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Indian village run by teenage girls offers hope for a life free from abuse

In Thennamadevi young daughters are forging a new destiny beyond their alcoholic fathers and human traffickers

Source: The Guardian

Each afternoon the men of Thennamadevi leave their village and head for the surrounding fields, many carrying bottles of high-strength home-brewed alcohol. Hours later they stagger back home through the paddy fields of the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.

Thennamadevi is racked by alcoholism. Most of its 150 male inhabitants participate in ruinous daily drinking sessions. Around 90 women with families in the village have been widowed. The youngest husband to die was 21.

However, over the past six months something remarkable has happened to break the cycle of squalor and despair: the teenage daughters of the drunken men have taken over the running of the place. And it’s working.

A self-titled “young girls’ club” has fixed the street lights, completed a health audit of the village and ensured that mobile clinics visit Thennamadevi. A library is being built where well-thumbed books promote the virtues of learning and independence. The phenomenon of teenage female self-help has made aid agencies and politicians across the state sit up and take notice.

In the communal building, beneath the glow of a single lightbulb, the girls assembled earlier this month for a debate on further improvements. A petition urging better transport links – no buses pass near the village – has been drafted to be put to the local council.


For the teenagers running Thennamadevi it is the possibility of change that inspires them. Senior club member Gowsalya Radhakrishnan said: “By not accepting our fate we will give others the knowledge they can shape the future.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/oct/21/india-villagers-child-abuse-trafficking-alcoholism?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

These are incredibly strong young women. Awe-inspiring, really.

Wait for a suprise...


3 Charged With Attempted Murder After Allegedly Firing On Spencer Protesters

Source: TPM

Three men who came out to support white nationalist Richard Spencer’s Thursday speech at the University of Florida were arrested on charges of attempted murder after one of them allegedly fired at protesters, according to arrest reports from the Gainesville Police Department.

Texas residents Colton Fears, William Fears and Tyler Tenbrink all were charged with attempted homicide and were being held in the Alachua County jail. Tenbrink received an additional second-degree felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

After departing Spencer’s event Thursday, where they had spoken to local press about their willingness to “push back” on those who oppose their message, the three men pulled their car up to a bus stop where a small group of protesters was waiting, according to the arrest reports. The report states they began shouting “Hail Hitler” and yelling at the seated protesters, one of whom hit the vehicle’s rear window with a baton.

The car sped ahead a few feet and came to an abrupt stop, at which point Tenbrink emerged with a handgun, according to the report. William and Colton Fears allegedly yelled, “I’m going to fucking kill you” and “shoot them.”

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/william-colton-fears-tyler-tenbrink-arrested-after-white-nationalist-richard-spencer-speech?utm_content=bufferc2721&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Who are the white supremacists assaulting people at rallies in Berkeley, Charlottesville and...

Completely infuriating.

This is what the FBI needs to concern themselves with, not the BLM bullshit they are trying to peddle.

Hilton El Conquistador cancels plans to host upcoming white nationalist VDare conference

Source: Media Matters

The Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, AZ, has canceled plans to host an upcoming “immigration conference” by the white nationalist group VDare. It is the third time this year that VDare has unsuccessfully attempted to schedule a conference.

VDare runs a racist website that’s been heavily criticized by civil rights groups for pushing white nationalism. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the white nationalist site “regularly publishes articles by prominent white nationalists, race scientists and anti-Semites.” The Anti-Defamation League wrote that VDare is a racist site that “posts, promotes, and archives the work of racists, anti-immigrant figures, and anti-Semites.”

Headlines on VDare include: “One Problem With These Hispanic Immigrants Is Their Disgusting Behavior,” “Indians Aren`t That Intelligent (On Average),” “Diversity Is Strength! It’s Also…Hispanic Immigrants Taking Over FBI’s Ten Most Wanted,” “America Does Not Need ANY Immigrants From Africa,” and “Roll Over, JIHAD—There’s Also HIJRA, Muslim Conquest By Immigration.”

VDare is so bad that even the editor in chief for Breitbart privately called it “racist,” according to reporting by BuzzFeed (despite that private condemnation, Breitbart has publicly defended VDare).

Read more: https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/10/20/hilton-el-conquistador-cancels-plans-host-upcoming-white-nationalist-vdare-conference/218277

Charity's promised back pay to Roy Moore was not reported to IRS as income

Source: The Washington Post

The Alabama charity once led by Senate candidate Roy Moore did not report to the Internal Revenue Service that in 2011 it guaranteed him $498,000 in back pay, according to an income report provided to The Washington Post by the charity itself.

Five tax law and accounting specialists said it appears the guaranteed payment should have been reported as compensation, a disclosure that would have triggered a federal tax bill of more than $100,000.

Moore and his campaign have not responded to questions about whether he paid the taxes, or to requests that he release his income tax returns.

John Bentley, a board member and former chairman of the charity, the Foundation for Moral Law, said Moore once told him that he had sought advice on the financial arrangement from an accountant. Moore said he was told the compensation was not taxable until he cashed in on the promised back pay, Bentley said. Moore has not yet done so, he said.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/charitys-promised-back-pay-to-roy-moore-was-not-reported-to-irs-as-income/2017/10/19/fa31ab9c-b042-11e7-99c6-46bdf7f6f8ba_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_foundationtax735pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.8b70fe79675c

The Daily Show: "Pull out your dick, get replaced by a chick"


Harvey Weinstein Accuser Asia Argento Flees Italy After Being Slut Shamed by Media

Source: Newsweek

Italian actress Asia Argento claims she had to flee Italy after local media slut shamed her for publicly recounting the alleged sexual assault she endured at the hands of movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein.

Argento moved to Berlin to get away from the misogynistic treatment from news outlets calling her a prostitute and questioning her account of how the Hollywood producer forcibly performed oral sex on her at the age of 21 in 1997.

“I’ll come back when things improve to fight alongside all the other women,” she told the Italian television station, RAI. “I didn’t have the courage to speak until now because you see what happened, 20 years after the attack?”

Italian newspapers have implied that sexual blackmail is a necessary rite of passage in the industry and argued that Argento assaulted Weinstein. Even a former member of parliament attacked Argento saying she should have just said "No" to Weinstein.

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/asia-argento-flees-italy-slut-shaming-688451?utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social

This is heaven?

FBI: 12 Michigan juvenile trafficking victims rescued, 8 pimps arrested

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Twelve juvenile Michigan sex trafficking victims were rescued and eight pimps and their associates arrested last week as part of an annual, international hunt for abusers led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In all, 84 minors were rescued and 120 traffickers arrested during the FBI's 11th Operation Cross Country.

The initiative took place Oct. 12-14 in Michigan, officials said.


Nationally, the youngest victim recovered was 3 months old. The average age was 15.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/10/18/fbi-12-juvenile-trafficking-victims-rescued-michigan/777838001/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

MORE needs to be done about the exploitation of our children.
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