, NPR's food blog, explains how Leanne Brown
was inspired to develop a cookbook for people on SNAP. Leanne published Good and Cheap
[PDF] as the capstone project for her MA in
Food Studies at New York University and released it online as a free ebook. She also ran a successful Kickstarter
to produce a print version.
“This is not your grandmother’s hunger,” says Janet Poppendieck, a sociologist at the City University of New York. “Today more working people and their families are hungry because wages have declined.”
“If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food.”
Food stamp assistance in the US will be cut by $5 billion this Friday. Among those affected by the cuts, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities,
are 22 million children and 9 million seniors and people with disabilities.
By a bipartisan vote of 68-26, the Wisconsin state Assembly has approved AB-110
, a measure requiring beneficiaries of SNAP
-- known in Wisconsin as FoodShare
, or more colloquially as food stamps -- to spend at least 2/3 of their monthly benefits on items from "a list of state-defined healthy foods" [PDF]
. [more inside]
The food stamp economy of Woonsocket, RI, profiled in The Washington Post
Don't! Mess! With! A! Snap! Diva!
A clip from the 1989 documentary Tongues Untied
which is about black gay identity. (via)
Free Friday Frantic (Music) Fun: Ergo Phizmiz & The Midnight Florists
cover five 1990s chartbusting, dancefloor filling smash hits
with arrangements of acoustic, electronic, homemade, and toy instruments. [More musical mischief inside] [more inside]
Jumping spiders use their legs to communicate courtship interests to potential mates. The minuscule impacts of spider legs tapping against the ground surface are detected by nearby spiders. This "drumming" cadence signals the spider's reproductive interests. The female detects the low frequency vibrations through her legs. She responds by allowing the male to mount her. Absolutely amazing video here.
The sound is the best part, so make sure it's on.
U.S. Catholic priests abused 10,600 children
The SNAP network
exposes myths about priest pedophilia. Perhaps we'd be better off if Mel Gibson made movies about the real victims of Xtianity.
Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide
Snap, Crackle, Pop, Boo Berry, Count Chocula, Tony the Tiger (and mysteriously, also a Mrs. Tony), Spock, Powdered Toast Man, Cracklin' Oat Flakes (with Xtasy!), Dr. Dre's Weedies... Send in your Proof of Purchase Kids for a FREE jagged metal Krusty-O in every box and excruciating embedded sound on every page. via the excellent Speckled Paint