"You don't want to get too close to it!" Pat yells to Justin. Our rickety red motorboat is skipping across the choppy blue water of Canada's Spaniard Bay, and Pat -- Pat Miller, a 39-year-old native Newfoundlander with spiky orange hair and the fairest white skin I've ever seen -- is poised near the bow, gazing out at the water in front of us. The "it" he wants our helmsman Justin to avoid is a 100-foot-wide, 15-foot-tall iceberg, a piece of shimmering white ice sticking out of the bay with a stunning, deep blue halo around its base. Anchored next to it: a large red barge. To paraphrase Bogey in Casablanca, I came to Canada for the water. Specifically, I came to Newfoundland, the easternmost point in North America, to watch Pat and his crew of fellow Newfies make Iceberg Water. The concept is simple enough: Latch on to one of the icebergs that drift down off the coast of Newfoundland every summer, melt it, bottle it, then sell it to anybody who's willing to shell out a … [Read more...] about What’s in the Water?
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Sometime between the ﬁfth and sixth hours of tennis, I notice an ache in my shoulder. My nemesis, Bill--a likable übermensch 20 years my junior--appears unfazed by bodily discomfort. We started playing at 9 a.m., and when our doubles partners bagged it at noon, we opted to ﬁnish with a singles match.It's now 2:45, and the score in the fifth set has crept up to a ludicrous 14 games apiece. With the two of us even, after nearly 3 hours, I'm secretly hoping to hang on till the match can be called for darkness. In the middle of the set's 29th game, Bill serves a double fault, gets rattled by his mistake, and repeats it. Advantage me. Bill slices in his next serve, and I hit a pathetic backhand return. Miraculously, the ball tips the net, hovers on the brink like fate itself, then drops dead onto Bill's side of the asphalt court.Sensing salvation from tennis Ragnarok, I ignore the growing screams of shoulder pain and fire a series of serves as hard as I can. And just like … [Read more...] about The Indestructible Man
While the financial basics are forever -- save more than you think you should, keep a handle on your budget, watch the impulsive purchases, etc. -- 2008 brings with it a unique set of financial conditions. And a question: What should you do about it? Here are 5 issues for the new year, and how to address them.If you registered a pulse last year, then you know it was a debacle for home developers and people trying to sell homes. The flip side, of course, is that in most places, it was a purchasers' playground. And given the way real estate market cycles work, 2008 should continue to be a buyers' market. Even the National Association of Realtors, a group with strong incentive to put a positive spin on the data, acknowledges business will still be tough -- for sellers' agents, anyway -- in 2008. "The broad trend over the coming year will be a gradual rise in existing-home sales," predicts NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun, and with it an ever-so-slight rise in … [Read more...] about Put Your Money on It
Hi friends, My first post is a paper I wrote for a graduate-level class on Argumentative Research and Writing. Please be sure to share your thoughts on my paper. I will surely appreciate your feedback. Abstract The apparent benefits of GM crops include higher yields, lower labor cost, soil preservation, reduction of herbicide input, decline in CO2 emissions, and affordable prices to buyers, which resulted in a rapid takeover of the corn, soybeans, and cottonseed markets. However, a critical review of these perceived advantages reveals troublesome trends such as modest or negligible gains in realized crop yields, genetic pollution of traditional varieties, rapid development of glyphosate resistance in weeds and Bt-toxin in root worms, environmental damage due to alterations to the ecological balance of non-target species, alarming toxicological effects in rats and pigs, and detectable levels of Bt-toxins in human blood samples. Current GM-based agricultural models must be revised to … [Read more...] about Environmental & Health Impact of GM Crops
Violence in modern societies is increasingly associated with property crimes as individuals are willing to resort to whatever means necessary to secure desired goods. A kid steals a candy bar because he wants to enjoy the taste; a young man breaks into a house to steal a new stereo because he wants to enjoy listening to the latest tunes; a drug addict sticks up a grocery store, shooting the owner, in order to get the money he needs to get “high”; a bank executive embezzles a million dollars so he can run off with his girlfriend to enjoy life in the Bahamas; a woman murders her husband so that she can collect on his insurance policy. So what is the common motive behind these crimes? The answer obviously is the desire for sense gratification. Criminologists and social scientists have almost completely overlooked the fact that materialism is the root cause of crime. False identification of the body as the self leads people to believe that sense enjoyment will make them happy … [Read more...] about Temporary sense gratification leads to crime