The Prison System In America When it comes to the prison system in this country, there is no doubt that many would agree that it is a big problem. As it goes to show, the prison population in America is growing by exponential numbers every single day, and there is no signs of it stopping anytime soon. According to the website www.prospect.org, in the year 1992, there were 1.3 million inmates in America, and just one decade later,an increase of one million more. That means, by the year 2011, there was a prison population in America of 7 million people,, a number which is astronomical and very alarming . So the question remains, why is the prison population in this country escalating so much?, and, Is there anything that we can do to stop it once and for all? Unfortunately, there are no clear-cut answers to these important questions, and most of the reasons given by experts about why the prison population is growing at such high amounts are both varied and extremely convoluted. Some experts claim that the reason for the increase in inmates in this country, especially during the past decade, is due to the laxity on important laws that should be even harder, while other experts out there claim that the reason for the increasing prison population in this country is due to the dire and harsh upbringings of many Americans, especially those who happened to grow up in rural and poverty-stricken communities. Additionally, there are other experts that speak on the war on drugs as being one of the main reasons for the rise in inmates in this country, as well as the fact that we, as a society, are full of violence, crime, and poverty. And sadly, there seems to be no consensus, there is no real concrete evidence or answers explaining why the prison population in this country seems to just be growing and growing by the day. But, with that being said, the reality is that there should be a way to control these rising inmate numbers, or else dire consequences will start to surface even more, such as rising tax rates for the public, broken families of the inmates themselves, poverty-stricken communities due to released inmates not being able to find a job, and much, much more. Thankfully, there is a silver lining to all of these rising inmate numbers in this country, and that is that there has been a strong decline in crime within the past decade. Statistics have shown that crime rates were at their highest during the mid 1990’s, and have dropped ever since. And, this decline comes after the rise in crime that was clear for the previous three decades, before the peak ever occurred during the 1990’s. Consequently, there are a few reasons why people think that crime is declining. Some say that it is because of stricter and more policing rules, as well as less crack use and sales in this country, and even due to lower lead levels in the environment that once were much more prevalent. But of course, all of this is pure speculation. No one really knows why crime rates have fallen in the past decade, but whatever the reason is, crime rates have indeed declined, which is good news for the country in this new century. Another important fact-and something that we shouldn’t be proud of in this country- is that we carry the number one spot for housing inmates-and that’s based on the population for the entire world! What this means is that we incarcerate more people in America than any other country does on planet Earth, which is astounding! According to the numbers put forth, in America, we incarcerate 15 times as many people as Japan, 10 times as many people as Switzerland, 7 times as many people as France, 11 times as many people as the Netherlands, and 17 times as many people as Iceland. And, the only country that even comes close to how often we incarcerate people is Russia, but we still beat their incarceration rates to a great degree. We also have a bigger prison population than Rwanda, Belize, and Chile, which each have extremely high incarceration rates for their respective countries. So that means, in this country, we incarcerate more of our citizens than anywhere else in the entire world, which doesn’t bode very well for our reputation. Furthermore, there is something else to take into consideration when discussing these extremely high prison population numbers in this country; Not all the states in America are the same when it comes to incarceration rates. This country is extremely varied in numbers, based on exactly where you look. It is shown that the state of Louisiana leads the incarceration rates in America, and seven of the ten states that have the highest incarceration rates are actually in the South. So, place is a big factor when speaking of incarceration rates in America. So, aside from looking at each individual state in this country, including what state has more offenders, you might want to ask yourself, what are the most prevalent offenses that many of these offenders did? For instance, what makes the citizens in our country so bad and immoral as to be incarcerated for such long periods of time? .., and so often? And, the answers might surprise you. According to many statistics, drug offenses accounted for 52% of the federal prison population in the year 2010, and this percentage was followed by other crimes at 35% of offenses, and then finally, violent and property crimes at 8% and 5% respectively. What this means is that drugs are the biggest problem in this country, not necessarily the prison population, and how many people are incarcerated. But, drugs as a general prison offense, that only seems to be growing more than anything else. So, when you think of higher than average prison rates in this country, only 8% of offenders in prison are imprisoned for violent offenses, and 5% are for property offenses. Over half of those in prison are there because of drug offenses. Now, just let that sink in for a while. And, politicians are not innocuous in this situation. While there are some politicians that stay away from the growing prison issue in this country, there are many other politicians, especially as of late, that are discussing the prison population problem in detail, creating effective mandates, and trying to do something to fix it all. According to the Economist website, Barack Obama tried to cut the number of absurdly long prison sentences in America. His attorney-general, Eric Holder, told prosecutors to avoid seeking the maximum penalties for non-violent drug offenders. And surprisingly enough, this did cause somewhat of a decline in the prison population for a few years. But now things are different. Current president, Donald Trump’s attorney-general, Jeff Sessions, has just changed this earlier mandate started by Barack Obama, and overturned it completely. Jeff Sessions is now looking to instill the harshest punishments for all drug offending prisoners, and he even has a new crusade beginning that is intent on getting rid of all drug dealers once and for all. With that being said, this new mandate initiated by attorney-general Jeff Sessions might possibly overturn everything that Barack Obama tried to do, and make everything even worse for the growing prison population in America. But conversely, it could potentially have the opposite effect, and make things surprisingly better. And, the reason for this is because no one really knows how the future will pan out, or how each individual law and mandate will affect matters concerning the prison system in the long run. All that we know is that only time will tell as to how effective this new mandate will be in affecting the prison population in America, and there is no doubt that many people in this country are waiting with bated breath as to what the results will be. (especially the media if it’s bad! -Editor.) As it goes to show, one reason mass incarceration is such a big problem in this country is because it breaks up families, as well as many other negative things, such as increasing the poverty rate to a great degree. When an inmate is released, it is very hard for them to get a job, and this is where the rising poverty rates come in. And of course, the high cost of incarcerating people is just the icing on the cake. According to statistics, not only do American taxpayers pay an exuberantly high amount of taxes to house prisoners, but this amount is even higher than what is now allocated for education, and sadly, American taxpayers don’t really have much of a choice in the matter. Some experts insist that instead of locking prisoners up, they should force them to wear GPS-enabled ankle bracelets, which would bring down prison-related costs exponentially. Another option for bringing down prison costs is tagging. Tagging is essentially a prison without walls, and many people think that it would actually be much more effective than prison is for mild offenders, such as drug offenders. The reason for this is that prisoners who are tagged are much less likely to re-offend than prisoners who get released from prison after their sentence has been complete. This is because they are able to immediately reintegrate back into society, which essentially forces them to behave, so to speak. And, what about rehabilitation? There are many top officials who strongly believe in rehabilitation for low-risk prisoners, which would bring down prison costs to a large degree. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one type of rehabilitation program for low-risk prisoners, which actually reduces recidivism rates by 10-30%. It is perfect for younger offenders, who usually get pressured by their peers to “act out” and commit crimes. And, it saves a lot of money over traditional prison sentences. Sadly, only 5% of prisoners are currently receiving cognitive behavioral therapy, and that is one of the biggest problems with the prison systems today. Not enough is being done to not only save money on prison sentences, but to make society a better place, both for the country as a whole. There are some experts out there that attribute the decreased prison rates in other countries to their systematic approach to the prison system and prisoners. The country of Norway, for instance, has incarcerated offenders start an outside job 18 months before they even get released from prison. This is extremely helpful for both reintegrating prisoners into everyday society once they get released, but also, for organizing a way for newly-released prisoners to not increase poverty levels in their respective areas. And, as statistics show, Norway has a lower recidivism rate than America does. According to www.CNN.com, even Newt Gingrich and Van Jones believe that the prison system is failing America. They said, “It would be hard to overstate the scale of this tragedy. For a nation that loves freedom and cherishes our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the situation should be intolerable. It is destroying lives and communities”. The truth is that more needs to be done to make things better for the prison system in the country, and someone needs to step up and make the right decisions to stop this problem. Prisoners needs to be rehabilitated, less money needs to be spent on housing prisoners, and different laws need to be put into effect that make drug offenses much less serious. There are many ways to overcome the prison problem that we have in this country, but it takes a good amount of organization and effective mandates to be initiated for any real change to take place. Hopefully, politicians and high-level officials will make the necessary changes, before the prison problem becomes even worse, and to the point of no return.
Still Going On While Our Elected Officials Are Still Perfecting Spending Another Four Years Doing Nothing….Except For Corporations The world is facing an upsurge in poaching and illegal trade in wildlife. The over-exploitation of wildlife, which includes trade (legal and illegal), human-animal conflict, hunting (legal and illegal) and collection, is the second greatest threat to vertebrates. Estimating wildlife trafficking revenues, Including large illegal trade in timber and fishery resources, ranked fourth on the list of the most profitable transnational criminal activitiess after drug trafficking, counterfeits and human beings. A plague for wildlifeIllegal trade in terrestrial and marine plants and animals would yield between $7 billion and $23 billion a year. Encouraged by the lure of profit and the low legal risk involved, poachers, supported by powerful criminal organizations, are as well organized, equipped and financed as an army. They sometimes use helicopters, night vision tools and veterinary tranquilizers. These bands do not hesitate to operate in protected or emblematic territories, such as nature reserves, national parks or natural sites classified by UNESCO, and are ready to fight with the guardians of these spaces, sometimes even shoot them to complete their missions.For protected species, the gear is infernal. The more rare they are, the more their by-products are coveted, thus accentuating the probable disappearance of the species. African elephants are one of the major victims of poaching: between 20,000 and 30,000 are killed annually for their ivory, threatening the extinction of certain populations in West and Central Africa. But a multitude of other species among the best known, such as rhinoceros, tigers, or sea turtles, or on the contrary a less known like pangolins for example, suffer the same fate.The consequences of poaching and illegal wildlife trade go beyond the destruction of biodiversity. They also affect peace, security and the integrity of States and the living conditions of the people.In May 2013, in a report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa and areas of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged governments to ” to raise the issue of poaching as a major national and sub regional security issue, requiring concerted and coordinated action “.This report highlights that “the proliferation of criminal activities across borders in the sub region, including smuggling, targeting mainly elephants, is another source of growing concern in Central Africa” and “that it was likely ivory trafficking is an important source of funding for armed groups, including the LRA. It is also worrying that smugglers are using increasingly powerful and sophisticated weapons. “ Elephants Are In Danger.This report was a follow-up to various important acts of elephant poaching in the region, notably in Bouba Ndjida (Cameroon) in 2012. He underlined “that it was likely that ivory trafficking was an important source of funding for armed groups, and poaching, sometimes linked to other criminal or even terrorist activities, is a serious threat to peace and security in Central Africa “. Yet, despite efforts, the resources deployed by governments to respond to the threat posed by poaching and illegal trade are still insufficient. Done in the name of Eastern beliefs? Why? Just Why? Life Becomes Cheap
Q: What does treason look like? September 9, 2018 (updated from editor A response to anonymous Op-Ed by anonymous. Naturally, everyone wants to know what was said on the Op-Ed. It’s absolutely insidious, and the side-commentary by the Times is insidious. I think the people of this country should really think, not only about free speech, but who will be speaking it when it’s taken away. Well, let me cut to the narrow for you; It will be the Times. They love their free speech, and only their free speech, especially when we are hit with a piece that they obviously wrote and are trying to pin it on the administration to get them pointing at one another. As I said; insidious. I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration I would really, really hope this is not the work of someone within the administration, because if it is, there are childish larks about in the oval office. I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. So far, I have to ask why would the Times even give this a hair’s thread of legitimacy? The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here. Okay, here’s my question: The better judgement of the writer and the publisher would mean that neither have any credibility whatsoever. Should we call the authorities and alert them one of the city’s largest offices is occupied by adolescents? President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader. How stupid could this possibly sound? It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall. The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. To do that, is to put yourself above both President and voters. It is TREASON, and it is absolutely insane. I would know. I am one of them. You are so brave. About what, I don’t know. To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous. To be clear? Obama doesn’t work for the administration. Does he? No, no. President Trump wouldn’t hire an avowed Communist. But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic. It’s clear someone is acting against the will of the President and voters. That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office TREASONOUS STATEMENT. The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making. So, you go to a rag that tarnishes an entire people’s religion, (the Christian religion), They regularly print garish, vulgar statements and print gross, perverted portraits, and mock these people with laughter while they want them to be so happy about all these other religious lest they be racist. What kind of person would this be working for the President? I wouldn’t want the person to be a low-level janitor. Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright. Okay, now we are hitting low-level delusional scum. This person wouldn’t have the faintest idea about being a conservative. In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic. Reading what you just wrote, and to the Times, President Trump, unfortunately, is 110% correct. Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more. A Communist statement meant to rouse the overwhelming amount of NON-citizens of our country. But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective Why did you work for him? You thought he was Obama? From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims. A senior official who doesn’t know how to write “Commander-In-Chief.” Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back. You mean like tightening the border up? “There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier. I would say that about the media and the Demagogues, I mean Democrats(?). If ever the words “gone fishing,” had meaning. They brought it. Fishing for one fish and catching everything else but a good reputation. The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful. It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t. The result is a two-track presidency. Please quit. Please. Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations. Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals. Astute observers would also recognize that citizens have come to their senses all over Europe and are now electing people who pledge to protect their sovereignty. On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable. This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state. It’s the work of a rogue state that doesn’t care about the will of the people or votes or the Constitution. It’s a vile portion of the state. Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over. TREASON. You should be arrested for TREASON. The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility. The media and you have made little of the murders committed by illegals and refugees and the people you have riled up to murder police officers ,riot in the streets, throwing rocks, starting fires and committing multiple assaults. But, you must think we are all stupid, you know like we didn’t see it. Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation. The hypocrite rarely sees that they are the embodiment of what they hate. There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans. The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration. Who are you working for? That’s the question. I think the New York Times is a Communist Subversive magazine. We don’t have to gather evidence. They are giving it to us. We don’t have to seize the records. They are giving it us. Part 2 of this post will be much shorter, as we will have it in posted facts. In it, we will show the dangerous hypocrisy and double standards of the left’s take on “free speech.”
Andrew Gooding They had nothing to say that their Fourth Estate couldn’t use against them. ” Let them eat cake,” was an infamous phrase uttered by the Austrian- born Queen Antoinette as a response to the report that her people were starving in the streets of Paris. This has been written, rewritten, repeated vocally and enshrined in legend for the last couple of centuries following the bloody events of the French Revolution. The only problem was that Her Majesty never actually said those words. In fact, the philosopher Jean- Jacques Rousseau attributed those words to another princess years before Marie Antoinette married King Louis XVI. Another issue is that these words weren’t used as Revolutionary propaganda during the Revolution itself and in fact, the first attribution of these words: ” Qu’ils mangent de la brioche,” or ” let them eat cake,” to the unfortunate Queen Marie Antoinette was made fifty years after the queen’s execution http:// https://www.thoughtco.com/let-them-eat-cake-er-brioche-oh-nevermind-3299161. The Enlightenment Period ( 1715- 1789) was a time when learning in all its aspects was popular and when literacy was becoming very widespread. In France, the works of the philosophers were being widely read and used as propaganda to justify the concerted effort to overthrow the monarchy https://rmschwartz.wordpress.com/revolution-and-repression/organization-and-facilitation/1789-2/power-of-the-written-word-writers-and-propagandists-of-the-french-revolution/. This phrase, ” let them eat cake” itself was propaganda used fifty years after the fact to justify the French Revolution and to pound home the point that the aristocracy cared nothing about the people who were supporting them. It was idle gossip enshrined in a national media https://brendaarchdale.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/let-them-eat-cake/. The eighteenth century was remarkable in both Europe and her American outposts for the reason that idealism and a desire for change could be and was expressed through the medium of the Fourth Estate, or the nascent Press. Of course, those who financed and promoted the Press cheerfully pushed their own agendas and not always honestly. ” I cannot tell a lie” was a pretty big whopper. ” I cannot tell a lie,” young George Washington told his father. ” I chopped down the cherry tree.” Such a wonderful moral lesson from the Father of our Country! Too bad it never actually happened http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/09/george-washington-never-chopped-down-a-cherry-tree/. This was a ” virtue” story taken from a man named Parson Weems, who published a biography about George Washington in 1800, one year after the man himself died https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/article/parson-weems/. Gossip, rumor, propaganda and national myths can be used to destroy the reputation of a hated political figure or it can be used to embellish the reputation of a beloved political figure. In the case of Marie Antoinette, the words placed in her mouth were published to justify the French Revolution. Public prejudice was strong against her even when she was alive and after she died, she became a posthumous symbol of royal excess https://www.newhistorian.com/marie-antoinette-incest-child-abuse-and-adultery/5085/. See what happens when you read too much? Vive la Revolution! Rumor and propaganda managed to incite outright war on both sides of the Atlantic, but the French Revolution failed when Maximilien Robespierre seized power and tried to impose his absolute rule on the National Assembly http://thereignofterror1793.weebly.com/maximilien-robespierre.html. Getting cropped at the neck. Lies, innuendo, rumor and words put to print managed to give the Fourth Estate the power to alter the destinies of nations. We see this in the result of the French Revolution http://www.historytuition.com/world_history/napoleon_bonaparte.html, which managed to overthrow a centuries- old monarchy and social structure in France and to replace it, ultimately, with a new, charismatic monarch who used the media to promote his own rule https://www.warhistoryonline.com/napoleon/napoleon-used-media-boost-greatness.html. George Washington was a giant to the American public. His virtues were expounded and his successes praised to the skies by the propaganda machine of his day https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/george-washington-man-of-mystery/462810/. The press, with its mix of facts, lies, rumor and myth managed to make a very intelligent and charismatic figure into a national icon who is revered to this day. Reputations can be ( and are) created and destroyed by public opinion, which is often forged by the media. The Fourth Estate has power over life and death. It can push for war and it can maintain the peace. It can make public figures beloved or hated, depending on the national mood and on the disposition of those who finance the media. The Fourth Estate is not interested in impartial truth. It is interested in pursuing whatever agenda that it’s sponsors endorse. Let that be seen as a warning to this age, where the media is just as powerful as it was two hundred years ago. Unsupported rumor presented as fact can help or harm, but it always hides the truth from the populace for whatever reason and should be avoided.