How granite countertops took over American kitchens
Granite countertops are an American obsession. But how did they become so ubiquitous? Our nation's countertop history has had a few surprising twists and turns.
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Granite countertops are beautiful, but aren't they a little overrated? In the past, Americans loved their formica and laminate countertops, so what changed the kitchen landscape?
It turns out that stone imports from countries like Brazil and Italy, improved means of importing and cutting granite, and a general decrease in cost made the once-elite material accessible to the HGTV-loving masses. The history of granite countertops isn't just about shiny counters, but about international trade, technology, and how trends trickle down from elites to the masses.
Is granite here to stay? Who knows — quartz may prove to be formidable competition. But now at least you won't take it for granted (yes, we knowingly passed up the opportunity to write take it for granite — classy, right?).
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Bregtje Cals (LUSH Cosmetics): Oridek, I would like to present this to you, these are all the signatures which have been collected in the Lux-stores in the last few weeks. We will continue to collect signatures because we want to have 40,000 signatures. You can also sign online, so whoever did not sing, give your signature today and spread the word to all of your family and friends in order to sign for a free and independent West-Papua. Besides, these are the signatures collected so far, a total of 3,000 and I would like to present these to you.
Oridek Ap: Thank you, and now I would like to introduce you to mister Van Bommel, from the Socialist Party.
Text speech Member of Parliament Harry van Bommel (Socialist Party) n commemoration of 1 December 2011 in The Hague -- The Netherlands .
(in Dutch language)
Good afternoon, friends, friends of Papua, people from Papua.
It is good that you are here today to point out that fifty years ago a promise has been made that has never been fulfilled. I am proud that Parliament, this year, almost throughout the entire Parliament, put the Papuan matter on the agenda. It has paid attention to the brutal human rights violations in Papua.
I have paid attention to the punishments demanded and inflicted upon people raising the Morning Star flag. Filep Karma was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in 2004 for raising that flag. This sentence was just recently condemned by the United Nations as a violation of international law. The United Nations call upon the immediate release of Filep. I think that The Netherlands should support this demand in their relations with Indonesia.
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The Netherlands, and this was made clear during the budget debates last week, The Netherlands no longer focus on human rights as they have done in the past. The Netherlands focus on trade interests, and much later, if time permits we may pay attention to human rights. That is a disgrace and we will not agree with a possible bilateral agreement. An agreement between two countries, The Netherlands and Indonesia, because this also has been put on the agenda. And when president Yudhoyono from Indonesia visits The Netherlands next year and this is very likely, then I hope that I, together with you and the Moluccans, may be here again to demand that the president will respect the international obligations in the field of human rights he entered into. And that he releases the political prisoners, Papuans and Moluccans, immediately, as demanded by Amnesty International. And, in the Papuan matter, he will immediately implements the Autonomy Laws, that a dialogue is started, a peaceful dialogue, because Indonesia and Papua have to find a solution together, but they cannot succeed without pressure from the international community, they cannot succeed without pressure from The Netherlands.
The Netherlands have great responsibility regarding the Papuans and The Moluccans; we have to emphasize this over and over again. Therefore I am happy that Parliament passed a resolution demanding just that from the government. Demanding that human rights are being discussed and demanding many more other matters. My colleagues will no doubt illustrate this further, but I think that the resolution has been accepted by the entire Parliament, no, it has been accepted by the entire Parliament and this indicates that the Dutch Parliament supports you. Thank you.
Oridek Ap: Thank you sir. This was mister Harry van Bommel from the Socialist Party. Before you leave us, I understand you are soon needed inside, so before you leave we, from the Free West Papua Campaign, and on behalf of the Papuan people, would like to hand over this certificate together with the Papuan flag.
Van Bommel: and today, just as Lux Cosmetics is doing, I will put this flag in front of my window.
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