Here’s an op-ed from Kate Mogulescu of the Legal Aid society about how Super Bowl trafficking crackdowns hurt victims. @SusanElizabeth wrote something about this a few days ago. I don’t know who to believe: people who study and write about this as part of their careers, or a popular tumblr news blogger who thinks he knows everything.
“Praised by Buzzfeed” just doesn’t carry the same gravitas it used to for certain Tumblr news bloggers…. (An excellent read from Kate Mogulescu, btw.)
These are all lies, there is no way the internet’s foremost Derek Jeter apologist could ever be wrong.
“People are saying that Sherman is a Standford graduate but lets guess a couple things straight here, you know who else went to college? Hitler. Just because you managed to pose for pictures with the Standford tree for four years without trying to smoke it doesnt mean that your immune from criticism.”—
PFTCommenter with the strongest of takes about Richard Sherman
“The male removed a large block of cheese from his pocket and told her that he would pay her $20 to rub the swiss cheese on his penis.”—How big is a large block of cheese, and what sort of pants was he wearing to fit a “large block of cheese” in the pockets. Also, does he really need to pull the cheese out before soliciting his weird fetish, has that ever been a dealbreaker for him?
Holy shit, Anderson Silva. UFC is such a blood sport. Gnarly bendy blood sport.
That sucked a lot and I’m super bummed, but you’re gonna watch American football and call out a freak leg injury in MMA as evidence that it’s a blood sport?
I wrote that last night after perusing Twitter and Facebook reactions to Silva’s injury. MMA is certainly not the only sport I would call blood sport. American football, hockey, boxing, MMA… we can keep going and list all the sports with violent aspects that certain audience members get off on. It’s classic cultural relativism. I’m fine with MMA just like I’m fine with fighting in hockey and hitting in football. I know there are fine grains to this, that we could go on and differentiate between the freak injuries and the consequences of acceptable conduct in whatever sport we’re talking about. That was a freak injury, but some people get a thrill out of that stuff in a bloodthirsty way and social media makes it really easy to observe and engage with that.
UFC is pretty much the only sport in the world that at least 50% of the participants are pretty much guaranteed to have some sort of gruesome injury at the end or a face that’s swollen to the size of a watermelon. I don’t think anyone would ever argue that the NFL is a safe sport and lacking in violence, and really the only safe sports that exist in the world are golf, curling, and bowling (watch out for that carpal tunnel though!)
Calling UFC a bloodsport is very accurate, because it’s the only sport you can win solely by shattering someone’s orbital bone.
Last year we raised all of our prices a dollar. It was a pretty drastic change (at least in our heads), but we were able to keep everything on the menu under $15, and we did it for some very specific reasons. Half of that dollar went to paying the health insurance of our employees, the other half was donated to a food based charity in our area.
I’m happy to say that one year later, every one of our employees who wants health insurance has it paid for or at least heavily subsidized by the restaurant. This will always be a blue collar job, I try to pay as well as we can while still running a viable business, but know one is making six figures. That said, our cooks and servers run down and break their bodies everyday to create a place where folks can have a great meal and enjoy themselves. It is incredibly important to me that they have access to health care (and not just catastrophic coverage). And I just want to thank everyone who eats here for helping us do just that - and to know that with every dish that you eat here, you help provide twelve full-time, fair-wage, fully insured jobs to people who live in the community. This industry has subsisted for far too long on exploited workers who don’t get taken care of. We refuse to participate in that system. I have been lucky enough to work for restaurants that have taken care of me, and will gladly sacrifice profit to do the same for our cooks, dishwashers, servers, and bartenders.
The other fifty cents of that money gets donated every month to either the RI Food Bank or the Amos House. These groups help address hunger, a very real problem in our country. It is also absolutely abhorrent that it is a problem that exists in a country that is able to produce as much food as we do. With SNAP benefits being cut nationally, the food banks and food pantries in our community are going to need more and more help, and anything that we can give should be. Through your support we have raised nearly $20,000 in the past year for these organizations, and will continue our unwavering commitment as long as we exist as a restaurant. Eating out is a luxury, an important, soul satisfying luxury, but a luxury nonetheless. We are blessed that we have folks that can afford to do it here - and we want them to know that with every dish they order, they help someone who has trouble putting any food on the table at all.
I love you Rhode Island. Forever.
Our neighborhood can be crappy at times for various reasons (whatup dickbags that broke into the car!). but then there are things like this from one of your favorite neighborhood restaurants and you remember that there are pretty awesome people in the neighborhood.
If you’re ever in Providence, go to north, you won’t be disappointed.