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The new business model: Steal a coat, get caught, go to jail, make a coat

chain gangs

'chain gangs' from the earlier prison labor system
There are several ways to look at prison labor. Generally speaking, we can view it the way many guards and wardens do, as having a salutary effect on those inmates who would otherwise be doing nothing or, worse, getting into mischief; we can view it the way most sociologists do, as providing inmates with marketable skills; we can view it the way some taxpayers do, as a way for these useless reprobates to earn their keep instead of bleeding us dry; or we can view it the way most working people do, as a genuine threat to their jobs.

While there's an argument for each of those perspectives, one thing is certain: Because the U.S. leads the world in the number of people living behind bars, and because businesses already realize that plentiful, dirt-cheap prison labor could be a panacea, prison labor is not only going to continue, but as more inmates are "harvested," as more of them are trained in diverse industries, it's likely to expand exponentially.

The U.S. used to be recognized as the entrepreneurial capital of the world. Today (thanks largely to our unenlightened drug laws), we're recognized as the prison capital of the world. Just as Mr. Chocolate and Mr. Peanut Butter fortuitously met to form Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, the obvious next step was to combine the two. Prisoners, meet your new employers.


Zombies a factor in gun sales increase as weapons manufacturers play up to hysteria

It's not just President Obama's re-election that's lead to a spike in gun sales. The living dead are also providing a reason to stock up on firearms and ammo.

My Northwest.com reports that, according to FBI data, background checks for guns rose 20 percent on Black Friday from the same day last year. According to KIRO, one gun rights advocate said part of the reason for the increase is zombies.

"A lot of people appear to be really enthralled by this," Dave Workman said. "I've seen lines of zombie targets, I know one or two ammunition companies have introduced boxes, lines of cartridges they called zombie cartridges, shotgun shells and rifle shells."

The zombie-themed merchandise has ushered in a new generation of gun shooters, according to Workman.

Gold Seal

First ever presentation by Bradley Manning's attorney David Coombs

In his first ever presentation, attorney David Coombs speaks about the case of his client, Bradley Manning. He is preceded by Emma Cape of the Bradley Manning Support Network and Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represents WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

The event was held at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington DC, 3 December 2012.

For more information on the event, see here.

Che Guevara

People in Occupied Golan Heights hold sit-in to slam Western terrorism in Syria


Druze in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights show support for their leader
In solidarity with their families in the motherland Syria and to condemn the terrorism which strikes across Syria, a sit-in was held in the occupied Syrian Golan heights attended by the people of the occupied Golan, and in the presence of the Palestinians.

They came here to show solidarity with the people of their motherland Syria who face the terrorism practiced by western-backed countries.

The people of Golan confirm their condemnation of the terrorist groups who try to impose a sectarian strife in Syria and also want to divide Syria by killing the spirit of resistance. People here say these gangs have forgotten that there are deep roots of unity among Syrians.

Syrians and Palestinians here are insisting that the war against Syria will expire soon. They are demanding the Syrian army and Resistance parties to do their best to liberate the occupied lands soon.

The people in the occupied Golan heights were gathered on Saturday to support the Syrian army and also to send a message to all the world that Syria was and will remain one of the most important countries of the resistance in the region.


Dolphin "attacks" 8-year-old girl at SeaWorld Park

An 8-year-old girl has recounted the terrifying moment a hungry dolphin leapt out of the SeaWorld park pool and sunk its teeth into her hand, almost pulling her back into the water with it.

Jillian Thomas of Alpharetta, Georgia, told ABC's Good Morning America in an interview on Monday that while she was feeding the dolphins in the Orlando, Florida park she had raised a paper carton she was holding and "when the dolphin saw that, it leaped at me and bit me, ate the carton."

"It really, really hurt," Jillian said on the morning show where she showed hosts her three healing punctured wounds.

Jillian's father, Jamie Thomas, who was by his daughter's side at the theme park and had captured on video (see video below) the moment when the dolphin had latched onto Jillian on November 21, said his reaction to his daughter being bitten was "instant fear".

"I thought that, wow, I may have to lunge at the dolphin, and pull her or, get physically involved," he recalled.

He said that after he pulled his daughter away from the dolphin tank, a SeaWorld employee had asked if the family needed help.


Are psychopaths in the workplace on the rise and what does it mean?

Dr. Paul Babiak
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Dr. Paul Babiak
Florida - Most of us experience empathy at some level. It is one of those things that keep us human, even in the face of great adversity. Are psychopaths capable of such deep emotion?

Over the last several years, we have been hearing more and more about psychopaths wreaking havoc in the workplace. Are actual incidences of psychopathic behavior on the rise?

Furthermore, can business leaders take steps to deal with the possibility of psychopathy among their employees?

The co-author of Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work, Paul Babiak is an industrial-organizational psychologist, who has devoted much of his career to raising awareness about how mental and emotional predators have found their way into the business world.

In this second part of our discussion, he shares his views on the above-mentioned questions, explains what inspired him to write about psychopaths in the workplace, and discusses his life and career.

Heart - Black

Family to be deported from New Zealand because husbands' brain tumour might cost government too much money

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A British couple and their three children are set to be deported from New Zealand because the father was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Paul and Sarah Crystal and their children, aged 7, 15 and 17, moved to New Zealand more than six years ago but their application for permanent residency was turned down because the government was concerned about his inability to work and the treatment cost.

Mr Crystal, from Evesham, who has been given a 20 per cent chance of surviving the next three years, said the family was now "stuck" between Britain and New Zealand. They cannot afford air travel back to Britain but cannot stay in New Zealand without access to welfare benefits, he said.

"I don't know how we'll get by," he told The Daily Telegraph. "I just have to get the family safe. I have to get them somewhere where they have a future and get them settled To come out and realise you're left struggling on the other side of the world with nothing is a shock."

Mr Crystal, 49, drove petrol tankers in Britain for 20 years and moved with his family to New Zealand to work for Caltex in February 2006. From 2009 he ran a painting business and a separate business installing amusement machines.

Heart - Black

Divorce insanity: Man ordered to dig-up parents ashes and leave family home

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A man forced to dig up his parents' ashes after the Family Court ordered his former wife retain the family farm has described the decision as ''a kick in the guts''.

The man, given the pseudonym Mr Moss by the court, had to demolish the memorial garden he had established, which included removing headstones over buried urns containing his mother's and father's ashes.

Mr Moss and his former wife, known as Mrs Moss, ''desperately wanted'' the sole right to the southern highlands property.

But Justice Stewart Austin cited the ''transportability of [her] husband's mementoes'' as weighing in Mrs Moss's favour when deciding who should get the farm when their joint assets were carved up.

While the property had much sentimental value to Mr Moss, the ashes were not interred and the headstones were not immovably fixed, Justice Austin said. Mr Moss was given 14 days to dig up the urns and remove the headstones and a bronze bust of his father.

''It's a kick in the guts,'' he said. ''It's not just a block of land or a piece of dirt - it was my parents' home.''

Light Saber

Paul Craig Roberts' Administration would have represented Americans, not special interests and foreigners

Paul Craig Roberts
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Paul Craig Roberts
Unless I am being spoofed, several hundred readers wrote me in as their selection for President. I am honored. Some asked if I were elected by write-ins and not instantly assassinated, who would I appoint?

An easy question to answer.

Nomi Prins would be Secretary of the Treasury, and Pam Martens would be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.

Lew Rockwell would be the chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Michael Hudson would be chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.

Harvey Silverglate would be Attorney General.

Glenn Greenwald would be Deputy Attorney General.

War Whore

U.S. drone strikes are causing child casualties: video and report

During my recent trip to Pakistan as part of our upcoming documentary film, Drones Exposed, I was struck most by the stories told to me by children who had experienced a U.S. drone strike firsthand. The impact of America's drone war in the likes of Pakistan and Yemen will linger on, especially for the loved ones of the 178 children killed in those countries by U.S. drone strikes.

War Costs' latest video (with accompanying report) brings attention to the children who have died as a result of drone strikes. The video names some of the children who perished in these strikes, and points out the obfuscation tactics of American officials who will not own up to the significant amount of civilian casualties that have occurred due to this legally- and morally-dubious policy.