Dubai Offering Gold in Exchange for Weight Loss

Dubai Offering Gold in Exchange for Weight Loss

Dubai, alarmed by the sudden rise in obesity among its citizens, has decided to offer an interesting incentive for its population to slim down — gold.

Obviously not satisfied with the weak efforts of fellow weight-adverse politicians (they laugh at Bloomberg’s “stairs” idea), Dubai is offering a gram of gold for each pound lost by participants. Dubai is synchronizing the 30-day challenge with the fast of Ramadan, to make weight loss easier.

“Ramadan is the most appropriate season to launch such initiatives as it reminds us about many health benefits of reducing weight and encourages us to take strong steps to change our bad lifestyles,” Hussain Nasser Lootah, the manager of the city of Dubai.

The campaign, called Your Weight in Gold, will also award the three highest weight-losers the chance to win a gold coin worth $5,400.

While some employers in the United States give employees gym memberships to keep them skinny (and attractive) and their insurance premiums low, nowhere in the United States has government ever incentivized fitness in such a brazenly free-market way. Paying citizens to get skinnier to avoid health care costs down the line seems like a pretty great idea. And paying in GOLD, no less! Let’s do this, America.

Source: http://gawker.com/dubai-offering-gold-in-exchange-for-weight-loss-858662011

Gold-Bears & more playing Popfest’s Northside showcase

In addition to the four-day extravaganza happening May 30 – June 2, the good folks at NYC Popfest are also putting on a Northside Fest showcase at Spike Hill on June 15. The night is headlined by someone I am personally super-excited about: The Jazz Butcher. Pat Fish has put out records under variations of the name since the mid-’80s, making droll, often heartfelt VU-inspired guitar pop with a rotating cast of friends, including Bauhaus/Love & Rockets bassist David J and Spacemen 3′s Sonic Boom, and many his records came out on legendary UK indie label, Creation.

The bandmate that most JBC fans care about is guitarist Max Eider who really put the Jazz in the Jazz Butcher. Max Will be accompanying Pat for this NYC visit and they’ll play as a duo. Pat and Max released a new Jazz Butcher album, The Last of the Gentleman Adventurers, last year and you can stream the whole thing below, along with some classic JBC material. To say that I am a Jazz Butcher superfan is to put it midly. Pretty sure they haven’t played NYC since 2000 (anybody at that Mercury Lounge show?) so this exciting news. If you can’t make the Northside show, Pat and Max will play Cake Shop on Monday, June 17 as well. Some people (me) will go to both. These are their only North American shows.

Backtracking a bit, the rest of NYC Popfest’s Northside lineup is pretty cool too. Texas Bob Juarez and Mike Stone who are both in the current line-up of Television Personalities. Also on the bill, the hyperactive pop of Atlanta, GA‘s Gold-Bears and their neighbors Small Reactions. That is a good show! Advance tickets are not on sale as of yet. Limited Northside Fest badges will be accepted too.

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There is more Popfest news. As mentioned briefly in the Speedy Ortiz post, Popfest’s Saturday night (6/1) show was originally supposed to take place across both stage of Public Assembly. As half the venue will be closed for renovations, that show has been mostly moved to The Bell House where New Zealand‘s great The Bats will headline the evening that also includes sets from UK groups Tigercats, Flowers, The Hobbes Fanclub and The Proctors as well as Sweden‘s Azure Blue. Tickets for that show are still available.

Ringo Deathstarr, however, will still be playing at Public Assembly that Saturday night for a technically-still-official Popfest show that now also has Speedy Ortiz, Sua, and Advaeta on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now and Popfest passes (also still available) will be accepted.

And since our last Popfest post, they’ve added a film screening as well. On Friday, May 31 at Videology in Williamsburg, they’ll show K Records documentary The Shield Around the K. The screening’s at 5PM and is free and open to the public. Director Heather Rose Dominic will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.

Source: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/05/jazz_butcher_go.html