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THESE HOMES USED TO BE SHIPPING CONTAINERS IN ANOTHER LIFE ...

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It looks like Williamsburg's original shipping container home has got some competition. 






The Carroll House, designed by cargotecture specialists LOT-EK for a private client, is currently under construction at 2 Monitor Street (which is also in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), and boasts a frame made of 21 stacked steel containers. 








But the home's biggest surprise - its dramatically sliced profile - is only visible when you view it from the side.








According to LOT-EK, the Carroll House was erected from a stack of 21 shipping containers that was “then cut diagonally along both the top and bottom, creating a striking profile that invokes Williamsburg’s industrial past, while providing a sculptural nod to the rapidly changing neighborhood.” 









At 5,000 square feet, the townhouse will offer plenty of room for its inhabitants, and will even feature an enclosed courtyard and pool area. 








Even though slicing all 3 floors of the residence might seem like a waste…

MANGO ON THE MENU : DISEASE AFFECTS GLOBAL SUPPLY OF SHRIMP (ONE LESS ITEM TO MIX MANGOES WITH) ...

More: ShrimpMarketplace.orgRed Lobster



Global Shrimp Crisis Is Hitting Menus Everywhere







ALEXANDRA BARKER, MARKETPLACE.ORG




DEC. 27, 2013, 5:54 PM 








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In October, Jamie’s Italian, a British restaurant chain owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, pulled shrimp linguine from its menu. 




In the U.S., Red Lobster scrimped too: Its all-you-can-eat "Endless Shrimp" special lasted just six weeks this year instead of three months.




And some items were missing.




"Bring back the Parmesan shrimp, please," wrote Carolyn Quivers of Virginia Beach, Va., one of many dismayed diners to post on Red Lobster’s Facebook page. 



"My husband says we aren’t coming to Endless Shrimp again until you do!"





Red Lobster declined several requests for comment. 




But the apparent reason for the missing shrimp: Prices have soared to a 12-year high since a deadly illness called Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) swept through shrimp farms in Thailand.







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Shrimp has become Exh…

DAKAR RALLY 2014 : DAYS AWAY

PARODY : KING MANGO STRUT AGENDA SET

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2013






King Mango Strut is this Sunday












The banana will drop at 2 pm and the parade will begin. Yup, The King Mango Strut is back on Sunday, December 29, for its 32nd year.





This year's Grand Marshal is Rob Ford straight from Toronto. 



Our celebrity guest is classic jazz artist Joe Donato.



















The lineup includes:


*Miami's Toxic Parks - they may end up selling parks' naming rights to heavy metal bands to display their logos: Metallica, Iron Maiden, etc. 


* Seniors Texting - ATD (at the doctors), BFF (Best friend's funeral) BYOT (Bring your own toilet)


* Kate and William's new baby George


*Anthony Weiner "Sexting" Scandal; aka Carlos Danger


*Sequester: government shutdown


*Horsemeat found in burgers; Ikea recalls meatballs


*The Jibberish hand language interperter 


*Spin the Wheel of Obamacare - watch how you lose your insurance coverage


* The People's Pope may be present a/k/a "Pope Pourri"


* Bullying football players 












It's a full day in C…

EL PAÍS DE ESPAÑA: Venezuela oculta la cifra oficial de inflación

¡VERGÜENZA INTERNACIONAL!



Dec 26, 2013 @ 1:00 pm







Los venezolanos vivieron la víspera de la Navidad con dos expectativas: el regalo que traerá el Niño Jesús -como manda la tradición local- y la cifra de inflación del mes de noviembre. 



El Banco Central de Venezuela ha retrasado quince días el dato debido a la presión del Gobierno del presidente Nicolás Maduro.








A principios de noviembre el Gobierno decidió controlar los precios y servicios de los bienes que se ofertan en el país, mediante operativos de confiscación y remate de mercancías a “precios justos”, un eufemismo empleado por el Ejecutivo para establecer márgenes máximos de ganancia en todo lo que se venda en el país. 




Maduro desea que esa medida se vea reflejada en el indicador, el cual alcanzó 54,3% entre octubre de 2012 y octubre pasado, la cifra más alta de América Latina, pero los economistas consideran que esa disposición tendrá un efecto mínimo y de corto plazo.






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