Monday, October 11

Random

> Today is Global Handwashing Day. ~ link (via)

It's been awhile since we've had really good Thai food. With the help of Suzanne Bratcher, with whom we had lunch today, we discovered Thai Rama on West Camelback Road in Phoenix. My, oh my, the Mango Delight really is true delight. Outstanding.

The average US teen sends and receives 3,339 texts a month. ~ WSJ

"US President Barack Obama has warned of an "education arms race" with China and India and said that any cut in the education budget as recommended by the opposition Republican Party would be detrimental to America's national interest." ~ NDTV

New record: At 26.4 inches tall, Khagendra Thapa Magar, a Nepalese teen has set a new Guinness record for short stature. ~ Time

Walmart plans to take on the urban market by opening smaller neighborhood stores. ~ WSJ

But they're not really popular right now. Reports are that Walmart has been lobbying against a government-supported wage increase, which would bump the workers up to 35 cents an hour in Bangladesh. ~ link

However, I'm not sure where the anti-Walmart people are getting their information. Bangladesh nearly doubled their minimum wage for garment workers in July. I didn't realize that there was another new proposal on the table. (There probably should be but as far as I can tell there isn't anything under serious consideration.) Either way, Walmart is going to have to work harder globally to live into their "Save Money. Live Better." motto. ~ BBC

> "Cancer is a modern, man-made disease caused by environmental factors such as pollution and diet, a study by University of Manchester scientists has strongly suggested." ~ link

"Fiji has lost its copy of the historic document that confirmed the Pacific nation's independence from Britain in 1970, the state broadcaster has reported." Guam isn't the only island state with management challenges. ~ AFP
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