All Further Articles for 2012-11-16

Friday, November 16, 2012
Skateistan, or Making Taliban Heads Explode
Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich started Skateistan, Afghanistan's first co-ed skate school, five years ago with a handful of kids. Now his 400 students - many of them street kids, 40% of them girls - come for the skateboarding and stay for the education. There are branches in Pakistan and Cambodia, and there's a film: "To Live And Skate Kabul." To live and make life better, any way that works.
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I Say, We Are Children
As the violence in Gaza escalates - at least 46 Palestinians dead, including eight children, and over 400 injured, almost all civilians - stories and photos emerge. They are hard to listen to, look at, think on. But bearing witness is the least we can do. Israel's crimes, says one observer, "are reminders of what happens when eliminationist settler-colonialism hits the will of a people which refuse to die."
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On Twinkies, Ho Hos, Hedge Funds and Greed
Hostess Brands - maker of the iconic Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Wonder Bread and other marvels of chemical engineering - is closing. Much media coverage is blaming strikes by union bakery workers, who had rejected drastic contract concessions. But the union blames greed by Wall Street owners and mismanagement by a company that had already gone through two bankruptcies and six CEOs. The best tweet: "The only food that can survive an apocalypse will no longer be made. Well played Mayans. Well played." Also, the Twinkie deconstructed to remind you what you'll be missing . Update: Twinkies may yet survive. At the urging of a judge, both sides have agreed to mediation.
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Dump Trump, Scram Ann, Kick Out Rick, Et Al
Glimmers of hope in a modest swing of the national pendulum away from thuggery toward reason. Over 620,000 people have signed a petition urging Macy's to sever ties with racist buffoon Donald Trump; there's a move to impeach Florida's Rick Scott for crimes against voting and much else; and even (some) Republicans are deciding they can't stomach Ann Coulter or right-wing blame games. Best, in More, a brighter legislative future beckons. It's not much, but this week we'll take it.
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