Since I’m already out of patience, let’s impose a strict daily kWh usage limit on each American citizen, usable in any/all applications and counting (the manufacturing of) products you purchase, commuting energy used, home energy used, etc. - but if you exceed it on any day you are lined up at midnight with all the other energy-wasters and shot by firing squad. (The bullet, of course, is billed back to your family and it counts against their daily kWh allotment) Left all the lights on at home for no reason? *BANG* Did you eat a 9-course international meal today? *BANG* Little Billy watched 8 hours of Spongebob Squarepants on a 60-inch plasma? *BANG* Did you cross two state lines to eat White Castle? *BANG* Did you drive an empty truck around a busy city all day just because there’s a mattress ad painted on the side? *BANG* *BANG* *BANG*
This story, aside from exposing an unbelievable affront to humanity, is an acute example of globalization’s challenges. It paints a stark picture of how an individual life is valued outside of the West. There is no arguing that indentured servitude, by children no less, is a violation of human rights. Yet, it remains ingrained in the culture of the wealthiest Egyptians, seen not only as a normalcy, but as a type of charity.
I’m currently reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, about the inner lives of women in Afghanistan. It’s impossible to ignore the similarities between the way this poor African family sells off their daughter for “better opportunities,” and the way young girls are married off to men dozens of years older than them in Afghanistan to cook, clean, bear children and hide like a ghost behind a burqa.
This is the reason that educating girls in the developing world is intrinsic to raising the level of prosperity and quality of life in these societies. The Girl Effect (which made its rounds on tumblr a few months ago) is one organization that is committed to that mission.
The price of an entree at leading New York restaurants is projected to fall below $40. According to the trade association Most Expensive Num-nums in the Universe (MENU), the economic situation will leave Alain Ducasse, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and other difficult-to-spell foreign gastro-entrepreneurs with “no choice but to lower the price of entrees to as low as $35.” MENU warns darkly that this could have a “domino effect” on tips. (via NYTimes)
“The Talmud teaches that a person who only looks out for himself and his own interests will eventually be brought to poverty,” Rabbi Krause added. “Unfortunately, this is the metadrama of what’s happening in our country right now. When you have too many people who are only looking out for themselves and they forget the other piece, which is to look out for others, we’re brought to poverty.” (via NYTimes)
NYT gets a tour of/is in awe of Peter Luger’s aging room: “…the fatty pink short loins resting on the clean steel racks like the promise of abundance give the impression of a gluttony so bountiful and imminent that one can feel its reverberations coming through the floor.” [NYT] (via eater)
(note: he believes it, too. That’s the crazy thing. He’s probably offended that story ends the way it does. He’ll defend pre-Spirit Scrooge over drinks for a couple of hours without blinking or catching a breath. I only need 5 seconds to counterpoint: “2008 is not the year to argue that the world needs investment banking.”)
John - this is absolutelly brilliant! And hysterical. It’s only enhanced my Christmas experience. The only thing lacking - a producer to turn it into an off off broadway show, a la Nutcracker Rated R.
They don’t want people linking to their website, and they’re suing them for doing so.
Hey guys, how about you learn how the Internet works? I guess you’re not interested in generating traffic.
Maybe they’re just interested in generating some serious media attention. This suit will put GateHouse on the map, if anything. And readers will be apt to visit GateHouse sites once they read about the suit, which will most likely go on for quite a while. The best end result for GateHouse is to lose the suit, but in the process, generate serious traffic and awareness. Then, sites will still link to them AND they will have made some big waves.