Friday, June 18, 2010

Being an almost life-long resident of Western Massachusetts, I haven't spent much time at the beach, so it never occurred to me that beaches can be foggy. But why not? There's fog everywhere else. Still I was surprised to witness the speed with which the mist concealed the view at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts late last month. Sharon and I were there for our fourth annual stay at the Good Harbor Beach Inn.
The top photo is of the sunset seen from the dune. This year, as in years past, I took pictures of the shrubbery on the far side of the dune. But I won't do that again because this time I brought four ticks into our room.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A grim tale of suicide and stock prices

Such a dilemma: If you pay workers more, maybe they'll stop killing themselves. But if you do, your shareholders may kill you -- at least figuratively speaking.
Here's depressing dispatch from the land where some Apple parts are made.
My next question is why the workers in the Taiwan sweatshops killed themselves in the first place. Was it only because they weren't being paid enough? What was unique about these sweatshops? Perhaps nothing. Perhaps sweatshop workers kill themselves frequently, but we hear about it only infrequently.