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schools banning bag lunches. Can't say I approve
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-school-lunch-restrictions-041120110410,0,4567867.story

DC mayor and council arrested in protest for voting rights
http://dcist.com/2011/04/mayor_vince_gray_protest.php

falsely convicted (death penalty) John Thompson writes about Supreme
Court decision to not punish his prosecutors
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/opinion/10thompson.html

UN rep on torture denied access to Bradley Manning
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/11/135325033/un-torture-investigator-says-hes-been-denied-access-to-wikileaks-suspect?ft=1&f=1001

Obama is missing
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/opinion/11krugman.html

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/03/15/the-rich-are-different-presented-almost-without-comment/#comment-2477222
"we have become a land of cheap luxuries and expensive necessities."

superbug in Indian water
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/04/ndm-1-water/

Joseph Stiglitz Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%
http://www.vanityfair.com/society/features/2011/05/top-one-percent-201105?curren
tPage=all
{"While the top 1 percent have seen their incomes rise 18 percent over
the past decade, those in the middle have actually seen their incomes
fall. For men with only high-school degrees, the decline has been
precipitous -- 12 percent in the last quarter-century alone. All the growth
in recent decades -- and more -- has gone to those at the top."

"When you look at the sheer volume of wealth
controlled by the top 1 percent in this country, it's tempting to see
our growing inequality as a quintessentially American achievement -- we
started way behind the pack, but now we're doing inequality on a
world-class level."

"Virtually all U.S. senators, and most of the representatives in the
House, are members of the top 1 percent when they arrive, are kept in
office by money from the top 1 percent, and know that if they serve the
top 1 percent well they will be rewarded by the top 1 percent when they
leave office. By and large, the key executive-branch policymakers on
trade and economic policy also come from the top 1 percent. "}

House votes to repeal FCC net neutrality
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/pitt/vLdl/~3/TeS6j7Onlg8/us-house-votes-against-net-neutrality-regulations.php

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mlc23
Apr. 13th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
The bag lunch thing has been discussed on the forums I frequent and most are pretty upset at the very idea. Unless this school has an exceptional food service program the food at school is probably not very healthy either (check out Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution program where he tries to make changes in a WV school district. Spoiler - french fries count as a vegetable for meeting federal reimbursement guidelines).

I agree that a lot of parents pack crap but taking away a parent's right to feed their own kid is crossing a line.

The article also reminds me of the story where a school in New Mexico had banned not only sugar but white flour and they would literally take the food out of the kids' hands if it didn't meet their criteria and replace it with a peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat. Nevermind that a bean burrito on a white flour tortilla actually had more fiber and less sugar than their substitute, but there was something vaguely racist about telling a Hispanic kid (which the school was primarily) that their culturally standard cuisine was wrong.
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