Together, they collect nearly $1.9billion through the earned income tax credit, $1billion in food stamps and $3.9billion through Medicaid and the Childrens Health Insurance Program, according to a report by economists at the University of California at Berkeleys Labor Center and the University of Illinois. More business news Small business owners blast lawmakers for shutdown J.D. Harrison A group of frustrated employers paid a visit to the Hill to tell lawmakers how the shutdown is crippling their firms. Lori Montgomery, Paul Kane and Debbi Wilgoren Bipartisan deal avoids major concessions to GOP, delays spending debate until winter. JPMorgan paying $100M, admitting manipulation of prices in settlement over $6B trading loss Associated Press The settlement with the CFTC comes less than a month after JPMorgan agreed to pay $920 million and admit fault in a deal with the SEC and other U.S. and British regulators. More business news Overall, the core fast-food workers are twice as likely to rely on public assistance than workers in other fields, said one of the reports, which examined nonmanagerial fast-food employees who work at least 11 hours a week and 27 weeks a year. Even among the 28 percent of fast-food workers who were on the job 40 hours a week, the report said, more than half relied on the federal safety net to get by. These statistics paint a picture of workers not being able to get their fair share of the largest, richest economy in the world, said Sylvia A. Allegretto, lead author of the report by the university economists, which was paid for by Fast Food Forward, a group that supports walkouts by fast-food workers. It is a good thing that we have these work supports, but they should be a last resort. Those workers are left to rely on the public safety net even though the nations seven largest publicly traded fast-food companies netted a combined $7.4billion in profits last year, while paying out $53million in salaries to their top executives and distributing $7.7billion to shareholders, according to the second report, by the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy group. Fast-food industry representatives disputed the findings. Their restaurants offer a valuable entry into the workforce for millions of people, they said, including the 40percent who are students. These misleading efforts use a very narrow lens and selective data to attack the industry for their own purposes, and fail to recognize that the majority of lower-wage employees work part-time to supplement a family income, said Scott DeFife, executive vice president of the National Restaurant Association. The inclusion of the earned income tax credit shows just how misleading these efforts are, as it is a tax credit specifically designed for working families, not public assistance, and is used to inflate their numbers. But many others are trying to support households, advocates said.
This is obviously nothing new (as anyone who used to have a Xanga account can tell you), but the fact alone that anyone, anywhere, can set up a platform and instantly reach millions of readers is one worth celebrating. So for the fourth year running, were ranking the top 25 food-oriented blogs, ranked according to readership and social media following. Theres plenty of time to argue the merits of what makes a food blog great, be it the amount of breaking news, quality of the recipes, layout, industry usefulness, or wide appeal, but for todays (and previous years) purposes, we took a very objective approach: we tracked down nearly 200 leading food blogs, using “best-of” lists from sites including Saveur and Babble, and then compiled four data points on each of them: the average number of monthly visitors for the past year (using Compete.coms data), and the number of Twitter followers, Facebook fans, and Pinterest followers. To arrive at the final 25, we factored in the number of average unique visitors (this accounted for 50 percent of each blogs score) and the data from the three social media components (which accounted for the remaining 50 percent). The blogs with the highest total scores made the cut. While the list didnt change dramatically from last year, there were a few notable differences. The Kitchn made a leap from number six up to number two, and Picky Palate jumped from number 12 up to number five on our list. Skinnytaste , which ranked third last year, fell to number 10 this year, and David Lebovitz , whose star just keeps rising, jumped from number 11 up to number six. Simply Recipes held onto the top spot for the fourth year in a row. There were also several newcomers, while others fell off the list entirely. This year we welcome Bakers Royale , Chocolate & Zucchini , Elanas Pantry , Food52 , Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef , Simple Bites , and Thug Kitchen to our list, while we say goodbye to Annies Eats , Gluten-Free Goddess, Mommys Kitchen , Our Best Bites , Pinch My Salt, TasteSpotting , and A Year of Slow Cooking. Falling off our list in no way indicates a drop in quality; reasons vary from blog to blog. Some have slowed down the rate of posting entries; others have simply been surpassed by other blogs in traffic.
Top food blogs of 2013
“Be sure to download HAILO.” NEW YORK CITY: The complete foodie travel guide Drink water It may seem obvious, but it can be hard to gauge how much alcohol you’re actually drinking when it’s just a swig of beer here, a sip of wine there at these tastings. Elizabeth A. Karmel, Executive Chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market, recommends drinking “four to five bottles of water before you go to any event that serves alcohol, that way you are completely hydrated and will be less likely to over-imbibe”. Another way to avoid being the guy falling asleep at the wine tasting? “Start the day off with a solid meal,” she advises. Dress appropriately Sounds like our food experts dabble in fashion as well. Lee Schrager encourages guests to “check the weather and the festival website to see if an event is indoors or outdoors; plan your wardrobe accordingly and wear comfortable shoes.”Andrew Zimmern backs him up, saying, “Dress nice, but be comfortable and dress in layers. It will be cool outside but some parties can get really warm. The festival might be more casual than you expect. No need to wear your highest heels or your finest jacket.” If you just can’t bear to part with your heels, Elizabeth A. Karmel says to “carry a pair of lightweight espadrilles in your bag to slip into when your feet start to hurt.” Don’t forget Manhattan has many cobblestone streets. Arrive early to events Everybody loves being fashionably late especially New Yorkers, but strike that phrase from your memory this weekend.