All Further Articles for 2012-12-07

Friday, December 7, 2012
The World We Want To Live In: Free Education For All and Pizza by Balloon
Students at New York’s Cooper Union, one of the country's last tuition-free universities, are in their fifth day of occupying a clock tower at the school to protest the administration’s first-ever plan to charge tuition. The protesters are well-prepared - with food, water, a website - and supporters outside have rigged a balloon-and-pulley system to deliver pizza.
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On Warming, Hunger and Our Ailing Food Supply
On the last day of reportedly woefully inadequate U.N. climate talks in Qatar, a reminder of what's at stake in the vital link between climate change and food supply. With more on the diet-climate connection, especially in light of the increasingly key role of giant retailers like Walmart - which now, astonishingly, makes $1 of every $4 spent on food in this country.
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The Arsenal of Democracy, and Its Many Days of Infamy
On the 71st anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, a noble narrative is celebrated: A sneak attack prompted the entry of a reluctant America into World War II. But there's a compelling, likely more historically accurate counter-narrative: The attack ushered in a bloody age of empire based on the concept of American "righteous might"; a permanent, profitable military-industrial complex that spends $1.3 trillion on preparing for wars real or imagined; and the odd notion of military expansionism in the name of "defense." "It is an axiom that nations do not arm for war but for a war."
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
This Is Marriage
Here's one of about 350 couples who stood in line late at night in Washington State to get one of that state's first same-sex marriage licenses. The first license went to Pete-e Petersen, 85, and Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, together for 35 years. More photos. Sea change.
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