That's "Campana-stan" or ''Land of Campana." It reflects the Weltanschauung of Michael E. Campana, President-for-Life of the Republic of Campanastan. Welcome to Campanastan - no passports or visas required!
The Way of Water Oregon State University Geography PhD Student, Jennifer Veilleux, records her fieldwork, research, and thoughts about transboundary water resources development in the Nile River and Mekong River basins. Particular attention is given to Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Laos' Xayaburi Dam projects.
Thirsty in Suburbia Gayle Leonard documents things from the world of water that make us smile: particularly funny, amusing and weird items on bottled water, water towers, water marketing, recycling, the art-water nexus and working.
This Day in Water History Michael J. 'Mike' McGuire, engineer extraordinaire, NAE member, and author of 'The Chlorine Revolution', blogs about historical happenings in the fields of drinking water and wastewater keyed to calendar dates.
WaSH Resources New publications, web sites and multi-media on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH).
Water 50/50 From Jay Famiglietti at UC-Irvine. Fifty lectures in fifty weeks: The 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lectureship. A global lecture tour delivering the message about our changing water cycle, groundwater depletion, and the future of freshwater availability.
Water For The Ages Abby, another PNWer, writes about global water issues with passion and concern.
Watering the Desert Aptly-titled blog by CJ Brooks, a lawyer-hydrologist-geologist from Tucson, AZ.
Watershed Moments: Thoughts from the Hydrosphere From Sarah Boon - rediscovering her writing and editing roots after 13 years, primarily as an environmental scientist. Her writing centres around creative non-fiction, specifically memoir and nature writing. The landscapes of western Canada are her main inspiration.
WaterWired All things fresh water: news, comment, and analysis from hydrogeologist Michael E. Campana, Professor at Oregon State University.
Watery Foundation Tom Swihart, formerly of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, tells all about water management in the Sunshine State.
Western Water Blog The 'mystery blog' about Western USA water issues. What more can I say?
TSA agents in St. Louis, Missouri, disarmed Rooster Monkburn, a cowboy sock money, of his two-inch toy gun after a woman brought the stuffed monkey through security. Agents said that it posed a threat because it could be confused for a real gun, according to local reports.
“[The agent] said ‘this is a gun,’” said Phyllis May, recounting the experience to fly back to her home in Washington state. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.”
Yeah, I can easily see how this could be confused with a real gun.
May, who has a small business selling sock monkeys, was also questioned for bringing the sewing supplies she uses to make the stuffed animals in her carry-on bag. TSA agents told her they would have to confiscate the miniature firearm and call the police, although Washington’s KING-TV reports that the TSA never did call the authorities. May’s sewing supplies were ultimately returned to her.
“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” May quipped. “I understand [the TSA agent] was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”
May had named the disarmed monkey Rooster Monkburn after Rooster Cogburn, John Wayne’s character in the film True Grit.
I have less of a problem with confiscation of her sewing supplies, depending upon what they were. I recall an event shortly after 9/11. Agents confiscated my nail clippers, but the woman with a large hat pin in her hair went through security with nary a suspicious look.
“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.” - Euripides
“You know if the U.S. Government wanted to boost the economy there's a simple solution make Black Friday the refund date for your state and federal taxes” - Stanley Victor Paskavich
"When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking." - Elayne Boosler
"Shopping is better than sex. If you're not satisfied after shopping you can make an exchange for something you really like." - Adrienne Gusoff
"Oh for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money." - Unknown
"One of the nice things about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with a present." -Unknown
"Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have." - Unknown
"Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money." - Unknown
“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” –Thomas Carlyle
“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” – Napoleon Hill
“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” –Elbert Hubbard
“Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.” –W.H. Auden
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” –Calvin Coolidge
“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” –Napoleon Hill
Coyne recently posted an open letter to Deepak Chopra. Seems that Chopra recently initiated a brief Twitter tirade against Coyne. That's interesting, because although Coyne has over 16,000 followers, he follows no one on Twitter; he learned of Chopra's effort from someone else.
What I enjoyed most about Coyne's post was this poem, set to the music of I Am Woman:
I am Deepak; hear me roar As you patronize my store, And buy up all the nostrums that I sell. You may say that I’m a crank, But just tell that to my bank, For I’m Deepak, and you can go to hell.
Oh yes, I am rich, Though it’s richness born of woo; And for those whose life’s a bitch, I will bilk them through and though. If I had to, I could sell anything; I’m a crank, But I’m a scientist— I am DEEPAK!
"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and ends up a racket." - Eric Hoffer
I have decided to expose (pun intended) myself and First-Lady-for-Life Mary Frances to ridicule and embarrassment by entering Splashdirect's contest to support World Toilet Day (19 November) by relating my funny/disgusting toilet story.
Hey, it's for a good cause - money will be donated to WaterAid.
Okay, here goes:
It was May 2009 and I was returning from a trip to Armenia. The first leg of my return was a flight from Yerevan to Vienna. As I deplaned in Vienna, I headed for the men's room. Time to avert your eyes, right? No, not yet. After performing the required functions, I washed my hands and returned to the transit lounge.
As I browsed the food offerings, books, gadgets, etc., I noticed people giving me a variety of looks. Some scowled; some grimaced; some smiled; others covered their mouths as their eyes grew wide. Others averted their eyes completely and crinkled their noses. Some even gave me a wide berth or looked down and moved away. I could not figure out what was wrong. Stained or wet pants? No. Something on my shoes? Check. Hat askew? Nahh...
This must have continued for 15 minutes or so. I soon moved to the waiting room where more looks awaited me. Finally, as I stood by myself - unusual in such a crowded room - I noticed a couple staring at me. The woman was whispering something to the man. When she stopped, he looked at her, then at me, frowned, and walked toward me. Many eyes were fixed on him. I knew he was going to say something and I figured my dilemma was about to be resolved.
But I had no idea it would be this: 'Sir, you have about two feet of toilet paper hanging out from the back of your trousers.'
Reid Wilson offers a quick synopsis in his Washington Postblog post:
Yankeedom: Founded by Puritans, residents in Northeastern states and the industrial Midwest tend to be more comfortable with government regulation. They value education and the common good more than other regions.
New Netherland: The Netherlands was the most sophisticated society in the Western world when New York was founded, Woodard writes, so it’s no wonder that the region has been a hub of global commerce. It’s also the region most accepting of historically persecuted populations.
The Midlands: Stretching from Quaker territory west through Iowa and into more populated areas of the Midwest, the Midlands are “pluralistic and organized around the middle class.” Government intrusion is unwelcome, and ethnic and ideological purity isn’t a priority.
Tidewater: The coastal regions in the English colonies of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Delaware tend to respect authority and value tradition. Once the most powerful American nation, it began to decline during Westward expansion.
Greater Appalachia: Extending from West Virginia through the Great Smoky Mountains and into Northwest Texas, the descendants of Irish, English and Scottish settlers value individual liberty. Residents are “intensely suspicious of lowland aristocrats and Yankee social engineers.”
Deep South: Dixie still traces its roots to the caste system established by masters who tried to duplicate West Indies-style slave society, Woodard writes. The Old South values states’ rights and local control and fights the expansion of federal powers.
El Norte: Southwest Texas and the border region is the oldest, and most linguistically different, nation in the Americas. Hard work and self-sufficiency are prized values.
The Left Coast: A hybrid, Woodard says, of Appalachian independence and Yankee utopianism loosely defined by the Pacific Ocean on one side and coastal mountain ranges like the Cascades and the Sierra Nevadas on the other. The independence and innovation required of early explorers continues to manifest in places like Silicon Valley and the tech companies around Seattle.
The Far West:The Great Plains and the Mountain West were built by industry, made necessary by harsh, sometimes inhospitable climates. Far Westerners are intensely libertarian and deeply distrustful of big institutions, whether they are railroads and monopolies or the federal government.
New France: Former French colonies in and around New Orleans and Quebec tend toward consensus and egalitarian, “among the most liberal on the continent, with unusually tolerant attitudes toward gays and people of all races and a ready acceptance of government involvement in the economy,” Woodard writes.
First Nation:The few First Nation peoples left — Native Americans who never gave up their land to white settlers — are mainly in the harshly Arctic north of Canada and Alaska. They have sovereignty over their lands, but their population is only around 300,000.
"With such sharp regional differences, the idea that the United States would ever reach consensus on any issue having to do with violence seems far-fetched. The cultural gulf between Appalachia and Yankeedom, Deep South and New Netherland is simply too large. But it’s conceivable that some new alliance could form to tip the balance." - Colin Woodard
This week's New Yorkerhas another wonderful cover by Barry Blitt: 'Reboot'.
“We’re going to do a challenge. I’m going to try and download every movie ever made and you are going to try to sign up for Obamacare — and we’ll see which happens first.” — Jon Stewart to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on The Daily Show, Oct. 7
"Listening to the data is important… but so is experience and intuition. After all, what is intuition at its best but large amounts of data of all kinds filtered through a human brain rather than a math model?”–Steve Lohr
"Why would the heathcare.gov website be designed in such a way by an outside contractor? Because coders often price jobs by the number of lines of code they will have to write." -Daryl Rowland, after learning that the number of lines of code in the website is around 5x that of a large bank's.
"We have denigrated the Native Americans long enough. But there are so many dickheads in DC that we have decided they deserve their own team." - Daniel 'Rich Cabeza' Snyder, owner, Washington Foreskins
I was hoping that Malala Yousafzai would win the Nobel Peace Prize, but it was not to be. Certainly the OPCWis a deserving winner, but the Nobel folks could have sent a real message to the world by awarding it to a courageous 16-year old girl who stood up to the cowardly Taliban by daring to promote education for females.
She floored Jon Stewart on the Daily Show the other night with her response to Stewart's question about her reaction when she learned the Taliban wanted her dead:
I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come,
and he would just kill me. But then I said, 'If he comes, what would you do Malala?' then I would reply to myself, 'Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.' But then I said, 'If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.' Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that 'I even want education for your children as well.' And I will tell him, 'That's what I want to tell you, now do what you want.'
Good Lord, what an answer from an amazing, articulate, person! Sixteen years old! Watch theentire interview.
I've got another hero to join the likes of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jackie Robinson.
And she's a girl!
You go, Malala!
"We realize the importance of light when we see darkness. We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced. In the same way when we were in Swat, we realized the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns." - Malala Yousafzai
When I saw this post on Daniel Collins' Facebook page I thought it was a joke; apparently not. Here is the original story from io9.com:
Chibuihem Amalaha, an award winning student at the University of Lagos,
is claiming that he's "disproved" gay marriage through science — and he used the power of magnets to do so. His "groundbreaking" work is backed by the university.
His mathematics of gay marriage is particularly illuminating. In aninterview with This Day Live he says (Note: read here if you dare).
And I thought Nigeria was known just for email scams and widows, barristers, and princes waiting to share their fortunes with others!
But wait - Amalaha is working on showing that the Second Law of Thermodynamics allows for email scams! That's sure to win him tenure from the University of Lagos and the Medal of Achievement from the Nigeria government.
Just what Nigeria needs these days to burnish its image.
“Nigerian sector does not encourage scientific research so much but what God has given me I am using it effectively to touch Nigerian nation. All the scientific researches I have been doing have not yielded any encouragement to do more." - Chibuihem Amalaha
I will be avoiding all the 'specials' on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Not interested in all the contrived 'linkages' between 9/11 and the guy who collects trash in Toledo who found an image of the burning Pentagon in some dumpster or the football player who has the Twin Towers tattooed on his biceps. Sorry.
My desk is littered with magazines whose covers shout features like "Where Have We Been?", "What Went Wrong?", "Are We Safer?", "Why Do They Hate Us?", blah, blah, blah, I can't read any of them. I should say I can't finish any of them.
Actually, I did read one excellent article: "What 9/11 Wrought" by Joseph Lelyveld in the current issue of Smithsonian magazine. Read it.
As much as I despise those who rained death upon us, I don't like what we have
become. Xenophobes. Jingoes. Torturers. What moral authority the USA had, it's been greatly diminished.
I'm driving to Seattle today for a meeting tomorrow and Tuesday. When I had planned to drive it did not dawn on me that it would be on 9/11. Flying today wouldn't bother me, but it will be nice to be on the road for about five hours. No media folks trying to get a sound bite.
But let me give a shout-out to the first responders, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice to save others. And Pat Tillman.
Ten years ago today my younger sister Ann Campana Judgewas murdered by the five men you see above.
I will always remember that these men, as well as 10 of the other 14 murderers, were Saudi Arabians. The other four were nationals of the UAE (2), Lebanon, and Egypt.
When we buy Saudi oil, some of our money goes to organizations that support these kinds of people.
We should never forget that.
A few days after 9/11/2001, a field outside the Pentagon was 'appropriated' by loved ones of the victims. We left mementos of those we lost.
Below you can see what what my niece Becky and I left in Ann's memory. The Marlboro Lights and Diet Coke should have been accompanied by a fifth (or more) of Dewar's Scotch but we exercised some good judgment - we left a Dewar's ad from a magazine. Besides, Ann would have wanted us to consume it.
I've been to the memorial thrice and it is a remarkable place. It's open 24/7.
Below are some pictures, including Ann's bench and her name carved in stone at the entrance.
In August 2009 I had a nice long visit. I sat on her bench and said "God bless!" to
the other 183 murdered heroes who are memorialized, including the three middle-school students and their teachers Ann andNGS colleague Joe Ferguson were escorting to Los Angeles to join others for a field trip to the Channel Islands. It was the students' first airplane trip.
Next time I vist I'll bring some Diet Coke, a pack of Marlboro Lights, and maybe a bottle of Dewar's. Those were three of Annie's favorite things.
One thing gnaws at me: what were Ann's last moments like? Was she aware that they were going to crash? She must have - she was an experienced flyer who'd flown out of DC airports many times. She knew they were flying too fast and too low. And they were going in the wrong direction to be landing at DCA. Did she die on impact or suffer? Was she comforting the children? Probably.
Somewhat morbid, I know.
I have her effects in a box (Mary Frances had this custom-built for me) in our library - her driver's license, some business cards, etc. It's amazing how well they survived the conflagration. She was incinerated but her business cards survived.
Here is an articleabout the foundation I created to honor Ann.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- attributed to Edmund Burke
"A little bit of irreverence is good. A lot is better." -- Ann Campana Judge
Interesting that TIME featured Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, aka 'Johnny Football', on its recent cover. The cover story was 'It's Time to Pay College Athletes' by Sean Gregory. Here is a video of Gregory talking about the topic.
Here is an article about Manziel by David Dennis of The Guardian.
I think college athletes ought to get paid something - cash, that is, not a charge account at the bookstore. Lots of people and organizations - parasites - make a fortune off these folks.
And we're worried about Syria. Where are our priorities?
“Football, fraternities, and fun have no place in the university. They were introduced only to entertain those who shouldn’t be in the university.” - Robert Maynard Hutchins, President, University of Chicago, 1929-1945
“Ultimately, the cloud is the latest example of Schumpeterian creative destruction: creating wealth for those who exploit it; and leading to the demise of those that don’t.”- Joe Weinman, Senior VP at Telx and author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing
When the Class of 2017 arrives on campus this fall, these digital natives will already be well-connected to each other. They are more likely to have borrowed money for college than their Boomer parents were, and while their parents foresee four years of school, the students are pretty sure it will be longer than that. Members of this year’s first year class, most of them born in 1995, will search for the academic majors reported to lead to good-paying jobs, and most of them will take a few courses taught at a distant university by a professor they will never meet.
The use of smart phones in class may indicate they are reading the assignment they should have read last night, or they may be recording every minute of their college experience…or they may be texting the person next to them. If they are admirers of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, they may wonder whether a college degree is all it’s cracked up to be, even as their dreams are tempered by the reality that tech geniuses come along about as often as Halley’s Comet, which they will not glimpse until they reach what we currently consider “retirement age.”
Though they have never had the chicken pox, they are glad to have access to health insurance for a few more years. They will study hard, learn a good deal more, teach their professors quite a lot, and realize eventually that they will soon be in power. After all, by the time they hit their thirties, four out of ten voters will be of their generation. Whatever their employers may think of them, politicians will be paying close attention.
Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. Prepared by Beloit’s former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief and Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride, the list was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references. It quickly became an internationally monitored catalog of the changing worldview of each new college generation. Mindset List websites at themindsetlist.com and beloit.edu, as well as the Mediasite webcast and their Facebook page receive more than a million visits annually.
For this generation of entering college students, born in 1995, Dean Martin, Mickey Mantle, and Jerry Garcia have always been dead.
1. Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend. 2. They are the sharing generation, having shown tendencies to share everything, including possessions, no matter how personal. 3. GM means food that is Genetically Modified. 4. As they started to crawl, so did the news across the bottom of the television screen. 5. “Dude” has never had a negative tone. 6. As their parents held them as infants, they may have wondered whether it was the baby or Windows 95 that had them more excited. 7. As kids they may well have seen Chicken Run but probably never got chicken pox. 8. Having a chat has seldom involved talking. 9. Gaga has never been baby talk. 10. They could always get rid of their outdated toys on eBay. 11. They have known only two presidents. 12. Their TV screens keep getting smaller as their parents’ screens grow ever larger. 13. PayPal has replaced a pen pal as a best friend on line. 14. Rites of passage have more to do with having their own cell phone and Skype accounts than with getting a driver’s license and car. 15. The U.S. has always been trying to figure out which side to back in Middle East conflicts. 16. A tablet is no longer something you take in the morning. 17. Threatening to shut down the government during Federal budget negotiations has always been an anticipated tactic. 18. Growing up with the family dog, one of them has worn an electronic collar, while the other has toted an electronic lifeline. 19. Plasma has never been just a bodily fluid. 20. The Pentagon and Congress have always been shocked, absolutely shocked, by reports of sexual harassment and assault in the military. 21. Spray paint has never been legally sold in Chicago. 22. Captain Janeway has always taken the USS Voyager where no woman or man has ever gone before. 23. While they've grown up with a World Trade Organization, they have never known an Interstate Commerce Commission. 24. Courts have always been ordering computer network wiretaps. 25. Planes have never landed at Stapleton Airport in Denver. 26. Jurassic Park has always had rides and snack bars, not free-range triceratops and velociraptors. 27. Thanks to Megan's Law and Amber Alerts, parents have always had community support in keeping children safe. 28. With GPS, they have never needed directions to get someplace, just an address. 29. Java has never been just a cup of coffee. 30. Americans and Russians have always cooperated better in orbit than on earth. 31. Olympic fever has always erupted every two years. 32. Their parents have always bemoaned the passing of precocious little Calvin and sarcastic stuffy Hobbes. 33. In their first 18 years, they have watched the rise and fall of Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriquez. 34. Yahoo has always been looking over its shoulder for the rise of "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.” 35. Congress has always been burdened by the requirement that they comply with the anti-discrimination and safety laws they passed for everybody else to follow. 36. The U.S. has always imposed economic sanctions against Iran. 37. The Celestine Prophecy has always been bringing forth a new age of spiritual insights. 38. Smokers in California have always been searching for their special areas, which have been harder to find each year. 39. They aren’t surprised to learn that the position of Top Spook at the CIA is an equal opportunity post. 40. They have never attended a concert in a smoke-filled arena. 41. As they slept safely in their cribs, the Oklahoma City bomber and the Unabomber were doing their deadly work. 42. There has never been a national maximum speed on U.S. highways. 43. Don Shula has always been a fine steak house. 44. Their favorite feature films have always been largely, if not totally, computer generated. 45. They have never really needed to go to their friend’s house so they could study together. 46. They have never seen the Bruins at Boston Garden, the Trailblazers at Memorial Coliseum, the Supersonics in Key Arena, or the Canucks at the Pacific Coliseum. 47. Dayton, Ohio, has always been critical to international peace accords. 48. Kevin Bacon has always maintained six degrees of separation in the cinematic universe. 49. They may have been introduced to video games with a new Sony PlayStation left in their cribs by their moms. 50. A Wiki has always been a cooperative web application rather than a shuttle bus in Hawaii. 51. The Canadian Football League Stallions have always sung Alouette in Montreal after bidding adieu to Baltimore. 52. They have always been able to plug into USB ports 53. Olestra has always had consumers worried about side effects. 54. Washington, D.C., tour buses have never been able to drive in front of the White House. 55. Being selected by Oprah’s Book Club has always read “success.” 56. There has never been a Barings Bank in England. 57. Their parents’ car CD player is soooooo ancient and embarrassing. 58. New York’s Times Square has always had a splash of the Magic Kingdom in it. 59. Bill Maher has always been politically incorrect. 60. They have always known that there are “five hundred, twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes" in a year.
"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." - Victor Hugo
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