The practice of “fostering out” children as cheap labour on farms and in homes where they were often subjected to neglect, beatings and sexual abuse began in the 1850s and continued into the second half of the 20th century.
By comparison, our own brutal institutional internment of orphans and the vulnerable children of the poor seems almost benign.
Swiss are coming to terms with the legacy of ‘contract children’ seized from single mothers (Patrick Smyth, Irish Times)
( Pic/context: BBC News)
“Our virtual Tesco shop of the same 30 items costs €132.64 in the Republic and €112.02 in the North, a difference of more than 20 per cent. ”
Actually, no. It’s
either 18.4% dearer in Republic, or 15.5% cheaper in NI… but definitely not “more than 20 per cent”.
North And South: A tale Of Two Grocery Bills (Conor Pope, Irish Times)
A filthy Cupertino pr0n-off between the shameless 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Apple A5 (SoC) and the utterly wanton 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple-designed ARMv8 64-bit Apple A7 with M7 motion coprocessor.
Full geekbench statfest
A graphic by @Amazing_Maps divides the world into five regions, each with the same population of China which, with 1.35 billion people, comprises 20% of the world’s population.
As a bunch of lads, they are, indeed, great.
MORE: A Surprising Map of the World Shows Just How Big China’s Population Is (the Atlantic)
NASA has created this image to show the relative size of a neutron star.
…the crushed core of a star that has exploded as a supernova and packs half a million times the mass of Earth.
It’s smaller than Brooklyn.