Salmonella outbreak brings Turkey recall across the US the week before Thanksgiving

On Thursday US food inspectors recalled a huge amount of raw turkey in the run-up to Thanksgiving. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recalled four Jennie-O Turkey products, totaling 91,338 pounds (41,430) kilograms of meat. The FSIS issued the recall after a packet tested positive for salmonella in Arizona, they said. 46 million turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving each year. The US Department of Agriculture recalled a number of turkey products linked to the 2018 salmonella outbreak which hit 35 states, with Thanksgiving a week away. Classed with a “High” health risk, the department’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recalled 91,338 pounds (41,430 kilograms) of raw… Read More

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Trump’s Medals of Freedom Celebrate MAGA Nostalgia

The presidency of the United States may be the most powerful post in the world, but it doesn’t offer much room for self-expression. The duties and requirements mean that the president is often fairly constrained in his choices. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the few areas where he has full creative control. As a result, the honorees, though typically deserving, tend to say less about the country than they do about the presidents who chose them. John F. Kennedy’s executive order establishing the award offers only this broad guideline: “The Medal may be awarded by the President as provided in this order to any person who has… Read More

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The Great Virginia Grape Heist

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, was supposed to be harvest day for David Dunkenberger, a co-owner of Firefly Hill Vineyards, in Elliston, Virginia. He got to the fields early, eager to get this year’s grapes picked before the backwash of Hurricane Florence rolled in. As he scanned the vines, though, he began to feel queasy. His entire crop, about 2.5 tons of grapes, had vanished. In the days that followed, Dunkenberger grieved the loss of his 2018 vintage and considered the ramifications. Factoring in sunk labor costs and lost sales, he figured he was out $50,000. He thinks that the job was planned by professionals—amateurs could never have snipped three acres… Read More

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Science is Getting Less Bang for Its Buck

The writer Stewart Brand once wrote that “science is the only news.” While news headlines are dominated by politics, the economy, and gossip, it’s science and technology that underpin much of the advance of human welfare and the long-term progress of our civilization. This is reflected in an extraordinary growth in public investment in science: Today, there are more scientists, more funding for science, and more scientific papers published than ever before: Data from Patrick Collison and Michael Nielsen On the surface, this is encouraging. But for all this increase in effort, are we getting a proportional increase in our scientific understanding? Or are we investing vastly more merely to… Read More

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Mariah Carey on the Warpath

“If you run your mouth and brag about this secret rendezvous / I will hunt you down.” So went Mariah Carey’s last No. 1 hit, 2008’s “Touch My Body,” a great example of Carey’s secret talent. Her voice constructs skyscrapers in gossamer; her projected self-image evokes a bubblebath of butterflies; her actual public image is a comedy of scandal and shambles. But those who worship her songs know to look for the thumbtack in the feather pillow—the attitude, aggression, and smarts swathed in dream haze. That’s no love song, it’s a threat. There might be some sort of re-evaluation going on about Carey lately. The soundtrack for her famous flop… Read More

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I swapped my 4-year-old iPhone 5S for a coral iPhone XR — and it’s been a massive adjustment (AAPL)

I’d been putting it off. Before October 26, I hadn’t gotten a new phone since Christmas Eve 2014. I’d resisted the temptation of the new phones that my colleagues were reviewing, coveting the cameras their phones carry but telling myself that my iPhone 5S was still kicking, and therefore should be fine. But in July, things started going awry. Sure, I’d been losing battery much faster than I’d like for a while now, but then my Touch ID stopped working, and my phone stopped taking calls. I got good at typing my passcode and carrying around my charger, but once I couldn’t connect with the world by phone, things got… Read More

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How Hackers Are Stealing High-Profile Instagram Accounts

In early October, a publicist received an irresistible message via email. The publicist’s client is a top “influencer”—someone who leverages a social media following to exert influence and, usually, make money, often by selling sponsored posts. “We would be extremely interested in a business partnership,” a man calling himself “Joshua Brooks” wrote. His pitch was eye-popping: He was offering “80 Thousand US Dollars” for a single picture. The publicist hastily agreed. Brooks, who claimed to have worked with other internet stars including Bella Thorne, Amanda Cerny, and Jake Paul, said that to get started, the influencer would simply need to log into a third-party Instagram analytics tool, Iconosquare— a common… Read More

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Best Bites: Traditional Thanksgiving mini sweet potato soufflés

Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your never-ending craving for food content through quick, beautiful videos for the at-home foodie. Check back on Tuesdays and Thursdays for new episodes! 3 sweet potatoes1 tsp. cinnamon2 tbsp. brown sugar1 tsp. pure vanilla extractLarge pinch of kosher salt4 egg whites2/3 c. walnuts roughly chopped¼ tsp salt½ tsp paprika¼ tsp brown clove¼ tsp cinnamon3 tbsp light brown sugar1 tbsp of lightly beaten egg whitesPreheat oven to 400°. Place sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet and poke all over with a fork. Roast until tender, 50 minutes. Let cool completely.Scoop out flesh and transfer to a food processor… Read More

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