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The world’s oldest man died in Japan at age 112 last week and has been succeeded by another 112 year old Japanese man:

A former high school principal who loved Chinese poetry, he has said in the past that sleep was his secret to long life.

The title of world’s oldest living man would now go to another 112-year-old Japanese man, Yasutaro Koide, according to the most recent chart tracking super-centenarians compiled by the Gerontology Research Group.

On the opposite side of the globe, the world’s oldest living woman, Susannah Mushatt Jones, turned 116 on Monday in Brooklyn, New York. She eats four strips of bacon a day and has told TIME her faith in God is the secret to long life.

Surprising the oldest woman is an American. More surprising is she lives in crazy ass New York city. And even more surprising is she lived this long even after eating four strips of yummy, greasy, salty bacon every day!

If that is not a ringing endorsement for bacon then I do not know what is. Long live bacon.

The Daily Beast reports on two Argentine judges dismissing rape of a six-year-old because the child may be “gay” thanks to repeated sexual abuse by his father:

Two judges in Argentina decided that a soccer coach who raped a 6-year-old boy shouldn’t be held entirely responsible because the child had already been traumatized by previous alleged abuse—and because he supposedly showed “homosexual tendencies.”

The ruling, which was sealed when it came down last year but was leaked to the press, has caused an uproar in Argentina. It has also revealed a pair of judges with a long record of reducing sentences for sexual and gender-based crimes, including justifying a pastor’s rape of two teenage girls because they belonged to a lower economic class.

The court papers show that judges Horacio Piombo and Benjamin Ramon Sal Llargues reduced the sentence of Mario Tolosa, a soccer club coach, who was charged in 2010 with raping the unnamed boy. The pair decided to lower Tolosa’s jail time from six years to 38 months, saying that because the boy’s father may have already raped him, he was used to such abuse and had showed homosexual traits.

In radio and television interviews defending his decision this week, Piombo saidthe boy had “signs of a transvestite conduct, of conduct we had to take into account,” and argued that he had already had “the initiation by his father into the worst of worlds, leading him to depravation.”

Unbelievable and fucking deplorable. There are not enough words to describe the anger I am feeling after having read this article.

Maybe these two judges need a dose of their own medicine and need to feel what it is like to be anally raped. Only then will they finally understand the utterly disgusting nature of such an attack on a helpless, identity-less six-year-old child.

The response in Argentina has been swift. One of the judges, Piombo, has already been fired from his post as a lecturer at the University of Mar del Plata. By Wednesday, there were 32,000 signatures on a Change.org petition to speed up the judges’ dismissal.

The decision lies with a senate committee, but Fracchia expects that political and international pressure will propel the case forward. Argentine politicians from both sides of the aisle have railed against the judges’ decision. “It’s repugnant to say that the presumed sexual orientation of an abused 6-year-old boy is a reason to reduce the sentence of the abuser,” said Interior Minister and presidential candidate Florencio Randazzo. The case, said President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s cabinet chief, was “one of the biggest disgraces we’ve ever seen in this country.”

“This kid has suffered a lot,” Fracchia says. “And now the system has made him suffer again by saying, ‘You look kind of gay, so you’re used to being raped.’”

Thankfully cooler heads are prevailing in Argentina and there is something being done to right this extreme wrong.