Government-funded researchers tested AIDS drugs on hundreds of foster children over the past two decades, often without providing them a basic protection afforded in federal law and required by some states, an Associated Press review has found.
Okay, I just want to say - all you people whose answer to those who need an abortion is, “Just give the child up for adoption”? THIS IS WHAT THAT CHILD FACES IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. It’s not just that the child is much more likely to be physically, sexually, or emotionally abused, it’s much more likely to be INSTITUTIONALLY ABUSED because most of our society puts no value whatsoever on these kids! They are more or less helpless and have relatively few advocates and practically no rights and THAT IS A BAD SITUATION TO BE IN. If you actually care about children like you claim you do, FIX THIS^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ And stop proposing this as an alternative to forced parenthood because they are both shitty-as-fuck ‘solutions’.
I have a horrible racist libertarian cousin who insisted we should take babies away from “whores” ie low-income black women because babies are snatched up so quickly! I told her she must be smoking crack to think there’s some high demand for black babies among rich white people and that the foster system is already waaaayy overburdened. She won’t say it outright but she just doesn’t value the lives of these people, always couching her Randian bullshit in “give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.” She also insists wealthy people are the most generous, which is patently untrue. I’d love to shove this article in her face but she’d write it off as “liberal bias” or something, maybe even say “well, they are probably grateful to have any home at all.” God I fucking hate libertarians.
The Marysville prosecutor insists that a rape kit and an iphone video of a rape of a fourteen video is insufficient evidence of rape and wants to remind people that that it is legal to rape underage girls in Missouri if they’ve had any alcohol. Good to know. It’s good to see that the State’s Attorney begs to differ. Still, two girls were raped, they were tormented by locals, punished by their school for coming forward, and the house of one of the girls was burned down, presumably in retaliation. No charges against the rapists or any of the other people involved are pending.
Republicans are now insisting the massive amount of economic chaos and human misery they are causing by shutting down the government is necessary because we need to repeal a 2.7% tax on the ridiculously high profits medical device manufacturers make. That is the current demand and the only ideological point they are making beyond incoherent demands that they should get something out of this just in general even they don’t know what. They are doing all these horrible things for a tiny corporate special interest.
This is how you’re meant to argue when you’re eventually in charge. You’re trained for it, and part of that training is regularly being presented with morally indefensible positions to defend anyway or risk losing whatever competition you’re engaged with. I have seen perfectly decent young men get carried away defending genocide and torture because that’s the only way to win. Those who are unable to do so are taught that they have no business having political opinions. The people assumed to be the future elite are not rewarded for getting the answer which is most correct, most compassionate or humane or even sensible - they’re rewarded for smashing the opposition. And that’s how you get politicians who will argue anything they’re told to, enact any policy they’re told to no matter how many how many people will get hurt, just so that their team can win.
Moreover, this isn’t just a standard homework question. It appears on a scholarship entrance exam, a test designed to be sat by young men seeking to join the ranks of the rich and powerful by virtue of merit and smarts rather than family money. Most fee-paying schools have such a system in place, especially the really elite ones which need to maintain a veneer of public conscience to bolster their tax-exempt charity status (yes, Eton is technically a charity) and boost exam results by scattering some middle-class nerds amongst the rich twits. I sat an entrance exam just like this thirteen years ago, because my parents wanted me to have a private education and they couldn’t afford the fees. Of the hundreds of exams I’ve sat since, none has had quite such a material affect on my future.
Had a question like this appeared on that test, I know I’d have been torn. I wouldn’t be torn now, of course, I’d write ‘go fuck yourself’ across the paper in my sparkliest pens, but right now I’m an adult with a job, not a scared thirteen-year-old who wants to make her mum proud. The obvious answer- that any Prime Minister who attempts to justify the murder of protesters after the rule of law has disintegrated is not fit to rule and should step down immediately - is not one that appears on the test. And that’s the point of tests like these.
It’s not enough to be clever. What this test says is: if you want to be part of the ruling elite, you have to share our values, and one of those values is maintaining power at any cost, even if it involves defending the indefensible. Having a moral compass that doesn’t spin wildly at the promise of power is an active impediment. The significant line in that extended question is ‘You are the Prime Minister.’ As if you’d be anything else."
The Eton Scholarship Question: this is how the British elite are trained to think | Laurie Penny for The New Statesman
In Nebraska, the government is forcing a 16 year old girl to stay pregnant against her will. She was denied an abortion on the grounds that because she is a high school student in foster care who can’t support herself, let alone a child, it is obvious she should be forced to have one. I have no fucking words.