Blue Gold: World Water Wars

Water is life. No water, no life. We don’t hear anything about it on the news but our water is being stolen, our access is drying up. Heck, here in California they are talking about relocating a large portion of the population.  I’d like to know how they plan on doing that.

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There is so much information in this video, it really covers the entire subject. It’s not a definitive work but if you have an interest in our water I would encourage you to watch the movie, and/or buy the book.  Then decide if there is something you could be doing.  This is an issue that may involve all of us someday if we aren’t careful.

This is what Amazon has to say,

Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, two of the most active opponents to the privatization of water show how, contrary to received wisdom, water mainly flows uphill to the wealthy. Our most basic resource may one day be limited: our consumption doubles every twenty years—twice the rate of population increase.

At the same time, increasingly transnational corporations are plotting to control the world’s dwindling water supply. In England and France, where water has already been privatized, rates have soared, and water shortages have been severe. The major bottled-water producers—Perrier, Evian, Naya, and now Coca-Cola and PepsiCo—are part of one of the fastest-growing and least-regulated industries, buying up freshwater rights and drying up crucial supplies.

A truly shocking exposé that is a call to arms to people around the world, Blue Gold shows in frightening detail why, as the vice president of the World Bank has pronounced, “The wars of the next century will be about water.”

You can watch the movie on YouTube here: World Water Wars


Fireproof Review

FireproofFireproof is a film for today’s struggling husbands and wives. With the fall of the housing market, the rising unemployment rate and inflation, let’s face it, men and women have a great deal on their plates. Add in a couple of kids to support, the family dog, running a household and all that entails and you have a recipe for disaster.

Fireproof is about a couple on the precipice of divorce not because they’ve “grown apart” as so many couples claim when the going gets a little rough but because they both lost focus. They lost their connection to each other; their support system.

In Fireproof you will finally seek Kirk Cameron skillfully play the part of a full-fledged, inconsiderate, tightwad jerk, whose obsession with pornography and purchasing his dreamboat — literally — that he treats his wife with little regard.

In a clingy co-dependent way his wife reaches out to a colleague for companionship and the attention she craves after losing her husband’s affections.

But there is more going on under the surface than meets the eye.

I truly enjoyed Fireproof because it shares their all too-typical family problems with you, and enables you to watch as they work through them.

The movie has been criticized as being more than a little one-sided, and I tend to agree, but the message comes through loud and clear. It’s a message we could all heed as we struggle to work through the relationships in our lives. I watched the movie twice, and then ordered the book from the movie [The Love Dare]. I’m looking forward to reading and working through it. Who knows — maybe something will stick.

For additional information visit: Fire Proof My Marriage

Exploring Arctic Melt

Extreme Ice: Nova was filmed over a period of two-years; the opening scenes provide just a glimpse of the footage to come. This video examines the changes we are seeing in our Polar Regions and the effects of glacial melt.

I’ve been very curious about global warming and trying over the past several years to reconcile scientific studies, which point to global warming and just as many that don’t.

The footage shown in Extreme Ice: Nova, is simply incredible, well worth the time it took me to watch the film half a dozen times. Someone with HD TV would really find this video incredible.

Aside from the incredible cinematography, much of the film is a mixture of fact, fiction and wishful thinking. Yes, the polar regions are melting but this is nothing new. As a native of Michigan, in school we were taught that the entire state of Michigan and much of the surrounding areas were once total engulfed in glaciers. It’s a fact that our glaciers have been melting for thousands of years. No big surprise.

What really astounded me about this video was that at one point in the program they touched on the National Ice Core Lab, in Lakewood, Colorado, showing the 8,000 square foot storage facility of core samples that have been gathered from 34 sites around the world.

I was shocked at how many ice cores that have been drilled, acres and acres of samples are being stored in the ice core lab.

Photographer James Balog was faced with some exciting challenges during the filming, at one point the ice was so porous, they explained that the holes in the ice, were allowing more water to seep into the ice, creating pockets that were accelerating the pace in which the ice was melting.

Then they proceeded to drill into the ice, in order to fix their ropes to descend several thousand feet into an ice cavern. The footage was incredible, something most of us would never in our lifetime have an opportunity to see, let alone experience.

What bothers me about this is that scientist know that drilling holes in the ice, increases the speed of the ice melt, which they attribute to global warming trends but after viewing the huge storage center, I am curious to know just how much our scientific community has contributed to the problem of glacier calving and glacial melt.

Judging from just the sheer volume of samples that have been taking, I would have to guess that scientists are at least partially to blame for the situation we find ourselves in.

So, watch the video, see it for yourself. Ask your students to try to identify fact from fiction. Talk about the issues and explore the cause and effect.