It is quite thrilling, not least because banning things runs so contrary to the American idea. More than 23bn plastic bags are used in New York each year, and the planet is dying, but even so, the Bag Waste Reduction Law is so muscular, so big government, that no one can quite believe it is happening. There are a few workarounds. You will still be able to buy paper bags, for 5c each, but stores aren’t required to provide them. And some supermarkets are offering reusable plastic bags. (To qualify as “reusable”, a bag has to be able to carry 22lbs over a distance of 175 feet, which it is pleasing to imagine the bag police trying to test and enforce). … [Read more...] about Is there anything more Un-American than New York’s plastic bag ban?
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The bill also creates new offences that only apply to current and former intelligence operatives and contractors in a move which appeared to directly address the risk of documentary disclosures being made following revelations by the US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden – whom Brandis has previously labelled a “traitor”. … [Read more...] about Journalists will face jail over spy leaks under new security laws
In the same boat, most women would leap out of bed and proceed with their day, pushing their anxiety to the back of their minds, like old yoghurt to the back of the fridge. They would count their blessings (oh, to be newly in love at 46) and, perhaps, load the washing machine with extra fierceness. At most, they might confide in a friend. Not Wolf, though. Off she hopped, first to her gynaecologist, and thence to New York's "top nerve man", who told her that she had a mild form of spina bifida, as a result of which her wonky spinal column was compressing the branch of her pelvic nerve that ends in the vaginal canal. Soon after, her doctor performed successful surgery on Wolf's vertebrae, fusing them in order to release pressure on the nerve. And soon after that she was back to her orgasmic best: "I began again, after lovemaking, to experience the sense of heightened interconnectedness, which Romantic poets and painters called 'the Sublime'." … [Read more...] about Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf – review
One of the New Nordic movement’s first feats was to help to transform Scandinavia from a land of herring cured in lye to the gastronomic centre of the world. In 2000, Claus Meyer, then a TV chef and one of Denmark’s most recognisable faces, had been appointed by the Social Democratic government to overhaul the country’s poor culinary reputation. He led a committee to create a special quality label for the best Danish food producers to apply for, in the manner of France’s Label Rouge system, which certifies the quality of foods such as Bresse chicken and Bayonne ham. But at the next election, in 2001, the Social Democrats fell, the initiative was scrapped and Meyer was dismissed. “I realised when the committee was demolished that working towards a better food culture was not wanted in parliament anymore,” Meyer told me. “I found that so crazy.” … [Read more...] about What Noma did next: how the ‘New Nordic’ is reshaping the food world