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Thursday, April 17, 2021

The legendary quick-and-easy “Mexican divorce” is no longer around. But Spain has filled the void, sort of: Parents there are staging separations under the country’s lax divorce laws, for the purposes of boosting their kids’ chances of getting into preferred state schools.

Family courts have noticed that the numbers of official separation rose by 50 percent right before the deadline for school registration. In Spain, spouses can secure a divorce in only five weeks. After school placement is over, officials claim that many couples are back in court seeking reconciliation.

When the stigma of divorce in the U.S. started fading in the 1970s, may fretted over a resultant “children of divorce” syndrome. I guess the awarding of bonus points on Spanish school entrance applications for kids from “broken homes” follows this mindset; then again, the gaming of Madrid’s system also reflects how inconsequential a breakup is in.

Regardless, I think it’s funny how a divorce — particularly a temporary one — is suddenly cast as a benefit to the child’s well-being. It’s guaranteed to breed a fresh crop of super-cynical Spaniards in the coming generations.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/17/2008 05:20:57 PM
Category: Society
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When phishing attempts wind up in C-level inboxes, a new scale of Web-trawling terminology is necessary:

The tactic of aiming at the rich and powerful with an online scam is referred to by computer security experts as whaling. The term is a play on phishing, an approach that usually involves tricking e-mail users — in this case the big fish — into divulging personal information like credit card numbers. Phishing attacks that are directed at a particular person, rather than blasted out to millions, are also known as spear phishing.

Ahoy, thar they blow! As always, these easily-duped CEOs need to check the URL string in the status bar — ahem, “periscope” — to avoid this Internet-borne scurvy.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/17/2008 11:30:48 AM
Category: Internet, Wordsmithing
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