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GLOBAL WARMING ??? : Why has global warming paused? Pacific Ocean's 'engine room' running cool.

Despite years of record heat, the rate of global warming has been almost zero in recent years, puzzling scientists. The cycles of the tropical Pacific could hold the answer.

By Pete Spotts, Staff writer / August 28, 2013

Global warming has been put on a 15-year (and counting) hold by a prolonged period of cold ocean temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific – part of a natural climate pattern that should allow the rate of warming to pick up when the pattern shifts, according to a new study.

During the past 15 years, warming has continued. Indeed, the decade from 2000 to 2009 was the warmest on record globally, with 12 of the 14 warmest years on record falling between 2001 and 2012. 

But the warming has occurred so slowly that, statistically, the rate of warming per decade could just as easily have been zero, researchers say. 

This real-world pace was far slower than the pace found in computer simulations of climate change for the same period.

The hiatus triggered finger-wagging from some…

One of the first fruit trees planted in America is still alive and well at age 383

Stephen Messenger
Science / Natural Sciences

August 24, 2013

© Doug Peabody

When the first European settlers stepped foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620, the landscape they encountered must have felt like the epitome of wildness. 

In time, of course, cottages and farmhouses, roads and footpaths would sprout up even there as 'civilization' took root. But little could they have guessed, from those fragile early shoots, that the whole wild continent would be tamed in just a few short centuries.

It may be hard to believe, however, but one of America's earliest settlers is still alive today -- and still bearing fruit after 383 years.

Among the first wave of immigrants to the New World was an English Puritan named John Endicott, who in 1629, arrived to serve as the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 

Charged with the task of establishing a welcoming setting for new arrivals upon the untamed land, the Pilgrim leader set about making the area around modern-day Salem as homey as pos…


By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Mango World Magazine (IMO BLOG)

Winter Park, Florida -


With Southern Sinaloa sheds shut down and only non-Hot Water Treated fruit coming out of Mexico, Major importers are reporting to the IMO that the Los Mochis deal is basically over.

Expect 600,000 (4kg) cartons next week and then another 400,000 cartons the following week finally dying out with 200,00 cartons and finally ending at the end of September.

These will be Keitt variety mangoes large count peaking 5 & 6 count size fruit.

Currently packing has temporarily stopped in the Los Mochis area due to rains and will start up again shortly.

The Los Mochis area is the Northernmost mango region in Mexico that ships to USA & Canada market.

USDA Statistics would support this, as there was over one million box drop in volume entering USA.


Thee USDA/APHIS approved sheds were certified between July 30 & 31, 2013 in the Norteastern …

More Than 1.2 Million People Are Now Using The Web Browser That Lets You Evade NSA Snooping


Tor, the anonymous network for browsing the Internet, has seen a huge resurgence in use ever since the news broke about the NSA's domestic spying program, PRISM.

The Tor network operates by rerouting your Web traffic around the world before delivering it to you. Doing this prevents your identity from ever being attached to your browsing history, so it's easy to see why it became a popular choice in browser after the PRISM news.

Here's a chart from the Tor Metrics Portal that shows an insane jump in daily users beginning in the middle of this month. 

The user base regularly flirts with the 600,000 mark before rocketing to over 1.2 million.

Tor Metrics Portal

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A message from Howard Posner, G.M. of SEATRADE (USA):

Good Morning Roger Gay (COCANMEX),

Your article in the is quite interesting to us, as we are the carrier for a good chunk of the dedicated vessel programs out of Chile, South Africa, Spain, Morocco, Argentina, New Zealand, etc. – not to mention much of the banana trade worldwide.

 Seatrade has a history that dates back more than 60 years and we are the world’s largest operators of fully refrigerated vessels – managing a fleet of some 100 ships ranging in size from 1600 pallets to upwards of 10,000 pallets. 

 Many of the larger ships in the fleet have significant container capacity and our group are active in operation of fully containerized services dedicated to the produce trade. 

 We provide exactly the taxi service you mention in the article, as opposed to the milk run (or bus service, as we like to say) that the commercial container carriers offer.

The Seatrade Group manages two vessel pools - the Seatrade pool (

ROGER GAY : Mexico needs better fruit shipping services, says Cocanmex

August 29th, 2013

Mexican fruit exporter Cocanmex has called on the country’s authorities to subsidize a dedicated fruit shipping service to Europe, arguing that the lack of a direct route is causing lost opportunities.

Roger Gay, managing director of the Mexico State-based company, has urged the Mexican government to not invest simply in promotions, but also to improve the country’s logistics capacity for fruit exporters to avoid disappointing potential clients overseas.

He told that Cocanmex, like other Mexican mango exporters, had struggled to develop its share of European markets due to the inadequacy of the current shipping services available.

“It’s unfortunate for us as a country that our shipping service to Europe is very poor,” he said.

“We have nothing like the Brazilians and the Chileans that have dedicated fruit boats that arrive in the European market somewhere between 12-14 days after shipment.

“Ours are what we call ‘barcos lecheros’ (milk boats) – the…

School lunch: Some schools drop federal healthy lunch program

School lunch: Complaints from kids about portion size and taste of federally approved lunch offerings are causing some schools to abandoned the federal healthy lunch program.

By Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press / August 28, 2013

School lunch: Students are given healthy choices on a lunch line at Draper Middle School in Rotterdam, N.Y., Sept. 11, 2012. After just one year, some schools across the nation are dropping out of what was touted as a healthier federal lunch program, complaining that so many students refused the meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that their cafeterias were losing money.

AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File

After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.

Federal officials say they don't have exact numbers but have seen isolated reports…

A Force 10x Bigger Than Syria Is Driving Oil Prices Higher


AUG. 29, 2013, 5:37 AM


As tensions rise in Syria, economists and investors are scrambling to figure out what the means for the rest of the world.

Analysts have been quick to tie the recent rise in oil prices to the Syrian conflict.

But as BI's Rob Wile has been reporting, there are other major short-term forces driving prices.

Arguably the biggest of those non-Syria forces is Libya.

Deutsche Bank's Jim Reid reminds us in his Early Morning Reid note:

Although the attention has been on Syria, our commodities research team highlights that the freefall in Libyan oil production is having a more dramatic and immediate impact on the physical oil market.

 Indeed, Libya normally produces about 10x more oil than Syria. 

Libyan oil production has dropped to as little as about 200kbd (from an average of 1.4m bbb/day) as of the most recent reporting period as labour strikes disrupted port operations and consequently crude oil exports. 

They note that the impact of these supply di…