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Illustrated Newsmagazine

 
 

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which has collected multi-specialty procedural statistics since 1997, says the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased 155 percent from 1997-2010.

 

Keeping up appearances

Child Soldiers

Child soldiering can be a manifestation of human trafficking where it involves the unlawful recruitment or use of children—through force, fraud, or coercion—as combatants, or for labor or sexual exploitation by armed forces. Perpetrators may be government forces, paramilitary organizations, or rebel groups. Many children are forcibly abducted to be used as combatants. Others are made unlawfully to work as porters, cooks, guards, servants, messengers, or spies. Young girls can be forced to marry or have sex with male combatants.

China owns $1.73 trillion in U.S. debt. This huge number keeps demand for Treasuries high, which in turn keeps borrowing costs for the U.S. government low.

Since 2010, China has purchased more than 750 tons of gold, more than any other country, despite the fact that China is the world’s largest producer of gold.

With China demanding gold as a  foreign exchange backing, it seems probable that the U.S. dollar will be replaced as the world’s best reserve currency. With the yuan set to be fully convertible for trading on international markets by 2015, the dollar may soon be overtaken.

China’s economic growth

The rest of us are mute. Besides, a corporation is a thing, not a person. If corporations can spend as much as they please on campaigns, then their chosen candidates will be the only ones we ever hear about. There will be no viable opposition. This obscene ruling has made some happy, like Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, who has been legalized bribery’s best friend in Washington since his first day in office. I suspect he always knew deep down that he was full of it when he claimed that donating money is free speech, and is now laughing all the way to the bank to an even greater degree than before. What makes matters worse is that politicians like him are the rule, not the exception. Except for a handful, those in Washington do not view themselves as public servants, but as the ruling class. They view the rest of us as their subjects. The House and Senate are a parliament of whores turning tricks for their corporate johns through lobbyist pimps, and all of America is getting screwed.


Art by Francesco Orazzini

Both male and female child soldiers are often sexually abused and are at high risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

-U.S. Department of State, www.state.gov

art by Robert Cross

art by Boris Rasin

The right to free speech is something all people are supposed to share equally. Money is not speech. Comparing the two is not comparing apples to oranges, it is comparing apples to rocks. If money is speech, then only the richest one percent and huge corporations have a voice.

art by Matthew Fletcher

Politics

In 2010, in the case of Citizens United vs. FEC, the US Supreme Court ruled to radically increase the political influence of corporations and unions, by removing restrictions on political expenditures by these groups.  As a result, these groups have organized to create super-PACs to support and run ads for their preferred political candidates. This decision has allowed candidates to get around the campaign donation campaign donation limits.  It has also enabled politicians to deny that they are running a “negative campaign,” as they leave the negative campaigning to their super-PAC.

PAC-Man Power

This is particularly the case with Mitt Romney (aka Wall Street Willie). His super-PAC, called “Restore Our Future,” has been highly successful at raising money from big corporations, and they have run thousands of negative ads.

The Romney campaign has spent about

$11.8 million on broadcast ads (12,817 spots), and almost all of them have been positive ads promoting Romney.  His super-PAC however, as of March, has spent about $36.1 million, and $35 million (96.95%) of that has been spent on negative advertising attacks.

                                           by Joseph Benner

art by Cartoonman

In 2011, 685,724 New Yorkers were stopped by the police.

605,328 were totally innocent (88 percent).

350,743 were black (53 percent).

223,740 were Latino (34 percent).

61,805 were white (9 percent).

341,581 were aged 14-24 (51 percent).

In 2003, 160,851 New Yorkers were stopped by the police.

140,442 were totally innocent (87 percent).

77,704 were black (54 percent).

44,581 were Latino (31 percent).

17,623 were white (12 percent).

83,499 were aged 14-24 (55 percent).

Art by Boris Rasin

“I am glad [detainees] are at Guantanamo. I don’t want them on our soil. I want them on Guantanamo, where they don’t get the access to lawyers they get when they’re on our soil.

I don’t want them in our prisons, I want them there. Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to double Guantanamo.” 

- Mitt Romney, May 2007

“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Art by Cartoonman

“Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!”

- Albert Einstein

“I just wish Katrina had only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded them out, and I wouldn’t have rescued them.”

- Bill o’Reilly, Sept. 14, 2005

mutated offspring. Ultimately, entire lakes and rivers become lifeless due to the effects of acid deposition. Even fish that survive in areas such as the eastern United States are generally highly toxic to eat because of the mercury they harbor.


- Essortment.com article “Acid Deposition Causes, Effects, and Resolutions”

Demand Media

In water, acid deposition mutates and kills fish. There are a few ways that this happens. First, the acid that is directly deposited into bodies of water kills some marine life. Second, the acids can leach heavy metals in the water and release harmful metals into the aquatic environment.

After plants and animals absorb these metals, they die, become sterile, or produce

Art by Sarah Gramelspacher

By 2000, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, the world’s second-largest news conglomerate, owned over 800 companies in more than 50 countries and had a net worth of over $5 billion.

According to the 2011 list of Forbes richest Americans, Murdoch’s $8.3 billion net worth makes him the 38th richest person in the US and the 106th-richest person in the world.

In May 2012, Forbes ranked him as the 24th most powerful person in the world.

Art by Boris Rasin

Pollution

A study of the marmoset monkey revealed that when these primates are in a stressful environment, their brains begin to starve and stop creating new cells. Marmosets in enriched environments however, generate new brain cells. [source: Jonah Lehrer].

So when someone says they feel “brain dead” after a monotonous and unstimulating day at work, there is actually a scientific basis for this.

Death by overwork is a legally recognized cause of death in Japan.  It is called Karoshi.  It was found to be responsible for 143 deaths in 2001[source: JICOSH].

“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.”  - Drew Carey

Brain Dead?

Art by Evan Waite & Gorav Kalyan

Women had almost 8.6 million cosmetic procedures, 92 % of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for women increased over 164% from 1997. The top five surgical procedures for women were: breast augmentation, liposuction, breast reduction, abdominoplasty, and eyelid surgery.

Men had over 750,000 cosmetic procedures, 8% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased over 88% from 1997. The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction to treat enlarged male breast, and cosmetic ear surgery.

art by John Staub

Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana Tuesday, prompting speculation about Amsterdam-style "drug tourism" and a new round of jokes about Colorado's official song, Rocky Mountain High.  But because the ballot measures directly contradict federal law, observers say implementation is uncertain.  -ABC News

Coloradodam?  Marijuashington?

November 7, 2012

If nothing is done about this disaster, then democracy is dead. Elections will be professional wrestling- a staged show with pre-determined results that only looks like a competition. Low voter turnout may be because a lot of people already think elections are fake.

by Matthew Brown, Uncoveror.com

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Art by Torie Leigh

The summer has seen one accusation after another suggesting banks still cannot be trusted, be it to adequately manage risk (JP Morgan Chase), to avoid money laundering by drug gangs (HSBC), to not violate sanctions against Iran (Standard Chartered), or to operate core banking activities without engaging in deceptive practices (Goldman Sachs) if not systemic corruption (Barclays).

The Economist in its reporting resurrected a 1929 Depression-era term that blends banker and gangster and called them all “Banksters”.

- N. Craig Smith, Forbes, 9/6/2012

Rat Banksters

Art by Geoff @

It (the Great Depression) was not accidental, it was a carefully contrived occurrence. The international Bankers sought to bring about a condition of despair here so that they might emerge as rulers of us all.

When the Federal Reserve Act was passed, the people of these United States did not perceive that a world banking system was being set up here. A super-state controlled by international bankers and industrialists...acting together to enslave the world...Every effort has been made by the Fed to conceal its powers but the truth is--the Fed has usurped the government.


-Louis McFadden, Banker and House of Representatives member

Money Rules

Art by Francesco Orazzini

www.francesco-orazzini.com

Homelessness

illustration by Bel Bembe

link to news: 

http://www.homelessworldcup.org/content/homelessness-statistics

Long Live Charlie

New Yorker Magazine article:

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/blame-for-charlie-hebdo-murders

Owned, by Steve Cutts