Decision making tips tps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/06/why-are-some-people-more-productive-than-others-science-has-the-answer/?utm_content=buffera08f8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/06/why-are-some-people-more-productive-than-others-science-has-the-answer/?utm_content=buffera08f8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

On highly sucessful and productive people:

Genuine productivity grows from starting a to-do list with larger goals and then splitting them up into bite-sized “smart” goals.”

Fukushima Keeps Fighting Radioactive Tide 5 Years After Disaster – NYTimes.com

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/03/11/world/asia/japan-fukushima-nuclear-disaster.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_nn_20160311&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=60578025&_r=0&referer=

Update on Fukushima clean up:

“But a full cleanup of the site — including the extraction of melted uranium fuel from the damaged reactor cores — is expected to take at least 40 years according to the government’s timetable and a century by other estimates. In the meantime, officials acknowledge, Fukushima remains vulnerable.”

Could Insurance Markets Help Water Utilities Respond to Drought? | Circle of Blue WaterNews

http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2016/world/could-insurance-markets-help-water-utilities-respond-to-drought/

Here’s a market solution to consider, President Trump

Researchers propose a new financial tool. Implications for Great Lakes?

I am quoting from an article written by Bret Walton for Circle Blue. He lays out the problem of water shortages out west and introduces the idea of “water insurance” just as we have car or flood insurance.
Greg Characklis, professor at UNC at Chapel Hill, further explains the notion in the following paragraphs:

“Utilities need to change their business models to adapt to 21st-century conditions. In an era of conservation, argues Greg Characklis, water utilities must become more sophisticated financial managers. One way they are doing this is by changing their rate structures so that they earn more revenue from “fixed” fees that do not fluctuate with the amount of water sold.

Characklis, a professor in the department of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has another idea: insurance markets. Farmers buy crop insurance to protect against unpredictable weather and drivers purchase accident protection, but no similar product exists for water utilities. Characklis and his colleagues are assessing the viability of the new financial tool.”

SEC.gov | SEC Obtains $30 Million From Traders Who Profited on Hacked News Releases

http://www.sec.gov/news/pressrelease/2015-191.html

” Barely a month after we froze tens of millions of dollars in illegal profits from the defendants’ trading on illegal inside information obtained from hacked news releases, we obtained a settlement with foreign traders that deprives them of their wrongful gains,” said Andrew J. Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “Today’s settlement demonstrates that even those beyond our borders who trade on stolen nonpublic information and use complex instruments in an attempt to avoid detection will ultimately be caught.”

Justice served.

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ASU Study Details Economic Impact of Colorado River on Basin States | Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

http://inewsnetwork.org/2015/09/25/asu-study-details-economic-impact-of-colorado-river-on-basin-states/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socmed&utm_campaign=social

” Forget about being up the creek without a paddle. This is more like having an armload of paddles and no creek.”

Study on Colorado river Basin answers basic question.

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Feds: B.C. mines won’t go before international commission

http://www.ktoo.org/2015/09/16/feds-b-c-mines-wont-go-international-commission/

“The department, in responoce to our inquiry, says it’s concerned about British Columbia mining’s impacts on Alaskans, including Native groups, commercial fishermen and the tourism industry. It added that it had shared those concerns with senior levels of Canada and British Columbia’s governments.

But State Department officials say they do not anticipate referring the issue to the International Joint Commission at this time. Instead, they’re relying on increased cooperation between Alaska and British Columbia.”

We have this successful transboundary organization, the IJC, why does the federal government refuse to use?

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Historic 2011 US and Canada flooding prompts water study – Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/17/historic-2011-us-and-canada-flooding-prompts-water/

Excerpt from WashingronTimes on historic flooding:
IJC Future steps could include recommendations for flood control structures, such as a dam that was begun in the 1930s in Quebec but was never finished.

Low-lying areas around the lake in Vermont and New York were inundated by the spring runoff that kept the lake above flood stage for more than two months in 2011.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/17/historic-2011-us-and-canada-flooding-prompts-water/#ixzz3aS5dC7cc 
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Senators to Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill To Senate | Criticl

https://criticl.me/post/senators-introduce-medical-marijuana-bill-senate-2264

Medical marijuana bill proposed by senate pending. This is excerpt from Criticl posting:
” Reformation of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in order to grant wider access to cannabis for research purposes.Banks would be able to do business with the marijuana industry as they would with others.Marijuana would be downgraded from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug as classified by the DEA.Authorized carriers would be able to transport the drug across state lines to deliver to dispensaries.Doctors with the Department of Veteran Affairs would be able to prescribe the drug to patients where it’s legal in that state.

If the bill is passed, it would mark the first time since 1937 that the drug would be federally legal for limited medical use.

The history of the eventual federal ban, was deeply seeded in fear of Mexican immigrants. During 1910 to1920 Mexican immigrants came to America in mass and brought the plant with them. Governmental bodies funded biased research that linked use of the plant with violence, sexual deviance and crime to the “racially inferior” and underclass. 1936 the famous propaganda film “Reefer Madness” was produced and the following year the Marijuana Tax Act was passed, which effectively banned all use except for restricted medical uses.”

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Gov’t Urged to Fund Basin Plan: IJC | Rainy River Record

http://www.rainyriverrecord.com/node/20766

It also follows two periods of public review and feedback, and builds upon considerable co-operative work and planning that has been undertaken in the basin in recent years.” The Plan of Study identifies five themes of concern, and strongly recommends funding for 32 projects and activities to support a balanced approach to water quality management, in response to concerns by governments, researchers, local residents and indigenous peoples about the basin’s ecosystem health.

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Counties pan lake-level management plan

http://m.thedailynewsonline.com/mobile/news/article_c3948f74-8cbd-11e4-8507-dbaf0fe7aad8.html

Johnson told her colleagues that IJC Plan 2014 would negate the benefits from dredging completed this fall by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging of the Oak Orchard Harbor.

The dredging removed more than 10 years of sediment from a federal channel actively used by boating, sport-fishing and recreation activities. Allowing for higher-highs and lower-lows in lake levels would wash that maintenance away, Johnson said.

“Dredging our harbors cost well over $1 million, and yet the federal government-appointed IJC has put forth a plan that would devastate our harbors,” said Johnson, who  cited estimates of $3.5 million in damages to shoreline protection systems. “This is government at its worst.”

Negotiations continue….

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