Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Signs of the times

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter
• Bank robberies are declining in Canada. In the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), they're down from 202 in 2006 to 122 last year. Even in BC, the country's bank robbery capital, they're down from 472 to 217 in the same period.

• Legitimate graffiti is no longer an oxymoron, Toronto having declared that graffitists who get permission from the owner of a building are artists, not vandals.

• Locations of the now-defunct Blockbuster movie rental company, are now clothing stores, food outlets, and even campaign headquarters for local politicians. The company is another victim of the trend to online shopping.

• The king of Saudi Arabia says he'll allow women to vote and stand for office. No mention of allowing them to drive. [Update: Two days later, a woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for getting behind the wheel, then two days after that, the king overturned the sentence.]

• After three decades, the Lincoln Town Car has been discontinued. Will the limo industry switch to a stretched Prius?

• Some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are attending seminars on "Quick Exits," learning how to sell their start-ups to big tech companies.
Looking for change? Check the sofa.

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