Friday links


Four members of the Walton family are collectively worth more than $100 billion – greater wealth than the bottom 40% of Americans combined – but their employees are taking up collections so they can have Thanksgiving dinner. Just let that sink in for a second. And yes, I get that this could/should be looked at as a warming act of kindness, but the visuals (and underlying disparities) are not good.

Elsewhere, a professor of Christian Ethics takes on the evils of factory farming. Charge up the Kindle, cuz Michael Pollan has a new book out on the ways cooking makes us human. Jimmy Kimmel and Mario Batali went to some random guy’s house and cooked dinner. Kleenex nearby? Good. Listen to friend and fellow food lover Maria Oropallo tell her granddaughter (and KBIA) why “everyone was very happy and very sad at the same time.” Chicago fired back over Jon Stewart’s epic (and legit) takedown of deep dish pizza as “tomato soup in a bread bowl.” I don’t really understand Macadoodle’s (the 80s-era signage, the hideous building they designed and built on purpose, etc.), but I’ve been in and they do have a rockin’ wine selection (beer, less so). Also, it’s that time again, people:

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some fucking gourds and arrange them in a horn-shaped basket on my dining room table. That shit is going to look so seasonal.

I just love decorative gourd season.

Finally, the must-watch for the week is highlights of the second World Cup qualifying match between Portugal and Sweden. Portugal won the first match so Sweden needed to win by two in the second to go to the World Cup. Each team is made up of ten piles of leaves and one cartoon superhero – perfect human specimen Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal and Swedish anger bear/black belt Zlatan Ibrahimovic – and those two traded haymakers all second half. It was amazing.


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

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