Smart Aleck Cart

16 07 2014

Amurrika

Really?  Really.

You’ll read here that the author is worried that these things will break down often.  Before any of that, they’ll be stolen. I’m waiting to see the first homeless person pushing a talking cart with a screen.

Even if that doesn’t happen, the whole thing will be a big flop. You really expect people to be neat and tidy and studious about obeying the subdivided sections of the cart? They’ll throw anything in any part of the cart, so the “healthy” section will get filled up with junk and trash food, the cart will congratulate you on buying healthy food, and you’ll get whatever rewards they think you should get.

How will the cart be able to tell that the person doing the shopping is going to be using food stamps? This whole project is to get food stampers to buy healthy food, right? What about the scant few of us remaining who actually pay cash for food?  Can we avoid the nanny cart, or are they going to make us take one, too?

Being a St. Louisan, and also a once every few weeks patron of Soulard Market. They don’t have grocery carts, you either have to bring your own push-behind or push-ahead cart or radio flyer wagon or something, or carry what you buy. I know that most vendors there take food stamps, they display such notices proudly and prominently. So you’re telling me that all the healthy food you buy from there with food stamps won’t count toward your points or rewards or computer voiced “ataboy” or “atagirl” because there won’t be these smart carts there?

UPDATE 7/20

You knew Earl of Taint would come through.





Civilization Desert

20 05 2014

Around the Metro

Inspired by an Instapundit post, I checked out the census tracts that the USDA considers food deserts around here.

stlfooddesert

So, river bottoms, industrial areas and the airport are food deserts.  They better be!

Lafayette Square, within comfortable walking distance to Soulard Market if you’re in halfway decent shape, is a food desert.  I can assure you that it’s not a money desert.

Some of the other colored tracts surprise me, because they either have or are very close to a lot of legitimate first world food merchants.

What is totally unsurprising is that ESL and surrounding parts of northwestern St. Clair County are food deserts.  They’re also civilization deserts.

Though the more I think of it, the more I realize that “food desert” is a census tract which has neither a union shop/UFCW supermarket nor a Whole Paycheck/Trader Blows.  That’s also unsurprising, that Obama’s USDA is focused on unions and hipster yuppies.

 

 

 





Canada to Annex St. Louis

25 02 2014

Hamilton, Ontario

Well, almost.

And to this news, I say:  It’s aboot time, eh?

Related:  Canadians Shocked at Olympic Biathlon





Warning: Virulent Racism Ahead

21 11 2013

Portland, Oregon

pbjsandwich





Print Job

8 11 2013

Oak Brook, Illinois

McDonald’s thinking of using 3D printers for Happy Meals

3D printing the actual food?





Ribbed

6 10 2013

Toronto

Toronto Sun, H/T V-Dare:

Pan Am Games diversity push raises questions

TORONTO – Scott Anders, of Scooters Catering, had hoped to be able to sell his hot dogs, gently smoked pulled pork and St. Louis style ribs at some of the venues during the 2015 Pan Am Games.

I hoped Torontonians would have enjoyed bones drowned in thick tangy tomato-based sauce.

Unfortunately, thanks to affirmative action and the cult of diversity, we’ll never know.





Square Beyond Compare

26 09 2013

Hollywood

Jon Hamm defends our pizza.  Start at 2:00.








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