At the height of the cold war, Krakow was an environmental blight. Convinced that class distinctions would dissolve if the urban intelligentsia and industrial proletariats lived in close proximity, central planners located smokestacks and heavy industry next to apartment buildings and offices. To this day the Polish city has Europe's third most polluted air, according … Continue reading NEIL YOUNG: PEEVISH ABOUT PETROCARBONS
The Vancouver Courier, Jan. 15
CBC's Fifth Estate recently presented an excellent summary of the Harper government's approach toward basic research in Canada. “Silence of the Labs” enumerates the many ways Ottawa is conducting a war of attrition on science. For the past five years, “more than 2000 federal government scientists and researchers have been dismissed. Programs that monitored smokestack … Continue reading TORY ATTACK ON SCIENCE REVEALS TOTALITARIAN TENDENCIES
The Vancouver Courier, Jan. 10
I'm an aficionado of questionable federal spending. Not that I like tax dollar bonfires and boondoggles more than anyone else, it's just that I find them useful for satirical material. And surely nothing is more worthy of satire than a recently revealed program by the Canadian Department of Defence. A short study from October asked … Continue reading SMASH! POW! IT’S SUPERGOVERNMENT!
The Vancouver Courier, Jan. 8
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