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Are we reaching "Peak Water"?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Oct. 18, 2011 — According to Dr. Peter Gleick and his colleagues in the newest volume of the most important assessment of global water challenges and solutions, more and more regions of the world, including the United States, may be reaching the point of "peak water." To conserve this critical resource without harming the economy or public health, businesses, communities, governments, and individuals are looking for new techniques to move to sustainable water management.

The World's Water, Vol. 7 offers discussion and analysis for developing those reforms. For more than a decade, this biennial report has provided key data and expert insights into freshwater issues. In the seventh volume in the series, Gleick and his colleagues at the Pacific Institute address such issues as increased conflicts over water resources, "fracking" natural gas contamination, corporate risks and responsibilities around water, and the growing risks of climate change. They specifically explore:

iPad Pilot Safety Alert

by Rickey L. Hampton - flyingmag.com - October 20, 2011

The release by Apple of a new operating system for the iPad, iOS 5, has raised concerns among aviation app providers that pilots’ iPads might lose charts or even entire applications without the user’s knowledge.

The issue has to do with Apple’s decision to let the new operating system delete files at its discretion if it were to run low on space. In a worst-case scenario, a pilot might add a video or download a new app only to have the new operating system delete charts from the application database. When the pilot tried to pull up the chart to fly an approach, it would simply not be there.

This is only a concern for pilots if their iPad is running low on storage space. As you probably know, different models of iPad have different amounts of drive space on them, which is used for storing files used for applications and data, which can include music, videos and photographs. According to an iPad expert from Apple, who spoke with us on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak on the subject, there is no way at this time for users to safeguard certain apps. The issue affects all apps, not just aviation ones.

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Gallup Poll: 37% Support Occupy Wall Street Movement

A recent poll is showing that very large numbers of Americans support the Occupy Wall Street movement and that this support may be growing.  This story also shows the general difference between OWS protesters and Tea Party protesters.  OWS protesters are tending to blame the private sector.  The Tea Party protesters are tending to look at government as being at the heart of the problem.  As the OWS movement grows many Tea Party protesters are realizing that they too are part of the 99% embraced by the Occupy Everywhere movement. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/23/occupy-wall-street-poll_n_1027109.html

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NPR: "Occupy D.C. Learns To Like The Tea Party"

 

It has been interesting to see NPR firing staff that go to the Occupy Everywhere demonstrations.  This article depicts Occupy Everywhere as gaining potential benefits from aligning and learning from the Tea Party.  

 

http://www.npr.org/2011/10/22/141613683/occupy-d-c-learns-to-like-the-tea-party

 

This is most likely not a view embraced by the Occupy Everywhere movement.  That said, the Occupy Everywhere Movement does believe that the people in the Tea Party grassroots that are not "astroturf for the Koch brothers" are a part of the 99%.

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ABC News: "I'm a One Percenter Who's Pre-Occupied with Wall Street"

The Occupy Everywhere movement is growing in its distaste for corporate media.  This ABC news site provides the corporate perspective on Occupy Wall Street.  It features investment portfolio company advertisements and President Obama's speech on his jobs bill.

Would it be fair to say that this site is depicting the problem or viable solutions that the 99% can embrace?  What about 50%, or 30%?

For more information of this story:

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/views-percent-occupy-wall-street-bank-america-fee/story?id=14787924

 

If 70% of Americans in the Occupy Everywhere movement are independent, will the President be able to rally them to support political solutions to unemployment and other key issues against a recalcitrant Congress?

Who are depicted as victims, villains, and heroes in this site and why?

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Here Are Occupy Wall Street's Plans For A National Convention That Could Change The Face Of America

       

(Photo - Daniel Goodman / Business Insider)

Business Insider / Linette Lopez / October 14, 2011

It's in the works. A massive Occupy Wall Street gathering with delegates from all over the country. And if these plans are carried out, Occupy Wall Street will be a major force to be reckoned with on Election Day 2012.

The date? July 4, 2012.

Put aside questions of whether or not the movement will survive that long. Imagine that they do, because they have no doubt.

If only our economy had that kind of confidence.

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The Power of the Strategic 21st Century Librarian - Methods for Engaging the Full Power of Knowledge Science for Resilience

Resiliency Networks - October 20,
In the context of increasing real-time information abundance, librarians face new opportunities to contribute to a more resilient public health by applying long-held skills and values to social media content and intelligent social networks.

Join your colleagues on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 5:00 to 6:30 (Eastern) for a very informative presentation and a lively discussion that is being cosponsored by DUSLA where Dr. Michael D. McDonald will engage in a discourse as to how the strategically oriented librarian can invest a new dimension of power and responsibility in their professional role by contributing to the management of this new information sharing environment in the prevention and management of large-scale social crises (e.g., disease outbreaks, terrorism, natural disasters, economic and social discontinuities) at the global, national, regional, and local levels.
Attend virtually via webcast or access recording:
Registration - Simulcast Webinar  http://www.icebrrg.com/Public/ViewForm.aspx?formID=76478

Simulcast Webinar Link  http://bit.ly/DUSLAtalk

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Cheap Power: An Overnight Revolution (Also Documentary Introduction Video - 39:28)

by Mark Gibbs - networkworld.com - October 14, 2011

Every now and then along comes a technology that is revolutionary and changes everything. But a very few of these new technologies cause fast change. Mostly they seep out of the lab, into the arms of early adopters, and then ooze out into the world in general.

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Climate Change 'Grave Threat' to Security and Health

submitted by Nguyen Huu Ninh, friend of The Global Resilience System, lead author of 2007 IPCC report

by Richard Black - BBC News - October 17, 2011

                  

Food security was interwoven with the climate issue, speakers told the conference

Climate change poses "an immediate, growing and grave threat" to health and security around the world, according to an expert conference in London.

Officers in the UK military warned that the price of goods such as fuel is likely to rise as conflict provoked by climate change increases.

A statement from the meeting adds that humanitarian disasters will put more and more strain on military resources.

It asks governments to adopt ambitious targets for curbing greenhouse gases.

The annual UN climate conference opens in about six weeks' time, and the doctors, academics and military experts represented at the meeting (held in the British Medical Association's (BMA) headquarters) argue that developed and developing countries alike need to raise their game.

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