Conditioning parole and probation on the ability to pay fines and fees is bad policy, period. Just as cash bail and disproportionate fees and fines discriminate against those least able to pay, so too do these fees imposed on people on supervised release. In Montana, both fees and conditions of release, which come with their own cost, have an outsized impact on Native Americans. Both poverty and geography are penalized under the current system. Disadvantaged people of every background are routinely released on supervision with little chance of satisfying its requirements. “Without treatment, housing, transportation and other basic services,” the ACLU’s Sarah Mehta and Robin Gomila note, “people under supervision are unable to meet the conditions and responsibilities—as well as costs—imposed by supervision.” Native Americans, especially those who live on reservations, are more likely to live in poverty and less likely to have access to the services they need to satisfy supervision requirements. When they fail, they’re re-incarcerated. Requirements weren’t always this severe. The number of people under supervision has quadrupled since 1980. Over the same period, punitive restrictions increased in popularity, including those that imposed costs on those on probation or parole. Other deleterious changes were driven by cost. Example: The state used to pay for GPS monitoring, drug tests, and treatment. Now, individuals do. Changing norms and increasing caseloads (without commensurate increases in resources) changed the role of supervision officers. If they ever were able to focus on rehabilitation, that’s not the case now. Rather, they’re incentivized to issue formal violations. Sometimes, that’s the only option. Too often, though, officers perceive the most extreme option as the surest way to protect themselves from perceived failure or liability. Melissa Smylie managed to get herself released from prison by becoming her own lawyer. But once under supervision, she was subject to stifling—and unreasonable—requirements. Melissa had to quit the job she’d pre-arranged because her probation officer wouldn’t let her drive; she had to turn down the next job she found because it was casino-related, though in a totally separate location. When she fought back against “baseless” probation violation accusations made by her supervision officer, Melissa had to move again, without her daughter; the same accusations barred her from signing a lease agreement or enrolling in college. She had to fight just to retain custody of her daughter, though there was no formal basis for removing her. Throughout, Melissa was ineligible for food assistance—because she was on supervision. Melissa escaped Montana’s criminal justice system, but many do not.
Settle down, everyone. Kellyanne Conway is here to tell you what #MeToo is and isn’t, and as in her role as self-appointed decider, she has decreed that Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh are not part of the #MeToo movement. «Let's not conflate the larger Me Too movement with whatever did or did not happen in the summer of 1982, 36 years ago, that was not spoken about for the first time ever until 30 years later, that judge Brett Kavanaugh has completely denied,» Conway said in an interview on CNN. [...] Conway said she commends the women who have come forward in the past, but added that many #MeToo cases were the result of one woman coming forward, leading to «others [coming] forward and [saying] thank you so much for coming forward because now I don't feel alone in saying that person was a complete, he was just an awful person.» «That's what's happened in most of these cases,» Conway continued. «I know it is not for lack of trying that people are trying to prove the same here, and have not. So we will have the testimony next week.» So because only one woman has come forward, it doesn’t count. Like, according to Conway, it only counts as #MeToo if there are multiple women saying “me too with that specific man.” And all the while Conway and Donald Trump and Senate Republicans and anonymous makers of death threats are making sure any woman who was thinking about speaking up and saying “Brett Kavanaugh didn’t just assault Christine Blasey Ford, he assaulted me, too” has strong reason to think twice, think three times, and stay quiet. What are Conway’s qualifications as boss of the #MeToo movement, anyway? Here’s a woman who works for the groper-in-chief, a man whose accusers are in the double digits, one of whom is suing him for defamation, and she’s taking it on herself to say who does and doesn’t count. This, my friends, is chutzpah. Let’s take back the Senate. Can you chip in $1 to Nevada’s Jacky Rosen and Texas’ Beto O’Rourke?
Sad news for Republicans: Voters see through their tax law. Even sadder, the Republican ability to stay in denial about that is fading. In an internal Republican National Committee poll: By a 2-to-1 margin -- 61 percent to 30 percent -- respondents said the law benefits “large corporations and rich Americans” over “middle class families,” according to the survey, which was completed on Sept. 2 by the GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies and obtained by Bloomberg News. Independent voters saw the Republican law that way even more strongly than Democrats. So, while voters are much more narrowly split on whether the tax overhaul was a good thing, Republicans say that “we’ve lost the messaging battle.” The RNC study says Americans worry the tax law will lead to cuts in Social Security and Medicare, concluding that “most voters believe that the GOP wants to cut back on these programs in order to provide tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy.” It attributes that finding to “a fairly disciplined Democrat attack against the recent tax cuts.” That “fairly disciplined Democratic attack” was aided, of course, by reality. Because that’s what Republicans want to do, and they haven’t always done the best job of hiding it. No more tax cuts for large corporations and rich Americans. Can you give $1 to each Daily Kos-endorsed candidate for House and Senate?
Rep. Beto O’Rourke is putting on a surprisingly strong run against Sen. Ted Cruz—despite O’Rourke supporting stronger gun laws, supposedly an absolute no-go zone in the state. But it turns out that, even in Texas, some Republicans are with O’Rourke on this subject: A Reuters/Ipsos national poll this year found similar support for gun control in Texas, with two-thirds of adults supporting “strong” or “moderate” regulations or restrictions on firearms. Texas voters remain sharply divided by party on the issue, however, a Quinnipiac University Poll found in May. While 70 percent of Texas Republicans opposed stricter gun laws, the poll found, 79 percent of Democrats supported them. Cruz is running a campaign in which he’s suggested that O’Rourke would ban barbecue, so obviously he’s also suggesting that O’Rourke would rip guns from the arms of their loving owners just as the Trump administration has ripped migrant children from the arms of their parents. (And we know which Cruz would be more outraged about.) But, as one Republican owner of more than 20 guns told Reuters, “Even as conservative as I am, there has to be a middle ground on guns.” It’s unlikely to help him, but O’Rourke’s position on this issue may not hurt him as much as common wisdom would predict. Can you give Beto O'Rourke $3?
A little-noticed interview took place Friday afternoon that illustrates exactly why Republicans are doing everything possible to discourage Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser from testifying next week. The clearly camera-shy sister-in-law of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford answered questions on MSNBC, and while Sandra Ford Mendler didn't deliver any bombshells worthy of flashy headlines, she gave us a window into exactly why Dr. Blasey Ford's testimony could shred Republicans with a demographic they can't afford to enrage just weeks before the midterms: college-educated women. First off, Mendler, serving as a surrogate for Dr. Blasey Ford, was very relatable. She was poised but not overly polished, and specific about what she said but not guarded or evasive in any sense. In essence, as she was beamed into living rooms across America, Mendler was the anti-Kavanaugh. She did her best to provide the information that was asked of her in what was clearly an unfortunate situation all the way around. In some cases, Mendler didn’t have answers about, for instance, what Dr. Blasey Ford might ultimately decide to do. But she didn’t equivocate or dodge the way Kavanaugh did throughout his confirmation hearing. Any college-educated woman watching Mendler could imagine the discomfort of being put in that spot, but stepping up to give the interview anyway out of sheer loyalty to a family member while not necessarily liking any minute of it. Second, Mendler made clear that Dr. Blasey Ford is a scientist and, as such, a very precise and measured person. «Her expertise is statistics,» explained Mendler. «She's very careful about information and never exaggerating results. She's a very serious and thoughtful and generous person and I think she—as a serious and thoughtful person—wants the process to be fair. And I don't think that's too much to ask.» No, it's not too much to ask. Mendler herself came across as a thoughtful and serious person too. And the difference between listening to someone like her relay clear, concise, and honest observations versus hearing from grandstanding politicians and political operators is striking. If Dr. Blasey Ford decides to testify and presents anywhere close to Mendler's understated TV appearance, by comparison Kavanaugh will come across like a slick creature of Washington, hobnobbing with the GOP boys club at another insidery hearing. It will not be a good look, and Republicans should be exactly as terrified of it as they are acting. Friday, Sep 21, 2018 · 10:49:36 PM +00:00 · Kerry Eleveld UPDATE: GOP still trying to jam Dr. Ford and ram the vote through on Monday. xBREAKING: @ChuckGrassley says deadline for Dr Ford to say if she will testify extended to 10pm, and says: «IÃ¢ÂÂm providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. FordÃ¢ÂÂs attorneys donÃ¢ÂÂt respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify.» pic.twitter.com/zHnvbuXqKj— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 21, 2018
Relatives of Erika Peña, the woman who fought off and escaped from the Border Patrol supervisor who later confessed to killing four women in Texas, say «it's a miracle that she's alive,” but say that she is deeply traumatized from her ordeal. “She can’t think,” her mother, Adriana Rodriguez, told Telemundo. “She can’t sleep. She screams.” Juan David Ortiz, a nine-year veteran of the federal agency, abducted Peña just a week ago, CNN reports, pointing a gun at her as he held her inside his truck. Rodriguez said that Peña managed to slip out of her blouse after Ortiz grabbed it, and fled from his truck, screaming “help me, help me, someone is trying to kill me!” It was Peña who alerted authorities to Ortiz’s location, and he was later arrested. »Yes, to others she is a hero,” said her aunt Marcela Rodriguez, “but it doesn't take away the fact that she was also a victim in this tragedy. She is a survivor but she is going through serious trauma.” The family is now attempting to get Peña professional help, and “intend to hire a lawyer,” but “declined to specify what kind of legal action they plan to take.” Her family also grieved for Ortiz’s other victims, who are believed to have been sex workers. They say he targeted them because he thought “no one would care for them.« But during a candlelight vigil this week, community members gathered to remember Melissa Ramirez, Claudine Ann Luera, Janelle Ortiz, and “Jane Doe,” who has now been identified to family by police. »She loved to cook,” Karina Ramos said about her aunt Claudine. “She loved to have family over and entertain us.” Ortiz “has been charged with four counts of murder and one count each of unlawful restraint and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,” and is jailed on $2.5 million bond. Even that amount pales to the more than $60 million in legal settlements “where border agents were involved in deaths, driving injuries, alleged assaults and wrongful detention,” the Guardian reports. Still, even with a serial killer in its ranks, Republicans have taken no steps to rein in this out-of-control agency. Democrats, however, have called for an investigation.
Donald Trump has threatened to impose even more tariffs on Chinese goods if Beijing dares to impose tit-for-tat measures in response to Washington’s latest package of levies targeting some $200 billion of Chinese exports. Read Full Article at RT.com
Donald Trump has threatened to impose even more tariffs on Chinese goods if Beijing dares to impose tit-for-tat measures in response to Washington’s latest package of levies targeting some $200 billion of Chinese imports. Read Full Article at RT.com
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese cryptocurrency firm Tech Bureau Corp said on Friday it now estimates $62 million worth of digital currencies were stolen in a hack last week, but added that the amount could still rise as the precise figures would only be known once its computer server is restored.
The ED said Friday it has attached assets worth Rs 42.88 crore in India and Dubai in connection with a money laundering probe related to a bitcoin transaction case. The agency said it has issued a provisional order for attachment of properties under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The properties include six offices of the alleged kingpin of the scam, Amit Bhardwaj, in Dubai and flats and bank balances in India of two of his marketing agents. These are worth Rs 42.88 crore, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said. Bhardwaj started a company in Singapore -- Ms Variabletech Pvt Ltd -- in 2015 and through its website www.gainbitcoin.com and www.gainbitcoin.com he launched a ponzi scheme for bitcoin trading, according to the ED investigation. Bitcoin is a virtual crypto-currency which is illegal in India. The ED said under the scheme, Bhardwaj through his team of marketing agents used to lure people by asking them to buy bitcoins out of their investments. He then invested ...
The coolest mission you haven't heard of just hit a major milestone: the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe has reached its destination, the asteroid Ryugu, and just deployed a pair of landers to its surface. Soon it will touch down itself and bring back a sample of Ryugu back to Earth! Are you kidding me? That's amazing!
In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ The author outlined reasons why the Valley has “peaked.” Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. High-profile entrepreneurs and investors, Peter Thiel, for example, have left. Rising […]
From its glass-lined offices in San Francisco’s leafy Presidio national park, six-year-old Mithril Capital Management has happily flown under the radar. Now it’s leaving altogether and relocating its team to Austin, a spot that, among others the firm had considered, has “enough critical mass of a technical culture, an artisanal culture, an artistic culture, and […]
Flat-Earthers try to explain the equinox, and the results are as odd as you'd expect.
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Medical students from The University of Texas Health Sciences Center (UTHealth) in Houston will speak with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station next week.
How does ten games for $9 sound? Pretty good, yeah? Right now, you can pick up the Humble One Special Day Bundle with ten stellar games for a tiny fraction of their retail […] The post Geek Deals: Pay What You Want for Humble One Special Day Bundle appeared first on Geek.com.
Forget Peak TV. We’re living in an age of Peak Content, period. There are so many cool shows and movies and games and weird internet videos you could consume at any given moment […] The post Cops, Maniacs and Black Panther: Let Geek Tell You What to Watch This Weekend appeared first on Geek.com.
MDMA has long been known as a party drug. It can make people cuddly, euphoric, and even help with severe PTSD. And it’s because of that last bit that researchers have taken to […] The post Scientists Gave Octopi Molly and They Loved It appeared first on Geek.com.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Officials are preparing to relocate six to eight mainland wolves to Isle Royale National Park, a first step toward rebuilding a depleted population of the predators that help keep the Lake Superior island's ecology in balance. Superintendent Phyllis Green says federal, state and tribal specialists ...
Floral artist Rebecca Louise Law (previously) travels widely to install her beloved cascading flower showers around the world. Most recently, the UK-based artist worked with residents of Toledo, Ohio to install Community, her largest work to date. The exhibition incorporates over 500,000 flowers, installed with substantial help from local volunteers. . Community is comprised of dried flowers preserved from previous exhibitions as well as over 150,000 locally sourced native plants. More
When Disney bought Star Wars from famous cool dude George Lucas, one of the first sacrifices the company made when reviving the #brand was killing off pretty much the entire Expanded Universe. If […] The post GEEK PICK: Star Wars Millennium Falcon Book Light appeared first on Geek.com.
The New England Patriots’ lackluster start to the 2018 season is not sitting too well with Tom Terrific.Michael Giardi of NFL Network reported on Friday that multiple Patriots players told him star quarterback Tom Brady was “irritated” this week due to the team’s poor execution in their Week 2 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Pats put up just 302 yards of total offense against the Jags, falling by the final of 31-20. After the game, Brady made some critical remarks to the media about his team’s play.While wide receiver Julian Edelman, one of Brady’s top targets, is suspended for the first four games of the season, it still hasn’t been the start that the Pats had envisioned. The hope here will be that the defending AFC champions can have a bounceback game on Sunday against the winless Detroit Lions, who are coached by former New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
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