1 out of every 100 people in the U.S. is imprisoned. We are 5 percent of the world’s population but have 25 percent of the prisoners worldwide. We are number one in the world in the number of people we imprison.
A driving force behind the push for ever-tougher sentences is the for-profit prison industry, in which Wells Fargo is a major investor…. Wells Fargo has been busy expanding its stake in the GEO Group, the second largest private jailer in America. At the end of 2011, Wells Fargo was the company’s second-largest investor, holding 4.3 million shares valued at more than $72 million. By March 2012, its stake had grown to more than 4.4 million shares worth $86.7 million.
The GEO Group aren’t better in other countries. From a New York Times article last fall:
No country has more completely outsourced immigration enforcement, with more troubled results, than Australia. Under unusually severe mandatory detention laws, the system has been run by a succession of three publicly traded companies since 1998.
[One] the Florida-based prison company GEO Group, lost its Australia contract in 2003 amid a commission’s findings that detained children were subjected to cruel treatment.. In the United States, GEO controls 7,000 of 32,000 detention beds.
The GEO Group, several of whom have gone through the federal government’s revolving door, have done very well in their compensation packages. GEO Group has a high percentage of state and federal money that helps pay for this compensation through overhead formulas calculated per prison bed:
George C. Zoley is the founder, chairman of the board and CEO of The GEO Group, with a fiscal 2011 compensation package of $5.7 million.
John M. Hurley is the senior vice president and president of GEO Detention & Corrections. After working 26 years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he supplemented his government pension with a $1.5 million compensation package of $1.5 million.
Norman A. Carlson is on The GEO Group’s board of directors. After 17 years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, including a stint as the director, he had a compensation package of $173,500 in 2010, as well as his government pension. In case you are worried that he was not making enough, he made $854,484 in 2007, and he did well in other years.
Brian R. Evans is the chief financial officer and senior vice president. His compensation package was $1.4 million in 2011.
The world’s biggest banks are working with one another and police to gather intelligence as protesters try to rejuvenate the Occupy Wall Street movement with May demonstrations, industry security consultants said.
Among 99 protest targets in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday are JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America offices, said Marisa Holmes, a member of Occupy’s May Day planning committee.
When Republican politicians run for office they’ve started to avoid mentioning party affiliations, in an attempt to show appear the same as progressive candidates that often get elected.
State Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican candidate for Governor, recently berates a young woman asking him about how he would vote on the Reproductive Parity Act. If it had passed, it would allow low income and uninsured women the ability to control their own reproductive choices rather than be forced into paying abortion costs out of pocket or continuing an unwanted pregnancy due to lack of funds.
The bill died in the state legislature and McKenna, if elected, would be able to veto a bill. But apparently asking about policy is “bushwacking” a politician, and makes them lash out.
Woman: “Mr. Mckenna.” McKenna: “Yes.” Woman: “What’s your stance on the Reproductive Parity Act?” McKenna: “My stance is I’m a lawyer for the State. You can turn that recorder off if you’d like, instead of trying to bushwhack me. It’s not really very polite is it? Do you think you’re honest?” Woman: “I’m just wondering…” McKenna: “Do you think you’re being honest?” Woman: “Huh?” McKenna: “Are you being honest? Or are you just not going to answer my question?” Woman: “I’m a youth worker who’s wondering…” McKenna: “You’re not being honest. Forget it.” Woman: “Okay…” McKenna: “You’re just trying to gain a political advantage, sorry. Why don’t you go get a job?”
Actually, the woman in question does have a job — she runs a “youth empowerment” programs at the YMCA. And as a woman, she’s likely to be concerned how candidates who want to run the state feel about her right to bodily autonomy.
May 1st, often called May Day, just might have more holidays than any other day of the year. It’s a celebration of Spring. It’s a day of political protests. It’s a neopagan festival, a saint’s feast day, and a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a national holiday.
Celebrating the Haymarket affair is not just commemorating the horrifically violent Chicago event and bombings in which the death toll was never determined. It’s respecting the tale end of resistance on the behalf of organized labor that lead a population to rise up. The Haymark affair happened at the height of unions in this country, when the middle class held more wealth than before or since.
…Let the winds lift your banners from far lands With a message of strife and of hope: Raise the Maypole aloft with its garlands That gathers your cause in its scope….
Occupy has joined with many organizations. A good expample of that is in the Official Las Vegas May Day Press Release states they will participate in a day of action in solidarity with immigrants and workers of the world. We will join national efforts to support comprehensive immigration reform and denounce the passage of unjust laws that target the working poor, people of color, women, queer people, transgender people, im/migrants and other marginalized communities.
Don’t shop -or- Stay at home -or- Move Your Money-or-Have aPotluck -or- Start a Personal/Community Garden-or-Have a Free Store/Fair-or- Ride your bike to work/carpool with friends-or-Screen a Movie -or-Have a Skill Share:
Tyrrell said she was told by the local cub master that it didn’t matter that she is a lesbian, and was drafted to lead the pack in September.
The organization said it believes Scouting is not the right place for youngsters to be exposed to issues of sexual orientation. “In this case, the policy was understood by her and her fellow volunteers but not followed,” said Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America at its headquarters in Irving, Texas. “When a fellow pack leader made a complaint about it, to a local Scouting professional, they followed the policy.”
Crystal Sabinsky said: “My son asked me last night, ‘Why did Jen leave? Why is she in trouble?’ He doesn’t understand.” Dunn said “The only people who were hurt were the kids. They’re asking questions they shouldn’t have to ask at this point.”
Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament is set to introduce a law allowing husbands to have sex with their dead wives up to six hours after death.Touted as ‘farewell intercourse’ the subject of a husband having sex with his dead wife reportedly arose in May 2011, when a Moroccan cleric, Zamzami Abdul Bari said marriage remains valid even after death, adding that women have the right to have sex with their dead husbands…going on to say that since the two would meet in Heaven again anyway, death shouldn’t get in the way of one last post-mortem marital romp.
Sources inside the Egyptian Embassy in London have said the claims were ‘completely false’, ‘forbidden in Islam’ and ‘could never imagine it happening’.
Here is my two cents - I can’t imagine that anyone would find out if you manage your grief over a recently dead spouse by… fucking them. Right? Who would even know? Why does this world need a law that says its ok for us to do this. BTW, how does a dead person give consent? I want to point out that this is just another attach on how much autonomy a woman is allowed. Lets not pretend they are being sincere and a wife is suppose to fucking her dead husband… for a few reasons… the first that comes to mind is she’d be left being the primary care giver for the rest of the grieving family… just like when he was alive.
Machiavelli:So that its subjects will view it with admiration, as a chicken which has the daring and courage to boldly cross the road, but also with fear, for whom among them has the strength to contend with such a paragon of avian virtue? In such a manner is the princely chicken's dominion maintained.
Hippocrates:Because of an excess of light pink gooey stuff in its pancreas.
Jacques Derrida:Any number of contending discourses may be discovered within the act of the chicken crossing the road, and each interpretation is equally valid as the authorial intent can never be discerned, because structuralism is DEAD, DAMMIT, DEAD!
Thomas de Torquemada:Give me ten minutes with the chicken and I'll find out.
Timothy Leary:Because that's the only kind of trip the Establishment would let it take.
Nietzsche:Because if you gaze too long across the Road, the Road gazes also across you.
Oliver North:National Security was at stake.
B.F. Skinner:Because the external influences which had pervaded its sensorium from birth had caused it to develop in such a fashion that it would tend to cross roads, even while believing these actions to be of its own free will.
Carl Jung:The confluence of events in the cultural gestalt necessitated that individual chickens cross roads at this historical juncture, and therefore synchronicitously brought such occurrences into being.
Jean-Paul Sartre:In order to act in good faith and be true to itself, the chicken found it necessary to cross the road.
Ludwig Wittgenstein:The possibility of "crossing" was encoded into the objects "chicken" and "road", and circumstances came into being which caused the actualization of this potential occurrence.
Albert Einstein:Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.
Aristotle:To actualize its potential.
Buddha:If you ask this question, you deny your own chicken-nature.
Howard Cosell:It may very well have been one of the most astonishing events to grace the annals of history. An historic, unprecedented avian biped with the temerity to attempt such an herculean achievement formerly relegated to homo sapien pedestrians is truly a remarkable occurence.
Salvador Dali:The Fish.
Darwin:It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.
Emily Dickinson:Because it could not stop for death.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:It didn't cross the road; it transcended it.
Johann von Goethe:The eternal hen-principle made it do it.
Ernest Hemingway:To die. In the rain.
Werner Heisenberg:We are not sure which side of the road the chicken was on, but it was moving very fast.
David Hume:Out of custom and habit.
Jack Nicholson:'Cause it [censored] wanted to. That's the [censored] reason.
Pyrrho the Skeptic:What road?
Ronald Reagan:I forget.
John Sununu:The Air Force was only too happy to provide the transportation, so quite understandably the chicken availed himself of the opportunity.
The Sphinx:You tell me.
Mr. T.:If you saw me coming you'd cross the road too!
Henry David Thoreau:To live deliberately ... and suck all the marrow out of life.
Mark Twain:The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.
Molly Yard:It was a hen!
Zeno of Elea:To prove it could never reach the other side.
Chaucer:So priketh hem nature in hir corages.
Wordsworth:To wander lonely as a cloud.
The Godfather:I didn't want its mother to see it like that.
Keats:Philosophy will clip a chicken's wings.
Blake:To see heaven in a wild fowl.
Dr. Johnson:Sir, had you known the Chicken for as long as I have, you would not so readily enquire, but feel rather the Need to resist such a public Display of your own lamentable and incorrigible Ignorance.
Mrs. Thatcher:This chicken's not for turning.
Supreme Soviet:There has never been a chicken in this photograph.
Oscar Wilde:Why, indeed? One's social engagements whilst in town ought never expose one to such barbarous inconvenience - although, perhaps, if one must cross a road, one may do far worse than to cross it as the chicken in question.
Kafka:Hardly the most urgent enquiry to make of a low-grade insurance clerk who woke up that morning as a hen.
Swift:It is, of course, inevitable that such a loathsome, filth-ridden and degraded creature as Man should assume to question the actions of one in all respects his superior.
Macbeth:To have turned back were as tedious as to go o'er.
Whitehead:Clearly, having fallen victim to the fallacy of misplaced concreteness.
Freud:An die andere Seite zu kommen. (Much laughter.)
Hamlet:That is not the question.
Donne:It crosseth for thee.
Pope:It was mimicking my Lord Hervey.
Constable:To get a better view.
Yeats:She was following the Faeries that sang to her to come away with them from the dull, bucolic comfort of the farmyard to the waters and the wild.
Shelley:'Tis a metaphor for the pursuits of man: though 'twas deemed an extraordinary occurrence at the time, still it brought little to bear on the great scheme of time and history, and was ultimately fruitless and forgotten.
Tolkien:Chickens are respectable folk, and well thought of. They never go on any adventures or do anything unexpected. One fine spring day, as the chicken wandered contentedly around the farmyard, clucking and pecking and enjoying herself immensely, there appeared a Wizard and thirteen Dwarves who were in need of a chicken to share in their adventure. Reluctantly she joined their party, and with them crossed the road into the great Unknown, muttering about how rude the Dwarves were to take her away on such short notice, without even giving her time to brush her feathers or fetch her hat.
I...I can't tell if you're liberal or conservative. My sarcasm sensor is rather weak on the internet.
I’m SUPER liberal. I feel that most of my posts are fairly straight forward. If I am being to sarcastic - EVERYONE DESERVES THE SAME… whatever it is that makes us feel protected… I guess people call them rights but that seems wrong because not everyone has them.
“For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.
And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.”—
When Obama was nominated, he got a lot of criticism for not having military experience. I think it’s more pertinent that he had the experience of not growing up wealthy and privileged in America. How can someone who’s never had to worry about money or loans create a fair policy about them? -Jess