Posts made in December, 2013

Thank You Nelson Mandela

Thank You Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela By Fergal Keane BBC News A look back at the life of Nelson Mandela Destroyer of apartheid To those who observed him closely, Nelson Mandela always carried himself as one who was born to lead. As his former cellmate and long time friend, Ahmed Kathrada, said recently: “He was born into a royal house and there was always that sense about him of someone who knew the meaning of...

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Finnish People With Things On Their Heads

Finnish People With Things On Their Heads

Almost a year ago I discovered this photo series at Kiasma – The Museum of Modern Art in Helsinki, Finland. Photographers, Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen came up with something truly peculiar and special, in their photo series Eyes As Big As Plates. Their subjects are old, super serious and Finnish, all while wearing ridiculous “organic” head pieces and attire…need we say...

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WALMART: Employees Fight Back

WALMART: Employees Fight Back

From Harper’s Weekly Review On Black Friday, thousands of Walmart employees and union supporters staged protests to demand annual wages of at least $25,000 for the 825,000 workers who make less than that amount and supplement their incomes with an average of $1,000 annually in Medicaid and food stamps. “The protest is sad,” said a Southern California shopper, “because Walmart has...

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How I Became Miss America

How I Became Miss America

written by Ellen Bass There she is, Burt Parks is singing and I am weeping as her gleaming teeth shine through the wide open window of her mouth. When I grow up, I could be her. Though I can’t dance or sing and the girls fool enough to do dramatic readings never win. But I’ve got time and tonight my tears are hers as they fall like sequins down her cheekbones. I’ve just embraced the first...

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‘Pretty Woman’ Vs. The Real World Of Prostitution

‘Pretty Woman’ Vs. The Real World Of Prostitution

By PHILLIP MARTIN Most charges brought against men who have been arrested in Massachusetts for soliciting prostituted women are dropped, according to findings by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Two years after the state signed into law an anti-human trafficking statute that classifies many prostitutes as victims, they continue to be arrested and prosecuted in larger numbers...

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