Activists Save Thousands of Birds at Abandoned Chicken Farm; Why Are Truck Tacos Tastier?
• Activists descended on an abandoned factory farm in Stanislaus County housing 50,000 starving, dead, and nearly dead chickens and managed to save about 4,600 birds, which are now being put up for adoption. The owner of the farm had walked away because he could no longer afford to feed the chickens. [EBX]
• The Weekly's Bouncer column visits Original Joe's 2.0 and is disappointed to find that the waitstaff is a fair bit younger than at the original. "I miss the old ex-Vaudevillian set." [SF Weekly, Earlier]
• A new study at UCSF has discovered new evidence of how the brain reacts to alcohol, and how the brains of problem drinkers tend to get more "pleasure and reward" from it, thus they drink more. [Atlantic]
• All the cultural economist types are suddenly debating why taco trucks tacos are tastier. Some conclusions: tacos are very well suited to informal service, and at a truck, there's no making up for mediocre food with strong margaritas. [Slate]
• There's one group high food prices doesn't hurt a bit: farmers. In the U.S. agricultural industry, it's "a real boom time." [NPR]
• Let this confirm your suspicions that all your colleagues with their enticing chocolate chip cookies are making you fat. [WSJ]