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keplyq:

This afternoon at the store my son was possessed by some awful and mindless destructive force that I could not seem to derail. He was knocking things over, sneaking stuff into the cart, kicking the balls around the aisles. I was frustrated that I couldn’t get through to him and I just wanted to…

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halftheskymovement:

Rani Hong’s childhood came to an abrupt end before her eighth birthday. When her family financial situation took a turn for the worst, another woman offered to take Hong into her home and feed and educate her. But no one could have predicted what would happen next. Under her caretaker’s care, Hong was beaten, starved, caged and trafficked from India to Canada before being adopted by a woman in America. She would not see her family for another 21 years.
The former child trafficking victim is now on the front line fighting to end the same injustice that almost destroyed her. As a special adviser to the United Nations, Hong now advocates for human rights and the rehabilitation of fellow survivors. She also runs the Tronie Foundation, which aims to educate the public about trafficking and to support survivors in 20 countries through mentorship and healing programs. After hearing her address at the UN General Assembly, delegates named July 30, 2014, the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. 
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halftheskymovement:

Rani Hong’s childhood came to an abrupt end before her eighth birthday. When her family financial situation took a turn for the worst, another woman offered to take Hong into her home and feed and educate her. But no one could have predicted what would happen next. Under her caretaker’s care, Hong was beaten, starved, caged and trafficked from India to Canada before being adopted by a woman in America. She would not see her family for another 21 years.

The former child trafficking victim is now on the front line fighting to end the same injustice that almost destroyed her. As a special adviser to the United Nations, Hong now advocates for human rights and the rehabilitation of fellow survivors. She also runs the Tronie Foundation, which aims to educate the public about trafficking and to support survivors in 20 countries through mentorship and healing programs. After hearing her address at the UN General Assembly, delegates named July 30, 2014, the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. 

Read more here.

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Whether you are executed or not, whether you are wrongly imprisoned or not — it doesn’t just depend on the evidence against you. It depends on your race and the race of the victim, on the political predilections of your prosecutor and your judge, on the honor of police detectives, on the accuracy of the eyewitnesses testifying against you, on the skill and competency of your defense attorney, and on the mercy of the governor who makes a judgment on clemency.
Andrew Cohen, in The deep shame of capital punishment in America (via theweekmagazine)

(via humanrightswatch)

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HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY PETER O'TOOLE

paulftompkins:

Years ago, when I was still learning how to do comedy, there were times when my big closing bit would not quite get the response that I’d hoped it would. That is to say, I would conclude my set with (what I considered to be) my best, most hilarious piece of material, and, more often than I…