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A History of Weaponized Language

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

During their conquest of the Indus civilization, the avant-garde of the invading Aryan army included priests tasked with reciting, with ultimate fidelity, the “magic words” of the Vedic texts. These incantations, or mantras, if pronounced with slavish precision, were believed to aid in the victory of the advancing forces. While the effectiveness of the magic words is certainly open to debate, the victory of the Aryans, who would go on to rule the Indus valley, is not.*

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More than 100 victims of N.C.’s former eugenics program verified by state

Monday, March 19th, 2012

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation today announced an increase in the number of verified victims sterilized by the state’s former Eugenics Board program.  More than 100 people have been matched to state program records and the Foundation is encouraging more people to come forward.

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California’s dark legacy of forced sterilizations

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

(CNN) — Sixty-seven years ago, 14-year-old Charlie Follett was living in California’s Sonoma State Home. As he did most days, Follett sat in a field, singing popular songs to himself, enjoying the sunshine and the solitude.

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