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    Federal agency files large human-trafficking suit
    The lawsuit, made public Tuesday in Los Angeles by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accused Global Horizons Manpower Inc., based in Beverly Hills, California, and eight farms in Hawaii and Washington state of luring more than 200 men from Thailand to work at farms where they were subjected to abuse.
    The government alleges that between 2003 and 2007, Global Horizons promised hundreds of workers lucrative jobs in the United States, and then charged the workers exorbitant recruitment fees that they were expected to work to pay off. In some cases, according the lawsuit, the workers owed tens of thousands of dollars.
    Well, that's disgusting.
    The farms in Hawaii include: Captain Cook Coffee Co., Del Monte Fresh Produce, Kauai Coffee Co., Kelena Farms, MacFarms of Hawaii and Maui Pineapple Farms. The farms in Washington state were identified as Green Acre Farms and Valley Fruit Orchards.
    I won't be buying anything from Del Monte anymore... don't know if anything else I buy comes from those other farms.
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    I always had trouble in Gay Sex Class because I couldn't afford nice underwear as a kid.
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    Thought y'all would like to know that there's a new Hyperbole and a Half out. And we celebrate the return of the Simple Dog.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011 edited
    I've known for years that the BBC had done a TV series based on Stewart Brand's book on architecture, How Buildings Learn, which is about how buildings lend themselves to adaptation by humans . . . or resist it. Brand is big on humble, adaptable structures and down on showcase architecture.

    My sister, who is doing a term paper on library design, sent me a link to the series on YouTube. Ironically, after being up for two years it is about to have to come down. It disappears on April 29.

    I watched the first half-hour episode of six. Really well done.
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    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011
    Thanks Stefan, that was really wonderful. And "It's a bad idea to give students vertical opportunities" is a great line.
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011
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    @fookwit: that crow pic is the most racist thing I've ever seen.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011
    I suppose this counts for this thread: I have launched my new version of PAULSIZER.COM
    Design by me, code by my talented and lovely wife Jane.

    Strangely, it is full of content in the galleries generated from this site. Go figure.
    Give it a visit and see how you like it. Some of you here will now find yourselves in my galleries. Yes, I'm USING you to get more work. Because that's how Paul Sizer rolls. Or not. : )
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    I'm being used by Paul Sizer? I kinda like that. BTW, site looks great.
  10.  (9715.255) the minimalist design. A little tricky to nav with an ipad but that's a tablet for you.
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011
    Canada Votes

    a complete breakdown in comic form of everything that's wrong with Canada, or to be specific, the Harper Government.

    here's an excerpt:
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    Wow 1910 those pictures are pathetic.

    The only clever one was the little mechanical arm that traces the man's torso while a larger mirroring devices sews him a new suit. With that type of technology, we could finally achieve... sportscoats for donkeys!
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2011
    They got the year 2000 education methods about right.