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The Afterlife of Cheap Clothes
"The Quincy Street Salvation Army builds a completed wall made of 18 tons, or 36 bales, of [compressed] unwanted clothing every three days. And this is just a small portion of the cast-offs of one single Salvation Army location in one city in the United States. Most Americans are thoroughly convinced there is another person in their direct vicinity who truly needs and wants our unwanted clothes. This couldn’t be further from the truth."
Marginalism and the Higher Ed Paradox
An interesting, alternate view on the higher education bubble. Basically it argues that the dumbing down of education at all levels over the past decades has meant that the higher education becomes more important as not having it suggests to employers that you may lack basic skills.
Vancouver’s bike sharing program may take a hit on helmet laws
Will helmet laws keep Vancouver's bike-share program from succeeding (even if the bike-sharing involves shared helmets sanitized between each use as this approach seems to be taking).
A day in the life of a Tim Hortons coffee tester
"Coffee lovers are all too familiar with that satisfying moment - the first sip of a freshly brewed cup - but for the lead coffee taster at Tim Hortons, that borderline euphoric sensation has become a lifestyle." I assume that means that he's tasted so many coffees that he's lost his tastebuds. Amongst those who drink black coffee - e.g. me - it seems that Tim Hortons is the typical exception as stuff-that-just-can't-be-tolerated-without-cream-and-sugar.
Politicians need courage to dismantle supply management
I'm hoping we can finally get rid the milk/poultry quotas. Costs consumers and seems to hurt most farmers (who aren't in poultry or dairy) by keeping them out of international markets. Even domestic food suppliers seem unable to develop export markets due to high prices.


If you are ever in Hawaii, make sure you pick up 'Kona' coffee. It's insanely expensive, but also insanely good. I could drink it black, despite me being a triple-triple coffee drinker, usually.

I seem to recall seeing specials on that kind of coffee on RedFlagDeals for that. Never bought any though.

Where do you normally buy coffee from though? Starbucks? Typically fresh-ground coffee from most coffee shops - except Tim Hortons - is generally fairly drinkable. Starbucks has somewhat of a tendency to be on the burnt side, although I think you can now get a blonde roast there as well.

Gone through all the various permutations of brewing methods - French presses also tend to produce a different-bodied coffee than drip or espresso.

(President's Choice even sells a Hawaii grown coffee - although normally I buy medium or dark roast PC whole bean coffee these days).

I usually drink whatever we have at work (dark roast of some kind), but at home, we have Edwards coffee. It's pretty good, but I really only drink coffee when we have company.