What does Bingo have to do with the price of oil?
- They're both covered in the new issue of The New Colonist, now in its
Bingo, the Gentle Madness
No matter the irresistible appeal of attempting to create something
new in Las Vegas, there's an apparently even greater appeal found in
bingo, as evidenced by the game's longevity. Having survived one
Great Depression--and certain to last through this nation's latest
economic downturn--this game clearly isn't just a fad that's going
It's July 2008 and my landlord ("Mr. Potter," in homage to It's a
Wonderful Life) is waking me at 7 a.m. by banging on my window.
Potter, who attempts to offset late middle-age by dyeing his hair an
improbable shade between pink and orange, informs me, "Appraisers are
coming soon to assess the building. Will you tell them your rent is
higher than it really is?"
High Price of Oil May Be Boon
Not only is China, the country that produces a large portion of the
goods sold at these retailers, trying to refocus its economy on high-
tech and the like, which means higher wages for Chinese workers (they
see the writing on the wall too), but the increasing price of oil,
and thus shipping, will mean that it's more efficient to produce
goods close to where they are consumed. So, the potential for the
return of manufacturing and production to the U.S. could be in the
Eggleston's "Democratic Forest"
"The Democratic Forest," explores what I call "blandscapes," those
emotionally-hollow spaces that constitute James Howard Kunstler's
"geography of nowhere." Graceless architecture, bleak streets,
junkpiles and trashheaps, parking lots, odd ends of cars and traffic
signs, elements of control and disorder jumbled together....
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Best wishes (supplemented with action) for a more sustainable 2011.
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