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1 Got up
6 Refuse to go on
10 One of five in “Hamlet”
13 “Harry Potter” director
Mike
15 Memorable man
16 Ram’s remark
17 ___ money
20 Biblical twin
21 Capitol Hill VIP
22 Israel’s Dayan
23 Parks of civil rights
25 Place to store fodder
27 Support is growing
to overturn this decision
33 Prelaw exams
34 ___ Ra (Egyptian deity)
35 Started the grill
37 “Tree ___ Window”:
Robert Frost
38 Falcon nail
40 Former Sen. Daschle’s state
41 Kindergarten break
42 Clinton’s veep
43 Capital of East Flanders
44 Election day choices
48 Article for Mozart
49 Jalousie part
50 Peppard series (with “The”)
53 Org. for oilmen
54 Large cart
58 They accept donations from
corporations without
identifying the contributors
62 Dubya’s 2002 spokesman
63 At any point
64 Inexperienced one, slangily
65 Apple or apple
66 Rooter preceder
67 Lend ___ (listen)
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1 Faulkner’s Bundren
2 Salesmen
3 ___ debt of gratitude
4 Social ___
5 Nathan Hale was one
6 Use a cauldron
7 Curry or Coulter
8 Find a tenant
9 Red Square neighbor
10 Fortas and Lincoln
11 Checkout option
12 Westminster art gallery
14 Memory gap
18 Credit-union offering
19 Beet or carrot
24 Parts of lbs.
25 Ring sport
26 Involved with
27 Wearers of the same tartan
28 “From hell’s heart ___ at
thee”: Moby Dick
29 Super Bowl XXV site
30 Nathaniel Hawthorne’s
birthplace
31 Kind of statesmen
32 Varsi in “Ten North
Frederick”
36 B’way discount booths
38 Bluto or Pluto
39 Old TV comic Johnson
40 Government closing
42 Inkling
43 It has a GovSales.gov
website
45 Info from Snowden
46 Glimpse
47 Adjust the wheels
50 Actor Sandler
51 Singer MacLean
52 Virginia Rep. Cantor
53 Kind of naut
55 Cartoonist Goldberg
56 Samoan port
57 North Sea feeder
59 Eggy combiner
60 After taxes
61 FDR’s 1935 creation
‘Boilerplate’
By Margaret Jane Radin,
Princeton University Press, $35
In her book, “Boilerplate: The
Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and
the Rule of Law,” University of
Michigan law professor Margaret
Jane Radin explains how non-
negotiable boilerplate terms and
conditions are presented to us in
contracts before we can obtain
services and products, such as
cell phone service, credit card
and banking products, and even
a job.
She demonstrates how the
contract terms scrap civil liber-
ties without meaning-
ful consent, such as
the terms that require
mandatory (or forced)
arbitration. The fine
print creates new corpo-
rate rules to substitute
for civil jury trials and state and
federal laws.
She suggests some ideas for
improvement, including amend-
ing the Federal Arbitration Act to
eliminate forced arbitration from
consumer and employment con-
tracts and re-establish remedies
that would allow those with
similar claims to band together
in class actions to seek redress.
— Christine Hines
‘Foodopoly’
By Wenonah Hauter; The New Press;
$26.95
In the pages of this newspaper,
Public Citizen has discussed the
dangers of corporate control over
our democracy, especially in
light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s
Citizens United
decision.
The pervasive influ-
ence of corporations
extends into our daily
lives, into the very food
processed or fresh
that we eat. In “Foodo-
poly,” Wenonah Hauter,
executive director of Food and
Water Watch, takes a compre-
hensive look at the corporati-
zation of our food supply. She
examines the food supply chain,
including from local farmers to
agribusiness, the grocery store
chains, companies producing
genetically engineered crops and
the policies that have allowed
agribusiness to dominate our
food supply. (Hauter used to di-
rect Public Citizen’s energy and
environment work.)
It’s an eye-opening look into
how difficult it is to break free of
the corporate food system, even
if you are personally committed
to supporting sustainable, local
farming practices. Shopping
at farmers’ markets or joining
community-supported agricul-
ture ventures are not enough,
Hauter notes. Changes must be
made at the policy level.
— Bridgette Blair
‘Citizen Koch’
Directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal;
www.CitizenKoch.com
It has been more than a year
since Wisconsin Gov. Scott
Walker (R) won his recall elec-
tion with the help of spending by
outside groups. But the mes-
sage conveyed in “Citizen Koch”
remains relevant:
Citizens United
hurts America. The film follows
the Koch Brothers’ Tea Party-
aligned group Americans for
Prosperity as it spends seeming-
ly unlimited sums to influence
elections, as allowed by the U.S.
Supreme Court’s
Citizens United
decision. The money supports
Walker’s campaign and the 2012
GOP presidential primary race,
and pays for retreats for U.S.
Supreme Court justices.
“Citizen Koch” tells two
stories of those working against
Big Money’s domination of
our democracy. The first story
recounts how three Wisconsin
state employees, all Republi-
cans, work for Walker’s recall.
The second details the difficul-
ties former Republican Louisiana
Gov. Buddy Roemer encounters
when trying to win the GOP
presidential nomination while
limiting donations to $100.
Visit www.CitizenKoch.com/
organize to arrange a screening.
— Sophia Barnes