Dismal economy got you down? Chin up, sport - it's possible to save money and eat like a king at one of America's abundant all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants
. Before you and your dining companion are whisked off this culinary land of plenty, take note of the definitive strategy guide
to maximize both your dollar and your waistline. Fill up on tips such as: Wear items with intricate patterns or designs that will disguise spills and stains.
As you get your game plan together, here's your anthem.
posted by porn in the woods
on Nov 10, 2009 -
Few things in history are as compelling as the duel. Refined and barbaric at the same time, this practice has had a checkered history.
The rules of dueling were codified by the Irish in 1777 in the Code Duello (summarized here
), which was codified at Clonmel Summer Assizes in 1777. As evidenced by these documents
, dueling was in practice prior to the Irish rules being drafted. The procedure and philosophy behind duels is illustrated in this article
Dueling gained some traction in America in the 19th century
, culminating in the famous Burr-Hamilton affair. There are many more resources to find out more here
. For a list of famous duels, you can check out this list
Lest you think men were the only ones dueling, here are a few short anecdotes
of women dueling.
Reportedly, dueling is still legal in Paraguay
, as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
posted by reenum
on Sep 15, 2009 -
is a series of short documentaries
about life on the US-Mexican border, none longer than 6 minutes. The subjects are: drug addicts on the border
(warning: graphic images), electronic music group Nortec Collective
, hospital costs of fence jumpers
, lonesome Minuteman
, Mexican emigrant safety patrolman
, ranchowners whose land is an immigration throughway
, US-raised 18 year-old sent back to Mexico
, virtual vigilantes
, two old men provide water in the desert
, dangers of journalism in Ciudad Juarez
, graveyard of US tires in Mexico
, drug ballads
, hardened border policy hurts cross-border community
, another cross-border community fears closing of footbridge
, working illegally in Laredo
, mayors of the two Laredos
, migrants' safe house
, hand-pulled ferry
, dentistry in Nuevo Progreso
, Brownsville high school teacher protests border fence
, golf course with the border on three sides
& fishermen on the mouth of the Rio Bravo
. Border Stories also has a blog
about immigration issues.
posted by Kattullus
on May 21, 2009 -
The American Hologram
We suffer under a mass national hallucination. Americans, regardless of income or social position, now live in a culture entirely perceived inside a self-referential media hologram of a nation and world that does not exist. Our national reality is staged and held together by media, chiefly movie and television images. We live in a “theater state.”
posted by idixon
on Apr 23, 2009 -
. Feeding off a earlier column
in the WSJ by Daniel Akst, who wrote, "no fabric has ever been so insidiously effective at undermining national discipline," conservative columnist George Will takes up the (denim-free) banner in the crusade to rid America of "the plague of that ubiquitous fabric, which is symptomatic of deep disorders in the national psyche."
posted by Liver
on Apr 16, 2009 -
is doing some pretty wonderful photography. For several years, he’s been using a large format 8x10 camera
(with the hood and everything), profiling people in ways that feel both intimate
His first book, “Figure and Ground,”
is a collection of portraits and landscapes that capture, with a quiet intensity, a diverse cross-section of the country.
His newest book, “Fall River Boys,”
is a sort of chronicle of a decaying American town, and the (mostly) young inhabitants who are either unable or unwilling to leave. (He and his partner even launched their own press
to get it published.) [more inside]
posted by mapalm
on Apr 13, 2009 -
Election Fraud in Kentucky.
"I think this is the first documented case of election fraud in the U.S. using electronic voting machines (there have been lots of documented cases of errors and voting problems, but this one involves actual maliciousness)."
posted by chunking express
on Mar 24, 2009 -