Afternoon Coffee: Unemployment Woes, East China Sea Supply Chains, Radioactivity in TX

Yikes.
New Study: Long-Term Unemployment Viewed By Hiring Companies As Worse Than A Criminal Record -- A survey released today shows that people who have criminal records but are holding down a job have an easier time impressing hiring managers than do people who have been out of work for two years or more. The study is by Bullhorn, a Boston maker of recruiting software. The company ran an anonymous survey between August 23-28 of 1,500 staffing recruiters, corporate recruiters and hiring managers who use Bullhorn Reach's products.

Troubles in East Asia.
East China sea dispute could hurt Australia -- Two of Australia's largest trading partners are embroiled in a diplomatic spat over disputed islands in East China sea, sparking a fear that a damaging trade war could hurt the region, including Australia. Violent protests have erupted across China over Japanese government's plan to nationalise the disputed islands, which are known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese. Taiwan also lays claim to the islands. Thousands of Chinese protesters marched on Japanese diplomatic missions and Japanese-owned businesses. Demonstrations started a week ago and have reportedly spread over to more than 100 cities.

Whoops!
That Radioactive Americium Lost In Texas: Little Danger, Huge Cost -- Halliburton has lost a seven-inch radioactive rod somewhere in the Texas desert. The National Guard has been called in to help to find the device, which employees of the controversial US oilfield services company lost a week ago. The rod, which contains americium-241/beryllium and is stamped with a radiation warning symbol with the words "Danger Radioactive: Do not handle. Notify civil authorities if found", was lost during a 130-mile journey between oil well sites in Pecos and Odessa last Tuesday. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) warned that the radioactive materials "could cause permanent injury to a person who handled them".

Mmm mmm lies.
Campbell's Big Fat Green BPA Lie -- and the Sustainability Activists that Enabled It -- How did the world's largest soup company go from pariah to paragon over its use of the controversial chemical bisphenol A? It lied, and credulous NGOs and chemophobic campaigners played willing patsies. Here's an ugly story of what happens when ideology corrupts science. "I just don't understand how Campbell's is doing it," a top executive at one of the leading chemical coating companies in the United States, one known for its focus on sustainability, said to me a few weeks ago. He was referring to the tsunami of headlines last March heralding Campbell's Soup for what appeared to be a dramatic change in its policy about its use of bisphenol A, a controversial starting material in the manufacture of epoxy resins and targeted as Public Enemy No. 1 by anti-chemical campaigners.

- Sheena Moore

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