All Further Articles for 2012-12-07

Friday, December 7, 2012
Hi Girls! This Holiday Season, Enjoy Your Pink Cleaning Trolley! Your Pink Baby Carriage! Or Your Computer or Microscope, Because Even If They Have Only Half the Functions of the Boys', They're Pink!
If you're shopping for your kids this season you probably know how much awful crap is out there - demeaning, toxic, awful crap. Or do you? Seen the gender-neutral McDonald's Cash Register Playset or 7-11 Slurpee Maker to prepare your kids for their low-wage, grease-and-sugar-soaked future? Or the breathtakingly sexist.... almost everything, as though the last 50 or so years didn't happen? A 13-year-old girl started a petition to protest a girly Easy Bake Oven because her four-year-old brother wants to cook too. Which is great, but man she's got her work cut out for her. To back her up, see Riley freak out at all that damn pinkness. We know just how she feels.
Read more
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.
Read more
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.
Read more
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."
Read more