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Thursday, August 10, 2021

Until recently, I had no idea that cats could eat and purr simultaneously.

But they can; I’ve seen/heard it. I guess the feline physiological capacity for purr-fection has a multi-tasking element to it. Besides, what better time to express your contentment than when you’re filling your gullet?

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/10/2021 11:24:18 PM
Category: Science
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Things are looking good(?) for the price of oil to top $100 a barrel this year.

In the near future, that might not be the only form of liquid gold to flow. The world’s exploding population promises a growing billion-dollar business for nascent water processors:

Globally, water problems are even more immediate. Many experts estimate that water-related equipment and services already make up a $400 billion global market.

“Water is a growth driver for as long and far as the eye can see,’’ said Deane M. Dray, who follows many water companies for Goldman Sachs.

Lots of others agree. Last month GE Energy Financial Services announced its first investment in water: $18 million in a wastewater reclamation plant in Atlanta. Alex Urquhart, the unit’s president, said he wanted to be holding $1 billion in water assets before long. General Electric’s industrial executives have even higher aspirations. In the last few years, G.E. has bought four water companies: Betz Dearborn in 2001, then Osmonics, Ionics and, most recently, Zenon Environmental Systems, which makes ultrafiltration membranes.

But if an “addiction to oil” is hard to tolerate, relying on a water broker is even harder to fathom:

Eugene P. Corrigan Jr., an entrepreneur in Charleston, S.C., has mapped out the logistics for sending empty oil tankers back to the Middle East with their ballast tanks full of excess water. He has yet to get a Middle Eastern country to adopt his idea — “I sense a real reluctance to be dependent on a source beyond their borders for a water supply,’’ he said — but he continues to try.

Brave new world. Parched one, too.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/10/2021 11:10:39 PM
Category: Business, Science, Society
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poker in the frontIn case anyone was wondering whatever happened to Cindy Margolis: She’s landed a sweet gig as official spokesperson for WagerWeb.com.

Apparently, her duties include setting odds for celebrity breakups, and rubbing her fake boobs all over some seersucker-suited suckah in Las Vegas.

I guess having the Guinness World Record for “Most Downloaded Woman (on a cost-free basis)” on your resume doesn’t impress the way it used to. The litany of dot-com bust victims marches on.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/10/2021 10:29:30 PM
Category: Celebrity, Internet, Women
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