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American Why? · 1M ago

Legalize It!

The costs of criminalizing marijuana are far greater than any cost society would bear if it were legal. The medical costs, economic costs (in the way of lost taxes and tariffs), and the cost...
American Why? · 1M ago

Why the Anthem but Not the Bison?

I wonder if the folks who get butthurt about people not standing for “The Star-Spangled Banner” (which only became the national anthem when signed into law in 1931 by Herbert Hoover, another...
American Why? · 1M ago

WTF America? Why?!

I haven’t written anything here for a while. I think about it most every day, but things get in my mental way: I’m doing other work; second-guessing myself; worried about the relevance of th...
American Why? · 1M ago

Valentine's Day: 2/14 in 2-1-4

This is a a re-post from previous Valentine's Days. Why re-invent the wheel, right?Valentines Day is a big deal at prison camp. My room -- 214, ironically -- was no exception. For guys like ...
American Why? · 1M ago

FPC N.Y.E. 2012

It's not New Year's Eve, and the year is still young; this week is cold, and winter so far has been a single long blur of frozen mist and cabin fever -- like being locked down in the fog on ...
American Why? · 1M ago

Thanksgiving in Prison Camp: 2011 Journal Entry

Rainy and foggy today -- watching the beacon at the Duluth airport's tower sweep across the bottom of the mist bank before hitting my window at its regular second-or-so interval. The first c...
American Why? · 1M ago

Your Tax Dollars At Work...

Check out this video from the Brave New Foundation that describes how private companies are profiting from the U.S. Prison system. Your tax dollars are the source of their profits.
American Why? · 1M ago

Federal Prison Economics 101: The Basics

The federal prison economy pretty much reflects the way things work in the real world. Except that it's just that: a reflection. Everything's a little blurred around the edges and illusory. ...