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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina.

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Disconnect: A New Movie Sounds the Alarm About Our Hyper-Connected Lives

In the 1840s, Benjamin Disraeli, still a long way from being prime minister of England, wanted to wake people up to the plight of the British working class -- and move them to act. The alarm he sounded wasn't delivered in a speech, a pamphlet, or an article -- but in a novel, Sybil, published in 1845. It had the desired effect -- raising awareness, provoking outrage, and leading to the passage of several fundamental social reforms.

Disraeli knew that one of the most effective ways to touch people is through narrative -- putting flesh and blood on raw facts and data. Ever since I read Sybil when I was at Cambridge, I've loved thinkers and writers and gadflies who use storytelling to reach people and get us to act. Of course, since Disraeli's time, other powerful ways of telling those stories have emerged -- including movies.

And so it was that I found myself moderating a panel discussion last week with the director and two cast members (Frank Grillo and Marc Jacobs -- yes, that Marc Jacobs!) of a movie that uses storytelling to wake us up to one of the biggest problems of our modern age: the effect that being "connected" to technology 24/7 is having on our ability to connect with our lives, ourselves and the people we love.


More @ link:

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130326232122-143695135-disconnect-a-new-movie-sounds-the-alarm-about-our-hyper-connected-lives

Love, Peace and Shelter.

lmsp
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Mar 31, 2013, 08:53 PM (0 replies)

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Ten Things Science Says Will Make You Happy...



http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/sustainable-happiness/10-things-science-says-will-make-you#1

Love, Peace and Shelter.

lmsp
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:29 PM (9 replies)

The Power of Words



Happy Easter.

Love, Peace and Shelter.

lmsp

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. (Carlos Castaneda)
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Mar 29, 2013, 06:37 AM (5 replies)

Why D.C. Is the Richest Region in the Country

All that marble in D.C. shouldn't make you feel patriotic.
John Stossel | March 27, 2013


When the housing bubble burst, home prices dropped in most of America, but not in Washington. Our capital feeds off federal spending, and politicians won't allow that bubble to burst.

One result is that, today, for the first time, most of America's richest counties are in the Washington area. About 43 percent of "the 1 percent"—the top earners leftists say they hate—now live in 14 counties that surround the District of Columbia.

Nick Sorrentino, creator of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org, notes that average total compensation for a federal employee is now about $120,000, and the gap between government pay and private pay has been growing.


Government buildings are grand, too, even new ones like the Reagan office building. "It's very much like Versailles before the French Revolution," says historian John Steele Gordon. Washingtonians have become like the French nobility, who spent their lives in the palace at Versailles "and didn't know much about what went on outside that world."

"But the real royalty is not in Washington, D.C.," Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., tells me. "It's on Wall Street."


http://reason.com/archives/2013/03/27/imperial-washington


Tuileries Palace, Paris, c. 1564-1570s: the royal Parisian palace that housed Louis XVI and family after their exile from Versailles; destroyed in 1871.



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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 27, 2013, 10:53 PM (9 replies)

29-Ways-to-Stay-Creative

http://www.behance.net/gallery/29-Ways-to-Stay-Creative-Infographic/4504625



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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Mar 11, 2013, 12:45 PM (9 replies)

Nightly Business Report - Wednesday March 6, 2013

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 07:20 PM (3 replies)

CRE microbes... ST acute care (4%) and LT Care, Nursing Homes, Rehab. Ctrs... 18%... 50% fatal in

42 states in the last ten years...

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Atlanta, GA 30333
800-CDC-INFO
(800-232-4636)
TTY: (888) 232-6348
Contact CDC-INFO






http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/05/17195353-more-bad-news-about-nightmare-bacteria-cdc-says?lite

http://www.examiner.com/article/cre-an-antibiotic-resistant-menace

http://ohsonline.com/articles/2013/03/06/cdc-warns-cre-infections-more-common.aspx

Drug-resistant germs called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, have become more resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, a new report in CDC's Vital Signs indicates. The bacteria are causing more hospitalized patients to get infections that can be impossible to treat.

CRE germs kill one of every two patients who get bloodstream infections from them, and they readily transfer their antibiotic resistance to other bacteria. "For example, carbapenem-resistant klebsiella can spread its drug-destroying weapons to a normal E. coli bacteria, which makes the E.coli resistant to antibiotics also. That could create a nightmare scenario since E. coli is the most common cause of urinary tract infections in healthy people, according to the agency.





Making Health Care Safer
Stop Infections from Lethal CRE Germs Now
CRE infections are spreading, and urgent action is needed to stop them.


Although CRE germs are not very common, they have increased from 1% to 4% in the past decade. One type of CRE has increased from 2% to 10%.
CRE are more common in some US regions, such as the Northeast, but 42 states report having had at least one patient test positive for one type of CRE.
About 18% of long-term acute care hospitals and about 4% of short-stay hospitals in the US had at least one CRE infection during the first half of 2012.
CRE's ability to spread themselves and their resistance raises the concern that potentially untreatable infections could appear in otherwise healthy people.
CRE infections can be prevented.

Medical facilities in several states have reduced CRE infection rates by following CDC's prevention guidelines (see box).
Israel decreased CRE infection rates in all 27 of its hospitals by more than 70% in one year with a coordinated prevention program.
The US is at a critical time in which CRE infections could be controlled if addressed in a rapid, coordinated, and consistent effort by doctors, nurses, lab staff, medical facility leadership, health departments/states, policy makers, and the federal government.




http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cre/cre-toolkit/index.html

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 07:04 PM (2 replies)

Happy Women's History Month.



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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 04:38 PM (8 replies)

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 08:02 AM (17 replies)

Shale AND Water

http://www.geology.enr.state.nc.us/Mineral%20resources/Mineral_Resources.html

Petroleum and natural gas - Approximately 125 exploratory oil and gas wells have been drilled in North Carolina since the first one was drilled in 1925. Most have been in the outer Coastal Plain. Traces of oil and gas have been detected in a few of these wells but no producing wells have been developed.

Several areas in North Carolina are considered to have potential to produce oil and gas. The main area is the outer Coastal Plain. It contains a relatively thick pile of sedimentary rocks including some excellent trap or reservoir rocks, but source rocks may not be present.

Seismic surveys in the Blue Ridge suggest that sedimentary rocks are deep beneath the crystalline rocks. These sediments may be similar to oil- and gas-bearing sediments in the Valley and Ridge Province. Detailed studies have not been conducted to verify the seismic surveys.

The Triassic basins have received attention from oil and gas exploration companies during recent years. Excellent source rocks are present, but the sandstones are not permeable. Fine-grained material fills pore spaces between the sand grains, preventing the migration of hydrocarbons. The Cumnock and Gulf coal beds* have been studies for possible in-situ methane gas generation.
Mobil Oil Corporation proposed to drill for natural gas of the Atlantic shelf off the North Carolina coast.





http://nc.water.usgs.gov/projects/shalegas/


http://nc.water.usgs.gov/projects/shalegas/overview.html

http://nc.water.usgs.gov/projects/shalegas/news.html





Introduction

Simpson well. Photo by Jeff Reid, North Carolina Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) North Carolina Water Science Center is conducting an inventory of well records and baseline groundwater-quality sampling to better delineate areas of groundwater use and groundwater-quality characteristics prior to potential shale gas exploration in the Triassic Basins of Lee and Chatham Counties, North Carolina (fig. 1). Shale Gas exploration has become economically viable in many areas of the United States (http://www.eia.doe.gov/oil_gas/rpd/shaleusa2.pdf) as a result of improved directional drilling capabilities and hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") techniques. The compilation of baseline groundwater-quality data in North Carolina is an opportunity for comparison to data collected after drilling activities commence should the State allow Shale Gas exploration to occur.

In June 2011, the North Carolina Legislature passed House Bill 242 directing the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) to study issues related to potential Shale Gas Exploration in the Triassic Basins of the State (http://www.ncleg.net/sessions/2011/bills/house/pdf/h242v2.pdf).

Project Summary
Problem



Drilling processes and waste disposal practices related to shale gas exploration in the United States and other parts of the world has sometimes led to contamination of groundwater resources. Interest in the Triassic Basin shale deposits in North Carolina has grown in recent years as more than 9,000 acres have been leased within the Sanford sub-basin (fig. 1) study area in parts of Lee and Chatham counties. Baseline/reconnaissance groundwater-quality samples will be collected from private, community, and non-community transient wells in the Sanford sub-basin study area ahead of shale gas exploration in the State. These data may be used for comparison to post-drilling/hydraulic fracturing groundwater-quality data from this area should any effects from the drilling process become a concern at a later time.

Publications
Related References

http://nc.water.usgs.gov/projects/shalegas/pubs.html




http://water.usgs.gov/
http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/?id=ww_past

WaterWatch (http://waterwatch.usgs.gov) is a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) World Wide Web site that displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States. The real-time information generally is updated on an hourly basis. WaterWatch provides streamgage-based maps that show the location of more than 3,000 long-term (30 years or more) USGS streamgages; use colors to represent streamflow conditions compared to historical streamflow; feature a point-and-click interface allowing users to retrieve graphs of stream stage (water elevation) and flow; and highlight locations where extreme hydrologic events, such as floods and droughts, are occurring.

Streamflow Map



*http://www.pdhsc.com/egypt_coal_mine.htm
http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pfwilson/historical_timeline.html
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-newcentury/6008
http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/ref/nchistory/may2005/index.html
http://www3.gendisasters.com/north-carolina/19732/cumnock-nc-coal-mine-explosion-may-1900
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 05:06 AM (4 replies)
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