Sunday, 10 November 2013

It's the umami stupid - Monday news and views noted along the way

It’s the Umami, Stupid. Why the Truth About MSG is So Easy to SwallowWhat few people understand is that the hated MSG and the adored umami are chemically related: umami is tasted by the very receptors that MSG targets. At a MAD Symposium in Denmark, a TED-like conference for the food industry, Chang spoke about MSG and umami: “For me, the way that I’m looking at umami, it’s the same way I look at MSG. It’s one in the same.”

Right Wing’s Surge in Europe Has the Establishment Rattled - “As right-wing populists surge across Europe, rattling established political parties with their hostility toward immigration, austerity and the European Union, Mikkel Dencker of the Danish People’s Party has found yet another cause to stir public anger: pork meatballs missing from kindergartens.”

Survey Finds Anti-Semitism 'On The Rise' In Europe - “Nearly half of those surveyed in Hungary and France said they had considered emigrating over safety concerns.”

Super funds to bankroll new online news site - Some of Australia's biggest industry superannuation outfits are using member funds to quietly bankroll a new online news venture guided by Crikey backer Eric Beecher, with plans to promote the venture to their millions of members.
Google and Facebook may be our best defenders against Big Brother

Teenagers say goodbye to Facebook and hello to messenger apps - “Gradual exodus of young people towards WhatsApp, WeChat and KakaoTalk is just as their mums and dads get the hang of social networking.”

At Obamacare hearings, governing by anecdote - It did not sound good for Sen. Pat Toomey. “I’m a two-time breast cancer survivor and I’m facing the loss of insurance,” the Pennsylvania Republican declared Wednesday at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the health-care law. “Three years ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,” he added. “If my coverage is not in place before January 1st, I will have to go without my medications. This may cause permanent disability, blindness, inability to walk, speech problems.” Happily for Toomey, he was not describing his own maladies. He was reading e-mails sent by his constituents. But the senator has contracted a dangerous condition that can cause people to have impaired judgment. It’s called governing by anecdote — and it’s spreading.

Pope Francis embraces man with tumorous disease

Good corporate governance is bad for bank capitalisation - Bank capitalisation determines the probability of a bank failure. This column discusses how bank’s corporate governance affects its capitalisation. Corporate governance, in which the bank acts in the interest of its shareholders, is defined as a good one. Such governance, however, can lead to lower bank capitalisation. It also has possibly negative implications for financial stability.

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