Archive for December, 2013

The Stuff We Eat in Our Meat

Sunday, December 29, 2013 11:50 1 Comment

Mother Jones ran a piece this month, “5 Surprising Things We Feed Cows.” Sawdust, chicken shit, candy, crab guts, ground limestone. Two things to note that are wrong with this piece. First, it’s not “we” – it’s the industrial system propped up by subsidies and government dictates favorable to unsustainable, unhealthy, industrial farming practices. The [...]

This was posted under category: Food Politics

The Amazing Camille Paglia

Saturday, December 28, 2013 8:38 2 Comments

Bari Weiss has a fantastic article up on the Wall Street Journal on one of my favorite people: “Camille Paglia: A Feminist Defense of Masculine Virtues.” This article is about all things Camille, from the societal neutering of males to upper-middle-class women being Pilates clones (love that comment) to her idolization of iconoclastic women who have been [...]

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The Industrial Big K: Women, Cereal, and Fat Talk

Friday, December 27, 2013 23:04 No Comments

Kellogg’s is playing to the dumbed-down, Oprahized female masses with its latest campaign, “Fight Fat Talk.” The website is all about “positive posts that are helping silence the negativity.” Seriously – here it is. Kellogg’s is using its signature chick cereal, Special K, to sell women on the notion that “fat talk” is a “barrier to weight management [...]

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Amid Detroit’s Bankruptcy, A New Vibrancy Emerges

Friday, December 27, 2013 16:12 No Comments

Here’s my article that was just published by the Heartland Institute, a conservative-libertarianish think tank in Chicago. In spite of the same-old, same-old media garbage about Detroit grabbing the usual headlines, it’s interesting to note that so many free-market organizations, online papers, magazines, websites, etc. are interested in all of the good things going on here [...]

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The Bing & Bowie Duet: You Be the Judge

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 21:49 2 Comments

Is the renowned David Bowie-Bing Crosby performance of “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth” a dazzling and unforgettable performance or a completely bizarre and insufferable episode in TV and music history that should be entirely forgotten? The following passage is from a 2006 Washington Post article on how this duet happened: One of the most [...]

This was posted under category: Music

Abbott & Costello: The Economics of Mustard

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 16:46 No Comments

Here’s Abbott & Costello doing a routine about mustard, worcestershire sauce, husbands, aging, and a few other unrelated topics. The skill with which they perform and ad-lib is splendid.  

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Anthony Bourdain Does Detroit

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 11:08 No Comments

The American Daily Herald is running my piece on Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Detroit.

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Say 30 Nice Things About Detroit

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 10:49 No Comments

Ian Douglass sent me his article he published on the Movoto blog: “30 Things You Need to Know About Detroit Before You Move There.” I think Ian’s rundown is a refreshingly positive and artfully humorous view of the Detroit brand. I especially like his reference to Vernors, the “oldest surviving ginger ale brand in the [...]

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No Carbs, No Energy? Wrong.

Sunday, December 22, 2013 15:01 1 Comment

Here’s a nice Dorsey Kindler article in Men’s Journal: “Paleo’s Latest Converts.” Mr. Kindler points to three endurance athletes who have become paleo and have drastically improved performance and/or lengthened their careers: a professional cyclist, an ultramarathon runner, and a triathlete. Typically the carbohydrate-heavy diets of pro cyclists coupled with massive amounts of mileage lead [...]

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The NBA Goes Paleo-Primal

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 23:00 1 Comment

So many players, so many paleos. CBS Sports has published a fantastic article on NBA players who have gone paleo to retard the aging process, heal up after injuries, and kick sugar addictions. Ray Allen of the Miami Heat had become entirely dependent upon anti-inflammatory meds to keep him going until he went paleo. I stamped [...]

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