Filling Up Prisons Without Fighting Crime: Mark Kleiman on America’s Criminal Justice System

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Zach Weissmueller of ReasonTV interviewed UCLA’s Mark Kleiman, author of When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment. He says the USA’s current system of “randomized draconianism” doesn’t reduce crime or rehabilitate prisoners. “Swiftness and certainty are more important than severity.”

UCLA Professor of Public Affairs Mark Kleiman is “angry about having too much crime and an intolerable number of people behind bars.” The United States is home to five percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, yet, says Kleiman, our high incarceration rate isn’t making us safer…
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‘Shrink to Survive’ Proposals to Tackle Economic Decline

‘Shrink to Survive’ - Entire Neighborhoods In U.S. To Be Bulldozed

‘Shrink to Survive’ – Entire Neighborhoods In U.S. To Be Bulldozed

Dozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic “shrink to survive” proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline.  

The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature.

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America’s 10 Most Endangered Rivers Of 2009

 

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Levee break, Sacramento-San Joaquin River in California. Image credit:American Rivers/Aquafornia blog.

From outdated flood control schemes to harmful dams and mining projects, our nation’s rivers and clean water are at risk. Today, we released America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition, spotlighting ten rivers in need of urgent action. Learn more and take action to help the rivers at AmericanRivers.org See summary descriptions the 10 most endangered rivers after jump…

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How Microbes Can Fuel America In The Future

How Microbes Can Fuel America In The Future 

Scientists Use Tiny Organisms to Create Fuel, Viruses to Make Batteries

For millenniums, microbes have been a staunch technological ally. They have leavened our bread and cured our cheeses. Now, engineers are asking them to convert carbon dioxide into fuel and to build a new generation of batteries. Some of the smallest life forms with which we share the planet are helping us cope with the energy challenges of the 21st century.

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The Fleecing of America

 The Fleecing of America

Roger Cohen: World leaders converge on a battered New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly and my advice to them is: think Damien Hirst.

It’s not that I expect them to dwell on the British artist’s giant tanks of dead sharks and piglets at a time when the U.S. economy is being socialized to the tune of $700 billion ($2,000 for every man, woman and child in the country) as a result of a giant mortgage-related Ponzi scheme.

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Why India Hates China

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 30 basic reasons that explain why India hates China

India wants to be superpower, but China seems to be one step ahead. India wants the world, especially America and Europe to realize that India is just as powerful as China and thus deserves a superpower attention. Second counter point video after the jump.

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Top 10 Saltiest Foods in America

Top 10 Saltiest Foods in America

If it looks good, and tastes good, its gotta be too salty

Salty food may seem like the least of your worries, especially if you’re among the 40 percent of people who mindlessly shake salt on every dish. An extra dash here, a few sprinkles there–what’s the big deal?

A lot, when you consider the fact that a mere teaspoon of the stuff contains all 2,300 milligrams (mg) of your recommended daily allotment. Yet daily salt consumption is on the rise in the United States–from 2,300 mg in the 1970s to more than 3,300 mg today. And according to Monell Chemical Senses Center researchers, 77 percent of that sodium intake comes from processed-food purveyors and restaurants. Their motivation: Pile on the salt so we don’t miss natural flavors and fresh ingredients.

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