Thursday, June 9, 2011

Decivilization and its discontents

If anyone has any lingering doubts that Western civilization is slowly but surely winding down, here is the final proof. It comes in the form of an article from Der Spiegel: "Berlin Enlists Foreign Help to Tackle Dog Dirt." According to it, "more than 300,000 piles of excrement - around 55 tons - are deposited in the city by dogs each day... Yet not many owners are prepared to stop and pick up the mess."

P.S. It turns out some companies are offering DNK analysis of dog poop which can help trace unscooped waste to the animal's owner. Apparently, their services are already used by some municipalities, apartment complexes, and other properties in a few countries to impose stiff fines. Who thought the problem could be solved so easily?