Archive for February, 2013
I’ve ordered this book that is being released today, and it promises to be a good one: Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal. Here’s a nice mini-intro to the book on the Organic Connections website. The book is all about chemicals laced with food, such as Pop-Tarts, and why they are [...]
When you hear the term “Detroit food economy,” it doesn’t refer to Detroit’s great economy of self-sufficient, homesteading urban farmers who defy government edicts and turn vacant land to productive use, nor does it refer to North America’s oldest and largest anarcho-farmer’s market that puts the industrial food system to shame. “Detroit food economy” is actually braggadocio [...]
Detroit has been getting a lot of attention for its recent shootings. Not the usual criminal stuff, but the step-up in self-defense shootings as people have come to realize that the police only exist to mark the outlines of bodies with chalk. - Here is the story of a shootout at a tax preparation business in [...]
Tom Philpott of Mother Jones has put together a nice story on environmental destruction as a result of government corn and soy policy: “Goodbye Grasslands, Hello Corn.” So why would farmers plow up such risky land? Simple: Federal policy has made it a high-reward, tiny-risk proposition. Prices for corn and soy doubled in real terms [...]
As I have been fond of reciting, Detroit’s city government is so inept and thus so powerless that it can accomplish almost nothing outside of the scope of employing and paying its inept and entitled employees. The city can’t even collect $130M owed to it in property taxes, even while it is on the verge [...]
After decades of white flight from the city, including the flight of dead, white bodies from Detroit cemeteries, the flight path has taken a 180-degree turn back to the city. As Time magazine’s “Detroit Blog” reported back in 2010: According to new studies, white people are moving back into Detroit proper in increasing numbers for the first time in nearly 60 years. Yes, [...]
Great cover of Mad magazine: Alfred E. Neuman smacks Abe Lincoln with a snowball.
There is a new TV drama show created around a heroic Surgeon General who fights evil business and skirts politics (?!) to be a savior of the people. This government hero is responsible for “millions of lives.” How long before this one is off the air?