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Artist Erik Ravelo Creates a Beautiful Series About Child Abuse

The series Los Intocables by Erik Ravelo shows children being crucified by agents that are responsible for the destruction of their childhoods and abuse. Being that war conflicts, sociological issues, sexual abuse or bat shit crazy people with guns shooting at them at schools.

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Chinese Factory Workers & the Toys They Make

These are photographs from ‘The Real Toy Story’ by German-born Michael Wolf.

“In 2010 the average monthly salary, including overtime, for a migrant worker was CNY1,690 (UK£150 / US$240), insufficient to cover basic needs for workers and their families. In 2009 alone, approximately 1 million workers suffered industrial injuries whilst about 20,000 were victims of occupational disease. (Source: War on Want: http://bit.ly/Rdtmdg)

This TED Talk discusses the lives of Chinese factory workers: http://youtu.be/Bc2wVyl8RLI from their own perspective.

This 2009 film ‘Last Train Home’ offers a detailed look at migrant workers: http://youtu.be/udVpkE0Mm2Y

A report from last week from China Labour Watch about poor conditions at Matel’s toy factories: http://chinalaborwatch.org/news/new-446.html Guardian article: http://bit.ly/TYMSFH SACOM is a Hong Kong-based NGO which highlights abusive working conditions in the mainland and fights for labour rights in Chinese factories: http://sacom.hk/

Staying Awake During Class Can Pay Off

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photo 4 Staying Awake During Class Can Pay Off
I took a German Expressionism course back in my early days of college, and it was probably one of the only classes I attended sober and was not asleep in (I was 19 years old, so you must have some sympathy). I actually stayed awake with wide Bambi eyes in total enthusiasm. Of course, I should mention it also helped a lot that a very good-looking Austrian classmate was in the seat next to mine.

I remember a lot of Kafka books, watching Fritz Lang movies as well as classic horror movies (influential in the genre), learning words like “Doppelgänger,” studying artists like George Scholz, and getting to know all that crazy modern futuristic architecture. I had then finally developed a sense of what I found (and still find) aesthetically pleasing, and was introduced to literature and art I felt a deep connection with, themes such as existentialism, nihilism, depression, and the metaphysical. This was a far better genre to go along with my Gothic sensibility, not having been previously satisfied with the fluffiness and romanticism of the Gothic genre, having created such books as Stoker’s Dracula. I found that book to be so corny I could not finish it, blushing from embarrassment on the behalf of the author. With the cool world of German Expressionism, I had found a soul mate in a genre. I must also point out that this was the same phase in which I was introduced to one of my other favorite genres of all time–science fiction–which was not a far stretch for someone taking a German Expressionism class.

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