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American Boomtown: The Costs and Benefits of Getting Rich in Williston, ND

September 6, 2013

Waiting for a cheeseburger at the McDonalds in Williston, North Dakota I noticed something I hadn’t seen for a long time.   The manager was irritated with his staff, snapping at them, frustrated by their incompetence.  My first thought was that this man was not equal to his position.  But then I began to think differently […]

Running on Empty: A Strange Visit to the Pennsylvania Oil Sites

June 10, 2011

It would make your eyes burn.  It would irritate your throat.  Those who tried to use it as a lamp oil ended up with a thin layer of greasy soot on their skin.  Even those who had used it as a patent medicine reported poor results. It was more than useless.  It was a nuisance.  […]