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The Vancouver Courier, Oct. 26

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A PETROSTATE OF MIND

Two leaders of two petrostates. Both have been won multiple times in democratic elections. Both have been described as tyrants and great leaders. Both traffic in heavy crude. Beyond that, they don't have much in common.The first is president Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. The second is Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. You can't get …

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ISOLATION: FREE YOUR ARSE AND YOUR MIND WILL FOLLOW

There’s been a lot of ink spilled lately about loneliness in Vancouver. Courier contributor Tom Sandborn offered some practical advice for going against the isolationist flow, so I didn’t feel I could add anything new or interesting to the conversation.Yet perhaps I can get in a last word before the conversation moves on. This city …

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BACHELOR PAD, THE PRISONER’S DILEMMA, AND THE NUCLEAR OPTION

Last week I wrote about how we’re programmed with distorted ideas of success. All you need is a TV remote to see these warped values in sharp outline, if not high definition.A while back I caught the last half-hour of the ABC reality TV series Bachelor Pad, my partner’s latest guilty pleasure. This Schadenfreude-fuelled production …

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