Don’t let the rich get even richer on the assets we all share
This is how THEY play the game.
You are a boxer. You are a champion with a good chance of winning.
You get in the ring to face your opponent; you square up, you fight, it is clear you are going to win.
Then someone in the audience shoots you in the back.
This is how THEY play the game – every game.
Prior to the boxing match, THEY arrange for someone to seduce your wife/bully your children/block your son from employment/take a malicious legal suit against you/your wife/your son/swindle your son/daughter out of substantial savings/burn down a neighbour’s house/steal your car/arrest you on a trumped-up charge/destroy your garden/kill your pet ……. ………. ……… ……..
Perhaps it wasn’t a boxing match.
Perhaps you were about to take crucial exams/accept a good job/promotion/marry Mr Right/Miss Right/start a business/publish a book/receive an inheritance/exhibit an art work/win a talent competition/compete in…
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Valentina, a chubby 17-year-old wearing hot-pink spandex shorts, pink Converse, pigtails, and heavy eyeliner, sat on a cement bench in the back of a courtyard, hunched over a cell phone she had half-concealed between her knees. The sounds of traffic, birds trilling, and the music of street vendors carried over the wall rimmed with razor wire.
“I’m in for extortion,” she told me, licking a bright blue ice cream cone.
She was sentenced to 10 years at the Centro de Inserción Social Femenino, a Salvadoran prison for girls. “But my lawyer says if I’m good, I’ll only get four.” She was from Santa Tecla, a relatively safe and trendy town on the outskirts of San Salvador.
“You know Paseo…
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“We thought this design would be effective”.
The draftsman pushed the prototype across the desk to the panel.
“Similar species with prolonged immaturity have a heat cycle of approximately 10 years to allow the mother to raise one child to a degree of self-sufficiency, free from male sexual demands”.
“You mean, sex once every 10 years?” One of the panel queried. “No good”, and he pushed the prototype back.
Another draftsman coughed softly and gently pushed his prototype forward.
“We took into account your policy statement that the males would take no part in child raising. In view of the particularly demanding nature of the young I have proposed that the young be raised collectively by groups of mothers. As this is a social species who work, hunt, food gather and live in groups, this would fit in the normal social pattern”.
The panel briefly conferred.
“And this would mean collective…
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More than 40 million people were estimated to be victims of modern slavery in 2016 — and one in four of those were children.
Those are the findings of a new report produced by the International Labor Organization (ILO), a U.N. agency focusing on labor rights, and the Walk Free Foundation, an international NGO working to end modern slavery.
The report estimates that last year, 25 million people were in forced labor — made to work under threat or coercion — and 15 million people were in forced marriage.
Continue reading: 40 million slaves in the world, finds new report
Landlords are turfing people out of their homes without reason – and it’s completely legal
“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” ~Isaac Asimov
Institutional learning is old hat. It kills creativity. It motivates through fear. It robs you of all your time. It robs you –full stop. The traditional-minded, especially the older generations who are still stuck in their “get a job” mindsets and snubbing their nose at any kind of informal learning, have kept education entrenched in a parochial, test-driven game of memorize-regurgitate-grade-repeat that they keep shoving down the younger generation’s throat. This can lead to a socially acceptable degree, true, but it also tends to leave people with rigid institutionalized mindsets that make it all too easy for them to conform to the dull-minded nine-to-five daily grind of the common workplace. Unless you’re an autodidact first and a student second.
Still, this “it’s just the way things…
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