Classic Sci Fi 2: Daniel F Galouye Dark Universe

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Daniel F Galouye Dark Universe, Hamlyn Reprint 1983ORT_Logo   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  26 September 2015

Introduction

Daniel F Galouye came up with a brilliant idea when he wrote Dark Universe in 1961. In the short novel that follows that he fleshes out the idea with a good story, a well-rounded plot and reasonable characterisation. Continue reading “Classic Sci Fi 2: Daniel F Galouye Dark Universe”

Large dams 2: Aswan High Dam

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Satellite image: Insightdigital & Google, Aswan High Dam 2009
Satellite image: Insightdigital & Google, Aswan High Dam 2009

Case study: The Aswan High Dam and the Nile in Egypt

Introduction

There are numerous case studies of dams and diversion projects around the world that illustrate issues and teach lessons. The disappearance of the Aral Sea in the Soviet Union is perhaps the most notorious. It is an extreme example of diversion irrigation in a desert to grow cotton: an awful lesson of where extreme ambition and unwillingness to face basic facts can lead to ecological and economic disaster.

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Large Dams 1: An introduction

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Photo: Palmyra Sculpture Centre, boats Aral Sea
Photo: Palmyra Sculpture Centre, boats Aral Sea

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Preface

In my post Rukmini Rao Woman of the Year 2014 I mentioned that I have worked with Rukmini and Gramya Resource Centre for Women in India for up to two months each year as a volunteer since 2004. I said my role has been a minor one mostly, doing backroom research, providing a sounding board and visiting various projects. This is true with one exception in 2006.

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Last Days of Osama bin Laden 3: The killing

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Photo: Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer, 4.06 pm EST, 1 May 2011, Situation room
Photo: Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer, 4.06 pm EST, 1 May 2011, Situation room

ORT_Logo   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  8 September 2015


Introduction

The photograph of the inner cabal in the situation room reminds me of the Ridley Scott film Body of Lies 2008 which has Russell Crowe on a big screen peering at Leonardo DiCaprio on the ground in a city streetscape perhaps from a helicopter (later in the desert from a drone). The 2008 scenes were possibly inspired by Chelsea Manning’s release to Wikileaks of footage of a helicopter killing unarmed journalists.

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