U.S. Has World's Highest Incarceration Rate (August 2012) Since 2002, the United States has had the highest incarceration rate in the world. Although prison populations are increasing in some parts of the world, the natural rate of incarceration for countries comparable to the United States tends to stay around 100 prisoners per 100,000 population. The U.S. rate is 500 prisoners per 100,000 residents, or about 1.6 million prisoners in 2010, according to the latest available data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).1 Men make up 90 percent of the prison and local jail population, and they have an imprisonment rate 14 times higher than the rate for women.2 And these men are overwhelmingly young: Incarceration rates are highest for those in their 20s and early 30s. Prisoners also tend to be less educated: The average state prisoner has a 10th grade education, and about 70 percent have not completed high school.3 Incarceration rates are significantly higher for blacks and Latinos than for whites. References
How Did Victor White III Die in the Backseat of a Cop Car in New Iberia, Louisiana? Photos courtesy of the White family The night Victor White Sr.’s son died in the backseat of a cop car in New Iberia, Louisiana, he called the local sheriff’s station to figure out where his boy was. “I asked them if he’d been apprehended, and they told me no,” he said to me. [Study] Americans Are 58 Times More Likely To Be Killed By Cops Than Terrorists “Dividing the average of the number of people killed by police with the number of American citizens not in the military who were killed from terrorism, you get the 58, suggesting Americans are actually 58 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.” Credit: Sputnik News Once the statistics were released showing that American citizens are eight times more likely to be killed by cops in their own nation than terrorists, increased attention turned to the problem of police misconduct in the United States.
We’ve been spelling the Verrazano Bridge wrong the whole time It’s an error that has loomed over New York Harbor for more than 50 years: The name of the majestic Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is spelled wrong. Despite a new petition drive to make it right — the bridge is named for 16th-century Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano (two Z’s) — the state authority that controls the span has stubbornly held to the one Z position it’s taken for years: We know it’s wrong, but we’re not changing it. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials say it would simply be too expensive to change all the signs, brochures, maps and websites. Changing the name of New York’s Triborough Bridge to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in 2008, for example, reportedly cost the state $4 million.
Santa's real workshop: the town in China that makes the world's Christmas decorations There’s red on the ceiling and red on the floor, red dripping from the window sills and red globules splattered across the walls. It looks like the artist Anish Kapoor has been let loose with his wax cannon again. But this, in fact, is what the making of Christmas looks like; this is the very heart of the real Santa’s workshop – thousands of miles from the North Pole, in the Chinese city of Yiwu. Our yuletide myth-making might like to imagine that Christmas is made by rosy-cheeked elves hammering away in a snow-bound log cabin somewhere in the Arctic Circle. But it’s not. The likelihood is that most of those baubles, tinsel and flashing LED lights you’ve draped liberally around your house came from Yiwu, 300km south of Shanghai – where there’s not a (real) pine tree nor (natural) snowflake in sight.
Grisly Video of Police Shooting Homeless Man Sparks New Mexico Protests If brand-new Albuquerque police chief Gorden Eden won’t admit overuse of deadly force in the recent shooting of James Boyd, Santa Fe residents hope the point will be driven home — literally — when they bring a hearse to town on Tuesday. Novelist Frances Madeson is organizing the funeral procession that will leave Santa Fe in the afternoon and head to neighboring Albuquerque. There, Madeson intends to join the 6 PM protest planned against the police killing of Boyd, a homeless and mentally ill man APD discovered illegally camping out in the Sandia foothills. “New Mexico is a small state and the police culture here seems to be growing more paramilitary in nature,” Madeson told VICE News, “What happens in another city does affect us if we let it go unchecked.”
Shock Video:Woman Filmed Herself Being Raped By Cop So Police Would Believe Her (Before It's News) by Ashley Jones Guerrilla Media Network Coral Springs, Cl- A parole officer Has been arrested for raping a woman parolee that was in his care. According to police, parole officer Zachary Thomas Bailey used his power to get the victim, telling her that he needed to do a “study” of her home in Coral Springs The rape victim alleges that officer Bailey sexually assaulted her on two separate occasions while her young daughter was in the next room. Yoga as the Colonized Subject Within the serene, spare yoga studios across Europe and America, yoga has become so assimilated into everyday language and activity that, to the predominantly Caucasian practitioners, the idea that violence and privilege have created their practices might have never even occurred. My own teaching practice has become a pedagogical experiment in shedding light on the continuing historical imbalances that shape our lives. I have just completed teaching a week long workshop titled Yoga & Whiteness; Mapping the Self Construct or Outing the Hippie Woowoo Colonial Crap at Impulstanz Festival in Vienna.
NOGALES, Mexico: Questions still unanswered about U.S. Border Patrol’s killing of 16-year-old NOGALES, Mexico — Sixteen-year-old Jose Antonio Elena got the kind of punishment that those who toss rocks at Border Patrol agents receive with startling frequency: He was shot with a .40-caliber round from an agent’s service weapon. The bullet hit Elena in the back of the head. He slumped mortally wounded to a sidewalk on the Mexican side, a few paces from the border fence. At least two agents, perched on the U.S. side about 20 feet above the street and shielded by the fence’s closely spaced iron bars, continued to fire, witnesses said. In all, 10 bullets struck Elena, spattering a wall behind him with blood.
Cop Gets Firsthand Taste of Police Brutality During His Own Violent Arrest Photo Credit: Screengrab via KDKA-2 Pittsburgh, PA– A Pennsylvania State Trooper, David Williams, is suing the city of Pittsburgh and four police officers following his own brutal arrest in September. This cop on cop violence was caught on surveillance video. The Freudian Coverup The Freudian Cover-up is a theory first popularized by social worker Florence Rush in the 1970s, which asserts that Sigmund Freud intentionally ignored evidence that his patients were victims of sexual abuse. The theory argues that in developing his theory of infant sexuality, he misinterpreted his patients' claim of sexual abuse as symptoms of repressed incestuous desire. Therefore, Freud claimed that children who reported sexual abuse by adults had either imagined or fantasized the experience. Background Early within Freud's career, he believed that little girls often experienced sexual abuse, since most of his patients were predominantly women and consistently reported childhood instances of sexual molestation. Many of Freud's patients suffered from a common Victorian diagnosis, hysteria.
Autopsy shows Texas cop fired fatal shot from close range into sarcastic student’s back By Travis GettysFriday, March 21, 2014 7:21 EDT A Texas college student likely died from a gunshot wound to his back after making a sarcastic remark to the campus police officer who killed him. Autopsy results show 23-year-old Cameron Redus was shot five times at close range by Cpl. Christopher Carter, a University of Incarnate Word police officer, during an early morning Dec. 6 traffic stop near the San Antonio campus. KENS-TV reported that the autopsy performed the following day showed Redus, a student at the private Catholic university, was shot in the back, left eye, upper chest, left elbow, and right hip. While the locations of the five shots had been previously known, autopsy results released Thursday to the TV news station revealed new details.