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Daily Digest 8/18 - We Need A War On Coal, Starvation Threatens Atlantic Puffins

Sunday, August 18, 2013, 12:11 PM

Economy

Signs Of The Top (Nate)

I started in the fascinating business of trying to understand why markets go up and down in February 1971. The old money manager in the French bank which had hired me straightaway said: "Charles, you will never get rich in this business using other people's money. Do NOT leverage your positions. Leverage might be all right for fellows who deal in real estate, but for those in stock markets, it only brings misery."

Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online (jdargis)

Zvi Galil, the dean of the university’s College of Computing, expects that in the coming years, the program could attract up to 10,000 students annually, many from outside the United States and some who would not complete the full master’s degree. “Online, there’s no visa problem,” he said.

Is Big Data And Economic Big Dud? (jdargis)

There is just one tiny problem: the economy is, at best, in the doldrums and has stayed there during the latest surge in Web traffic. The rate of productivity growth, whose steady rise from the 1970s well into the 2000s has been credited to earlier phases in the computer and Internet revolutions, has actually fallen. The overall economic trends are complex, but an argument could be made that the slowdown began around 2005 — just when Big Data began to make its appearance.

What's Lost When Everything Is Recorded (jdargis)

Computer analysis of talk will yield new insights by closely analyzing the so-called metadata of speech — its intonations, pauses and interjections. At what point in the conversation did a joke help close a sale? Who ultimately prevails: the person who talks loudly, or the person who repeats their point the best? What the National Security Agency learns about people by studying metadata may be only the start of how much we can tell, apart from the mere meaning of words.

Layoffs Taboo, Japan Workers Are Sent to the Boredom Room (jdargis)

For more than two years, he has come to a small room, taken a seat and then passed the time reading newspapers, browsing the Web and poring over engineering textbooks from his college days. He files a report on his activities at the end of each day.

We Need A War On Coal (jdargis)

Speaking at Harvard earlier this year, Al Gore praised a student group that was pushing the university to sell its investments in fossil-fuel companies, and compared their activities to the divestment campaign in the 1980s that helped to end South Africa’s racist apartheid policy.

A Secret Race for Abandoned Nuclear Material (jdargis)

“When I went out there, I was expecting to see guys on camels, pulling on copper cables,” Mr. Hecker told the authors. Instead, he saw miles of trenches that had been dug by teams with excavating machines — evidence of what he called “a major industrial enterprise,” which dug up miles of irradiated copper cable and sold it to Chinese dealers.

Mr. Hecker concluded that the site contained nuclear material “in reasonably concentrated form, easily picked up, completely open to whoever wants to come.”

Starvation threatens Atlantic puffins (jdargis)

In the Gulf of Maine, the Atlantic puffin population has been dying of starvation and losing body weight, possibly because of shifting fish populations as ocean temperatures rise, according to scientists. The survival rates of fledglings on Maine’s two largest puffin colonies plunged last summer, and puffins are in declining health at the largest puffin colony in the gulf, on a Canadian island about 10 miles off eastern Maine. Dozens of emaciated birds were found washed ashore in Massachusetts and Bermuda this past winter, likely victims of starvation. The situation has drawn the attention of scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, who are looking at how shifting fish populations can affect the productivity of puffins and Arctic terns.

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westcoastjan
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One small step for womenkind...

Just had to share and did not know where else to post...

Caught my first ever rainbow trout on a fly rod this afternoon! I was so excited I just about fell out of my kayak LOL! It is the perfect frypan size, and yes, I cleaned it myself too!

Jan has visions of fresh trout in the freezer next the to veggies from the garden! cheeky

Woohoo! Trout for dinner!

Jan (happy camper!)

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Arthur Robey
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Donuts.

I read the Layoff article with wry humour dJargis. Big business was pushing to get a flexible workforce here in Australia.

They had a vision of being able to hire and fire at will. What actually happened was that Labour walked at will.

Boss: Joe, why aren't you at work?

Joe: I am working over the road at Henries. He buys the donuts.

Boss: I will give you an extra 10 min on your break.

Joe: And donuts?

Boss: And donuts.

Joe: Be there in half an hour.

Flexibility and loyalty are two way streets.

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