AUG 03 2016

Virtual Attractive Nuisance

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A month since its release on July 6, 2016, Pokémon Go, the first widely known, phone-based, augmented reality game, has over 100 million downloads worldwide. During this short period, it has been both praised and blamed for its impacts on the larger world. Some players with depression and social anxiety claim the game has helped them…

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MAR 10 2016

Lead and Drinking Water: Beyond Flint

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The problem of lead content in U.S. drinking water extends beyond Flint. For examples: LAUSD and Los Angeles, CA see http://achieve.lausd.net/Page/3450 and http://achieve.lausd.net/cms/lib08/CA01000043/Centricity/domain/135/pdf%20files/LeadAdvisory.pdf (This testing would tend to imply that all LADWP customers should have the same concerns.) Washington, DC see http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5312a6.htm Newark, NJ see http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/water-ban-30-jersey-schools-lead-fears-37520400 Sebring, OH see http://www.planetizen.com/node/83433/excessive-lead-drinking-water-spread-ohio Stockton, CA (maybe) see http://legacy.abc10.com/story/news/local/stockton/2016/01/21/erin-brockovich-weighs-recent-stockton-water-controversy/79146864/…

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FEB 14 2016

The Unchained Goddess

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APR 21 2015

Drought Solution: Import from Columbia River via a Submarine Pipeline

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The press has reported a recent proposal voiced by William Shatner to import water from Washington state via an overland pipeline.  The following is a link to a similar proposal dating from the 1970’s: Columbia River Water Import Proposal   Related articles William Shatner proposes water pipeline to solve California drought

APR 21 2015

Cadillac Desert, The Film

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MAR 15 2015

Fracking is a Global and Local Issue

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A recent story in City Journal suggests that Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell accurately observes that local environmental activists in California are opposing hydraulic fracturing based more on emotion than reason. More needs to be known about the full lifespan of water related to hydraulic fracturing and its impact upon groundwater before decisions to allow…

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FEB 18 2014

A New Road Rage

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A New Road Rage by Naveena Sadasivam ProPublica, Feb. 18, 2014, 12:25 p.m. It was just before 3 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon and traffic was moving smoothly on the Pomona Freeway, about 20 miles outside downtown Los Angeles. Suddenly, a truck carrying compressed hydrogen caught fire, and by the time the local fire department…

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JAN 23 2014

NASA – Six Decades of Global Warming in 15 Seconds

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JAN 19 2014

GDELT Suspended

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Today, GDELT was down. A post dated 1/20/2014 obliquely explains. Update:  This morning (January 20, 2014), I received the following email reply in response to  my query about GDELT’s status: “Thank you for your query. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is not associated with G-DELT or any decisions about its status, however two faculty members…

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DEC 14 2012

U.S. Tornado Activity Data

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Tornado Activity in the U.S. 1950-2007 from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project by Josh Lietz   Related articles Tornado Myths Debunked

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