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10:46 pm: Read the news today, oh boy

Three news articles caught my eye today:

1) A PETA person worked undercover at a chicken processing plant and took some truly savage video of the employees flinging live chickens against a wall and similar stuff. The employee KFC has promised to look into it, and stop buying from that plant if they don’t shape up. Apparently, said undercover employee got only one bit of chicken slaughter sensitivity training: How to wring a neck with his bare hands.

2) Women in Lesotho are infected with HIV at a rate of FIFTY PERCENT, and the men with whom they engage in the obliquely put “transactional sex” are infected at something like one out of four. The transactions are for things like rides to work, and food while their husbands are away. Apparently, the signal for the local supporters to lie low for a while because the husband is home is a box of detergent in the window.

“In Lesotho, married women are legally minors, unable to open a bank account or own property without a husband’s approval. Men decide all sexual matters, down to the number of children a wife will bear.

“Once you get married, you become a child, in a way, of your husband,” said Dr. Itumelang Kimane, a senior lecturer in social anthropology at the National University of Lesotho. “You cannot use devices like condoms and contraceptives without the husband agreeing.”

3) The Boston police are going to picket the democratic national convention, since they’ve been working for two years without a contract and see this as their chance to get the issue resolved.

I’d say that it’s still a fair generalization to say that people pretty much suck.

Originally published at chris.dwan.org. You can comment here or there.

Originally published at chris.dwan.org. You can comment here or there.

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