Saturday, August 7, 2010

This week's compendium

Here’s this week’s compendium. This week…

1. the Zephyr unmanned solar plane set a record of 14 days 24 minutes aloft, thanks to its photovoltaic panels and lithium-sulphur batteries [1]. Go, Zephyr.

2. Blade Electric Vehicles [2a], Australia’s leading electric car manufacturer blasted the federal government for choosing an imported model to be our first electric trial fleet – even though Blade’s car’s better, cheaper and had been developed with federal government funding [2b]. Ho hum.

3. the effectiveness of so-called Hands-Only CPR, i.e. with heart compression only, was found no less than CPR that also includes respiratory assistance [3a, 3b]. It’s easier too, of course.

4. I learnt of the GrowFood website that matches farmers with potential paid or volunteer farmworkers [4a, 4b]. Pity it’s currently limited to US farms.

5. Nutrition Diva told us how to store half an avocado [5]. Yep.

6. Get-It-Done Guy offered advice on how to respond to important emails [6]. You’ve no excuses from now on.

7. Australian airlines said they have no policy to deal with overweight or obese passengers – even though the public wanted one [7]. As weight affects aircraft fuel consumption, lighter passengers should get a bigger baggage allowance – and vice versa.

8. the Age’s Jason Koutsoukis wrote that ‘Israeli troops removed several trees on the Lebanese side of the border fence that separates the two countries without incident’ [8]. The fence’s 200-300 metres on the Israeli side of the border. Even UNIFIL said so – as Koutsoukis wrote at the end of his article. Yet again Koutsoukis didn’t let the truth spoil a good story. He’s an apologist – not a journalist.

Finally, I wish you, dear Farmdoc’s Blog readers, a wonderful week.

4 comments:

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

Thanks for the tip about storing half an avocado, lemon juice works on sliced apples too. I just checked and of course it is my birthday over there already , so I think i will have a glass of wine to celebrate that!

Meg said...

Happy birthday Chrows25! And happy week to you too, FD. xx

WriterBee said...

Happy Australian birthday, Chrows25! We'll have a glass of wine here for you too.

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

Hey thanks Meg and Writer Bee, it's still early but the party will start about August 8th your time!
My Australian born daughter will be here to celebrate too, she had to give up her Aus citizenship & become a Canadian to get her job as a parole officer, I think she will keep us all in line.