PIT BULLS AND LIVER TOTS VS. RANDOM ACTS OF POLITENESS

I was in a coffee shop working at my Powerbook when a stranger tapped me on the shoulder. “Is this yours?” he asked, holding up a wallet he found in the washroom. I had been at the bank earlier in the morning to withdraw a few hundred dollars; I thanked the guy and insisted I …

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A BIG FRACKING PROBLEM

PART 1It’s not looking good for hydraulic fracturing on the PR front. Also known as the unfortunate-sounding sobriquet “fracking,” it’s the practice of sending superpressurized water down wellbores to fracture deep-bed rock formations and release natural gas.A recent report in the journal Ground Water concludes that benzene and other toxic chemicals injected into the ground …

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FIVE BAD IDEAS

No overall theme this week, just a brief catalogue of recent bad ideas.Bad Idea Number One: Rebuilding the Titanic. Given all the centenary overkill, it was probably inevitable. Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has arranged with a state-owned Chinese shipyard to hammer together a sequel to the doomed pleasure craft. The mining magnate insists that the …

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