The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options – CRS Report R42937

Since the early 1980s, there has been a historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population. Some of the growth is attributable to changes in federal criminal justice policy during the previous three decades. An issue before Congress is whether policymakers consider the rate of growth in the federal prison population sustainable, and if not, … Read more

Chinese America

photo credit: besar bears The truth is that early Chinese immigrants in California and the rest of the West were no different from white Europeans. They embarked on the transpacific journey with ambition that a contemporary Chinese folk song called “as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky.” They were just as … Read more

“Congressional Review”

From Urban Dictionary Congressional Review January 21, 2012 Urban Word of the Day To loosely read or breeze through a document, likely missing a fair amount of the information contained within. How tough will the upgrade be? I’m not too sure, I only gave the guide a Congressional Review. See also: Nancy Pelosi on Health … Read more

How to Destroy a Hard Drive

When recycling old computers, the hard drive must be destroyed, the data must be deleted or made unreadable so any data on the drive is unreadable and not potentially released into the wild. Many users have personal information on their hard drives, and in many cases they are not even aware of what personal information … Read more

The best and the brightest…. Tech bubble.

As a 23-year-old math genius one year out of Harvard, Jeff Hammerbacher arrived at Facebook when the company was still in its infancy. This was in April 2006, and Mark Zuckerberg gave Hammerbacher–one of Facebook’s first 100 employees–the lofty title of research scientist and put him to work analyzing how people used the social networking … Read more

The House Always Wins

photo credit: tetradtx Working in a casino provides an interesting insight into people’s psyche – on both sides of the gaming tables. One of the first things a new dealer has to get used to quickly is to not give a damn about whether the punters won or lost – because they mostly lost. Often … Read more

Charles Dickens on the Federal Budget

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The Micawber Principle, Wilkins Micawber in Charles Dickens’ 1850 novel David Copperfield. . . . . . . . . .

Money in Politics

Follow the money. This chart is from Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2010. Click to see the Top 140 donors. Related PostsPolitical Action Committees (PACs)–What you Need to Know