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A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

“The video comes from photographer James Balog’s film, Chasing Ice. The two guys on the bluff at the beginning are part of Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey team, which maintains scores of time-lapse cameras overlooking glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, the Rockies and the Himalayas. During daylight hours, they watch and record. Then they share what they see with scientists and National Geographic, and turn the footage into movies and TV shows.”

Read more from +NPR's Robert Krulwich: http://goo.gl/3pEzes
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Amazing video
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I finally got around to finishing this book (Economist's best book of 2009).  Most interesting was the claim that Chinese manufacturers were often willing to make deals initially at or below cost with big American companies like Wal-mart, using the initial deal to get access to product designs, but, once they had the designs, they'd demand much higher prices to continue manufacturing.

Essentially, importers and retailers overlooked that counterfeiting of their product designs was going to be subsidizing the initial deal, in part because US executives often had strong short-term incentives in their compensation, so the initial savings would yield big bonuses in the first couple years.  But the terms of the initial deal didn't last. US companies were surprised to find their costs rising steeply but often found themselves stuck and unable to switch without taking even larger losses.

Unfortunately, the book's discussion is all anecdotal, and attempts I've seen at large scale studies on the long-term profitability of offshoring are mixed.  However, there does seem to be a trend to move some manufacturing back to the US because of a failure to see lower long-term costs from offshoring it, see, eg, http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/more-manufacturing-coming-back-to-the-u-s/
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Outsourcing Back office work, or Offshoring Manufacturing activities, are akin to 'holding the tail of the tiger'. Neither Tiger would leave you, nor you can afford to leave the tiger's tail.
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Unique recording of Jagadananda Karaka.
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न श्रवणीयं भोः ।
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श्रोतुं योग्यम् - श्रव्यम्, श्रवणीयम्, श्रोतव्यम्।
न श्रोतुं योग्यम् - अश्रव्यम्, अश्रवणीयम्, अश्रोतव्यम्।

अन्येभ्यः न श्रावयितुं योग्यम् - अश्राव्यम्, अश्रावणीयम्, अश्रोतव्यम्, गोप्यमित्यर्थः। इति भेदः।  
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Indian parents too, from the sounds of it.
 
Have American Parents Got It All Backwards? - http://huff.to/18SAtdz
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Read the book price of privelege
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Good podcast on the origin of the idea of zero in India.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c2zvr
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Thanks for sharing this interesting article +Mani Varadarajan. I rarely take photos with my iPhone 5, but I might do some tests now.
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