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The Era of Giant Chain Stores Is Over -- And They've Ruined America

James Howard Kunstler | Posted 04.21.2013 | Small Business
James Howard Kunstler

The unintended consequence of the giant chain stores' victories was the total destruction of local economic networks, that is, Main Streets and downtowns, in effect destroying many of their own livelihoods. We can get that all back, but it won't be a bargain.

Dispatch From a High-Temperature Republic

Peter Mandel | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Peter Mandel

Prices may be low, but the Republic's economy is slow and there are hundreds of thousands who can't keep up. "Jobs exist," insist local experts. "But our workforce isn't trained." In fact, many high school graduates here have a hard time reading and doing basic math.

Hiking the Great American Strip Mall

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Man has conquered Everest. Pinned it to the point where its trails are as crowded as avenues. And adventurers have gotten into city cracks and crevi...

I So Hate Winter -- and Now You Will Too!

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Richard Laermer

A list of tips on getting through winter from one who's decided the W word is inhuman. 1. Forget layers. Pretend it is warm--fake it. Walk outside pr...