Multiple arrest warrants have been issued in relation to a trail of
criminal activity resulting in the theft of more than $1 million
from a Fulton County business, authorities said.
Police began an investigation in mid-April when Waste Management
Inc. made a complaint regarding Willow Oak Landfill, which it owns,
following an anonymous tip and a private investigation, according to
the Palmetto Police Department today.
In this case it was the landfill operator that filed a complaint.
Waste Management is one of the two largest solid waste companies
in the U.S.; the other is ADS.
It’s about time!
The War on Drugs has failed, admits the U.S. Department of Justice,
by saying it will “avoid charging certain low-level and nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that carry mandatory minimums”.
The Justice Department will avoid charging certain low-level and
nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that carry mandatory minimums,
Attorney General Eric Holder will announce Monday. The policy shift
will allow certain defendants — those without ties to
large-scale organizations, gangs or cartels — to avoid what
Holder called “draconian mandatory minimum sentences.”
Holder, in a speech before the American Bar Association in San
Francisco on Monday, Continue reading →
Two years before the Deepwater Horizon blow-out in the Gulf of
Mexico, another BP off-shore rig suffered a nearly identical
blow-out, but BP concealed the first one from the U.S. regulators
This week, EcoWatch.org located an eyewitness with devastating new
information about the Caspian Sea oil-rig blow-out which BP had
concealed from government and the industry.
The witness, whose story is backed up by rig workers who were
evacuated from BP’s Caspian platform, said that had BP revealed the
full story as required by industry practice, the eleven Gulf of
Mexico workers “could have had a chance” of survival.
But BP’s insistence on using methods proven faulty sealed their
One cause of the blow-outs was the same in both cases: the use of a
money-saving technique—plugging holes with
By hiding the disastrous failure of its penny-pinching cement
process in 2008, BP was able to continue to use the dangerous
methods in the Gulf of Mexico—causing the worst oil spill in
U.S. history. April 20 marks the second anniversary of the Gulf oil
The Mexican president who put the Mexican Army onto the streets
to stop the drug war, resulting in 40,000+ deaths, many
collateral damage like
the son of writer Carlos Fuentes,
the Mexican president who
a year ago started hinting that that didn’t work and something else should be done,
is already following the path of his predecessors
Ernesto Zedillo and
Vicente Fox, in calling for the U.S.
to end the war on drugs.
Georgia can’t afford to continue spending a billion dollars a year to lock people up, especially while cutting education.
If we listen to the Mexican presidents, we can save much of that billion and spend much of the savings on education.
In an interview recorded last month for this week’s special report
on Mexico, Mr Calderón said: “Are there still drugs in Juárez [a
violent northern border city]? Well of course, but it has never been
the objective…of the public-security strategy to end something
that it is impossible to end, namely the consumption of drugs or
“[E]ither the United States and its society, its government and its
congress decide to drastically reduce their consumption of drugs, or
if they are not going to reduce it they at least have the moral
responsibility to reduce the flow of money towards Mexico, which
goes into the hands of criminals. They have to explore even market
mechanisms to see if that can allow the flow of money to reduce.
“If they want to take all the drugs they want, as far as I’m
concerned let them take them. I don’t agree with it but it’s their
decision, as consumers and as a society. What I do not accept is
that they continue passing their money to the hands of killers.”
The Economist article spelled out what Calderón still doesn’t quite say:
There are historical reasons for why we lock up so many people,
some going back a century or more, and some starting in 1980 and 2001.
Knowing what they are (and what they are not)
lets us see what we can do to end the epidemic of
incarceration that is damaging education and agriculture in Georgia.
Over all, there are now more people under
“correctional supervision” in America—more than
were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height. That city of
the confined and the controlled, Lockuptown, is now the second largest
in the United States.
The accelerating rate of incarceration over the past few decades is just
as startling as the number of people jailed: in 1980, there were about
two hundred and twenty people incarcerated for every hundred thousand
Americans; by 2010, the number had more than tripled, to seven hundred
and thirty-one. No other country even approaches that. In the past two
decades, the money that states spend on prisons has risen at six times
the rate of spending on higher education.
And we can’t afford that, especially not when we’re cutting school budgets.
That graph of education vs. incarceration spending is for California.
Somebody should do a similar graph for Georgia.
Some interesting points about prisons from a Georgia blogger.
Keith McCants posted Wednesday in Peanut Politics,
Prisons as Economic Development: Boom or Bust for Rural Georgia?
In Georgia today there are more prisoners than farmers. And while
most prisoners in Georgia are from urban communities, most prisons
are now in rural areas with high levels of poverty & a unskilled,
uneducated workforce. During the last two decades, the large-scale
use of incarceration to solve social problems has combined with the
fall-out of globalization to produce an ominous trend: prisons have
become a “growth industry” in rural Georgia, in fact Rural America.
Communities in isolated regions of the state began suffering from
declines in farming, mining, timber-work and manufacturing are now
begging for prisons to be built in their backyards. The economic
restructuring that began in the troubled decade of the 1980s has had
dramatic social and economic consequences for rural communities and
small towns. Together the farm crises, factory closings, corporate
downsizing, shift to service sector employment and the substitution
of major regional and national chains for local, main-street
businesses have triggered profound change in these areas.
So, many rural areas have bought into prisons as a growth industry.
Some consequences are pretty obvious:
Many small rural towns have become dependent
on an industry which itself is dependent on the continuation of
I really support this idea. Initially, I was concerned about it, because
I know that things like the SCRAM bracelet and the ignition interlock
devices are very expensive to install and maintain, especially if you
consider the costs involved with probation fees. $213.00/month may not
sound like a lot of money to some people, but it is a king’s ransom
to others (saying $7.00/day makes it seem more manageable). Still,
allowing non-violent offenders the opportunity to work and rehabilitate
themselves outside of a prison is a big step forward in the philosophy
of crime and punishment in this county, in my opinion.
Belief based on evidence!
About something that deals with the underlying local educational problem here: poverty.
From her speech yesterday at the White House:
It is my belief and its also been demonstrated that if we provide early
childhood education to Latino children it would take less than a decade
to reap the benefits since investment in early education is proven to
generate the fastest returns to the state.
With more ECD programs there will be less Latino students being held
back, less dropouts and less crime involving school-age children; and
they will be more productive individuals to society.