French supermarket chain Intermarche launched this promotional campaign to help reduce food waste of “undesirable” fruits and vegetables. Rather than throw out ugly, deformed, or damaged produce, Intermarche instead sells them with a unique twist.


“Let’s do this more often…let’s pass more bills to help create more good jobs, strengthen the middle class.” —President Obama to Republicans in Congress before signing the Workforce Innovation Act, which will help connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.


“Let’s do this more often…let’s pass more bills to help create more good jobs, strengthen the middle class.” —President Obama to Republicans in Congress before signing the Workforce Innovation Act, which will help connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.


Jon Stewart challenged John McCain to an old-fashioned Wrong-Off. Click here to watch.

I wish it were different. I wish that every woman whose actions and worth are parsed and restricted, congratulated and condemned in this country might just once get to wheel around—on the committee that doesn’t believe their medically corroborated story of assault, or on the protesters who tell them that termination is a sin they will regret, or on the boss who tells them he doesn’t believe in their sexual choices, or on the mid-fifties man who congratulates them, or himself, on finding them appealing deep into their dotage—and go black in the eyes and say, “I don’t fucking care if you like it.”

This spring, the U.S. finally gained back all the jobs that were lost during the recession. In other words, the number of jobs in the country is now higher than it was back in January 2008, at the beginning of the recession.

Tags: jobs recession

Slavery in American History - via @Politifact

Starting in the late 1960s, historians began culling hard numbers on the slave trade from shipping manifests and other original documents. The result is the Trans-Atlantic Slave Database. It has tabulated an estimated 80 percent of the traffic in human beings and found about 10.7 million people survived the passage from their homeland between 1500 and 1866. Of that, about 390,000 made it to North American soil. This was about 3 percent of the total.

Historian Herbert Klein of Columbia and Stanford universities, who worked on the database, said that the data suggest about 85,000 people destined for North America did not survive the trip across the Atlantic…

(The same data show deaths caused by the slave trade in all of North and South America at about 1.8 million.)

However, as exact as this information might be, it only goes so far. Much data is missing, either because it was lost or because no records were kept of the illegal shipments of slaves to North America that took place after 1808. That was the year when the United States banned the importation of slaves from Africa.

Plus, as we noted, the database counts only the deaths due to the capture and transport of slaves and says nothing about the people who died in bondage from brutality, disease and deprivation.

When the Civil War began, about 4 million people lived in slavery. According to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, half of all their babies died in the first year of life. That was twice the rate for white babies. Stanford Medical School cites the statistic that in 1850, the life expectancy of slaves was four years less than for whites.

In a shocking, #racist whitewashing of history, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Richard Land claims that Americans didn’t bring the institution of slavery to North America, but rather, ended it once they arrived.

A few quick topics to note while watching the Sox in Toronto

As we approach the July 31 trade deadline, a number of deals will include a “player to be named later” — typically, a minor league player sent to another team further down the line to finalize a trade. In fact, the July 5 trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs to the A’s included a PTBNL, going from Oakland to Chicago, but the player has yet to be determined.

Some PTBNLs have turned into productive major leaguers. Below is a list of the top five active players who were once players to be named later (ordered by career wins above replacement).

1. David Ortiz (WAR: 46.1)

A Toledo woman, Melodi Dushane, loves McNuggets. According to a Toledo police report, she loves them so much that when she found out a local McDonald’s was not serving them at 6:30 AM (that’s breakfast menu time, sister), she became outraged and punched the drive-thru attendant. When a manager came to help, and affirm that there were in fact no chicken McNuggets, she too was on the receiving end of a haymaker. And finally, to really drive home her point, Dushane punched through the glass window.

Dushane was arrested after being treated for injuries. The McDonald’s employees did not report any injuries to police and will be serving McNuggets promptly at 11 AM.

On the Grand Jury: A Lucas County grand jury has indicted Melodi Dushane, who allegedly punched out the drive-thru window at a McDonald’s restaurant in Toledo’s east end Jan. 1 because she didn’t get what she wanted.

The grand jury indicted her on a vandalism charge. Dushane claimed she was drunk at the time of the incident and received a 60-days jail. She has also been ordered to pay the fast food chain the cost of the broken window.

Dushane also entered a not guilty plea Thursday morning in Toledo Municipal Court to one count of vandalism and two counts of assault.

Toledo police said she got upset at the McDonald’s on Main and Front streets when they didn’t serve chicken nuggets. She then punched out the window.



Charm City Ukulele Festival

SAT JUL 26 | Workshops begin at NOON, Festival Performace 7:30pm
A night featuring Victoria Vox, The Sweater Set, The Baltimore Ukulele Symphonette, Moe Nelson, Don Kim, Glen Hirabayashi, Jon Braman, Bob Friedman, and your host Don Peyton.

Charm City celebrates the most charming of instruments – the mighty uke! Born in Hawaii of Portuguese roots in the 1880s, a star of the Jazz Age, a staple of the Canadian music education system, the uke lost steam post Tiny Tim only to rise again in the early ’90s. Tonight we gather an amazing cast of uke players exploring the unpretentious little instrument’s full range – from Hawaiian tunes to country, ’20s era jazz, Tin Pan Alley, vaudeville, and the myriad of forms it take today.

what do these things have in common?  @SesameSwallow

you beach reading is here!  book one ready; book two coming soon!

"Here’s a general rule. When an insult is directed at a woman, consider how it would have sounded directed at a man. If the result is ridiculous, then it’s probably sexist."

came across this great comment on an article Ruby Tandoh (Great British Bake Off Runner Up) wrote for The Guardian (via aconits)

(Source: ismisesarah, via apalelandscape)


The city as furniture. 


The city as furniture. 

(Source: urbanizen)