January 16, 2012

99 STUPID THINGS THE GOVERNMENT DID WITH YOUR MONEY 1617
National

99 STUPID THINGS THE GOVERNMENT DID WITH YOUR MONEY

Lavish parties, subsidized rock stars and an escalator to nowhere—while folks are asked to tighten their belts, spending by all levels of government is out of control
Asking for an outbreak 5051

Asking for an outbreak

Vaccination rates are plummeting, leading to a comeback in once-preventable illnesses. Are anxious parents putting everyone at risk?
On texting at dinner, clipping toenails in public, and why saying ‘no problem’ is so rude 1213
Interview

On texting at dinner, clipping toenails in public, and why saying ‘no problem’ is so rude

DYED-IN-THE-WOOL NEW YORKER Henry Alford, 49, has written about everything and anything for The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, but lately he’s focused on manners. His new book, Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That?, is less a collection of etiquette dos and don’ts than a more wide-ranging investigation into the often grim state of public manners—what he calls “post-apocalyptic public restrooms” loom large—and into how we can all treat one another better with grace and civility.
Among the freedom fighters 3435
International

Among the freedom fighters

Maclean’s exclusive: a special report from the frontlines of a brutal crackdown
Heather’s fix 4243
Business

Heather’s fix

Books are making way for more stylish ‘lifestyle’ products at Heather Reisman’s Indigo chain. Publishers are skeptical, but could it save Canada’s top bookstore?
Elegant gossip about gossiping 6869
MACLEAN’S BACK PAGES

Elegant gossip about gossiping

Plus, the quake that killed Mao’s China, the first comprehensive biography of Heinrich Himmler, Mr. CSI, and novels about a famous chef and Kim Jong Il’s North Korea
Diamonds aren’t forever 4445

Diamonds aren’t forever

The Oppenheimer clan built the global diamond business. Now they’re getting out, leaving an industry in flux.
Where every day is election day 2223
National

Where every day is election day

The permanent campaign, an unfortunate mainstay of American politics, is now in full swing here, too
Newsmakers 89
This week

Newsmakers

Sinead O’Connor’s heartbreak, Youssou N’Dour’s new platform, and Prince Philip’s sartorial stir
Canada’s new Olympic boss 5859
Society

Canada’s new Olympic boss

The Quebec heavyweight who lost the Nordiques is aiming for gold, Jonathon Gatehouse reports
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