The winter tick problem in New Hampshire is particularly vexing. The animals lose so much blood they can become anemic. Worse, the ticks drive the moose crazy; they constantly scratch, tearing off large patches of hair. [But that] is a relatively recent phenomenon. But then, so are moose. The animals were hunted out of existence during Colonial times; they returned to the state only in the 1970s.
via Moose Die-Off Alarms Scientists – NYTimes.com.
PS. Here is something to Google today: “animal die-offs.”
…the surge in imports suggested that domestic demand was holding up, a major goal for China’s policy makers, who are trying to reduce the economy’s dependence on trade and investment in favor of more self-sustaining domestic consumption.
via Commodity Imports Rise, Giving China Good News – NYTimes.com.
Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia have been hurt by their dependence on slower-growing China. They have also been hit by China’s gradual shift away from industries dependent on commodity imports from Asian neighbors, like steel production, and toward service industries.
via Muted Fears of Contagion as Asian Currencies Fall – NYTimes.com.
In New York, it’s appallingly easy to go to an utterly mediocre restaurant and spend $50 or $60, once tax, tip and two drinks are included. I’ve done it dozens of times.
via Joe Satran: Why LAs Restaurants May Be Better Than Those In New York.
Thats because, despite its marketing, nothing about Outback Steakhouse, home of the Bloomin Onion, is Australian. Dont be fooled by the guy on the ads with the thick Australian accent. Dont be fooled by the “Aussie cheese fries” or the “walkabout soup” on the menu. Outback Steakhouse is 100 percent American.
via Outback Steakhouse Review: Please Dont Call This Food Australian – – Eat+Drink – Los Angeles – LA Weekly.
With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a babys first bed. Many children, from all social backgrounds, have their first naps within the safety of the box’s four cardboard walls.
via BBC News – Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes.
More than half of the rivers previously thought to exist in China appear to be missing, according to the 800,000 surveyors who compiled the first national water census, leaving Beijing fumbling to explain the cause.
via 28,000 rivers wiped off the map of China | The Australian.
Many of the safety issues of yesterday’s kitchens are gone. No one in my family is likely to tumble into an open hearth. But new kitchens pose a more subtle danger to our health by doubling as a comfortable social, entertainment and eating hub. Retail marketers have long known that when tempting food is within close range of our eyes or nose, we tend to eat more of it. In our new kitchens, it’s just too darn easy to get to addictive snacks and calorie-rich drinks.
via Is Your Kitchen a Health Hazard?.
If Saudi Arabia allowed its crude to be traded — that is, sold by the original buyer to some other final or intermediate client — the abundant availability of Saudi oil would drive prices down. But the Saudis are afraid of playing an active role in the market because they do not want to be accused of “controlling” the price of oil.
via How to Lower the Price of Oil – By Bernard Haykel, Giacomo Luciani, and Eckart Woertz | Foreign Policy.