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
HUNDREDS of children’s bodies from Smyllum Park Orphanage have been discovered in a mass grave.
At least 400 youngsters were buried at St Mary’s Cemetery in Lanark, southern Scotland, close to where they were cared for at the home – but what do we know about Smyllum Park Orphanage so far?
Where is Smyllum Park Orphanage?
Smyllum Park Orphanage was opened in 1864 at Smyllum Park in Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The institution was run by a Catholic order of nuns and housed 11,600 children aged between one and 14 years old, including those who were blind or deaf-mute, before it closed in 1981.
Decades later an unmarked mass grave was found at nearby St Mary’s Church in Lanark which is just a three-minute drive away from the care home.
The orphanage is now being examined by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care.
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“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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Whenever a terrorist attack occurs, it never takes long for politicians to begin calling for more surveillance powers. The horrendous attacks in Paris last week, which left more than 120 people dead, are no exception to this rule. In recent days, officials in the United Kingdom and the United States have been among those arguing that more surveillance of Internet communications is necessary to prevent further atrocities.
The case for expanded surveillance of communications, however, is complicated by an analysis of recent terrorist attacks. The Intercept has reviewed 10 high-profile jihadi attacks carried out in Western countries between 2013 and 2015 (see below), and in each case some or all of the perpetrators were already known to the authorities before they executed their plot. In other words, most of the terrorists involved were not ghost operatives who sprang from nowhere to commit their crimes; they were…
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The “War on Poverty” has become a war on the poor. This recently hit home for me via some family member’s remarks on a meme I posted. I understand. Sometimes it must seem that getting up for work everyday just to keep up with the bills and trying to make it through life is harder than it should be. The middle class are being beat up pretty bad compared to the not too distant past when workers had excellent unions, great medical insurance and retirement pensions. With those rapidly disappearing benefits and the high cost of living, due to inflation, illegal wars, banker bailouts, etc, these middle class workers disparately need an enemy to blame for how fucked up everything is. That someone is poor people, who, so they’re told, are mooching up tax dollars and getting rich off welfare. Well we can indeed have our own opinions, but let’s please base…
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