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“It sounds like a shot in the arm with no downside”—City council president Blair Patton in Choteau, Montana, whose town is gearing up for an economic boom coming from a new equipment plant supplying machinery to Canada’s tar sands. Quoted in the Billings Gazette.
“More than 22 percent of the water consumed worldwide is imported as virtual water, meaning that water is used elsewhere to produce an Imported commodity. Shades of green indicate water-exporting nations; lighter shades and slimmer arrows signify smaller volumes. Other colors highlight nations importing virtual water, with red nations importing the most.”—
“Rather than continue to fight, we’d much prefer to work on a mutually beneficial solution – collaborating on a wolf and wildlife-friendly beef labeling program that would offer livestock producers who embrace conservation the opportunity to realize the significant economic and marketing benefits from doing so. … We would welcome the opportunity to sit down with you, and other stakeholders, in February to discuss this concept.”—
An excerpt from a letter by Oregon Wild Conservation Director, Steve Pedery, sent to the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association with a proposal to bind the two loggerheads with a single common interest of wolf-friendly beef.
“Ski resorts self-report substantially more natural snowfall on weekends. Resorts that plausibly reap greater benefits from exaggerating do it more. Data on website visits suggests that consumers are appropriately skeptical of weekend reports. … resorts do indeed report 23 percent more new natural snow on Saturday and Sunday mornings (1.59 inches vs. 1.29 inches, p-value = 0.014). This “weekend effect” is substantial in absolute as well as percentage terms.”—Wintertime for Deceptive Advertising (PDF), a paper by Dartmouth profs and the National Bureau of Economic Research, explains how the ski industry lies about snowfall on the weekends, to try and get more customers.
“Collectively, women’s magazines—by which I mean the whole field, from fashion titles like Vogue and Elle to health publications like Self and Women’s Health to the more general sex-and-diet-tips mags like Glamour or Cosmopolitan (does that even still exist?)—reach millions upon millions of readers each month. So the lack of willingness to cover globally important topics is dismaying. It’s a colossal missed opportunity…
…[There are] some serious institutional problems, and these can lead to 1) lack of coverage of important topics, 2) less-than-completely-truthful coverage of important topics, and 3) complete and utter bullshit coverage of important topics.”—
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