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Pork is Back in Federal Prisons, After an Iowan's Intervention

October 17, 2015 After merely two weeks without any pork on the menu of federal prisons in the United States, one dish with the meat is back, following a high-level intervention on Thursday, Oct. 15. Just hours after Iowa senator Charles E. Grassley (R) sent the US Bureau of Prisons (BOP) a letter...

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The Federal Prison System has Taken Pork Off the Menu

October 7, 2015 Inmates at federal prisons will no longer have the option of getting a side of bacon with their breakfast. The US Bureau of Prisons has pulled pork off of its national menu for fiscal year 2016, which started Oct. 1. The decision was based on an annual survey of inmates,...

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The Justice Department is Setting Thousands of Early-Release Prisoners Free

October 6, 2015 The Justice Department is set to spring 6,000 federal inmates from prison before their sentences are complete, the Washington Post reports, in the largest one-time release of inmates in US history. The release, between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2, is the first tranche of what could eventually total 46,000 early-release...

The UN Using Virtual Reality, Immersive ‘Wormhole’ to Connect Diplomats with Syrian Refugees

September 21, 2015 On their way to this month’s 70th United Nation’s General Assembly, the organization’s annual high-level meeting in New York, diplomats and world leaders will pass by a makeshift glass structure—both a glossy multi-media hub, and a gateway to an entirely different world. The hub uses virtual reality to allow the...

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Hillary Clinton Is Expertly Trolling the Republican Debate Again—This Time in Spanish

September 17, 2015 As candidates for the Republican presidential nomination were blasting each other during their second televised debate, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton took some well-aimed potshots on Twitter, highlighting the GOP’s divisive immigration policies in the Hispanic community’s lingua franca. During the debate, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump derided former Florida governor Jeb...

Ben Carson Called Out on Climate Change

September 14, 2015 After Ben Carson, candidate for the Republican nomination for president and pediatric neurosurgeon, claimed he had never seen scientific evidence for man-made climate change, California governor Jerry Brown delivered the proof–on a flash drive. Brown’s press office tweeted a photo (above) of the letter and flash drive that he sent...

A Nashville Jail's Questionable Side Business

August 17, 2015 Former inmates at a privately-run Nashville jail say they were forced to work for free, making products for a business owned by the jail’s officials. The items, decorative plaques, “cornhole” lawn games, birdhouses and dog beds, made at the jail’s woodshop, were sold at a flea market and through a...

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NASA Astronaut Neil Armstrong May Have a Planet Named For Him

August 13, 2015 Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, could have a planet named after him. The International Astronomical Union, an organization responsible for naming cosmic bodies, has opened a public vote to name 32 exoplanets and 15 of their stars (h/tNew Scientist). If chosen, “Neil” would be...

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Manning Faces Solitary Confinement For Possessing the Jenner Issue of Vanity Fair

August 13, 2015 Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years in a military prison for disclosing government secrets, now faces indefinite solitary confinement for a series of minor infractions, including possession of a Vanity Fair issue featuring Caitlyn Jenner’s seminal interview, Malala Yousafzai’s memoir, and an expired tube of toothpaste, according...

It’s Not Just Sandra Bland: U.S. Jails Drive Thousands to Suicide

August 5, 2015 The family of Sandra Bland, the woman who was found hanging dead in a Texas jail after she was detained during a traffic stop, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit contending that she should never have been arrested in the first place, and that she did not receive the appropriate...