Working-class whites flee McCain

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Working-class white Americans may not like Barack Obama, but they fear how John McCain would handle the economy.

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STC – no more salary survey for Canada

Peter Kelly wrote:

Hi everybody,
I seldom receive any e-mail from this discussion list so I am assuming we are all an extraordinarily industrious bunch! One Canadian concern I would like to bring up related to the STC is the fact that the STC no longer does salary surveys that apply to Canada. From now on they will use US government data since they judge this more accurate than surveying their membership. I would like to know where that leaves their Canadian members. We have little information other than that which we gather ourselves through the grapevine by talking to colleagues or recruiters. Am I right in assuming there is now no Canadian salary data that will be distributed through the STC? Am I missing something?
Best indeed to all of you,
Peter Kelly

Yes, Peter is correct, that (at least for now) there is no Canadian salary data that is being distributed through the STC. You can read the article in the Intercom to see why the STC switched to using the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

Although this is currently a loss for those of us in Canada, think of it as an opportunity to define what sort of salary survey we would like, and to make it happen. If you would like to be on the STC Canadian Salary Survey Committee, please let me know. Feel free to discuss on the list what sort of salary information would be most useful to you.

Michele Marques
Manager, STC Canadian Community (Canadian Issues SIG)

Isotopes over nuclear safety

Harold at Ontario geofish has an alarming report: the Canadian government is choosing isotopes over nuclear safety. Harold says:

The government has now put a lot of pressure on the CNSC to paper over their difficulties and get the reactor running again. This, despite the fact that AECL did a Conrad Black over required seismic safety upgrades…

This bottom line is that this is an old clapped-out reactor in a very active seismic zone.

Snake-oil cosmetics

Cellfood’s ad copy is nonsense. It sounds as if they hired the biology version of Star Trek’s Geordie to emit technobabble. “We’re entering a baryon field.” (We’re made of baryons, nitwit!) The Innoculated Mind dissects the babble at Monday Madness: Rebuild your DNA!. The Cellfood product has everything, including “laser enhancement.” It’s just lying.

Jellyfish wipe out salmon farm

Pelagia nocticula or mauve stinger jellyfish with trailing tentaclesRemember all those discussions in the last couple of years about how fishing out all the top predators in the sea would let jellyfish blooms take over and perhaps keep the fish from coming back by killing more young fish? It’s happening—and not from predation, but by sheer numbers. A flock (school, quiver, bowlful?) of jellyfish covering about 10 square miles and up to 11m deep engulfed the cages of the only salmon farm in Northern Ireland. The fish were smothered and the owners lost more than a million pounds sterling overnight.

The billions of jellyfish, piled densely in a 35-foot-deep layer, did in the fish through stings and stress, according to John Russell, managing director of Northern Salmon.

The Pelagia nocticula species, or “mauve stinger,” is normally found in warmer waters such as the Mediterranean Sea. Scientists pointed to the presence of the jellyfish, rarely seen that far north, as evidence of global warming.

Another reason for the swelling population of jellyfish is human elimination of predators such as fishes and turtles that would eat them.

This will be reported in Nature.

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