CrossTalk: McDonaldization

Published on Jul 29, 2013
Has the American dream come to an end? What does the recent McDonald’s minimum wage guide say about the nature of labor in the US? And, is there a way to improve income disparity? CrossTalking with Austin Petersen and Eric Draitser.

Final Fantasy All The Bravest Keychain Set

Square Enix is accepting preorders for a set of 29 metal keychains featuring characters from the classic Final Fantasy games in retro dot-graphic style. In the photo below, the character keychains are as follows:

» Warrior, Knight, Magic Swordsman, Monk, Thief, White Mage, Guru, Black Mage, Majin, Mage, Summoner, Samurai, Ninja, Dragoon, Hunter, Berserker, Blue Mage, Red Mage, Viking, Feng fighters, Minstrel, Dancer, Onion Knight, Mog, Kappa, Pig, Chocobo.

Each keychain measures W28mm × D1.5mm × H34mm with a 63mm chain attached to the top of each character. Preorders are welcome to ship in late September 2013 at JPY11,020 for the complete set or US$116.90 from NCS.

Product Specification
Publisher: Square Enix
Territory/Language: Japan
Jan Code: 4988601320504final-fantasy-bravest-keychains-1


Hatsune Miku Project Diva F Swimwear Figure

Sega Toys has started preorders for a swimwear-clad rendition of Hatsune Miku which is a ‘SegaPrize!’ item normally distributed to amusement centers in Japan to be used as premium prizes for skilled players. Hatsune Miku wears a polka-dot swimsuit and waves to spectators. The figure measures 21cm or 8.26″ tall and preorders are welcome to ship in late September 2013.

Product Specification
Manufacturer: Sega Toys
Territory/Language: Japam
Jan/SKU Code: H3456/115-26066miku-xl

Nidomi T-Shirt

Reveal a hint of cleavage with the ‘Nidomi T-Shirt’ (二度見 Tシャツ) which will make passersby do a double take because, frankly, everyone loves boobs. The short sleeve t-shirts are ‘free size’ and measure 64cm long and 45cm (25.19 x 17.71″) across the chest. Eight styles of tee are available for preorder and reservations are welcome to ship in early August 2013.

Product Specification
Manufacturer: Ekodworks
Territory/Language: Japan
Jan Code: N/A

Road rage in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bus commuters leap from a moving bus onto the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, after they were threatened by striking protesters on January 16, 2013. Three political parties called upon workers to strike in an effort to protest an oil price increase.Photo credit: A.M. Ahad / AP