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Snakeheads — Now for Dinner!

I know I’m not as active on the B&E site as I used to be, but that doesn’t mean I’m not looking out for you, my five faithful readers. Especially where the snakehead is concerned… But after years of fearing snakeheads — the walking, biting, air-breathing, blood-thirsty “fish” — I finally have some promising news [...]

I Love my White Dreadlocked Commenters

Since my shift from Blogger to WordPress, I don’t really get comments from “Anonymous” anymore. One is required to fill in the little form, making it impossible to hide. I sort of appreciate that. For some reason, the occasional Anonymous comment still comes through on posts that were originally published in Blogger. (Well, I seem [...]

Maybe I Hope It’s a Hit

When I first saw that the ratings for Sarah Palin’s Alaska were the highest ever for any show on TLC, I was like, “Oh, for fuck’s sake.” Then I was like, “But of course, we are talking TLC.” A left-leaning colleague at my job watched it. She watched the whole thing. She was totally seduced [...]

Blind Support

What does it take for someone to lose support in these midterms anyway? The Democrat dude running for the US Senate seat in Delaware seems like a pretty reasonable guy. His opponent is not a witch, but she still seems like she’s pretty unreasonable–and I mean unreasonable as a candidate for student council, much less [...]

So, Uh, Bears?

Dude. Bears are eating corpses from cemeteries. If that doesn’t freak you out, it should. Those are fucking bears! And they’re digging into the frozen ground, opening coffins, and eating the semi-preserved bodies. They’re doing this shit without opposable thumbs, and that, my friends, is fucked up. I mean, come on: “In Karelia one bear [...]

British Gardens Are 73% Cuter

Fighting off the critters can be the most frustrating part of gardening. I don’t know this from experience because I’ve never done any serious gardening. But I know a fella who’s been doing some rooftop gardening in Brooklyn, and he’s always trying to fight off the pigeons and squirrels. And my sister had a garden [...]

Dude, That’s Fucked Up.

I live in New York City, and I’ve seen some fucked up shit in my day. But this is probably the fucked-uppiest of them all. A friend of ours lives on the third floor of a brownstone in Brooklyn. She awoke to carnage in her kitchen. Crap all over the floor, almost like a break-in. [...]

Hey, Manhattan! Your St. Patrick’s Day Parade Can Suck It!

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, which is a pretty big deal amongst the drinking set. No other holiday lives up to the stereotype quite like St. Patrick’s Day. Well done, Irish people. Most New Yorkers already know that the main St. Patrick’s Day parade – the one in Manhattan that goes right by St. Patrick’s [...]

Our Meat Comes From What?!

I’m a real fan of food. Like most progressive, professional, city-dwelling omnivores, I have a pretty good awareness of the food industrial complex, and I therefore attempt to avoid being a part of it, to varying degrees of success. I’ve read Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I have not seen Food, Inc. but [...]

Things are Fishy on Staten Island

And I don’t just mean the stench of the Fresh Kills Landfill! Today is Groundhog Day (insert movie reference here). I watched the live coverage of Staten Island Chuck on NY1 this morning. Long-time B&E; readers may remember previous mentions of Staten Island Chuck. He’s New York’s answer to Punxsutawney Phil, the notorious weather-predicting groundhog [...]