I'd forgotten how often we saw Magritte (colubra) wrote,
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What the Heck

April 6, 2003: The Justice Department announced that the total number of incarcerated U.S. residents exceeded 2 million for the first time; one out of every 142 people was in prison or jail. (source: Slate MSN).
...is it just me or does that seem like a somewhat HIGH proportion of the populace to have incarcerated? Are statistics comparable in say HORRIBLE COMMIE CHINA, say, or the sunny fertile tropical den of SATANIC COMMUNIST EVIL that some call Cuba? Good thing we're not fascists or anything.

The Slate MSN link above is to a story that is actually quite interesting (which unseelie pointed me at); What happened while the tail was wagging the dog in iraq, basically.
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