The Yellow Pages: Adapt or die?

While there is much kvetching and hand-wringing of late regarding impending demise of the dead-tree business (sic) that is the newspaper industry, there is another dead-tree business that is descending quickly toward irrelevance:  The Yellow Pages. Every year, beginning around this time, trucks shunt around cities and visit every household in North America, and indeed […]

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Ethanol is Sparking an Agribubble

The law of unintended consequences can be a bitch. When you meddle with the natural order of things, imbalances inevitably occur. Regulators (because that’s what they do) observe the imbalances and add more meddling regulations in an attempt to counteract them — creating yet further imbalances. The end result is what you have today: an […]

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Arrogance of Empire…,9115,1022027,00.html Arrogance of empire Paul Foot Wednesday August 20, 2003 The Guardian In hospital last month for a (literally) nerve-wracking operation on my back, I was lucky enough to have with me an advance copy of Robert Harris’s novel Pompeii. At one level, the book is a thriller that kept me going through the entire […]

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New World Disorder

Peace in the Middle East, Bush Family-Style. The UN Security Council vetoed the invasion of Iraq and thus the UN did not support it, yet it realized its mandate and went into Iraq anyway hoping to help restore order… Actually, the UN already had an envoy and an HQ in Iraq which went surprisingly unscathed […]

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Beam Me Up, Jurgen

> From: Jeff Pulver > Date: Fri May 16, 2003 7:48:00 PM US/Pacific > > Teleportation_goes_the_distance_021203.html Teleportation goes the distance February 12/19, 2003 By Eric Smalley, Technology Research News You can’t get from one place to another without passing through every point in between. This is true for all matter and energy, whether planets, […]

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Fast Food War in Mesopotamia…,3604,859133,00.html Fast food in the cradle of civilisation We need to understand what we will really be fighting for in Iraq Jonathan Glancey Friday December 13, 2002 The Guardian And it’s one, two, three What are we fighting for? Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn – Next stop is Vietnam Remember Vietnam? More […]

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