Mai Ru Shu and Haiyan Wang / AFH Artwork
I adore elephants. They are just big (around 13,000 pounds), beautiful animals -- harmless and chill.
They’ve been around for millions of years.
And yet heartless hunters want to do them in -- 35,000 are killed every year, according to an August 2014 article on
“Entire families of elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory,” says the piece. “The global appetite to own trinkets carved from elephant tusks has dealt a crushing blow to these plant-eating pachyderms that roam the forests and savannahs of Africa.”
From Asia to Africa, elephants are revered for their strength and smarts. Elephants employ their tusks for digging and defense but humans have sought the ivory material as a symbol of wealth for use in their artwork, jewelry, and ornaments.
Those intending to hurt elephants -- including organized crime syndicates -- need to back off.
Protectors of wildlife are on their trail, as evidenced by this February headline in The New York Times: “Ring of Elephant Poachers Broken Up by Tanzanian Authorities.”
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Students from the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science take aim at the Republican front runner.
“I don’t want Donald Trump to become president because he is a racist and his ideas on immigration are irrational.”
-- Christopher Holloway
“Donald Trump is an ignorant bigot who does not have even the most basic grasp of economics or politics.”
-- McCain Boonma
“He has absolutely no political experience. How can America’s first African-American president be succeeded by a racist, sexist ignoramus?”
-- Agnes Ugoji
“Donald Trump is a racist bigot who should be banned from politics.”
-- Omarlyn Martinez
“I don’t believe that his views to make America great again are beneficial to everyone, especially minority groups. Only certain groups will benefit from his presidency.”
-- Mageney Omar
“Donald Trump is a joke. The more time you put in to acknowledge him, the more important you make him, so it’s better not to waste your time.”
-- Joshua Curtis
This article was prepared in collaboration with 826 Boston.
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A robotic hand flipped through the huge cabinets and opened a file titled, “Newborn Name: C791197444.”
Anna saw another robot hold a syringe and drop some DNA onto the Lifekeeper.
Anna then watched as a new baby was created.
Within five minutes, the baby was formed inside the Lifekeeper and it was already five years old.
The Lifekeeper was mother, father, as well as teacher, and it sped up the life process of an infant by transferring data into the baby.
It gave the baby a childhood it never actually lived: It taught about pain and suffering. It showed the dark times.
And it related the idea that interactions or attachments or love of any kind could lead to one’s downfall, a command that some found hard to obey...
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Cuong Huynh / AFH Artwork
Finally, everyone was equal. The year was 2040. Everybody was white, with the same face. Easier for the government to control people.
At age 5, parents brought their children to get the plastic surgery.
Taking the bus home from the hospital that day, Mike held the hand of a little girl he thought was his daughter, Miley.
“Daddy?” the other girl asked her father. “Why is this guy holding my hand?”
The girl was scared....
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AFH artwork by Jesse Racusen
In New York City, in the year 2400, the human population was just like that of ants.
The government didn’t take care of people, so everyone was fighting for resources, like food and spaces to live.
In control was a Toy General named Alexander, a 41-year-old man with a large mustache and a voice like a noisy radio.
Toy General Alexander had thousands of soldiers that worked for him.
Toy General Alexander created a machine called “Be a Toy,” which could turn people into play things. Another device, called “M-OUT,” would cancel part of people’s memory.
These two machines were meant to cut the number of people in New York.
One day, Toy General Alexander announced a further idea to the people.
“Hey guys! Today we are going to reduce one third of the population of people in New York.”
“Yes Sir!” the soldiers of Toy General Alexander replied loudly. Then they all grabbed their energy weapons and....
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