Monday, 9 May 2011

Fortnightly Link Storm

These are the news articles that stood out to me in the past fortnight.  Not enough for me to actually make a long post about - just enough for me to want to share. I want to make this a fortnightly thing, but we'll see how it goes.

Firstly, the Food Network show, Great Food Truck Race will feature a vegan food van, which focuses on obtaining food from local sources.  The shows follows several food trucks across the country, as they compete to sell the most food.  I'm not sure how well the locally sourced thing will work on that journey, but good luck to them.  It's great to see vegan food in the mainstream like that.

As reported in the Beverly Hills Courier, a restaurant has advertised itself by spray-painting a donkey pink, and writing 'pink taco' on it.  I'm not really sure what they're going for here.  Are they saying they serve horse meat?  Had they simply drunk too much tequila?  This is bizarre.

Update:  the restaurant have promised not to do it again, but still have not explained what the hell they were smoking.

This isn't really news, but I really liked this post from The Joyful Vegan, about some of the issues she's faced as a Christian becoming vegetarian and vegan.  Most vegans I know are atheist, which I guess contributed to the lack of sympathy and empathy she found around her with these joints beliefs, of Christianity and Veganism.  I didn't realise it was something people felt so strongly about, in a Christian context (I found the post when I was looking for a good title for my short story The Riotous Eaters).

I quite enjoyed this interview with Jake Shields, from MMA Weekly, which mentions his vegetarianism.  He says he's proud to show that you can be a top athlete without consuming meat.  I think that's great.  Similarly, there's an article from The Hawkeye, the student newspaper of Hillsborough Community College, which asks the question 'can athletes succeed as vegetarians?'.  The article features quotes from Lane Trembley, a vegetarian with a black belt in Karate, and mentions other vegetarian athletes such as Joe Namath of the New York Jets, who was named the MVP of SuperBowl III, record-setting tennis player, Martina Navratilova, and Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers, who hit 50 homeruns in his breakout season of 2007.  What an inspiring way of making the point that you don't need meat to be a good athlete.

Speaking of athletics, this article from discusses how Millburn High School women are being taught the basic principles of Krav Maga.  I think it's vital that women are taught self-defence techniques.  As Susie Greenfeig, one of the instructors, states in the article, "one in five women will be sexually assaulted during their freshman year in college".  The majority of these will not be reported; women will tell themselves that it was their own fault, or that it doesn't matter.  It was not your fault, it does matter, and self-defence will help you to encourage natural justice by kicking these creeps in the balls.  (And if this kind of thing makes you as angry as it does me, check out what Girls Gone Wild are planning).

Sometimes, you need to be able to defend yourself because no one else will, as in this shocking report of a high school teenager who was punished because she refused to cheer for her rapist.  The young girl, known only as HS, was assaulted by the player in question at a house party, at the age of sixteen.  The accused, Rakheem Bolton, pleaded guilty to misdeamenour assault, but not rape, and was sentenced to community service and anger management.  He continued to play for the schools basketball team, and HS continued to cheer for them - until Bolton took a free-throw, while she stood silently by, with her arms folded.  HS was dismissed from the cheerleading squad while Bolton was allowed to remain on the basketball team.

HS and her parents pursued a compensation claim from the school, on the grounds that her right to exercise free expression had been violated.  They lost the lawsuit, on the grounds that HS sacrificed her right to free expression when she agreed to perform as a cheerleader, and were ordered to pay $45,000 (£27,000) in costs for filing a 'frivolous' lawsuit.  I would like to take this opportunity to lead us all in a loud cry of 'what the fucking fuck?".

News is depressing, int it?

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