1996 McDonalds Hamburger. I teach a workshop titled Healthy Choices for Children. It’s a class for parents seeking solutions to how to improve the way they eat. It’s about the alternative food market, organics, and the top ten food additives to avoid and why, menu planning and more. It’s a 3 session fabulously informative interactive class. Below is my absolutely favorite prop – a 1996 McDonald’s hamburger. — Best of Mother Earth

Influence and Liberal Internationalism. Influence is a normal feature of political life. We all try to be as influential as possible. So how should influence work? When is it legitimate? — Dissent [via 3QuarksDaily]

Baader Meinhof film splits Germany. The bloody legacy of the Baader Meinhof Gang which caused mayhem across West Germany with its politically-motivated assassinations, bombings and kidnappings is to be portrayed on cinema screens this week in a new film which claims to debunk the myth of 1970s terrorist chic. Just how raw the darkest chapter in Germany’s postwar history remains has been demonstrated by the angry reaction that the Baader Meinhof Komplex has prompted from victims’ families, the children of gang members and historians. — The Guardian

50 greatest villains in literature. Compiling this list, without too much recourse to comics and children’s books, proved trickier than we’d imagined – but gosh it was fun. It’s perhaps the nature of grown-up literature that it doesn’t all that often have villains, in the sense of coal-black embodiments of the principle of evil. And even when it does, it’s not always so easy to tell who they are. Is God the baddie, or Satan? Ahab, or the white whale? — The Telegraph

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