Monday, July 7, 2008

BREVITAS

Denver Post A 28-page contract requested that caterers provide food in "at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple and white." Garnishes could not be counted toward the colors. No fried foods would be allowed. Organic and locally grown foods were mandated, and each plate had to be 50 percent fruits and vegetables. As a result, caterers are shying away. . . "Everything that the Democrats did got off to a late start," said Peggy Beck, a co-owner of Three Tomatoes Catering. "It was such an ordeal. We've jumped through hoops and hoops to bid on their stuff, and we had to have certain color food so the plates would be colorful." In the end, the parties that she had been bidding on were canceled to save money. "This was some of the silliest stuff ever," she added.

Reuters As the valuations of U.S. newspaper publishers plunge and investor interest wanes, the ranks of stock analysts who rate their performance are thinning. . . "The fewer analysts you have . . . the less information that's distributed, the less appearance there is in the minds of institutional investors," said longtime newspaper analyst John Morton, who runs his own research firm. "And so it diminishes the industry as a whole." Two years ago, investors could get research from more than a dozen analysts. Now, they are lucky to find half that number. . . . Failure to replenish these ranks could wipe out decades of intelligence, and critical thinking about the business of newspapers could well disappear over time.

Phil Leggiere, Don't Tase Me Bro' Legislation on the way to sailing through Congress would require electronic payment card processors to report all credit and debit card transactions of businesses identifying their TIN (Taxpaper ID) or Social Security number for single proprietor small business enterprises. This information will go to the IRS for all merchants, regardless of any suspicion of illegal tax cheating activity.

Congress is on the verge of requiring payment card processors to tell the Internal Revenue Service how much money merchants receive through credit card and debit card transactions.

Springwise Thousands of bicycles are scrapped each year in Denmark because their owners can't be bothered to have them fixed, or would rather buy a new bike instead. Copenhagen-based Baisikeli aims to reclaim those discarded bikes to help the disadvantaged both in Africa and at home. Similar to Bikes for Africa, the group has set up projects in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, and it ships bicycles to workshops it has established there to train local people in bicycle repair. Financing for the project comes from bike rentals back in Copenhagen, and unemployed people who have been out of a job for three years or more do the handling of the bikes on the Danish end. . . . Baisikeli also donates some bikes to rural Ghanaian children who depend on them to get to school. Profits from the fixed-up bikes that get sold are invested in local projects, while a portion is put back into developing the workshops.

Haaertz Senior United States defense officials fear that a much-anticipated Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities would fail to destroy them due to lack of intelligence about their location, the Sunday Telegraph reported. The British newspaper stated that evidence of the CIA and Mossad espionage agency's dearth of knowledge on the matter emerged during recent Israel-U.S. talks. . . Despite the gaps in intelligence, the Pentagon chiefs worry that Israel will feel compelled to act within the next 12 months, despite no guarantee that it can do more than slow Iran's development of a nuclear weapon, the Sunday Telegraph reported. While Iran insists its program is for peaceful purposes, Israel, the U.S. and other allies fear that the Islamic Republic is covertly seeking to produce nuclear weapons.

BBC - Eating high levels of some soy products - including tofu - may raise the risk of memory loss, research suggests. The study focused on 719 elderly Indonesians living in urban and rural regions of Java. The researchers found high tofu consumption - at least once a day - was associated with worse memory, particularly among the over-68s. . . Soy products are a major alternative protein source to meat for many people in the developing world. But soy consumption is also on the increase in the west, where it is often promoted as a "superfood".

6 Comments:

At July 7, 2008 8:54 PM, Anonymous aint buyin' it said...

Before buying this story, digest this-BBC- which apparently stands for Big Bunch of Crap.

 
At July 8, 2008 8:17 AM, Blogger Lars said...

In regards to the soy story:

This seems a little suspect. What are we to make of Japan where a good deal of soy product is consumed and they don't seemingly suffer from loss of brain function with age.

 
At July 8, 2008 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen claims (you can get there by a a hard-to-notice link near the bottom of the wikipedia page about soy) that large amounts of unfermented soy products such as tofu, soy milk, and edamame can cause health problems. This might not be apparent in Japan because they also consume a lot of soy sauce, miso, and natto which are fermented varieties that are allegedly good for you.

Indonesians consume a fair amount of the fermented soy product tempeh, though, so I'm not sure what, if anything, this all means.

 
At July 8, 2008 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I should have read the full article before posting the above because it says many of the same things. For those too lazy: Japanese-American men who eat a lot of tofu have been shown to have the same memory issues. However, the fermented products, particularly tempeh, have been shown to aid memory.

In Indonesia, there is also a compounding issue involving the use of formaldehyde as a preservative for tofu.

This is a great example of why it's a good idea to read the full article rather than an excerpt.

 
At July 9, 2008 12:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At July 9, 2008 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now that the commercial is over, back to our regualarly scheduled programming.

 

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