â€¦Since they already used the Top Chef/undercover joke, but this was a funny article about the lengths chefs have to go to hide their participation in Top Chef.
â€œHaving to pay a million dollars makes you a good liar,â€ says Season 5 contestant Carla Hall, whose husband was the only person who knew the truth. She told everyone else she was in the Bahamas. â€œI used to work in the Bahamas, and I would go away for months at a time,â€ Hall says. â€œIt was all private islands, and so it wasnâ€™t unusual to go long periods of time without talking to people.â€
When she filmed Top Chef All-Stars in New York in 2010, Hall tried to keep her destination a secret at first. But her catering company had a huge project in the works, so she ultimately gave into questions from her staff: â€œThey were counting on me and I had to say, â€˜Oh by the way, Iâ€™m out. I wonâ€™t be here.â€™ They were like, â€˜What?!â€™ So, I had to tell them, because they didnâ€™t understand why I was leaving.â€
I like watching every year this to try to imagine what it was like 50 years ago, and it’s practically impossible.
“When it goes from zero to even a very small charge, it can feel very bad,” said Dan Ariely, an economics professor at Duke University. “It creates a very small financial burden but a very big emotional reaction.”
That quote from an interesting article in The New Republic that talks about the success of the Washington, DC plastic bag tax. On 1/1, stores began charging shoppers a tax of a nickle per plastic bag and bag use has gone down 50%. The article then makes the connection to a carbon tax and how even a tiny fee is better than no fee because of reason Ariely states above.
The article also mentions a failed $0.20 bag tax in Seattle that potentially reached too high. Nickle bag tax for everyone!
Two links from two weeks ago that you may or may not have seen, but I had saved to share and not gotten around to it yet.
The Yes Men sent out a hoax press release from the US Chamber of Commerce saying they had changed their position on climate change. Obviously the media was interested in this so the Yes Men rented a room at the DC Press Club and gave a fake press conference. Then it gets really awesome when a representative of the Chamber shows up and shuts down the presser. And now, they’re getting sued for it
If you saw the profits made by the big banks last quarter and wondered how they were doing it, Philip Greenspun has an answer:
Because of the Collapse of 2008 financial reforms, the big investment banks are able to borrow money from the U.S. government at 0 percent interest. Then they can turn around and buy short-term bonds that pay 2 or 3 percent annual interest. Now theyâ€™re making 2 percent on whatever they borrowed. They can use leverage to increase this number, by pledging some of the bonds that theyâ€™ve already bought as collateral on additional bonds.
It’s all so awesome, isn’t it?
Lots of people don’t like this movie, but it’s Coen Brothers, and I can’t help feeling that it was at least average. I think the people who don’t like it have forgotten what a Coen Brothers movie is. For every No Country, Raising Arizona, Big Lebowski, there’s a Lady Killers.
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Alright folks, this one’s for all the marbles. What better way for us to celebrate than for me to be absent for the final Live Blog of the season. I’m on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, and if you’re reading this, I wasn’t able to find a TV playing the last 2 episodes. Comments are open and I hope you think of this as YOUR live blog. I’ll put up a show review with my thoughts on the 24 finale when I get a chance to see the episodes.
I’ll need you guys to keep count of the JBKCs (or Jack Bauer Knockdowns) and the number of times someone says “damnit”. I’d ask you to count the stupid things that happen, but no one can count that high. In any case, have fun.
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I have a theory that about half of the things we saw last week in the “Scenes from next week” montage are not going to happen this week. We’ll see.
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