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The end of the car is coming - Jeff Reeves's Strength in Numbers - MarketWatch

The end of the car is coming - Jeff Reeves's Strength in Numbers - MarketWatch



The end of the car is coming

Opinion: Don’t fall for the hype about Detroit’s comeback or China’s insatiable demand

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By Jeff Reeves 

Bloomberg
"To hear some tell it, we are witnessing the rebirth of the automobile.
Tesla Motors TSLA -0.61%   has brought electric cars mainstream with its Model S sedan, auto sales are steadily on the rise and once-troubled U.S. automakers are soundly back in the black after painful restructurings.
But before you fall for the hype about Detroit’s comeback and China’s never-ending appetite for automobiles, it’s worth considering the other side of the argument before you throw any money at auto stocks.
Because while the most recent numbers show big strength for the industry worldwide, there are increasing signs that automakers may have their best days behind them.

U.S. rebound is over

To be fair, the auto business — particularly in Detroit — has come a long way from the pain of the Great Recession. And that’s certainly something to celebrate.
In the wake of the financial crisis, Ford F -0.26%   reported a record loss of $14.6 billionand General Motors GM -1.55%   and Chrysler both declared bankruptcy. Now both GM and Ford are sharing profits with employees, to the tune of $7,500 and $8,800 per eligible worker, respectively.
Furthermore, U.S. auto sales bottomed in 2009 at a mere 10.4 million vehicles sold that calendar year — the worst annual total since 1982 . Now, new U.S. vehicle sales are predicted to top 16 million in 2014.
GM 36.20-0.57-1.55%F 15.35-0.04-0.26%
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These are indeed noteworthy accomplishments, and part of the reason that Ford stock is up over 850% from its 2009 lows."  


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Monsanto Named by Fortune Magazine as One of the World’s Most Admired Companies 2014 - MarketWatch ?

Monsanto Named by Fortune Magazine as One of the World’s Most Admired Companies 2014 - MarketWatch

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Record number of US visitors as tourism booms | Irish Examiner

Record number of US visitors as tourism booms | Irish Examiner

"Looks like 2013 will be a record tourism year from North America. 1million+ visitors spending $1billion+ . Good for employment.


Record number of US visitors as tourism booms

Tourism from the US has become the embattled industry’s billion-dollar baby as record numbers of American visitors make Ireland their priority destination.
In a welcome turnaround for the tourism sector, trips by visitors from North America jumped 20.5% in the early summer months compared to the same period last year. 

The increase comes on top of growth in visitor numbers from Britain, the rest of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand which, when combined, have pushed business in the May-July period up 7.6% year-on-year. 

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of State overseas marketing agency Tourism Ireland, said the numbers coming from North America were likely to exceed all previous records, even those achieved during the boom. 

“Tourism Ireland believes that we are on course to achieve our best year ever from the United States — even surpassing the previous best year of 2007,” said Mr Gibbons.

“This year we will welcome over one million American visitors, spending about $1bn [€756m].” 

Much of the credit for the improved performance, revealed in figures released yesterday by the CSO, is being given to The Gathering initiative. 

“It is quite clear that the Gathering is providing tourism with the jump-start we always imagined it would and our North American and European markets are bouncing back,” said Shaun Quinn, chief executive of Fáilte Ireland, which provides supports to tourism operators. 

“The increase in American visitors is particularly welcome, as they stay longer and spend more — which is good for the tourism sector, local businesses, and the national economy.” 

Tourism Minister Michael Ring said the figures were very encouraging for the industry and he paid tribute to the voluntary effort behind The Gathering. 

“I would like to thank the thousands of volunteers throughout the country who have organised and helped out with Gathering events and brought a great sense of community and pride back to parishes and towns,” said Mr Ring. 

“Visitors from overseas are enjoying their holiday experience here in Ireland with many promising to return again in the future.” 

Just over 2m trips were made by overseas visitors to Ireland in May, June, and July, an increase of almost 147,000 on the same three months in 2012. 

Monsanto Named by Fortune Magazine as One of the World’s Most Admired Companies 2014 - MarketWatch

Monsanto Named by Fortune Magazine as One of the World’s Most Admired Companies 2014 - MarketWatch



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Feb. 27, 2014, 10:31 a.m. EST

Monsanto Named by Fortune Magazine as One of the World’s Most Admired Companies 2014

Agricultural Leader Honored No. 2 In Industry Group


ST. LOUIS, Feb 27, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Monsanto Company announced today that it has been named one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” by FORTUNE magazine. Monsanto was recognized No. 2 in its industry sector.
“We are proud to receive this recognition from FORTUNE as it’s a direct reflection of the quality of the people here at Monsanto who are among the very best in the world,” said Hugh Grant, Monsanto’s chairman and CEO. “These types of recognitions underscore the talent of our team, and the passion and pride they demonstrate every day as they work to deliver new innovations to meet the needs of our grower customers.”
The “World’s Most Admired Companies” list is based on company surveys and peer ratings from senior executives, directors, and analysts. Attributes companies are rated on range from innovativeness and quality of products to retention of talented people and responsibility to the community and/or the environment.
Being named one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” by FORTUNE is just one of the latest recognitions for Monsanto. Just last week, the company was honored on MIT Technology Review’s 2014 50 Smartest Companies list. Additional accolades in recent months include those from Great Place to Work® (World’s Best Multinational Workplaces), Forbes (World’s Most Innovative Companies), Chief Executive Magazine (40 Best Companies for Leaders 2014), CR Magazine (100 Best Corporate Citizens), Computerworld (100 Best Places to Work in IT), and DiversityInc. (Top 50 Companies for Diversity). For more information on these recognitions and others, visit the Monsanto newsroom .
Monsanto and others named to FORTUNE’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list arefeatured online today and will appear in the magazine’s March print issue.
About Monsanto Company
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit:www.monsanto.com . Follow our business on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo , on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at www.monsantoblog.com , or subscribe to ourNews Release RSS Feed .
SOURCE: Monsanto Company
Monsanto CompanyCharla Lord, 314-694-2993
Copyright Business Wire 2014 

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A new take on 'grass-fed' meat: Pig farmer markets pork raised on marijuana - U.S. News (Factory Grown Livestock should be feed marijuana to reduce daily mental stress "pain and suffering"!)

A new take on 'grass-fed' meat: Pig farmer markets pork raised on marijuana - U.S. News




A new take on 'grass-fed' meat: Pig farmer markets pork raised on marijuana

  


Seattle butcher shop finds tasty success in its special marijuana fed pork. KING's Jesse Jones reports.
The possibilities when it comes to marketing meat made from marijuana-fed animals are close to endless, but the man who came up with the idea has decided to simply call them “Pot Pigs.”
William von Scheneidau, owner and founder of BB Ranch in Seattle, didn’t come up with the idea to feed pigs and other animals weed while sitting around a bong in the basement with his buddies.
In fact, he doesn’t even smoke, he said.
Von Scheneidau said the notion came to him when he met the owners of a weed dispensary who told him that, ever since marijuana was legalized in Washington via popular vote last year, they've had extra stems, stalks, and leaves to get rid of.
He simply asked them if he could take what they were planning to throw out, as he once did with a farmer's rotting cantaloupes.

Von Scheneidau said he has always experimented with what he fed his animals and is even currently adding beer and vodka to their troughs.
The marijuana remnants are mostly fed to pigs, but because the farms von Scheneidau works with are free-range, other animals have access to the weed feed as well, giving a new meaning to the phrase “party animals.”
Whenever von Scheneidau introduces a new substance to animals’ diets, he makes sure to have a control group of animals that eat normally from the same family.
He said that the pigs that are fed the marijuana just lie around and barely lift their heads.
“I name all my pigs,” said von Scheneidau “and Ted told Tim they shouldn’t tell me,” whether or not they’re high.
The pigs’ laziness might contribute to the fact that those who eat the weed gain weight 20 percent faster than those who don’t, as one would expect, even though von Scheneidau said the pot pigs don’t actually consume any extra food.
The weight gain contributes to the marbled, fattier texture of the pork that is eventually processed and made into bacon, prosciutto, sausage, pork chops and pulled pork.
Von Scheneidau says that beyond a difference in consistency, people have described the weed-infused meat as “more savory” in “blind bacon tests.”
"The flavor of the fat is extraordinary, [customers] love the marbling of the fat," said von Scheneidau.
And while customers haven’t reported getting high while eating or cooking the pork, von Scheneidau said BB Ranch sells out of the pot pig meat before batches are even processed.
He said the laws are a little complicated right now, but once the dispensaries are able to sell more marijuana, he’ll have more access to what the customers — and the pigs — want.

AG Gag! Attack On Factory Farm Whistleblowers Goes Global | PopularResistance.Org

Attack On Factory Farm Whistleblowers Goes Global | PopularResistance.Org 

Is Your Medicine Factory-Pharmed? - Grow It In The Sun

Is Your Medicine Factory-Pharmed? - Grow It In The Sun

New Report Details Problems With Factory Farms | TIME.com

New Report Details Problems With Factory Farms | TIME.com



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Reports Peg Lingering Problems With Meat Production in the U.S.

In 2008 a report from the Pew Commission laid out the many problems with factory farms in damning detail. Five years later, little has changed


Read more: New Report Details Problems With Factory Farms | TIME.com http://science.time.com/2013/10/25/reports-pegs-lingering-problems-with-meat-production-in-the-u-s/#ixzz2ue3syDMn

Animal Cruelty Is the Price We Pay for Cheap Meat | Rolling Stone

Animal Cruelty Is the Price We Pay for Cheap Meat | Rolling Stone

Animals Innate Self-Medicating and Self-Healing Behavior

Animals Innate Self-Medicating and Self-Healing Behavior



Emotional Stress in Livestock Animals

By Seema Bhattessa
Emotions of animals are part of their psychological state and can be compromised as a result of many environmental factors such as intensive farming practices, extreme weather conditions, breeding. Furthermore, emotional stress can compromise their immune system leaving them vulnerable to illness and disease and prolong any existing health problems they may already have.
Emotional stress can often be seen as behavioral, mood and temperament changes such as restlessness, lethargy. Long term, stress can affect internal body functions, and processes of individual animals, as well as compromising the immune system it can adversely affect other body systems of the animal such as the nervous, circulatory, digestive and hormonal.
The physical health of livestock animals is treated but the emotional needs and psychological well- being of an animal are not always addressed and can take its’ toll on livestock herds and individual animals and from an economic viewpoint, stress in livestock yields inferior quality to the produce.
It is important to intervene and consider ways of managing their stress and emotional health because it is not only in the interest of the animals themselves , but we owe it to them as their guardians and custodians to improve the quality of their life no matter how short it may be in the livestock farming process.
How we can help manage stress and improve emotional welfare of livestock?
Besides re-examining and improving farming practices such as diet, environmental hygiene, non-confinement of animals and handling, there is another approach that offers enormous potential to improve livestock stress and emotional welfare as well as supporting and strengthening their immune system using innate animal self-medication behaviour also known as animal self-healing behavior or zoopharmacognos.
This is an evolutionary survival strategy of how all vertebrate animals restore and manage their own health as they would in the wild. What is more, domestic and livestock animals still retain this innate ability which is a safe practice and withstood the test of time.
A facilitated approach to this method has been well demonstrated and proven in domestic animals and shown to be effective for improving physical illness and emotional stress such as trauma, fear phobia, anxiety.
This holistic approach to livestock health is more in keeping with nature and gives back to the animal some control of its own health as a curative or preventative approach. One example of this innate animal self-medication behaviour that livestock farmers are very familiar with is allowing livestock access to a salt lick in the field on a self-selection basis.
Innate self-medication and healing behaviour is based on two key concepts:
First, all vertebrate animals have co-evolved with plants and other organic components of nature's pharmacy and have enough knowledge of their own immune responses and vulnerability to disease states and relate with their natural environment in a variety of ways to maintain their life force and survival.
- See more at: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/AnimalWellness/ZooPharma.aspx#1

Bromelain - Scientific Review on Usage, Dosage, Side Effects | Examine.com

Bromelain - Scientific Review on Usage, Dosage, Side Effects | Examine.com

Bromelain is also known as 'Pineapple extract' as it is the powdered remains of pineapple. It is not actually one compound, but a mixture of related compounds which are high in special protein digestive enzymes which can be digested and work systemically (in the blood and body) rather than just in the stomach and intestines.
When in the stomach and intestines, they can aid in protein digestion.
When taken between meals, they can modulate the immune system and act in a cancer-protective manner and appear to be quite potent in these two regards. Research is beginning into how they affect fat cells, but although it is promising it is too early to say how they work in this regard.
Bromelain is also quite unique in the sense that its anti-inflammatory actions can reach the nose, and reduce the sniffles associated with nasal inflammation. Bromelain also makes semen taste like pineapples apparently, but this is widely known to be an anecdotal 'truth' despite no studies being conducted on the matter.....
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Why Do Guys... Desire Certain Super Powers?

Why Do Guys... Desire Certain Super Powers?



Why Do Guys... Desire Certain Super Powers?

It seems like most men want to be Batman or some other superhero. Our girls Stephanie Simbari and Megan Messmer are on the hunt at Comic Con to find out what exactly makes grown men so thrilled about strapping on a cape and some tights.