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OPINIONS
Monday, September 27, 2004
photo Michael Jackson: The man, the myth, the surgeries

I'll never forget the first time I saw Michael Jackson. It was in his "Black and White" video. He was dancing in the way that only Michael Jackson can while studio-simulated winds blew through his silky, jet black hair, which lightly caressed his unblemished porcelain skin.

I thought he was the most beautiful white woman I had ever laid my eyes upon.

But then he opened his mouth and sang, and the masculine voice that came out confused me. [Read article]

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Moore and the partisan myth

Last week, ASUA announced that Michael Moore will come to speak at the UA next month. This announcement gave the UA College Republicans a chance to exercise a university-level version of political "rapid response," with attacks on both Moore and on the fact that he is being allowed to speak on campus released almost immediately.

UA College Republicans President Danielle Roberts voiced her disapproval of the Moore announcement, saying "Michael Moore is blatantly partisan, and it is only fair that we should have a conservative speaker to balance the spectrum." [Read article]

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Fair Trade coffee also tastes better

It was great to finally see the word get out about Fair Trade coffee. Moses Nyaribo did an excellent job explaining the social and economic benefits of a program like this, but one extremely important point was missing from his article: Fair Trade coffee is freaking delicious. I've been hooked on the stuff or years now.

Why does Fair Trade coffee taste so good compared to other types? The International Coffee Organization, an intergovernmental organization for coffee set up by the United Nations, has a plausible explanation: Coffee growers that are forced to sell their beans at an unfairly low price have to sell a much larger quantity more often to make a living. [Read article]

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