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Watch Bill Moyers’ July 9, 2013 Frontline documentary about two ordinary, hard-working families in Milwaukee.

Watch Video HereSince 1992, Bill Moyers has been following the story of these two middle-class families — one black, one white — as they battle to keep from sliding into poverty. He first met the Stanleys and Neumanns when they were featured in his 1990 documentary Minimum Wages: The New Economy. The families were revisited in 1995 for Living on the Edge, and again in 2000 for Surviving the Good Times.

Bill Moyers revisited his reports on the Stanleys and Neumanns and talked about issues raised with authors Barbara Miner and Barbara Garson on the July 5 episode of Moyers & Company, “Surviving the New American Economy.”

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What’s Happened to the Two American Families?

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It’s been two months since FRONTLINE left the Neumanns and the Stanleys in Milwaukee. We caught up with Terry Neumann and Keith Stanley to ask how they and their families are doing, why they chose to participate in the film, and what they hope viewers take away from their story. Below are excerpts from those conversations.

THE NEUMANNS

Why did your family decide to participate in the film?

TERRY: It wasn’t so much to get into my personal life. I did it because I wanted [viewers] to know how devastating it was to families trying to feed their kids and clothe them for school when you don’t have those high-paying jobs.

My kids didn’t want to [participate in Two American Families]. They remembered how they were when they were younger, with the cameras all around them. I said: “You’re older now and you have a say. … You have a chance to say something. Or someone might offer you a job.”

I’m hoping that somebody may see this and see the type of person that I am, and want to hire me. …

When I did the first one there were so many people in the same boat. People’s whole lives were destroyed. I could say I’ve been through this a couple of times up and down, finding bad jobs, good jobs. I said, “I’m not going to give up,” and I [want to] give someone else hope to say, “It’s going to get better.” … I hope it’s going to help people. I really do.

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THE STANLEYS

Why did your family decide to participate in the film?

KEITH: At the beginning, I think it was maybe a little bit of, “This is interesting. Let’s see what happens if we open our lives up and let people know what’s happening.”

My parents believe that if you work hard, you can scrape out some kind of living, and if you have principles and values in your life, at some point you can make it out OK. They wanted to let people know that we’re working hard. Sharing that story was really good for them.

[For this film], they said, “We’re fine sharing our story, letting people know where we’ve landed.” This past decade has been difficult, and they don’t mind sharing the story about how they tried to overcome these obstacles. It’s been a difficult ride, and they still keep pushing forward.

What do you want people to take away from your story?

KEITH: People should know we’re survivors. It’s been difficult, it’s been challenging. But we all go through that, trying to figure out our life. Things are not as easy as they were a generation ago. So the realities of my dad when he got out of high school and my brothers is totally different. Some things have changed as far as America, and what we thought, but we’re not going to give up. … We want to let people to know that we can keep going despite these ups and downs that we go through in life.

 

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Published on Jul 1, 2013

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is involved in 45 cases involving sexual abuse by priests. An attorney for abuse victims in the case claims then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan shuffled funds to protect them from abuse claims. Dean Reynolds reports.

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Then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan tried to protect money from claims, records show

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, seen in this 2009 file photo, listens as the Apostolic letter is read by the Vatican's ambassador to the United States during his installation Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan, seen in this 2009 file photo, listens as the Apostolic letter is read by the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States during his installation Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

Milwaukee Archdiocese releases thousands of pages from priest sex abuse files

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

July 2, 2013

Archdiocese Bankruptcy

The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which faces more than a dozen civil fraud lawsuits over its handling of clergy sex abuse cases, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. As the case proceeds, we’ll have updates, analysis, documents and more.

Four years before the Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed for bankruptcy, then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan sought Vatican approval to move nearly $57 million in cemetery funds off the archdiocese’s books and into a trust to help protect them “from any legal claim or liability,” according to documents made public Monday.

In the decades before Dolan — now cardinal of New York — arrived in 2002, church leaders, including now-retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland, routinely moved pedophile priests from one parish or school to the next, shielding them from criminal charges, the records show.

And when they did try to dismiss sex abusers from the priesthood, Dolan and Weakland were met by a Vatican bureaucracy that moved at a glacial pace, causing the process to slog on sometimes for years.

One case, involving the now-defrocked Father John O’Brien, dragged on for five years, even though O’Brien was convicted of fourth-degree sexual assault of a teenage boy and had sought his own dismissal. At one point a Vatican official wrote to Dolan saying he could not turn the case over to Pope Benedict XVI for a final decision without “an admission of guilt and a sincere expression of remorse.”

How Dolan — now considered one of the world’s most influential Catholic prelates — and his predecessors responded to the sexual abuse crisis in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is laid out in thousands of pages of documents made public Monday as part of the archdiocese’s bankruptcy proceedings.

They offer, at times in disturbing detail, an unprecedented look at how the Catholic Church’s global sex abuse crisis played out in the parishes, schools and other ministries in southeastern Wisconsin. Some of the information has previously been reported, including revelations that Milwaukee bishops, like their colleagues around the country, routinely moved priests without divulging that they were a danger to children.

But the vast majority of the 6,000 pages of documents are being seen for the first time. They include parts of priests’ personnel files; correspondence between the Milwaukee archdiocese and the Vatican; and depositions of Dolan, Weakland and other church officials, and one notorious sex offender, since defrocked.

“The revelations are shameful and shocking,” said Minnesota attorney Jeffrey Anderson, who represents most of the 575 men and women who filed claims in the bankruptcy alleging they were sexually abused by priests, nuns, teachers and others associated with the Milwaukee archdiocese.

Anderson accused local bishops, including Dolan, of worrying more about the church’s reputation than the care of victims, and of perpetuating a culture of secrecy that has been seen in dioceses around the country for decades.

They “deny, minimize, blame,” Anderson said.

Dolan issued a statement saying he welcomed the release of his deposition. He derided allegations that he shifted money into the cemetery trust to shield it in case of a bankruptcy filing and paid abusive priests to quietly go away as “old and discredited attacks.”

According to the documents, Dolan paid $20,000 to abusive priests who agreed not to fight their dismissal from the priesthood. But records show the practice dated to at least 1995, seven years before he arrived in Milwaukee.

Critics have characterized the payments as payoffs or bonuses to sex abusers. But Dolan said in his statement Monday that canon law requires dioceses to provide “basic support like health care and room and board” for priests until they have moved on.

“Responding to victim-survivors, taking action against priest-abusers, and working to implement policies to protect children, were some of the most difficult, challenging, and moving events of the 6½ years that I served as Archbishop of Milwaukee,” Dolan said in the statement.

Officials with the Milwaukee archdiocese did not respond to email and telephone requests for comment. But Archbishop Jerome Listecki issued a letter to Catholics last week, saying he hoped the documents would “aid abuse survivors, families, and others in understanding the past, reviewing the present and allowing the Church in southeastern Wisconsin to continue moving forward.”

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SFGate

Records: Archbishop paid problem priests to leave

Updated 4:16 am, Tuesday, July 2, 2013
  • Attorney Jeff Anderson makes available in St. Paul, Minn., on Monday, July 1, 2013, close to 6,000 pages of documents related to child sex abuse by priests in Wisconsin. The documents were made public for the first time as part of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's bankruptcy proceedings.      MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT Photo: The Star Tribune, Richard Sennott
    Attorney Jeff Anderson makes available in St. Paul, Minn., on Monday, July 1, 2013, close to 6,000 pages of documents related to child sex abuse by priests in Wisconsin. The documents were made public for the first time as part of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s bankruptcy proceedings. MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT Photo: The Star Tribune, Richard Sennott

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The archbishop of Milwaukee wrote a letter in 2003 to the Vatican office overseeing clergy sex abuse cases begging it to remove a priest who had repeatedly abused children, showed no remorse and at least once engaged in sexual activity with a young boy, the child’s mother and her female friend.

The archdiocese provided the priest with counseling and alcohol abuse treatment, limited his job assignments, eventually ordering him to stop dressing as a priest and barring him from seminary buildings. It only received more reports of abuse.

In 2003, nearly 40 years after some of the earliest reported abuse took place, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who was then archbishop of Milwaukee, sought permission to have the priest, Daniel Budzynski, officially defrocked. Despite the egregiousness of the priest’s crimes, the Vatican office in charge of sex abuse cases, then led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, took more than a year to formally dismiss him.

The correspondence was made public Monday along with thousands of pages of other documents detailing sex abuse by dozens of priests in the archdiocese covering southeastern Wisconsin. The documents were released as part of a deal reached in federal bankruptcy court between the archdiocese and victims suing it for fraud. Victims have accused the archdiocese of transferring abusive priests to new churches without warning parishioners and covering up their crimes for decades.

The Budzynski case was among at least a half-dozen Dolan inherited when he took over the archdiocese in 2002 amid the growing clergy abuse scandal. It shows some of the difficulty church leaders had in dealing with serial molesters and a church bureaucracy that in many cases sat on pleas for priests’ removal for years.

While other church leaders, including Dolan’s predecessor, Archbishop Rembert Weakland, have acknowledged they didn’t immediately grasp the extent of the problem, Dolan appears to have quickly determined a crisis was in the making. He moved to push out problem priests, even paying them to leave the priesthood, and later acted to protect church assets by transferring $57 million from a cemetery fund into a trust as the archdiocese moved toward bankruptcy.

Victims have accused Dolan of caring more for the church’s well-being than theirs, but his letters, such as the one to Ratzinger seeking to defrock Budzynski, show an understanding of the damage done to children.

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan Purposely Shuttled 57 Million Dollars Away From Sex Abuse Victims

He Viewed The Victims As A Major Inconvenience

Archbishop Timothy Dolan Purposely Shuttled 57 Million Dollars Away From Sex Abuse Victims And Viewed Them As An Inconvenience

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Breaking news out of Milwaukee today as thousands of pages of documents have been released from the Catholic Archdiocese there. The papers show  that Archbishop Timothy Dolan bribed priests to keep them quiet about the child sex abuse scandal, purposely shuttled nearly 57 million dollars out of the Milwaukee Archdiocese before it declared bankruptcy in an attempt to avoid paying settlements to victims, and was far more concerned with accused priests’ well-being and comfort than with the victims themselves. The papers, published on the Archdiocese website as well as on the website of victims’ lawyers, detail depositions, personnel files and court papers in relation to 42 separate child sexual abuse cases.

In preparation of the publication of the documents, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee wrote a letter to his congregation, attempting to explain how the church has had to undergo an “arc of understanding” to comprehend the fact that molesting children is a criminal act. In one paragraph, he says “The arc of understanding sexual abuse of a minor progressed from being seen as a moral failing and sin that needed personal resolve and spiritual direction; to a psychological deficiency that required therapy and could be cured; to issues of addiction requiring more extensive therapy and restrictions on ministry; to recognition of the long-term effects of abuse and the need to hold the perpetrator accountable for this criminal activity.”

While most would say that sexual abuse of a minor would automatically be considered a criminal act for which the perpetrator should be held accountable, the church seems to have taken nearly 80 years coming to that conclusion. Owning up to the mistakes, Listecki said, took a long time because the church only realized that having sex with children was wrong when they looked back upon their actions. “Acknowledging our past… includes facing up to mistakes that were made, even if some of those mistakes become apparent only in hindsight” he writes.

Whereas the vast majority of the population does not feel that child molestation is difficult to equate with criminality, Archbishop Listecki seems to feel otherwise. In his letter he reflects back on how some of the documents show that parents didn’t want the police to be involved, and that some of them were more concerned for “Father” than for their own children. He goes on to say “I do not offer this as an excuse, but rather, as examples of the complexity of the topic and the context in which decisions were made.”

Contrary to what Archbishop Listecki states, most would say that handling child molestation is not complex. It’s actually very simple.  The majority of first responders would probably pick up the phone and dial 911. But the responders were “ill-equipped” and “didn’t understand” he says. He tells his congregation to “prepare to be shocked” about the documents that were to be published.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Explosion

Underground explosion in downtown Milwaukee

Today Explosion USA State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Damage level
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Explosion in USA on Monday, 11 February, 2013 at 06:00 (06:00 AM) UTC.

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An explosion created a 15-foot hole around a manhole cover that exploded Sunday night near the Pfister Hotel. Officials from We Energies were trying to figure out the cause of the explosion. About 550 customers were still without power late Sunday night. Deputy Fire Chief Aaron Lipski said firefighters were dispatched to a manhole near the intersection of Mason and Milwaukee streets around 5:25 p.m. because smoke was seeping from the cover. Firefighters discovered thick black smoke and flames inside the manhole. As firefighters began moving pedestrians from the scene, another manhole about 175 feet away, near the intersection of Jefferson and Mason streets, blew up. “It obliterated the asphalt,” Lipski said in an interview at the scene at 7:30 p.m. Asphalt chunks littered the street where pavement was heaved up like it had been punched from underneath. There have been no evacuations but diners at a restaurant were moved to the back of the facility. We Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze said steam, electrical and gas lines run underground throughout downtown. “We’re looking at an underground electrical cable that experienced a fault. As to what caused the fault I can’t speculate,” Schulze said.

Underground explosion near Pfister Hotel leads to investigation, hotels adjusting

By Annie Scholz and The WTMJ News Team

CREATED Feb. 10, 2013 – UPDATED: Feb. 11, 2013 | 11:52 AM

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MILWAUKEE – Crews spent Monday investigating an explosion that happened in front of the historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
The underground blast created a 15-foot hole in the ground.
Crews were working underground near the corner of North Milwaukee and East Mason Streets on Monday.
Streets were blocked off in that area.  The nearby Hotel Metro still did not have power as of 5:00 a.m. Monday.
The incident knocked out power to more than 500 We Energies customers, including Hotel Metro.
Some guests there had to be moved.
“A couple down to the A-Loft…we worked with Milwaukee Athletic Club…we’ve worked with the Pfister,” said Kris Willis of Hotel Metro.
Hotel Metro lost most of its food.
“Yes, we’ve lost quite a big that we’re now working our food purveyor, and they’re bringing down a truck,” explained Metro GM Kris Willis.
People spending their Sunday night at the Pfister might have gotten more than they bargained for.

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*RE-UPLOAD THIS VIDEO* “It was a very coordinated thing. It wasn’t haphazard,” temple member Amardeep Kaleka told CNN. He said his father was wounded in the attack at the temple in a suburb south of Milwauke: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/05/us-usa-wisconsin-shooting-idUSBRE87…

Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting witness reports multiple shooters oak creek

Officials gather near the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek in Wisconsin August 5, 2012 following a mass shooting inside and outside the Sikh Temple. REUTERS-Allen Fredrickson
Members of the Sikh Temple wait for news following a mass shooting that left seven persons dead including the shooter in Oak Creek, Wisconsin August 5, 2012. REUTERS-Allen Fredrickson
Police officer take cover outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin August 5, 2012 following a mass shooting inside and outside the Sikh Temple. REUTERS-Allen Fredrickson

By Brendan O’Brien

OAK CREEK, Wisconsin | Sun Aug 5, 2012 7:09pm EDT

(Reuters) – A gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple during Sunday services before police shot him dead, and the attack is being treated as domestic terrorism, police said.

The gunman opened fire when he entered the kitchen at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee at about 10:30 a.m. CDT (11.30 a.m. EDT) as women were preparing a Sunday meal, witnesses said. They described the shooter as a white man.

Turban-wearing Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is overseeing the probe into shootings, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said.

“We’re treating this as a domestic terrorist incident,” he told reporters.

Four people were shot dead inside the sprawling temple. Three, including the gunman, were killed outside.

The gunman ambushed and shot a police officer several times when he responded to a 911 call and was helping a shooting victim, Edwards said.

A second officer shot the gunman dead. Edwards had no identification of the shooter or what kind of weapon or weapons he had.

The wounded officer, a 20-year veteran, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, he said.

The Oak Creek shooting is the latest in a series of gun rampages in the suburban United States.

The shooting came little more than two weeks after a gunman opened fire at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and wounding 58. In January 2011, then-congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords was the target of an assassination attempt in which six people were killed and 13 were wounded.

“The gunman is worse than the one at the theater a couple of weeks ago because he targeted an entire community,” said temple member Jagatjit Sidhu.

He was among dozens of temple members and onlookers who gathered in a parking lot near the temple after police sealed the building off.

LONE GUNMAN

Witnesses at the temple had said there was more than one gunman, but Edwards said reports of multiple gunmen were common in incidents that involved only one shooter.

“We believe there was one but we can’t be sure,” he said. Officers finished sweeping the temple only after hours of searching, and Edwards said the investigation was just starting.

President Barack Obama said he was “deeply saddened” and pledged his administration’s commitment to fully investigate the shooting.

Obama was briefed by counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and FBI director Bob Mueller and told the situation at the temple was “under control.”

“The president said that he wanted to make sure that as we denounce this senseless act of violence we also underscore how much our country has been enriched by our Sikh community,” the White House said in a statement.

The Indian embassy in Washington said it was in touch with the National Security Council about the shooting and an Indian diplomat had been sent to the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital said three men had been brought in wounded and were in critical condition. One had been shot in the abdomen, one in the extremities and face, and a third was hit in the neck.

SIKHS IN U.S.

The Sikh faith is the fifth-largest in the world, with more than 30 million followers. It includes belief in one God and that the goal of life is to lead an exemplary existence.

The temple in Oak Creek was founded in October 1997 and has a congregation of 350 to 400 people. There are an estimated 500,000 or more Sikhs in the United States.

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001 by Islamist militants, Sikhs have sometimes been confused publicly with Muslims because of their turban headdress and beards.

In September 2001, a Sikh gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona, was shot dead by a man who was said to be seeking revenge on Muslims for the hijacked plane attacks on the United States.

Members of the Milwaukee Sikh community complained to police and a state representative last year about an upturn in robberies and vandalism at Sikh-owned gas stations and stores.

New York police said they were increasing security at Sikh temples as a precaution. There are no known threats against temples in the city, they said in a statement.

Sapreet Kaur, executive director of the Sikh Coalition civil rights organization, said Sikhs had been the target of several hate-crime shootings in the United States in recent years.

“The natural impulse of our community is to unfortunately assume the same in this case,” he said in a statement.

(Additional reporting by Jim Wolf, Matt Spetalnick and Paul Eckert in Washington; Writing by Ian Simpson; Editing by Philip Barbara and Anthony Boadle)

Environmental

What the future of water means to business

by David Unger, Medill News Service
Washington (UPI) Apr 5, 2012


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Over the past decade, Ford Motor Co. has set out to reduce the amount of an important natural resource it uses in the production of its vehicles. What precious liquid has the automotive company set its sights on? The humble three-atom compound H2O.

“World Water Day is March 22,” reads a company news release, “but every day is Water Day for Ford Motor Company.”

The rising price of nature’s other most valuable resource — oil — may dominate the headlines but Ford and other companies are quietly examining how water, regarded for decades as virtually free, may one day have a bigger affect on their bottom line.

PepsiCo Inc., a company that relies heavily on water for its products, draws a direct line between water efficiency and business growth.

“A broader range of stakeholders — large investors, financial analysts, insurance companies and others — now recognizes that water scarcity poses business risks for all companies in a host of sectors,” the recent PepsiCo water stewardship report states.

It’s no secret that water is an important factor in the production of goods. Apart from being necessary for human life, water has long been a catalyst for economic growth, serving as a crucial ingredient in agriculture and manufacturing. It is little coincidence that the majority of the world’s population is centered on a river, lake or other body of water.

In the early 20th century, as water filtration and distribution technology evolved rapidly, access to clean, relatively cheap water became commonplace in much of the United States. No longer was economic growth inextricably linked to naturally occurring bodies of water. People, along with the industries that employ them, were free to move to drier, more arid regions in large numbers.

That trend could change in the coming decades, said Steven Maxwell, the author of “The Future of Water” and the managing director of TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group.

“Water is so plagued with all sorts of subsidies that the broad public assumption is that it’s free,” Maxwell says.

As the world population increases so too will demand for what is ultimately a finite resource, he and other experts say.

“As it becomes more expensive, it will drive economic and individual decisions,” Maxwell says.

It’s a vision of the future that resonates with Sharlene Leurig, a senior manager at Ceres, a sustainability leadership advocacy organization.

Leurig advises insurers and insurance regulators on climate risk and says that companies should pay more attention to the liquid that covers roughly 70 percent of the planet’s surface.

“Water is the next big thing,” she said during a panel in Washington on water risk hosted by The Environmental Law Institute and ZAG/S&W LLC. “Water is the next real asset.”

A more serious corporate focus on water While experts say it’s a while before water plays a predominant role in the global marketplace, some companies have started taking the resource more seriously. In the past 10 years, companies like Ford, Coca-Cola Co., IBM and Intel Corp. have made water conservation or stewardship a part of their company profile.

IBM developed technology that cut water usage in its Burlington, Vt., semiconductor factory 29 percent. Coca-Cola employs a director of global water stewardship and has issued an annual “Global Water Stewardship and Replenish Report” for the past five years. A November 2011 report by Morgan Stanley examines the notion of peak water and concludes that “water may turn out to be the biggest commodity story of the 21st century, as declining supply and rising demand combine to create the proverbial “perfect storm.”

Part of the corporate focus on water is an extension of the rise of environmental sustainability as a cultural and corporate zeitgeist. But the interest in water also stems from a growing awareness of water risk management, says Charles Fishman, author of “The Big Thirst.”

“It’s not just good business,” Fishman says. “It gives you an incredible competitive edge.”

Companies attentive to water needs and usage, Fishman says, are in a position to continue operations even during severe water shortages.

There’s a social and political component to water risk as well, he says. If a company is seen as depleting a community’s water assets for non-vital purposes, it becomes a public perception issue. In times of water scarcity, Fishman says, people wonder, “Do we let the car factory have the water or the farm?”

A growing corporate interest in water will translate to cities and other local governments leveraging their water resources to attract new businesses and economic growth, Maxwell said. Companies determine where to locate based on a variety of different factors including tax rates, education levels and infrastructure.

Access to water is only one factor but those who study water say that its relevance to economic vitality will grow in the coming decades.

Milwaukee: How one city markets water resources At least one city is building on its proximity to fresh water to spur economic growth. In 2009, the Milwaukee Water Council, a non-profit, was formed to promote collaboration among the city’s growing water industry. The group also works to attract water industry businesses to Milwaukee, likening the city to a water hub in the way other cities brand themselves as a hub for the arts or technology.

The council’s Web site opens with a dominant image of Lake Michigan waters flowing smoothly past downtown Milwaukee.

“Milwaukee numbers among the world’s most significant hubs for water research and industry,” the message on the Web site reads. “Whether you are in industry, academia or government, you will find a confluence of expertise and resources in the Milwaukee region, needed to succeed in the world water marketplace.”

Alexis Morgan, Global Water Roundtable coordinator for The Alliance for Water Stewardship, says Milwaukee is ahead of the game in terms of branding itself as water rich.

“Milwaukee is actually beginning to think about [water] as a municipal or city-level pitch or competitive advantage to recruiting companies,” Morgan says.

Other water-rich cities may follow suit. Maxwell said he envisions a future where water-rich cities like Milwaukee — Buffalo, N.Y., and Cleveland for example — may use cheap, direct and sustainable access to water as an incentive to attract companies.

Water, after experiencing a period of relative financial irrelevance, may one day return to being an important consideration in job creation efforts and sound investing. At a time when the average price of a gallon of another important factor of production creeps toward $4, the pennies paid for water seem like drops in the bucket.

Water experts, however, say those days are numbered and companies, like individuals, are beginning to catch on.

“Water was a critical economic tool and then the water people were so good at their jobs that their work ended up completely hidden from ordinary people,” Fishman says. “I think now we’re headed into an era where the pressure on our supplies will force people to think about water and its connection to economic development in a way that we haven’t thought about it in a long time.”

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Cyber Space

Cellphone Radiation Detector App Banned by Apple

Mike Barrett
NaturalSociety

cellphonetouch1 220x137 Cellphone Radiation Detector App Banned by AppleAlthough many individuals think nothing of radiation emitted by cell phones, or even believe it to be true, there is a large amount of evidence showing how damaging cell phone use can actually be. In response to the released information and growing fear of cell phone radiation, a company has ironically released a mobile app which reportedly measures radiation levels emitted by smart phones.

Company Creates Radiation Detector App, Apple Bans it from App Store

The app was created by an Israeli company named Tawkon, and while not necessarily brand new, is relatively unknown. The lack of popularity probably has much to do with Apple’s banning of the app from their online app store since Apple rules the smartphone market. The company instituted the ban because it felt the app would be confusing to customers, though the ban was likely due to the fact that the app could only decrease sales for Apple’s iPhone. Whether Apple’s decision was driven by profit or not, there are some valid questions and concerns regarding the app’s accuracy.

Cyber expert on SMART GRID: massive vulnerability, who’s accountable?

Published on Apr 12, 2012 by

Cyber security expert David Chalk weighs in on the smart grid and its outright lack of security.

http://ThePowerFilm.org

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Survival / Sustainability

Storing food -vs- being prepared

by M.D. Creekmore on April 13, 2012

This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest by Sioux0624

I have noticed that a lot of people storing food are setting themselves up for problems down the road because they won’t be able to prepare and eat what they stored.  One neighbor proudly stated that she had 400 pounds of wheat stored. I asked what she would do with it if she had to get it out and use it tonight. She had no idea. She had no clue how to grind, pop or sprout wheat. She knows how to make bread but admitted she has not stored yeast, salt, honey or other items to make bread. She doesn’t even have a grinder to make flour, so is ill prepared to make bread even if she did have all the ingredients.  Hopefully she can smash wheat with a hammer and whip up some rough tortillas (assuming she has shortening and salt).

People who store rice must cook it in water, but have they stored water or can they purify water found locally? How about having bouillon, herbs, soups, spices, and other things to mix with the rice? How many bowls of unflavored white rice will family members want to eat every week?

For preppers, the “basic foods” are wheat, rice, beans, dried milk and honey/sugar, but a lot more is needed to make those things pleasantly edible. If you’re stuck on storing just the basics and then calling yourself “prepared,” you are falling way short of actually being prepared.  Here are some steps to nudge you up a level:

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Activism

Earth defenders destroy GM trees in New Zealand

By Global Justice Ecology Project

Police are investigating the attack over Easter weekend when 375 radiata pines at Scion’s forestry research institute were either cut or pulled out, reports NZ Newswire.

A colleague from Aotearoa, New Zealand writes, “…a bulletin on a break-in at the Scion site where people cut through the outer perimeter fence and dug under the inner security barrier to destroy the young [GM pine] saplings…GE Free NZ stopped short of condemning the action… I expect that the next few weeks will see raids on the homes and offices of known political activists over the Scion action. It will be sold to the public as an attempt to stop political insurrection. Wish us all luck. ” [Image: 375 genetically modified radiata pine trees at a research site have been destroyed by vandals. Photo / APNZ]

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Spain Proposes ‘Draconian’ Anti-Protest Measures

– Common Dreams staff

Spain announced yesterday proposed changes to the country’s penal code that many see as an attempt to clamp down on protests, silence dissent and dismantle democracy.Sign reads: Article 21 of the Constitution: The right to peaceful meeting without arms is recognized. The exercising of this right does not require prior authorization. (photo: Adolfo Indignado Cuartero)

The changes, Spanish interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said, were needed to toughen up punishment against street vandalism that “disturb public peace” and would include criminalizing intent to organize violent demonstrations through “any means including the Internet.”

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Day 210: Live Coverage of the Occupy Movement

Josh Harkinson, Special Coverage:

As we enter Day 210 of the Occupy movements the protests have spread not only across the country but all over the globe. Thousands of activists have descended on Wall Street these past weeks as part of the #OccupyWallStreet protest organized by several action groups. What follows is a live video stream and live Twitter feed of this event.

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Earthquakes

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 30 23:33 PM
2.6 3.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 30 23:05 PM
4.9 47.0 MAP

GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 30 23:05 PM
5.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea

Mar 30 23:05 PM
4.8 12.5 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 30 22:32 PM
2.9 4.0 MAP

EMSC Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Mar 30 22:02 PM
5.1 60.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 30 22:02 PM
5.1 43.7 MAP

GEOFON Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Mar 30 22:02 PM
5.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Mar 30 21:59 PM
2.5 6.1 MAP

EMSC Bulgaria
Mar 30 20:48 PM
4.0 3.0 MAP

USGS Hawaii Region, Hawaii
Mar 30 20:12 PM
2.7 14.2 MAP

USGS Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Mar 30 20:04 PM
4.8 31.6 MAP

EMSC Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Mar 30 20:04 PM
4.9 10.0 MAP

USGS Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea
Mar 30 19:51 PM
5.2 45.7 MAP

EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g.
Mar 30 19:51 PM
5.2 40.0 MAP

GEOFON Solomon Islands
Mar 30 19:51 PM
5.1 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 30 18:55 PM
2.5 16.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 30 18:54 PM
3.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC France
Mar 30 18:52 PM
2.6 2.0 MAP

USGS North Island Of New Zealand
Mar 30 18:47 PM
4.8 29.5 MAP

EMSC North Island Of New Zealand
Mar 30 18:47 PM
4.8 30.0 MAP

GEONET Wairarapa, New Zealand
Mar 30 18:47 PM
4.5 15.0 MAP

EMSC Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 18:16 PM
5.1 80.0 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 18:16 PM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 18:16 PM
5.4 40.4 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Mar 30 17:39 PM
4.7 526.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Mar 30 17:39 PM
4.5 519.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Mar 30 17:39 PM
4.6 519.4 MAP

EMSC Tonga
Mar 30 17:21 PM
4.9 60.0 MAP

USGS Tonga
Mar 30 17:21 PM
5.0 11.2 MAP

GEOFON Tonga Islands
Mar 30 17:21 PM
4.9 10.0 MAP

EMSC Poland
Mar 30 16:30 PM
2.9 2.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Mar 30 15:55 PM
2.9 123.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 30 15:55 PM
2.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Ukraine-romania-moldova Bdr Reg
Mar 30 15:25 PM
3.2 13.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 30 14:49 PM
2.6 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 14:38 PM
4.5 177.0 MAP

EMSC Veracruz, Mexico
Mar 30 14:38 PM
4.6 174.0 MAP

USGS Veracruz, Mexico
Mar 30 14:38 PM
4.6 136.7 MAP

USGS Northern Alaska
Mar 30 14:23 PM
3.3 20.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 30 14:14 PM
2.4 5.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Mar 30 13:45 PM
2.7 7.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Mar 30 13:38 PM
2.4 7.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 30 13:31 PM
3.4 9.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 12:54 PM
4.5 10.3 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 12:54 PM
4.9 5.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 30 12:20 PM
2.4 15.0 MAP

GEOFON Greenland Sea
Mar 30 11:19 AM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Greenland Sea
Mar 30 11:19 AM
4.9 9.9 MAP

EMSC Greenland Sea
Mar 30 11:19 AM
4.9 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 10:55 AM
5.0 10.0 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 10:55 AM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 10:55 AM
5.1 9.9 MAP

EMSC Northern Algeria
Mar 30 10:43 AM
4.1 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Algeria
Mar 30 10:42 AM
4.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Mar 30 10:18 AM
3.0 152.4 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 09:40 AM
4.7 45.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 09:40 AM
4.7 40.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 09:40 AM
4.6 35.3 MAP

USGS Fiji Region
Mar 30 09:38 AM
5.3 595.9 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 30 09:38 AM
5.0 596.0 MAP

GEONET Whanganui, New Zealand
Mar 30 09:32 AM
3.1 25.0 MAP

GEOFON Vanuatu Islands
Mar 30 08:56 AM
4.8 240.0 MAP

USGS Vanuatu
Mar 30 08:55 AM
4.9 125.8 MAP

EMSC Vanuatu
Mar 30 08:55 AM
4.9 126.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Mar 30 08:28 AM
3.0 2.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 08:24 AM
4.8 35.3 MAP I Felt It

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 08:24 AM
4.8 35.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 30 08:12 AM
3.7 2.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Mar 30 07:49 AM
2.9 7.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Mar 30 07:38 AM
2.8 14.6 MAP

EMSC Maule, Chile
Mar 30 07:12 AM
4.7 38.0 MAP

USGS Maule, Chile
Mar 30 07:12 AM
4.7 38.3 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 30 07:10 AM
2.6 15.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 30 06:51 AM
2.7 7.0 MAP

EMSC Southeast Of Easter Island
Mar 30 06:19 AM
5.0 33.0 MAP

GEOFON Southeast Of Easter Island
Mar 30 06:19 AM
5.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Southeast Of Easter Island
Mar 30 06:19 AM
5.0 9.9 MAP

USGS Southern California
Mar 30 06:09 AM
3.3 15.1 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Mar 30 04:54 AM
3.3 69.4 MAP

USGS Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Mar 30 04:49 AM
2.9 43.8 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 30 04:48 AM
3.2 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 04:38 AM
5.1 56.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 04:38 AM
5.2 51.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 04:38 AM
5.1 36.7 MAP

USGS Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Mar 30 04:37 AM
2.7 50.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Mar 30 03:53 AM
3.0 73.8 MAP

USGS Northern California
Mar 30 01:50 AM
2.6 1.8 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 30 01:32 AM
3.0 7.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Mar 30 00:56 AM
2.5 109.0 MAP

EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region
Mar 30 00:52 AM
4.4 136.0 MAP

USGS Hokkaido, Japan Region
Mar 30 00:52 AM
4.4 138.3 MAP

SAN DIEGO, CA

The USGS confirmed a small earthquake struck San Diego County Thursday night. The quake struck with a magnitude of 3.3 and at a depth of 7 miles at 11:09 p.m. The epicenter of the earthquake was four miles south-southeast of the Palomar Observatory, 17 miles northeast of Escondido and 39 miles north-northeast of San Diego, according to a computer-generated USGS report. News stations in the area said they received over a dozen calls from concerned viewers who described the earthquake as very loud and said it was accompanied by three eerie booms. There were also reports of violent shaking. No injuries or damage was reported the tremor. No one in our generation remembers so many small tremors across the world triggering so many sonic booms. One has to wonder what is happening in the earth beneath our feet.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/san-diego-residents-rattled-by-3-loud-booms-following-tremor/

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Volcanic Activity

Hawaii

KILAUEA VOLCANO (CAVW #1302-01-)
19°25’16” N 155°17’13” W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Activity Summary for past 24 hours: The summit continued to inflate slowly while back-to-back DI events continued. Overnight, glow was visible within the Halema`uma`u gas plume and from sources within Pu`u `O`o crater. Surface flows continued to be active along the base of the pali advancing across the coastal plain but there was no ocean entry. Seismic tremor levels were low; gas emissions were elevated.

http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php

ALASKA

CLEVELAND VOLCANO (CAVW #1101-24-)
52°49’20” N 169°56’42” W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Satellite views from early this week suggest that a small lava dome has again extruded into the summit crater. AVO has received no other reports of activity at the volcano.

While the volcano remains active, sudden explosions of blocks and ash are likely. It is possible for associated ash clouds to exceed 20,000 feet above sea level. If a larger ash-producing event occurs, seismic, infrasound, or volcanic lightning networks should detect the event and alert AVO staff. There is no real-time seismic monitoring network on Mount Cleveland so AVO is unable to track activity in real time.

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/status.php

Mariana Islands

PAGAN VOLCANO (CAVW #0804-17=)
18°7’48” N 145°48′ E, Summit Elevation 1870 ft (570 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Clear to partly cloudy satellite images of Pagan show a gas and steam plume continued to extend downwind from the summit vent throughout the past week. The USGS received no further reports of unrest or activity at Pagan volcano.

Pagan Volcano is not monitored with ground-based geophysical instrumentation and the only sources of information are satellite observations and occasional reports from observers who pass by or visit the island. We will continue to evaluate satellite imagery, on-island, and mariner reports when they become available, but because the volcano is not monitored with ground-based instruments, we cannot provide advanced warning of activity.

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/status.php

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Extreme Temperatures

Record breaking warmth across the United States in March 2012

It is technically winter, and the United States is experiencing a weather pattern typically seen in early summer. Unseasonably warm temperatures have developed east of the Rocky Mountains and have extended north into Canada. Synoptically, or looking at the big picture, the weather pattern resembles a late May and early June pattern. More than 2,000 high temperature records have been tied or broken since March 1, 2012, and more are expected to be broken for the next couple of days, because the weather pattern is very slow to budge or move. What is causing this heat, and will this be a sign of a brutally hot summer?

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Storms

Storm bringing more mountain snow in Washington

SEATTLE — It may be spring, but the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch through Thursday for the Olympics and Cascades.

Forecasters expect 1 to 2 feet of new snow, with more at higher elevations such as Mount Baker and less at the passes, although drivers are likely to be affected

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Small Hail In Thunderstorm Elkhart, Indiana March 30, 2012

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Solar Activity

Huge ‘Tornado’ Churns on Sun’s Surface – Close-Up Video

Uploaded by VideoFromSpace on Mar 28, 2012

A circular storm as wide as five Earths was captured churning on the Sun’s surface on Sept. 25, 2011, by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft. Time-lapsed multiple filter views are looped in this video. – Original Music by Mark C. Petersen, Loch Ness Productions

Solar Watch [March 30 – April 7]

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

MILWAUKEE

Geological officials said Wednesday they are considering putting a seismometer in a Wisconsin city where a small earthquake was recorded last week after strong booms and rumblings shook residents once again.

♦ Clintonville booms: U.S. Geological Survey asks residents to report events to website

Clintonville police received 65 calls Tuesday night between 10:35 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. and another 19 calls came in between 3:25 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Clintonville Police Chief Terry Lorge said. Several of the booms were heard by officials at City Hall, he said.

Residents reported the most recent booming as the worst yet, city administrator Lisa Kuss said. Most of the previous calls came in from March 18 to March 20, when a 1.5-magnitude earthquake was detected by the U.S. Geological Survey. The calls had since decreased.

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