Magazine May 28, 2012, Issue

The Buffet Rule

(Corbis)

This summer the State of Massachusetts will nix bake sales in school. Zero tolerance for frosting! Down with sprinkles! They want to ban kids’ selling fudge door-to-door to raise money, too, and by the time they’re done adults will have to stand 20 feet from the door to eat a Milky Way.

This is intended to combat the Obesity Epidemic, as it’s called. It’s a curious epidemic. Apparently one guy ate a Twinkie on a subway in New York, and by the end of the week everyone in the car had gained five pounds, and one of them went to Hong

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In the pilot episode of HBO’s raunchy new comedy Girls, the main character’s parents announce that they will no longer be giving their 24-year-old daughter an allowance. If the young ...

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Don’t Be Cross with Her In “Occupy the Senate” (April 16), Kevin D. Williamson claims that Elizabeth Warren “was conspicuous in failing to cross herself” at a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast ...
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The Buffet Rule

This summer the State of Massachusetts will nix bake sales in school. Zero tolerance for frosting! Down with sprinkles! They want to ban kids’ selling fudge door-to-door to raise money, ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

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