@Vib G Yor : Right? Reading the article, it seems like the Whole Foods camp feels that that lower-income people make bad food choices because they don't realize that Whole-Foods-style organic food is good for them. The solution is to give them access to organic foods and educate them about the benefits of those foods. Now, that is a pretty reasonable solution to that particular problem. Unfortunately, there seems to be little examination of whether that's really the problem at all. The Whole Foods camp appears to assume that lower-income Detroit residents make bad food choices because they don't know how to make good choices ... but being able to make those kinds of economic choices at all, as the article illustrates, is a privilege that the lower-income folks often simply don't have.
@forget it i quit : "You should buy this good food because it's better for you." "I'd like to eat food that is better for me, but I can't afford enough of it to stay alive." "Yes, but if you buy this food, you will be healthier." "Not if I can't afford enough to keep from starving." ... and so on.
There is so much good talk in the comments here. Every time I have to move, I get this daydream of renting a massive wood chipper and just throwing all my stuff in there, transforming it into a beautiful spray of kibble. But my neighbors got a Pod when they moved, so maybe that'll take some of the sting out of moving next time. Also, "the recommended six months." All I have to say is HAW HAW HAW I GOT SPICES SO OLD THEY RATE AS GEOLOGIC TIME-SCALE STRATA.
@steponitvelma : The New Yorker is indeed essential. Also : the online archives of every! issue! ever! are an amazing time sink.
@ATF : Dear God, that is hideous. It's like Chuck E. Cheese meets Brewster's Millions. Pee Wee's Playhouse gone Jeff Koons. I could go on. Alternate take : Did you see the bedroom, where they "avoid bright colors"? Everything is gray, except they spraypainted all the furniture silver. It looks like if you brushed up against anything, you'd get wet paint on your sleeve.
@Swimf4n : I'm not sure if the third-shift followed by second-shift is the worst, or if the two "on call" times are the worst. Either way, I 100% support your complaints. Retail work has always been difficult, but it seems like it's become actively obnoxious in the past five or so years.
@chic noir : If you live in France for five years and your primary source of income is also there during that period, you can apply for naturalization. There's an interview, followed by a mandatory 12-month delay before they tell you whether you made it, so ... six years minimum. But it's doable!
I recently got French citizenship (through my mother, a French citizen), and I can say that in the case of citizenship as in all things, France strikes out on its own and has a million odd routes to getting what you want. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_nationality_law for the gory details. In the US, the only real record of your lineage is your birth certificate, which only lists your immediate family (your mother and, usually, father) and is issued at the county level. There's really no federal record unless you get a Social Security number, which is more and more common at a very young age. France, by comparison, maintains a system of livrets de famille -- family registers, which are updated on marriages, births (with or without marriage), divorces and separations, and deaths. As long as one of your parents is French and has had their livret de famille updated with your birth, you are French. Since this is a money-and-finance site, here are the numbers for my particular (more complicated than most) experience. It would be much more straightforward for someone born in France, with an updated livret de famille, etc. : First, the amounts I paid for US documents. Certified copy of my birth certificate : $28 Certified copy of parents' marriage certificate : $15 US-issued apostille to allow French government to recognize marriage certificate : $2 Certified copy of father's birth certificate : $10 And then, for documents from the French government : Mother's long-form French birth certificate : $0 French livret de famille : $0 (!) French national ID card : $0 (!!!) French passport : $113 (dang, had a good run there) So, considering I had to show up twice in person at the French consulate in NYC, let's say $200. On the other hand, I am now automatically signed up for a French pension, which I did not anticipate, so that's nice.
@Meaghan O'Connell : But what of the poor Nathan's employees who could have been home with their families / friends / cats? YOU MONSTER.