BRAZIL: Burnt Offering

Citizens of Santos went to their work and back to their homes last week in a thick and pungent fog. Economists did not mind the smell. In an effort to reduce Brazil's enormous stocks of coffee, a mountain of 530,000 bags of low grade coffee was piled up, soaked with oil and set alight. All day long the coffee volcano roared into the sky, darkened the heavens with the smell of a billion spoiled breakfasts.


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