In 1997, Twentieth Century-Fox managed to get cafeteria menu items named after characters from its film Anastasia in forty U.S. elementary schools. Students could dine on “Rasputin Rib-B-Cue on Bartok Bun” and “Dimitri’s Peanut Butter Fudge.” Disney and Kellogg’s have engaged in similar lunch-menu promotions through School Marketing, a company that describes itself as a “school-lunch ad agency.”
Competing with the menu sponsors are the fast-food chains themselves, chains that go head-to-head with cafeterias in 13 percent of U.S. schools. In an arrangement that was unheard of in the eighties, companies like McDonald’s and Burger King now set up kiosks in lunchrooms, which they advertise around the school. Subway supplies 767 schools with sandwiches; Pizza Hut corners the market in approximately 4,000 schools; and a staggering 20,000 schools participate in Taco Bell’s “frozen burrito product line.”
Not all students’ brand preferences, however, are accommodated with equal enthusiasm. Since the fastfood outposts don’t accept vouchers from kids on the federal lunch program and their food is usually twice as expensive as cafeteria fare, kids from poor families are stuck with mystery meat while their wealthier classmates lunch on Pizza Hut pizza and Big Macs. And they can’t even look forward to days when the cafeteria serves pizza or cheeseburgers, since many schools have signed agreements with the chains that prohibit them from serving “generic versions” of fast-food items: no-name burgers, it seems, constitute “unfair competition.”
two things: love the song that plays right now.
also, tumblr isn't something most people connect with their facebooks because we don't want all of our facebook friends to have our tumblr links.
plus, then everyone fb is like...wait, they blog? lolfail. (if they care. which they probably don't. haha.)
1. You can easily find people’s tumblrs using the e-mails they have on facebook.
2. Everyone on facebook is too narcissistic to care about anything but themselves. Except us of course. We’re just so unselfish.
The Cancún accord is a giant step backward. The text replaces binding mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions with voluntary pledges that are wholly insufficient. These pledges contradict the stated goal of capping the rise in temperature at 2C, instead guiding us to 4C or more. The text is full of loopholes for polluters, opportunities for expanding carbon markets and similar mechanisms – like the forestry scheme Redd – that reduce the obligation of developed countries to act.
So I’m a little unsure about Obama right now. As I settle my thoughts, I’m still more mad than happy. Obama is the typical spineless democrat who cedes to the republicans on most-everything. But seeing the list of his accomplishments on from Rachel Maddow is making me cut the man some slack. He’s made big accomplishments and several of them, but it rings with a level of quantity over quality.
The healthcare bill could have passed with a strong public option, Senator Wyden’s voucher idea, Senator Bernie Sanders’s federal single-payer amendment, and Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s state single-payer amendment. It could also allow immigrants to purchase their own health insurance and have less restrictive abortion language. All of this would have been possible with the overwhelmingly democratic majorities in both houses and the budget reconciliation legislative maneuver.
The Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans could have been repealed at the beginning of Obama’s term, using budget reconciliation, and a comprehensive system of unlimited unemployment benefits and more progressive taxation could have come with it.
Financial reform should have had more teeth and there should have been NO attempts to reach out to Republicans. Grabbing Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Scott Brown was a waste of Obama’s time, and it’s infinitely frustrating that Obama didn’t fight to break up the banks. He had the popular support of the public. No congressperson would be caught dead voting against that. Yet Obama didn’t publicize the vote that would have fixed “Too Big to Fail” and let the corrupt bastards get away with everything. He also neglected getting Glass-Steagall reinstated. This is ridiculous considering the fact that the amendment that would have reinstated this had strong support from freaking John McCain. It can’t get much more bipartisan than that. Plus, fighting to keep Senator Blanche Lincoln’s derivatives language and giving the regulatory agencies more teeth to enforce it would have been much appreciated. The financial regulation bill that President Obama signed and “fought” for will not fix the boom and bust cycle we have in the United States, and another crisis is well on its way.
The stimulus was too weak. One freaking third of the thing was tax cuts. It really should have been twice its own size in spending. That would have jump started the economy for sure. Again, Obama didn’t need to grab Republicans for this. The nuclear option could have been used here to ram the thing through — the very weapon Republicans threatened to use in 2005.
The Food Safety Modernization Act, while good, lacked Senator Feinstein’s ambitious BPA amendment — one that would have harpooned the bottled water industry and made our canned foods safer.
The DREAM Act could have also been passed with the nuclear option.
President Obama shouldn’t have appealed the California decision to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Now, using the legislation that just passed, we have to wait at least 60 days for the end of a policy that should have ended at least a decade ago. Justice delayed is justice denied, and Obama doesn’t seem to care.
Not to mention, Obama’s campaign pledges to fix NAFTA, end the use of private military contractors, and regulate greenhouse gasses went undone. Bipartisan cap and dividend legislation could have been passed using budget reconciliation. Or, President Obama could have just issued an executive order to make the EPA regulate greenhouse gasses under the Clean Air and/or Water Acts. Bipartisan legislation to withdraw the United States from NAFTA needed nothing more than a bully pulpit to make its way through Congress and onto President Obama’s desk. And while both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama promised to end the use of military contractors, they both have the power to end them tomorrow, and they have done the opposite of what they promised. The State Department has been militarized with thousands of private contractors with terrible records and defense spending is still at an all-time high.
Obama has made many accomplishments. But he had the power to do so much more.
PNHP Co-founders Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein published this definitive study of the administrative costs of the U.S. health system in the August 21, 2003 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. After analyzing the costs of insurers, employers, doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and home-care agencies in both the U.S. and Canada, they found that administration consumes 31.0 percent of U.S. health spending, double the proportion of Canada (16.7 percent). Average overhead among private U.S. insurers was 11.7 percent, compared with 1.3 percent for Canada’s single-payer system and 3.6 percent for Medicare. Streamlined to Canadian levels, enough administrative waste could be saved to provide compressive health insurance to all Americ
“Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”—Eleanor Roosevelt
Still not making headway through The Fight of My Life/Confessions of an Unrepentant Canadian. I’ll probably take some ritalin tomorrow and just burn through the thing. I am so excited to learn more about the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, and how it was defeated! :D. I finished Naomi Klein's article on Corporate Branding and the US government. Depression stuff. Srsly.
There's good news out of Vermont. Blue states are getting bluer, and paying for everyone's healthcare! <3333.
If I can get enough Maude Barlow done tomorrow, I may be able to go onto Vandana Shiva's book. Which is exciting (albeit depressing).
I really wish I had my clunky other computer here in PDX. It has all my pictures on it that I want to upload to Tumblr. Plus, I’m pretty sure many of my old myspace layouts are there, which I can now apply to Tumblr =]. I’ll just take care of it when I get back to Eugene~
Anyway. I hung out with Kaïa today =D. We went down to Hawthorne (which I have a serious concern that I am constantly misspelling) and I got two super mega cool t-shirts. I should upload pics soon. We also checked out one store where we got cupcake key covers! Now I will never mix up my mailbox key with my dorm key with my dorm complex key. We couldn’t find her car towards the end, and as a result we invented an elaborate videogame with massive online multiplayer functions, and lasers, that allows people to fly around Portland in spaceships in search of Kaïa’s car. We went to Goodwill and Kaïa got a snazzy necklace and some cool bouncy ball making stuff. Kaïa’s just cool like that.
And now I’m out of things to rant about. Check out the song I just uploaded to Tumblr. It’s cute~