The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of MSG

You probably know monosodium glutamate from its link to so-called ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’ — and that’s precisely the problem
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-09 15:04pm to the Food forum.

Deadly Volcanic Explosion Rocks New Zealand: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

A powerful volcanic eruption has rocked New Zealand’s White Island, a small uninhabited volcano sticking up out of the sea in the Bay of Plenty, 50 kilometres offshore of the country’s North Island.

Although details remain a little sparse, the New Zealand police force suspect that fewer than 50 people were present on the island when the eruption took them by surprise. At the time of writing, several people have been injured, some reportedly with serious burns, and some have been ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-12-09 7:41am to the The World forum.

René Auberjonois, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Boston Legal’ Actor, Dies at 79

René Auberjonois, best known for his roles in “Boston Legal” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died at his home in Los Angeles due to metastatic lung cancer. He was 79.

His son Rèmy-Luc confirmed the news to the Associated Press.

Auberjonois was a prolific television actor, appearing as Paul Lewiston in 71 episodes of “Boston Legal” and as Clayton Runnymede Endicott III in ABC’s long-running sitcom “Benson” — a role that earned him an Emmy nomination for best ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-12-08 23:44pm to the Television forum.

Call It a Crime of Pasta

According to the mayor’s office, in mid-October police inspectors busted a local restaurant for serving untraceable orecchiette, a violation of Italian and European Union regulations that require food in restaurants to be clearly sourced. The police fined the restaurateur and forced him to trash three kilos of pasta, or about seven pounds.

The November news reports (“Strong hand against the handmade orecchiette in Old Bari” wrote La Repubblica) immediately worried the sharp-elbowed ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-12-08 21:58pm to the Food forum.

Mike Huckabee’s outrageous campaign to silence a Florida critic

Huckabee is the latest in a long line of rich Republicans who have flocked to Florida, drawn by the warm sun and the lack of a personal income tax (see Rick Scott, Karl Rove, Donald Trump, etc.)

He spent some of his Fox dough to build a $7 million beachfront house on the Gulf of Mexico near Destin in the Panhandle at a place called Blue Mountain Beach in Walton County. The three-story home is near Ground Zero of an epic legal fight that threatens the Florida tradition of public beach access.
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2019-12-07 23:11pm to the Politics forum.

The Auburn Tigers, college football’s greatest ruiner of things

In 1896, Georgia Tech traveled by train on its first voyage to The Loveliest Village on the Plains. Auburn welcomed Tech by greasing the train tracks with pig lard and soap. The walk back to Auburn from Loachapoka — where the train eventually came to a stop — would be a little over five miles. The visitors had to carry their bags in the early morning, get zero rest before the game, and get walloped 45-0 by Auburn.
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-12-07 20:13pm to the Sports forum.

The alarming trend of beached whales filled with plastic, explained

"Our current trajectory puts us on track to have more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight by 2050, according to the World Economic Forum." because there will be no fish by then
Submitted by Nibbles at 2019-12-07 15:02pm to the The World forum.

Researchers Find A Remarkable Ripple Effect When You Give Cash To Poor Families

Over the past decade there has been a surge of interest in a novel approach to helping the world's poor: Instead of giving them goods like food or services like job training, just hand out cash — with no strings attached
Submitted by Nibbles at 2019-12-07 14:59pm to the The Economy forum.

AI Dungeon

Imagine an infinitely generated world that you could explore endlessly, continually finding entirely new content and adventures. What if you could also choose any action you can think of instead of being limited by the imagination of the developers who created the game?

Welcome to AI Dungeon 2
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-12-06 21:53pm to the Video Games forum.

Legalize public housing

California’s housing shortage is getting worse.

In this hot housing market, private developers who are incentivized solely to turn a profit are building to the top of the market.

We need to build more housing than ever, but rents on new market rate construction are getting higher. The lowest income Californians are forced to wait for filtering to bring costs of housing down or rely on minimal nonprofit housing construction. Or in the event that they already have a rent-controlled unit, ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-12-06 20:42pm to the The Economy forum.

Mother of Insulin Victim on Pelosi’s Drug Price Bill: ‘It Wouldn’t Have Saved My Son’s Life’

Alec Raeshawn Smith couldn’t afford his insulin medication after he was forced off his parents’ health insurance at age 26. The out-of-pocket costs—about $1,300 for a month’s treatment—were simply too steep for a restaurant manager making $35,000 a year with no benefits. Five days after leaving his local pharmacy without insulin, Alec had picked his apartment clean, extracting whatever medicine he could out of previously used insulin pens. It wasn’t enough; Alec died of ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-12-06 20:14pm to the Politics forum.

Orange County Sheriff's Dept. Mishandled Evidence; Kept It Quiet For Nearly 2 Years

An internal investigation conducted two years ago by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the findings of which were not made public at the time, uncovered systematic mishandling of evidence. Deputies are required to turn in evidence at the end of their shift, but the audit found that more than 70% of them failed to do so. Instead, officers frequently waited days, weeks or even months to submit key evidence, including seized drugs, cash, photos and videos pertaining to criminal ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-12-06 19:46pm to the Crime forum.

How to eat: a crisp sandwich

The crisp sandwich is food’s equivalent of picking your nose. We all do it. Yes, even you. And, particularly in private, it can be a source of profound pleasure. But only rarely do you find a few brave souls – chapeau!, Jack Monroe, Nadiya Hussain and Emma Freud – willing to talk about it in public.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-06 18:39pm to the Food forum.

Bloomberg: Warren and Sanders could've been billionaires, too, if they'd worked hard enough

If Michael Bloomberg thought his fellow 2020 Democratic candidates would welcome him into the fold, he was sadly mistaken. Both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have accused him of trying to pay his way into the White House.

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“They’re criticizing me for it,” Bloomberg said, explaining that he’d earned his wealth through years of hard work. “Ask them what they’re doing. Why didn’t they do that? They had a chance to go out and make a lot of money.”
Submitted by What about the Danger at 2019-12-06 18:30pm to the Politics forum.

Critics vow to combat UNC’s “Silent Sam” deal with Confederate group

Students, faculty and legal experts are all questioning last week’s legal settlement in which the UNC System gave the “Silent Sam” Confederate monument to the Sons of Confederate Veterans – along with $2.5 million.

And some are vowing to fight it.

“We’re doing our best to figure out possibly what legal action we can take,” said Ashton Martin, undergraduate student body president at UNC-Chapel Hill.

“We definitely don’t see this as a satisfactory conclusion and we ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-12-06 17:49pm to the Education forum.

Unenhanced humans defeat minor supervillain

A man threw a pair of ferrets at a car during a vandalism spree, police have said.
Members of the public in Harrogate restrained a suspect after more than 12 vehicles were damaged on Monday night.
Submitted by Disruptive Emotional-Support Pig at 2019-12-06 16:25pm to the Crime forum.

An 8-year-old girl was strip searched at a Virginia prison. She was told it was the only way to see her dad.

H E L L W O R L D
Submitted by somedongus at 2019-12-06 17:08pm to the Crime forum.

Inside the War Pitting Sex Workers Against Seth and Alexi Meyers

At the center of New York’s decriminalization battle are sex-workers’ rights activists and the self-described “abolitionist” wife of the NBC late-night TV star.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-06 15:28pm to the Politics forum.

All these NC towns want for Christmas next year is a parade with no Confederate conflict

Some North Carolina municipalities already are working on next year’s Christmas wish list, topped by a holiday parade that can’t become a battleground for Confederate heritage groups and their opponents.

“We’ll be talking about that in January,” said Bill Crabtree, spokesman for the town of Wake Forest
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-06 15:27pm to the Crime forum.

Fork out to pork out: Germany’s ‘schnitzel alert’ echoes around Europe

Hören sie denn nicht das entsetzliche Schreien ringsum, das man gewöhnlich die Schnitzelalert heißt?
Submitted by sacred animal at 2019-12-06 15:48pm to the Food forum.