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"People can say that even if he suffered excruciating pain, he did not suffer as much as the two people he killed. But we should not lose our moral bearings. The state should not decide whom to kill. The U.S. Supreme Court said the death penalty is only to be reserved for the worst of the worst crimes. But nobody knows what that means. Look at the application of the death penalty. Who has been selected to die? Only poor people. Close to 80 percent of executions have happened in the 10 states that practiced slavery. We have signed on to the UN Convention Against Torture that says no one should be subjected to torture. In my years of work with death row inmates, I have witnessed their suffering as they watch their fellow inmates led off to the death chamber. Putting people on death row is nothing short of inflicting mental torture on them."

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maarnayeri:

There are really fewer things that sadden me more than black women who lose their children to police brutality and release statements about how their son or daughter had academic or career goals they wanted to complete.

Its almost innate to every comment released by the slain’s…

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centerforinvestigativereporting:

Drink bottled water? There’s a good chance that it’s coming from some of the most drought-ridden places in the U.S. Check out the full story from Mother Jones.

centerforinvestigativereporting:

Drink bottled water? There’s a good chance that it’s coming from some of the most drought-ridden places in the U.S. Check out the full story from Mother Jones.

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cartoonpolitics:

"These are folks who claim to believe in freedom from government interference and meddling. But it doesn’t seem to bother them when it comes to women’s health." .. (President Obama, referring to Republican politicians)

cartoonpolitics:

"These are folks who claim to believe in freedom from government interference and meddling. But it doesn’t seem to bother them when it comes to women’s health." .. (President Obama, referring to Republican politicians)

(Source: grimmy.com)

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thinksquad:

Chart: One Year of Prison Costs More Than One Year at Princeton

One year at Princeton University: $37,000. One year at a New Jersey state prison: $44,000.


Prison and college “are the two most divergent paths one can take in life,” Joseph Staten, an info-graphic researcher with Public Administration, says. Whereas one is a positive experience that increases lifetime earning potential, the other is a near dead end, which is why Staten found it striking that the lion’s share of government funding goes toward incarceration.

The comparison between higher education spending and correction spending highlighted in the following chart is not perfect. Universities have means to fund themselves; prisons rely on the government. So it makes some sense that a disproportional amount of money flows to the correction centers. Also, take note, comparing African Americans in college and African Americans in dorms is not completely fair. For one, college implies an 18-22 age range, and incarcerated adults can be of any age. Also, it doesn’t take into account African Americans who commute to school.

Despite these shortcomings, this chart helps illustrate a large discrepancy in this country: America has the highest incarceration rate by population, but is only 6th in the world when it comes to college degrees. Our government’s spending reflects that fact accordingly.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/11/chart-one-year-of-prison-costs-more-than-one-year-at-princeton/247629/

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azspot:


Matt Bors: It’s Different When We Do It
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cartoonpolitics:

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dailykos:

Yeesh.
Source: http://bit.ly/1uELSOk

Not true…the state of Chevron, the state of Exxon, the state of Koch industries and the state Wallmart etc all get assistance.

dermoosealini:

dailykos:

Yeesh.

Source: http://bit.ly/1uELSOk

Not true…the state of Chevron, the state of Exxon, the state of Koch industries and the state Wallmart etc all get assistance.

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United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday. 
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