September 25th, 2010


What Is Feasible In A Hypothetical Drought Environment/World?

Setting: Town in southern California that has a severe drinkable water shortage problem - let's say in the not-too-far-off future. Slightly desert-y, I guess.

Previous Research: Well, I've researched articles (and read the Wiki entries of course) for things like dehydration, thirst, water quality, drinking water, drought, so I've got the very general nature of what a town suffering from water shortage would look like. And unfortunately that's not an alternate reality for some places today, so I've read some news articles on places with a lack of drinking water in Africa, Australia, etc.

ETA: So a search term is "drought tolerant ____" and I found some suggestions/lists of fruit trees and plants that are "drought tolerant," though nothing too specific.

My question is more general and basically, I'd love to have people throw in suggestions. How would people survive - try to make do - in such an environment? I'm not talking about people trying to solve the water crisis and coming up with solutions, but how people would cope with it if there is no solution - just a limited pool of water and rare occurrences of rain.

For example: I was thinking about a character who works in a bakery. But then I thought - baking bread requires water...and bread is a pretty "dry" food that might ratchet up someone's thirst. So wouldn't that be unrealistic if survival is the goal here? So - what food could people produce that 1) doesn't require a great deal of water, 2) doesn't increase their thirst?
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Police officer being arrested, uk, 2010

Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone can help me with a little scenario.

I have a police officer who is present at a crime scene (murder, two dead bodies clearly shot) and ALL the circumstantial evidence points to him being the guilty party. (He doesn't deny this, although nor does he confess).

I basically need to know if he'd be investigated by a murder team from another borough/maybe even another force? Or if he'd be investigated by CIB (Complaints Investigation Bureaux) - I'm not even totally sure if the latter still exists, since the IPCC came into being. (And I've Googled all sorts of IPCC, CIB, police officer arrested, procedure for arresting police officer, investigating serving police officer, etc. I get various newspaper articles about police officers being arrested, but no detail on who investigates the crimes, and most of them are far less serious than murder anyway.)

I'm currently assuming the case just needs investigating by officers who don't know the one under arrest (and as this is based in London in 2010 I'm sure this is possible).

Also, there will be forensic evidence on his clothes. Would they wait to remove his clothes until they got to the station and put him in cells, or would they attempt to do something about that on the scene of the crime?

All and any help would be gratefully received.


World War I questions + one regarding candles and graveyards

Setting: England, during the First World War and in the early 20's.

I have a few questions, and actually I'm a bit ashamed I can't figure out the answers myself... I have an access to a university library and JSTOR, so if anyone has suggestions for good books or articles to read, I'm more than willing to do that. As English isn't my native language, I also may well have used weird search terms or haven't figured out the good ones, so any suggestions are welcome here as well.

1. How old is the tradition of lighting candles at graveyards? Either on All Saint's, or generally. Would people have had the habit in England in the 1920's? (Search terms: various combinations of "lighting candles", "all saint's day", "tradition", "grave", "graveyard")

2. In military hospitals during the war, how would nurses call those patients (esp. officers) who they knew would not return to the front? Would they still address them as Captain Smith or Lieutenant Jones? If so, when exactly did an officer stop being called one? (I didn't really know how to search this; I've been reading a few articles on military hospitals, but haven't found an answer to this.)

3. What happened to those officers who couldn't return to the front line? Would an educated and liked officer who could not fight but whose injuries weren't too serious be asked to work in the cadre? (Search terms: combinations of "cadre", "first world war", "wounded soldier", "wounded officer" etc.)

4. What was going on in British universities during the war? Did older professors continue working? Were there any students left? (Search terms: "universities during first world war" + some variations of that, but the results are mostly websites of universities which offer courses on the war.)

5. The fifth question is a bit indefinite, as I'm basically having a credibility problem. What I need to happen is that a wounded soldier is taken to a field hospital, and it takes some time (like half a day or so) before one of the nurses treating him figures out his name. As the soldiers carried dog tags, one wouldn't most likely remain unidentified for long, I suppose? Were the soldiers' names written down or something like that right when they arrived, or would it be delayed for a while if there was a need for an urgent surgery? With this one I've no idea how to do a useful search.

Thanks a lot in advance!