Oh dang, Supreme. You just got ethered by legendary artist Barbara Kruger, from whom you stole much of your steez. Sucks to be you!
A first-time offender, father to three, sold pain pills to a friend. His punishment: 25 years in prison. It’s just the latest evidence that U.S. drug policy is madness.
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Not food-related, but still worth your attention. Sorry if you were expecting a top-10 taco list or something.
Ionized water, for those not in the know, is supposedly healthier and tastier than normal water. Why? Because the liquid’s hydrogen atoms are split off and rearranged in a specific way in order to make it a healthier and tastier product than normal water. Or something like that.
How the so-called ionization process allegedly works is by taking your normal tap water and running it through the ionizer. (Which can be purchased for as low as $1,000, and as expensive as roughly three times that price.) When you do, the machine’s electrodes perform a process called electrolysis, in which negatively- and positively-charged electrodes either take or send electrons to the various molecules of water inside of the machine. What you’re left with is a water that’s more alkaline than normal tap water.
There’s a place in Santa Monica that does this. Conveniently located next to a raw-vegan restaurant. I hope they go into bankruptcy.
"[L]iving within your means is the most liberating stance you can take in the evolution of your style, but to live within your means doesn’t mean settling for what is cheapest, it means having less but having better. A single great cigar, once a month, with one great meal is better than a hundred cheap smokes. Likewise with clothing, to be ‘cheap’ often does you more disservice in the way you treat your own things. If you have two great pairs of shoes and three well cut suits, all of which you treat with something like reverence for the joy they bring you to wear, you will always look sharp. So, for myself at least, after many years dealing with all things classic menswear, I have come to this conclusion - cheap is always just cheap. Less, but better, is the path of the quality man."
Food is cheap and getting cheaper in America, unless you’re poor.
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Why does the exploitation of food workers matter to consumers?
Saru Jayaraman: It’s neck and neck with retail as the largest and fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy. And, unfortunately, also happens to be the lowest paying sector of the economy. Seven of the ten lowest paying jobs in America, and the absolute two lowest paying jobs, are in the restaurant industry. Which means you have the largest and fastest growing sector of the economy proliferating the lowest paying jobs. The reason it’s the lowest paying is the National Restaurant Association. They struck a deal with Congress back in 1996 to make sure the minimum wage for tipped workers stays frozen forever at $2.13 an hour. So, that’s setting the floor for the whole economy at $2.13 an hour. But on the health side, it’s really important for anyone who cares about their health or the quality of food to pay attention to these issues. There’s a few stories in my book where workers who are too poor to take a day off from work when they’re sick. And since they don’t have paid sick days, it compounds the issue because you got sick workers cooking and preparing your food. Not because they choose to, but because that’s the position the industry puts them in. When you have a wage that’s not a living wage at all, when you have a paycheck that says “this is not a paycheck” literally because the wages go to taxes completely, when you’re completely reliant on customer tips to live, you end up having to go to work when you have the flu or H1N1.
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