Someone told me that if you add 'Harry Potter and...' to the beginning of the title of a scholarly journal article, it makes it more likely that readers will actually read it. So I thought I would try it with some of my own articles. Enjoy.
Harry Potter and Interesting Questions Worthy of Further Study
Harry Potter and Woodsy the Optimal Owl
Harry Potter and the Effects of Information about Invasive Species on Risk Perception and Seafood Demand by Gender and Race
Harry Potter and the Financial and Psychological Risk Attitudes Associated with Two Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Nicotine Receptor (CHRNA4) Gene
Harry Potter and the Welfare Effects of Pfiesteria-Related Fish Kills
Harry Potter and the Value of Agricultural Economics Extension Programming
Harry Potter and the Economic Value of Marine Recreational Fishing in the Southeast United States
Harry Potter and the Economic Benefits of Oyster Reef Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay
You're dying to read my stuff now, aren't you?
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Hola, amigos. Whuddup? I know it's been a long time since I rapped at ya, but I been knee-deep in the hoopla. First of all, my wife and I had a son in July. Second of all...no, that's really it. Here's a picture of him helping me on a remote meeting while I was teleworking.
I hope to get back to occasional blogging. And that someone gets the reference at the top.
This work is not a product of the United States Government or the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the author is not doing this work in any governmental capacity. The views expressed are those of the author only and do not necessarily represent those of the United States or the US EPA.
Halloween politics not from The Onion (I don't think):
Iceland’s prime minister announced on Sunday that he would resign, as the insurgent, anti-establishment Pirate Party capitalized on a wave of anger over corruption to come in second place in the country’s general election.
The prime minister, Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, announced his departure on national television after his center-right Progressive Party’s share of seats in the 63-seat Parliament collapsed to eight from 19 in the previous election, in 2013. ...
The conservative Independence Party, which has been in a governing coalition with the Progressives, came in first with 21 seats, up from 19 in the last election.
But the big winner in the election on Saturday was the four-year-old Pirate Party, which took 10 seats, more than tripling its showing of three seats in the last general election. The Left-Green Party also won 10 seats. The left-leaning parties — the Left-Greens, the Pirates and two allies — won 27 seats over all, just short of a majority.
The liberal Regeneration Party, which is expected to play the role of kingmaker, has ruled out joining a coalition with the current governing establishment parties. This means that left-leaning parties could potentially form a governing coalition.
This the kind of stuff Iceland's pirates are up to (Wikipedia):
On 4 July 2013, a bill was introduced in parliament that would, if passed, immediately grant Edward Snowden Icelandic citizenship. The proposer of the bill was Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson (Pirate Party) and it was co-sponsored by the other Pirate Party parliament members ...
People who live in glass houses post title: I'll take Iceland more seriously when their politicians start acting more like grown-ups.
Abbey Powell is throwing numbers around like a presidential candidate… $5 Billion? With a B?? Who keeps track of that number? This paper, which appears to be written by smart people from the Nature Conservancy doing actual research, puts the annual costs @ $1 Billion… so not insignificant. The paper also describes the sting and it also sounds significant… So Mark and Abbey best be careful about where they step…
Not totally trusting a The Nature Conservancy report I Google Scholared "red imported fire ant" + cost and found Pimentel, Zuniga and Morrison (2005). They also put the number closer to $1 billion (Table 1). Time to retire the boring and unfunny comic strip.
Pimentel, David, Rodolfo Zuniga, and Doug Morrison. "Update on the environmental and economic costs associated with alien-invasive species in the United States." Ecological economics 52, no. 3 (2005): 273-288.
There seems to be a lack of joint decision making in Weed:
Roseburg Forest Products, an Oregon-based company that owns the pine forest where the spring surfaces, is demanding that the city of Weed get its water elsewhere. ...
For the past 50 years, the company charged the city $1 a year for use of water from the Beaughan Spring. As of July, it began charging $97,500 annually. A contract signed this year directs the city to look for alternative sources.
Roseburg has not made public what it plans to do with the water it wants to take back from the city. But it already sells water to Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring, which bottles it in Weed and ships it as far away as Japan. Crystal Geyser is looking to increase its overall supply.
Residents of Weed, including the current mayor and three former mayors, say the water was always intended for municipal and domestic use and should not be sold to the highest bidder. ...
Bottled-water plants have met with resistance and in some cases protests in a number of places across California, including a Nestlé plant last year in Sacramento. In the water-rich towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta, residents have raised concerns over proposed bottling plants that they say could severely diminish local water supplies.
A measure on the ballot in the November election in Siskiyou County, where the towns are, would for the first time require that companies obtain permits to export water.
The disputes echo California’s broader water wars. Five years of drought have escalated competition among farmers, factories and residents over water use and have pitted the arid south against the more water-rich north. ...
The alternative to legal proceedings for now is to drill a new well at a cost of around $2 million, according to Ron Stock, the Weed city administrator.
Roseburg has suggested a site on its property, but city officials say it is potentially dangerous: The well would be located a few hundred yards from a former wood treatment facility that is contaminated with highly toxic chemicals including arsenic. The facility, which is managed by Roseburg, was fenced off in 1986 and has been declared a Superfund site.
Because of the complex hydrology of the area, including lava tubes that carry water in various directions under the mountains, the city would not know whether the water was safe until it drilled a test well, Mr. Stock said.
There are about 3000 residents in Weed and about half rely on this water source. To be blunt, a new well would only cost about $667 if everyone paid for it. But then, there is uncertainty about whether the new well will be successful. I need an estimate of the range of probabilities before I can do any more. That's harsh.
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