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Holy shit, I just learned from this Atlantic Monthly article, by Doran Larson, that the average life expectancy of American prison guards is only 59 years.

The mass incarceration of Americans is bad for everybody involved. It's bad for the whole damn country.

But the Scandinavian model, as outlined in the Atlantic Monthly piece, is one that we should seriously consider for US prisons.

The Sleepy Time Tea Party?


From Ruth Coniff at The Progressive magazine comes the news that progressive politicians and activists, in defeating Obama's choice of Larry Summers as Federal Reserve Chair, might be on their way to becoming a lefty version of the Tea Party. Of course, this Progressive Tea Party will be non-caffeinated and organic.

This highlights the continuing Republican bullshit contention that the pathologically moderate Obama is some kind of socialist.