Should Obama Make Dept. of Agriculture the Dept. of Food? This week in the New York Times, columnist Nicholas D. Kristof argued that changing the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Food would be appropriate since only 2 percent of Americans farm, while all of them eat.
Extra! Extra! John McCain Has Picked Up the Coveted Alien Vote. Don't take my word for it — read it in The Weekly World News!
First of Brad Pitt's Make It Right Houses Done in New Orleans Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the first homes built in by Brad Pitt's Make It Right rebuilding project are complete. Touring the building site in the Lower 9th Ward with Angelina and kids in tow this week, one ecstatic grandmother gave Brad a huge hug. She said of her new electric yellow house, "Honey, this is like heaven on earth." She'll be moving into the house with five of her 22 grandkids later this month.
CitizenSugar recently wrote about a Nebraska town that passed a law banning indoor furniture from being used outside, likely initiated by town members who were up in arms about a large population of college students picking up the habit. Personally, I think in some cases using indoor furniture outdoors can be a favorable, aesthetically-pleasing design choice, and I've even suggested it before. But, obviously, unless it's weatherproofed, upholstery will not stay in fine form for long when used outdoors.
Ratty vintage couches run rampant in the homes of college students and can make the neighborhood look untidy, so much like the Gray Ghost's opposition to graffiti in New Orleans, I can understand why townspeople would be disapprove. But, personally, I don't think it should be up to my neighbors to choose how I decorate my home, especially if I can't afford to buy genuine outdoor furniture. What are your thoughts on this? Are you against indoor furniture outdoors? Do you think it can add personal style or a relaxed vibe? Are there any types of indoor furniture that you like to see or actually use outdoors? Would you be bothered by this law if were it enacted in your town? Tell me by commenting below!
Captain Morgan For President? It wasn't all serious speeches and Democratic unity this week: There was a third-party (emphasis on "party") interloper with a pretty convincing arrrrr-gument for his candidacy. Check out Captain Morgan in political action outside the Democratic National Convention.
India and Australia Solve Food and Planet Woes With Dinner Fire up the barbie, two countries are putting some creative meat alternatives on the menu: one to combat hunger, one to save the planet. Given meat's effect on the climate, Australia is looking at how they can help and still have a chop every once in a while.
US Burgers Will Kill You? Like the Minutemen, another controversial group who has erected signs at the border between the US and Mexico, PETA has a billboard all cooked up and aimed at the migrating population heading across the border. The PETA placard has a stronger message than "we keep this road clean" — the animal rights superadvocates want immigrants to cross over, and cross meat off their shopping list.