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GO FIGURE ??? : IPO BLOG OUT RANKS MANGO INDUSTRY WEBSITES ACCORDING TO ALEXA ....

The Pineapple Express (IPO BLOG) currently out ranks both the IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) and The National Mango Board website (www.mango.org).






Data is courtesy of ALEXA (www.alexa.com):





i-pineapple-a.blogspot.com
International Pineapple Organization (IPO)The Pineapple Express


474,084
Alexa Traffic Rank


79,806
Traffic Rank in US






















mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com
International Mango Organization (IMO)
(IMO BLOG)


528,126
Alexa Traffic Rank


90,163
Traffic Rank in US
















mango.org

National Mango Board

526,158
Alexa Traffic Rank 



130,566
Traffic Rank in US





NOTE:

"Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction" ...


GO FIGURE !!!!




Which ecosystems are most vulnerable to climate change?

Jeremy Hance
mongabay.com




September 16, 2013








New research highlights the world's most (and least) vulnerable ecosystems to climate change. 






The study, published inNature Climate Change, is the first to combine anticipated climatic impacts with how degraded the ecosystem is due to human impacts, creating what scientists hope is a more accurate list of vulnerable regions. 




The most endangered regions include southern and southeast Asia, western and central Europe, eastern South America, and southern Australia.






James Watson, lead author of the study, says the research is meant to provide "clarity" on "where limited resources will do the most good" in safe-guarding vulnerable ecosystems in a warming world.







"We need to realize that climate change is going to impact ecosystems both directly and indirectly in a variety of ways and we can’t keep on assuming that all adaptation actions are suitable everywhere. The fact is there is only limited funds out there and we need …

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE : Drug-Resistant Superbugs Kill at Least 23,000 People in the U.S. Each Year

By Dina Fine Maron | September 16, 2013 








Each year, more than two million people in the United States develop antibiotic-resistant infections, and at least 23,000 of them die as a result, says the first-ever national snapshot of the issue. 





That toll only rises when other conditions exacerbated by these infections are included in the count. 




Because it’s difficult to attribute a death directly to antibiotic-resistant microbes (as opposed to illnesses that put the person in the hospital to begin with), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these figures probably underestimate the scale of the problem.




CDC today released the findings as part of a blueprint for addressing the issue, which the agency says is an urgent and growing threat. “Even when alternative treatments exist, research has shown that patients with resistant infections are often much more likely to die, and survivors have significantly longer hospital stays, delayed recuperation and long term disability,” w…

They've Turned Over The Costa Concordia And The Pictures Are Nuts

ADAM TAYLOR



SEP. 17, 2013, 6:27 AM








REUTERS/Tony Gentile





It took a grueling 19-hour effort, but the Costa Concordia cruise ship is now standing upright.

The "parbuckling" process, wherein pulleys and steel cables were used to slowly pull the 60,000-ton ship into an upright position, has been a success. The boat will now have hollow steel boxes called sponsons attached to the side of it to ensure buoyancy, before being towed away for scrap.

It's a remarkable scene, and even more remarkable when you consider that the boat has been there on its side on the rocky coast, since it crashed in January 2012, killing 32 people.

These pictures show just how weathered and mangled the boat has become. It's really quite remarkable:




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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/theyve-turned-over-the-costa-concordia-and-the-pictures-are-nuts-2013-9#ixzz2fAchQygv





USDA /APHIS/PPQ OUTLINE IN TRANSIT ROUTES AND PORTS OF ENTRY FOR FRUIT SUBJECT TO REGULATIONS ...

From:


David A. Hanken

Senior Staff Officer
Quarantine Policy, Analysis and Support
USDA APHIS PPQ
4700 River Road, Unit 60
Riverdale, MD. 20737
Tel: 301 851 2195
Fax: 301 734 5269


david.a.hanken@aphis.usda.gov













The approved area for movement is bounded on the west and south by a line extending from:

El Paso, Texas, to Salt Lake City, Utah, to Portland, Oregon, and due west from Portland; 



and

on the east by a line extending from Laredo, Texas, to Galveston, Texas, to Kinder, Louisiana,to Memphis, Tennessee, to Louisville, Kentucky, and due east from Louisville. 





The ports ofGalveston, Houston, Eagle Pass, El Paso, and Laredo, are the only ports authorized for entryin Texas.


Exit is limited to PPQ-staffed airports, seaports, and land border ports within the designated corridor.







Increase in consumption of Mexican Ataulfo mangoes in the US

Integradora de Frutas Finas Soconusco is a Mexican producer and exporter of mangoes of the varieties Tommy Atkins, Haden, Kent, Keitt and Ataulfo. Its exports are mainly shipped to the US and Canada and it also ships small volumes of Ataulfo, Kent and Haden to Europe. 




Amberto Bautista Blanca, General Director of the company, explains that, "the variety we ship depends on the demands from the markets, although we promote the Ataulfo, which are our specialty."






The Ataulfo is characterised by its low fibre content. It has plenty of pulp, as the kernel is flatter, and has a very sweet flavour. The National Mango Board has carried out analyses which determined that it is the variety with the highest vitamin A content. It is not a well-known mango, but which always satisfies those who discover it.







In order to meet the United States' protocols, the fruit is treated with hot water at around 45°C, after which, with the goal of preventing the loss of its properties, the temperature…

BRAZIL LOOKS TO BREAK FROM US-CENTRIC INTERNET

Sep 17, 12:06 AM EDT





BY BRADLEY BROOKS AND FRANK BAJAK
ASSOCIATED PRESS




AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes







RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington's widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward politically fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments.






President Dilma Rousseff has ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security following revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted her communications, hacked into the state-owned Petrobras oil company's network and spied on Brazilians who entrusted their personal data to U.S. tech companies such as Facebook and Google.







Internet security and policy experts say her government's reaction to information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is understandable, but warn it could set the Internet on a course of Balkanization.






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$800 MILLION & COUNTING : COSTA CONCORDIA MOST EXPENSIVE SALVAGE OPERATION EVER ....

Costa Concordia righted after 'perfect' parbuckling salvage operation




Authorities on Italian island of Giglio say ship that ran aground in January 2012 has been righted in biggest ever feat of its kind



Lizzy Davies in Giglio and agencies




theguardian.com, Tuesday 17 September 2013 03.32 EDT







Link to video: Raising Costa Concordia - timelapse video









Engineers in Italy say they have successfully righted the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship after a marathon operation that lasted around 19 hours and proved a nailbiting wait for those involved in the world's most expensive salvage plan.




At a 4am press briefing in Giglio, with the re-emerged hull looming large over the port, Italy's civil protection agency chief, Franco Gabrielli, was applauded by firefighters as he announced that the ship's rotation had reached 65 degrees, meaning the operation known as parbuckling was finally complete.





Salvage vessels surround the wreck of the ship. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images






A NEW ERA OR MORE OF THE SAME ???? ; GET READY FOR A RUDDERLESS FOREIGN POLICY BY USA ADMINISTRATION ....

Strategy, Ideology and the Close of the Syrian Crisis



Geopolitical Weekly




TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 






Stratfor








By George Friedman







It is said that when famed Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich heard of the death of the Turkish ambassador, he said, "I wonder what he meant by that?" 






True or not, serious or a joke, it points out a problem of diplomacy. 



In searching for the meaning behind every gesture, diplomats start to regard every action merely as a gesture. 




In the past month, the president of the United States treated the act of bombing Syria as a gesture intended to convey meaning rather than as a military action intended to achieve some specific end. 



This is the key to understanding the tale that unfolded over the past month.






When President Barack Obama threatened military action in retaliation for what he claimed was the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, he intended a limited strike that would not destroy the weapons. 




Destroying them all from the air woul…