Archive for January, 2012

Shoppers’ Insatiable Appetite

Sunday, January 29, 2012 15:19 1 Comment

Here is an interesting article on Yahoo about the new pricing strategy of J.C. Penney. The plan, the first major move by Apple executive Ron Johnson since he became Penney’s CEO in November, is different from Wal-Mart’s iconic everyday low pricing. Unlike Wal-Mart, Penney’s goal isn’t to undercut competitors, but rather to offer customers more [...]

This was posted under category: Economics

A Fast Foodist’s Wet Dream

Sunday, January 29, 2012 14:43 4 Comments

Taco Bell wants its “fair share” of causing autoimmune disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, gluten attacks, diabetes, and other fun stuff. Looking at this thing makes me queasy. That stuff on the bottom is supposed to be sausage. The stuff on top is supposed to be eggs. People actually eat this stuff, and they claim to [...]

This was posted under category: Food & Nutrition

Escalators Love Crocs Almost As Much As I Do

Saturday, January 28, 2012 15:16 5 Comments

Reader Charles Everett sent this article to me, knowing my dislike for America’s favorite slob shoe: Crocs. The shoemaker, Crocs Inc., is being sued because the shoes are “dangerous” for kids. The Motzney lawsuit said that the daughter received her pink child’s-sized Crocs as a gift from a relative, who bought them in December 2010. [...]

This was posted under category: Idiocracy

Amy Alkon on Homo Barbarus

Saturday, January 28, 2012 14:26 6 Comments

Occasionally, a book comes along that so extraordinary that it deserves a quickie book review even when I don’t have time to do a book review. I just finished reading Amy Alkon’s I See Rude People: one woman’s battle to beat some manners into an impolite society. For those who are not familiar with her, Amy [...]

This was posted under category: Books

A Book About Flinching and Fear

Saturday, January 28, 2012 6:50 6 Comments

I recently came across a one-of-a-kind book that skillfully challenges the standard conventions. It is called The Flinch, and it is written by Julian Smith. It is free on Amazon and you can download it here. If you don’t have an eReader, you can register, for free, to have an Amazon cloud. You can download the eBook [...]

This was posted under category: Books

Big Corn Flow Chart

Friday, January 27, 2012 20:03 5 Comments

And there are lots more to be found here.

This was posted under category: Industrial Food Machine

Paula Deen, the Diabetes Queen

Friday, January 27, 2012 19:46 6 Comments

The Paula Deen story has taken several twists, and I have been patient in waiting to comment. Deen shocked the media with her announcement that (1) she had diabetes (is that really a surprise?) (2) she hid that fact from the public, and, (3) she has become a spokeswoman for Novo Nordisk and its diabetes drug, [...]

This was posted under category: Health & Wellness Paradigm

The Private Police State

Monday, January 23, 2012 4:13 1 Comment

Surprise, surprise – a license plate database free-for-all. The government is photographing license plates and matching the scans up to massive databases. But it is to protect us from … bank robbers and kidnappers. Thanks to Michael Ostrolenk for the tip.

This was posted under category: Surveillance State

The USDA’s Greatest Nightmare

Sunday, January 22, 2012 21:10 1 Comment

I would love to have a laminated poster of this: The Periodic Table of Meat. This is not USDA approved.

This was posted under category: Food Freedom

Finally, I Can Buy a McMansion

Sunday, January 22, 2012 15:59 2 Comments

Finally, a bottom for home prices. This paragraph made my brain hurt: A key signal that the bottom is near is a change in the ratio of average homes prices to personal income — houses are affordable again. After soaring to 4 to 1 during the housing boom, the ratio is now well below the [...]

This was posted under category: housing bubble