The Gulag Ameripelago: US Incarceration Surpasses Russia's

Tyler Durden's picture

Remember when Americans used to mock Russia (f/k/a the USSR) for being one big Gulag prison colony? Those were the good days. One thing is sure: they no longer "hate us for our freedom." On the other hand, if instead of prison, one were to write in "minimum security, free room and board, out early for good behavior" (especially if the world's most famous hedge fund will fund all your cash needs for the rest of your life on the 'other side' just as we predicted three weeks ago), then they would certainly hate us for our benefits.

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Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Bob you are so weird.  You even know studies about black people's dicks.  Fucking weirdo.

Insideher Trading's picture

I never mentioned "black peoples dicks" studies.

I have no idea why you're even responding to my posts.

Creeper.

Nick Jihad's picture

The really funny thing about this, is that sub-Saharan African societies are almost universally matriarchal. Although, my alternative hypothesis is that Northern European humans self-selected for small penises, because a frost-bitten penis is evolutionarlily disadvantageous! :-)

 

Alexandre Stavisky's picture

Eyes wide shut?

Eyes are the windows to the soul and the first aperature that all the deadly sins enter.  Greed, lust, envy, strife, gluttony, etc.  They are the sense by which value is calculated.  They, colored like jewels, respond to jewels, discriminating them from sand, grime, or even the entirely unnoticeable.

Ancient priests once wore a breastplate full of jewels.  Each precious stone had an individual characteristic.  That stone was to represent a certain segment of mankind society or maybe just a special tribe.  Robes were also worn.  With deep color to provoke the eye to an remembrance of its wearer's power(s).  Called an ephod.

Ancient egypt had a pyramid, where the capstone stood upon the entire base and other structure.  It was assumed that the capstone had occupied each of the earlier space so as to inherit its preeminence by full knowledge.  So too the special robes worn.  One of many colours would convey that the person was especially gifted, perhaps with all the colors of jewels, or all the shades of ability.

The many tribes which inhabit the earth have their many distinctions.  It is not happenstance, or melanin, or long evolving organic inconsequential glob under the sun and moon.  No, it is a caste, a pronouncement of the wearer of THIS robe, in THIS place, on this blue planet.  It is a robe bestowed by the great Creator and to those whose eyes are wide open, and can see, it is to help discriminate between men.  Not just apparel.  Robes, aprons, uniforms, placardies, orphneys, fruit salad ribbons, epaulets, awards, decorations, special mentions--just not worn prominent.

The open secret.  Old Testament stuff.  Riches and acquisition is part of it.  Wisdom and attainment another.  Comeliness, ettiquette, extreme grace in body and spirit, another.

Then again, perhaps we're just very elevated worms and this mudpit is a transience before the great nothing.

The greatest treasure comes from a man born in a cattle stall in greatest humility, hunted for his life by Herod, dressed in rags, and destined to be despised by the very tribe he was born to be King to.  The greatest of all must ascend from the most humiliation, having suffered by drinking from the bitter cup to the uttermost dregs.  Servant unto the least, becomes greatest of all.  Seek...and all these things shall be added unto you.

See, discriminate wisely.  Or be blind.

We play at paste,
Till qualified for pearl,
Then quit the paste,
And deem ourself a fool.
The shapes, though, were similar,
And our new hands
Learned gem-tactics
Practicing sands.

QQQBall's picture

You're kidding, right? There is nothing wrong with a bias if it is based on fact. 

trollin4sukrz's picture

36M blacks and as many hispanics; 

 

err dont you mean niggerz and spicz?

A Nanny Moose's picture

...who are more frequently incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses, than whites.

..and then they came for you Trav, and nobody will fucking speak for you dickhead.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Neither do Mexico, or Brazil, right? Did you even look at the fucking chart?

Stuck on Zero's picture

Illegal immigrants and recent legal immigrants have filled our prisons.  Mexico and South America are smart enough to send us their criminals.

 

trollin4sukrz's picture

Castro dumped his criminals on us as well.

economics9698's picture

I saw that, you know the movie...Scarface.

rwe2late's picture

  Actually, incarceration rates are due to USA "drug war" and immigration laws.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/12/how-private-prisons-profit-from-the-criminalization-of-immigrants/

but don't let the facts get in the way of your ignorance...

ball-and-chain's picture

The problem isn't color.

It's drugs.  We need to legalize them.

We have a prison industrial complex.

People are making money off incarceration.

It's a crying shame.

Say no to fascism.

http://www.angrysinner.blogspot.kr/2012/12/yesterday-dragon-lady-cooked-barbecue.html

economics9698's picture

I second that but some groups are 6.5 times more likely to commit violent crimes.

akak's picture

Now you leave the central banksters out of this!

Nick Jihad's picture

That is the sad reality, which the MSM would like to hide from us.  If the phrase "christian newsom" doesn't mean anything to you, google it, and wonder why you never heard about this crime.

VisualCSharp's picture

Downvoted for continual shitty blog spam.

venturen's picture

I've lived where they are legal...and believe me that isn't the answer!

Chuck Walla's picture

We have 36M blacks and as many hispanics; what is Russia's excuse?

The Russe aren't so sensitive as Americans. They kill criminals in the streets with little regard for bystanders or much of anything else. Keeps the prisons a little less crowded.

FORWARD WARDEN!

ultimate warrior's picture

Drug laws effect minorities more so than whites but the immoral and unconstitutional drug laws are the major contributing factor for our high incarceration rate. If we didn't lock people up for non violent crimes like drug use/production we would save billions and be a little more free but....that's not what our overlords want for us. 

Gmpx's picture

Russia's excuse is vodka. I am not joking.

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

trav777 -- look what the cat dragged in.  Where the fuck you been.  Did the Tylers finally turn your avatar back on?  They shut down my sock puppet handle for good. sniff, sniff.

Louie the Dog's picture

 

We have 36M blacks and as many hispanics; what is Russia's excuse?

 

Exactly.

sunaJ's picture

I heard that if they did even one criminal indictment of HSBC personnel, a fairy would lose its wings, so clap your hands with enthusiasm, Ladies and Gentlemen, to keep this journey to Neverland going!

Bunga Bunga's picture

If corporations are people, why they're not in jail?

Bunga Bunga's picture

If these bankers were in the US they still would be free people. Jailing honorable bankers, what a banana republic that Germany is.

francis_sawyer's picture

Did you check their skin color?...

sunaJ's picture

The Department of "Justice", in its press conference this week announcing the hand-slap that was the corporate fine charged to HSBC (to be paid by shareholders), told us brazenly and precisely why HSBC was not criminally charged: that it could possibly cause falling confidence in a still fragile economy.  I suppose there is much less danger of negative impacts to the economy if you only jail drug users and the like.  As I listened to the press conference, the first image that popped into my head as Mr. DOJ Douchebag presented his analysis for forgoing criminal charges, was that of a hostage taker (ie. terrorist) holding a gun to the head of some defenseless young lass, which in my mind's eye represented our economy.

In no situation do you ever walk away or drop your gun, Mr. DOJ Douchebag (what kind of law enforcement officer are you?).  You shoot the fucking hostage taker first chance you get.  Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail -second verse, same as the first - catch phrases that are used to dismiss justice and promulgate the fraudulent status quo.

 

Also alleged in the filing documents is that HSBC personnel knew they were violating the Trading With the Enemy Act and laundering money - to the tune of $800 Million for the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico (approx $9 Billion total, including laundering for Iran).  How many dead bodies did that buy for our neighbor to the south, I wonder?  It's the same world as in 2008.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Max Keiser coined the term "Casino Gulag" headed by the Fascist Correction Core Corp.  I see why.

midtowng's picture

Exactly how are we the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave we we lock up more people than any other nation?

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

no comment needed:

"A federal jury on Friday found a former Pennsylvania judge guilty in a so-called kids-for-cash scheme, in which he took money in exchange for sending juvenile offenders to for-profit detention centers. 

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was accused of taking $2.8 million in bribes and kickbacks for putting juveniles into detention centers owned by friends.

 

The jury in Scranton found him guilty of racketeering, money-laundering conspiracy, fraud and filing false income tax returns."

A Lunatic's picture

Filled with people with nothing to hide.......

swissaustrian's picture

And people the government wants to hide like Bernard von Nothaus or Irwin Schiff.

nmewn's picture

"Filled with people with nothing to hide......."

They're workin on it Lunatic...they're workin on it.

"In other words, the public can't know until after the measure becomes law just how wide a digital net the government will actually require automakers to cast with the EDRs."

Now where have we heard that before? ;-)

Continuing...

"Cooper points to multiple areas in which privacy concerns could be lost.

"The EDRs, if made mandatory, will provide a wide open door to the comings and goings of every American," he said."

http://www.examiner.com/article/analyst-worries-auto-black-boxes-invite-privacy-abuse-by-officials

A Lunatic's picture

There was a time not so long ago that one was entitled to a speedy trial, with a fully informed (very important, that) jury of your peers that had had the authority to judge the merit and application of the "law itself.........

Fredo Corleone's picture

Now, a Chateau d'If in every county.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Problem: Electronic Data Recorder

Solution:

Just fry it out.  No big deal.  Anytime gov makes technology mandatory, there's an easy work around.  RFID passports - 5 seconds in the microwave should do the trick just fine.  The thing is, people in government think technology is fucking magical.  Even their super surveillance system has problems - the problem with big data: the more data you collect, the lower your signal/noise becomes.  Collect away boys, collect away.  I'll even email you pictures of my poo: http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2012/05/noise-and-signal-nassim-taleb/

General Decline's picture

Try putting your license plate renewal sticker in the microwave.  I would never do that to my passport. It would make it a real pain in the ass at the airport.  They already know who I am anyway.

SgtShaftoe's picture

you know, some people are taking microwaves apart, bolting on a waveguide to the magnetron, hooking them up to a battery and aiming them at sensitive electronic devices.  t'would be a shame if traffic cameras and license plate scanners were destroyed in that way, an absolute shame, and dangerous.

Cathartes Aura's picture

you have me grinnin' Sgt.

those new biometric driving licenses cook up real fine in about 5 seconds too. . .

nmewn's picture

Of course thats everyones first thought, fry it...it is our property afterall.

The real issue is them doing it through the regulatory process. It was a request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and approved by O'Barry...the most transparent administration...evah! ;-)

Real Estate Geek's picture

the EDR is combined with the computer that deploys the airbags. For that exact reason.l

swissaustrian's picture

Seems like Switzerland is a very boring place...

drbill's picture

And everyone owns a gun in Switzerland...

swissaustrian's picture

That's a giant myth, believe me I'm Swiss. Our gun laws are much more restrictive than US gun laws. We have military that's organized as a militia but the general population is pretty much disarmed. There is nothing like the 2nd amendment over here. I needed to get excessive training and certification to be able to own handguns and rifles.

Ropingdown's picture

If you are Swiss and live in Switzerland and yet you believe that "the general poplulation is pretty much disarmed" then you must live in a cave.  Gun ownership for sporting purposes (target shooting, trap, hunting) is very common.  I'm not Swiss, but my Swiss friends and my travel experience make it very clear that you are wrong.  Even the number of handguns in private hands is still very large, though there are limits on carrying.  Giant myth? Each of the men I know who completed their years of reserve duty kept their rifles, altered to fire semi-auto only.  Disarmed?  No.

Texas Ginslinger's picture

When things start falling apart rapidly, prison may be a safer place for some, with a warm bed and 3 meals a day.....