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Mark Morford on the power of fasting

Great American Detox / Which is better: To be rich 'n' slothful, or lean 'n' panicky?

Here's the thing: A detox done right invites a dramatic reexamination of your relationship to food and nourishment, as you can't help but suddenly notice food's insane prevalence in our culture, our obsession with everything from planning meals to restaurants to food advertising to how much just thinking about your next meal controls and dominates your day. For first-time cleansers, this always comes as nothing short of a revelation.

It doesn't stop there. When you begin to reintroduce foods into your body after a lengthy period away, all sorts of fascinating reactions can come up. Foods you thought you loved repulse you, heavily processed foods will taste like garbage, tasty addictions you thought you could never live without suddenly seem ridiculous and pointless and you may never touch them again.

Conversely, things you thought you hated will feel nourishing and alive. Whole foods will feel invigorating and right. The power food once had over your everyday life might shift and subside. . . .

April 15, 2009

Dumbasses with teabagging signs

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” -- John F. Kennedy teabag1.jpg teabag2.jpg teabag3.jpg teabag4.jpg

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"The 100% True Story of How I Polluted a Time Magazine Reporter's Impression of the City (and the Mayor's Office May Never Forgive Me) "

Sweet Juniper!

I spent a day last week with a writer from Time Magazine showing him around Detroit. He was here to do a story about ways this city might reinvent itself, so a few days before he arrived I put together a tour of the city with that in mind. I was kind of nervous---this was Time Magazine, after all: the storied weekly of Henry Luce and James Agee and the "person of the year." I know no one really reads it anymore unless they're waiting for a root canal or a colonoscopy, but still: Time Magazine. It's a big deal. So I met the writer outside my wife's office and welcomed him into my filthy car. He was surprisingly young and all I could think when I shook his hand was, "Dude, you were born in the EIGHTIES weren't you?" He was only in town for a few hours and the mayor had just stood him up, so I had the enormous responsibility of trying to explain this insanely complicated city before he jetted back to Park Slope. This is how the mainstream media works, I guess: to write a story on the 11th-largest city in the nation they parachute in a guy who's never been there before for a few hours WITHOUT A CAR and let some carpetbagging hipster douchebag show him around town. What pertains to laws and sausages, it seems, applies also to Time Magazine articles when it comes to seeing how they're made.

To be fair, the writer was incredibly aware of how unfair this situation was. He was bright and fully engaged and fascinated by everything I showed him. I can only hope the time I spent with him will make the story something more than if he had been stuck walking around downtown trying to make sense of a 138.8-square-mile city from a few square blocks of vacant storefronts, abandoned skyscrapers, and a Hard Rock Cafe. As I drove him around town telling him all my favorite anecdotes ("That's where my kid and I got attacked by wild dogs!", "I was surrounded by wild dogs there once, too!", "Some wild dogs killed a homeless guy in that alley!") and spelling out my thoughts about why things here are the way they are, he was all, "You know, I appreciate all this information, but I have maybe 1,000 words if I'm lucky. . ." I told him I didn't expect him to write about everything I was showing him; you can't fit a dissertation on the side of a coffee mug. It can be such a challenge to capture the truth of a place; I have been hacking away at it on this blog for years because if there's anything I've learned from reading the great writers, it's that if you can capture the truth of any place you can reach the truth of every place. And if I was successful in showing this guy that Detroit does have some hope of reinventing itself, then maybe there is hope for every other place in these dark times. . . .

April 14, 2009

Russian karate expert kills neighbors with karate over lice infestation

Karate expert kills two over lice infection | Oddly Enough | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian karate expert has been charged with beating to death a 61-year-old woman and her son, whom he accused of infecting his wife with lice, an investigator said Friday.

The drunk 26-year-old burst into a neighboring room in his hostel Tuesday and used karate moves to kill the pair, state investigator Eduard Abdullin said by telephone from Kazan, a city 700 km (430 miles) east of Moscow.

"He literally beat them to death with his hands and feet," Abdullin said. "The family were poor and drank a lot. He blamed them for infecting his wife and the entire corridor with lice."