Paul Krugman: When Maestros Cry (NY Times)
So Greenspan was planning to talk to a bunch of monetary cranks with a sideline in anti-gay activism (or maybe it's the other way around). To do so is, of course, his right; to criticize him for his decision, and make fun of his bad judgment, is mine.
Cork is an impermeable, buoyant material, a prime-subset of bark tissue that is harvested for commercial use primarily from Quercus suber (the Cork Oak), which is endemic to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Cork is composed of suberin, a hydrophobic substance, and because of its impermeable, buoyant, elastic, and fire retardant properties, it is used in a variety of products, the most common of which is for wine stoppers. The montado landscape of Portugal produces approximately 50% of cork harvested annually worldwide, with Corticeira Amorim being the leading company in the industry.
There are about 2,200,000 hectares of cork forest world wide; 34% in Portugal and 27% in Spain. Annual production is about 200,000 tons; 49.6% from Portugal, 30.5% from Spain, 5.8% from Morocco, 4.9% from Algeria, 3.5% from Tunisia, 3.1% Italy, and 2.6% from France.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
I'm pretty sure it's on the Iberian Penninsula
I'm going to guess Portugal, but hedge bets with Spain as a second
sandra in maine said:
here's a Portuguese cork oak:
Gonna WAG this - remember the story about Ferdinand the Bull - the one who didn't want to fight? He loved to hang under the cork oak and graze. Cork oaks grow in Spain and Portugal (and naturalize quite nicely in NorCal). So I'm going with Portugal.
No rain over my corner of the Universe, although the Amgen ToC riders were drenched on their way to Santa Clarita.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
The montado landscape of Portugal produces approximately 50% of cork harvested annually
Delinquent but not suffering Distression Daleo of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
Portugal is the home of the corks…Nothing about Portugee people sticking anal-retentive objects up any body orifices today!
DJ Useo answered:
Well played, Marty. I can only guess...Ireland! ;)
MAM , wrote:
Plugged Up Lois Of Oregon said:
Portugal is full of fargin' cork soakers! They say it
doesn't kill the trees, but jesus, they are skinning them
alive! It don't bear thinking about. Of course, I'm guilty
of tree-a-side myself. Just got done stacking an entire cord
of oak firewood for next winter, and boy, are my arms tired!
Gotta drive to Corvallis tomorrow to comfort my stressed out
son, who is mightily disappointed with OSU after his genetic
lab research was destroyed by contaminated materials, either
from the distributor or the incompetence of the professor.
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Viktor Shmyrov, director of the Perm-36 association, said his organization will next week face a 1.5 million ruble ($30,000) lawsuit filed by authorities in the Perm region. The case is related to a dispute over the premises of the former Perm-36 camp, which has been wrested away from Shmyrov's organization.
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Shmyrov said volunteers took over the derelict premises of Perm-36 in 2009 and turned it into a museum that drew visitors from all over the world. The camp, which was built on top of a swamp in the village of Kuchino - 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow - released its last prisoner only in 1988. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
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"Composition No. III, with Red, Blue, Yellow and Black," a geometric oil painting made in 1929, sold at an impressionist and modern art auction for more than twice its maximum estimated value, which Christie's said was between $15 million and $25 million.
The simple yet striking painting features a white background with horizontal and vertical lines that traverse the canvas to create squares and rectangles, some of which are filled in red, blue, yellow or black.
The sale comfortably beat out the previous record set for a Mondrian -- $27.59 million for "Composition with Red, Blue and Grey," which was purchased last year.
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Wednesday's bidding was spirited at Christie's contemporary art auction highlighted by iconic works by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and others.
The evening sale featured Freud's "Benefits Supervisor Resting," which is considered one of the British artist's most celebrated works. It depicts the ample figure of a reclining woman, every fold, curve and blemish of her naked form revealed. It sold for $56.2 million, including buyer's premium.
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Antarctica has dozens of ice shelves - massive, glacier-fed floating platforms of ice that hang over the sea at the edge of the continent's coast line. The largest is roughly the size of France.
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When state officials last week adopted regulations imposing the first-ever mandatory water restrictions on California cities, they allowed urban water agencies to exempt supplies for agriculture use from the cutbacks. That's because farms are not subject to the executive order issued by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 1. Now, some environmentalists fear that will allow owners of lushly landscaped residential estates that sport, say, an avocado grove to escape reductions in consumption that range as high as 36 percent. Those wealthy communities already rank as California's biggest water hogs, consuming 10 times the water per person of some cities.
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If big residential properties are exempted from the reductions and California doesn't meet a mandatory 25 percent statewide cutback in water consumption, regulators could issue further restrictions that would hit lower-income people the hardest, Quinn said.
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The sculptures, which for more than 2,000 years decorated the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis in Athens, were removed more than two centuries ago by Lord Elgin, a Scottish nobleman, and are on display at the London museum.
Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis on Wednesday said Athens would not seek court action against the museum but preferred a "diplomatic route."
Dennis Menos of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures said the decision by the new government in Athens had "devastated the Greek position."
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