Archive for June 19, 2012
$87 Boxer Shorts? Really?
I don’t care where they’re made. I could buy the manufactured fabric (i.e. not cotton or wool) that goes into these shorts for $3.00 at my local fabric store for $4 a yard.
Brushstroke Boxer Shorts
Vivid brushstroke stripes cover this comfortable design of super-chic Italian stretch fabric.
- Narrow elastic waistband
- Inseam, about 12¼”
- 90% viscose/10% elastane
- Hand wash
- Made in Italy
I love food trucks:
It’s little wonder that the battered and faded late-night truck on Sunset and Everett in Echo Park is named “the peasant” in Spanish.
Theal pastor is avoidable. With no vertical spit in sight, the previously prepared pork is reheated and rolled around on the griddle for a while. This makes for a few crispy bits here and there, but the overall impression is forgettable. You’ll need a couple of well-timed spicy carrots to give you any sort of bite-for-bite heat, but thankfully they’re in large supply, along with wide strips of white onion and a few wedges of lime.
Once you cross over to the workaday meats, the often passionate discussions surrounding El Paisano start to make a bit more sense. The buche really is the highlight here, with an unmistakable tenderness and simple, earthy flavors.
There’s a lot to respect for the day to day loncheros like El Paisano that keep this city rich with tacos, even if their forgettable flavors don’t make you jump for joy. So, El Paisano will continue to plug away as a neighborhood favorite, and little more. There’s a certain kind of pride in that.
There sure is.
look delicious or what?
Chuck Todd, NBC’s “Chief White House Correspondent,” thinks we care about this sh-t:
Protests continue in Los Cabos, Mexico, during the G20 summit of world leaders, though learning of these demonstrations—especially if one lives within the United States—is quite a difficult task for consumers of the establishment media.
On Monday, activists unfurled a giant “one trillion dollar” bill to represent the money given in fossil fuel subsidies every year, and the group Avaaz.org says it collected more than 750,000 signatures for a petition calling for a shift to renewable energy.
But rather than discussing environmental policies or austerity measures, NBC’s Chuck Todd obsessed endlessly over the body language between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama.
“Body language experts are going to have a field day interpreting this Obama-Putin joint statement,” Todd tweeted Monday.
However, unwilling to leave that analysis to the experts, Todd took his own thoughts to the airwaves the following day to participate in a segment on MSNBC devoted entirely to the body language between the two leaders.
Todd isn’t just NBC’s “Chief White House Correspondent, he’s NBC News’ “political director” for God’s sake. I guess that means political news kinda gets filtered through him yet this is what he thinks is most relevant at the G20 Summit? Body language? Really?
Holy cow. As my late colleague at the Newshounds, Nancy Anton used to love to say, we are so screwed.
John Kerry gave a kick ass speech on climate change today on the floor of the Senate. Here it is. I’m about half way through and It. Is. Fantastic. Should be required viewing for everyone in the country, but I don’t know many people, unfortunately, who are willing to listen to something “so long,” i.e., 55 minutes.
Anyway, again, here it is, FYI.
Kind of makes me proud of the ol’ boy (after his pitiful 2004 campaign which still disgusts me).
Out in the Mojave Desert in California, a power plant that could eventually generate enough electricity for 140,000 homes hopes to get its moment in the sun soon. When the $2.2 billion solar thermal plant known as Ivanpah is completed — sometime next year, if all goes according to plan — nearly 350,000 mirrors on 3,600 acres will reflect light onto boilers. Steam will power turbines, which will generate electricity that flows to California homes. It will be the largest such plant in the world. These “solar workhorses of the desert,” says V. John White, an analyst in Sacramento and an advocate for renewable energy, “can produce a lot of high-quality energy in the way that other renewable energies can’t do. And there are only a handful of places on the planet that have solar radiation that good.”
Read this to learn how the world is leaving us in the dust when it comes to transitioning to solar power.
I didn’t know this:
For instance, Leno also pointed out that Palin had taken some heat for leaving her job as Alaska’s governor midway through her term. You were a governor too, he pointed out to his guest. Could you ever see yourself skipping out like that?
“No, it’s hard to imagine the circumstances where I’d quit. I loved being governor,” he said, noting that the post allowed him to “improve schools” and “get healthcare for folks.”
“It’s a great job,” he said. “I loved it.”
Funny, that’s not how it seemed for the second half of Romney’s single term in the Massachusetts State House. Like in all non-leap years, there were 365 days in 2006, Romney’s final year in office. He spent 212 of them out of the state, racking up more than 200,000 miles in the air and traveling to nearly 40 other states to lay the groundwork for his 2008 White House campaign. He kept the title of governor, sure, but ask just about anyone in the Bay State and they’ll tell you: He walked out on the job. He quit — just like Palin.
I beginning to think Romeny lies every time he opens his mouth.
Last week after Alberta suffered yet another pipeline spill, this one threatening the drinking water supply of tens of thousands of Albertans, we wanted to send Premier Alison Redford a very clear message about the need to invest in green jobs and stop the growing number of toxic oil spills (in 2010, there were 687 failures, the majority of them leaks in Alberta, which resulted in 3,416 cubic metres of spilled hydrocarbons).
The way we decided to do it was to rent a billboard right in the heart of Edmonton (at Jasper Avenue and 106 Street NW). We booked the space, sent the artwork over and were preparing the release calling on the Premier to go green and conduct an independent review of pipeline safety in Alberta when we got this message from Pattison:
“The artwork has been rejected.”
And the “artwork” in question? This scary, radical, offensive thing:
Pretty infuriating because what’s wrong with that? I actually love the line: “When there’s a huge solar energy spill, it’s just called a nice day.”
The Environmental Working Group is out with its annual “Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce.” It ranks the produce that tends to contain the most pesticides as well as the least. The link above takes you to the “short list” and this takes you to the full list.
I looked around quite a bit and don’t see anything about whether washing the contaminated fruit/veggie removes the contamination, or if it is embedded in the cells and thus impossible to remove. I gather it’s embedded because the recommendation is to buy organic.
Oy. So expensive.
Here are the top five in both the good and bad category:
Again, go to the links above to see more.
I’ve been waiting for this to happen:
Europe doesn’t need economic “lessons” from North America, where the financial crisis started, a top European official said, as Spain edged toward insolvency.
“Frankly, we are not coming here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy because the European Union has a model that we may be very proud of,” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said at the summit of the Group of 20 leading industrial and developing economies in Los Cabos, Mexico.
He had just been asked by a Canadian journalist, “Why should North Americans risk their assets to help Europe?”
“By the way, this crisis was not originated in Europe,” said Barroso, whose commission is the European Union’s executive body.
“Seeing as you mention North America, this crisis originated in North America and much of our financial sector was contaminated by, how can I put it, unorthodox practices, from some sectors of the financial market,” he said.
USA! USA! USA!