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6 crucial facts about human trafficking- and how you can help (World Day Against Trafficking...)

Source: Mashable

A child trafficker bought this girl from her parents, forcing her to sell flowers on Bangkok's streets. She was electrocuted if she didn't work.

Thursday is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, a day to spread awareness of labor trafficking and sexual exploitation around the world.

Trafficking in persons — also known as human trafficking or modern slavery — is described by the U.S. Department of State as the "act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud or coercion."

Human trafficking is a prevalent practice globally, with instances of exploitation and human rights violations being reported in the majority of nations each year. Still, it's very rarely talked about publicly.

"Slavery never ended," Terry FitzPatrick, senior communications director of advocacy organization Free the Slaves, tells Mashable about human trafficking. "It was outlawed, but it was never eradicated."

Read more: http://mashable.com/2015/07/30/human-trafficking-facts/

Baby Elephant Calf vs Birds (South Africa)

I am posting this in GD because I can't get the other images out of my head (Cecil)... and I suspect others can't, either.

Thank you to those who only shoot with a camera.


Pâtissez, a cafe in Canberra, Australia, is gaining quite the reputation for its seriously out of control desserts.

Although images of the cafe's "freakshakes" have been shared widely on social media for a while now, the popularity of their cakes, shakes and other sweet things is starting to hit home. "I have people waiting an hour for a table, and they'll wait 45 minutes for a shake," co-owner Anna Petridis told the Canberra Times. "All this is house made, down to the brownie and the marshmallow."

Petridis, and her mother and fellow co-owner, Gina Petridis, appeared briefly on the reality show My Kitchen Rules in 2015.

If you're counting calories, please consider dining elsewhere. The "epic freak shakes" include selections like the "Muddy Pat," which consists of hot chocolate fudge, brownies, cream, and toasted marshmallows. If salt with your sweet is more your speed, try the "Nutella and salty pretzel." With Nutella, whipped cream and crushed pretzels, it may kill you, but at least you'll die happy.


Skylodge Adventure Suites

Edit for more info:

Located in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru, the exclusive Skylodge Adventure Suites offers you the chance to sleep within a completely transparent hanging bedroom, that allows you to appreciate the impressive view of this magic and mystic valley.

To sleep at Skylodge, people must climb 400 mt. of Via Ferrata or hike an intrepid trail through ziplines. One night at this place will make your dreams come true. Packages includes breakfast & gourmet dinner with wine, transportation from Cuzco and our professional bilingual guides.

Continuing with Natura Vive´s philosophy of sharing a mountain experience with people of all ages and capacities, in June of 2013 we opened the unique and first ever hanging lodge in the world, The Skylodge Adventure Suites.

The Natura Vive Skylodge is composed of three exclusive capsule Suites with a total capacity of 8 people. Our vertically hanging transparent capsule suites are situated at the top of our 400 ft mountain with a 300 degree view of the majestic Sacred Valley. Hand crafted out of aerospace aluminum and weather resistant polycarbonate, each suite comes complete with four beds, a dinning area and a private bathroom .

Measuring 24 ft. in length and 8 ft. in height and width, the capsule suites are composed of six windows and four ventilation ducts that ensure a comfortable atmosphere. Safety is insured by having the exit portal located in the upper part of the craft.

The design and features of each suite provides our clients with first class service and complete comfort. Our alternative lighting system consists of four interior lamps and a reading light all powered by solar panels that store energy in batteries. Each suite has a private bathroom separated from the bedroom by an insulated wall. Inside is a dry ecological toilet and sink, where you can still enjoy the gorgeous views through the 1.8 meter diameter dome. The dome also has curtains for privacy from the curious gaze of passing condors (your sky neighbors). Fine quality mattresses, cotton sheets, down pillows, and quilts ensure a warm and pleasant night 400 meters from the ground.


Showtime is now streaming on Hulu.

What is SHOWTIME® on Hulu?

Add SHOWTIME to your subscription to enjoy instant access to award-winning original programming such as Homeland, The Affair, Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex and Episodes as well as exclusive Hollywood blockbusters. Watch SHOWTIME through Hulu on many devices as well as LIVE TV on your web browser. SHOWTIME is available for an additional $8.99 per month with a Hulu subscription.

It costs $8.99, first month is free.

Does anyone have any recommendation as to which shows are worthwhile?

Italian Grandmas Try Olive Garden For The First Time

Cats Gets a BRAIN FREEZE!!

Sex abuse victim to file lawsuit against Josh Duggar: report

Source: Raw Story

One of Josh Duggar’s molestation victims is planning to file a lawsuit against the reality show star and former anti-LGBT activist.

The suit will be filed by a victim who is not a family member, reported InTouch Weekly – which first broke the news about the molestation case.

The new report is based on anonymous sources.

Two of the 27-year-old Duggar’s sisters appeared last month on Fox News and admitted their brother had molested them more than a decade ago at their family’s home.

He molested two other sisters as they slept, according to investigators, along with a babysitter who was staying at the Duggar home.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/sex-abuse-victim-to-file-lawsuit-against-josh-duggar-report/

May justice be served!

The Rise Of Anti-Union Rhetoric In The 2016 Race

Source: Think Progress

This week, the Supreme Court agreed to take a case that could spell doom for public sector unions, with the potential to make the entire country so-called “right-to-work” territory.

If that effort fails, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has vowed to make every state a “right-to-work” state if elected president. Out of all the Republican candidates running for president, a growing roster that now tops a dozen, Walker has focused the most on his record fighting unions — a record he says prepares him to confront enemy combatants like ISIS if elected president.

But while Walker may be the loudest and proudest union buster in the 2016 race, his fellow candidates are also striving to prove their anti-labor bona fides.

Carly Fiorina has blamed unions for pay disparities between men and women, though that disparity is much smaller among unionized workers.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/07/01/3675737/rise-anti-union-rhetoric-2016-race/

Seems to me, teachers are taking the brunt of these attacks.
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