World Wide Wednesday

How I saw the Internet this week

Deep Routes

– On Gawker, Drew Magary urges you to stop complaining about Bloomberg’s ban on massive sodas:

If you think that a ban on large sodas is somehow an affront to America freedom, I have news for you: You don’t live in a free country. You never have and you never will. That’s an illusion. You are not free to murder people in America. You are not free to stand in the middle of an intersection and block traffic like an asshole. You do not have the absolute freedom to do anything you want in America, and that’s a good thing, because living somewhere with absolute freedom means you live in fucking Deadwood. There are a million different laws and rules that come with being an American, and we, as a collective, put all those annoying rules in there of our own accord. Democracy doesn’t mean “Hey you, go do whatever the fuck you want.” It means that you get to choose the people that represent you in government, and hope that they create and enforce the laws that help us function as a civilized society.

– In the NY Times, Julia Moskin talks about how American-style food trucks are taking off in Paris:

“I got every kind of push-back,” said Ms. Frederick, 31. “People said: ‘The French will never eat on the street. The French will never eat with their hands. They will never pay good money for food from a truck.’ ” (Her burger with fries costs 10 euros, about $13.)

“And, ‘You will never get permission from the authorities.’ ”

But Ms. Frederick did, and so the scarf-wearing hipsters were lining up at her truck on a recent Sunday evening. As vintage clothing shops propped open their doors nearby and two young men strummed guitars outside a gallery, the smell of onions caramelizing wafted out over the cobblestones.

– On SB Nation, Bobby BigWheel delves into the legality of college football conference re-alignment in order to help us law laymen understand the lawsuits:

Q: So what does tortious interference mean?

A: Tortious interference occurs when someone maliciously interferes with a business relationship between two other parties. While tortious interference can involve a non-contractual relationship, realignment-related claims involve contracts, so I’ll focus on that in this primer. There are five main requirements for a claim of tortious interference with a contract to succeed:

1. A contract has to exist between two parties. For example, West Virginia University and the Big East Athletic Conference.

2. Knowledge of that contract by a third party. For example, the Big 12 Athletic Conference.

3. Intent by the third party to induce a party to the contract to breach that contract. Like if the Big 12 asked West Virginia to breach its contract with the Big East.

4. Actual breach of the contract. West Virginia leaves the Big East while its contract was still in effect.

5. Resulting monetary damage. “Hey, TV networks, would you like to pay us the same amount of money to show Temple games? No? Well it was worth a shot. If you’ll excuse me, I need to call my lawyer.”

Quick Reads

– FINALLY: an app that calculates how much your company pays you per year to poop.

– A new intern covered Johan Santana’s no-hitter for the New York Times.

– Maxim does a great oral history of The Wire.

– Unsurprisingly, the Internet has been disastrous for the traditional pornography industry and all its actors.

Food Porn

Salad porn! Via reader Matt: Romaine with baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, almonds, avocado and sundried tomato marinated chicken.

Bacon blue cheese baked mac and cheese @ DMK Burger Bar (Chicago)

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