Thursday, July 26, 2012

DealBook: Santander's Profit Plunges on Bad Loans for Real Estate

DealBook: Santander's Profit Plunges on Bad Loans for Real Estate: The Spanish bank reported a 93 percent drop in its second-quarter net profit as it set aside more money to cover bad loans in its home market.



Puerto Rican Influence in the Presidential Election

Puerto Rican Influence in the Presidential Election


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On election day, the people of Puerto Rico will have no direct say in who becomes President of the United States. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. They serve in the U.S. military. But as a territory and not a state, Puerto Rico has no Electoral College votes, and its residents have no formal voice on election day.
Yet Puerto Rico has already impacted the presidential election, and the influence of the Puerto Rican vote within the 50 states is expected to be a factor in November.
First, Puerto Rico’s presidential primary helped Mitt Romney clinch the Republican nomination. Not only did Romney win the Puerto Rican primary, but his opponent, former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), lost broader Hispanic support when he told a Puerto Rican newspaper that before the Island territory becomes “a state of the United States, English must be the principal language.” Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Pedro Peirluisi struck back, calling Santorum’s view “narrow and limiting,” and explaining that “English is the predominant language in the U.S. and will continue to be so, whether Puerto Rico becomes a state or not.”
In Puerto Rico, both English and Spanish are official languages. Hawaii also has two official languages: English and Hawaiian.
The second factor in Puerto Rico’s national influence is the Puerto Rican population on the mainland. There are now more Puerto Ricans in the 50 states than in Puerto Rico, and their presence affects political strategies, especially in Florida where Puerto Ricans now outnumber Cubans in the Orlando area.
This fact has not gone unnoticed in the national Republican and Democratic Parties, who regularly appeal to Puerto Rican officials from both the New Progressive Party/NPP (pro-statehood) and Popular Democratic Party/PDP (pro-Commonwealth) to help garner Puerto Rican support in the swing state. This strategy was in full view during the recent Florida primary when Gov. Fortuno, a NPP member who affiliates with the national Republican Party, endorsed Mitt Romney.
On the Democratic side, PDP gubernatorial candidate Alejandro García Padilla was in Florida last weekend campaigning for President Obama. Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, a member of the NPP Party, was an early Obama supporter in 2008 and has continued to be an advocate in support of the President – as well as Democratic candidates for Congress - in Florida, showing that members of opposing Puerto Rican political parties can and do sometimes come together in national politics.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

How To Buy New Must-Have Products For Next To Nothing

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How To Buy New Must-Have Products For Next To Nothing

How To Buy New Must-Have Products For Next To Nothing
Few things match the thrill of getting an incredible deal on an item we really crave. It’s a basic human response that we all can relate to.
That’s why auctions are so much fun – they present the titillating chance of scoring something for a lot less than we would expect. And that leaves us feeling great, because we now have the object of our desire and we have money left in our pocket.
Marketers know this and exploit it all the time –hence the profusion of sales, discounts, coupons, and the like… so much so, in fact, that we become numb to the tactic. People just don’t believe they’re really getting a bargain.
But now there’s a new online company that has actually figured out a way to sell new must-have consumer products for jaw-dropping prices.
It’s called Quibids – and it turns out that they are selling everything from the latest new Apple iPads and iPods, to MAC and PC notebooks, to HDTV’s and gift cards from the top retailers at prices as low as 5% of regular retail prices.
Now, of course, anyone in the right mind would be skeptical of such a claim – so we looked into it to learn just how they do it.
It turns out that both the prices and the products are real. Quibids runs a unique version of the traditional auction - when you bid on an item you actually get charged a small fee of about 60 cents. Collectively, the amount collected for all of the bids on an item allows the company to sell the item at price far below actual retail and even below the wholesale price they paid the manufacturer for it.
Figuring out how many bids to place and when to place them involves a little strategy but on QuiBids it’s actually a lot of fun. Each auction has a strict time limit and when you place your bid, the system adds a little time to the auction to see if any other bids come in. If you have the winning bid when the clock runs out – you win the item for that price. According to QuiBids CEO Matt Beckham, “Thousands of people are trying QuiBids every day – and then coming back again and again - so we must be doing something right.”
For the auction winner, the true cost of the item is slightly higher than their winning bid price because they have also spent a little for their bids, but this amount is usually modest, and the savings still work out to be spectacular in most cases.
And then there’s the “Buy Now” feature. This allows bidders who did not win an auction to still buy the product they want and apply the cost of the bids they placed as a discount on the regular product price. So, you still get the item and the bids you placed previously in the auction don’t cost you anything.
So, if you want real deals - like a new iPad for under $34, a new Nikon Digital SLR Camera for less than $24 or a new 46” LED HDTV for under $25 – check out the action at QuiBids.
Click here to see what’s for sale right now on QuiBids and just how low it’s going for.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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via Mala Vida, Buena Música by NaturalBornCritic on 7/23/12


Por @redod, editor en jefe del blog musical Puerto Rico Indie

La cosa con los llamados "guilty pleasures" es que, si te es doloroso y humillante admitirlos, necesitas mandar al carajo a tus panas o hablar con un psicólogo - no cambiar tus oídos. Si te gusta, te gusta… ¿Qué se va a hacer? Habiendo dicho esto, hay canciones que simplemente esperamos que a nuestro iPod ni se le ocurra tocar cuando lo dejamos en shuffle para amenizar una fiesta. Son el equivalente musical de haber salido del baño con el mahón orina'o, vulnerable a un mundo listo para juzgarte. Se sobrevive, pero mejor evitarlo. En esos momentos es que rezas por un voto de apoyo - "¡Yo también tengo ese CD de las Spice Girls!" - o un par de mahones extra.

Entonces vienen las justificaciones y en verdad que no hay nada más odioso (y triste) que tener que explicar cómo fue que llegaste a admirar el romanticismo de Sammy Hagar y que en realidad estabas investigando "who let the dogs out?", por aquello de ayudar a los dueños afectados por el salpafuera. Pero sin vergüenza, mano - soy de los que trato de encontrarle su mérito a cualquier canción y aprecio la manera en que, ya sean buenas o malas, guardan nuestros recuerdos mejor que el hard drive ese que paró de funcionar que tenía todas las fotos de college adentro… Qué jodienda. Por eso ya no tomo fotos… En fin, comparto cinco de mis "guilty pleasures" con la comunidad de Mala Vida Buena Música con la seguridad de que ninguna de estas canciones es tan mala como las que a veces aparecen en mi email en busca de promoción.

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1. Mariah Carey - "Always Be My Baby"


En casa los domingos se escuchaba el programa de Casey Kasem, American Top 40, por lo que estábamos todos muy familiarizados con Amy Grant, Michael Bolton y otros baladistas con sabor a vainilla. Mariah Carey nunca cayó perfectamente en el grupo, algunas razones más obvias que otras - y luego intentaría convertirse en una especie de "cuera de vídeos" (así les decía un pana, aunque Mariah prefiere el término "mariposa"). A mí me gustaba en especial esta canción bastante sencilla y alegre. El vídeo también me parecía de lo más chévere. Estaba enamoradito, como podrán entender. La nena de la que estaba enchula'o luego me regalaría un poster de Mariah Carey en su fase de gata, pero con bigotitos y chivita dibujá en sharpie.


2. Dashboard Confessional - "Hands Down"




Hablando de estar enamoradito… No, no era que me estuviera ligando al jevo detrás de Dashboard, pero con "Hands Down" por fin me interesaba de verdad en una de sus canciones. A mi roommate le gustaba tanto el tipo como la música, pero las lloriqueras a guitarrazo limpio son un poco difíciles de digerir. Esto no. Es un "pop song" bastante alegre. Mis guilty pleasures son canciones alegres… eso está medio jodío, ¿verdad?



3. Kylie Minogue - 'Love At First Sight"



El primer cassette que recuerdo que me hayan regalado mis papás fue el debut de Kylie en el 1988, que tenía el tema "The Loco-Motion". Estaba predispuesto a caer con el regreso de esa rubia australiana que habría conquistado mis sueños desde pequeño. Catorce años después acabé comprando Fever en una visita a Best Buy con mi padre, quien con un poco de vergüenza ajena se lo pasó al cajero. ¡Qué clase de cabrón, si fue su culpa!




4. Metallica - "St. Anger"

Hubo un tiempo, hace unos años atrás, que igual que los integrantes de Metallica, no me quería a mí mismo. Viajaba a diario a Caguas a trabajar en una agencia de publicidad, localizada justo en frente a un punto de los calientitos. Tenía que velar porque una jeringuilla usada no me traspasara el tenis cuando salía a darme un 'gare frente a la oficina. Eso y que no me fueran a asaltar. Había mucho coraje en mi corazón en esos tiempos… El punto es que a diferencia de muchos, yo no escuché ningún problema con la batería de Lars en esta canción. Así sonaban mis días..




5. Partners in Kryme - "Turtle Power"


Mi canción favorita de rap por mucho tiempo - me da más vergüenza por el grupo que por mis gustos musicales en esos tiempos. Luego me enteraría que el grupo nunca sacó su debut porque el segundo sencillo que tiraron ni entró a los listados de Billboard. Debieron haber verificado bien en la lista de música infantil, porque seguro habían par de nenitos de elemental locos con el asunto. T-U-R-T-L-E Power!


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via Global Voices en Español » Inglés by Angela Velo on 7/24/12
Tras el incendio del pasado 8 de mayo en D.I.Y., un pub amistoso con los gays, de Ereván (la capital de Armenia), los acontecimientos han dado un giro inesperado con la puesta en libertad de los dos sospechosos, Hampig y Mgrdich (Arame) Khapazyan, dos hermanos de origen armenio-iraní. Supuestamente parte de un grupo neonazi local y grabados en vídeo, uno de ellos fue puesto en libertad con una fianza de un millón de drams armenios (unos 2.000 €) y el otro sobre la garantía de no abandonar el país.
Algunos observadores estaban preocupados debido a que la fianza la habrían pagado dos diputados armenios de la Federación Revolucionaria Armenia - Dashnaktsutyun (FRA-D), Artsvik Minasyan y Hrayr Karapetyan. Mientras tanto, aumentando la preocupación en el país tras un aumento de los grupos neonazis, la prensa local recogió unas declaraciones de Minasyan en las que afirmaba que los dos hermanos eran “gente normal”, que habían actuado “correctamente conforme a la ideología nacional y social” y que uno de los dueños del bar, Tsomak Oganesova, “está destruyendo la sociedad armenia”.
@unzippedblog: Uno de los sospechosos del ataque neonazi al pub DIY está en la calle, gracias a… miembros del FRA-D #Yerevan (Ereván) #Armenia #hatecrime (Crímenes de odio).
@unzippedblog: Re liberando atacante #neonazi al bar DIY: #Armenia el partido FRA-D debe explicar qué está pasando o me lo tomare como un apoyo al terrorismo
@Lara_Aha: Ardzvik Minasyan, miembro del FRA-D, ayuda a liberar a dos sospechosos de un #hatecrime y declara que “gente como Tsomak está destruyendo #Armenia” #armLGBT.
@KevorkO: Una “ideología nacional” que considera las gamberradas y el terrorismo más aceptables que la homosexualidad es, como mínimo, degradante. #Armenia #DIY
D.I.Y. Bar, Yerevan, Armenia © Onnik KrikorianEl pub D.I.Y., Ereván, Armenia © Onnik Krikorian
Comentarios de indignación y sorpresa [en] en el blog Unzipped: Gay Armenia:
En pocas palabras: Artsvik Minasyan, del FRA-D, apoya e impulsa el terrorismo en Armenia. Esas declaraciones son propias de un criminal. O la Federación Revolucionaria Armenia explica qué está pasando o yo también lo considero un apoyo al terrorismo.
[…]
Si el FRA-D no se pronuncia en contra de las declaraciones de su diputado, estaremos ante su fin como partido político y su transformación en un grupo neonazi y completamente homofóbo que apoya y propicia el terrorismo en Armenia.
[…]
Si a los grupos afiliados y a los miembros internacionales del FRA les preocupa lo más mínimo la reputación de su partido y, más importante aún, el futuro de Armenia, deberían condenar la homofobia y pedir que la Federación se posicione en contra de las declaraciones de su diputado. Deberían pedir la renuncia del deshonrado Artsvik Minasyan.
El blog también anotaba un nuevo ataque el pasado 15 de mayo y cita textualmente las declaraciones de un usuario de Facebook:
Un crimen motivado por prejuicios (que se repite apenas una semana después), ninguna condena oficial por parte de las autoridades y un diputado que lo apoya: ¿ven la conexión?
Nazi swastika graffiti over D.I.Y. anarchy symbol, from gayarmenia.blogspot.comGrafiti de la esvástica nazi pintada sobre el símbolo de la anarquía del pub D.I.Y. De gayarmenia.blogspot.com
La autora del blog Le Retour in 3 Parts también se muestra indignada [en]:
Por primera vez desde que vivo en Armenia, tengo miedo. Las lesbianas se han convertido en el centro de atención, lo que auspicia una situación incómoda y fuera de lugar. Antes éramos casi invisibles: podíamos darnos la mano en público y mostrarnos cariñosas sin que nadie nos mirara mal. Pero ahora más que nunca, sabemos lo que es el sentimiento de rechazo que siempre han sufrido los gays.
[…]
Me odio a mí misma por decir esto, pero en situaciones así me pregunto por qué algunos de los activistas de la asociación de LGBT y otras lesbianas tienen que alzar la voz para hacerse notar y llamar la atención, deseando ahora que se tranquilizaran y evitaran más actos de violencia. Y sé que no soy la única que piensa así. Ahora mismo somos el centro de atención y las miradas de reproche diarias han adquirido un nuevo matiz.
La revista Ianyan analiza los motivos de este incidente [en]:
El DIY, que se llama a si mismo un bar para pensadores alternativos, era frecuentado por muchos de los miembros de la comunidad gay de Armenia. Lo consideraban un sitio seguro, sin discriminaciones ni críticas. El atentado, que causó alrededor de US$4,000 de daños de acuerdo a fuentes bien informadas, habría sido motivado por una ideología fascista y nacionalista -apuntan que dos de los factores claves que desataron este crimen fueron la atmósfera amistosa con los gay característica del local y la presencia de su dueño, Tsomak Oganesova, en el Desfile del Orgullo Gay de Estambúl, celebrado en el barrio turco.
[…]
Los sentimientos nacionalistas son comunes en el país del Cáucaso Sur, que casi es monoétnico y sigue psicológicamente afectado por el genocidio y la guerra. El aislamiento de Armenia (propiciado por el cierre de las fronteras con Turquía y Azerbaijan) y su desconfianza hacia todo lo ajeno al status-quo, parecen ser las causas principales del aumento de pequeños grupos que llevan a cabo acciones violentas de graves consecuencias.
Luego del ataque al D.I.Y. y el ataque a un activista local comprometido con iniciativas pacíficas de la zona, otros están preocupados con los recientes acontecimientos también. Algunas ONG, por ejemplo, han emitido un comunicado [en, az].
Mientras tanto, en respuesta al atentado, la página web de noticias de la sociedad civil, civil.net, publicó un debate abierto sobre el nacionalismo, la xenofobia y la violación de los derechos humanos en Armenia. Ianyan ha publicado un resumen del debate en el siguiente enlace [en armenio con subtítulos en inglés]:


“El fascismo está llamando a nuestras puertas para anunciarnos su llegada”, escribe [Lala] Aslikyan en armenio. Con inmensa tristeza, señala que cada vez es mayor el rechazo a la libertad de expresión en el país. Por su parte, [Karen] Hakobyan señalaba que esos grupos, mayoritariamente formados por jóvenes de entre 13 y 24 años, reivindican su nacionalidad armenia dirigiendo su odio contra todos aquellos que consideran que representan una amenaza para los intereses nacionales.
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NTV anunció [ru] que Svetlana Kuritsyna, éxito de RuNet y miembro de Nashi, tendrá un programa semanal de televisión donde entrevistará a los “mayores expertos”. Kuritsyna es conocida en línea como “Sveta de Ivanovo” y es famosa por sus comentarios incoherentes a favor del Kremlin, que son motivo de burla, de un video de YouTube [ru] de diciembre de 2011 (ahora con cerca de dos millones de visitas). Los bloggers han respondido a la designación de Kuritsyna con una mezcla de incredulidad [ru] e ironía [ru].
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La tecnología occidental ha jugado un papel preponderante en proveer al régimen sirio durante años de herramientas para rastrear y reprimir a sus ciudadanos. Los últimos archivos de Wikileaks sobre Siria [en], que incluyen más de dos millones de correos electrónicos de políticos y empresarios, revelan que el involucramiento de compañías occidentales durante la represión en contra de los ciudadanos sirios ha continuado a pesar de las sanciones y la presión internacional.
Suministrando apoyo para equipos de comunicaciones
De acuerdo a los correos electrónicos publicados por Wikileaks el 5 julio, la compañía italiana de defensa Finmeccanica [it, en] ha estado abasteciendo equipos de comunicaciones al régimen sirio desde el 2008. Ese año, Selex Elsag [en], una filial de Finmeccanica, firmó un contrato con la Organización de Radio Siria a través de la firma líder de telecomunicaciones griega Intracom S.A. para proveer radios de alta tecnología. Acordó aumentar el tamaño del contrato en mayo de 2011, fecha en la que el levantamiento se había extendido por todo el país.
Finmeccanica-Selex Elsag no es la primera firma involucrada en ayudar al régimen sirio. Archivos dados a conocer el año pasado por el grupo activista Telecomix [en] revelaron que el Establecimiento Sirio de Telecomunicaciones había estado usando dispositivos de la compañía americana Bluecoat para filtrar y monitorear conexiones HTTP en el país. (Nota: Un portavoz del Departamento de Comercio de E.U.A. reconoció [en] en abril de este año que Blue Coat está siendo investigado.) Area SpA, una compañía de monitoreo con sede a las afueras de Milán, trabajó por años en la instalación de un sistema que permitiría al gobierno sirio “inmiscuirse en virtualmente todos los rincones de Internet dentro del país [en], así como en teléfonos celulares, líneas fijas y vehículos. Poco antes de terminar el proyecto y en medio de la presión de los medios en contra de su apoyo a la represión de los ciudadanos sirios, Area anunció que renunciaría al proyecto. Selex, sin embargo, ha continuado abasteciendo al régimen sirio.
Mientras las sanciones [en] empezaban a interponer problemas en la cadena de abastecimiento, Selex trabajó arduamente en encontrar alternativas para proveer los componentes para el proyecto. En febrero de 2012, casi un año después del inicio de la insurrección y cuando la cifra de muertos ya había alcanzado los 10,000, se confirmó [en] que representantes de la compañía visitaron Damasco para entrenar a ingenieros de Intracom Telecom Sirio. La relación con el régimen sirio compromete no sólo a la compañía sino también al gobierno italiano ya que Selex está bajo el control de Roma.
Consejo de RRPP y comunicaciones
El suministro de tecnología no es la única forma de apoyo que ha recibido el régimen sirio de compañías occidentales. Otros correos electrónicos publicados por Wikileaks revelaron que la firma de comunicaciones Brown Lloyd James [en] ha estado ofreciendo al régimen consejos de relaciones públicas y comunicaciones. Un correo electrónico [en] enviado al asistente senior de Asma al-Assad, Fares Kallas, el 19 de mayo de 2011 ofrece guía específica de cómo ganar la batalla con los medios:
Si para reprimir la rebelión se necesita mano dura, para tranquilizar al pueblo sirio y a las audiencias externas de que una reforma está en camino se necesita mano suave.
El correo electrónico, enviado con el título “Análisis de comunicación de crisis”, incluye una lista de medidas para retener historias que pudiesen afectar la imagen del gobierno en el extranjero. Las historias son descritas por Brown Lloyd James como “historias negativas en los medios circuladas por figuras de la oposición viviendo fuera de Siria”, a quienes la firma sugiere contrarrestar así:
  • Monitoreo de medios durante las 24 horas y un sistema de respuesta con base en los mercados de Gran Bretaña y Estados Unidos
  • Las redes sociales deben ser monitoreadas y los sitios falsos impugnados y bajados
  • Un documento de mensajería estable y constante actualizado que contenga temas de conversación sobre los últimos acontecimientos
Además de estas medidas, la consultora insiste en que “se deben reforzar los esfuerzos para transmitir normalidad en contraste con las noticias en desarrollo que pintan a Siria como un lugar al borde del caos.” También recomienda apelar al patriotismo sirio e intensificar la presencia de la primera dama para “mostrar fuerza y simpatía al mismo tiempo.”
Los consejos dados por Brown Lloyd James son consistentes con la estrategia que el régimen ha seguido durante décadas: negar la legitimidad de la oposición y enfocarse en mejorar la imagen del gobierno dentro y fuera del país, en lugar de implementar cambios en la vida real.
Hay una clara relación entre la tecnología proporcionada por empresas como Finmeccanica y la represión en contra de la oposición en Siria. Al dar legitimidad y ofrecer apoyo a la narrativa del régimen, Brown Lloyd James también ha contribuido a dificultar la lucha de la gente por libertad y justicia. Ambos ejemplos, que pueden no ser los últimos, prueban la inconsistencia entre el discurso oficial de occidente que enfatiza la necesidad de aislar al régimen y la falta de voluntad de terminar con las relaciones económicas rentables.
Gracias a Wassim Zabad por su ayuda de búsqueda en los archivos.
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Amanda Palmer – artista solista, mitad del dúo The Dresden Dolls y la reina actual del “crowdfunding” musical – recién lanzó el video clip [NSFW] para el sencillo “Want It Back” de su nuevo álbum, Theatre Is Evil, pautado para septiembre. En éste se utiliza la técnica del stop-motion para físicamente mezclar la letra de la canción con imágenes de la artista y su banda, The Grand Theft Orchestra. Prometemos que al verlo, te quedarás abrumado y boquiabierto.
La artista norteamericana logró producir Theatre Is Evil y este primer videoclip gracias a los $1.2 millones que recogió a través de su iniciativa en el popular portal de “crowdfunding”, Kickstarter.com. El vídeo es tan sólo un ejemplo del compromiso tenaz que tiene Amanda en torno a la producción musical independiente, donde los artistas son los negociadores además de ser los trabajadores. En su blog, nos detalla el proceso de la grabación, donde una variedad de artistas plásticos se reunieron (y sudaron) para crear el impresionante producto final – un ejemplo de la gran camaradería que rige su propuesta musical.

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The good news just keeps on coming for Sofia Vergara.

After having the best week ever last week (she celebrated her 40th birthday in style, got en... Read more: Video, Cultura, Latino Entertainment, Peter Griffin, Sofia Vergara, Family Guy, Telenovela, The Cleveland Show, Slideexpand, Modern Family, Latino Voices News


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The new voter I.D. law in Pennsylvania has some advocacy groups saying it would bar certain people, like the elderly, from voting.

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Want to save money? Move to the city.

Even with higher real estate prices, financial columnist Brett Arends found it was cheaper to stay in New York City than move to the suburbs. One big reason: staying in the city means he doesn't have to pay for a car.

The math behind his logic: http://sm.wsj.com/Pc0rSs

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In Caribbean Reefs, Social Shrimp Disappear

By J. EMMETT DUFFY
A sand bores reef in the Caribbean. The eusocial shrimp that the scientists wanted to study in the reefs of Carrie Bow Cay have disappeared.Dustin R. RubensteinA sand bores reef in the Caribbean. Most of the eusocial shrimp, that the scientists wanted to study in the reefs of Carrie Bow Cay, have disappeared.
J. Emmett Duffy, a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the College of William and Mary, writes from the coral reefs of Belize, where he is studying sponge-dwelling snapping shrimps.
Sunday, July 8
As the sun breaks the horizon, I sit in a wooden chair at the edge of the backreef, an eye on the weather horizon, gratefully sipping the first strong coffee and gauging what the day has in store. Soothed by the fresh breeze and the muffled thud of the surf on the reef, half-watching a lone frigate bird high overhead and a hermit crab lumbering past my bare foot through a miniature jungle of beach vines and flotsam, it feels like home. It’s my 14th trip to this speck of land at the ocean’s edge, and this has been my morning ritual for years, a rare quiet spot in the tumbling stream of modern life to let the mind unreel and reflect.
We are now fully shifted into Plan B mode. The social shrimps that we came searching for, that have dominated these reefs for at least 20 years, are gone. Scrambling to shift course, we put together a hasty plan to document the change quantitatively. Yesterday morning we began carrying out that plan, collecting 10 bags of coral rubble from the first of six reefs to be sampled and spending the afternoon in the rustic lab, sorting out our quarry. The diving is sublime — idyllic seascapes of coral boulders over brilliant white sand and turtle grass, swaying soft corals and rope sponges, mounds of finger coral in the bright shallows. Fish are plentiful, shoals of grunts and surgeonfish flowing over the reef contours, even a sea turtle foraging over the top of one reef. Back at the lab it’s a laborious process getting under the surface, into the little-known center of biodiversity within the reef structure. But we’re rewarded by a constant stream of small surprises: bizarre undulating flatworms, a rainbow-colored sea slug, a tiny octopus that flashes iridescent color changes like a hallucination. And then there is the abundance of small shrimp.

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July 24, 2012, 12:07 pm1 Comment

In Caribbean Reefs, Social Shrimp Disappear

By J. EMMETT DUFFY
A sand bores reef in the Caribbean. The eusocial shrimp that the scientists wanted to study in the reefs of Carrie Bow Cay have disappeared.Dustin R. RubensteinA sand bores reef in the Caribbean. Most of the eusocial shrimp, that the scientists wanted to study in the reefs of Carrie Bow Cay, have disappeared.
J. Emmett Duffy, a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the College of William and Mary, writes from the coral reefs of Belize, where he is studying sponge-dwelling snapping shrimps.
Sunday, July 8
As the sun breaks the horizon, I sit in a wooden chair at the edge of the backreef, an eye on the weather horizon, gratefully sipping the first strong coffee and gauging what the day has in store. Soothed by the fresh breeze and the muffled thud of the surf on the reef, half-watching a lone frigate bird high overhead and a hermit crab lumbering past my bare foot through a miniature jungle of beach vines and flotsam, it feels like home. It’s my 14th trip to this speck of land at the ocean’s edge, and this has been my morning ritual for years, a rare quiet spot in the tumbling stream of modern life to let the mind unreel and reflect.
We are now fully shifted into Plan B mode. The social shrimps that we came searching for, that have dominated these reefs for at least 20 years, are gone. Scrambling to shift course, we put together a hasty plan to document the change quantitatively. Yesterday morning we began carrying out that plan, collecting 10 bags of coral rubble from the first of six reefs to be sampled and spending the afternoon in the rustic lab, sorting out our quarry. The diving is sublime — idyllic seascapes of coral boulders over brilliant white sand and turtle grass, swaying soft corals and rope sponges, mounds of finger coral in the bright shallows. Fish are plentiful, shoals of grunts and surgeonfish flowing over the reef contours, even a sea turtle foraging over the top of one reef. Back at the lab it’s a laborious process getting under the surface, into the little-known center of biodiversity within the reef structure. But we’re rewarded by a constant stream of small surprises: bizarre undulating flatworms, a rainbow-colored sea slug, a tiny octopus that flashes iridescent color changes like a hallucination. And then there is the abundance of small shrimp.

Today is another marathon. We sample two reefs, taxing work in the choppy weather and strong surge, inhale a hearty lunch prepared by our wonderful cook, Martha, and then switch into lab mode for the long haul of extracting the tiny, elusive shrimp from the sponges and processing them. Our five-member team is now a well-oiled machine, working in assembly-line mode, each with a specific responsibility. This includes identifying shrimp under the microscope, removing subsamples for DNA analyses of genetic relatedness and social structure, measuring and preserving samples of the sponges they came from and carefully documenting all collection data. Even with the efficient division of labor, we’re all seeing double with exhaustion by the time we batten down the lab windows and turn out the light around midnight. This is our routine, from 7:30 a.m. until near midnight for eight days, a point that frequently seems lost when I tell people I’m away for a research trip to the reefs of the Caribbean.
In the morning, I return to my station by the backreef for a few minutes of quiet at daybreak. Strong wind from the southeast, overcast skies and intermittent drizzle. But no lightning so far. We can work. Looking back through my records from more than a decade, I calculate that 75 percent of our shrimp collections in this area consisted of social species — three out of every four specimens we collected. Now there are none, save for a few small colonies of one partly social species. It’s extraordinary. The finding puts into perspective a parallel and also puzzling pattern that we observed in Jamaica. Sampling there in 2008, we found abundant large colonies of social shrimp, but earlier this year colonies were few and much smaller in size. On the Caribbean side of Panama, our colleagues noted a similar disappearance of one of the social species over a few short years.

Synalpheus sanctithomae female
Kenneth MacdonaldSynalpheus sanctithomae female


It now seems clear that a regional decline of social shrimp is under way. And it’s part of a larger pattern of change. Below the deceptively sunny surface of the tropical sea, the loss of social shrimp is only the latest signal of a global ocean ecosystem on the brink of profound change. I and my colleagues everywhere have watched with alarm the astonishingly rapid transformation of the world’s coral reefs, the crown jewels of the planet’s encompassing ocean, over little more than a single human generation. When I began graduate school in 1985, the transformation was only just dawning on us. Most of us got into this business because of what can only be called a love affair with the ocean and its life. But we have been drawn into the unwelcome role of witnessing and documenting the death spiral of reefs and struggling to find some hope for keeping them alive.
As Roger Bradbury wrote bluntly in an Op-Ed article in The New York Times a few days ago, that hope is proving to be a phantom. Coral reefs are dying at our own hands. The murder weapons — fossil fuel consumption and food production — are the basic engines of human economic growth. Relentless harvesting of grazing fishes releases algae and seaweeds that overgrow corals. Rising global temperatures, guaranteed for decades to come by the legacy of greenhouse gases we’ve already released, are already killing corals, which typically live near their upper thermal tolerances. The acidification of the ocean by the same greenhouse gas emissions is expected to dissolve the coral skeletons that create reefs in the first place. Once that complex structure erodes, we are left with flat rock pavements covered by scrubby algae, and biodiversity is accordingly reduced to a fraction of what a healthy reef supports.

Racing home before the storm comes.
S. ChakRacing home before the storm comes.


Why worry about saving reefs? We frequently hear that they protect coastlines, support tourism and fisheries in the developing world and influence the global carbon budget. These are all true enough and important. But we really care about reefs, we fear for them, because they are exquisitely beautiful and magical undersea gardens of Eden, full of almost unimaginable life-forms that wake something essential in us. They show us, more than perhaps any other ecosystem, what the primeval fire of life is capable of, what it has in fact done over incomprehensible time spans, which we are now undoing permanently. My fear is that a more of us are growing up estranged from the benefits of wild nature and, lacking personal experience of their value, will not even know what we are losing, much less work to preserve and nurture it.
The shrimp we study are admittedly only small players in the drama of the reef, but they are bellwethers of the fundamental changes under way all around us. Our hope is that the new research direction that circumstances have forced on us will help provide some answers to what is driving that change and where we’re headed.



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In Caribbean Reefs, Social Shrimp Disappear - NYT


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July 24, 2012, 12:07 pm1 CommentIn Caribbean Reefs, Social Shrimp DisappearBy J. EMMETT DUFFYDustin R. RubensteinA sand bores reef in the Caribbean. Most of the eusocial shrimp, that the scientists wanted to study in the reefs of Carrie Bow Cay, have disappeared.J. Emmett Duffy, a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the College of William and Mary, writes from the coral reefs of Belize, where he is studying sponge-dwelling snapping shrimps. Sunday, July 8 As the sun breaks the horizon, I sit in a wooden chair at the edge of the backreef, an eye on the weather horizon, gratefully sipping the first strong coffee and gauging what the day has in store. Soothed by the fresh breeze and the muffled thud of the surf on the reef, half-watching a lone frigate bird high overhead and a hermit crab lumbering past my bare foot through a miniature jungle of beach vines and flotsam, it feels like home. It’s my 14th trip to this speck of land at the ocean’s edge, and this has been my morning ritual for years, a rare quiet spot in the tumbling stream of modern life to let the mind unreel and reflect.We are now fully shifted into Plan B mode. The social shrimps that we came searching for, that have dominated these reefs for at least 20 years, are gone. Scrambling to shift course, we put together a hasty plan to document the change quantitatively. Yesterday morning we began carrying out that plan, collecting 10 bags of coral rubble from the first of six reefs to be sampled and spending the afternoon in the rustic lab, sorting out our quarry. The diving is sublime — idyllic seascapes of coral boulders over brilliant white sand and turtle grass, swaying soft corals and rope sponges, mounds of finger coral in the bright shallows. Fish are plentiful, shoals of grunts and surgeonfish flowing over the reef contours, even a sea turtle foraging over the top of one reef. Back at the lab it’s a laborious process getting under the surface, into the little-known center of biodiversity within the reef structure. But we’re rewarded by a constant stream of small surprises: bizarre undulating flatworms, a rainbow-colored sea slug, a tiny octopus that flashes iridescent color changes like a hallucination. And then there is the abundance of small shrimp.Dustin Rubenstein/Emmett DuffyPrevious Posts From BelizeSnapping Shrimps and Hidden SpongesA Healthier Reef, Holding a MysteryWatchful Shrimp, Defending their TerritoryPrevious Posts From KenyaToday is another marathon. We sample two reefs, taxing work in the choppy weather and strong surge, inhale a hearty lunch prepared by our wonderful cook, Martha, and then switch into lab mode for the long haul of extracting the tiny, elusive shrimp from the sponges and processing them. Our five-member team is now a well-oiled machine, working in assembly-line mode, each with a specific responsibility. This includes identifying shrimp under the microscope, removing subsamples for DNA analyses of genetic relatedness and social structure, measuring and preserving samples of the sponges they came from and carefully documenting all collection data. Even with the efficient division of labor, we’re all seeing double with exhaustion by the time we batten down the lab windows and turn out the light around midnight. This is our routine, from 7:30 a.m. until near midnight for eight days, a point that frequently seems lost when I tell people I’m away for a research trip to the reefs of the Caribbean.In the morning, I return to my station by the backreef for a few minutes of quiet at daybreak. Strong wind from the southeast, overcast skies and intermittent drizzle. But no lightning so far. We can work. Looking back through my records from more than a decade, I calculate that 75 percent of our shrimp collections in this area consisted of social species — three out of every four specimens we collected. Now there are none, save for a few small colonies of one partly social species. It’s extraordinary. The finding puts into perspective a parallel and also puzzling pattern that we observed in Jamaica. Sampling there in 2008, we found abundant large colonies of social shrimp, but earlier this year colonies were few and much smaller in size. On the Caribbean side of Panama, our colleagues noted a similar disappearance of one of the social species over a few short years. Kenneth MacdonaldSynalpheus sanctithomae femaleIt now seems clear that a regional decline of social shrimp is under way. And it’s part of a larger pattern of change. Below the deceptively sunny surface of the tropical sea, the loss of social shrimp is only the latest signal of a global ocean ecosystem on the brink of profound change. I and my colleagues everywhere have watched with alarm the astonishingly rapid transformation of the world’s coral reefs, the crown jewels of the planet’s encompassing ocean, over little more than a single human generation. When I began graduate school in 1985, the transformation was only just dawning on us. Most of us got into this business because of what can only be called a love affair with the ocean and its life. But we have been drawn into the unwelcome role of witnessing and documenting the death spiral of reefs and struggling to find some hope for keeping them alive.As Roger Bradbury wrote bluntly in an Op-Ed article in The New York Times a few days ago, that hope is proving to be a phantom. Coral reefs are dying at our own hands. The murder weapons — fossil fuel consumption and food production — are the basic engines of human economic growth. Relentless harvesting of grazing fishes releases algae and seaweeds that overgrow corals. Rising global temperatures, guaranteed for decades to come by the legacy of greenhouse gases we’ve already released, are already killing corals, which typically live near their upper thermal tolerances. The acidification of the ocean by the same greenhouse gas emissions is expected to dissolve the coral skeletons that create reefs in the first place. Once that complex structure erodes, we are left with flat rock pavements covered by scrubby algae, and biodiversity is accordingly reduced to a fraction of what a healthy reef supports. S. ChakRacing home before the storm comes.Why worry about saving reefs? We frequently hear that they protect coastlines, support tourism and fisheries in the developing world and influence the global carbon budget. These are all true enough and important. But we really care about reefs, we fear for them, because they are exquisitely beautiful and magical undersea gardens of Eden, full of almost unimaginable life-forms that wake something essential in us. They show us, more than perhaps any other ecosystem, what the primeval fire of life is capable of, what it has in fact done over incomprehensible time spans, which we are now undoing permanently. My fear is that a more of us are growing up estranged from the benefits of wild nature and, lacking personal experience of their value, will not even know what we are losing, much less work to preserve and nurture it.The shrimp we study are admittedly only small players in the drama of the reef, but they are bellwethers of the fundamental changes under way all around us. Our hope is that the new research direction that circumstances have forced on us will help provide some answers to what is driving that change and where we’re headed.

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