Five for Friday 9.12.2008

1. FLOW: For Love of Water

This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to see a sneak preview of the new documentary film FLOW: For Love of Water. In the provocative style of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Irena Salinas explores what many scientists and activists are describing as the “sleeping giant issue of the twenty-first century,”—the global water crisis. This must-see for all interested in global issues left me healthily incensed and with a number of lingering questions. What can be done to abate this problem? Should private companies be allowed to own and sell water? Why haven’t I heard more about this critical issue? Visit and be sure to see the show in theaters this month. For more on water matters, check out this article in the Science Daily news.


2. September 11 Remembered

Yesterday marked the seventh anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Citizens around the country stood solemn at new memorials erected in Washington, D.C., and Boston, MA. Others throughout the world have also been impacted by the event in the years since the tragedy. See how:

A. Essays from social scientists around the world.

B. Global Voices Online, five-year anniversary perspectives.

C. International newspaper coverage of September 11, 2001.


3. War on Afghanistan-Pakistan Border

The controversy over the Iraq War has caused many politicians to turn their attention to the site of “the real terrorist threat”—Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. What do YOU know about the latest developments in the region? Get caught up with this fantastic interactive map from the BBC, as well as this overview of events since 2001 from Just World News.


4. Weather Underground Hurricane Tracking

Track Hurricane Ike with these great resources from

5. Village of Twins is  a Mystery.
A small town in India has a curiously high
incidence of twins, as shown in this video from National
Geographic News
. Could geographic factors be at work? Disclaimer: My
interest in this story may or may not be directly related to my own status as a
biological clone 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

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