Monday, December 17, 2018

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Zebra Mussels

A tiny freshwater mollusk introduced to the Great Lakes by the KGB at the height of the Cold War. The little suckers clog up water intakes and foul boat hulls, but they’ve also done more to clean up Lake Erie than the combined efforts of Canada and the U.S. We should put zebra mussels on the back of the forthcoming five dollar coin to celebrate one species that won’t be extinct in the near future, and to recognize the way things really get done in this country. A federal program to import herds of African zebras to the Great Lakes as a biological control was said to have been under active consideration at Environment Canada before the agency was disbanded.

Zen Masters Of Big Business: (those Who Know Don’t Speak, Those Who Speak Get Libel-chilled.)

Black, Bronfman, Irving, McCain, Reichman, Thompson.

Znaimer, Moses

Montreal-born Toronto communications mogul and minor movie actor famous for putting his own name above that of Susan Sarandon and Burt Lancaster while his Toronto television station was running Atlantic City every month. One of many McLuhanites who’ve never cracked any of McLuhan’s books, he’s fond of reading on-air from cue cards that predict the death of print. That being said, he’s also in the Avie Bennett/Ed Mervish class as a communications citizen, and one of those rare world-sized egos strong enough to believe it can change things. Most of what Znaimer has done changed things for the better, if you look past the style and the self-aggrandizement. Still, it’s hard to know what to think when the leader of the revolution wears a ponytail made entirely out of neck hair.