the (il)legality of ugly food

November 20, 2008

A downward spiral in the global economy does some interesting things to the legality of unaesthetic food (in Europe, of course).


attention university presidents: don’t take pictures! Duh

August 29, 2008

Oh yeah – he got fired (but a $400k severance package). Highlight of the story is that he said, “the keg was malfunctioning” (uh . . . yeaaaaah). He is the one holding it.

Paxton, president of the Fort Dodge school for 13 years, signed a three-year contract days before the photo was taken. As part of his severance package, he will be paid for two of those years and get health benefits for a period of time.

I’m not sure, but I think I am considering getting a job as a community college vice president, having a raging party with my friends, resigning, and taking the $400k.

PS — why I am looking at the fox news website? because I assume they will get the story about McCain’s VP choice first.


July 30, 2008

You have not lived until you have seen Jeff doing Elvis Karioke.

Headline of the Day

April 7, 2008

From today’s NYT:


Among the admirable aspects of this headline, note the correct use of ‘s to make a possessive out of a singular noun ending in s.

Chinese food inspections…. and bonus link

March 18, 2008

News hit the food-law airwaves today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “following approval from the State Department” will install EIGHT (not a lot, but better than the zero that currently exist) inspectors, associated with diplomatic posts, in China, who will be granted “access” to Chinese food production facilities.

One might well believe that this seems late-in-the-game, but I say better late than never!

And for those who like Chinese food, and are thinking about maybe traveling to Beijing at some point soon, an extra special bonus link for you, compliments of the UK’s TimesOnline.

Our competition

March 18, 2008

Slate has started a new blog on legal issues, “Convictions,” clearly in response to our growing influence in the blogosphere.

OK, they have some pretty big guns on staff. But so do we. And isn’t our blog’s name so much better?

Black Markets

March 17, 2008

Ok, so Raleigh, NC has banned garbage disposals.

Why?  Because houses with disposals put 20% more grease into the sewage system.  That grease can lead to sewage backups.  Then the city has to spend money unclogging the grease or putting chemicals in the sewage system. 

People caught installing or replacing garbage disposals face fines of $25,000 PER DAY. 

Appropriate use of law?  Will a black market in in-sink-erators emerge?  You decide.  And discuss.