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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals condemned a Pet Expo in Greenhithe, England, in October after reports emerged that a trainer had showcased "Melanie," a raccoon who rides a bicycle-like device, apparently to great acclaim. …
Management in the Terrorism Industry Wednesday, February 5
In November, the Army of Islam (Syrian rebels) announced, via a dazzling, fully functional website, that it had job "vacancies" in the fields of graphic design, photography, printing, journalism, reporting and media promotion and programming. The …
Leading Economic Indicators Wednesday, February 5
Somalia's coastal pirates, having peaked in 2009 in boat captures, may now be laying low only because of the familiar business problem of "inventory management." A November analysis by Quartz (qz.com) showed the pirates with such a surplus of …
In the Stars Wednesday, February 5
Mumbai, India, has its share of Western-style financial advisers using computer programs familiar to Wall Street, but with the additional layering of "financial astrologers," who forecast successes and failures based on the alignment of the planets, …
Ya Pay for It One Way or Another Wednesday, February 5
A group of legal prostitutes in the Netherlands began a campaign in December to have their occupation officially termed so dangerous and physically challenging that they should be allowed (as soccer players are) to save in tax-free pension funds. …
How Much Is That Again? Wednesday, February 5
American health-care reformers routinely decry the inability of consumer-patients to compare prices of services to help drive down the costs. Two doctors, writing for the Journal of the American Medical Association in December, illuminated the …
Perspective Wednesday, February 5
In ubiquitous public relations announcements around Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) proudly points to its 52,000-person workforce delivering high-quality care. However, when the government sought to collect payroll taxes …
Least Competent Criminals Wednesday, February 5
Two 16-year-olds tried to pull off a street robbery at a housing complex in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco in December. One was arrested and the other is no longer with us. According to police, the victim cooperated fully with the …
Going Postal Wednesday, January 29
America's returning warriors continue to experience inexplicable difficulty after putting their lives at risk for their country. It took 13 years for Army Sgt. Maj. Richard Erickson to get his job back from his civilian employer after he took leave …
Happy New Year Wednesday, January 29
Once again, celebrants in France marked Jan. 1 by setting fire to 1,067 cars nationwide (down from 1,193 the previous Jan. 1).
 
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