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!
Texas Agriculture Law Blog Don't let the name fool you - there are lots of water issues in agriculture and Tiffany Dowell of Texas A&M University does a fabulous job with this important Internet resource. Give it a read - I do every day!
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.
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.
Western Water Blog The 'mystery blog' about Western USA water issues. What more can I say?
xAnalytical Doug Walker's xAnalytical blog:Turning Data and Information into Knowledge
FromJuan Cole: a parody of former DJ Glenn Beck's (not that there's anything wrong with being a former DJ) speech today.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from tax increases or increased regulation of your speculative financial instruments. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of government takeover and staggered by the winds of police laxness toward Mexicans and minority crime. You have been the veterans of creative suffering, under our current strange mixture of fascism, communism and Islam (Islamo-commie-fascism as I call it). Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering cannot be cured by a government take-over of health care.
Go back to the Hamptons, go back to Grosse Point, go back to Alaska, go back to Utah, go back to Idaho, go back to the suburbs and exurbs of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation of having an African-American president can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that some men are only worth 3/5s of others.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down and recognize that our president doesn’t like white guys.
I have a dream that one day even the borough of Manhattan, a borough sweltering with the heat of socialism, sweltering with the heat of Islamic fascism, will be transformed into a mosque-free oasis of freedom for people just like me.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their gold portfolios.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today." --Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington, DC, 28 August 1963
Women's suffrage: happy 90th anniversary! On this date in 1920 the 19th Amendment was certified by the Secretary of State as being adopted after having been ratified on 18 August 1920. It granted the right to vote to all women with the simple words at the bottom of this page.
It's still surprsing to me that it took so long, especially after I viewed the following video, courtesy of Marty Ennis. Or maybe it should be apparent after viewing the video, which is titled, Why Women Stay Single.
You might want to avert your eyes.
"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."
Campanstan enjoys a stellar reputation among donors. Foundations and other donors don't hesitate to give us money. They know that all funds are personally handled by the President-for-Life (PFL) so any diversion or misuse of funds is minimized. If the PFL spends it, by definition it cannot be a misuse of funds!
The Ministry of Donor Disbursement (MoDD) assesses what the funds should be spent on, then the PFL's office takes over.
To illustrate this process, consider the vehicles we recently purchased for the State Secret Police. We could have gone with the usual Mercedes or BMWs but those are so common (even the Azerbaijan police have 7-series BMWs) and don't really meet the SSP's special needs: grabbing dissidents and other terrorists quickly and hastily departing.
MoDD thought of purchasing high-end vehicles such as Jaguars, Bentleys, or Rolls-Royces. But these cars have a fundamental problem: they are British. Each of them requires the purchase of a full-time mechanic. Furthermore, they will not start unless the mechanic is in the car or within 3 meters of it. Any attempt to defeat this safety device will trigger a small thermonuclear explosion, proving that British carmakers can at least get one thing to work properly!
So what did we get? Shelby GTs. These are not originals, but replicas built in South Africa under license from Carroll Shelby.
They have a Ford v-8 that generates almost 500 HP and a 5-speed manual transmission built in the USA. The shifter is short-throw.
Most of the major components are also USA built. The body is fiberglass.
And there is plenty of room in the back for a spare tire and space to stuff dissidents and other scum.
So why do these cars exemplify our frugality? Well, they are made of readily-available USA parts. The engine and transmission are USA-built and easy to maintain; we will not have to train new mechanics. And, since the cars go 320 kph (200 mph), State Secret Police officers can run their 'errands' in less time than before and therefore be assigned higher daily quotas of dissidents, necessitating fewer SSP officers. Big savings in money!
It is little wonder that donors with bulging briefcases flock to Campanastan like flies to the body of a rotting dissident!
“Show me the man and I'll find you the crime." -- SSP motto
For some reason. a number of people seem to think that JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater is some kind of hero. If he is, then we've really lowered the bar.
Slater's heroic version of what happened to him aboard Flight 1052 don't seem to correspond to the accounts told by some of the passengers aboard the flight. Some hinted that he might have been drinking before the flight.
He claims a rude passenger drove him to curse the person over the intercom, grab a beer or two, then release the emergency inflatable slide and depart the plane in dramatic fashion. It's one thing to lose your cool, but inflating the slide while at the gate could have caused injury or worse to one of the ground crew members who would not be expecting the slide to be inflated.
But I guess Slater was so distraught he wasn't thinking straight - been a tough flight from Pittsburgh to JFK.
I guess we should be thankful Slater's meltdown occurred on the ground instead of at 35,000 feet.
Instead of a folk hero, he is a selfish, petulant child who endangered ground crew members, shirked his duties aboard the plane, and left his fellow flight attendants short one person so they had to perform his tasks; he appears to be a liar as well.
Hero? I don't think so.
If there was in fact a rude passenger, then I don't excuse that person. There is no excuse for rudeness. But there is no excuse for failing to do your job - a job that involves safety - because someone was rude to you.
Here are the last few paragraphs from Susan Nielsen's column in The Oregonian:
Authorities struggled to find people on the flight who would corroborate Slater's version of reality. Instead, numerous passengers painted a picture of an employee who started the flight crabby and bloodshot -- and then picked fights, slammed doors, cursed loudly without provocation and messed with the plane.
Not exactly who you'd want overseeing your safety at 30,000 feet.
Actually, it's a miracle that Slater left the plane on his own accord and wasn't pushed.
I don't want to join the small chorus of harrumphers who criticize Slater without acknowledging the glorious subversive appeal of the original story. It's the funniest and most pleasing account of worker frustration I've ever heard, and having Slater maybe turn out to be a jerk doesn't change that.
But my sympathies lie with the passengers. They landed on a flight with a grown man who threw a temper tantrum, ran home to hide and (of course) now wants his job back.
They won't get a book deal out of it. They surely won't be approached to sponsor any nonalcoholic "relaxation beverages," as Slater's lawyer says his client has.
They simply wanted to get from Pittsburgh to New York without incident. They got stuck instead on Steven Slater's reality show, featuring a man who stages a meltdown and hopes his adoring public will let the whole thing slide.
Couldn't agree more, Susan. “You can’t fix stupid.” – Ron White
You've perhaps heard that entertainerWyclef Jean intends to run for president of Haiti, notwithstanding that he has not continuously lived five years in Haiti prior to the election, as required by Haitian law. Jean left Haiti when he was nine (he is now 37) and lives in New Jersey.
Amy Stillmanhas an opinion of 'President Jean' just about the same as mine (the picture is from her blog). However, given Haiti's history of poor leadership, could he be any worse than some of its previous rulers?
He's got some good training for the job. His 'charity' the Yéle Haiti Foundation, has been accused of financial improprieties and filed theree years' worth (2005-2007) of USA tax returns in August 2009. The charity has apparently made questionable payments to Jean, his crony Jerry Duplessis, or their companies. Here is an NPR story about the charity's collection and disbursement of funds for earthquake relief.
"In this book, the author's only explanation for her pathetic simpering twattery is that she is "as affectionate as a cross between a Golden Retriever and a barnacle". This is supposed to tell us why her sex life resembles pollen in a strong breeze." -- Fiona, atgoodreads
Hart asks some good questions: Do we really need to keep growing? Is 'sustainable growth' - the mantra of many today - an oxymoron? Can we really have a good life with a steady-state economy? Does consumption make us happy?
Hart believes continued growth is a drug:
But growth is also an addiction. And, like most addictions, it threatens to destroy us. Not only does it clog our freeways, but it also paves farmland, wipes out open spaces, saddles taxpayers with ruinous development costs and crushes the quality of life that attracted us to our communities in the first place. Growth sucks irreplaceable resources out of the earth. It dumps poisonous pollution into our environment. It crowds out the planet's other species and utterly fails to deliver the human happiness it promises.
Some worried academics and environmentalists think steady state is not enough. Three hundred of them met this spring for the first North American "de-growth" conference in Vancouver, B.C. The tenor of the conference, as one observer summarized it, was that "if everyone consumed even as much as Europeans, much less North Americans, it would take three to eight planet Earths to do it. Billions want more, and we still want more. A collision of unimaginable proportions is coming."
Despite the alarms, even the de-growth people seem to realize that practical solutions for heading off that collision don't include economic collapse, joblessness and the kind of chaos that would keep us from solving the very problems that got us into this fix. Millions of Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and no politician will get far arguing that we ought to keep it that way.
But maybe it's possible to get growth under control while keeping families fed and communities intact. The goal of steady-state economics is, after all, reasonable incomes for all human beings in a more humane society that preserves the planet and promotes human happiness. That's a tall order. But we've satisfied tall orders before.
We can start on this one by questioning our near-universal assumption that growth is always good. And the next time a candidate promises unending growth, it wouldn't hurt if somebody in the audience asked, "What for?"
After all, as Edward Abbey long ago pointed out, "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."
"The increase of wealth is not boundless. The end of growth leads to a stationary state." -- John Stuart Mill, from the column "In war, there is no substitute for victory; in peace, there is no substitute for growth." --Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), from the column
Over forty years ago, while an undergraduate, I became enamored with the premise that educators had one solemn task: to teach students to be 'crap detectors' (aka 'critical thinkers').Over the years I had forgotten who said that (John Holt?) or where I read it (certainly not Reader's Digest).
Back in the late 1960s, Neil Postman wrote extensively about how educational quality and a healthy democracy were dependent on each citizen having a highly sensitive “shockproof crap detector in their survival kit.” The classic book he co-authored with Charles Weingartner, Teaching as a Subversive Activity, (Delacorte Press, 1969) discusses crap detection as fundamental to learning. This work is as timely today as it was forty years ago.
Circle of Blue Circle of Blue uses journalism, scientific research, and conversations from around the world to bring the story of the global freshwater crisis to life. Here you’ll find new water reports, news headlines, and hear from leading scientists.
Drink Water For Life The idea is simple. Drink water or other cheap beverages instead of expensive lattes, sodas, and bottled water for a set period of time. A day, a week, a month, Lent, Ramadan, Passover, or some other holiday period.
eFlowNet Newsletter From the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) this newsletter has lots of information about environmental flows and related issues.
Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Since 2002, the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) has brought together federal, state, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors to advance our understanding of the nation’s water resources and to develop tools for their sustainable management.