Ryes in Print and December Links

Happy December, all. Except, December is not the happiest of times for law students. There will unfortunately be significant chunks of radio silence between now and December 21, but I will do my best to keep writing and sharing. Everyone needs a study break, right? For now, here’s some “stuff” for December:

1. My first time in print (!!): Special thanks to the Virginia Law Weekly for printing my review of Al Hamraa, and for adding in an awesome picture [you’ll have to check out the print edition to see it]. The issue came out this morning, and you can pick it up basically anywhere in the law school, including off the floors of classrooms where people throw them when they’re finished reading, because law school teaches us to litter. Here’s the internet posting of my article on their site. I can only hope it brings the restaurant more customers!

2. It’s Here! Shenandoah Joe’s Holiday Blend 2011. Available at Kroger, Whole Foods, Preston, Ivy, or even online this year. It smells sweeter and lighter than the dark roasts I generally tend to enjoy, but I’m excited all the same.


3. Sad Reads: Have you ever considered what the saddest book ever written is? I bet you think I’m going to say something by Nicholas Sparks… false. It’s “Microwave for One.” Did I try to buy this book on Amazon after reading this article? Yes. Is it out of print? Yes. I guess I won’t be crying over my microwaveable soup anytime soon.

4. Exciting News: Denmark has instituted a tax on saturated fat. The tax is a percentage based on the amount of saturated fat in the food. For certain foods, this makes a huge difference – take butter, where the tax adds an extra dollar. It’s brilliant, and it passed by 90% there. What is more, the public largely agrees [or isn’t putting up a fight], even though Denmark is a country with only a 10% obesity rate, compared to ours, which soars over 30%. Geez. This brought food policy writer Evelyn Kim to ask: why won’t this work in the U.S.? In short (1) conservatives making a “concerted effort to block any and all efforts to incentivize healthy eating,” the (2) big food lobby; and (3) “Food Nazi” rhetoric. Never mind the fact that one’s “right to die of a heart attack” costs all of us as health care and medical costs skyrocket. A similar tax in the U.S. could raise over $2.2 billion dollars per year, and since fast food is a discretionary expense, anyway, would hardly seem to be a means of the government “controlling” what we eat. Nevertheless, it’s a “fat chance” in the U.S. [Civil Eats].

5. Just for Fun: Things us 90s kids will have to explain in the future. Not going to lie, I almost bought a Tamagotchi on eBay once. Recently. Those things were AWESOME. Thanks Steph for this share!

6. Even More Fun: Videos of cocktails exploding? Heck yes.

Have a beautiful Friday!

tee hee.


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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/courtney-marello/1a/375/b30 Tumblr: http://abarrelofoddsandends.tumblr.com/


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6 Comments on “Ryes in Print and December Links”

  1. Jack
    December 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Re: No. 4, the biggest concern (to me at least) is this would almost certainly be a regressive tax whose burden would fall disproportionately on the poor. My understanding is most inner-city areas in the United States don’t have grocery stores where it’s easy to get cheap access to “fish cuts, eggs, turkey slices, tomatoes, and fruit,” as the one of the people quoted suggests parents fill their children’s lunch boxes with. Denmark has a much different social structure–it’s has one of the lowest rates of income inequality in the world. I’d be cautious about implementing it without other major social reforms to compensate.

    Also, according to the comments of that blog post, saturated fat isn’t bad for you.

    • December 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      Unsaturated fats aren’t bad for you (fats in oils like olive oil, avocados, nuts, etc). Saturated ones are the ones responsible for diseases. Generally, people who consume higher amounts of unsaturated than saturated fats have more regulated insulin levels and healthier systems. Same with cholesterol, there’s good and bad. Saturated is DEFINITELY the bad.

      I agree with the disproportionate burden, and I think it all comes down to food lobbies. There are ways to spend equal amounts of money (i.e. the low cost of fast-food) on whole, natural, or fresh foods at a grocery store, we’re just poorly educated on nutrition, how to find them, and how to control their prices. It can actually be even cheaper. Maybe the other major social reform would have to be something related to nutritional education and/or reducing the power of those big, fake food lobbies.

      • December 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

        I guess, in addition, saturated fat ISN’T bad for you in reasonable amounts. Fast food does not contain reasonable amounts. The Danish fat tax taxes based on the amount of saturated fat in the item, so it does take into consideration that there are levels of appropriate saturated fat in certain foods.

      • Jack
        December 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

        Can’t reply to your last post, but just to provide more detail, but more specifically, people referred to this article, also on Civil Eats:


        Also, from the comments:

        “There are three basic fats: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. There is nothing wrong with the first two; polyunsaturated fats are generally unhealthy and have more to do with heart disease than healthy saturated and monounsaturate fats. You seem to lump them all together indiscriminately. You do no one a service by doing this. As for the Danish, they are making a huge mistake by trying to discourage the consumption of saturated and monounsaturated fats. They would do a lot better to tax the hell out of wheat, fructose and vegetable oils. Full fat dairy and grass-fed red meat among the most healthy food choices people can make. There is no such thing as heart-healthy whole wheat bread. Fast food is not unhealthy because of saturated fat; it’s unhealthy because of wheat, polyunsaturated fat and high fructose corn syrup.”

      • Jack
        December 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

        That said, without having any real knowledge of the empirical literature, I’d guess that as with most things in life, moderation is probably the best policy, as you point out.


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