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PBS Newshour, December 27, 2014
RETURN OF THE DEBTORS' PRISON? MANY STILL JAILED FOR INABILITY TO PAY FINES
Cities across the country are increasingly turning to what are known as private probation companies to collect unpaid fines. But are indigent people ending up in jail because they can't afford to pay? Since NewsHour Weekend's first story on this issue aired last spring, the Childersburg Municipal Court issued a “standing order” stating that “In no case shall an indigent defendant be incarcerated … based solely on his or her inability to pay fines.” But the practice continues elsewhere in the country. Special correspondent John Carlos Frey takes an in-depth look at what some are calling the return of the debtors' prison. Continue reading → http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/return-debtors-prison/
Alternet, June 13, 2014
-▶ DEADLY NEW DEBTOR'S PRISONS: PENNSYLVANIA MOTHER DIES IN JAIL FOR TRUANCY FINES. CRIMINALIZING POVERTY. If you thought debtors prison was something straight out of Charles Dickens—and something long ago left behind us—think again. Debtors prison is becoming very much a part of the American prison-industrial complex. http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/deadly-new-debtors-prisons-pennsylvania-mother-dies-jail-truancy-fines
August 8, 2013 Daily Kos:
-▶ DEBTORS PRISON: PRIVATE PRISONS ENSURE ONGOING PROFITS FOR INCARCERATING PEOPLE WHO OWE BUT CAN'T PAY http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/11/1230307/-Charging-prisoners-fees-even-for-public-defender-creates-debtors-prison#
UNFORGIVEN : THE LONG LIFE OF DEBT
Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection
Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out of date and overly harsh.
ProPublica, September 15, 2014
-▶ UNSEEN TOLL: WAGES OF MILLIONS SEIZED TO PAY PAST DEBTS. A new study provides the first-ever tally of how many employees lose up to a quarter of their paychecks over debts like unpaid credit card or medical bills and student loans. http://www.propublica.org/article/unseen-toll-wages-of-millions-seized-to-pay-past-debts
Truthdig, December 22, 2013
-▶ LOCKING UP POOR PEOPLE IN CORPORATE AMERICA IS BOOMING "Aramark, often contracted to provide food to prisoners at about a dollar a meal, is one of numerous corporations, from phone companies to construction firms, that have found our grotesque system of mass incarceration to be very profitable." http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/food_behind_bars_isnt_fit_for_your_dog_20131222
YES Magazine, June 04 2014
-▶ A MODERN-DAY DEBTORS PRISON? JUDGES PUSH BACK AGAINST THE SOUTH' PRIVATIZATION WAVE: In Southern states, small-town courts have outsourced probation management to for-profit companies charging fees out of reach to the country's poorest residents. Many people end up in jail for nonpayment. These judges want private companies out of their courts. PRIVATIZING PROBATION AND PROFITING FROM POVERTY http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/a-modern-day-debtors-prison
Brave New Films
-▶ HOW PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES PROFIT OFF THE POOR http://www.bravenewfilms.org/toprisonforpoverty
American Civil Liberties Union, February 06, 2014
-▶ COURT-SANCTIONED EXTORTION BY PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES: MODERN DEBTORS PRISON https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform-racial-justice/court-sanctioned-extortion-private-probation-companies
TO PRISON FOR POVERTY
Brave New Films
HOW PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES PROFIT OFF THE POOR http://www.bravenewfilms.org/toprisonforpoverty
Huffington Post UK, July 03, 2014
-▶ UK IS PRIVATIZING IT'S PROBATION SERVICE http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/03/chris-grayling-probation-drawn-from-a-hat_n_5554340.html?utm_hp_ref=uk
"WHO PROFITS FROM POVERTY?"
Truthout, December 27, 2013
-▶ THE GRAYING OF OUR INCARCERATION NATION - Our prisons have increasingly become homes for the aging, as there are now some 125,000 prisoners age 55 or older, nearly quadruple the number there were in 1995. .. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/20743-the-graying-of-our-incarceration-nation
VIDEO REPORT (Full Episode)
Al Jazeera America, November 01, 2014
"DYING INSIDE: ELDERLY IN PRISON"
The Atlantic, October 30, 2014
-▶ INNER-CITY VIOLENCE IN THE AGE OF MASS INCARCERATION. Harsh criminal-justice policies have thrown America's poorest urban communities into chaos http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/10/inner-city-violence-in-the-age-of-mass-incarceration/382154/
Alertnet, November 25, 2013
-▶ HOW WALL STREET TURNED AMERICA INTO INCARCERATION NATION http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/how-wall-st-turned-america-incarceration-nation?akid=11186.237541.CCl2M1&rd=1&src=newsletter929145&t=3
A PLAGUE OF PRISONS
The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America
Alternet, April 13, 2013
HOW MASS INCARCERATION IS A PLAGUE INFECTING OUR NATION -- LITERALLY http://www.alternet.org/books/how-mass-incarceration-plague-infecting-our-nation-literally
CRUSHING COLLEGE DEBT
A TRILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS
PREDATORY LOANS AND AN UNKNOWN FUTURE
CORPORATE PROFITS TRUMPS FAIR WAGES
More than half of U.S. fast food workers on public aid, report says http://sco.lt/5zp197
HOW DEREGULATION/TAX LOOPHOLES ARE DESTROYING SOCIETY, AS THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER http://sco.lt/56KBZB
JAILING AMERICANS FOR PROFIT
THE RISE OF THE BILLION DOLLAR
PRIVATE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
PolicyMic, December 2, 2014
WATCH AMERICA'S PRISON SYSTEM EXPLODE IN ONE ALARMING GIF
KIDS FOR CASH
INSIDE ONE OF THE NATION'S MOST SHOCKING
JUVENILE JUSTICE SCANDALS
THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
Welcome to America. We chose this path. Now, we're going to have to walk it until enough people are angry enough and organized enough to effectively change the course of our society and our nation.
Absolutely disgusting, in my honest opinion. Absolutely disgusting.
I hypothesize that the universe is about to go through another split, just as it may have done when the physical universe was born. This time, it may be consciousness that will split on this plane of existence and form into two or more universes. Those who are grounded in reality, who are more compassionate, caring, kind, benevolent, and wise will more likely move in one direction while those who are not really these things will move in another, with room for possibly other branches of the cosmological tree of consciousness to branch off as well. It doesn't matter if you're the "last one standing" in this present universe because consciousness, I think, is something that transcends physical death and decay. What does matter is the content of your mind now; the workings, preferences, beliefs, and actions, that will either lead you to becoming more human or move you away to a different form of life elsewhere in the universe for the time being. It is possible to make choices within the bounds of your biological and circumstantial limitations. However, those choices are dependent upon countless past choices, preferences, desires, actions, etc. So, while you have a choice and a possibility to make choices other than what you've made in the past, it still is limited by habituation, circumstance, and condition.
I think that the universe is convulsing with something at this moment. And, I think, all that really matters is what you do with the present situation and the present condition that will either ensure that you move on, clarify, advance, and continue on, or, move on to another universe and mental state that will make it harder for you to practice. You have the power, now, to make or break yourself. However, you are limited by all of your past actions, past habits, and present circumstances that you come into touch with through your past actions. Therefore, be kind to yourself, and make that better decision today. If that's not a good enough reason, then do it for all the people you care about in this lifetime. If that isn't good enough, do it for all living beings and all of the universe ad infinitum and beyond (which is, ironically, just yourself to begin with).
Enjoy the split.
The only thing that businesspeople seem to be good at is grubbing for money. They don't seem to really get or truly relate to what people need biologically, socially, and ecologically and many certainly appear to not get how to relate to others effectively in power relationships beyond simplistic force and coerced submission. All they seem to think about is where the next big windfall is coming from, not unlike the animals who walk amongst us. The only difference is that the animals crave that which they need to survive. Businesspeople only crave the shadow of that which they need to survive.
Furthermore, competition in business yields only the best competitors in business, not necessarily the best leaders for a given society and time period. In order to truly get at who is the genuinely most effective leaders for a society, the parameters of competition and the outcome that is expected to be achieved needs to be carefully defined and constantly updated to match with the whole condition of society. What worked yesterday will not necessarily work tomorrow, just as the clothing that is worn in one season will not be comfortable in another. There may be only a finite amount of possibilities in this universe for us to handle. But any one of those finite situations can come into existence given the right conditions, and every one of them may be something we have never encountered before entirely. All of these things are glossed over by the elite business community in the name of brutish competition over that which they don't really need for well-being and survival.
Thus is the inferiority of the business and investor classes. At heart, they truly only seem concerned with exploiting demand in the market. While that may be all well and good for developing technology and innovation, it lacks the care, effectiveness, responsiveness, and attentiveness to that which is needed for the preservation of the root of society they derive profit from within the context of the universe in which we all have to live in. To say otherwise is to branch off into a mental universe of one's own creation, not unlike the symptoms of those with schizophrenia and other neurological problems. There is only one universe. That's it. No arguments can really be leveled against the grand, complicated, and complex truth of this universe (which no human ever has or ever will grasp entirely). We might as well accept this fact, acknowledge it, and learn about that which we can learn about for our own survival and ability to thrive. Adjustments have to be made sometimes in order to make our lives happier, healthier, and more sustainable. This is the general way of the universe, backed up by history and the cosmos itself. Break it? Can't. Not really. Prove it wrong with abstract arguments? You'll only make a fool out of yourself, and potentially a dead one at that. The walls are there. Might as well learn them than just branch off where-ever and whenever we'd like.
Wealth that only begats wealth is an anathema to a functional economy and a healthy society. When wealth is only being capitalized financially rather than invested, consumed, or saved in productive and sustainable capital it ceases to be of value to society. Many people, acting together, need to be able to invest, consume, or save sustainably and ethically in order to produce a healthy society, an stable and ethical economy, and a sustainable environment. A business is just concerned about its own profits. A government needs to be concerned about the whole society and its long term health and well-being if the businesses are going to survive with the rest of the society. That's the interests of the government and its members. That's the government's overall role in society, if the government is going to be working on its own behalf.
The essence of the correct ways to govern is to 1) always be flexible and open to the real conditions that are present in spite of how uncomfortable, upsetting, or unlikely they may be and 2) to always be willing and able to do what is actually in the best interests of everyone, even if you personally may take a hit for it. Specifics of policy choices are all negotiable to a point where there are some things that are objectively less healthy and some things that are objectively more healthy. The goal of a policy researcher is to identify the condition and proper response to any given situation that may arise within the context of the social, economic, environmental, political, and technological system of systems. Changing how we look and analyze a given situation will change the outcomes that are achieved. The ends justify the means, however, the means affect which ends are actually achieved. Always focus on the means relative to the situation, and be sure that the ends that you're trying to achieve are actually healthful, beneficial, and worth fighting for.
Our neurology hasn't yet evolved to the point where we can actually say that we can manage or comprehend the full complex of the system of systems. There are many people out there who honestly have malfunctioning neurons; people who don't know, don't care to know, and refuse to know that which is actually in their personal interests relative to the system of systems. Some of these people have managed to reach incredibly influential positions in our societies, which then degrades the overall quality of the networks for everyone, including themselves. The fact that the rest of the social system is not fighting back en masse to remove these pathological personalities and other countries and in the United States is symptomatic of a much deeper lethargy at work that could lead to the undoing of anything and everything that we value and cherish and need for surviving, while not eliminating the root causes of what's behind our current lethargy and social domination by pathologically sick people. These folks have prioritized what is significant for their survival poorly and who use destructive means to achieve their unsustainable and unreasoned ends. Therefore, they should be treated as the mentally ill and removed from office by force if necessary to receive treatment that they are in apparent need of. We are moving to a tipping point in American society and, therefore, the world's society. I doubt that the American people will rise to the occasion to institute more enlightened government and put people who are frankly just better at actually governing into office.
Aim of this paper is to introduce the complex system perspective into retail market analysis. Currently, to understand the retail market means to search for local patterns at the micro level, involving the segmentation, separation and profiling of diverse groups of consumers. In other contexts, however, markets are modelled as complex systems. Such strategy is able to uncover emerging regularities and patterns that make markets more predictable, e.g. enabling to predict how much a country’s GDP will grow. Rather than isolate actors in homogeneous groups, this strategy requires to consider the system as a whole, as the emerging pattern can be detected only as a result of the interaction between its self-organizing parts. This assumption holds also in the retail market: each customer can be seen as an independent unit maximizing its own utility function. As a consequence, the global behaviour of the retail market naturally emerges, enabling a novel description of its properties, complementary to the local pattern approach. Such task demands for a data-driven empirical framework. In this paper, we analyse a unique transaction database, recording the micro-purchases of a million customers observed for several years in the stores of a national supermarket chain. We show the emergence of the fundamental pattern of this complex system, connecting the products’ volumes of sales with the customers’ volumes of purchases. This pattern has a number of applications. We provide three of them. By enabling us to evaluate the sophistication of needs that a customer has and a product satisfies, this pattern has been applied to the task of uncovering the hierarchy of needs of the customers, providing a hint about what is the next product a customer could be interested in buying and predicting in which shop she is likely to go to buy it.
The retail market as a complex system
Pennacchioli D, Coscia M, Rinzivillo S, Giannotti F, Pedreschi D
EPJ Data Science 2014, 3 :33 (11 December 2014)
With this knowledge and insight into the world that's dawning. One world must be destroyed in order for the new world to come forth; one segment of society must give way to the new in order to facilitate and ease this transition.
The top of society is where and what determines the ease or the possibility of this transition. That is the point that needs to be altered in order to bring about this new dawn.
Unfortunately, it is the point in society that is least willing, although most capable of change. They'll cling to illusions and delusions of relative power over people and unsustainable material wealth than allow for everyone, including themselves, to realize something that could truly be wonderful for our lives, our well-being, and our health as living organisms. This is before we talk about the bottom-up resistance that will be experienced as well, especially if the transition is done badly by the people who are at the top of the given social unit. A shame that something so relatively simple can be so completely complicated and complex to carry out.
The Signs of an Enlightened Society:
1. The leadership will voluntary stand aside or devolve their powers to others when it is actually realized that their power or their chosen uses of power prove to be practically or morally incorrect.
2. Any given leadership of any given society is primarily focused on the well-being of the general public, not on the well-being of themselves as a separate entity from the public.
3.The leadership uses the scientific method to understand and comprehend the society and their social, environmental, and ecological condition accurately and to make good policy choices for the social unit(s) based on that scientific inquiry in terms of economic, social, and environmental well-being.
4. The general public is legally and practically able and willing to naturally correct the actions of the governing members such that they get their needs and wants fulfilled by the governing members.
5. The government's members will naturally and peaceably yield to the needs of the people while taking the opposite stance when the people want that which is unreasoned, unreasonable, unfeasible, or unhealthy in spite of losing power and authority to those who are less concerned with the well-being of the people. It is from these moments of darkness that the general public can learn the benefits of having the specific leadership who governs on their empirical behalf. Therefore, the Enlightened Society lets the sub-par leadership take over, and naturally resumes governing when it is shown that the sub-par leadership is sub-par. If the new leadership is not sub-par, and is superior to the old leadership, then all gain in the society as a result of the presence of superior leadership in the society, including for the old leadership who still resides within that given society. All benefit from superior leadership; none benefit from inferior leadership
The nature of an Enlightened Society is one of constant dialogue and feedback between the governed and the governing, with information being transmitted accurately and effectively to the appropriate nodes in order to maximize the well-being of the entire social unity (government included). There is no such thing as a fully Enlightened Society, especially now at the present time, and the wealth and military power of a given society are not measures of the degree of Enlightenment that the society has achieved.
To hurt an Enlightened Society, or a society that is striving towards Enlightenment, or to harm those who are trying to get a society onto the Path of Enlightenment, is to harm one's own self, because for every instance and degree of damage that is done to the aspiring society or people is yet another obstacle for them to overcome, thus limiting that society's ability to help other society's achieve Enlightenment. The more crap you give the aspirant society or people, the more harm that is done to your own self. Therefore, do not hinder or harm those who are traveling along the Enlightened Path towards realizing perpetual Realization and Enlightenment, for you will suffer if they fail on top of the increased likelihood that you're going to do something unwise due to your already corrupted way of thinking, feeling, and perceiving the world.
For your own sake, do not hinder or limit those seeking Enlightenment or spiritual/ethical perfection.
New analysis says the rise of the civic tech market has grown roots, and its growth with be 14 times faster than traditional government IT spending at the state and local levels.
A new frontier is emerging in governance, government, accountability, and relations between the government at any level and the citizens of the given social unit. Members of the government can either use this technology, get a better understanding of social needs as they evolve and fluctuate. Or they can continue with the paternalistic "father knows best" bs, and continue to do whatever they, the members of the government want over the needs of the population. One way will lead to a sympatico relationship between government and governed, the other will provoke the governed into a war against the government and all who support the status quo.
What's it going to be, America? World?