Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Round-Up: Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2010

New blog feature: Did You Know?
This week's topic: Taxes:
1. The head of the IRS, Douglas Shulman, gets someone else to do his taxes.
2. The federal tax code was 400 pages long in 1913
3. The federal tax code is now 70,000 pages
4. Americans spend 7.6 billion hours a year on taxes
5. 82% of taxpayers pay for help on filling taxes. 

Travel: 161 Road Trips in the West

Tech News:
Watch: Clips of South Park that explain all of the annoying things about Facebook

Michael Pollan on Feedlot Meat: "The consumer can only go so far -- we can all buy grass-fed meat and the price will come down  and there will be efficiencies in distribution and slaughter, and that sort of thing, but ultimately feedlot meat enjoys large subsidies, in the form of subsidized grain, in the form of not having to clean up their waste -- they are in effect exempt from many environmental laws, and also the fact that they're allowed to use antibiotics on healthy animals.  So until you change the three struts of federal support for feedlots, that kind of meat is always going to be more expensive." (Read the rest of the HuffPo interview here)

Tweet: "City of Choi; Saturday Night Lefevbre; There's Something About Mary Sue and Susan; I Was a Fugitive From a Wolfgang. #cheffilms" - Jonathan Gold
(Choi = Kogi, Lefebvre = Ludo Bites, Mary Sue & Susan = Border Grill & Ciudad, Wolfgang = Wolfgang Puck's many restaurants. I've eaten at all of those except for Wolfgang). 

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