Neal Rauhauser: Nature Bats Last – Global Wildfires

Global Wildfire Patterns Over the last seven years I have become interested in the following topics in roughly chronological order: peak oil, renewable energy with a focus on wind, renewable ammonia, food security, and water security. More and more I am starting to see that global wildfire patterns are also important. The video seen here …

Neal Rauhauser: Lebanon’s Record Drought

Lebanon’s Record Drought Lebanon faces water crisis after record winter drought contains grim details about water supplies in Lebanon. Lebanon’s meteorological service says the country has had just 431 mm (17 inches) of precipitation since September, less than half last year’s 905.8 mm and far below the yearly average of 812 mm. The UN refugee …

Neal Rauhauser: 36 Extraordinary Maps

36 maps that will make you see the world in completely new ways The internet has led to a renaissance in mapmaking, with thousands of interactive, illustrated, informational, or just plain silly maps being published on a daily basis. We’ve done a number of other pieces on some of the web’s interesting and weird maps, …

Neal Rauhauser: Central African Republic Maps

Updated Central African Republic Maps The Central African Republic’s troubles were obvious to foreign policy watchers a year ago and now conflict has boiled over into outright ethnic cleansing. As a former French colony the best sources on this area are still in French and as a resource poor, land locked area there simply wasn’t …

Neal Rauhauser: Global Database of Events, Language & Tone (GDELT) Is SAFE!

Global Database of Events, Language & Tone (GDELT) Is SAFE! by Neal Rauhauser That was a long, uncomfortable silence, after I posted GDELT’s Mysterious Demise, but we now have the particulars on what happened: The bottom line is that GDELT is one of the very few event datasets in existence today that actually has all …

Neal Rauhauser: MassBigData Opens Government

MassBigData Opens Government I sometimes think I could drop all of my technical Twitter follows except for @kdnuggets and that would be more than enough to keep me busy. Today he mentioned MassBigData, a statewide initiative to open government data for exploitation. What used to happen inside 128 has spread as far west as Worcester. . …

Neal Rauhauser: GDELT’s Mysterious Demise

I wrote Foreign Policy’s Global Conversation Infographic on New Year’s Day. The content used to create the visualization was based on the Global Data of Events, Language and Tone, commonly referred to as GDELT. The effort was suspended during the week ending January 17th via this terse announcement. . . . . . . I …

Neal Rauhauser: Eastern Mediterranean Gas Fields & Pipelines

Eastern Mediterranean Gas Fields & Pipelines The eastern Mediterranean has natural gas resources but with the exception of Egyptian production this is rarely mentioned, almost never in the geopolitical press and only rarely in the energy specific trade press. The Oil Drum offers an excellent series of detailed articles tagged with ‘Israel’, but the style is …

Neal Rauhauser: Political Populism Emergent – First Occupy Solidarity Network Now Assange and Hacktivists

First Occupy Solidarity Network, Now Assange First we saw Micah White split from Adbusters and announce the creation of the Occupy Solidarity Network, an explicitly political creature with its root in Occupy Wall Street. Now two weeks later Democracy brings us WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Calls on Computer Hackers to Unite Against NSA Surveillance (starting at 31:00 …

Neal Rauhauser: Foreign Policy’s Global Conversation Infographic

Foreign Policy’s Global Conversation Infographic The images and following text were taken from The Global Conversation on Foreign Policy’s site. The site’s graph is user zoomable and the second image shows President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and Edward Snowden. I may have to hunt up a print copy and read the full article on …

Neal Rauhauser: Quadrennial Intelligence Community Review? Start with Counterintelligence?

Quadrennial Intelligence Community Review? The Department of Defense began producing the Quadrennial Defense Review in 1997 in response to requests from Congress triggered by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Four of them have been released and the fifth will begin to appear in February or March of 2014. …