508 #87: Feedback

posted by Mike on October 9th, 2009

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel includes Drew Wilson and Brendan Melican.

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Brendan describes the recent city election debates. Drew talks about Worcester residents opposing cruelty to circus animals, another Buddha Hut buffet, and an upcoming event outside McDonald’s on Main Street; see also Futuristic Brunch. Annie loaned us a Worcester Bicentennial coloring book. You can reportedly get injera on Lincoln Street; we will follow up.

Update: WCCA has posted videos of the mayoral debate

Huge amounts of viewer feedback!

  • Sometime guest panelist Jack Stewart is looking for paid poll workers
  • Journalist Brian Goslow tells us what Worcester’s bloggers need to do if they want to do journalism
  • Joe O’Brien apologizes for spamming Mike
  • Another Joe says that “I feel podcasting can teach our [youth] members communication skills, job skills, leadership skills as well as help them to realize that someone who grows up in Main South, Great Brook Valley or Plumley Village can have a voice.” We definitely want to help any aspiring digital media creators learn the ropes.
  • Among other things, Nicole points out this complaint from “Members of the Commission on Disabilities, the Human Rights Commission and the Community Coalition on Bias and Hate” about this article in the InCity Times.

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  1. On October 9, 2009 at 15:09 Mike Ciul said:

    Though I may never eat it again, I am also a big fan of Ethiopian food. If you’re looking for injera recipes, there is one in Sandor Katz’s “Wild Fermentation.” It includes wheat, but simply replacing the wheat with all teff should work just fine.

    Very interesting that veganism is part of Ethiopian fasting. At a Philly Ethiopian restaurant, they assured me that it was dairy-free, but not knowing that it was traditional, I found it hard to believe. Everything is always so rich, that I couldn’t imagine what vegetable oil could be used to make it that way. Do you have any idea what oil is used traditionally?

  2. On October 9, 2009 at 16:11 Mike said:

    Wiki-P sez: “besides sesame and safflower, Ethiopian cuisine also uses nug (also spelled noog, known also as niger seed).”

    This reminds me that one of my fave Cory Doctorow stories is The Super-Man and the Bugout, which features Ethiopian food, Quakers, peace demonstrations, and the Man of Steel. Forget if I’ve brought it to your attention before.

    Update: My cultural insider texts me that Ethiopian food uses “Lots of spiced butter and light veggie oils, olive, nowadays lots of corn and canola.”

  3. On October 15, 2009 at 12:31 Nicole said:

    Thanks for reading so much of my comment.

    When I’d first read that in the In City Times, I thought, “Gee, here’s another example of women actively undermining other women.”

    And in today’s Telegram, Dianne Williamson makes a big point (at least 1/4 of a column) on how Konnie Lukes doesn’t want to reveal her age. Of course, she also mentions Emmanuel Tsitsilianos in the column — no question or mention of age, though there’s also no mention of thinning hair and/or potential use of Grecian formula, so I guess that’s a plus. Dianne said that reporters routinely ask the ages of all candidates, which is all well and good, except that I haven’t noticed any mention or reference to the ages in any of the articles about council (or school committee) debates that I’ve read in the T&G in the past couple of weeks. Is Dianne asking candidates for demographic information for candidate profiles that might actually get published in the Telegram? Or is she just asking in the same way that Rose Tirella obliquely mentioned Kate Toomey’s weight — because there are things we like to comment on about female candidates that we wouldn’t about male candidates?

    There had been a state senate race a few years ago between Harriette Chandler and an opponent, Deirdre Healy, and Healy had made a comment about Chandler’s age (i.e., that she was too old for the job). Dianne had done a nice job putting down Healy, as I recall…and yet now, with a candidate that she’s perhaps not as fond of or more passionately against than for, she makes a big deal of the candidate’s age, all while saying that it’s not a big deal, that women shouldn’t worry if others think they’re long in the tooth, etc.

    Most women are busy raising families during their 20s, 30s, and 40s and some women in politics (cf. Nancy Pelosi, Harrette Chandler) wait until after the kids are out of the house to run for office. So, what could have been an interesting discussion as to why there are three women in a city countil of eleven, or three women in a school committee of seven, or why the statistics don’t look much better when you look at the candidates for those offices, I’m left wondering why any woman older than 50, or whose body type meets Rose Tirella’s acceptable BMI list, or who has to listen to people wonder if she’s had plastic surgery, would bother running for office.

    We already get so little coverage of this election in the Telegram that I wish there would be some discussion of REAL issues, rather than that Konnie Lukes gets really angry at the mention of Tim Murray’s name (hey! there’s two of us!) or that Emmanuel Tsitsilianos speaks with a Greek accent or that women, once again, give other women a hard time about things that they wouldn’t give men a hard time about.

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