Evolution's Path May Lead To Shorter, Heavier Women
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THIS. I find it extremely unsettling how many people who have never been in a situation like this glibly spout "well, smart shopping will help them" and such. When you have $20 a week, in a nation where the purchase power of the dollar for food and basic living expenses is constantly dropping, this is a grim scenario. The above poster's comment on the hierarchy of foods is spot-on, as well.
I know because, while not quite badly off enough to qualify for food stamp, etc, I shop as if I am. My weekly grocery list tends to look like:
2x Dried pinto beans - $0.99 for 8 servings
2x Queso da papa cheese - $1.50 for 8 servings
2x Non-trans-fat peanut butter - $1.00 for 10 servings
1x Quaker Oats oatmeal cylinder - $4.50 for 20 servings, don't usually need this every week, so let's say $1.50 amortized over 3 weeks.
1x Small bottle of olive oil for cooking - $6.00, again amortized to $2.00 a week.
3x white ball onion - $2.50
1x off-brand OJ concentrate - $2.50
Which leaves $5.50 from that $20 for vegetables and fruit, and you're lucky if you get one serving of each a day. Invest it in tomato sauce and the cheapest frozen veg you can find for best results.
Imagine trying to eat like that all week, every week, forever. Plain oatmeal for breakfast, PB and cheese for lunch, and beans and cheese for dinner, with whatever fruit or veg you could afford. That's *all* you get, aside from what you can beg or dumpster-dive. If you deprive yourself even more, you may be able to afford some yeast and flour, so you can make some bread...IF you have time to.
Swiss Experimenter Breeds Swarm Intelligence
I have an even better question for ID'ers. What does THIS say about their so-called intelligent designer?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penis_plant
Were we created by Beavis and Butthead? I can imagine the scene on Day 3 or thereabouts of the Creation:
[God] Huh-huhuhuh-huh-huh. Hey, Lucifer. Check this out, dude. *zap!* It's a schlong cactus.
[Lucifer] Heh-m-heh-heh. Yeah, that's pretty cool, m-heheh. Schlong. ...what's a schlong?
Review of 'MacHeads' Documentary
I know two...well, one bisexual and one lesbian. Though since those are my love and myself respectively and we're like fanatically monogamous, it's not going anywhere. Seirously though, there have got to be more of us out there; just keep looking! Go to the local LGBTA or something, I know there's more of us.
How Politics Interacts With Games
"Have you ever heard of the Doctrine of First Sale?!"
"Err, I don't listen to hip-hop."
Meh, I've never been much of a gamer ayway, especially not in the past 10 years. But the best old games will never die *hugs her SNES and Lufia cartridges*
UK Opens National Video Game Archive
No "Mega Man 2" tag yet? =P
Google Adopts, Forks OpenID 1.0
...Google scares me more than Microsoft. Even as a die-hard Linux and BSD user, a FOSS zealot, I rest easy knowing Microsoft in its current form will likely be dead in less than a decade. Google, on the other hand, stands to become the Internet-age version of Standard Oil. This is the first "publically-visible" sign of their slide into Microsoft-like evilness, and unlike MS, they will probably be around a long, long time.
Think about it: the OS doesn't *really* matter (if it did OS X and Linux and all the rest would never have any users). Even MS knows this, as they prepare to break into the "cloud" market. Even the applications aren't *that* important now, with the number of people working on converters and programs like OpenOffice. What's important is data, raw information, and Google is a massive data broker.
Be very, very careful how much you trust to Google.