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Think this "warm winter" is great? Think again.
Why Farms Want Cold Winters -- There's an old Bob Dylan line: "He not busy being born is busy dying." It's one to keep in mind when looking at farms in winter, at the brown fields, skeletal orchards and vineyards waiting for a shot of green. Despite appearances, winter is a surprisingly important time on a farm. There's a lot going on, biologically, below the surface, much that can influence what we see on market tables for the rest of the year. And much that can go wrong if the winter is warm, as this one has been in the Northeast.

You can outsource anything now.
Needing an Artist, and Calling on India -- Drew Smith found himself in the same position as many independent musicians trying to make a living in the struggling music business. He had no record label to underwrite his career, no publicity machine to get his music into listeners' hands and not nearly enough money to make a music video. So he followed the route of big business and outsourced the video to India.

Let the inspections begin...
Early Praise in Inspection at Foxconn Brings Doubt -- When Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief executive, announced the inspections earlier this week, he said, "We've asked the F.L.A. to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers." According to Reuters, Mr. van Heerden said Foxconn's "physical conditions are way, way above average of the norm" for factories in China. "I was very surprised when I walked onto the floor at Foxconn, how tranquil it is compared with a garment factory," Mr. van Heerden said, according to the Reuters report. "So the problems are not the intensity and burnout and pressure-cooker environment you have in a garment factory. It's more a function of monotony, of boredom, of alienation perhaps."

Over Half the Pets That Died On Airplanes Last Year Flew Delta -- More pets died on Delta than any other air carrier last year, according to an Air Travel Consumer Report released by the U. S. Department of Transportation earlier this week. The report, available online, confirms that 19 of last year's 35 in-flight pet deaths happened on Delta planes. That's up from 16 in 2010. The second most deadly airline for pets was American, with 5 deaths. Delta also led the pack in terms of pet injury, with 5 out of 9 total incidents occurring on Delta flights.

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  1. Global Sourcing:

    The India article was fascinating, thank you.

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