The nine circles of hell from Dante’s Inferno recreated in Lego by Mihai Mihu
I. LIMBO: A place of monotony, here the souls are punished to wander in restless existence while they moan helplessly in echoes between the ruins of a temple.
II. LUST: Surrounded by erotic representations, those overcome by lust are forced to watch and experience disgusting things, ultimately being condemned to drown in the menstrual river.
III. GLUTTONY: The circle itself is a living abomination, a hellish digestive system revealing horrific faces with mouths ready to devour the gluttons over and over for eternity.
IV. GREED: This pompous place is reserved for the punishment of the greedy ones.
V. ANGER: In this depressing place the souls are trapped in the swamp, they can’t move and they cannot manifest their frustration which is making them even more angry.
VI. HERESY: The giant demon watches closely over his fire pit, dwarfing the damned that are dragging the new arrivals in the boiling lava. Those who committed the greatest sins against God are getting a special treatment inside the temple where they are doomed to burn for eternity in the scorching flames.
VII. VIOLENCE: A place of intense torture where the horrific screams of the damned are eternally accompanied by the hellish beats of drums.
VIII. FRAUD: In Fraud the Demons enjoy altering the shape of souls, this is how they feed.
IX. TREACHERY: Lucifer lies here chained by the Angelic Seal which keeps him captive in the frozen environment.
Nineteen-year-old Tarikuwa Lemma is a survivor, of an international adoption scandal. When she was 13, she was effectively sold from her native Ethiopia to an American family. The corrupt “adoption agency” convinced her father, who was a widow, that Tarikuwa and her younger sisters were headed to the U.S. as part of an educational exchange program, and that they would return home every summer and on holiday breaks. Little did he know, his daughters had been placed with adoptive couples in the U.S., never to return. Tarikuwa’s name was changed against her will, and she was forbidden by her American “family” from speaking her native language. The issue of transnational adoption, its evangelical Christian component, and the exploitation of communities that sometimes results, is the subject of the book, The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption by Kathryn Joyce, who appeared, along with Tarikuwa, on last Sunday’s “Melissa Harris Perry” show on MSNBC. Below is Tarikuwa’s satirical look at the “rescue” of children from her home country, to “better lives” in America.
Stop ‘Rescuing’ African Children Through Corrupt Adoptions
Tarikuwa Lemma appearing on Melissa Harris Perry Show April 28, 2013.
From The Grio — Nineteen-year…
Doesn’t seem to matter the background of the child, the methods of colonialism and assimilation haven’t changed.
So many adoption agencies are horrible, especially international adoptions. Make sure you do your research and remember that adoptions should never be about “rescuing” anyone.
So you’ve just graduated from college and you want to change the world. Good for you. The non-profit sector seems like a natural place for a justice-minded person such as yourself, and nonprofits are almost always hiring because the turnover rate is so high. But you may find the social justice industry to be… a little unjust. Here are a few tips and tricks for how to avoid being exploited by a nonprofit.
- Don’t work at one. Seriously. Working at a non-profit generally involves at least some level of exploitation. (When was the last time you saw a non-profit with a union?) If this doesn’t deter you, figure out what you’re willing to give up: Is it sleep? Weekends? Seeing your friends? Most non-profit workers do not work 9-5. Working nights and weekends is common. Paid overtime is not. Non-profits tend to make you feel like if you are not willing to work 24/7 then you are not “down for the cause.” That’s bullshit. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you’re not “down enough” because you are not willing to sacrifice your well-being for “the movement.” People who don’t take care of themselves burn out and often become jaded and bitter. You can’t sustain “the movement” if you don’t sustain yourself.
i hate unpaid internships so fucking much
- unpaid internships exploit college graduates, most of whom have exorbitant student loans, into working 30-40 hours weeks for no pay
- at which time they start owing massive amounts of interest on their student loans
- they often don’t have time to search for other jobs
- it’s really only practical for wealthy people who can afford to work without pay to make their resumes look prettier and network (again without pay) to get a job
- under the vain hopes that they’ll get hired at that company after their internship is up
- which frequently does not happen
- or to bolster their resume so some other company will hire them
- and if they do get a job at that company the company now doesn’t have to pay for their job training, which they’re legally allowed to do
- all of which is unconstitutional because it’s fucking illegal to make someone work for no pay
- it’s in the thirteenth amendment
so why is my generation living at home?
because no one will fucking hire and pay them a living wage that will cover rent and food and their student loans, that they have to pay because in order to get that unpaid internship in the first place they have to attend a university that is costing them between $35,000-$60,000 a year
and the debt for those loans is the only type of debt in this country that is unforgivable
that’s right even if you declare bankruptcy and have nothing left, you will still owe your student loans
so in conclusion
fuck everything in this broken system
and also pay your employees
Word. And a lot of paid internships’ pay sucks. I worked for $10/hr for multiple internships (in NYC, no less). And I got a notice over the weekend that I made too much money to quality for state aid for a STATE SCHOOL that costs $13,000/yr (not including housing). Mind you, I was working only 30 hours a week and paying about $200/mo on transportation alone (my job refused to cover my transportation costs despite being paid the least out of anyone in the office and having the most expensive commute).
Working $10/hr for 30 hours a week for a year? Equals $15,600.
Let’s say that I will be a part-time (9 credits) student because I want to do well in school and working a lot at the same time is hard for me. Tuition would be $5,994 (plus fees - I know an online course costs $100 extra - the lifeblood of someone who works while in school).
So let’s say $15,600 - $6,000 = $9,600.
How is someone supposed to live on that? Even if I got partial grants. I have to pay for books and TRANSPORTATION. Oh, and I have to eat, clothe myself and have a roof over my head.
It’s like you can’t fucking win in this system.
The only people who are winning are the people who’s parents can afford to support them while they’re doing several back to back unpaid internships into their late 20’s. I had a job where they were paying 1800 for a 2 month, full-time contract. That’s $900 a month and worked out to about $6 per hour, when minimum wage is $10.25 here in Ontario.
I feel like they sold out our generation to make it look like the recession was over. Just convince a huge group of people they’re not worthy of getting paid.