the hurricane these aluminum homes that you're talking about as it replaces the divide between the rich and poor and what they can afford and so for example many of my family are involved in politics and education and the legal system on the item quite golfing they can afford luxury home the humble resilient to storm damage. I also have members of my family. My mother's side unfortunately are less fortunate and kinda bear the brunt of natural disasters. There is an awareness by the government that needs to be more resilient as storms governing it become more deadly and just a wild over the years recent reading the funds to do that and that's a problem island states. It's on the frontline. A bean asked to take out additional insurance against losses and damage which are the direct result of a change in climate caused by others. Let's this is asking the victim to pay by installment. Please correct me if i'm wrong here that as these storms are going to continue do the countries on the frontlines of them are in some ways the least equipped to recover from them. They are also. Maybe the least responsible responsible for them like i doubt dominykas carbon emissions are very high. What exactly i know it's a terrible problem and it seeing in many and -veloping countries and to quote the dominic and prime minister dominique casualties in the war against climate change orange school create that well the big countries took the small island nations suffered window curbing kurban do not produce greenhouse gases or so fit aeros we have made no contribution to global warming that can move the needle what's yet we are mown the mid victims on the frontline on the frontline janice. Thank you so much for being here with us today. Thank you now to houston. Texas as city hit hard by hurricane harvey in two thousand seventeen a storm now tied with katrina as the costliest in american history house today. This storm in houston has produced the single largest rainfall amount has ever been recorded in the continental united states. This is the buffalo bayou but you can't the ends and the downtown starts the current listen. You know we have to bust a window to get out. This is the first how we've seen how much how much water it has. It's been so we'll talk to max best press a professor at houston's rice university who has spent the last two years studying the way the city responded to storm hi max hi so i i understand you to houston i in three weeks before harvey hit right. We're we're we're you went ahead. That's right. I was <hes> in my brand new apartment. I had just started my job as an assistant professor professor of sociology here at rice and i live in a high rise which is not super common in the cityscape of houston and so so i had an unobstructed view to a big part of the city and these four or five days of just nonstop rain it did it feel to you at the time that the city was adequately prepared for the storm. No i think having not lived lived here very long. It really didn't seem that the city in general was able to respond in adjuster equitable way or even really just <hes> be prepared for something of that magnitude officials begging residents to stay strong. I know what you're going through. I know you're scared. I i know you're panicked panicked. I know you feel like in desperation right now but know that help is coming. <hes> help will be there and we will help bring all of this back in the few days after the storm. The amount of people who were needing shelter in places like the convention center and energy stadium radium was massive. Harvey evacuees are streaming into the city's convention center officials had originally planned to house just five thousand people there. They are well past ten thousand when people honestly they've just lost track. You've lost everything yes and the clothes you're wearing came from donations. Yes ma'am material will get it back. Eventually you know but no you can't get back your life and the scope of it was really really intense in the few days after the storm had. Can you paint a picture for me of what that scope looked lake. I think there's a few is to sort of imagine. How intensive was one is that there's obviously numbers like tens of thousands of homes destroyed hundreds of thousands of buildings more broadly tens of thousands of vehicles underwater but getting there personally to the the convention center which i did on the fourth day of the storm and having i think people trying their best both <hes> red cross employees but then also the city in general trying to coordinate everything that was going on even with all the sort of goodwill and i think <hes> effort that was going into it. People bull had no idea who were showing up from these flutter properties about where they could go where they were going to stay for the next few days. Let alone weeks right or months. It's been very stressful not knowing what's going to happen where we're gonna go or i knew i came return back home because there isn't anthony returned to my car got flooded out. The house is split it out. I don't know what to do next really so i'm just basically at a standstill <hes> and it wasn't really until weeks after the storm that i think fema really hit the ground and started giving people options about what to do right. We're talking flooded. That'd areas huge power outages. It was hard for people to get information yeah. The communication systems in general were <hes> weak at best and and most people i think who had to be rescued or once who <hes> evacuated themselves from their flooded properties were often confused about where to go and what to do and i know for texas at least eighty people died. That's right so in some ways what people were touting the lower. Our number compared to storms katrina and part of that is that there was very little wind this far inland with hurricane harvey was mostly fled but <hes> that's obviously still still a devastating number and the number of people that die in any of these kinds of events. Obviously is something that i think can be reduced. All efforts should be made to be reduced. Do you have a sense of how deeply disaffected houston's economy so i'm thinking about the oil and gas sector here interestingly at least in terms of employment houston was not hit that hard <hes> the economy in this region was on an upswing before the storm. There's obviously dip in a couple of different indices ah including employment but in the months afterward there's a pretty robust recovery now obviously that masks a lot of heterogeneity within in different kinds of communities but if you're looking at it from from abroad picture <hes> the houston economy continued to do very well bleed in general rolled by a still a very robust natural gas market across the globe and and when we're talking about a recovery what kind of things were done in the weeks a month breath after the hurricane so fema came and set up regional branches throughout the metro area that were go to in points for folks who have flooded and we're able to get resources about information <hes> filling out paperwork <hes> getting loans from the small opposition administration which <hes> administers loans in the aftermath of disasters here in the united states and i think those were by enlarge pretty effective <hes> <hes> in some in some ways. I think another this issue of communication is still a really big one. Even in the months afterward and recovery was very uneven. You had communities cities that are pretty well off that i would say within three to six months looked pretty good in good shape and <hes> certainly six months afterward would've looked like if you were driven through a never been there before that almost nothing had ever happened but once you start to go inside people's properties. I think there's a lot of difference because some people bull had the funds and insurance right to be able to pay for repairs and a lot of people didn't and i think there's still folks even two years out who are living the properties that are still unfinished from the damage that was caused by hurricane harvey. I know you've spent a lot of time watching how one neighborhood rebounded a largely white middle class area and a creek and what struck you the most about their situation. I think the most interesting thing is the differences across households solds even in one neighborhood this from the surface looks like a very homogenous place a lotta middle class folks who are mostly white but because some of them had flood insurance and some of them did not they were getting vastly different amounts of money in the aftermath of the storm and in this one neighborhood where i've been doing doing research <hes> there are still folks who don't have drywall up <hes> two years after the storm just because they were older on fixed incomes and while they were uh on their homes and had sort of attained a middle class lifestyles in some ways you know they don't have the kind of cash reserves necessary for rebuilding. I i would imagine and correct me if i'm wrong but that that would get worse as you move into lower income neighborhoods to right. I think that's right. One thing we know from decades of research on natural disasters certainly work here in houston from hurricane harvey as well as that disadvantage places are always more vulnerable to natural disasters both in terms of the effects but then also oh the inequality that persists in the long-term afterward and recent research by my colleague jim elliot here rice and junior how who's at the university of pittsburgh has shown that areas that get fema funding actually see increases in income inequality in the years after meaning that natural disasters actually make more inequality folks who are more disadvantaged become even more so by the fact of being hit by a hurricane you take away for me from this this conversation with you but also the conversation with janice about dominika is that cer- certainly storms don't discriminate they hit everybody but recovery's hover is do and and i suppose you can take this down the line that in houston poorer people were adversely affected but then when you are in a poor a country like dominika. You're facing even greater hurdles. I think that's exactly right is that everyone talked about. Harvey is being a storm that acton discriminate and that is largely true. Some of the wealthiest neighborhoods of houston sit on these really beautiful by us and creeks and they flooded really badly <hes> but in the aftermath of the storm. It's really where you start to see. Inequality emerge really intensely and that's largely true. I think across neighborhoods it's true across regions and it's true across countries as well and so when places like dominica or puerto rico get hit really hard by natural disasters and climate related disasters there obviously already starting at at a disadvantage and these inequalities between places are only going to get greater as these disastrous become more intense max. Thank you so much my pleasure <music> <music> as we mentioned at the top of the show hurricane doria and has taken a catastrophic toll on the behemoth math at the time that we recorded this on thursday afternoon. At least twenty people were confirmed dead. We're learning of canadian who was killed in the storm and the bombs uh-huh alicia. Loyola was twenty seven years old originally from southwestern ontario. We do know the rest of her family. Her husband and children including a toddler are parts safe. Fred burner comes to you from a._b._c. News n._c._p._c. podcast the show is produced by shannon higgins imaging bouchard matt almo- crisp chris peru bay and elaine special. Thanks this week ellen paint smith charlie chou and the early edition team in vancouver. We owe you guys derek. Vander andrew wake is our sound designer and technician. Our music is by joseph chavez of boombox sound. The executive producer front burner is nick mccabe locos. I'm jamie. 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276 - 4 Psychology Hacks to Help You Stick to Your Goals
"There's something about a new year that feels fresh motivating in twenty twenty or not not only entering a new year but a whole new decade. What a great opportunity to reflect refresh and turn a new leaf but goal setting and goal goal? Achieving are surprisingly hard to pull off worry not because there are actually some psychology hacks that will help you to rock your goals instead of abandoning ending them. Welcome back savvy psychologist. I'm your host Dr j Bayou and every week I'll help you meet life's challenges with evidence based research a sympathetic ear and zero judgement. So how many times have you started a new year. Feeling gung-ho say about exercising only to have if your enthusiasm fizzle out by February or told yourself you're going to meditate daily and then never even got started on your path to inner tranquility well. Motivation is a tricky thing. But there's some good news you're pass struggles don't mean you can't find success in the future. Motivation is like an engine. And you can tune as long as you tinker with it. The right way it will perform better. So let's look at four psychological hacks today for tinkering with your particular. She killed motivation. Engine as you set your goals for twenty twenty so number one set a learning goal instead of an achievement goal. Aw usually when we set goals we think of what we want to achieve what thresholds we want to be able to say we crossed so things like losing twenty twenty pounds earning a three point five. GPA getting a promotion at work getting that title. These schools are specific and concrete. That's it's good but research shows that setting long-term performance goals based on achieving outcomes may not be as effective as setting goals for what you want to learn entering MBA students who set goals for the skills and knowledge. They wanted to gain like learning to network effectively felt more satisfied. I by the end of their program and earned higher. GPA's compared to their peers. Who Only set achievement Basil's like earning higher GPA? So let's look at an alternative to the weight. Loss goal just mentioned how `bout instead of setting a goal to lose twenty pounds setting one that might be improving improving your nutrition knowledge by learning five new healthy lunch recipes. Not only does this offer a more specific target for your goal. Doesn't it feel lot more achievable. The second hack for setting effective goals is to make sure that the goal is attached to a life value. How not you choose your goals? Are they inspired by what your friends are doing. Are they. Prescribed by. Your doctors bosses teachers or other authority figures. We're your goals come. From has a big impact on whether you'll achieve them or even attempt one place they could come from. Is Your own life values. The values are not the same as goals. Imagine you're sailing about on the ocean. Goals are like the islands on the horizon that you want to reach values instead they are like the Northstar that points you in the right direction. Not everyone's Northstar is the same when it comes values and it's important to know what big picture things matter to you overall so they can help you navigate for some for example. Social connection is a major life value so perhaps for these people a good good goal would be to find new ways to connect with their friends perhaps making an effort to physically visit an old friend they haven't seen for years for some uh-huh achieving influence and power is a life value in which case maybe their goal can be to create or learn to create a more visible public platform for or influencing political policy for some being engaged with nature is a life value and for them perhaps value-based goal is to start a garden or or save money for camping equipment. So ask yourself whether your goals are just another to do list item or if they're actually based on your larger life values if not make some adjustments if your goals reflect values you hold dearly and deeply. You're more likely to be successful than if your goal is just another should now. We know two based on values rather than arbitrary goalposts and we know to set learning goals instead of achievement goals when we come back. We'll talk about goals threats and also about signing a contract if you've been listening to this show for while you probably already not know that I'm part of a network called quick and dirty tips. It's a podcast network that offers quick simple advice to help you with every day aspects of your life so while I offer psychology advice. You can also find great advice on a lot of other topics for example checkout the nutrition diva podcast for great inside about about how to eat to make your body feel good and chuck how grammar girl if you want fascinating and beginner friendly writing and linguistics lessons all packed into fifteen fifteen minute episodes. Or if you're looking to take your career to the next level start listening to get it done die and there's so much more checkout everything. Quick and dirty tips has to offer visit quick and dirty tips dot com slash podcasts to find a new show. That's quick and dirty tips dot com slash slash. PODCASTS so we are back with psychology hacks for making your goals more achievable twenty twenty. The third hack that we're going to talk about is making the goal about a challenge and not about a threat if your goal is based on the threat you're less likely to achieve it then if it's based on the challenge so here's some examples. Here's a threat. If I don't decrease my blood pressure all get closer to having a heart attack. Here's here's the challenge version of that. I want to decrease my blood pressure saw can be healthier for longer. Here's another threat. I need to step up with my studying studying because all fail the semester. If I don't and the challenge version I need to create a new study routine for myself so I can become the type of student I want want to be and last threat. I have to figure out how not to push my new boss's wrong buttons so I don't continue to have a rocky relationship with her. The challenge version. I want to reset my relationship with my new boss by learning new communication skills at work. Do you notice the difference. The threat versions of the goals are kind of scary sounding. If you're not making progress towards your threat baseball you might find yourself avoiding dealing with the situation nation altogether but the challenge base versions are more hopeful and forward-looking and they give you more of a direction to strive toward and last but certainly not least here. Is the less psychological hack to really since the deal and that is to sign a contract with someone so who knows about your goals. And how much detail did you share with them. When it comes to motivation we humans are very much social animals? Sometimes a little social pressure can help us achieve what we want. There's something about committing a goal to someone else that just makes it easier to stick with it or perhaps harder harder to give up if you've already announced you're twenty twenty goals at the dinner table or on twitter good for you. Now you've got people to keep you accountable. Aw that's especially true. If asked France to check in with you about your goal throughout the year but you can take even a step further by signing a social contract contract with someone. Yes I do mean a literal contract that lays out in black and white what specifically are committing to and how you'll measure your progress. Yes what timeline have you set. What rewards will you get for achieving the goal? Both you and your witness should sign this document and agree to review it together. Her at a predetermined time. Now this might sound like overkill but it really works when it comes to increasing their exercise level people people who signed social contracts with their healthcare providers had a high success rate. The contract works on each person for different reason maybe a served as a memory jogger provided more social support or help them to problem solve but the key takeaway is signing the contract really helped so go ahead and look forward to at twenty twenty challenge. Sign a contract with a friend to learn about nutritional planning because being healthy is a life value. And if you want to share your twenty twenty goals with me I will be very happy to be the person that you become accountable too. So let me know what your goals are on on twitter and facebook. I'm at Cutie. T- savvy psych and also at Jade Woo PhD. And if you'd like psychology tips delivered livers straight to your inbox in two thousand twenty. Subscribe to the savvy psychology newsletter. You can also make sure you don't miss an episode by subscribing an apple spotify or wherever wherever you get your podcasts. Meanwhile I again wish you very happy. Twentieth twenty full of fulfilling life values and goals. PSYCHOLOGISTS ECOLOGISTS IS AUDIO engineered by Steve Ricky Burg and edited by Karen Hertzberg as always savvy psychologists is strictly for informational purposes and does not substitute from mental health. Care from a licensed professional. Thank you so much for joining me and I'll see you next week again for a happier healthier mind
LEVEL UP: This Life Coach Says Now's the Time to Level Up
"Connect your little ones to their latino greatness with dumpty goes they're bilingual learning out volks and toys teach kids phonics math and even emotional intelligence in and spanish visit on pecos world dot com slash latina to county goals and start their bilingual journey. Watch out world offer. Are you ready to level up. Live your best life step into your full. Potential stopped playing small. However you describe it we are here for it and here for you to kick off the new year. We're talking about how you can take things to the next level your relationships your money your health but first the big picture when demata is a strategic life and business coach she has coached thousands of clients and now she's here to demystify what it really looks liked. Take that big leap. When do you think you so much for doing this. Thank you for having me. I'm excited to be here. I am excited to have you an. I am excited to have you be the one who is kicking off this series on leveling up and so i wonder what leveling up means to you. Leveling up to me means looking at the different areas of your life. It asking yourself. What's the next level for me. Do i want a next level. And if i do what is that. What does that look like. Does that mean a promotion does not mean More money does that mean starting a business does that mean starting a family or does that mean getting married whatever the next level is for you so that continued growth right asking yourself. Where do i want to be five years from now. Do i want to be three years from now. What do i really want for my life. And i think the key question also is m living up to my potential because sometimes we're really connected with the potential of oh. I could run this company. Or oh i could do the job of my executive director. Do you want that. And then how are you setting your life up such that. That happens because it doesn't just happen by accident. That happens with a lot of focus and thought work an action and breaking through limiting beliefs. When in your own life have you leveled up the biggest level up from he was having twins that will the big level. That's what taught me. Oh i can do anything if i can do this. I had my first daughter. My husband had been married for five years and then we tried to have a second child. And i was over thirty five. And we ended up using some fertility treatments. We didn't earn nation. Which is just an and i ended up pregnant with twins and it was shocking. Even though when you're doing facility treatments that's a possibility but it was still shocking because surviving with them right bringing them home and and at this point i also had a business which felt like another baby. I was already running my coaching practice. And i have like seven clients. I was working with. And i was doing contract work. Having to put all that on hold for a while just to kind of survive and keep them thriving and get get a lot of help and shift my mindset. I really had to expand into this next level of growth in order to see my life in any way because now we went from a family of three to a family by one of the things. That really helped me. I completely changed my relationship with time. All of a sudden the value of something like fifteen minutes was so high for me. It was worth so much to get fifteen minutes to take a shower. Was like so valuable for me so that was one of the first things that changes. I started to look at time from this new perspective of. Oh how every minute of my life is so valuable because either. I'm taking care of a kid or i've got to be producing results in my business or in work so that was one experience of leveling up. Another one is really taking my business to the next level. I said okay. I'm gonna make six figures. I'm gonna make six figures and more and it was just a decision i made in my mind of. I'm done playing small in this world of coaching. I know i can do better. And now i have a family three you know and we had bought a new house so this was the time to kind of say. I need to play a bigger game. The universe is calling me up for big game. And that's how sometimes it feels. It doesn't always come just from you. It comes from like the universe telling you like a little whispered then keeps coming up over and over again. You're met for something more meant to play a bigger game. You're meant to do more and win. That voice was in my ear. I was like you know what i am meant to do. More and i'm going to grow this business. And i'm going to take it to the next level and so i left some of my contract work. So i consciously made a decision to shift and consciously made a decision to focus my attention and really grow into. You know the six figure coach than i am. Now you all know. I did not grow up speaking spanish. My husband did and it's really important to us that our girls have exposure to the language when i interviewed susie had a meal. The creator of gundy. 'cause she gives me a book for girls and they love it like we read it all the time and now the older one is using. They're bilingual learning app. They use the same nursery rhymes from our childhood. Think voted to narrow and if not thoughts and our school. Mitch teach kids concepts like phonics letters math and emotional intelligence through song and play the games in the songs alternate to an english and spanish too. It's super easy to learn the languages. Plus the characters are adorable. Bayou those elephants. We can't get enough on squeeze their little cheeks. They've also got beautiful books games toys. Just bring the lessons and fun from the app full circle. If you wanna learn more about bringing language and culture to life for your little one visit gun pecos world dot com slash latina. That's gun pecos. World dot com slash. Latina start their bilingual journey today. And watch their latino greatness shining. What does it look like to frame your own. Mindset for me. It started with decision that i made. The decision came from an uncomfortable ness where i felt like. I was out of alignment with what was currently happening. And it did feel like the universe was calling me into this bigger game. So whenever i paid attention to that to what the universe was saying what would happen is there would be little internal voice that says you want more. You deserve more what you really want so it was a mindset shift i it was getting clear around what i really wanted clarity getting clear on. What is the up leveling. Look like for me. Because i wanted to make more money and effect change and more people but not necessarily work more so that was a clear distinction for me. I was like well. I could do it by working sixty hours a week. But that's not what i wanna do. I want to build some things. So that i ended up working twenty hours a week but i'm making three times more money and affecting change and more people so i needed to learn to leverage my time so i was the decision of what do i want the clarity around now and once i was clear on what that was then it was the mindset of okay. Well who do. I need to be to make that happen. Not what do. I need to do to make that happen. That will come but the first mindset shift is who do. I need to be to make that happen. So who are the women around me. That are working twenty hours a week. Managing their family and making six figures and having more freedom of time and love their work. That was the other thing that was important to me. It had to be had to be passion behind the work. That i that i was doing so that was the first mindset shift. It was who do. I need to be to make that happen and the answers. That came to me where. I need to be resourceful. I need to be strategic. I need to be focused. Focus was a big one for me because for me focus wasn't just about what am i saying. Yes to a big part of focus. Was i need to be able to say no to a bunch of other stuff that distracts me from getting really clear on on the life that i want to built saying no is just as important as what i'm saying yes to and i had to get other people on board right so the mindset shift was. I'm the one responsible for holding this vision. And now i get to motivate inspire the people around me to get on board with this new vision. Is there something. That's getting in the way of your happiness or that's preventing you from achieving your goals i found in my own life talking with someone can make a big difference but sometimes the logistics finding the right person. The time to connect makes things complicated. Better hope online. Counseling connects you with a professional counselor in a safe and private online environment. You can get help on your own time at your own pace you can schedule secure video phone sessions plus chattan text with your therapist better helps licensed professional counselors specialize in everything from depression to relationships to self esteem. In fact so many people have been using better help that they're recruiting additional counselors in all fifty states best of all. It's an affordable option the teen until the tina listeners. Get ten percent off your first month with discount code latina so why not join one million people or taking charge of their mental health. Go better health dot com slash latina. That's better help. H. e. l. p dot com slash. Teamer i want to dig in on the piece of that that i find the most challenging which is the saying no to other things. What were the things that you were saying no to. And how did you get clear with yourself about those priorities. It started with being really clear. On what i wanted to create so getting clear on the lifestyle that i wanted to live or the job that i wanted to step into for me. It was the ceo of my business and really owning it from a ceo standpoint and not just being the coach but also starting to see my business as i'm owning this entity that at some point we'll have a team of people to support me right in order to leverage my time so once i got clear with that by clarity. I mean you have to be able to draw picture in your mind of what that is so visualization meditation intention setting. all of. That is part of the work that i did on myself to be able to really paint that picture. Then i took that picture and i made it concrete. What are the things that i really need to focus on concrete and measurable. Okay i need to have you know. Twenty private clients right. Need to have twenty five women in my group. Coaching program or i need to hit these numbers in sales whatever they were numbers either based on amount of people that was impacting. Or money. coming in. And there's these metrics you can measure right your business in terms of what is the success that you that you want to achieve so i took the visual and the vision of what was the life i wanted to live and the feelings that came from that and i made it measurable once i meet it measurable. I had a map to get from point a to point b. So then i would look at the map and there was some pillars that i was living from to create that map so i would say no to anything. That wasn't going to help me. Hit these. Three target points or four target points and wasn't an alignment with these beliefs are pillars that i have some strong beliefs of who i am like staying in integrity with my mission staying in integrity with with who i am if a company came and asked me to speak but it was a company that was i knew the audience was not going. Look like me at all. That was an integrity with my mission. Now had mission where i was purposely wanting to affect change in women of color so that was not going to be in the audience. That was out of integrity. I would say no to that. There are ways to get really clear on what your mission statement is and then you look at your calendar in the morning or your calendar for the week and you look at what you have on your calendar and you can literally rate on a scale of one to ten how does directly affect my mission. The more i learn the more. I realized how important that is now. I'm at the point. Where coach some ceos. And that's the first thing they do. Is they opened their calendar on sunday nights usually and they're like can i take off. What can i take off my calendar this week that i could delegate to somebody else or maybe not do it at all and one of their first questions is what meeting do i not need to be at so powerful rights such powerful shifts does it align with my mission does it align with my vision. What am i really focused on. We asked our producer. Paulina try out the new summit in tarsus sweater from fiery. She is the youngest and the hippest among us her response. It is the most delicious softest sweater. The whole faraday collection gives me watching the sunset on the beach vibes wearing fire. Pieces feels like because you have ever been outdoors telling stories the bonfire taking a long walk hand in hand on a moonlit night looking at the stars on the porch and that is by design. I want to invite you to use the code. Latino latina for twenty five percent off your purchase on fiery brand dot com. That's latina to latina for twenty five percent off at five. Thirty brand dot com. We've even got a special page for our listeners. Ferdie brand dot com slash latino latina. That's f. a. H. e. r. t. y. Brand dot com slash latino latina which automatically gets you a twenty five percent discount. Happy shopping can you give me a sense of what those conversations with the people in our lives were trying to get on board. Look like one of the things that happens when you level up is. There's an uncomfortable ness there's uncomfortableness it's happening inside of you and there's an uncomfortable ness for the people around you as you level up because they want you to stay the same. They like you the way you were so if you were super supportive your whole life and you said yes to every family party or you are always the one willing to give people a ride anywhere. They needed to go now. Starting to say noted things right. So you're starting to look at how you spend your time because you're spending more time focused on building the up leveling life so those people tend to get uncomfortable with what's happening in you and you're uncomfortable because your brain doesn't like it either. Our brain wants to keep us safe and small and equates taking risks and feeling uncomfortable and feeling fear as actually being endanger so two things when we're talking other people one is being to be aware of our own brain and what our brain is going to do because if we know when it's going to do ahead of time we don't let it control us. We don't make decisions based on the fear in our brain or even the negative thinking happening in our brain to when we're talking to other people we want to see things from their perspective so for my husband for example who i had to get on board with this whole idea of. I'm going to build my business. And i'm going to switch focused on which means i'm going to need more help with the babies which he was like. Whoa wait a minute here. What's the win win. What's the win for him right. How is this going to affect him. Hey listen i could build this business and effect change in this many people in this timeframe which means eventually we could look at you know buying another house or we could look at you going down to working part time so i spoke to him from a place of what's in it for him because the truth is when you upper level the people around you sense that and even though there's an ness some people will also up level because you are energetically vibrating at a different energy now and some people also by the way. We'll just fall to the wayside. They won't get onboard no matter what you do no matter how much you inspire them or not so one. Quick tip is look at it from their perspective. How is it a win win for them. And then secondly i would say talk to them about the journey as it's happening include them in the ups and downs of the journey so that they can see it's not a straight line and that you're putting work into it and why it matters to you so instead of doing it on your own separate from them include then as you are up leveling your mindsets clear you have built some structures and systems around you. How do you. Then hold yourself accountable. You've got to put yourself in a situation where you cannot not follow through some people like to say you burn the boats which means you're going from one island to the other island so you're up leveling island right. The leaving is your old south and you take the boat to the new south island with where you meet the new goal and you bring the boat which means you can never go back. There's no way back you just can't there's no Once you've arrived at this new island you have to make it worth. There's a couple of ways to do that. One is tons of support. You also need a couple of good friends. That will hold you accountable. A coach can also hold you accountable or a group. coaching model. That will hold you accountable. You need accountability. Because as human beings our default button is set to stay the same so accountability is big right structure accountability. I so feel what you are saying. About how even as you begin to up level and even as you begin to shift your mindset. There's this little voice like wouldn't it. Just be easier for us to play it safe. Wouldn't it just be easier for us to play small for me. A lot of that comes from any perceived resistance from others around me becomes an easy out. Like i wasn't able to persuade everyone that it was timed up level or didn't get everyone baden on the next mission so now in both concerned that it's not the right mission and i as a creature of comfort and wanting to revert comfort in that moment. How do you continue to push yourself forward. You go back to your vision. You go back to the reason you started and usually that voice has not completely died out so there is still a little voice in you. That wants you to move forward. That wants you to continue even if nobody else gets it because that little voice more than likely has been with you for a long time. That's why you decided to take action because you couldn't get rid of it so many of us try. We tried tried to live in mediocrity. I really did. Because i could go out and get a nice corporate job and just make money and be happy supposingly. But that didn't do it for me. That just didn't do it and it's not an everyone that's the other thing. Also i think that's important to understand is this is happening to you but it doesn't necessarily happen to everyone. There's some people that are very happy with steady stable but for you. There's this little tiny boys right when you run into that situation where you haven't been able to convince everybody. There is doubt there is fear. There will be doubt. Let's just get that straight out. There will be doubt there will be feared. There will be failure by the way it is not a straight line you will fail and you will get yourself back up and then you'll keep going and then you'll fail then you'll keep going you know. I must feel one hundred times. Between where i started. And where i'm at now and i'll fail another hundred and that's okay at changed my relationship with failure. Also so how do you keep going. You get stronger and stronger. You get reconnected to your vision. Your reason why you connect with that internal little voice and this is why it's important to have tools in our day to day life death fee batboys and you need people around you to remind you you do need some people to be holders of your sacred vision because they will remind you on the days where you're like. This sucks i just wanna quit. Why can't i just be happy. I make good money. I'm okay and there are people in our lives so we share this with who will be the holder they will be the reminder because we will forget we will forget why we started. That's the human condition that is the human condition we will want to forget. Our brain is trying to do everything to get us back into mediocrity cl- also say having been a failed life coach or a life coach school drop-out that some of the things that struck me most. Were i very often will here. Especially from girlfriends among entirely. Sure what. I want to know what i want. Not clear what i want and what i found in those coaching sessions was most people do know what they want. Most of us deep down know what it is. It is about stripping away all of this self limiting thoughts and the shame we feel about saying out loud what we want or what we think were worthy of and that work that you tend to do at the beginning is some of the hardest. What happens at the beginning is destructuring letting go appealing away of all the limiting beliefs or the blocks that we have put up to gain real clarity and sometimes i find also because clarity comes from taking action. Mike clients don't like hearing that oftentimes because it usually means i put them into some sort of action before they're already but you know it's like learning to swim you gotta get in the water. Is there anything i miss. I talked about our our brain being set to the default button right. Our brain is also set to negative thinking. It's more stimulated by negative thinking that it is by positive thinking so a negative thought equals our brain lights up more more adrenaline dopamine. All those chemicals right so be aware that at all times your brain is trying to sabotage you into thinking. More negative thoughts in positive negative thoughts are going to start to become bigger and bigger. And you have to be consciously aware of that because you can't shift that it just takes practice takes a discipline and a consistency to focus on the positive. Well what's the best case scenario instead of. What's the worst case scenario. What are the best things that happened this year or the best thing that happened this week. instead of. what's the worst thing that happened this year. The worst thing that happened to me which is where i bring will automatically go so these are changes are mindset. That can help us along the way up level. I can away for people to listen to this. Thank you gotta go burn my boats. Twenty twenty one. That's going to be my mantra. Twenty twenty one. Burn all the books again. I would love to do that. The boat thanks for joining us. Latino latina is executive produced and owned by julia. Lynn teagle williams and me alicia menendez. But in your laura is our managing producer. Cedric wilson. is our producer. Gonna leena rodriguez mixed this episode. 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Battle For The Bayou
"It's Friday November fifteenth I'm Akilah Hughes. I'm Gideon Resnick and this is what a day. Your Daily News podcasts. Favorite Daily News podcast on today's show. The upcoming governor's race in Louisiana and some headlines But first another a tragic school shooting in America yesterday was supposed to be normal school day for students at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita California. A town just forty miles outside of Los Angeles instead. Students face their worst nightmare when a classmate brought a gun to school killing two students and wounding for including himself it was the suspect sixteenth birthday. So when when we signed on to do a Daily News podcasts. We knew that eventually because this is America a mass shooting would have to be covered at some point And I I really hate that we were right about that inevitability so the locations change the number of casualties never consistent but the one through line that we have is that Mitch McConnell reluctance to do his job and pass legislation to limit. WHO has access to guns is like killing us so right now? We WanNA focus on reform efforts in Congress and why they've been stalled. That's exactly right so over the summer wind the El Paso shooting in the Dayton shooting shocked the nation happening in one weekend span of time. There was a feeling that things might be changing following those shootings in August. President Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch. McConnell agreed to consider new background check requirements on gun purchases which which was a proposal they had both opposed in the past. McConnell said a measure to expand background checks to all gun purchasers would be quote front and center when the Senate came back into session in September timber. He later said he would let trump take the lead on this now. I've always found this weird because you're the person who leads the Senate you you can decide when a bill comes to the floor and you're kicking it to the guy who changes his mind on things every single day that's right and it's also just like why would you you can see your power to the president like what's the point of having equal branches. If you're not going to do your job they want to. They want to have a chicken egg situation where he says I'M NOT GONNA I'm not GonNa have anything in past Senate that the president wouldn't sign and then the president can say well. I'm not going to sign anything because right. Also it's the middle of November so this was back in September that he wanted trump to take the lead. No lead has been taken So after McConnell says he's going to leave it up to Donald Trump Donald trump meets with Wayne Lapierre's. He's the head of the in our a after that meeting trump then decides to do nothing The New York Times reported that Wayne Lapierre is holding impeachment support over trump's head but the NRA as also contested that part of the article. What's really important though is that Mitch? McConnell is ultimately the person standing in the way of this popular lifesaving gun reform legislation and that's his legacy The House passed the bipartisan background. Check Act in February But shock surprise you know the Senate is doing nothing so yesterday. Hashtag massacre Mitch trended Because people know that there's legislation that Republicans have refused to pass. And you know we can hear gun reform plans from the thousands of Democratic presidential candidates during debates. But that doesn't matter when you get a phone call that there's an active shooter at Your Kid's school you know we can't wait on the change and and there's a body count so you know the ball is in their court. I just don't know right. That's a great point. And the thing is that Mitch. McConnell is an outlier in all of this the reason. NPR poll found that eighty. Three percent of Americans are in favor of background. Checks even seventy two percent of Republicans support background checks which is why Democrats chose to focus on universal background checks. They have a range of other more aggressive ideas that they've talked about from assault. Weapons bans to buyback programs but passing thing universal background checks is kind of the lowest bar in Republicans. Just won't clear. It is clear that you know Mitch. McConnell and the lobbyists who pay him Like the that's all he cares about. Is that money. He's not even like the American public interest. Isn't being hurt at all which you know obviously a red flag back but can you just break down some of the bills. That Mitch. McConnell refuses to address even though he's claimed that he's not going to watch the impeachment testimonies and he's going to focus on getting some work done like. What are these bills that he's allegedly working on? That you know have been sitting there forever. Yes the main bill that has come before the Senate in the past is the bipartisan. Bill from Senator. Joe Joe Manchin and Senator Pat Toomey and it proposes background checks for firearm purchasing. Now that bill has failed to pass the Senate repeatedly the closest that it got to passing zing was after the Sandy Hook shooting in two thousand. Thirteen They obviously needed sixty votes to pass it. In order to overcome a filibuster but only got fifty four only four Republicans supported it. Four Democrats opposed it and later lost their seats or simply no longer in the Senate but one of the CO authors of the bill. Joe Manchin says he's going to bring it up until until he knows he'll have the support of the White House again similar McConnell too. Yeah exactly I mean he knows that you know Republicans in the Senate are pledging allegiance to Donald Trump. They're not pledging allegiance agents who America which I can't reiterate this enough like I can't wrap my mind around doing nothing when you have an option to try to fix the issue. We should explain the universal background check legislation that it would require background checks for gun. Sales made online at gun shows and by private individuals so currently. There's a loophole there. And that's where a lot of these guns are coming from And I WANNA be clear like no one is suggesting that these reforms are going to stop all gun violence so I think that like you know listeners. You should probably disregard those bad faith. Internet arguments. that you know in some cases legislation would have stopped. The shooter. People can access guns if they want to shoot people. Whatever like the point point is that there's a gun violence epidemic in this country and certainly any number of the suggested solutions would make us all at least somewhat safer than we are now? So let's try something. Yeah we've tried nothing for long enough It's often easy to feel helpless in this situation but there are organizations that could use support in the fight to to end gun violence visit every town dot Org March for our lives dot com to find out how you can help where you are Everyone else's done and on their way to Thanksgiving they're tired. I'm tired you're tired but it was one. STRAGGLERS is holding us all up and you know we got address it so the final. The governor's race. This year takes place on Saturday and Democrat John. Bel Edwards the only Democratic governor in the deep South is fighting to hold on Louisiana once once again the race could be a test of the popularity of president trump and whether or not he's a curse to Republicans would he appears like a patroness the day before voters go to the polls. That's right the Republican challenger Eddie money responding. That's Eddie responding who advanced to the runoff with Edwards has closely tied his fate to trump and his running like many Republican candidates do as an extension of the president trump held another rally for him on Thursday night doing lousy compared to other countries doing great. That was a little bit clunky I'm not even sure what was supposed to be happening here. He's telling Louisiana that they're bad but they're also doing fine like I dunno. I think his message is a little a little so hard to understand well Bell Edwards has led the state to its first budget surplus in years implemented Medicaid expansion and raise teachers salaries. He's also also a conservative Democrat. He's antiabortion and pro guns Bel Edwards signed a law banning abortion as early as six weeks and effectively. You know that's just banning all abortions because most people don't know that they're pregnant at six weeks And it's one of the more strict laws in our country. I'm not asking skin for your vote for political party. I'm asking you to vote for the son of a sheriff a Charity Hospital nurse a former. US Army airborne ranger a husband of a teacher. A father and outdoorsman. We know my opponent thinks his party should define him. I'm very happy to let the life that I've lived define on me okay. Well that's just I mean it's a cop out but also just like is this Democrats in the south. Yeah I mean I think this this is the calculus that a lot of Democrats think that they have to make in these races and you actually hear this coming up quite a bit when people talk about you you know how Democrats could take back the Senate from Republican hands for so long But there's evidence that you can be pro-choice in win in the south. Yeah I mean Senator Doug Jones who's from Alabama was broadly pro choice in two thousand seventeen when he won that race Now spoken out against this new restrictive abortion Russian law. That's in Alabama another kind of risky position to take the year before an election. And you know Andy Bashir. He supports abortion access as well. Yeah Right A and we. We know how that turned out. Any Bashir won the governorship in Kentucky. Last week The other thing that I always think about this though and maybe this is a bit of a Downer note on honestly. Is that all these races. Were sort of special circumstances highly unusual even for in circumstances. Jones beat Republican. Who was accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls? Bashir beating Republican. who made life really really bad for teachers and poor people in a state and Louisiana Governor Edwards himself in a pretty big upset in two thousand fifteen? Yeah so I guess basically what you're saying. We have no idea what the hell's going to happen. We we really truly do not but like glass half full glass half empty point counterpoint. Situation here point for Democrats you know huge surge in early early. African American vote in Louisiana which will likely lean democratic squad on the other hand trump one in Louisiana in two thousand sixteen by twenty points and he has been in there in a bunch in this month alone. Yeah I mean so. That's not great but trump also one Kentucky and we saw that turned out. So there's you know yes exactly right so on the other other hand Governor Edwards also has a pretty solid fifty two percent approval rating and he was leading in October Now it's kind of a toss up okay. So that's pretty cool. Yeah Ah but for Republicans. The state is just very very Republican You know they have a chance on Saturday to get to a point where they have a super majority in the state legislature teacher. And then they could overturn possible vetoes if Edwards wins reelection. WHOA but Democrats favor? This is Edwards opponent. I'm Eddie responding. I support President Trump Against Hillary gave him money but a bumper sticker on my truck and I support our president more than ever against these liberal lunatics running. Now Okay So. This guy has a sticker and that makes him qualified for office. I mean I gotTa tell my nephew he should Graham so obviously trump supports this guy but he also won the support of the cancelled star of the canceled show dynasty. There's if you're pro. God Pro America and Pro Gun and pro dot com. God I am a single issue voter and that issue has hunting ducks. Yeah which is not a thing that has ever been under exactly what legislation is. Oh God all right. So this is all sort of weird like Respo- Ni is doing this classic thing where the races about trump. He's equating himself. Self to trump and now Edwards is trying to say that he's not all that liberal and like look at my record. Yeah that's exactly it. And that sort of the way that these races are run now right like Republicans say I am a mini version of trump. And therefore you should vote for me but the uniqueness of this is again. Ed doesn't consider himself a quote liberal lunatic like he's actually made painful efforts to show like saying you know quote I'm in the middle of the political spectrum and even pointed to White House tweets about the economy economy being good in his State at a press conference so he's really like over emphasizing that middle of the road type of thing but given what we now know about out Edwards about this whole situation. Akilah are you taking a shot. If you win Saturday. Fuck now are you kidding me I mean I I apologize the judge who believes that you have to make this choice. I am glad that I don't have to because look abortion is not something that should be like the fact that it's something that could be completely taken off the table in both instances is abhorrent and terrible. And like I'm not I'm not celebrating someone. Who is that conservative? And that anti-woman frankly Getting into office. Yeah and I mean the other counter that I've heard is is basically like so long as Edwards is there. He can veto stuff that could be potentially even worse. It's coming out of the Republican so you know state legislature. So that kind of I mean I guess that brings me to my next point that Besides the governor's race there is a there is a race for the state legislature as well in in Louisiana on Saturday And you know at this point like we said before. Republicans are trying to get that supermajority there which means like if they get at that. Then it's like it doesn't even matter in terms of the governor rate so it's just important to vote and it's also like you know maybe good is better than worst I have. It's not perfect. It's a sliding scale. Well we'll know what happens. Next in the governor's race the legislature racist by the time we record our next show. 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Maybe other people will use this but for me I will only trust my checking account with bing and it's not I'm being I'm not interested in most transparent apparent president. Donald Trump has asked the supreme court to block a subpoena for his tax returns. His lawyers filed a petition arguing that the president is immune from criminal proceedings while island office. That's kind of trump's main thing this is I'm going to do with the crimes of this is the latest of trump's attempts to block investigations into his tax returns. Turns after lower courts ruled that he must turn them over to the Manhattan district attorney the links that trump has gone to to hide. These tax returns is actually insane. Like he's been in court for so long. What is he hiding? I know does he buy like a thousand endangered Seabra hides or something man I mean. I think it's more like he bought a bunch of flashlights. It is I don't know more than once Taylor. Swift is claiming that her ex label boss and music manager are blocking her from performing her old hits at the upcoming American Music Awards in June. Scooter child's named Brian and Scott Chetta bought the recording rights to every Song tailor-made other made before her latest album lover. Yesterday on twitter. The Star called swifty. To help looks like there is some bad blood. Looks like this is not what you'd want want to happen in your wildest dreams looks like there will be some tear-drops on car there. Yeah we're going to cut it off there before. Scooter Souza's Public impeachment hearings earnings. Continue today with the television debut of Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Ivanovich as we said before she's a career diplomat who was caught in the crossfire. Overdue Giuliani Aka a evil shorthair. Doc Brown's investigation for AIDS scheme leading to her removal from her post in what some Democrats called a political hit job in other Ukraine gate. Eight news an employee of the White House's Office of budget and management is expected to be the first person from his department to testify in the impeachment inquiry. They call him Mark Sandy Handy and his job in the OEM be may give him unique insights into the way that four hundred million in military and security aide was withheld from Ukraine. And if you live in Kentucky Okay and you spot a lonely sturdy man just wandering around in a blue jacket with trump's face on it calling out to no one that teachers get paid too much in looking like he needs a friend. It might be Matt Bevin. Who finally conceded? The governor's race to Democratic governor elect. Andy Bashir beverly the never by Matt and those are the headlines. That's all for today. We're news if you liked the show. Make sure you subscribe. Give us a rating leave a review blow us a kiss and tell your friends to listen by the way. If you're into Surrey. 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"NEW NPR. Live from news eight, seven in Houston. I'm Kyra Buckley. Exxon Mobil is slashing nineteen hundred jobs from its US. Workforce primarily in Houston Exxon said the reductions will be both voluntary and involuntary and will largely come from its management offices here in the Bayou City, the oil industry has been struggling all year after prices fell well below what producers need to break. Even also Chevron announced plans to cut a quarter of the. Employees at recently acquired noble energy. Meanwhile, Houston's overall economy is seeing slight signs of improvement but as flurry and Martin reports two sectors in particular might give the region trouble for some time to come. The Houston area has lost more than twenty four, thousand construction jobs in the past twelve months. That's more than any other metro areas surveyed by the associated. General Contractors of America, it comes as new construction has fallen by. Nearly five billion dollars this year compared to the same period. Last year Patrick Jankowski economists that the Greater Houston Partnership says, a lot of that is due to a slowdown in commercial real estate commercial say always sobils recession but we entered this downturn with overbuilt market in it's only got worse to get worse overall. The Houston region recovered about forty percent of the jobs lost in March and April Jankowski doesn't expect employment. To get back to normal for several years, I'm flooring Martin in. Houston Orange County officials say the train derailment earlier today near Beaumont included railcars with products that were an irritant but do not pose a health hazard. There are still air monitors cleaning up in the area and evacuation orders are expected to be lifted. Soon, the derailment happened at about seven thirty, this morning and included twenty five railcars no injuries have been reported. Early voting continues through tomorrow here in Texas, you can find more on voting and the election at Houston public media. Dot, Org Sunny skies this afternoon a bit windy in some areas right now it's about sixty five degrees tonight partly cloudy with lows around fifty I'm Kyra Buckley. News Eighty. Eight seven support for NPR comes from i-drive providing cloud backup, full system backup, and on.
What The Biden Administration Might Mean For The Houston Economy (Dec. 17, 2020)
"This programming is brought to you by baylor. Medicine stratus integrated health. Where every patient's personal primary care physician is committed to their immediate and long-term health stratus s. t. r. a. t. o. s. health dot org slash care philanthropists hefty gifts to prairie view am and other historically black colleges and universities come amid challenges they face during the pandemic. I'm craig cohen today on houston matters. We learn more about those challenges from prairie view. President dr ruth simmons also this hour how the incoming biden administration may impact greater houston's economy. We delve into it with economists dietrich full wrath from the university of houston and patrick jankowski from the greater houston partnership also ahead. We talked with christian menefee last month. He was elected as harris county's first african-american and youngest ever county attorney plus mental health challenges. In an unusual holiday. Season will have some guidance. We'll start with the news update from npr news. Eight seven then. We'll talk about the biden administration impact on greater houston's economy and talk with prairie view a and m's president stay with us. This is houston matters. I'm craig cohen good morning. This hour. Prairie view and m's president on the challenges. Our university has faced during the pandemic. And how an unexpected gift may help and we meet the youngest ever. In first african american harris county attorney i though when the biden administration assumes office on january twentieth the incoming presidents expected to reverse many of the policy decisions over the last four years by the trump white house. What does this mean for. Houston we have been exploring that question issue by issue. We've discussed the new administration's likely impact on the bayou city. When it comes to energy the environment and health today we focus on the region's economy with the help of dietrich full wrath professor and chair of the economics department at the university of houston and patrick jankowski senior. Vp of research at the greater houston partnership gentlemen. Good morning. good morning as we chat we welcome you to our conversation as well at seven one. Three four four zero eight seventy or talk at houston matters dot org. Patrick let me start with you. What are some likely economic policy changes that you think maybe at first blush could have a real effect coming from washington on houston. I think the first thing you're going to see that the president elect is going to ask for additional stimulus. He said yesterday even though we're discussing something that might happen for christmas. Consider that a down payment and that stimulus will be something which will help get the economy going again. That'll be the first thing I expect to see. He's talked about putting a ban on fracking That's something which will happen real soon. But that's not quite as As negatives people think the ban he can only put the ban on fracking on federal lands. And only about ten percent of all. Us gas production oil production comes from federal lands. He can't put a ban on fracking on state land or private land so If anything says almost all the exploration in texas occurs on private land or state land it won't affect texas quite as much and that's the first two I'll let dietrich He might have some might want to offer as well. Yeah dietrich breath what are some other policy changes you think Might have a real impact on houston. Yeah i you know one. I think that They have Impacts for us especially over the long run it's changes in immigration policies so relaxing or allowing for more extensive h. one b. applications high kinda high skill Foreign workers coming in the oil industry. The medical industry a lot of houston's engines of growth rely on importing high end human capital right specialists. So i think that would be another one to look out for and probably something. That happens pretty fast. Dietrich part of what makes that calculation may be a bit difficult is not knowing exactly how much influence a president or his administration's policies can have on economic conditions. I mean we tend to congratulate presidents unemployment's down in the dow is up and then we criticize them when the reverse manning but how much do they really have to do with it. Well i mean. I think what rent. There's a certain amount of kind of from the executive side things that can be done. Like for instance with immigration for patrick's fracking ban. There's all kinds of these executive order things that they can. I don't wanna see nibble around the edges. But these are these are not sweeping changes. Right i think maybe the real impact that the biden administration can have is really. Is i think contingent on what happens with the senate As patrick mentioned a you know biden his spoken about needing to to push for an additional stimulus is the at this current. Bill may only run for a couple of months. Whoa whether that happens. And what's in that bill and and and and how big it gets or or and how it gets targeted is crucially dependent on how the senate gets made up these georgia election so in some sense. His ability to affect the economy is is really contingent on those on. What happened to the senate. Patrick have we seen in the past in the recent past changes from one administration to the next having a significant impact economically on greater houston. Well it's interesting if you look at it When george bush took office he was dealing with the nine eleven downturn the dot com bust. When barack obama took office he was dealing with the great recession. When donald trump took office the economy was doing fairly well and now we have president biden about ready to take office and he's dealing with another recession so it's actually three to the last. Four presidents have had to deal with recessions early in their terms The the impact. They've had has been mainly on trying to get the. Us economy going. Houston's economy now is so much more tied to the us economy so anything they can do or have done to get the economy going has benefited houston but as far as writing a specific policy. They'll have a very specific impact on houston. No it's the sort of things that do in the very broad. Sweep trying to get the economy going that influence houston's gross this is houston matters. Craig cohen were discussing. How the incoming biden administration may influence greater houston's economy over the next four years. We're talking with patrick jankowski from the greater houston partnership and dietrich full wrath from the university of houston and you at talk at houston matters dot. Org or seven one three four four zero eight hundred seventy i. I am curious though weather. One thing that actually the president was talking about yesterday might might be an example of something that is being pursued at the federal level. That could have a a real world impact on houston and that's that in announcing pete buddha judge as his pick for secretary of transportation president-elect biden described the kinds of infrastructure projects that his administration will push for repairing crumbling roads and highways and bridges. What might a renewed investment in infrastructure dietrich have in terms of an impact on the region if the president can get congress to spend money on it what what could it mean for the kinds of jobs it may be available. I mean i think that's a great question. I think we've been kind of been a topic that has been floating around for years. I think even when the the current administration came on right kind of infrastructure spending was felt for a while like something. That might be doable. Right like a big package. And if it comes to pass and i think there's a lot of really compelling reasons for something like that to be instituted then i think it it. It does change the mix of what kind of work we're talking about right. I think the pandemic is in particular in the houston texas area. We've seen construction work and things just kind of on the number of levels and that obviously is good the first field that would be impacted right. And and that may that may be a another engine. I mean it's hard to believe houston would grow any faster but you could imagine. That's the kind of work that draws in a pretty flexible labor force construction workers so we may see Houston expanding even faster than we're used to if they managed to pull that up. Patrick isn't that kind of what we saw. In the initial efforts to recover from the great recession at the start of the obama administration. I recall a lot of talk about well. We're going to pursue shovel ready projects and and that would spur a lot of construction jobs at least in the short term. Do you think we might see that again. Well shovel ready. There's kind of a misconception of what that is but let me let me back up right now. If you look at there's report that was just released this morning from dodge data and they're showing that total construction activity in the houston area is down twenty two percent compared to this time last year so anything that we do that help for an infrastructure bill would definitely help the economy construction for its job cannot has been one of the slowest sectors to recover and with desperately needed to spend more money on our roads our bridges and so forth. What helped us so much. Coming out of the great recession was one for houston. Was the fracking boom then. It was concentrated in the eager for shale but then is that started to play out. We had this huge expansion of petrochemical plants on the east part of downtown part of the region. So construction is something which can support left us. it would definitely be a major factor in helping us with recovery. And it's something as dietrich said we've been talking about this for years. We need to stop talking and finally get it done. Drink full wrath. We also talked earlier this week about the potential for changes in energy priorities as we go from one administration to the next more than potential. Really what do you see as the potential economic impacts benefits or challenges for greater houston of that. Well i think one of the most fascinating things i've seen recently right is that Kind of the the. The base cost for installing. Solar wind has essentially caught up or in fact is now lower than then pretty much every other source. So it's it's become a a an economical Energy source without subsidies without a massive support from the government so so even kind of absent You know government activity that that that is probably the the path forward on a lot of energy projects now. That's long-term right the we're not going to convert the the entire country or region solar overnight. But but it'll be interesting. I think you know we're already maybe seeing this with the the the energy major companies and how they're starting to turn and and talk about themselves as as energy suppliers not necessarily fossil fuel Supplier so i think that will. There's an adaptation their their labor forces. And what's going on at the city to to to that To that event. And and i guess the question is how rapid does that happen. Can they keep. Patrick is at your take on it. As well one thing. I would expect to see some additional tax. Incentives come out of the biden administration for alternative energy and right now. Conventional industry energy is struggling so much. They don't have quite the the wherewithal to make the investment. They would like to be making. It's kind of ironic. When energy prices are higher the cash flow is up so it's easier to invest in alternative energy. They realize they need to do this. But there is some what constricted by their own financial situation I think that The anything to by administration can do. It'll help houston out and energy because all the energy companies in houston recognized that this is the way they need to go dietrich how about efforts to spur investment in new businesses. Houston's tried to push to be a home for more tech startups in recent years and he sense as to whether likely shifts in economic policy out of the next white house could help or hinder that. I'm i wonder at the federal level. Exactly like how you know. How crucial their actions could be about things you know. We watched hp right announcing that. They're moving a major part of their business. Here we'd seen you know what tesla and oracle at least starts are coming texas. It's it's less clear that that is. There's a crucial federal role there and it's but but it certainly seems like we're seeing the acceleration of this. This shift out of california new york to to places like texas baby in some sense driven by the pandemic. We're kind of proof of concept that that that working remotely and spreading your workforce out works What what from. The federal level may assist with that You know there's allowances within the federal system for moving for incentives for setting up new New locations but but again. I think that's less baby for the federal level than it is state incentives and the and at a local incentives that that that really hit on that on that front patrick when we talk about The the potential impacts economically on the region that Any policy changes Coming out of the white house may have. I think we also have to kind of look a little bit at the the revenue situation that state and local governments are facing because you know their employers to could we anticipate the new administration in washington exerting pressure on congress to to provide some More assistance. I know it's been Something that's been talked about but not really coalesced around here And one of the things that was sort of dropped. I think from the the negotiations right now for coronavirus relief. And that you're correct. Or that's been the hangup and getting another stimulus package Through congress whether the administration's able to put any pressure on congress to provide additional release of the state local governments comes back to almost the way we began. This conversation just depend upon what happens in georgia and if the the republicans retained control of the senate. It won't be possible to get anything significant for state local government but if the republicans lose control and we have democrats controlling both houses and and sitting at the white house. I think that's highly likely patrick. How everything we're talking about a affect consumer costs we look at it from a consumer's perspective with we're talking about retail sales or mortgage and rent and other things that That have a direct impact on on all of consumers here in houston and inflation has been low for for years. Now i mean it's it's it's been less than two percent on average for for for quite a while If anything what we're going to be saying at a washington. I don't know to be honest with you craig. I'm not real clear on what washington can do to keep prices down because they're already so low it's so cheap to fill up at the gas pump. Now and the only places. I've seen prices go up and have been in the restaurants and that's because they're serving fewer people so they're having to make it up on their menu one area. We have not talked about. I don't know if you were gonna ask about this. And that's about healthcare. Absolutely healthcare healthcare is a major industry in houston and President-elect biden has gone on record that he's gonna try to find some way to continue to build upon the affordable care. Act right now. We have one in every five. He stones does not have health coverage and so that is Either they're not getting coverage or they're showing up in the emergency room or they're they're somehow simply getting coverage and not paying their bills somehow If you go to episcopal health systems they've done a study. And if there was somewhat even expand medicaid and in texas that could bring an additional billion dollars into houston's economy so we're talking about a billion dollars to healthcare so we're talking about significant impact on economy. If president-elect biden is able to somehow expand coverage under the affordable care act dietrich healthcare would certainly be a a piece of this but could we anticipate the biden administration making an effort to reverse policies that have in the big picture exacerbated the gap in income inequality rich getting richer poor getting for the burden of healthcare as one example of things that that maybe have helped create that gap what what might be some signs of that having an impact across greater houston. I think there's there's kind of two parts in it comes back again to that. That that senate control. So i think you know if democrats end up Taking charge of the senate. Then there's the potential for you might think of as kind of direct Moves in that direction with your say raising the tie the The the the top marginal tax rate and say you know. Millions have some additional millionaire tax or something like that so that'd be a direct move on that but but even absent that they control the senate and those direct taxes. Something like patrick was mentioning medicaid expansion and lobbying for that at the state level. Making that more attractive at the state level is a massive massive Move in the direction of kind of narrowing the gap What we know from a lot of economic research is it's it's not just the the the cost of healthcare that matters what what that does in the long run is by by excluding people from getting regular healthcare it that has long term effects on their employability on their on their productivity so so getting people to work by providing healthcare by perhaps expanding access to education all these kinds of things that that build their human capital that acts by itself to close that gap. So i think there's ways to by the administration could address the inequality gap i- pursuing strategies. That aren't necessarily don't necessarily look that way right through through healthcare through education patrick bottom line. Do you anticipate that whatever influence the incoming administration may have on houston's economy that it will be a net positive or negative or. Is there any way to come to that. Conclusion unequivocally a net positive This is an administration which is going to be less volatile Be more willing to compromise. they're willing to they'll be more willing to work with our allies on trade deals. I right now. I don't see any negatives coming out of this administration at least at this point in time. Dietrich your take I i grew patrick. I think there's i think it's of positives to look at it and i think exactly for that reason. It's some stability some willingness to compromise. I think if you look at some of the the personnel they're bringing in terms of economic policy is the people that are focused On kind of working to help workers but in a way that is a conscious of the fact that businesses have to exist and have to be able to profit in order to to keep going. So i think there's a lot of a good signs about kind of staffing and the policies they'll pursue. We'll be pretty pragmatic and so yeah. I'm pretty positive about it. Dr dietrich villeroy is a professor and chair of the economics department at the university of houston. Patrick jankowski caskey's senior. Vp of research at the greater. Houston partnership gentlemen. Thank you both. Thank you for having fun up next to. The president of prairie view am on the challenges. Her university is faced over the last year. And some unexpected help. As houston matters continues this is houston matters. I'm craig cohen and philanthropist. Mackenzie scott announced. She's given out close to four point two billion dollars just in the last few months she wrote on medium that the pandemic has been a wrecking ball in the lives of americans already struggling including people of color. That's why recipients have her donations have included. Some historically black colleges and universities including prairie view am which received from scott its largest ever donation fifty million dollars. Dr simmons is perry views president. She joins us now. Welcome to houston matters. Good morning We will get to the gift from his scott a in a bit but first how has university And the community around it for that matter struggled this year because of the pandemic well i would say In a sense we have a had the same experience as the rest of our colleagues In this industry and that is we have tried to attend to The needs of our students and the delivery of education in in as normal away as possible given that everything virtually has gone online and and we have been I would say resilient Changing of very Suddenly to online when we really didn't have that many courses online before assisting our students with The fact that their lives have been so disrupted. unexpectedly And everything we normally do. We're trying to do but in do in a different way so So we are happy to still be here Providing services to the community and services to our students and hoping for return to normalcy as soon as possible this year has has been challenging of course for students and institutions of higher education across the board. But i'm wondering if maybe there are some ways that your students have been hit a bit harder In particular not not. Just go ahead. Well you know we serve Very gratefully i must say a population of students who are typically pell. Eligible students They often are first generation students. They come sometimes from families That have suffered the most during the covid era the you're aware of the disparate health conditions In the african american community and the fact that That community has been hit especially hard by by covid. Well our students Come from those families and so they've been wrestling with that issue They've been wrestling with economic conditions. joblessness On the part of members of their family which is put made Their family lives sometimes quite unstable And at the same time a many of them work ordinarily to support their educational costs. And they've lost those jobs and so they've been hit by their families circumstance and they've been hit by their personal circumstance employment circumstance and so It's been especially difficult financially. But i i. I never wanna forget how difficult it has been. I in other ways for students who come to college for a broad experience And that broad experience has been wrested from them And so the activities that they normally participate in gone The opportunities for internships gone The opportunities to do enrichment activities gone the opportunities to be able to Meet face to face with mentors Gone so it it's been enormously difficult for Our for our students But they have you know they. They've continued And and It was wonderful to have our virtual commencement ceremony on the weekend and just see students graduating That was a reminder that in spite of all of these factors students still moving through and achieving achieving their goals but in a very different way have you come to any conclusions about how the spring semester may play out at prairie view in light of two vaccines authorized for emergency use but likely not widely available for some months We obviously this is a daily The the subject of daily discussions and planning here on campus But we still don't have enough information really ought to know how to predict what the spring will look like so we're focusing on the things that we can focus on first on getting additional financial support for students. So that they can return to campus On making sure that we have the right protocols in place to protect them when they are When they are here Doing all the things that we can do to make sure that we provide a safe environment for them and that they can continue their their studies But in terms of how many will actually be able to come back We we don't know. We predicted it incorrectly. In the fall We thought we would have a significant decrease in enrollment and that didn't occur. In fact we had A slight increase in in enrollment. so so We we've lost faith in our Our prognostication and so we're trying to just do what we can do to make sure That all of the bases covered. But we're not In a position to really know what students will actually do and most of our students of course are continuing students. they're not incoming students and so I know that some students have how difficult it is for them. financially and otherwise And some have said. They didn't know if they could come back and continue their studies in in the spring But we won't know that for a while. Twenty twenty has been a rough year for anyone trying to predict anything and so maybe it's not fair to ask how to predict twenty twenty one the pandemic aside though what role do you see your university playing in improving the health and economic outcomes of your students in the long-term well one of the one of the outcomes of this horrible pandemic as well as the social justice issues that we face at the same. Same time is that We're looking more and more at what we can do to connect ourselves to communities in need Because we see that Doing that is immensely important to what our students are observing and what they are preparing themselves for In their professional lives and so we launched this year A program called healthy houston and so are colleges of agriculture and business and nursing and juvenile justice are collaborating on an effort to go into inner cities and to bring support to those communities by offering nutrition education by offering financial education by planting urban gardens By helping with mentoring young people and so forth and our students will see that connection. And i think be heartened. By the fact that we are going to be more engaged So you know. Part of the difficulty for students Especially first generation students. And i know as a student i felt this too First generation students often confessed to feeling guilty Because they're able to come to college and they're in residence At a college and they and they have an incredible life on a college because older needs are taken care of They can They they have enough food to eat They have a comfortable place to live. They have social activities and yet they're thinking about families at home that are bereft of those things and so It's very important for them to see that. Universities are engaged with the communities that they serve Not just drawing students from them. So that's going to be very very important students. You talked about a number of goals there. I'm curious How you think this donation you received From his scott That fifty million dollars may help to meet some of those goals. Well right away. I you know We i received my phone call From her organization Back in october and and at that point at and by the way the funds were wired to us in total within days So we had the ability immediately As of october twentieth when the funds came in a to set aside a some to help our students immediately. And that's what we We did i It was We were Told that it was embargoed. We couldn't tell anybody about it and we couldn't identify her But i i got permission to At least take ten million dollars and use it to benefit our students right away and she approved that So we were able to get some funds to students who were in a great need Right away So beyond that We are actually going to put most of our funds in our endowment which means that will still be doing the same thing We'll be providing. A financial aid will be Supporting educational programs will be doing those things but we'll be doing it. via income from funds invested That will be permanently available. And so what we're doing is adding it to our endowment And increasing our endowment by about a forty percent Because you know we don't get the size gift often and may be another hundred years before we get a gift of this size. and so what. I don't want to squander it by spending it on a number of small items i. It's a great investment for the university's quality over a long period of time because it will grow And it will increase the revenue available to the programs and students And so that's what we're we're chosen. We've chosen to do. dr ruth. Simmons is the president of prairie view. A and m university presidents simmons. Thank you very much. Thank you have a good day to just ahead. Harris county has elected its youngest and first ever black county attorney will meet him as houston matters into juicy. This is houston matters. I'm craig cohen this year. Voters elected harris county's first ever black county attorney. Christine menefee will also assume office as the youngest harris county attorney ever. He joins us now. Christine menefee welcome to houston matters. Thank you very much for ham super excited to be on glad to have you with us into as we chat we welcome your questions and comments for the county attorney at seven one. Three four four zero eight hundred seventy or talk at houston matters dot org i guess county attorney elect the moment right. Yeah that's right. We still got a couple of weeks a couple of weeks. I i imagine there are some folks who just don't know what role the county attorney plays and how that compares to say the county's district attorney. Can you explain right right so you know it's funny on the campaign trail. If actually the question that i got stop it. I introduced myself today. I'm christie benefit whereas attorney and they would say oh no he ran against come on And i would have to explain to them that the district attorney is the county's lawyer represents the county in the state and criminal cases so prosecutions of misdemeanors and felonies whereas the county attorney's there's two very important rose wine at the poor born role i think is serving his the legal department for the county. So this is the position that represents the county county elected officials county department county boys and lawsuits and providing legal advice that serves as the basis for decisions whether it'd be policy operational decisions that are made at the county in the second hat is serving as the civil lawyer for the greater good of the people of harris county. And this is where you see. Some of the more flashy stuff like going after corporations that have violated environmental laws civil courts to get remediation or to get civil penalties Acting has kind of the consumer protection shop. The greater good of the people of harris county bringing other types of affirmative lawsuits that target corporations or individuals who have kind of to collect a good county. This show is called huston matters. And of course Anytime we have somebody on who grew up here in. Houston we kind of want to talk a little bit about how the the community has changed. Since they were kids and you attended schools incline ailey pfiesteria believe. What was your childhood in houston liking and what was houston self like growing up here. I very much kinda got the A very diverse experience being here in harris county. My parents are met coast guard. They were both service person. So i was born out in california but about ninety five percent of my schooling k. Through twelve here in harris county and went to school out in spring temporarily and elementary school and then on the client and the a leaf. So i've pretty much hit two major corners of the county and one thing that i've always loved about houston in harris. County is how incredibly diverse. It is you know my group of friends when i went to school in spraying. Look completely different. From my group of friends i the school incline which obviously very much different from my group of friends. When i when i was at least so it's i've been an incredibly welcoming community and i feel like i've been able to see the best part of all that the county has offer from moving around so much. We were just talking with the president of prairie view am and she was discussing how her student population includes a number of first generation. College students in. I am i right. You're the first in your family to graduate from college. Yeah how has that sort of formed your your view of houston of the world and kind of the the work that you now will be tasked with doing and i mentioned my parents both served in the military and for them. It was not all kind of an opportunity to better their circumstances in life but also they very much believed in and duty and services so the push for me from my parents were very young age was kinda go out in whatever way that can and they felt like the best path to get there with college. I will tell you the number one thing. I didn't anticipate that the faster would be so difficult. When you're the first one to do it and household one of the things one important thing that i kinda from that experience was very much you know. In in life they're very few handouts. I worked at heb grocery and took out a bunch of loan to get through college and law school and so it was really an empowering experience that taught me you have to have individual responsibility and at the end of the day for many of us in harris county in this country. There's safety that. And so i developed a sense of kind of organization discipline that responsibility to very young age and hopefully pass on well because my sister was actually in the master's program right so i think that my family's having an upward trajectory but first initial steps the guy. That's where we are today. You kind of skipped past the law school part pretty quickly there. I just wanted to note You went to my parents alma mater. Wash u in st louis of. Wow yeah yeah this is houston matters. I'm craig cohn we're talking. The newly elected harris county attorney christian menefee. He's the first african american to win election to the office and the youngest ever in the county's history Before you started practicing law privately understand internet at the harris county public defender's office. Uh what do you take away from. That experience that you think might might inform this new role. That was an awesome experience. You know when. I in turn that department outspending was he was the public defender at the time and i always went into law school like i said my parents in the military so very much had a desire to to serve and you worked at the public defenders office does as the lord's work so i split my summer between that and the in a big law firm here in town and i very much coming out of law. School wanted to go on and do that work. But thankfully for my bank account my student loans. The public defenders office did not hire straight law school and so i ended up going to a large law firm for for a brief feared so that. Kinda pay my loans and get into a position to where i could kind of get back to Doing the lord's work but it was an incredible experience. I was able to shadow a system. Public defender go through the cases with them kinda soup-to-nuts the work that they do and why it's so important and i actually i. I was assigned to an attorney there and She was a young african american woman and love story short by the end of the summer. I found that we were family members that she was a second cousin of my and it was kind of a full circle deal because she was just recently elected to a criminal court bench so that was an incredible experience where i got to see the criminal side of the practice of law and it very much Serves his kind of something that continues to guide me to this day. Something else you've done. I suspect of some real interesting. Who stones you've served on the houston independent police oversight board and that's the board that some council members have lobbied the mayor to give a little more teeth to There are a lot of limits. On what the board can do. And and what had access to be on your experience on the board. What changes would you make to what he can and cannot do if you could write. Thoughts served on the independent police oversight board for about two years. I got into that work because something that my wife and i have always been very passionate about is trying to strengthen or better the relationship between law enforcement communities and minority communities especially having gone to school in saint louis and then there when when trayvon martin with code and then my wife was there a mike. Brown was killed so something. I've always been very passionate about when i served on that board. I was very vocal about the change. Made it to be made in kinda early on when i was on that board. None of the board members had electronic access to general but the general orders are the internal governing policies. The houston police department and in order to be able to adjudicate any particular case or way in any case you need to be very familiar with those general orders. Well the only way that we own the board could access and was to go into the office at the houston police department headquarters downtown and view like the physical binder so that was one thing that that needs to be changed and in a very short order. The second is just keeping up with the punishment for any individual officer was found to have violated a general order. It basically we would weigh in on the case and then it would go off into the abyss of internal policy at hd. We wouldn't find out how that particular case with the judicata or what punishment is levied on the officer officers at fault until months later and by that here kind of been extricated from the process. And you're not as involving the most part don't remember and then the third thing. I think it was incredible important. It's just diversity Of both race age but also thought serving on that board when i initially got on the board. I made it a point to be very vocal about my disagreement with decisions that my particular panel would make in order to provide kind of that that Different view. Because what i found. Is that folks who have been on the board for a long time. We're very much more likely to just kind of rubber stamp. Every single thing that was decided by internal affairs kind of one important example. That is there was a particular case where after an individual Had been shot in. You know it was kinda rightfully so because he had a gun that he was trying to use against law enforcement he laid on the ground for about eight minutes to ten minutes until an ambulance came and he wasn't provided any type of emergency first aid during that period well ended up lobbying. Hp and working with the chief and some of the folks who were involved in the oversight board process and we got the general orders changed to require hp officers to provide emergency first aid after. They used their firearm. Once they locked out or saying well the reason why that is because when that case i came up and i was getting my panel members. Pay you know. This doesn't seem right. Morley their response was always will internal affair and said that it was signed. So it's fine. So i think those are kind of three major areas. Now that there's been a lot of talk about Subpoena power. And i think that there's something to be said about the board having an independent investigative authority But the one thing that. I'm most saw that. There were several members on that board who it appeared were were more invested in shirring that law enforcement decisions further instead of kind of providing an independent and objective voice. What are some priorities. You have as you begin your term as county attorney. Sure so you know what's interesting about writing for this. Is i said a lot on the campaign that this is probably one of the more difficult offices to campaign for because as the legal department for the county. You pretty much everything. So it's it's really difficult to kind of still all that down to a pause adams like we've been able to do so over time why we're going to be more focused in the environmental space. You have corporations facility. That are getting meant to whether it before. A concrete batching plant or refinery at all the way from the permitting stage to over the past several years. we've seen a string of explosions that plant and refinery. So i really wanted to revamp the way that we approach environmental enforcement here locally all the way from the permanent stage two compliant. Too an enforcement to in those rare circumstances that we don't so like to see but they do happen litigation when when there's been a plane explosion that's one area. Another area is really working to strengthen the local control for government officials here in harris county. One thing we've seen is that when the state in the county were being run by the same political party there was a lot of different giving to the decisions made by local elected officials. But once you saw a different party running county and is running the state you saw much more overreach by the state so we saw this most often. When our interim harris county clare chris hollins was trying to implement all of these measures to make voting more accessible during the pandemic. And you saw lawsuit after lawsuit by Whether it'd be the attorney general at the instruction of the secretary of state's office or the governor stepping in when jets odongo is instituting emergency measures to keep us safe during this pandemic. They've really kind of taken to the courts and taken to emergency orders to undermine local controls. One goal of mine is to stand up for the folks who are elected by the people of harris county when they make decisions to if necessary. Go to court provide that representation and stand up to anybody who seeks to undermine them whether that person or not And then also really kind of taking the things that i've learned from the private sector about providing legal. Excellent responsiveness customer service. And bring it on that to the county attorney's office and won one area. I think we'll see that's going to matter a lot of consumer protection throughout the entire pandemic but especially during the holidays. We've seen it increase in fraudulent business activity and scammers. I probably get a call once a week for somebody telling me that. There's a print and some foreign company Country that is requiring me to send my routing checking account numbers so that they can provide me with some benefit. But of course they're really trying to scabby. And and i know that if i'm getting those calls other folks are as well and there certain populations who tend to be more vulnerable To those types of attacks. So i wanna build this office out to serve in a consumer protection raw protect the people of harris county against those types of tax. Let's take a call. We've richard on the line from spring. Richard what's your question or comment I know you're going to have to deal with With the The union president dealing with law enforcement on When they abused their power. And wanna know how you feel and how you're going to be tests the dealing with them because you know they they they something else. That was my question. Thank you very much for your question. Richard you that the role that we serve county government is particularly interesting one and we are really legal advisers to county elected officials in county department heads and county employees. So what that means is my office will be the lawyer or the constables. And the deputies and the sheriff's office and the deputies so i don't anticipate that there will be a ton of interaction With the hbd police union. By you know. I think unions are incredibly important and i think that there has to be rational and intelligent conversation about how we handle some of the issues between law enforcement and minority communities. That said i don't think this office is direct role is going to be having significant interactions with the houston police department instead. I'll be working with our constables. In the sheriff deputies trying to advise them on how to do would right under the law but also how to deal with morally right. I mentioned at the top that you are the first harris county attorney who is black and the youngest ever in that role Do you sense an additional responsibility or that. You need to approach the office any differently than your predecessors in light of breaking those particular barriers. Try not to think about it. Like that I was at an event recently and one of the conversations. I was having is somebody would say you know you're the youngest and you're the first african american and if you don't do it right then there won't be a second and i think that that is the purge and all African americans in this country and especially folks who are becoming the first in various professional nights senate think about but i. I think that my goal is to come in and bring my perspective which is diverse is based on who. I am right by thirty two years old by being a black man in this country. My perspective is necessarily going to be a diverse and this is the same perspective and beliefs and ideals. That that i had when i ran and i was very vocal about that or vocal about breaking progressive advocacy harris county. And so i'm not gonna change course in any type of way when i get into the office but i'm also not interested in adding those additional burdens. I plan to just continue on the path that we set out in the campaign continued to be the person that i My parents are still discipline and integrity and masons the gay. So i think if i stick to those more than those ethics We'll be just fine. Christian menefee is the newly elected harris county attorney christian. Thanks for joining us all right. Thank you very much. I appreciate and that'll do it for today's show. The houston matters. Team includes michael. Hagerty zinn brenda ruiz's and troy schultz. David pitman's our technical director. Don't forget to join earning news for town square today at three o'clock on news. Eighty eight seven. He'll talk with. Dr francis collins the director of the national institutes of health. That's our country's top medical research agency. That's on townsquare today tomorrow. Show did santa. give a bunch of georgia kids covid. Nineteen will know but someone portraying him might have our not expert. Panel weighs in on the good the bad and the ugly and we asked to you answered and we compiled your replies into a holiday volume of the houston matters. Mix tape. I'm creko and us tomorrow for those and other houston match.
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