Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, is the bill’s most influential opponent by far. On the floor of the Senate the week before last, he claimed that only 10 or 20 Americans a year die from a food-borne illness, that the government doesn’t need mandatory recall power because “not once in our history have we had to force anyone to do a recall,” and that the annual cost of the new food safety requirements — about $300 million — is prohibitively expensive.
Senator Coburn is wrong on every point. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 5,000 Americans annually die from a food-borne illness. Last year, at the height of a nationwide salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands, spread via tainted peanut butter, the Westco Fruit and Nuts company refused for weeks to recall potentially contaminated products, despite requests from the F.D.A.
And as for spending that extra $300 million every year, a recent study by Georgetown University found that the annual cost of food-borne illness in the United States is about $152 billion. In Senator Coburn’s home state, it’s about $1.8 billion. Compared with those amounts, this bill is a real bargain.
Wow. Fact checkers everywhere must love people like Coburn, who lie through their teeth and don’t even attempt to cover their tracks. If only his lies weren’t so serious, this would actually be quite funny.
“Montreal bagels, however, are a different breed, chewy and tinged with a tantalizing sweetness. The real thing is still baked in wood ovens, which give the bagels an irregularly charred outer surface. These bagels shine, too, with a gloss that only a short swim in a bath of honey- or malt-sweetened water can impart. With no chemical additives or dough conditioners, these bagels stand out in taste and looks.”—IN MONTREAL, BAGELS LIKE NONE OTHER - NYTimes.com
“To demonstrate the perils of simplistic interpretation, he told the story behind his song “99 Problems.” In brief, it involved being pulled over while he was driving, racially profiled, and made to await a K-9 Unit, the arrival of which the cops thought would inevitably reveal the drugs stashed in his car. He was finally let go, he said, after being held as long as was legal. As he was driving away, he passed the K-9 Unit heading in the other direction. “So, it was like, I’ve got ninety-nine problems, but that bitch ain’t one. It struck me as deeply funny that people heard that word and thought the song was about women.” The song, he said, was all about context. Context—“I’m getting tired of saying that word, but it’s true”—changes everything. Still, he admitted that not all of his verses can be said to have that kind of depth. “Big Pimpin’,” he noted, “is not profound at all.”—
“Author Jonathan Safran Foer has been called many things: literary wunderkind, conscientious vegetarian, pretentious dweeb. (OK, that last one was just me.) Now, with his latest book Tree of Codes, he may earn another label: book design genius.”—
“The sustainable existence of an object is deeply related to its inherent harmony. Machine language that is clearer, purer, and more coherent and is the true driver behind the runaway success of iconic products from Dyson’s vacuum cleaner to Apple’s latest MacBook and classics such as Olivetti’s Valentine typewriter.”—The Darwinian Business of Designing Machines | Co.Design
Jay-Z proved to be a one-minute man today - in less than 60 seconds, his Nov. 15 reading at the Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building sold out. For those who scored tickets - congrats! For those shut out - there will be a video of the event online! Stay tuned here …
Ever wonder what Jay-Z’s 99 problems actually are? Well, the 10-time Grammy winner will be at NYPL on Nov. 15 to discuss his new book “Decoded” and just may get into it. Tickets for the event go on sale tomorrow at noon - $58 gets you a ticket and a copy of the book. The superstar will be…
"How do you design a library when print books are no longer its core business?"
Check out what the University of Amsterdam did to its 27 000 square-foot library: “Instead of stacks, the place is littered with workspaces. And instead of lending bureaus, it’s got a so-called red room: a space filled with more than 100 plastic red crates, where students can pick up books they requested online (the university’s physical collection is stored in various closed repositories and book depots).” Co.Design
“National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.” - What is NaNoWriMo?
“Left to his own devices, NPR host Scott Simon admits he would regularly confuse Monet, Manet and Matisse; Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal; Socrates and Sophocles; Crete and Sicily; and Grover Cleveland and William Howard Taft. Thank goodness for librarian Kee Malesky — who, for 20 years, has been saving NPR’s hosts and reporters from themselves. Malesky is the organization’s longest-serving librarian, and Simon says he suspects that she is actually the source of all human knowledge. In her new book, All Facts Considered; An Essential Library Of Inessential Knowledge, Malesky catalogs some of the facts that she has researched so dutifully over the years.”—'All Facts Considered' By NPR's Longtime Librarian : NPR
“But those who would like to see the street rolled back to its previous form — restored traffic patterns, no big green bike lane — found themselves vastly outnumbered by cyclists and other bike lane supporters who came from nearby and around the city to guard their gains. If roughly 50 to 70 came to protest the lane, at least 150 to 200 came to support it.”—Dueling Protests Over a Brooklyn Bike Lane - NYTimes.com