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The ‘sunk costs’ of a profit-driven prison system

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 at 23:12 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Over the past decade, there has been an alarming increase in the use of immigration detention in the United States. From 2001 to 2010, the number of immigrants held in immigration detention each year nearly doubled from 209,000 per year to over 363,000.

The increasing use of immigration detention is an unnecessary drain on government resources and taxpayer dollars. In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) maintained a record-high daily detention capacity of 34,000 beds, costing taxpayers $2bn. As of November 2011, the US government spent approximately $166 per day to hold one immigrant in detention. This is 18 times greater than the $8.88 per day it costs for more efficient, highly effective, and humane alternatives to detention.

The for-profit prison industry is the main beneficiary of the ever-expanding, unregulated immigration system in the US. Since 2001, private corporations have gained increasing control over immigration detention facilities in the US and continue to bring in record profits.


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Serbia leader says Srebrenica ‘not genocide’

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 at 23:00 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Tomislav Nikolic, the newly elected Serbian president, has caused controversy by saying that the 1995 killing of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica constituted “grave war crimes”, but not a genocide.

“There was no genocide in Srebrenica,” Nikolic said in an interview with Montenegrin state television published on its website on Friday.

This is not difficult:

Killing one civilian is a war crime. Killing dozens of civilians is a war crime. Being in charge, when the killing of many thousands of civilians from a detested ethnic group occurs, is genocide.


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Canadian copyright board promotes Baptist, Islamic weddings

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 at 18:50 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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The Copyright Board of Canada has certified new tariffs that apply to recorded music used at live events including conventions, karaoke bars, ice shows, fairs and, yes, weddings. The fees will be collected by a not-for-profit called Re:Sound….

For weddings, receptions, conventions, assemblies and fashion shows, the fee is $9.25 per day if fewer than 100 people are present and goes up to $39.33 for crowds of more than 500 people. If there’s dancing, the fees double.

From the people that brought you a fee added to the price every blank storage device sold in Canada…

 


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Oh, they got new offices. That’s nice.

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 at 10:56 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Republican spokesman: ‘Let’s hurl some acid’ at female Democratic senators

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 at 10:40 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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Jay Townsend, a campaign spokesman for Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19) has ignited a controversy after he said, “Let’s hurl some acid” at female Democratic senators.

Townsend’s comments (which have since been removed) were posted Thursday on a local Facebook discussion forum for New York’s 19 th congressional district. Townsend was responding to comments made by a commenter named “Tom” during an online debate over gas prices. Townsend wrote:

“Listen to Tom. What a little bee he has in his bonnet. Buzz Buzz. My question today … when is Tommy boy going to weigh in on all the Lilly Ledbetter hypocrites who claim to be fighting the War on Women? Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.”

Hayworth’s office has not yet responded to requests for comment on the matter.


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Toronto Subway Stations Closed by Severe Flooding

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 at 10:35 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Several Toronto downtown subway stations were closed because of severe flooding at the city’s Union Station, Toronto Transit Commission reported on its website.

TTC has suspended subway service between Osgoode and Bloor stations, according to a note on the agency’s Website today. Streetcars are also being turned back on the Spadina and Harbourfront routes, TTC said.


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  1. Thanks! I needed that laugh!

Pirate Bay gift card

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 at 8:55 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


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The Problem With “Unbiased” Gadget Reviews

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 at 8:51 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google

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Perhaps no review has ever painted a better picture of the problem with “unbiased” reviews of technology than David Pogue’s review of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2, the iPod touch of Android. There’ve been a lot of reviews in a lot of publications that don’t help anybody buy anything — the very thing they’re supposed to do! — but this review is amazing in how wildly successful it is as saying absolutely nothing useful about the product at hand.

Pogue, ostensibly to please a vocal, angry contingency of fanboys, bends over backwards so hard to say nice things about the Galaxy Player 4.2 that he practically begins to eat himself, so that every good thing he says about it is immediately negated in the same thought. The screen is fantastic, except for when you open your eyes.


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  1. Triumph of hope over experience: asking a dead-tree journal to objectively review a product.