As we reported here earlier this week 1,100 head of cattle worth around $1.4 million have vanished from a Panhandle dairy belonging to the Braum’s restaurant chain. The disappearance of the Holstein / Jersey calves was discovered during the company’s annual inventory at their 24,000-acre farm on the Oklahoma / Texas line east of Follett, about 125 miles northeast of Amarillo.
Richard Linklater told a very specific kind of Texas story over the past dozen years in Boyhood, but his interest in documenting a chunk of a lifetime on camera extends beyond his Best Picture-nominated film. And we’re not just talking about the Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight series he’s filmed with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy every nine years since 1995 (we’re already camping out for tickets to Before Lunchtime in 2022!). No, the conceit behind a new PSA that Linklater made and stars in for PETA is that, every five years since he went vegetarian in 1985, he’s sat down in front of the camera to espouse the joys of the meat-free lifestyle.
You know what’s not the hippest thing in the world if you’re a Texas teen these days? Beef, apparently.
That’s the takeaway from this report from the Texas Tribune report about how the Texas Beef Council is turning its marketing efforts to young people who might prefer to eat fewer steaks and hamburgers than their parents did these days, and who are less likely to feel a nostalgic twinge at an ad campaign on television that declares “Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner”:
It may not have occurred to you that when you give your dog a chew treat, you may well be giving the pooch a product that may well be made out of bull penis. You may also be unaware that bull penis, as a meat product, has a name that—seemingly mercifully—is not “bull penis,” but which is “pizzle,” perhaps the only word gross enough for the thing that it describes.
But all of this is presumably less gross than the fact that a North Austin supermarket allegedly put pizzle—which is meant to be labeled as inedible beef not fit for human consumption—on the shelves for unsuspecting customers. As KXAN reports, MT Supermarket deliberately altered the labels:
Everything about the following story will make you feel a little bit better about the world: It’s got pre-teen twins with a sense of purpose and accomplishment; it’s got people overcoming disabilities to achieve something great that works because of compassion; and—most importantly—it’s got goats.
This is the story of Faith and Caleb Snapp, legally blind twins from Lubbock, and their prize goats. It comes to us from the Houston Press, although the story of the Snapps—who are now twelve years old—has been reported several times over the years, because gentle twins who raise goats to competition-levels while living with a severe disability is the sort of story everyone likes. Here’s what the Press has to say: