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Mayor Newsom wants to blanket San Francisco with community farms

Newsom's fresh idea: mandates on healthier food Fuck. Yes.
Newsom on Wednesday issued an executive directive he hopes will dramatically change how San Franciscans eat. All city departments have six months to conduct an audit of unused land - including empty lots, rooftops, windowsills and median strips - that could be turned into community gardens or farms that could benefit residents, either by working at them or purchasing the fresh produce. Food vendors that contract with the city must offer healthy and sustainable food. All vending machines on city property must also offer healthy options, and farmers' markets must begin accepting food stamps, although some already do. The mayor will send an ordinance to the Board of Supervisors within two months mandating that all food served in city jails, hospitals, homeless shelters and community centers be healthy. And effective immediately, no more runs to the doughnut shop before meetings and conferences held by city workers. Instead, city employees must use guidelines created by the Health Department when ordering food for meetings.

Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp accused of illegally hacking victims' phones

Murdoch papers paid out L1m to gag phone-hacking victims | Media | The Guardian
Rupert Murdoch's News Group News�papers has paid out more than �1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal evidence of his journalists' repeated involvement in the use of criminal methods to get stories. The payments secured secrecy over out-of-court settlements in three cases that threatened to expose evidence of Murdoch journalists using private investigators who illegally hacked into the mobile phone messages of numerous public �figures to gain unlawful access to confidential personal data, including tax records, social security files, bank statements and itemised phone bills. Cabinet ministers, MPs, actors and sports stars were all targets of the private investigators. Today, the Guardian reveals details of the suppressed evidence, which may open the door to hundreds more legal actions by victims of News Group, the Murdoch company that publishes the News of the World and the Sun, as well as provoking police inquiries into reporters who were involved and the senior executives responsible for them.

July 08, 2009

Lonely kids resort to eating their lunches in restroom stalls

asahi.com(朝日新聞社):Terrified of being seen alone, students eat in toilets - English
The mystery of the notice aside, eating in public toilets is all too real, especially among students, according to Daisuke Tsuji, an associate professor of communication studies at Osaka University. The habit is called "benjo-meshi," literally toilet meal. Students who eat hiding in restroom stalls are isolated on campus, Tsuji said. Seeing other students happily chatting with friends increases their sense of isolation. For these students, it is better to eat in a toilet than to be perceived as friendless and spotted dining alone in the school cafeteria, he said.

Mid-80s Masters of the Narrow Escape

Wonderfully absurd escapes from mortal danger in the original G.I....

Adult Sex Ed

Adult Sex Education - Feministing Surprisingly this is neither a joke nor a failure. It's a vital cultural piece that is missing from our current conversations.
My husband of 13 years always accused me of being frigid because I never had an orgasm with him," she says. "After we split up, I definitely learned I wasn't frigid. Which was a relief. Which was fun." The women marvel that virtually all of them have had distressful sexual experiences. One says her sex life was "messy," explaining that she means nonlinear. "I was always a little ashamed because I didn't do the perfect progression of first kiss, go steady, first love, first sex," she says. "It's nice to see that all the women were a little out of order."