If the Headhunter Won’t Call,
You May Apply to One of These

It’s been said that we’re living through the wonders of a ‘courtesan economy.’ In fact, if there’s a profession that has shown a lot of resilience during this crisis, it has certainly been the world’s oldest. Apparently, and against what you may have heard, One Percenters continue to sleep really well, and often with high-paid company.
Now, if you’re nowhere near possessing curvaceous assets to market, or your bloodline left you wanting, you may be actually losing some sleep lately. But fear not: there are still plenty of positions available. To be sure, on the fringe of society, yes, some involving firearms, possibly, others not easily identifiable, perhaps, but they’re out there.
For example, have you ever had to ‘extract’ some valuable information from someone, that wouldn’t be forthcoming if you wouldn’t resort to some specific set of physical skills? Boy, do we have a place for you to start. Or let’s supposed you’re pursuing a higher education but lack the resources? don’t worry, there’s a university that can work out a plan with you (hint: it involves eating).
And so on. Don’t we all keep hearing about how poor people all of a sudden have decided they’re not in a mood to find a job, preferring instead to heap those fat government checks? Well, at least that’s what we’ve read from a presidential campaign brochure. But you’ll see, also, Continue reading

Places to Go

A Killer Garden, the Voodoo
Market & New Noodle Museum

Here are three places to go this weekend, after you stop by at the Zuccotti Park to support the Occupy Wall Street movement: stroll through a garden, go to the market, and visit a museum.
There are few occupations in life that can lead you straight back to your roots other than to be a gardener. For some, there’s nothing like sowing seeds to the earth and building a palette of colors and fragrances with exotic flora.
It’s also one of the reasons why backs are hardly straight these days, and chiropractors and orthopedic specialists are constantly on demand.
Something else entirely happens at Alnwick Poison Gardens in England. As its name leaves little doubt about it, you bend down and smell the flowers at your own risk.
Hand-picked by a certainly glove-clad English duchess, Continue reading

Extra Gulp

Counter to Anti-Obesity Efforts,
New Cup Tops Stomach Capacity

As the damaging effects of overeating and excessive calorie intake become a well established scientific fact, it’s always reassuring to see corporations big and small getting behind healthy nationwide initiatives to address the problem.
Not Starbucks, though. Once identified with Seattle’s grunge culture, alongside Nirvana and those infamous plaid flannel Continue reading

I Was Lovin’ It

Ad of Corpse Holding a McDonald
Gives Heartburn to Fast-Food Chain

The world’s largest restaurant chain – whose logo is an informal, unwittingly universal symbol for junk food – is angrily protesting the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s latest advertising campaing. McDonald enlisted the help of the National Restaurant Association to take issue with an ad portraying an overweight dead man laying on a morgue and still grabbing what looks like a half-eaten hamburger.
committee says the ad calls attention to the risks of heart disease in connection with a diet of fried food and no exercising, and that it used McDonald to represent all fast food. The ad also takes its cue from first lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to make nutrition a signature issue and to encourage physical fitness and improved diets – particularly among American children, a third of whom are overweight.
The campaign comes at a time when a global recession has turned healthy eating into an expensive habit while sales of junk food worldwide are driven up. An example is McDonald’s itself: Its global profits for the six months to June were up 12% to $2.3 billion, powered by sales rises both in the U.S. and the U.K.