Wednesday Night News Bytes

by: jlms qkw

Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 23:19:39 PM EST

I'd like to poll for time of day, but I don't even know where to start with timezones.  Due to scheduling issues, this and more articles are cross-posted at the orange. (fix link when available)


jlms qkw :: Wednesday Night News Bytes
Collection of stuff tweeted to me recently:

A path paved in coal

Forty years ago, the Navajo Nation and Southern Ute tribes languished side by side, mired in high unemployment and poverty.

Today, worth billions, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe is one of the richest in the United States, while the Navajo still suffer as one of the most impoverished communities in the country.

The difference? Energy.

While the Southern Utes have natural gas, the Navajo Nation has coal, which has for decades been extracted to feed various large-scale power plants, including in the Four Corners. But that revenue has come under threat by tightening air-quality regulations. At the same time, natural gas, a cleaner fuel source for generating electricity, has grown cheaper and more abundant because of hydraulic fracturing.

The shift has left Navajo leaders in a quandary: either continue investing in coal in the hopes it will remain a significant fuel source, or cut their losses and choose another investment.

Divesting In Fossil Fuels Shouldn't Harm Endowments

College-endowment managers who resist the growing call to divest their holdings in fossil-fuel companies may be doing so for little or no financial reason, according to a new report.

An analysis released on Tuesday by the Aperio Group, an investment-management firm that offers its clients a "socially responsible index," among other investment strategies, found that while divesting from fossil-fuel companies does not necessarily add value to a portfolio, it does not subtract value from it either, and it increases the risk to investors at such a modest level as to be negligible.

In recent months, student groups at more than 200 colleges across the country have begun pushing their institutions to divest from fossil-fuel companies. A handful of smaller institutions, including Unity College and Hampshire College, have recently adopted strategies to reduce their investments in such companies, but most colleges have responded warily to the notion.

Not from twitter News:

Clothing retailer outsources jobs to India

One of Australia's leading online clothing retailers, which boasts of having local staff, has been relocating its customer service centre to India.

The Iconic, a fast-growing online company, has been outsourcing parts of its email customer service to Hyderabad since December, with redundancy announcements expected on Thursday, internal emails obtained by Fairfax Media show.

It is understood some full-time and casual customer service staff could be made redundant.

On the clothing website, the company claims it has an "excellent team of local customer service consultants [located in our Sydney offices]".

A customer service employee, who asked to remain anonymous, said staff were told in late November "not to worry" about their jobs. "Don't worry you're needed," they were told.

The Iconic is the name of the store, apparently.  Outsourcing, it's not just for/from the USA anymore.  

Vishwaroopam ban: emotional Kamal Haasan threatens to leave India

Upset over the hurdles caused by the ban on the release of mega budget Vishwaroopam, an emotional Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said Tamil Nadu does not want him to stay in the state and he might seek a "secular" place in the country or overseas. "When M F Hussain can do it, Kamal Haasan will do it... I am fed up. I am an artiste. After that, I will have to seek a secular state for my stay... Secular state from Kashmir to Kerala, excluding Tamil Nadu... Tamil Nadu wants me out," he said in a choked voice as the fate of the movie is still to be decided in the court.

The actor said he had pledged all his property to make the trilingual movie, estimated to have cost around Rs. 100 crore. He said he might lose his house because of the losses incurred by the delay in the release of the movie.

Haasan said he was still to get interim relief as the film shows were "started and stopped" by police on Wednesday, who sought a physical copy of the single judge's order passed last night, giving clearance of the film.

It seems: a Muslim man made a movie in a Hindu country, and it may not be shown?  Any other ideas out there?  

Softer News

Improving Bathrooms h/t Peter

Improving Bathrooms
They Could Be so Much Better!
Peter Flom
Peter Flom, Yahoo! Contributor Network

The bathroom is badly designed.
In particular, the typical home or apartment bathroom is badly designed. The typical home bathroom could be safer, less wasteful and more pleasurable.

Overall design of the home bathroom
First, let's look at overall design. The typical American bathroom has a toilet, a sink and a tub, probably with a shower, all in one small room. The floor is usually tile. What's wrong with this? A lot!

   Tile is slippery when wet and bathroom floors get wet. Putting all those hard surfaced items in a small space means that if you slip you are likely to hit something hard, perhaps with your head. Need the floor be tile? Why? Why couldn't it be covered in a thin sheet of rubber or some similar material?

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Thanks Jlms Qkw (2.00 / 10)
An interesting collection of articles to read tonight. I wonder how the Navajo tribe will re invest?

I'm surprised with the number of casinos built on Indian land in Wa State...and at how busy they are.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

hopefully (2.00 / 10)
wind, solar, renewable, and a better grid?  

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Breaking News! (2.00 / 9)
Blowing like snot on Douglas Lake, TN.


Enough to make me a little sea sick typing and looking at a screen sitting in my little (I really need to brace a bit more underneath) office.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

Heh..... (2.00 / 9)
It's dark and rainy in Bellingham...but my sofa is stable and cozy!

One more song from Lyn Miles, and my day will be over

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

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Nice! (2.00 / 9)
I really should go to bed. Think I will let that play me to sleep.

Embeded for the lazy Mooses out there. ht pp!

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Lynn Miles "Fearless Heart" (2.00 / 9)

I really enjoy her music. Thanks for sharing the fun.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

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In Hampton Roads as well.... (2.00 / 7)
blew so hard we lost power for a couple hours. Usually when we lose power it seems SO quiet...this time, though, the wind sounded like a freight train was riding through our yard.

I took in a run to check out the area and the power haves and have nots. The power trucks arrived while I was out so I watched the man swaying in the cherry picker for a bit and 'shot the shit' with the men on the ground. Thanked them, wished them well...then headed on my merry way.

On my way in I came up on a large owl that musta been blown from some lofty perch. He (just gonna assume 'he'...coulda been a 'she') was standing stoically on the running path and did not seem much fussed by my advance. I stopped and leaned to check on him (I'm a sucker for injured critters) and he took a couple hops and launched for a low sail into the nearby woods. I took that to mean he was ok and had no intentions of letting me 'take care of' him.  /grin

Power is back, for now, but is REALLY windy (no rain yet though).

WINDY is our forecast for tomorrow (today) and Friday...if they mean this same intensity of wind (or greater) then I am sure we will be sans power again at some point over the next couple days. Ah well. At least it is not during the blazing heat of summer.

Gonna watch Arrow now.


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salt lake city is melting (2.00 / 1)
and the next inversion is already starting, i could see it from the east-side freeway when i came home from court.  

it's a very cool melt, but melty nonetheless.  which is good, as i am not sure where i would put any additional snow.  

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Thanks Great collection of news eom (2.00 / 3)

5 quick ones (2.00 / 1)

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Thanks for learning me something today jlms qkw (2.00 / 2)

you are most welome (2.00 / 2)
i wrote the wednesday night OND on the gos, also . . .

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