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Cyberthreats? They’re an undercurrent throughout the newspapers and other print media, broadcast news, and the internet itself. The most ominous part of the discussions we find there? The subtext…an almost universal sense that even experts don’t know where things are … Continue reading

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Disaster management: cyber-threats

Cyber-threats? Nasty. Different. And a focus at this year’s World Conference on Disaster Management. Let’s start with some background  – a little more than usual. Struggling to cope with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, drought, and storms? Looking for advice? Wondering … Continue reading

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“Human flight” on the 21st-century Real World? 2. Think like the Wright brothers, not like Samuel Langley.

Wilbur and Orville Wright lived at a time in history when inventors of every stripe were feverishly building flying machines. Americans were particularly focused on the efforts of Samuel Langley, then Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. It was widely assumed … Continue reading

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Hurricane Harvey: The REAL world intrudes on the VIRTUAL one… and sharpens minds.

“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he … Continue reading

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E(arth)xit.

Stephen Hawking has been asking a proper question: How much time do we (humans) have here on Earth? His answer is uncertain, and in fact has been a moving target, but can be summed up like this: not much! (and … Continue reading

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$100T, (clumsily) translated into jobs and business opportunity.

A week ago, I ran into a long-time USACE colleague in the supermarket. We started out the way people of our generation do: “I’m thinking of retirement,” he said. “I’m pushing seventy.” “I’m pulling seventy,” I replied. Then we talked … Continue reading

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Living on the Real World: the ultimate realpolitik.

Realpolitik (from German: real “realistic”, “practical”, or “actual”; and Politik “politics”, German pronunciation: [ʁeˈaːlpoliˌtɪk]) is politics or diplomacy based primarily on considerations of given circumstances and factors, rather than explicit ideological notions or moral and ethical premises.   Today’s topic: … Continue reading

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Remembering Katrina (and the human condition).

These past weeks, you’ve likely found yourself struggling to stay afloat in a storm surge of ten-year Hurricane Katrina remembrance. News/social media outlets have been awash with reflections on the 2005 storm itself, which killed 1000-2000 people (yes, the range … Continue reading

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The other health care challenge: resilience in the face of hazards

October 17-18 (this coming Thursday-Friday) the American Meteorological Society will host a workshop at AAAS headquarters in Washington DC, entitled  A Prescription for the 21st Century: Building Resilience to High-Impact Weather for Healthcare Facilities and Services. Live and work in … Continue reading

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Civil (-servant) disobedience, circa 2013

“If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.”― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays I am not recommending this. But imagine for the moment a parallel universe. In this parallel universe … Continue reading

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