The thread abides.
- You all have heard about horse in your beef? Well, there could also be pork in your elk:
It was in late March that Belgian authorities discovered that the elk mince, produced by Swedish food manufacturer Familjen Dafgård and sold at Ikea stores, contained a bit over one percent pork, which is the limit for contamination of meat products.Bear in mind, this is only in Ikea's European locations. Apparently, there is no need to worry about pork in your stateside elk.
An estimated 10,000 tons of lasagne stored in the furniture giant's central warehouse and at its department stores have been blocked for sale, reported Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) on Saturday.
Ikea also withdrew a total of 17,600 packages of lasagne from its stores. All were produced at the Dafgårds factory at the time that the contamination is thought to have taken place.
- I didn't pursue a potentially promising academic career because I worried about exactly this:
Don’t do it. Just don’t. I deeply regret going to graduate school, but not, Ron Rosenbaum, because my doctorate ruined books and made me obnoxious. (Granted, maybe it did: My dissertation involved subjecting the work of Franz Kafka to first-order logic.) No, I now realize graduate school was a terrible idea because the full-time, tenure-track literature professorship is extinct. After four years of trying, I’ve finally gotten it through my thick head that I will not get a job—and if you go to graduate school, neither will you.
- Despite tensions in North Korea, tourism has no plans to stop:
On Friday, officials met with ambassadors to ask if they needed help evacuating their personnel, several diplomatic missions said.Can you imagine that as a conversation piece? "Hey, you wanna see my photos from Pyongyang?" It would get my attention.
The same concern apparently does not extend to foreign tourists.
On Saturday, Amanda Carr, who works for a British travel company, wrapped up a pleasure tour of North Korea with a group of 20 tourists. Before leaving the country, they were able to take in a rally in Pyongyang.
The UK's embassy in North Korea gave her company, Koryo Tours, some advice in light of the international tensions. "We've been advised to continue with the tours," Carr told CNN's Rafael Romo.
Her North Korean partners -- from the state's travel agency -- continue to accept tourists, she said. And their demeanor is friendly towards them, as it always has been.
- Fox News really wants to see more college coaches physically and verbally abuse their players.
- The war between the plutocrats and theocrats continues. House Majority Whip Eric Cantor was challenged on marriage equality by CNBC hosts who just want the Republican Party to get with it already so they take take the issues off the table:
“I know we never talk about gay marriage and I don’t know why not,” began co-host Joe Kernen. “Let’s say that you had definitive evidence that you had 52, 53, 54 percent of the country thinks it’s OK now for gay people to get married. I know a lot of gay people who would make great Republicans and it kills me that these free-market guys … a litany of private sector economics I hear from them and they vote the other way because of this.”In the end, Cantor begged them to stop talking about it and just focus on the things they do agree on. Because, yeah, that'll work.
“Do the Republicans — will they forever be behind the curve on this? Will history judge that they waited way too long?” Kernen challenged Cantor.
- One week, six oil spills. But sure, let's do Keystone XL. Because, outside of spilling even more oil all over the place, and that minor detail about extincting ourselves through carbon, what could go wrong?
- Dear State of Ohio: The ghost of Charles Dickens would like to have a word with you:
The Americans Civil Liberties Union on Friday revealed that courts in Ohio are illegally throwing poor people in jail for being unable to pay off a debt.Can someone please tell me why we, as a society, look increasingly closer to a medieval or industrial revolution society? This isn't what we signed up for.
In a report titled, “The Outskirts of Hope,” (PDF) the ACLU shines a light on a harrowing “debtors’ prison” system in Ohio — one that violates both the United States’ and the Ohio constitution. Ohioans are being jailed for “as small as a few hundred dollars,” despite the constitutional violation, and the economic evidence that it costs the state more to pay for their jail sentence than the amount of the debt.
In its report, the ACLU details the stories of several people sent to debtors’ prison. Jack Dawley owed $1,500 in “fines and costs in the Norwalk Municipal Court,” and was behind on child support payments, leading the Ohio courts to send him to prison in Wisconsin for 3 and a half years.
- Will President Obama keep this promise he made to the AARP during his first campaign?