The Culture Report: Alcohol-Laced Cupcakes, Monsanto’s Misleading Missive, South Africa…

Here’s some of our top picks for stories in culture:

NY Post: Sugar & vice ““ It wasn’t yet the end of the workday on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop a growing crowd of 20-somethings from assembling at a saucy new joint on the Lower East Side. “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” reasons freelance publicist Katie Campisano, 24, margarita in hand.”Cupcake version,” she quickly adds”…Continue Reading

Grist: Monsanto’s 10 most misleading talking points on GMO labeling ““ The battle in California over Proposition 37, which would require labeling of foods containing GMOs, is really heating up. Millions of dollars are already being poured into the opposition campaign, with much of it going to former Big Tobacco shills. Over at GMO HQ, Monsanto recently posted this missive called “Taking a Stand: Proposition 37, The California Labeling Proposal,” in which the biotech giant explains why it is opposing the measure (to the tune of $4.2 million so far).“…Continue Reading

BBC NewsPakistan blasphemy case girl examined by doctors ““ Doctors in Pakistan have examined a young Christian girl imprisoned on blasphemy charges to determine her age and mental capacity, with the results due to be presented in court tomorrow. Her lawyer says the girl, called Rimsha, is 11 or 12 years old and appears to have Downs syndrome.”…Continue Reading

The Atlantic: The End of South African Exceptionalism ““ On Thursday, August 16th, South African security forces shot dead 34 protesters at Marikana, a platinum mine, owned and operated by multinational firm Lonmin, in South Africa’s Northwest Province. The dead were rock drill operators on strike for better wages — most of them reportedly earned around the equivalent of $500 per month — and a higher standard of living”…Continue Reading

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