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Slave in a Box

Slave in a Box cover

To file under “Things I Never Knew:”

The first illustrator for Aunt Jemima advertisements was none other than N.C. Wyeth.

“Aunt Jemima’s ready-mixed products offered middle-class housewives the next best thing to a black servant: a ‘slave in a box’ that conjured up romantic images of not only the food but also the social hierarchy of the plantation South.”

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Beijing’s Pressure Point Found

In some martial arts, there is an emphasis places on exploiting pressure points. Political activists trying to get China to review its cozy relationship with Sudan over Darfur finally found one in the 2008 Olympics. Apparently, it is really a chain of pressure points since Mia Farrow, in an editorial warned Steven Spielberg that he could “go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games,” for his role in helping promote them. He, in turn, wrote a letter to China’s president, Hu Jintao, decrying China’s support of Sudan’s government.

Perhaps the new logo for the 2008 games should look like this:

(or maybe a picture of Hu Jintao wincing)