BBC Two Programmes – Million Dollar Traders – Episodes from 2009

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BBC - BBC Two Programmes - Million Dollar Traders - Episodes from 2009

Following this, it’s variable — but useful as a recap of the start of the recession as the amateur traders start working on the week of the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac fed takeover.

Adventurer’s bottle boat to sail plastic sea – Times Online

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A sea of trash five times the size of Britain sits just below the surface between California and Hawaii in a becalmed area of ocean known as the north Pacific gyre. There, plastic waste is deposited in a slowly twisting, soupy mass by the circular pattern of the world’s sea currents.

Rothschild, 30, a 6ft 4in ecologist, has traversed both the Arctic and Antarctic. He is calling his vessel the Plastiki in homage to Kon-Tiki, the timber and hemp raft used by Thor Heyerdahl, the Norwegian explorer and writer, to demonstrate that South American Indians could have settled in Polynesia.

The Plastiki is being constructed from plastic bottles tied together to form two hulls and covered in a plastic skin.

The United Nations estimates there are 46,000 pieces of plastic, most no bigger than a 1p piece, floating on every square mile of the world’s oceans and devastating marine life.

The Pacific patch is the biggest concentration, with a plastic mass estimated at 3½ tons.

Because most plastic is not biodegradable, almost every piece ever made is still somewhere on Earth. Researchers estimate that, out of about 100m tons of plastic produced each year, 10% ends up in the oceans.

Adventurer’s bottle boat to sail plastic sea - Times Online

National Geographic: Plastiki Blog

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National Geographic: Plastiki Blog.

The last thing the world needs is more plastic.

Eyeless in Gaza – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Eyeless in Gaza is a novel by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1936. The title originates from a phrase in John Milton’s Samson Agonistes:

… Promise was that I
Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver;
Ask for this great deliverer now, and find him
Eyeless in Gaza at the mill with slaves …

Eyeless in Gaza - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Obviously there’s the band with the same name, but I didn’t think to look up where the phrase came from until I saw it used in the news today — a reference to Samson being blinded and powerless.

Edward O. Wilson on Ants (New York Times)

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Karl Marx was correct: he just applied his theory to the wrong species.

Scientist Edward O. Wilson on Ants (New York Times)

Review: Six-Legged Soldiers by Jeffrey Lockwood and The Super-Organism by Bert Hölldobler and EO Wilson | Books | The Observer

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For Hölldobler and Wilson, ants and termites have particular interest because they tell us so much about the evolution of complex societies. These began 150 million years ago with the appearance of solitary insects that developed increasingly sophisticated, interacting populations until they reached their modern status. Thus leafcutter ants can be considered Earth’s “ultimate super-organism” with complex communications, an elaborate caste system - and air-conditioned nest architecture for good measure. Similarly, African driver ants can spread as a single, deadly entity made up of millions of creatures - “a river of aggressive huntresses, capturing and killing most of the insects in its path”. It is powerful stuff, and although the authors’ approach remains resolutely academic, they have still managed to produce a book that is gripping and informative. One thing is certain: nests of wasps will never seem the same again.

Review: Six-Legged Soldiers by Jeffrey Lockwood and The Super-Organism by Bert Hölldobler and EO Wilson | Books | The Observer

Lifeline sought for hard-up lighthouses | UK news | The Observer

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Its chief income is derived from “light dues” - paid by shipping for the use of the lighthouses - which have fallen by 50% in real terms since 1996. For years government-appointed fund managers have invested the dues on the stock market, and a collapse in prices has eaten away at the fund’s value.

Each year, the fund pays some £8m to the Irish government for the use of its navigation aids in the Irish Sea. But as the payments are in euros, the cost to the fund has risen dramatically as the value of sterling has plummeted. The amount owing to the Irish government is predicted to double over the next few years.

Compounding the problems is an estimated £348m deficit in the value of the fund’s pension plan.

Lifeline sought for hard-up lighthouses | UK news | The Observer

XHTML Quick Reference for WordPress.

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This is here for me to have a handy way to paste the most commonly used XHTML tags directly WordPress post. I still use QuickPost for posting to this tumblelog, PressThis is not working as good for ie YouTube posts.

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<li> </li>

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<cite> </cite>

<tt> (teletype, monospace)
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<kbd> (keyboard)
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<em> (emphasis) </em>

<i> (italics) </i>

<del> (deleted) </del>

<dfn> (term to be defined)</dfn>

Nazi behind Winslet film role is revealed | Film | The Observer

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Her trial shocked the world. Gellinick claimed that he had seen human skin brought in and processed to make lampshades for presentation to Koch’s husband; she was said to have selected prisoners with tattoos to be killed to produce them.

Nazi behind Winslet film role is revealed | Film | The Observer

BAFTA Charity Poker Night, my only rightout win last year

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BAFTA Charity Poker Night, my only rightout win last year