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
The following exchange made my day at 8 AM today. A recorded message on my home landline with a female robo-voice told me to call the IRS immediately to avoid punitive actions. The return number had a DC area code (which doesn't mean the call came from DC).
I knew it was a scam but decided to return the call because I was curious. What follows is a close approximation to the conversation. The epithets are the exact ones the 'IRS agent' (who had a thick Indian accent) used.
ME: I'm calling about a recent message you left to call this number.
IRS: What is your phone number?
IRS (interrupting me, shouting): WHAT IS YOUR PHONE NUMBER???
ME (raised voice): I AM TRYING TO GIVE IT TO YOU...541-75.....
IRS: DON'T YELL AT ME, YOU MOTHERF***ER!!!
ME: I was trying to give you my number and you interrupted me.
ME (chuckling): You're a liar - you're not the IRS!
IRS: YOU ARE A MOTHERF***ER!!!
ME (laughing): How's the weather in Bangalore?
I'm wondering waht the deal was. Was this a 'legitimate scam' (oxymoron) that went awry because the guy lost his temper or someone who gets off yelling epithets at a stranger.
There's likely one more unemployed phone boiler-room worker walking the streets in Bangalore (or some other place) today.
James Brown makes a remarkabkle statement on domestic violence on 11 September 2014. Who would have imagined this before an NFL game, much less one involving the Pittsburgh Steelers (Ben Roethlisberger) and the Baltimore Ravens (Ray Rice)?
You go, James!
Guys, it's in our court.
"Our silence is deafening and deadly." - James Brown
Today, in the village of Monte Vista in Honduras, villagers dedicated a library in honor of Mary Frances. It is part of the kindergarten school building, and, like the school, serves six communities in the rugged region in the Municipio of Omoa. The library serves all but will focus on the children.
The library was the villagers' idea. They know the importance of reading and knowledge and wanted their children to have a better education in a country where only a sixth-grade education is required and provided by the 'benevolent souls' in Tegucigalpa. Why give your citizens a high-school education when one half as much will do fine, thank you very much.
Amigo Rolando López will donate a computer or two. Wireless Internet? Perhaps that will come to pass.
The villagers donated 370 person-days and 95 mule-days (hauling stuff) in time to construct the library. The Ann Campana Judge Foundation used several hundred dollars left over from village water projects in the area to help purchase building materials. Mary Frances and I also made up the shortfall.
A huge celebration and program was organized by librarian-teacher Maria del Carmen Ramirez (shown below with Rolando). Students sang, performed, and put on skits. Five hundred tamales were consumed!
Maria with performers. Patronato Melvin Chávez observes from the doorway.
The library is the right door. Below is the plaque for Mary Frances in the library. The translation:
Mary Frances Campana worked in libraries in the U.S. for 35 years. She held management and information research positions in government, public, university and corporate libraries. She taught library science skills in rural California libraries and set up a library for a Panamanian environmental organization. Mary Frances also holds a Masters degree in Spanish, with a specialization in Latin American literature. Her favorite pastimes are supporting her husband Michael's work in water resources, reading and riding horses.
When one man saw her picture, he said to me, 'Su hija es muy bonita' ('Your daughter is very beautiful'). I just smiled and said 'Si'.
Great people, great library, great spouse!
"Reading maketh a full person; conference a ready person; and writing an exact person." - apologies to Francis Bacon (who used the male gender)
Curious about the strong supportMrs. Kanye West in the Southwest and Hawaii, with my former home state (for 17 years!) clocking in at number 1. Is it because Kim looks like a Latina? But she's also strong in my native state of New York and southern New England. Perhaps they think she's Italian-American?
At least my current home state checks in at number 48.
Whatever she is (Armenian-American, mainly), she's wealthy and famous. Must laugh all the way to the bank.
Is it possible to work 60 hour weeks and still be unable to cover basic expenses? Making minimum wage as a parent of one, you will need to work closer to 70 hours in all fifty states (plus the District of Columbia) just to make ends meet. If I told you that $25.00 an hour full time in D.C. isn't enough for some demographics to make it, would you believe me? You should. Welcome to the age of the eroded middle class, and the decimated working class. Whether you're planning a move, or another child, seeing if a new wage is good, or just curious, check out the cost of living in America today, and see if you're making a living wage.
Using the Calculator
1. Adjust the slider at the bottom to match your wage.
2. On the left, select how many adults and children are in your household.
3. Select a state to see where you fall between a poverty wage and a living wage. - States that are brighter mean that you would earn closer to a living wage in that state. - States that are darker mean that you would earn closer to a poverty wage in that state. - The light blue triangle above the wage slider shows the minimum wage for that state. - The dark blue triangle below the wage slider shows the federal minimum wage. - The box above your wage listing shows how many hours a week you would have to work just to earn a living wage.
4. To see the nation divided into counties, click on “County View”. To see the nation divided into states, click on “State View”.
5. To zoom in on a particular state, first select the state then click on the plus sign that appears in the corner. - While zoomed in, you can click on individual counties to see their poverty/living wages. - To return to the national view, click anywhere outside of the state.
“A girl knows her limits, but a wise girl knows she has none.” - Norma Jeane Mortenson (1926-1962)
Some of you may consider this to be disparaging towards Italians but my paternal grandparents came from southern Italy (Naples) so it's okay for me to post this video. Besides, how else does an Italian make a point during speech?
Looks like two-year-old Leah is getting the hang of it with her great-grandmother's mentoring.
But the best argument against this measure came from someone I know who teaches in Idaho. He put it on his Facebook page a few days ago. I won't identify him to protect his privacy.
I enjoy guns as much as the next person... in Idaho, that is. But guns do not belong in the college classrooms in which I teach. My classrooms are safe spaces for open-minds and a diversity of thoughts, experiences, and worldviews. Key words here: safe spaces. A student or even a faculty member who carries a gun into a classroom destroys this safe space by creating a unnecessary power dynamic and promoting a culture of fighting violence with violence. Please consider helping to keep guns out of my classrooms.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - 21st century version ......Can't wait.
"I want to applaud the Legislature’s courage. On a final note: I hope its members will consider my amendment for bulletproof office windows and faculty body armor in Boise State blue and orange." - Greg Hampikian
You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You're the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft. You kill people while driving drunk? That guy's welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they're welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away? You lie to police, trying to cover up a murder? We're comfortable with that.
"You love another man? Well, now you've gone too far!" - Dale Hansen
It’s worth noting that the life expectancy for certain groups within the U.S. can be much higher—or lower—than the norm. The life expectancy for African Americans is, on average, 3.8 years shorter than that of whites. Detroit has a life expectancy of just 77.6 years, but that city’s Asian Americans can expect to live 89.3 years.
But overall, the map reflects what we’d expect: People in southern states, which generally have lower incomes and higher obesity rates, tend to die sooner, and healthier, richer states tend to foster longevity.
"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon." - Doug Larson
I've seen vehicles and drivers perform some amazing feats in developing regions - Middle East, Central America, etc. - but nothing like this. From Anthony Turton's FB page.
This South African vehicle and driver take the cake (which is probably buried somewhere in that pile). And it's not even a full-sized truck! Imagine what the driver could have done with a Ford F-250!
My friends in developing areas are usually puzzled when I insist upon riding in the back of the pickup, assuming I can stand and look out over the cab. I have to explain that I cannot do it in the USA where it is illegal in most states. Then they understand all too well.
'Oversized Load' does not do this justice!
"Q: How many people can you fit in the bed of a Honduran pickup truck? A: One more." - Honduran joke
"Jesus did not spend a great deal of time discoursing about the trinity or original sin or the incarnation, which have preoccupied later Christians. He went around doing good and being compassionate." -Karen Armstrong
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
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
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.