I know that for many Americans, the distance you have to travel to work to make sure your families have food on the table makes gas prices an enormous and very real concern. What amazes me is that we hear so much less about the other rising prices and their affect on people around the world. Grain prices are skyrocketing so fast, the president of the World Bank says they could translate to seven lost years in the fight against poverty. That’s a tough number to even wrapo your head around.
You may remember a few weeks ago I blogged about the lines and violence over government issued bread in Egypt. The price of ingredients had made bread too expensive for many Egyptians, and the government just couldn’t keep up with the increased demand for its subsidized bread. Now we’re told the price of rice is up 75 percent in some markets; wheat has skyrocketed 120 percent more than doubling the cost of a loaf of bread, according to the World Bank. The affects are likely to be felt for years.
In Boston, the MBTA – the agency that runs the T or subway system – launched a new ad campaign today to crack down on gropers.
This is sad and sick on so many levels. First, who in their right mind thinks it’s ok to grope anyone, ever?! Second, there really needs to be an ad campaign to remind people it’s not only inappropriate, but wrong AND a crime? You can watch the ads says, "Rub against me, and I'll expose you." Amen.
And from inappropriate behavior in public to legal brothels… no good way to make that turn!
I don’t remember a field trip like this when I was in school… though maybe my male friends would have enjoyed it more. Capping off this semester’s course on American consumption, a dozen students from Randolph College visited Nevada’s Chicken Ranch brothel. What could they learn at a brothel, you ask? A lot – and, no, not knowledge of the gutter variety. When else would you get to ask a woman who works there why she does it? Sure, the brothel field trip may seem unconventional, but perhaps there’s a lot for all of to learn.
Finally, on a personal note, a big THANK YOU for your kind words before, during and after Friday’s show. We are so lucky to have smart, dedicated viewers with us every night!
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