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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Must Read / Must See

This excellent Jon Gertner piece in today's NYT Magazine on water and the Western United States is essential reading. If reading this doesn't give you a moment's pause about how utterly perilous the last seven years of the Bush Administration have been...you just don't get it.

We need a change of course in our environmental policy and we aren't getting one. Water supply is "the other global warming." The oh so confident anti-Gore naysayers don't have an answer to this. But, hey, after Katrina, what's one more major American city?

"Must see" is this local television news piece out of South Dakota. If you want to understand how the politics of S-Chip and Health Care play in a state where the GOP thought they had turned the corner, look no further.

18,000 kids in South Dakota is a lot of kids. People get that.

Unrelated update: this is the first I've read of this trend. This kind of thing has some pretty huge implications; this passsage sums it up:

Dr Byron Reeves, a professor of education at Stanford University, said some firms were taking elements from games to overcome the difficulties of working life in the 21st Century.

"The problems associated with distributed teams, collaboration and information overload right now are so severe, and the opportunities so good, that they are willing to look at anything," he said.

Dr Reeves has founded a company called Seriosity that applies game elements to workplaces.


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1 Comments:

  • KO,
    I don't know much about the other topics, but I have been learning a bit about water. Two comments: One is that Dorothy Green had a very good Op Ed in Today's LA Times. It is a must read after reading the NY Times piece you cited.

    The second comment is that Will Durst has the most stupid advertisement I have heard on the water situation. You can listen to it on the Rebuild California site. After listening I finally realized the Durst either just plays politics for the jokes or is only a paid flak for the construction unions.

    By Blogger Wes, at 4:48 PM  

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