British Army to send 4,000 Buddhist troops to India for meditation to combat PTSD

I think the title of the article says it all.

British Army to send 4,000 Buddhist troops to India for meditation to combat post-traumatic stress 

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IRS paid out $132 billion in bogus tax credits over last decade


As you will see in the article, it is an invitation to steal from the government. This is not chump change and the IRS has done nothing to correct the problem.

An invitation to identity theft especially so for those in prison who while in prison and either claim identity theft and have someone collect all kinds of money and for say someone like a classification officer collect a bunch of identities and either sell them or cash in on them.

IRS paid out $132 billion in bogus tax credits over last decade

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Sandy-damaged prison to be sold in NYC hotspot

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I guess it just goes to show that prisons are only about prisons if the land is not good for much else.

‘…The 153 women — serving time for robberies, assaults and lesser crimes — were evacuated a few days before the storm to upstate prisons and never came back. The flooding destroyed boilers and damaged electrical equipment, causing $600,000 in damage. The state’s current budget called for the facility to close by the end of the fiscal year as a cost-saving measure, leaving the building in limbo.

The state has sold other shuttered prisons elsewhere to local governments that have turned them into business parks or to private buyers at auction. The Empire State Development agency is still assessing the best use for Bayview, but its location alone suggests it has more potential than the typical redevelopment stepchild.

Bayview abuts a condominium high-rise designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and topped by a penthouse unit that sold for nearly $20 million. Promotional material for the high-rise touts neighborhood features that are steps away — a slew of gourmet restaurants, the sprawling Chelsea Piers sports facility and the popular Highline elevated park — but makes no mention of the vertical prison that’s in plain view from the upper the floors…’

Prisons in the city give inmates access to not only their families but also a host of volunteers and programs they may not have access to when located in the hinterlands. This is most destructive to the re-establishment of families as well as re-entry programs.

I suppose the big questions are who makes money under the table because in a deal like this there are big bucks and chump change for an under the table deal to a couple of bureaucrats is a big deal.

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Florida Medical Complaints Gather Dust, Often Allowing The Accused To Continue To Practice

‘…Between 2010 and 2012, it took the Florida Board of Medicine an average 434 days to resolve charges of misconduct against doctors, nurses and other health care workers, according to Florida Department of Health records…’

and then

‘…The reason for the drawn out action in Florida is due in part to decreased funding for the state’s health department, which still reels from a $55.6 million budget cut in 2011. The cuts, some contend, result in overwhelming caseloads for lawyers investigating complaints.

Others say low pay at the health department has led to too much turnover. Pay for board of medicine attorneys ranges from $52,000 to the low six-figure range, according to state records…’

All of which means this is a successful union ploy for job security.

Florida Medical Complaints Gather Dust, Often Allowing The Accused To Continue To Practice

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When parents get involved, students succeed

Maxwell is a very clear columnist who generally has his ducks in order. This is an editiorial that speaks for itself.

When parents get involved, students succeed

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Escaped prisoners grilled: Who helped you?

Picture1Makes you wonder just how good our criminal justice system is in Florida. The second question is when you look below the surface, just what kind of laziness and ineptitude exists. You just know that almost every law enforcement and prison system in the country are going to be digging into their records and procedures to see if similar cases exists within their jurisdictions.

These were relatively poor and know nothings in the system. If they can figure it out then just how many more were at it.

‘…Among the questions being posed to Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker: Who forged the papers? Who helped you run from police? What other prisoners have gotten away with this? Who was coming from Atlanta to whisk you out of Florida?…’

Escaped prisoners grilled: Who helped you?

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America’s poor education achievement is a policy choice

Adults and TVI think this says it all :  ‘…In a new report, American adults are ranked as poorly against their counterparts abroad as our schoolchildren were a little while back…’

After all, if we can live the good life without working or education then why should we require it of our kids. Yes, there is more but this is the bottom line.

The best part spells the end of a democratic society:

Jonathan Jacobs assessed what this may mean for American civic society in a September essay in The Wall Street Journal.

“The decline in education means a decline in the ability of individuals — and ultimately the nation as a whole — to address political, social and moral matters in effective, considered ways,” wrote Jacobs, chairman of the philosophy department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

He lamented that, too often, the education system itself, even at the college level, fails to teach students to make distinctions between “theories, beliefs, hypotheses, interpretations and other categories of thought.” Learning how to think is replaced by “ideological score keeping,” and “the use of adjectives replaces the use of arguments.”

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