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~~~~~~~~~> Does DEBT  become SERFDOM ?

Tweet me @ColonialSerf, and let me know, and I'll share the answers HERE!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

"We who dominate the world economy may become irrelevant"

If current trends continue, the United Arab Emirates, for example, will double its population in just 15 years. And places as diverse as Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Kuwait aren't far behind.

What this means for us - aside from the developed countries' unique problem of who'll do all the work and pay the taxes when the baby boomers are put out to pasture - is, broadly speaking, one of two scenarios. If the many countries that are struggling today do manage to succeed, we who now dominate the world economy will become increasingly irrelevant, and that's the best outcome we can hope for. Because if the others don't do well, if so many remain so poor, we can expect to be increasingly resented and even violently targeted.

So what's the best response for those of us who live, at least for now, in the countries that dominate the world economy? Should we try to haul these guys up to our level of wealth, or something approaching it? Or should we hold them down to make it harder for them to gain the upper hand over us?

[ The planet cannot compensate for the present level of consumption. We face being vastly outnumbered by people who hate every fiber of our being. ]

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/fp/Canada+must+focus+birth+rate/1803721/story.html

French media: "We cannot say anything about the fires. We have received orders."

Translation from French:

Only the figures for the night of July 13-14 were published: "Some 500 vehicles" were burned, the worst ever recorded for the eve of the national holiday. Despite repeated requests to the Interior Ministry, and the DGPN [similar to the FBI], no figures were forthcoming for the night of July 14-15. These orders have been strictly applied. The different prefectures contacted by Le Monde refused to respond, citing "ministerial instructions." Regional news media reported the same problem. The daily La Provence issued an unofficial report that was much less favorable than 2008: 41 cars and a day-care center in Marseilles burned.

Other local papers describe the same problems. In Reims, the daily L'Union denounces the attitude of the authorities: "Yesterday morning, every journalist who came, even for the smallest piece of news, to the firemen, or gendarmes or police, heard the same answer: 'No fires'. In fact, the truth is quite different. Some of those we questioned admitted under their breath: 'We cannot say anything about the fires. We have received orders." In Lyons, the daily Le Progres reports the same blackout: "Orders not to speak on the radio were given to firemen, gendarmes and police."

In previous years the radio network Europe 1 had systematically called the prefectures to verify the official counts. On January 1, 2008, the DGPN reported 372 burnt cars for New Year's Eve vs 746 reported by Europe 1. Finally the ministry of the interior admitted that there had been 878 fires. "Instructions" given to the prefectures henceforth forbid this type of verification.

[ serve the servants ]

http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2009/07/17/nuits-du-14-juillet-la-place-beauvau-impose-le-silence-sur-le-nombre-de-voitures-incendiees_1219875_3224.html

Georgia's Saakashvili Seeking U.S. Weapons to Deter Russia

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili urged the United States on Tuesday to supply his country with advanced defensive weapons, warning on the eve of a visit by Vice President Biden that a decision not to provide such arms would encourage a Russian invasion.

[ fragile treaties are put to the test ]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/21/AR2009072102521.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dude

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dude

A male person ( This concept can carry a positive one as well as a negative connotation according to quality of the masculinity which is demanded.) Originally used to described the prude wealthy men of the rustic western expansion of the United States during the 19th century by German settlers of the American Old West.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Poisons Poetry: Path of a raven

http://hubpages.com/hub/Poisons_Poetry_Path_of_a_raven
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By CLien


Path of a Raven

A bird as black and silent as night

Takes off and hastens to his flight

Skimming along a trail not yet flown

Fast and high, destination-unknown

A time and place untouched by man

Where the race of life has not yet been ran

Along a river, white and pure, he shall be led

Marveling at a land where blood hath not been

shed

Along the way he grows weary and tires

While traveling over hell's untamed fires

No place to stop, no place to rest

He begins to wonder if its not for the best

As he falls to the fires his breath doth cease

Bringing unto him an undeniable peace

And when this path is traveled again in a later

year

The traveler shall come across a single crimson

tear

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Craig Ferguson’s brilliant analysis of ‘Why everything sucks'

http://watching-tv.ew.com/2009/07/22/craig-fergusons-brilliant-analysis-of-why-everything-sucks/
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Last night, Craig Ferguson came out and offered a brilliant monologue about “why everything sucks — everything.” His thoughts were cast humorously, as always, but there was a serious, historically accurate analysis about how, since the 1950s, there’s been what he calls a “deification of youth” in mass culture. One result is that we now prize “the young and the stupid” in a way no other culture has “in the history of the world.” Check it out:

The subtext of Ferguson’s articulate rant could be interpreted as a veiled criticism of not just his late-night competition (was Jimmy Fallon fake-bowling again last night?), but it has a broader effect. You just don’t hear stuff like this from anyone else on TV, anywhere, at any time of day.

What do you think of Craig’s “young and stupid” versus smart-and-experienced argument?

WE MEDIA

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HOW AUDIENCES ARE SHAPING THE FUTURE OF NEWS AND INFORMATION

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The Press Conference President Obama Could Give






July 22, 2009 | Vol. 4, No. 29

The Press Conference President Obama Could Give
(Today's Newt Gingrich Letter has been written with Nancy Desmond, CEO of the Center for Health Transformation)

Last week, the Federal Reserve made a little noticed, but astonishing announcement. In addition to projecting unemployment over 10% in the coming months, they also projected no net new jobs over the next five years.

Let me repeat that to drive the point home: no net new jobs over the next five years.

This is an amazing and sober prediction about the health of our economy, one that should make every lawmaker pause and reassess the priorities of government.

In this environment, almost every decision for lawmakers should come down to one question: Since small businesses create ¾ of the jobs in America, would this piece of legislation create a better or worse environment for small business job creation?

It is in this context that tonight's press conference with President Obama on health reform should be judged.

The Opportunity Buried in the Bad News

Until now, President Obama has more or less allowed Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies in the House to dictate the terms by which health reform would be accomplished.

Disappointingly, they have chosen an expensive, big-bureaucracy health care plan that would raise taxes on small businesses.

The reaction from moderate Democrats, Republicans, health professionals, indeed, from most Americans, has been growing opposition, and despite a massive majority in the House, it looks unlikely today that Speaker Pelosi can coerce this legislation through Congress like she did the energy tax.

As a result, President Obama could be stuck tonight trying to defend an indefensible piece of high tax legislation in the middle of a recession with growing unemployment and massive deficits. It's a task that will be even more difficult in the wake of CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf's recent testimony before the Senate Budget Committee that the proposed legislation would actually increase the long term trajectory of federal spending in healthcare.

But what if President Obama used the announcement from the Federal Reserve to, in effect, start the health-reform debate over?

What if he said tonight, that given the continued trouble of our economy, he is asking Congress to go back to the drawing board to craft a pro-jobs, pro-growth, pro-reform health bill that would gain bipartisan support?

What would that bill look like?

A Pro Jobs, Pro Growth Plan for Health Reform

The fact is America desperately needs real change in our health and healthcare system. Americans are paying more and more money for less and less quality care.

At the Center for Health Transformation, we have been working for the past six years to develop solutions for the problems in our health care system, which don't rely on higher taxes, bigger government, and more bureaucrats.

We believe we can have a system in which every American has access to better health with more choices at lower cost.

We believe we can have a system in which the individual and his or her doctor have the knowledge and incentives to make wise choices; a system in which fraud and waste are rooted out, in which quality and best practices (not volume of services) are rewarded and in which prevention, health and wellness are central.

And most importantly in today's troubled economy, we believe we can have a system that will also be central to job creation and to America's economic recovery.

Six Straightforward Steps to Better Healthcare

To create a system that delivers more choices of higher quality health care at lower cost we need to take the following six straightforward steps:
  1. Stop Paying the Crooks. First, we must dramatically reduce healthcare fraud within our current healthcare system. Outright fraud - criminal activity - accounts for as much as 10 percent of all healthcare spending. That is more than $200 billion every year. Medicare alone could account for as much as $40 billion a year. (Please visit HealthTransformation.net for the information about our latest CHT Press book, Stop Paying the Crooks, edited by Jim Frogue.)

  2. Move from a Paper-based to an Electronic Health System. As it stands now, it is simply impossible to keep up with fraud in a paper-based system. An electronic system would free tens of billions of dollars to be spent on investing on the kind of modern system that will transform healthcare. In addition, it would dramatically increase our ability to eliminate costly medical errors and to accelerate the adoption of new solutions and breakthroughs.

  3. Tax Reform. The savings realized through very deliberately and very systematically eliminating fraud could be used to provide tax incentives and vouchers that would help cover those Americans who currently can't afford coverage. In addition, we need to expand tax incentives for insurance provided by small employers and the self-employed. Finally, elimination of capital gains taxes for investments in health-solution companies can greatly impact the creation advancement of new solutions that create better health at lower cost.

  4. Create a Health-Based Health System. In essence, we must create a system that focuses on improving individual health. The best way to accomplish this is to find out what solutions are actually working today that save lives and save money and then design public policy to encourage their widespread adoption. For example, according to the Dartmouth Health Atlas, if the 6,000 hospitals in the country provided the same standard of care of the Intermountain or Mayo health clinics, Medicare alone would save 30 percent of total spending every year. We need to make best practices the minimum practice. We need the federal government and other healthcare stakeholders to consistently migrate to best practices that ensure quality, safety and better outcomes.

  5. Reform Our Health Justice System. Currently, the U.S. civil justice system is the most expensive in the world-about double the average cost in virtually every other industrialized nation. But for all of the money spent, our civil justice system neither effectively compensates persons injured from medical negligence nor encourages the elimination of medical errors. Because physicians fear malpractice suits, defensive medicine (redundant, wasteful treatment designed to avoid lawsuits, not treat the patient) has become pervasive. CHT is developing a number of bold health-justice reforms including a "safe harbor" for physicians who followed clinical best practices in the treatment of a patient. You can learn more at HealthTransformation.net.

  6. Invest in Scientific Research and Breakthroughs. We must accelerate and focus national efforts, re-engineer care delivery, and ultimately prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease and diabetes which are financially crippling our healthcare system.

The Last Thing We Need is a Plan That Raises Taxes and Eliminates Jobs


Clearly, the last thing America needs is more taxes on job producers, whether it is in the form of a national energy tax, automatic tax increases in 2010 when the 2003 tax relief measures expire, or a healthcare plan that will raise taxes, eliminate jobs, and allows Washington bureaucrats to make decisions that ought to be made by individual Americans together with their families and doctors.

President Obama has a choice tonight, as does America.

We can make health and healthcare into a major source of job creation, economic revival, and improved health and well-being for every American.

Or we can make it into a government-run system that will destroy our economy along with our health.

To learn more about our plan for reforming health without raising taxes, eliminating jobs or raising the deficit, please visit HealthTransformation.net.



Your friends,

Newt Gingrich and Nancy Desmond


Newt's Quick Links:

  • A pro-jobs, pro-growth health reform plan is just one step towards getting our economy moving again. Today, American Solutions will hold a press conference to outline a "Jobs Here, Jobs Now, Jobs First" agenda for small business job creation. You can learn more at AmericanSolutions.com.

  • To see a recent historical example of how a pro-growth agenda can revitalize the American economy, watch Callista and my new movie, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny.

  • When some Americans noticed the glaring contrast between the mainstream media's treatment of the death of pop singer Michael Jackson and the death of World War II hero Darrell "Shifty" Powers, they got together on the internet to do something about it. Powers was part of the "band of brothers" who landed in Normandy with the 101st Airborne on June 6, 1944 to help reclaim the European continent for freedom. He died June 17. To learn ways you can join in his memorial, click here.

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banned and dangerous e-books ,they don’t want you to have it

10/10
most of these books have newer versions. many of them are also hosted at any number of text hosting sites, scribd, knol, etc., but i thought i would post it after i picked out the good stuff for my self and uploaded it to my account @ (x). so if the link is broken, seek elsewhere, this is a chainpost. this list is great if you're into elite forces and special ops, or james bond. if you have family in the service, this might be another cool ass email to send them. if you cant find the link, dont ask me, you need to learn to surf the web, hack the planet, and i cant really say that i have all if any of the files, and i might be dead.



http://kewlrevolution.wordpress.com/2008/05/12/banned-and-dangerous-e-books-they-dont-want-you-to-have-it/
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banned and dangerous e-books ,they don’t want you to have it

This is a ever growing post of ebooks nobody wants you to have

chk out http://warez-freak.blogspot.com/search/label/e-books for more exclusive collection of e-books

Titles are a basic description of what each book is about.

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ARMY FITNESS MANUAL

http://rapidshare.com/files/78969637/canadian_b-gl-382-003pt-001.zip

SHOOT TO LIVE

http://rapidshare.com/files/78969650/canadian_b-gl-382-003pt-001_20-_202002.zip

LAND FORCE INFORMATION OPERATIONS ELECTRONIC WARFARE

http://rapidshare.com/files/78970564/canadian_b-gl-358-001fp-001_20-_202_march_2004.zip

LAND FORCE INFORMATION OPERATIONS INTELLIGENCE FIELD MANUAL

http://rapidshare.com/files/78970571/canadian_b-gl-357-001fp-001_20-_201_september_2000.zip

COMBAT TEAM OPERATIONS

http://rapidshare.com/files/78970603/canadian_b-gl-321-006fp-001.zip

CLOSE QUARTER COMBAT

http://rapidshare.com/files/78970582/canadian_b-gl-318-018pt-000_20-_2024_august_1992.zip

GROUND SURVEILLANCE RADAR

http://rapidshare.com/files/78970562/canadian_b-gl-317-015fp-001_20-_208_november_1978.zip

GRENADES AND PYROTECHNICS

http://rapidshare.com/files/78970590/canadian_b-gl-317-005pt-001_20-_209_february_1976.zip

SHOOTING STRAIGHT – 20 YEARS OF MARKSMANSHIP RESEARCH

http://rapidshare.com/files/78970878/20_20years_20of_20marksmanship_20research.zip

COUNTER SNIPER GUIDE

http://rapidshare.com/files/78972539/us_20army_20counter_20sniper_20guide.zip

CAMOUFLAGE OF VEHICLES

http://rapidshare.com/files/78972690/us_army_corps_of_engineers_fm5-20b.zip

HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY

http://rapidshare.com/files/78972559/how_to_find_your_way_20gta_2005-02-013.zip

BLOCK BY BLOCK – THE CHALLENGES OF URBAN OPERATIONS

http://rapidshare.com/files/78972669/block_20by_20block_20-_20the_20challenges_20of_20urban_20operations.zip

NAVY SEALS USER’S GUIDE TO COUNSELING

http://rapidshare.com/files/78972532/united_states_marine_navmc_2795_20-_2021_july_1986.zip

ARMY TRAINING CIRCULAR – SNIPER TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT

http://rapidshare.com/files/78972624/united_states_army_tc_23-14_20-_2014_june_1989.zip

ARMY IDENTIFYING AMMUNITION

http://rapidshare.com/files/78972561/united_states_army_mm_202598.zip

HOW TO SHOOT YOUR M-16 AR15 IN COMBAT

http://rapidshare.com/files/78972626/united_states_army_fm_23-9.zip

MINE/COUNTERMINE OPERATIONS

http://rapidshare.com/files/78972646/united_states_army_fm_20-32_20-_201_october_2002.zip

LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATIONS

http://rapidshare.com/files/78972654/united_states_army_fm_19-20_20-_2025_november_1985.zip

JOLLY ROGER’S ANARCHY COOKBOOK (is not the anarchist cook book)

http://rapidshare.com/files/78985043/anarchy_20cookbook.zip

THE STORY OF THE GUNS

http://rapidshare.com/files/78985527/the_story_of_the_guns_20-_20tennent_20-_201864.zip

LIBERATOR PISTOL BLUEPRINTS

http://rapidshare.com/files/78985355/liberator_pistol_blueprints_20-_20inland_20-_201942.zip

HATCHERS NOTEBOOK

http://rapidshare.com/files/78986583/hatchers_notebook_20-_20hatcher_20-_201957.zip

THE MODERN GUNSMITH VOL.1

http://rapidshare.com/files/78986435/the_modern_gunsmith_v1_20-_20howe_20-_201941.zip

THE MODERN GUNSMITH VOL.2

http://rapidshare.com/files/78986633/the_modern_gunsmith_v2_20-_20howe_20-_201941.zip

A BASIC MANUAL OF MILITARY SMALL ARMS

http://rapidshare.com/files/78986250/a_basic_manual_of_military_small_arms_20-_20smith_20-_201943.zip

THE BOOK OF RIFLES

http://rapidshare.com/files/78986801/the_book_of_rifles_20-_20smith_20-_201948.zip

BACKYARD BALLISTICS

http://rapidshare.com/files/78985078/william_20gurstelle_20-_20backyard_20ballistics.zip

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MODERN US WEAPONS

http://rapidshare.com/files/78985217/encyclopedia_20of_20modern_20us_20weapons.zip

MAGICIAN’S ARSENAL

http://rapidshare.com/files/78985113/magician_27s_20arsenal.zip

HOLMES 50 CALIBER RIFLE CONSTRUCTION MANUAL

http://rapidshare.com/files/78985104/holmes_50.zip

Infantry Recon for Platoons and Squads

http://rapidshare.com/files/78947781/FM_7-92.rar

Internal Gung Fu, Volume 1: Qi

http://rapidshare.com/files/78947753/Internal_Gung_Fu_vol1.pdf

The Art of Longsword Combat

http://rapidshare.com/files/78947807/Longsword_Book_1.pdf

Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain

http://rapidshare.com/files/78947816/MCWP_3-35-3.pdf

Navy SEAL Patrol Leader’s Handbook

http://rapidshare.com/files/78947792/Navy_SEAL_Patrol_Leaders_Handbook.pdf

Navy SEAL Sniper Training Program

http://rapidshare.com/files/78947948/SEAL_Sniper_Training.pdf

Old Sword Play

http://rapidshare.com/files/78947807/Longsword_Book_1.pdf

Own the Night: Small Unit Night Fighter Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/78947765/Own_the_Night_-_CALL_96-3.pdf

Pathfinder Operations

http://rapidshare.com/files/78947783/FM_57-38.zip

Ranger Handbook

http://rapidshare.com/files/78947777/SH_21-76.pdf

Airborne Operations

http://rapidshare.com/files/78942065/FM_90-26.rar

Ambushes and Counter-Ambushes

http://rapidshare.com/files/78942251/B-GL-392-008-FP-001.pdf

Breaching Strongholds

http://rapidshare.com/files/78942451/MCWP_3-17-3.pdf

Marine Corps close combat

http://rapidshare.com/files/78942690/MCRP_3-02B.pdf

Canadian Military Close Quarter Combat

http://rapidshare.com/files/78942948/B-GL-382-004-FP-001_E.pdf

U.S. Military manual on hand-to-hand combat and rifle-bayonet fighting 1992 edition

http://rapidshare.com/files/78943236/FM_21-150.rar

U.S. Military manual on hand-to-hand combat and rifle-bayonet fighting 2002 edition

http://rapidshare.com/files/78943498/FM_3-25-150.pdf

Combat Skills of the Soldier

http://rapidshare.com/files/78943803/FM_21-75.rar

Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain

http://rapidshare.com/files/78944511/FM_203-06-11__FM_90-10-1_.zip

Commander’s Tactical Handbook

http://rapidshare.com/files/78944410/MCRP_3-11-1a.pdf

Counter-Guerrilla Operations

http://rapidshare.com/files/78944416/FM_90-8.rar

Counter-Insurgency Operations

http://rapidshare.com/files/78945591/FM_3-07-22.pdf

Counter-Sniper Guide

http://rapidshare.com/files/78945594/Counter-Sniper_Guide.pdf

Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare

http://rapidshare.com/files/78945597/Expeditionary_Maneuver_Warware.pdf

Experimental Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for the Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad in Urban Combat

http://rapidshare.com/files/78945592/MOUT_ACTD_1.pdf

Canadian Military manual on Fieldcraft: individual skills and techniques used by soldiers in the field.

http://rapidshare.com/files/78945585/B-GL-392-009-FP-001.pdf

cheaters always prosper 50 ways to beat the system without getting caught.

http://rapidshare.com/files/77374192/anarchy.-..-.cheaters.always.prosper.-.50.ways.to.beat.the.system.without.getting.caught.rar

jack the rippa – murder inc.

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cow prod shocker

http://rapidshare.com/files/77374197/anarchy.-.user.35007.-.cow.prod.shocker.rar

breath.of.the.dragon. – benson, ragnar

http://rapidshare.com/files/77374201/benson.ragnar.-.breath.of.the.dragon.rar

your basement fallout shelter – alger press

http://rapidshare.com/files/77374202/alger.press.-.your.basement.fallout.shelter.rar

beach.bruce.m.-.you.will.survive.doomsday

http://rapidshare.com/files/77374221/beach.bruce.m.-.you.will.survive.doomsday.rar

balent.matthew.-.the.palladium.book.of.exotic.weapons.

http://rapidshare.com/files/77374245/balent.matthew.-.the.palladium.book.of.exotic.weapons.rar

cryptology.and.physical.securtiy.-.rights.amplification.in.master-keyed.mechanical.lock

http://rapidshare.com/files/77374261/blaze.matt.-.cryptology.and.physical.securtiy.-.rights.amplification.in.master-keyed.mechanical.lock

the.modern.survival.retreat

http://rapidshare.com/files/77374267/benson.ragnar.-.the.modern.survival.retreat.rar

cia.psycohological.operations.in.guerrilla.wafare

http://rapidshare.com/files/77376669/cia.psycohological.operations.in.guerrilla.wafare.rar

media.control.-.the.spectacular.achievements.of.propaganda

http://rapidshare.com/files/77376670/chomsky.noam.-.media.control.-.the.spectacular.achievements.of.propaganda.rar

defeating.electromagnetic.door.locks

http://rapidshare.com/files/77376671/defeating.electromagnetic.door.locks.rar

100.ways.to.disappear.and.live.free

http://rapidshare.com/files/77376683/eden.press.-.100.ways.to.disappear.and.live.free.rar

the.cheaters.handbook.-.the.naughty.students.bible

http://rapidshare.com/files/77376688/corbett.bob.-.the.cheaters.handbook.-.the.naughty.students.bible.rar

ar-15.silencer

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full-auto.conversion.-.heckler-koch.hk.91.sr9.93.94.sp89.etc..rifle

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full-auto.conversion.-.glock.17.pistol

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improvised.silencer

http://rapidshare.com/files/77376720/firearms.-..-.improvised.silencer.rar

reloading.instructions.for.40mm.nylon.cases

http://rapidshare.com/files/77376747/firearms.-..-.reloading.instructions.for.40mm.nylon.cases.rar

improvised.shotgun.pistol

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how.to.zap.a.camera.-.using.lasers.to.temporarily.neutralize.camera.sensors

http://rapidshare.com/files/77376758/naimark.michael.-.how.to.zap.a.camera.-.using.lasers.to.temporarily.neutralize.camera.sensors.rar

hidden.street.weapons

http://rapidshare.com/files/77376759/hidden.street.weapons.rar

full.auto.conversion.-.colt.ar-15.rifle

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homemade.flechette.pengun

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ingram.mac-10.-.mac-11.supressor

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homemade.-.traps.and.snares

http://rapidshare.com/files/77376791/homemade.-.traps.and.snares.rar

the.zapper.ultimate.concealable.weapon

http://rapidshare.com/files/77376799/sardauker.richard.-.the.zapper.ultimate.concealable.weapon.rar

full.auto.conversion.-.ak-47.rifle

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full-auto.conversion.-.cobray.m-11-9.pistol

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tornado.tube.silencer

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instant.fact.-.how.to.get.the.truth.out.of.anyone

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improvised.mini.machine.pistol.rar

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heckler-koch.hk.usp.pistol.armorers.instructions.rar

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full-auto.conversion.-.ingram.mac-10.pistol

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home.workshop.mini.14.silencers

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http://rapidshare.com/files/77377040/pentecost.don.-.put.em.down.take.em.out.-.knife.fighting.techniques.from.the.folsom.prison.rar

the.silencer.cookbook.-..22.rimfire.silencers

http://rapidshare.com/files/77377041/firearms.-.wilson.nolan.-.the.silencer.cookbook.-..22.rimfire.silencers.rar

miller.richard.alan.-.magical.and.ritual.uses.of.common.herbs

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long.hei.master.-.21.techniques.of.silent.killing

http://rapidshare.com/files/77377083/long.hei.master.-.21.techniques.of.silent.killing.rar

firearms.-.hill.gary.-..45.minuteman.smg

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the.revolver.knife.design

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engineers.mini-notebook.sensor.projects

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improvised.lock.picks

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yamashiro.toshitora.-.improvised.ninja.smoke.devices

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thornbrugh.wayne.-.full-auto.conversion.-.select.fire.10-22

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the.filipino.martial.arts.

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the.hayduke.silencer.book.-.quick.and.dirty.homeamde.silencers

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modern.high-security.locks.-.how.to.open.them

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improvised.home-built.recoilless.launchers

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how.to.build.the.antique.rifling.machine

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.the.sling.for.sport.-.survival.rar

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the.navy.seal.physical.fitness.guide.

http://rapidshare.com/files/77377695/deuster.patricia.a.phd.mpg.-.the.navy.seal.physical.fitness.guide.rar

the.secrets.of.street.self-defence.

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homemade.firearms.the.9mm.submachine.gun

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.workbench.silencers.-.the.art.of.improvised.designs

http://rapidshare.com/files/77378199/firearms.-.hollenback.george.m.-.workbench.silencers.-.the.art.of.improvised.designs.rar

cheap.shots.ambushes.and.other.lessons

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the.private.weaponeer.-.tracers.n.stuff

http://rapidshare.com/files/77378227/firearms.-..-.the.private.weaponeer.-.tracers.n.stuff.rar

naval.special.warfare.basic.sniper.training

http://rapidshare.com/files/77378272/naval.special.warfare.basic.sniper.training.rar

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http://rapidshare.com/files/77378557/uncle.fester.-.silent.death.-.revised.-.exapnded.2nd.edition.rar

homemade.guns.and.homemade.ammo

http://rapidshare.com/files/77378636/firearms.-.brown.ronald.b.-.homemade.guns.and.homemade.ammo.rar

home.workshop.guns.for.defense.and.resistance.-.volume.5

http://rapidshare.com/files/77378660/firearms.-.holmes.bill.-.home.workshop.guns.for.defense.and.resistance.-.volume.5.-.the.ar-15.-.m-16

black.medicine.-.the.dark.art.of.death

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blowguns.-.the.breath.of.death

http://rapidshare.com/files/77378831/janich.michael.d.-.blowguns.-.the.breath.of.death.rar

the.electrical.engineering.handbook

http://rapidshare.com/files/77378940/dorf.richard.c..-.the.electrical.engineering.handbook.rar

tactics.and.techniques.for.bypassing.alarms.and.defeating.locks

http://rapidshare.com/files/77378956/hammer.carl.-.expedient.b-e.-.tactics.and.techniques.for.bypassing.alarms.and.defeating.locks.rar

death-point.striking

http://rapidshare.com/files/77379053/montaigue.earl.-.dim-mak.-.death-point.striking.rar

5_Simple_Rules

http://rapidshare.com/files/77380044/5_Simple_Rules.pdf

hitman book

http://rapidshare.com/files/77380055/hitman.rar

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http://rapidshare.com/files/77380057/Brazilian_Jiu_Jitsu.pdf

Aikido

http://rapidshare.com/files/77380058/Aikido.pdf

Tactics and Self-Defense for the Modern Protester, v1.1

http://rapidshare.com/files/77380061/Shield_Tactics.pdf

Secrets_of_the_Ninja

http://rapidshare.com/files/77380065/Secrets_of_the_Ninja.pdf

Pressure_Points

http://rapidshare.com/files/77380067/Pressure_Points.pdf

silent_killing

http://rapidshare.com/files/77380068/silent_killing.zip

Amateur_Boxing

http://rapidshare.com/files/77380099/Amateur_Boxing.pdf

The Science of Self Defence

http://rapidshare.com/files/77380118/Sparring.rar

Colt 45_Machine_Pistol_Conversion

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390808/Colt45_Machine_Pistol_Conversion.pdf

Expedient 32-380 Pistol

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390809/Expedient32-380Pistol.pdf

Silencers

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390815/Silencers.pdf

Mini-22_Machine_Pistol

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390816/Mini-22_Machine_Pistol.pdf

Sten_Mk_II_Plans

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390824/Sten_Mk_II_Plans.pdf

Expedient_9mmMP

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390825/Expedient_9mmMP.pdf

Home_Workshop_Pistols

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390826/Home_Workshop_Pistols.rar

CIA_Sabotage

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390842/CIA_Sabotage.pdf

Flamethrower_Rifle

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390845/Flamethrower_Rifle.pdf

Home_Workshop_Silencers

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390849/Home_Workshop_Silencers.pdf

You_Are_Being_Lied_To

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390855/You_Are_Being_Lied_To.pdf

DoD_Interrogation

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390860/DoD_Interrogation.pdf

Forensics_Intro

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390873/Forensics_Intro.zip

Expedient-Homemade-Firearms-Vol-II-PA-Luty

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390890/Expedient-Homemade-Firearms-Vol-II-PA-Luty.pdf

Silencers_Patterns_and_Principles_Vol_2

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390971/Silencers_Patterns_and_Principles_Vol_2.pdf

Modern_Gunsmithing

http://rapidshare.com/files/77390978/Modern_Gunsmithing.pdf

How-To_Survival_Library

http://rapidshare.com/files/77391108/How-To_Survival_Library.rar

Ninja_Knife_Throwing

http://rapidshare.com/files/77391460/Ninja_Knife_Throwing.pdf

cybercrime

http://rapidshare.com/files/77391476/cybercrime.pdf

Ranger Unit Operations

http://rapidshare.com/files/78950790/FM_7-85.zip

Scouting and Patrolling

http://rapidshare.com/files/78950814/MCWP_3-11-3.zip

Military Scout Platoon reconnaissance and security.

http://rapidshare.com/files/78950870/FM_17-98.pdf

Military Sniper Training

http://rapidshare.com/files/78950799/FM_23-10.rar

Marine Corps Sniping

http://rapidshare.com/files/78950852/FMFM_1-3b.pdf

Soldier’s Manual, Infantry

http://rapidshare.com/files/78950821/STP_7-11BCHM1-SM.pdf

Soldier’s Manual and Trainer’s Guide, Infantry

http://rapidshare.com/files/78950801/STP_7-11BCHM24-SM-TG.rar

Survivability: Military Field Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/78950872/FM_5-103.zip

Military Field Tactics Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/78950841/FM_3-90.rar

Military Field Manual on Urban Operations

http://rapidshare.com/files/78950858/FM_3-06.pdf

Military Manual: visual signals for non-verbal communication

http://rapidshare.com/files/78953408/FM_21-60.rar

U.S. Military Field Manual for medics

http://rapidshare.com/files/78953559/FM_8-36.rar

NATO Emergency War Surgery

http://rapidshare.com/files/78953424/War_Surgery.rar

Defense Against Toxin Weapons

http://rapidshare.com/files/78953451/Toxin_Defense.rar

Battle Focused Training

http://rapidshare.com/files/78953436/FM_25-101.rar

Infantry Live-Fire Training

http://rapidshare.com/files/78953418/TC_7-9.rar

Physical Fitness Training

http://rapidshare.com/files/78953438/FM_21-20.rar

U.S. Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Guide

http://rapidshare.com/files/78953501/Navy_Seal_Fitness.pdf

Combat Stress Control In a Theater of Operations

http://rapidshare.com/files/78953404/FM_8-51.pdf

Desert Operations

http://rapidshare.com/files/78953426/FM_90-3.zip

Jungle Operations Military manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957955/B-GL-323-002-FP-001.pdf

Leader’s Manual for Combat Stress Control

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957714/FM_22-51.rar

Survival, Evasion, and Recovery

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957755/FM_21-76-1.pdf

Blaster’s Training Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957701/Blasters_Training.pdf

Boobytraps Vietnam-era U.S. Military field manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957733/FM_5-31.pdf

CIA Remote Control Handbook

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957706/CIA_Remote.pdf

Explosives and Demolitions Military Field Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957777/FM_5-250.rar

Light Anti-armor Weapons

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957708/FM_23-35.rar

Mine/Countermine Operations

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957844/FM_20-32_1-3.pdf

Combat Training with Pistols and Revolvers

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957734/FM_23-25.rar

Combat Training with the M16

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957745/FM_23-9.pdf

Crew Served Machine Guns,M249 SAW, M60, and M240B machine guns

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957782/FM_3-22-68.pdf

Heckler & Koch Benelli Shotgun Training

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957742/Hk_Benelli_Shotgun_Training.pdf

Machine Guns and Machine Gun Gunnery

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957756/MCWP_3-15-1.pdf

Pistol Marksmanship Training Guide

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957753/Pistol_Marksmanship.pdf

Rifle Marksmanship Training Guide

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957791/MCRP_3-01A.zip

Small Arms Integration Handbook

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Army Weapon Systems Handbook

http://rapidshare.com/files/78957872/US_Army_Weapon_Systems.pdf

pay.no.fine.-.a.user.guide.to.successfully.fighting.traffic.tickets

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put.em.down.take.em.out.-.knife.fighting.techniques.from.the.folsom.prison

http://rapidshare.com/files/79854537/pentecost.don.-.put.em.down.take.em.out.-.knife.fighting.techniques.from.the.folsom.prison.rar

home.workshop.guns.for.defense.and.resistance.-.volume.2.-.the.handgun

http://rapidshare.com/files/79854558/firearms.-.holmes.bill.-.home.workshop.guns.for.defense.and.resistance.-.volume.2.-.the.handgun.rar

silent.but.deadly.-.more.homemade.silencers.from.hayduke.the.master

http://rapidshare.com/files/79854565/firearms.-.hayduke.george.-.silent.but.deadly.-.more.homemade.silencers.from.hayduke.the.master.rar

the.palladium.book.of.exotic.weapons

http://rapidshare.com/files/79854573/balent.matthew.-.the.palladium.book.of.exotic.weapons.rar

the.guerilla.and.how.to.fight.him

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the.private.weaponeer.-.tracers.n.stuff

http://rapidshare.com/files/79854596/firearms.-..-.the.private.weaponeer.-.tracers.n.stuff.rar

homemade.guns.and.homemade.ammo

http://rapidshare.com/files/79854638/firearms.-.brown.ronald.b.-.homemade.guns.and.homemade.ammo.rar

the.electrical.engineering.handbook

http://rapidshare.com/files/79854673/dorf.richard.c..-.the.electrical.engineering.handbook.rar

ak-47 Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79215318/ak47.pdf

mac-10 Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79217962/mac_10.pdf

Colt 1911 Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79217964/autoord_1911.pdf

mosin-nagant Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79217974/mosin-nagant.pdf

ruger 10/22

http://rapidshare.com/files/79217976/ruger_1022.pdf

galil Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79217984/galil_arm.pdf

ruger mk1 Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79217985/ruger_mki.pdf

ruger mk2

http://rapidshare.com/files/79218055/ruger_mkii.pdf

cobray m-11 Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79217994/cobray_m11.pdf

sks Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79217996/sks_china.pdf

springfield m1 garand Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79218004/springfield_m1garand.pdf

springfield 1911 Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79218012/springfield_1911.pdf

ruger mini 14 Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79218025/ruger_mini14.pdf

uzi Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79218026/uzi.pdf

cetme sporter Manual

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walther p99 Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79218059/walther_p99.pdf

hk mp5 Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79218075/hk_mp5.pdf

m1 carbine Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79218278/m1_carbine.pdf

m-16 Manual

http://rapidshare.com/files/79218318/m16a1ops.pdf

spas 12 guage Manual

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ObamaCare Yay Or Nay? The Truth About Canada!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Logan's Run

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan's_Run

see also:
socialized medicine, universal health care, governmental medical care.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan's_Run
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Logan's Run is a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. Published in 1967, it depicts a dystopian future society in which population and the consumption of resources is managed and maintained in equilibrium by the simple expedient of demanding the death of everyone upon reaching a particular age, thus avoiding the issue of overpopulation. The story follows the actions of Logan, a Deep Sleep Operative or "Sandman" charged with enforcing the rule, as he tracks down and kills citizens who "run" from society's lethal demand only to himself ultimately "run."
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See also


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0402344/

Eclipse? India says demons and terrorists and floods, oh my

http://features.csmonitor.com/globalnews/2009/07/21/eclipse-india-says-demons-and-terrorists-and-floods-oh-my/
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The longest solar eclipse in this century is scheduled to become visible on the west coast of India at dawn on Wednesday (NASA has images and charts showing where the eclipse will be visible and when).

The event is drawing scientists and eclipse enthusiasts from around the world, eager for a truly once in a lifetime experience. But for millions of Indians, the rare astronomical event is a source of dread.

The pending eclipse has become a stage where fact and myth, modern science and Hindu mythology are competing for public acceptance. Take this the headline in a India Today article: Rationalists out to eclipse astrologers.

For outsiders, the extent to which superstition still figures in personal decisions may be a surprise.

For many Indians of all classes, astrology is an active and vital part of everyday life. Couples consult astrologers about auspicious days to marry. The days deemed to be most fortuitous can sometimes seem like citywide holidays, with scores of marriages filling the city with the wail of brass bands and the thump of fireworks – both common features at Indians’ routinely elaborate wedding ceremonies.

But astrology also has a darker side.

Indian soothsayers have warned that pregnant women should cover the windows and stay indoors on Wednesday, lest the dark forces associated with the eclipse deform their unborn children. Astrologers in India have warned of impending terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and civil wars too.

Thousands of years of mythology

Hindu mythology blames eclipses on the demon Rahu – who is variously depicted as a snake or a dragon or a disembodied head – who swallows the sun. (The one common thread of depictions of Rahu is that they’re all scary whether here, here or here). But many Indians take their superstition to extremes, with some doctors willing to help expectant parents even delay labor to avoid birth on such a day.

To be sure, India’s critics of superstition, locally known has rationalists, have also been out in force in the nation’s press in recent days. Amit Bhattacharya, writing in the Times of India, chides his countrymen for turning a glimpse at “the beauty that awaits us in the universe” into a day of fear.

“It’s fear that drives us to fast during an eclipse lest the mal-influence of the sunless period is ingested with the food. It’s fear again that prompts thousands of expectant Indian mothers, and fathers, to make use of medical science techniques to ensure they don’t give birth on the ‘inauspicious’ day of the eclipse,” he writes.

“Three thousand years of lived tradition. A spiritual heritage that’s the envy of the world. One would have thought such wisdom would enable us to assimilate and imbibe modern knowledge in a more holistic manner… instead, we spread fear. If Shani doesn’t get you, Rahu must.”

On Wednesday, Hindu temples will be closed, and won’t be open until after they’ve been “cleansed.” The planetariums and observatories will be open.

That sort of says it all.

Future Of Western U.S. Water Supply Threatened By Climate Change

Future Of Western U.S. Water Supply Threatened By Climate Change

ScienceDaily (July 21, 2009) — As the West warms, a drier Colorado River system could see as much as a one-in-two chance of fully depleting all of its reservoir storage by mid-century assuming current management practices continue on course, according to a new University of Colorado at Boulder study.

The study, in press in the American Geophysical Union journal, Water Resources Research, looked at the effects of a range of reductions in Colorado River stream flow on future reservoir levels and the implications of different management strategies. Roughly 30 million people depend on the Colorado River -- which hosts more than a dozen dams along its 1,450 journey from Colorado's Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California -- for drinking and irrigation water.

The Colorado River system is presently enduring its 10th year in a drought that began in 2000, said lead study author Balaji Rajagopalan, a CU-Boulder associate professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering. Fortunately, the river system entered the drought with the reservoirs at approximately 95 percent of capacity. The reservoir system is presently at 59 percent of capacity, about the same as this time last year, said Rajagopalan, also a fellow at CU-Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.

The research team examined the future vulnerability of the system to water supply variability coupled with projected changes in water demand. The team found that through 2026, the risk of fully depleting reservoir storage in any given year remains below 10 percent under any scenario of climate fluctuation or management alternative. During this period, the reservoir storage could even recover from its current low level, according to the researchers.

But if climate change results in a 10 percent reduction in the Colorado River's average stream flow as some recent studies predict, the chances of fully depleting reservoir storage will exceed 25 percent by 2057, according to the study. If climate change results in a 20 percent reduction, the chances of fully depleting reservoir storage will exceed 50 percent by 2057, Rajagopalan said.

"On average, drying caused by climate change would increase the risk of fully depleting reservoir storage by nearly ten times more than the risk we expect from population pressures alone," said Rajagopalan. "By mid-century this risk translates into a 50 percent chance in any given year of empty reservoirs, an enormous risk and huge water management challenge," he said.

But even under the most extensive drying scenario, threats to water supplies won't be felt immediately. "There's a tremendous storage capacity on the Colorado River that helps with the reliability of supply over periods of a just few years," said Rajagopalan.

Total storage capacity of reservoirs on the Colorado exceeds 60 million acre feet, almost 4 times the average annual flow on the river, and the two largest reservoirs -- Lake Mead and Lake Powell -- can store up to 50 million acre feet of water. As a result, the risk of full reservoir depletion will remain low through 2026, even with a 20 percent stream flow reduction induced by climate change, said Rajagopalan.

Between 2026 and 2057, the risks of fully depleting reservoir storage will increase seven-fold under the current management practices when compared with risks expected from population pressures alone. Implementing more aggressive management practices -- in which downstream releases are reduced during periods of reservoir shortages -- could lead to only a two-fold increase in risk of depleting all reservoir storage during this period, according to the study.

The magnitude of the risk will ultimately depend on the extent of climate drying and on the types of water management and conservation strategies established, according to the CU-Boulder study.

"Water conservation and relatively small pre-planned delivery shortages tied to declining reservoir levels can play a big part in reducing our risk," said Ken Nowak, a graduate student with CU-Boulder's Center for Advanced Decision Support for Water and Environmental Systems, or CADSWES, and a study co-author.

"But the more severe the drying with climate change, the more likely we will see shortages and perhaps empty reservoirs despite our best efforts." Nowak said. "The important thing is not to get lulled into a sense of safety or security with the near-term resiliency of the Colorado River basin water supply. If we do, we're in for a rude awakening."

"This study, along with others that predict future flow reductions in the Colorado River Basin, suggests that water managers should begin to re-think current water management practices during the next few years before the more serious effects of climate change appear," said Rajagopalan.

The study was conducted with support from the Western Water Assessment – a joint venture of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as CADSWES and the Bureau of Reclamation.

Other study authors included James Prairie of the Bureau of Reclamation, Martin Hoerling and Andrea Ray of NOAA, Joseph Barsugli and Bradley Udall of CIRES and Benjamin Harding of AMEC Earth & Environmental Inc. of Boulder.


Journal reference:

  1. . Water Supply Risk on the Colorado River: Can Management Mitigate? Water Resources Research, (in press)
Adapted from materials provided by University of Colorado at Boulder.
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