The Fifth Carnival of Feminists is up! There is a lot of fantastic stuff in here, so get reading
Remember all that strident posturing about the need to eliminate pork? Yeah, well, welcome to the real world, where the White House slathers an earmark-laden bill with praise.
Were you aware that US troops have been in the Philippines since 2002? And that two American service members just died there?
Heads up, Californians who care about reproductive rights: fetus fundamentalists are trying to add a fetal personhood amendment to the 2010 ballot.
Nestle is joining the ever growing list of corporations using bloggers as advertising tools; send people to a fancy conference, give them freebies and fun times, sit back and relax while they promote your products. I don’t really have a problem with this practice, but I do have a problem with Nestle and the Nestle Family event being held for bloggers. I’m not the only one who feels this way, and PhD in Parenting wrote a thoughtful and detailed discussion of the issue which y’all ought to read.
It’s pretty clear that at least some of these bloggers did not do their due diligence before accepting what amounts to a two day advertising event, including stays in a luxury hotel and freebies like steaks and digital cameras. Others knew full well about the problems with Nestle and took the goodies anyway. (See, people, this is why I do not accept freebies or advertising!) So, what did manyof these bloggers do when people politely asked about their thoughts on Nestle’s often illegal and definitely inethical business practices? That’s right, they busted out the racism, the ableism, and the rhetoric about how people voicing thoughtful dissent were “haters” and “crazy.”
Hollywood, which has of course been working with/celebrating Roman Polanski for years, is continuing to steadfastedly support him. I guess you get a free pass on being a rapist when you’re an “artist.” And lots of people will be happy to help out with some justifications if you happen to be one of those people doesn’t think that Polanski should face jail time.