Pew Survey Shows 44% of US Respondents Believe China is Largest Economy

Reporting on a recent poll, the Pew Research Center revealed, "44% of the public now says China is the world’s leading economic power." The overall results indicated a sharp decline in US confidence in its position (see the whole report here).

The degree of ignorance this reflects is somewhat staggering. The US's economy is by far the world's largest in absolute terms, as illustrated by this graph of GDP by year for several countries.

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Securing the Border: Challenges for the U.S. and Mexico - Part 3

A few weeks ago, William Lind opined on 4th Generation War (4GW) coming to the US in the form of the heavily armed gangs in central California. He questioned our priorities, noting that Iraq and Afganistan may be far less troublesome issues than the developing chaos steming from these gangs (see the below article).

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US Military "Volunteers" Enter 4GW fray in Salinas

Update!

It looks like William Lind's blog will continue on the Global Guerrillas site.

Defense and the National Interest is shutting down its website. Long an outlet for 4th Generation Warfare theory and news, the site will be sorely missed. William Lind has announced that his archives (and blog) will move to the Global Guerrillas site, so all is not lost.

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Jazz!

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A safe operating space for humanity

The Spaceship Earth image so popular following the moon missions focused much creative thought on the importance of preserving our living space, with discussions ranging from adequacy of food, preservation activities and Malthusian discussions of population growth vs. resources. Recently, however, the focus has turned to climate change and the impact of fossil fuel usage on rising temperatures.

Movie on YouTube: LR Export to flickr

Here is a movie I did today in Camtesia for mac on using Jeffrey Friedl's LR to flickr plugin:

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Other things to write about:

  • Photo workflow
  • Lightroom actions
  • Photoshop CS3
  • GPS / Geotagging
  • Mapping
  • Music
  • Pets

ollieweb.org On-Line

Today I brought a new domain up: http://ollieweb.org as a new site using drupal 6. It follows the multi-site approach outlined here: http://drupal.org/node/290768 and took a very few moments to add to the existing two sites, http://www.arboretumfriends.org and http://www.riskeval.com.

Resizing Images for Slideshows - Mac

In my earlier article, Slideshows in a Digital Age. I talk about the need to resize images down to something that resembles the projectors inherent resolution. The idea is that since a good projector can only handle 1024 x 768 pixels, embedding a picture bigger than that only strains powerpoint and your hard drive — the projector still only puts 1024 x 768 pixels onto the screen.

So here’s a quick and easy approach for Mac users if you don’t want to fire up either Lightroom, Aperture or Photoshop:

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