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This Article Would Be Better If It Were Written In Colombia Because I’m Funnier When I’m Drunk

The working world is a drag, and unless you taste tequila for a living, chances are you don’t get trashed at work nearly as often as you’d like. But, if you’re down to relocate, I’ve got good news: Oddity Central reports that a couple of students from the University of Uniciencia took on Colombia’s Constitutional Court over labor violations, and now, it’s actually illegal for employers to “fire or discipline their employees for having consumed alcohol or narcotics…”

In Colombia, your boss can’t fire you for showing up drunk or on drugs…

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Thanks to some progressive reinterpreting of an article in Colombia’s Labor Code, people are now allowed to go into work under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The court approved of this controversial change by categorizing workers with alcohol dependency and narcotic addictions in the same class as those suffering from occupational illnesses.

As long as your productivity isn’t affected…

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If your work performance doesn’t suffer, you’re good to go, because some “substances don’t always hinder how one performs at work.” Like, coffee or PCP.

Of course, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea…

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All-around buzzkill, Augusto Pérez is the head of a non-profit called Nuevos Rumbos that argues the new law will have “negative consequences” on the workers, themselves because it sets a “dangerous precedent and allows people to do whatever they like without fearing consequences.” It’s worth noting that many other substance abuse prevention organizations agree with him, but they’re squares, so who cares what they think? Let’s tie one on!

But, too bad — it’s the law!

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A brief sent to the court specifically covered two articles of labor law violations: The first ensures all workers “equality of opportunity” and the other guarantees “all people are equal before the law and asserts that the state has an obligation to provide special protections for people who, owing to their economic circumstances or physical or mental condition, find themselves in a manifestly weak position.” Justice!

Of course, there are exceptions…

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Depending what field you’re in, you might not get to party with the rest of us. Cops, airplane pilots, probably heart surgeons — really, anybody whose jobs “involve high risk for the worker, his co-workers, or third parties” — you’re out. You’ll just have to party at home like the unfortunate folks living in less-advanced countries like America.

So, let’s move to Colombia!

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Then, when some nerd tries to ruin your good time by hassling you to “sober up” or end the party early just because “the sun’s up,” you can laugh right in his dumb face. You’re a plumber, not a weatherman or the president, so who cares that you like to get wet if it makes your day go by a little easier? I been there, brother. I get it. We fought (Dun! Dun!) for our right (Dun! Dun!) to paaaaarty, and we won (in Colombia)!


[H/T] Colombians Can Now Go to Work Drunk Or High as Long as It Doesn’t Affect Their Performance

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A 22-Year-Old Woman Was Arrested For Sexual Relationship With 15-Year-Old And Forcing Him To Sell Drugs

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A 22-Year-Old Woman Was Arrested For Sexual Relationship With 15-Year-Old And Forcing Him To Sell Drugs

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Twenty-two-year-old Irabelis Carrazana was arrested in Miami for having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy. The woman is also being accused of encouraging the boy to partake in the gangster lifestyle she was involved with. This included selling drugs and other gang activity. Stories like these highlight the dangers of young, impressionable kids who meet the wrong adults willing to corrupt them before they fully realize their own potential and dreams. Carrazana more than introduced the child to the gangster lifestyle, there are messages proving that she pressured and forced him to sell drugs for the gang she was a member of.

This week, 22-year-old Irabelis Carrazana was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old.

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The crime went down in Miami. While it’s not clear how Carrazana met the teenage boy, officials say that she was involved with him for more than a year. This wasn’t just a sexual relationship. It was a lot more perverse and appalling than that. Miami-Dade police say that Carrazana was using the 15-year-old for numerous lewd acts other criminal actions. 

The woman not only used the boy for sex, but she forced him to commit crimes, including selling drugs and had him involved with gang activity.

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According to officials, she used the teen to be her errand boy, so if anyone got caught basically, he would be the one that was committing the crimes. However, Carrazana wasn’t very smart about hiding her crimes. She put it all out in the open. 

Police found text messages in which she directed the teenage boy to pick the drug and sell them. He would then give the money to Carrazana.  Officials also found numerous videos on Carrazana’s phone that show the two engaging in sexual acts. The teen admitted to having sex with Carrazana since he was 14. 

The only reason these two ended their relationship was after the teen boy said he didn’t want to sell drugs for her anymore.

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Police say that Carrazana got mad at the boy for not delivering money from a drug deal. That is when he told her he wanted out. It’s pretty remarkable that the boy wasn’t killed because, according to the cops, he was at his house when someone drove by and began firing. 

CBS News reports that Carrazana was charged with “possession of a sexual performance by a child, child neglect charges and contributing to a delinquency of a child.”

The poor kid was like an Uber driver for this woman and also her sex slave. It’s all very disgusting. Carrazana’s arraignment is scheduled for next month, and it’s also unclear if she is remorseful for her actions. 

Carrazana is the latest woman this year to be caught this year having a sexual relationship with an underage boy.

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According to the Center For Disease Control, a 2011 report showed that both men and women were forced to have sexual relationships. The Independent reports, “Similarly, the 2010 survey showed comparable results estimating that nearly 4.5 million men in the US had, at some stage in their lives, been forced to penetrate another person – and that in 79.2 percent of cases, the perpetrator forcing the sexual act was a woman.”

The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that they estimate that women are the abusers in about 14 percent of cases reported among boys and 6 percent of cases reported among girls. 

It’s also extremely difficult for boys to speak out if they’re being abused whether their assailant is a man or a woman. If the predator is a woman who is forcing a man to have sex with them, they rarely disclose it because of the shame surrounding the politics of sex. 

A study titled “Male Rape: The Silent Victim and the Gender of the Listener” Dr. Patrizia Riccardi notes, “A common theme emerging in treating male rape victims is a lost sense of manliness. Male victims voice their concern in reconciling their masculine identity with their experience of being raped. One patient reported that he never disclosed it to his wife of 30 years; the sense of stigma from the rape was felt as huge and devastating.”

READ: The Salvadoran Rape Victim Who Was Sentenced To 20 Years For Delivering a Stillborn Child Is Up Against A New Trial

South Dakota Won’t Change Their ‘Meth, We’re On It’ Anti-Drug Campaign

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South Dakota Won’t Change Their ‘Meth, We’re On It’ Anti-Drug Campaign

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South Dakota revealed its new anti-drug campaign, complete with a new slogan that rolls right off the tongue: “Meth, we’re on it.” The phrase is supposed to be clever, at least that’s what Governor Kristi Noem probably hoped. “We’re on it,” is meant to suggest the state is on curbing the use of the drug, but instead the advertisements which feature the slogan with zero context, and tell the viewer to visit www.OnMeth.com, might give the wrong impression. 

The tagline was inevitably roasted and criticized on Twitter. Noem doubled-down on the campaign suggesting that the backlash was evidence it worked because people were talking about it or as some would say, “haters is how you know you’re shining,” — truly a governing principle of our politics these days. 

North Dakota unleashed the ironic anti-drug campaign and Twitter snapped.

The campaign cost $449,000 of taxpayer money, some of which was paid to Broadhead Co. the ad agency that came up with the tagline, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. The intention is to bring attention to the state’s meth epidemic using television ads, billboards, and posters, along with the website. The photo ads feature all kinds of people, including children, saying, “I’m on meth.” The same phrase is repeated in a television ad as well. It is hard not to laugh no matter how serious the issue is.  

 “[The campaign will create] a movement for all South Dakotans to take an active role in keeping their state a great place to live,” according to the proposal by Broadhead.

As soon as the campaign launched plenty of people on Twitter started having fun with it.

Some Twitter users created some “new” anti-drug campaigns for South Dakota with ironic phrases like, “Heroin. We’re up in arms,” and “MDMA. We feel you.” 

Other users “blamed the intern.”

Others roasted the fact that South Dakota even trademarked the phrase.

Regardless of how funny, Noem stands by the campaign and considers all the jokes a part of its success story. 

Governor Noem defends “Meth. We’re on it.”

“Meth is IN SD. Twitter can make a joke of it, but when it comes down to it – Meth is a serious problem in SD. We are here to Get. It. OUT,” Noem tweeted. 

South Dakota has struggled to address the growing meth epidemic in the state where 12 to 17-year-olds use meth at rates higher than the national average. Noem requested over $1 million in funding to expand meth treatment services and $730,000 for school-based preventions. 

“South Dakota’s anti-meth campaign launch is sparking conversations around the state and the country,” Noem told the Washington Post. “The mission of the campaign is to raise awareness — to get people talking about how they can be part of the solution and not just the problem. It is working.”

In the state, meth use isn’t just a public health issue it is also a criminal justice matter that has seen many South Dakotans imprisoned. Some state officials are notably enthusiastic about it. 

“The campaign is inclusive and empowering and establishes a movement for all South Dakotans to take an active role in keeping our state a great place to live,” Laurie Gill, head of the state’s Department of Social Services, said in a statement. “We’re encouraging everyone to work together to eliminate meth.”

However, there are some serious detractors of the campaign efficacy. 

Assistant Dean at the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of business was critical of the slogan.

“I can’t imagine this is what they intended to do; any good marketer would look at this and say: ‘Yeah, let’s not do that,’” Pearce told the Washington Post. “I’m sure South Dakota residents don’t like being laughed at. That’s what’s happening right now.”

Pearce was skeptical of the campaign’s ability to reach the intended person, even if it does go viral on the internet. 

“This is not about trying to find people in the tough parts of town that are hiding from society and using meth,” he said. “This is about telling everyone in the state: ‘I know we’ve got a problem, and I’m addressing it.’ Nobody thought about the ramifications. The Twitter reactions are hysterical.”

Associate Professor for advertising at Syracuse University Beth Egan voiced similar reservations recognizing that regardless of the ad’s intention people are going to dictate how its interpreted. 

“One of the things that struck me is, obviously everyone gets the play on words, they’re trying a twist. But what they’re missing is that advertisers no longer have control over the conversation. You need to be mindful of how consumers are gonna take it and run with it in their own way, Egan said.