Man robbed bank for $1 to cover jail health care →
youmightfindyourself: CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Desperation apparently drove a North Carolina man to commit a bank robbery last week. What made him sit down and wait for police to arrive to arrest him, is another story. “I’m sort of a logical person and that was my logic, what I came up with,” James Verone said. Verone says he came to the decision to rob the RBC Bank on Thursday of last week. He...
Reparations of any amount are sure to face stiff opposition, as the state is...– North Carolina Confronts the Ugly Past of Its Eugenics Law - COLORLINES
Gut Bacteria Know Secrets About Your Future →
cyanobacteria: You have a hundred trillion of these guys in you right now. Before you were born, you had hardly any. Back then, you were floating in amniotic fluid, protected, sanitized. Bacteria kept their distance. Until you slipped down that birth canal, you were pretty much spic-and-span. Then came your birthday, and all of a sudden, you were invaded. From the delivery, from the...
Listen : The Punitive Turn
Against the Grain: What are the real reasons for this nation’s unprecedented (in world history) boom in incarceration? Is the prison a tool to fight crime, or does it serve an entirely different function? And what about the notion of a Prison Industrial Complex: does it have any relation to reality? Loïc Wacquant shares his thoughts about the relationship between penal policy and...
“How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once?” … Gilding insists he is a realist. “We are heading for a crisis-driven choice,” he says. “We either allow collapse to overtake us or develop a new sustainable economic model. We will choose the latter. We may be slow, but we’re not...
Reverend Malthus and the Future of Food -... →
Why do people keep replaying the same “cartoons”? This piece is no exception. “a simplified version of his thesis has become part of popular culture. This cartoon version holds that the spectacular power of human reproduction will always tend to outstrip increases in the food supply, and that episodes of famine and pestilence are required to bring the population back into...