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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Was the Daily Caller's discredited Menendez/hooker story really the work of a Cuban intelligence operation? The CIA has reportedly obtained evidence that the Caller was actually an unwitting accomplice in a Cuban intelligence operation aimed at discrediting one of the most anti-Castro Democrats in the Senate just as he was about to take over the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Arresting, fascinating, horrifying photos of 'Breaker Boys', young boys usually between 8 and 12 years old, employed in coal mining until the early decades of the 20th century. Amazing photos. Take a look.

'Breaker boys' were young boys, usually between the ages of 8 and 12 years old, employed in breaking stage of coal mining, breaking mined coal into relatively uniform sized pieces by hand and separating out impurities such as rock, slate, sulphur, clay and soil. While increasing public pressure in the late 19th century led to a series of reforms regulating the minimum age of boys hired as breakers, enforcement was lax at best. Yet breaker boys were far from passive figures in the often tumultuous and sometimes violent world of late 19th and early 20th century mining. They were known for precocious labor militancy and a rejection of adult authority.

Lewis Wickes Hine, working on behalf of the National Child Labor Committee, took these photos at the Pennsylvania Coal Company facilities in South Pittston, Pennsylvania in February 1911.

Quoted captions come from the original photos.

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Thanks for the link to the Forward article. That really brightened my day. Especially because it seems that all we hear and see from Israel is de-humanizing, tribal talk of vengeance. That being said, the fundamental problem is that the Fraenkel parents are living in Gush Etzion. Not that it diminishes the horror of what happened to their son, but maybe, just maybe, as a matter of practicality, it'd be worthwhile reconsidering the very existence of a place like Gush Etzion. It is nothing but a religious perversion of Zionism.

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