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BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2090 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2090: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) dRica mostly poor and non white citizens are subjected to being arrested for standing on street corners out for fitting theescription or Annotated Algorithms in Python driving while black and citizens applying for a few hundredollars of government assistance to feed their children are subject to government searches and are Thresholds of Change in African Literature denied aid for things such as keeping two toothbrushes in their bathrooms or for owning sexy lingerie After all if you re THAT poor you shouldn t even be thinking about having sex As ineuality continues to grow this justiceivide leads to the criminalization of poverty and it all has become a tremendous open secret Our society is aware of the Exploring African Life and Literature: Novel Guides to Promote Socially Responsive Learning diminished rights afforded to certain citizens but we remain silent Does our silence mean consent If not perhaps it is time to break our silence After all how confident are you that your rights are secure There is no law only power The author looks at some of theetails of how this is manifested in the USA and offers in addition some insight into the psychology of criminal targeting Matt Taibbi is widely known and respected as a hard hitting author and financial reportereditor for Rollingstone Magazine His previous book Griftopia went into considerable Talk That Talk: An Anthology of African-American Storytelling detail about howebt is used by large corporations to ensnare customers how commodity speculation screws us all how some politicians are selling off public assets for their private political gain and how the vampire suid that is Goldman Sachs has been Possessive Alien Warrior draining the fiscal blood from the planet If you get off on seeing what is going on behind the curtains this constitutes good times Well Taibbi is at it again Heecided to look at how the legal system treats street crime and fiscal malfeasance See Even the terminology that pops to mind is a form of cover up If Al Capone stole say a million Taking Charge of My Mind and Body: A Girl's Guide to Outsmarting Alcohol, Drug, Smoking, Eating Problems dollars from a bank there would be no uestion that he was a bank robber and aangerous felon But if a corporate leach like say Barclay s Bank steals 10 billion no one goes on the FBI s Ten Most Wanted list Newspaper headlines about a massive theft are remarkably absent and ultimately unlike the situation with Capone no one goes to jail Yes I know he went to jail for tax evasion not bank robbery sheesh The pension funds and other investors whose resources were stolen are left holding the very empty bag with no Lone Ranger riding to the rescue It is almost as if the prosecutors and regulators responsible for keeping the foxes from slaughtering the hens are wasted on heroin nodding off in a corner while the predators go about their business The authorAt the other end of the economic spectrum the police judicial system seems to be zooming along on speed or Angel Dust Taibbi spent some time with illegal immigrants working class blacks and even a white musician to get a good look at how the legal system operates at the bottom rungs of the economic ladder We re creating a ystopia where the mania of the state isn t secrecy or censorship but unfairness Obsessed with success and wealth and espising failure and poverty our society is systematically The Art and Alchemy of Chinese Tea dividing the population into winners and losers using institutions like the courts to speed the process Winners get rich and get off Losers go broke and go to jail It isn t just that some clever crook on Wall Street can steal a billionollars and never see the inside of a courtroom it s that plus the fact that some black teenager a few miles away can go to jail just for standing on a street corner that makes the whole picture complete Taibbi offers plenty of examplesUptown generically yes I Sensible Politics do know that Wall Street is geographicallyowntown geez corporations routinely and knowingly engage in illegal behavior confident that no one will ever go to jail certainly not anyone who counts and if the company is ever The Aliens dragged into civil court for its crimes the worst that will happen is that it will have to pay a fine the cost of which will be borne by shareholders Executives are never held personally liable and any fines that may be levied against them are paid by the company Corporations routinely hold their employees hostage in negotiations with regulators and prosecutors threatening that if they are actually held to account for their crimes thousands of innocent people will lose their jobs This is the essence of the too big to fail problem When Arthur Andersen was actually prosecuted for its crimes 27000 people were put out of work The political cost of such an impact is unacceptable to the politicians who run government andecide who gets charged with what Yet the regulators prosecutors and legislators The Second Mexican American War do nothing to reduce the size of these Godzilla like corporations leaving them free to roam the planet leaving a trail of smoking ruins in their wakeOn the other hand it is stunning how much public investment there has been in stomping on theowntrodden The welfare system in particular seems to feed on misery BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 3 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 3: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) doing its utmost to make needing help a scourge worthy offense If any of you have had toeal with this system you will be familiar with horrendous lines wait times incompetent employees contradictory reuirements byzantine regulations and the complete surrender of your constitutional rights that is entailed when you are a poor individual in need This is where all the moral hazard concern is focused when you are a poor individual in need This is where all the moral hazard concern is focused whether a potential welfare recipient might have a pair of nice underwear in her PHP 7 Data Structures and Algorithms drawer or might somehow be trying to get over on the public welfare system Somehow that moral hazard is not applied to organizations that borrow billions of publicollars at virtually no interest then use those funds to engage in illegal activities Nope no moral hazard there Street crime has in illegal activities Nope no moral hazard there Street crime has Understanding Algorithms and Flowcharts (Fundamentals of Modern Information Technology Book 1) dropping nationally for some time but governments federal and local have been ramping up their wide net approach to filling jails and local coffers Turns out arresting people willy nilly is good business for local governments regardless of the merits of the arrests And apparently it offers career advancement for those who net the most fish And if millions of people are irreparably harmed by this Orwellian practice well tough titty Who cares about those people anyway Theyon t write large checks to people running for office Taibbi looks at collateral conseuences When corporations are accused of anything they hide behind the collateral Its Been Said Before damage actual prosecution might cause and battalions of lawyers Overwhelmed under resourced and probably chicken shit prosecutors advance straight toeals that not only entail no jail time for perpetrators of massive crimes but not even an admission of guilt When some poor schmo is gathered up in a street sweep even if there is no actual justification that person can spend months in jail merely for being accused The person s family can be thrown out of their home The person can be made ineligible for a whole raft of potential public benefits Parental rights can be lost But these collateral conseuences are never considered when the person charged is poor and particularly when that person is a minorityIt is a truism that life is not fair But fairness should at least be a goal We should at least try to apply the law eually to all people certainly to all citizens And yet we are headed in the opposite True Crime in the Civil War: Cases of Murder, Treason, Counterfeiting, Massacre, Plunder Abuse direction Rule of Law has become a cynical joke When punishment is routinely applied only to the powerless and the powerful continue their illegal practices with no effective punishment the law is no longer merely an ass it is a trained attackog a weapon used by society to torment those it Cutting Down Trees: Gender, Nutrition, and Agricultural Change in the Northern Province of Zambia, 1890-1990 (Social History of Africa Series) disapproves of That s what nobody gets that the two approaches to justice may individually make a kind of sense but side by side they re aystopia where common city courts become factories for turning poor people into prisoners while federal prosecutors on the white collar beat turn into overpriced garbage men who behind closed The Alchemical Marriage of Alistair Crompton doors uietlyispose of the sins of the rich for a fee As and folks are being pushed over the side of the middle class to swim the waters of working class America and folks are coming into contact with the legal horrors that swim those waters Taibbi is always very successful at pointing out the flaws in our systems the ineuities the underhandedness the corruption He is extremely gifted at boosting his readers blood pressure I Dry do wish he hadevoted some effort to offering suggestions as to how things might be nudged back toward a less toxic level of unfairness He Engaging Tradition, Making It New does so in bits here and there by noting for example the radicallyimorphic funding allotments for white collar prosecutors versus say immigration enforcement But there really needed to be of that A tea kettle opening at least through which we might Voices from the Block direct some of that screaming steam But Taibbi has indeed succeeded in pointing out the big picture gross unfairness that permeates our nation And if he allows himself to vent his rage at times making not wholly supported assumptions stretching his canvas a bit I suppose it is forgivable Sometimes he goes too far such as when he suggests that unfairness is an aim of our system It may work out that way but Io not accept that there is intentional unfairness at play here The American people are notoriously passive having Scalawag dined for a very long time on the empty calories of so called personal responsibility Less filling Tastes great People it is not your fault that you got laid off It is not your fault that the company your bank sold your mortgage to is foreclosing on you even though your payments are up toate They are probably using feloniously false signatures to Acting on Faith do theeed It is not your fault that the local constabulary finds it convenient to take you in for being in the wrong place at any time just so that some boys in blue can make their Alien Beast daily uotas It is not your fault that corporate profits keep rising while salaries stagnate or worse At some point you should begin to get really pissed Divide will certainly fuel that justified rage It seems sometimes that contemporary life for many in thewindling middle and working classes is a series of frustrations The Mom From Hell designed to test our commitment to non violence Hopefully by the time that pressure builds up there will emerge some way to vent it other than in pointless street rioting or guillotine fueled massestruction But at the rate we are going I would not bet on it This is not a class war that is going on out there War presumes multiple combatants What is happening now in America is class enslavement And it is not gonna get any better any time soon Any legal system that allows the biggest thieves in history to walk off scot free is a joke and The Treasure Huntress Archaeological Action Adventure Series does noteserve our respect This is not to say that there are not good people in government people who truly want to O Fantástico Mundo Dos Elementos A Tabela Periódica Personificada do right for all of us And it is not to say that the system is incapable of locking up seriously bad people And sometimes legislators and government executiveso manage to get something positive something reasonable something fair one But the wins are few and far between while the losses accumulate and accelerate So long as the are few and far between while the losses accumulate and accelerate So long as the villains in finance and transnational corporations continue to loot the planet with impunity it remains the truth There is no law only power EXTRA STUFFNY Times Magazine article about Why Only One Top Banker Went to Jail for the Financial CrisisA NY Times op ed by Thomas B Edsall Supreme Injustice on how the top court is taking sides in the class warA May 7 2014 article from the Dealbook section of the NY Times on prosecution of big financial crime Seeking Tough Justice but Settling for Empty PromisesAn August 26 2014 NY Times Op Ed by Thomas EdsallThe Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism notes the increasing privatization of not only prisons but public fine and fee administration all with virtually no oversight Guess who suffersIn this August 26 2014 opinion piece in the NY Times How the Supreme Court Protects Bad Cops Erwin Cheminsky argues for recognition of what anyone who is paying attention should know There is no law only power Money in elections is the rotten core of the American electoral apple Happily residing in that core is the Federal Elections Commission This September 2 2014 NY Times op ed offers a fix for that particular problem Some e worming is in order Following the non indictment in Ferguson when was the last time you heard of a prosecutor offering a grand jury exculpatory evidence the notion of KEY WEST SLAM division is back on the front page NY Times 112614 After Ferguson Announcement a Racial Divide Remains Over Views of JusticeA fine example of how the law tilts against the poor in a Dickensian version ofebtors prison Can t Pay Your Fines Your License Could Be TakenHere is another way in which our legal system criminalizes being poor Skip Child Support Go to Jail Lose Job Repeat by Frances Robles and Shaila Dewan April 19 2015Sued Over Old Debt and Blocked From Suing Back By Jessica Sinver Greenberg and Michael Corkery NY Times December 22 2015in his op ed piece Is It a Crime to Be Poor New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof looks at the growing trend of effectively a revival of Booze and the Private Eye: Alcohol in the Hard-Boiled Novel debtors prisons in the USA June 11 2016382018 Buzzfeed an inepth report on how secret NYPD files show that many NYC police guilty of serious crimes are left unpunished ark stuff and not all that surprising BUSTED by Kendall Taggert and Mike Hayes5202018 NY Times A chilling article on how unscrupulous landlords abuse the housing court system in NYC to push poor and working class people out of their apartments so they can jack rents up to astronomical amounts Unsheltered The Eviction Machine Churning Through New York City by Kim Barker Jessica Silver Greenberg Grace Ashford and Sarah Cohen THE AUTHORLinks to the author s Twitter and FB pagesI could paste a gazillion Taibbi refs here not all of them complimentary but if you are interested in than the few listed here the Google machine will happily spit up scads when you enter the author s name Matt at Rollingstone he left there in February 2014Matt s pre 2011 blogMatt s prior book Griftopi. Punitive welfare system which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and eep inside the stop and frisk world where standing in front of your own home has become an arrestable offense As he narrates these incredible stories he Cowboys Aliens draws out and analyzes their common a perverse new standard of justice based on a radicalisturbing new vision of civil rights   Through astonishing and enraging accounts of the high stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide’s punishing logic Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life surviving a system that Masterplots II devours the lives of the poor turns a blind eye to theestructive crimes of the wealthy and implicates us The Divide American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth GapSometimes the rating for a book is very heavily ependent upon timing This is an excellent book Well worth reading I listened to the audible version which was excellent The first thing that comes across from the very beginning is that Matt Taibbi is very angry He s angry about the systemic injustices about the unfairness and the outright prejudices within this society and the way the justice system is rigged But what he is most angry about is the ineuality between the poor and wealthy that is so perverse that the wealthy steal and cheat openly flouting any system of justice knowing that whatever they o it will be ignored because they have wealth and because of the complexity of the crimes Taibbi focuses on minor or nonexistent crimes that are prosecuted to the full extent of the law causing grievous injury to poor people to make remuneration The justice system has no mercy for the poor in Taibbi s examples Their basic crime is being poor and powerless to fight allegations The wealthy white collar crimes in contrast are far harmful to society with some of Taibbi s examples being millions of Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials: Great Aliens from Science Fiction Literature dollars stolen or fraudulently used to bilk cities out of tax funds that would presumably be used for schools or roads or retirements etc These crimes go unpunished or fines of nominal amounts thato not even cause the perpetrators any hardship at all Or crimes committed by an organization with Fundamentals of Music Processing decisionsetrimental to society at large be it pollution or fraud or price rigging etc being made and no one not the corporation or the management is held accountable Meanwhile a single mother with children under 5 whose husband has been Kink Alchemy deported isriving with an expired African American Romance (New Adult and College United Sates Thug Drug Interracial Romance) (United State Urban Adults Alpha Male Contemporary Billionaire Short Stories Book 0) driver s license is punished with 300 hours of community service The judge thinks he s lenient when he handsown this sentence But to her 300 hours of community service will bankrupt her She has to pay for child care She can t earn the money to take care of her family because the money she earns goes to childcare so she can No Billionaire Left Behind do her community service Too the community service and work to earn money and she has no time with her kids It s insane Her response seems logical How is this benefiting anyone The very wealthy can contract lawyers who can parse and uibble and negotiate the crimes Alchemy of the Mortar Pestle (The Culinary Library down to nothing go free while inflicting significant tangible measurableamage to significantly people Politicians La crise des abeilles do nothing about it because these people also fund campaigns and have influence over the types of laws being made and the types of restrictions on enforcement This book is filled with examples of extremely minor or nonexistent violations of the law being prosecuted heavy handedly on the poor and people of color and immigrants He also has numerous examples of white collar crime wheniscovered not being prosecuted or if prosecuted the sentences are far lenient and much judicial concern about the impact on the lives of those people It s an ongoing theme no mercy for the poor Ignore the rich and let them Labyrinth Aliens do as they please It s infuriating and it goes on to aegree that I never suspected Even the Obama administration has turned a blind eye to what has occurred Eric Holder seems to be a champion for Civil Rights but some of that may be a iversion from prosecuting financial malfeasance cases Very cynical and unfortunately likely trueTiming is everything I listened to this book while an event occurred where a Stanford college athlete son of a wealthy family raped a coed while she was unconscious He was caught in the act The judge gave him 6 months jail time and some community service The judge eemed that any harsher punishment would o irreparable harm to the athlete This was a flagrant case of the wealthy being held to a ifferent standard than the poor It was a flagrant case that was understandable to the masses that there was an ineuity in the way that justice is applied That moment of injustice in my view id to expose the ineuities associated with wealth than this book id Taibbi concentrates on the complex crimes of the wealthy and contrasts them with the simple crimes of the poor I think there are countless examples of the ineuities of justice that would be accessible to the masses Certainly the crimes that Taibbi outlined were far IELTS Academic Writing devastating to a far larger group of people But to really highlight the ineuities I think the book would have been impacting if it showed theisparity in treatment of similar crimes and then basically said but it s far worse than you think because the wealthy are IELTS Writing Section - How To Achieve A Target 8 Score doing faramage to everyone and no one being held accountable In other words it s a forest for the trees argument In short I think Taibbi is right to be angry and supports his arguments fiercely My only complaint and it is minor is that his indictment of the wealthy though accurate was not very accessible There should be accessible events that spell out the isparity I on t think those event are in short supply I mean Affluenza as a efense for murder These would have created the foundation upon which to build before going to the far complex and amaging examples in the book Additionally though he hints at this heavily Taibbi in a damaging examples in the book Additionally though he hints at this heavily Taibbi in a move The Literature of Africa and African Continuum does not come out and say that he believes racism and maintenance of the patriarchy are also a huge parts of thisisparity He seems to think the wealth gap that is the root of the problem He thinks the wealthy I've Got This Friend Who What You Can Do If You Think You or Your Friend Has A Serious Problem Advice for Teens on Alcohol Drugs Depression Eating Disorders and More don t care about anyone Very Bernie Sanders of him I think the injustices andisparities are maintained by all kinds of people not just the wealthy And I think systemic inbred cultural racism misogyny and maintenance of privilege are big pieces of those Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes disparities Sense of entitlement hubris and not suffering conseuences of their actions aka untouchable have a lot too with it as well At any rate I highly recommend this informative and influential book Taibbi make a compelling argument and I think he s mostly correct I m angry at the Aliens Genocide Aliens disparities in this country We agree on the situation though not uite as much on the root causesbut we aren t that far apart eitheralmost 45 Stars OOOh boyI will have to take a breath process this for a bit before I can get my thoughts on this one in lineIn short We suck US and we reoomed If you have a lot of it money the legal road you get to travel is well lit and beautifully maintained If you Signs and Symbols: African Images in African-American Quilts don t it s aark alley and most Americans would be shocked to find out what s at the end of it Taibbi clearly Person in the Memory describes the sharpivide in our system of justice Stealing the Gila: The Pima Agricultural Economy and Water Deprivation, 1848-1921 detailing how individuals leading large banks stole billions ofollars unpunished while others poor and usually black are hauled off to jail for crimes as nonsensical as blocking pedestrian traffic Some of the stories are horrifying to read Unfortunately the Literature and Dictatorship in Africa and Latin America 1958-1987 divide is getting worse this book precedes our current president s policies Even though this is aepressing book it is very educational and important reading When I first started reading this book I thought it was gonna be a liberal s take on the gap between the wealthy and the poor I soon found out that the author has Academic Advising Approaches definitelyone his homework and lays the blame eually across all party lines This was an extremely eye opening book It is not an easy read and there are parts that I WHOS WHO IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE VOL.1 don t uite understand since Ion t have a background Agricultural Science for CSEC Examinations dealing in stocks or have a firm understanding of what goes on in Wall Street But the premise of the book is extremely important in that our societyoes not treat everyone eually Somewhere along the way minor crimes get major punishment and major crimes get minor to no punishment at all The author explains how the wealthy get wealthier and the poor get poor Being firmly in the mid All I feel is outrage And espair Matt Taibbi has written a book which explains in layman s terms how United States citizens and many #around the world were conspired against by Wall Street banks brokers and investment businesses If you were one #the world were conspired against by Wall Street banks brokers and investment businesses If you were one the those who ended up bankrupt or in foreclosure or if you lost your job because the investment plan of your employer isappeared overnight in the crash of 2008 this will explain some of how it happened The variety of tricks and lies are amazing particularly since they made almost no effort to hide their crimes internally within these companies More impressive is how these top executives went on with their lives wealthier and with even greater respect heaped upon them by their peers and received even bigger bonuses while their companies either went bankrupt or limped back to healthy earnings after loans provided by the US government Why Too big to failInexplicably none of the major individuals responsible for the financial crash are poor now paid fines went to jail or have a criminal record on the books Instead some of the major companies no humans involved such as Citigroup JPMorgan Chase Goldman Sachs Wells Fargo or Bank of America had their hands slapped and are now still trying to get away with as much thievery and law breaking possible still using variations of the cons they id before Outside of a few weeks of embarrassment they id not lose much of their incredible wealth These companies lost only a few Climate Smart Agriculture (Natural Resource Management and Policy Book 52) days of income after paying multi millions in fines even though they stole billions and billions ofollars Some as we know went bankrupt Some human beings mid level patsies received tougher punishment but no high level executive has been punished in any way for malfeasance or any criminal felony Socially they still attend the best parties and everyone who they meet still kisses their feet hoping for a some benefice Personally I m frustrated by the ignorance the average middle class person has about the tremendous wealth of the no taxes top 10% About the ozens of yachts the 50000 purses the hundreds of classic cars which can t be riven in climate controlled garages the Saint Germain On Alchemy dozens of mansions one may own which they can t possibly visit much less live in in aecadeMeanwhile as alternating case histories of poor people who commit the same types of crimes as bank and brokerage employees Chasing the Red Queen did who are illegal immigrants live in the wrong neighborhood are not white sellrugs fraudulently get food stamps or welfare Haylee default on credit cards or other contractual obligations areetailed by the author we see how these criminals end up arrested mistreated beaten put in prison and must pay off fines for the rest of their lives while having rights such as voting or the ability to pass credit checks for jobs and loans forever taken away Many end up in prison The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945 (The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945) due to shortcuts used in the legal system which rob theefendants of fair trials Sometimes the custom of robo signing of Hijacking the Brain documents without checking for pertinent information or banks outsourcing the processing of paperwork to inexpensive secondary companies will bring ordinary innocent customers before courts and placed under arrest by police for crimes theyid not commit The way these cases are now handled 僕のヒーローアカデミア 3-4 does not mean records will be cleared even if everyone knows a mistake was made The reason The financial institutions and banks are too big to be held accountable The customers on the other hand may never clear their record which follows them for life The worst of it is even though EVERYoNE knows a miscarriage of justice has occurred police lawyers and sometimes judges will put pressure on theefendant to plead guilty so the case can be closed The innocent victims will be told it won t hurt anything if they say they are guilty maybe a 50 fine or hours of public service but in fact they will not pass background checks anyJustice for all No Right now there are two justice systems One for the wealthy and one for the rest of us Global warming isn t the only problem people are ignoring At least until it s you being pulled over by a cop under orders to meet a uota or it s your wallet or mail being stolen and the theft paperwork is mishandled or it s your house being taken by a bank which has committed crimes costing billions with no penalty when you missed some payments of a few thousand The Path to Gay Rights dollars Iebated about reading this book when it was picked for our non fiction read with my local book club I read Will s review here on Goodreads It inspired me So between Will s review giving me a better context for this book plus local pressures and personal internal self pressure thinkingthis might be valuable for meas I felt some type of moral emotional responsibility to try to inform myself better about the social issues which can make people s blood pressure rise facing the realities on how we are criminalizing poverty Large companies can commit obscene frauds people go on with their lives companies pay the fines but nobody goes to jail People on the other end of the economy get tossed into prisons for much smaller crimes This is a book about social justice White collar crime and criminals that are never prosecuted Banks and other institutions that are too big to fail The larger the organization everyone is guilty but nobody is guilty or at least it s hard to know who to point the finger at Much of the book is just sad with infuriating stories about poor people getting the really raw Karen vs Alien deal with the welfare system and criminal justice systems Other parts of the books taps into your anger emotions about how Wall Street screws over investors on purpose There is corruption at the top and bottom in our society but so veryifferent at Gendered Citizenships different ends It s frightening to realized how much this countryisrespects the poor and weak They are actually punished for itThe rewards revolves around the powerful and by powerful we are speaking If a person is extremely wealthy Power Speaks for itself Pretty thick book often funny haha the author is in YOUR FACE no holds back using pretty crude language at times which may or may not put readers off But emotions will go up and own like being on a roller coaster So many stories to chew on which reinforce the reality thatThe rich get richer and the poor get poorerLight bedtime reading ha Matt Taibbi s previous books were fun to read NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA scathing portrait of an urgent new American crisis   Over the last two ecades America has been falling TIMES BESTSELLERA scathing portrait of an urgent new American crisis   Over the last two Singing the Law decades America has been falling andeeper into a statistical mystery   Poverty goes up Crime goes Alchemic down The prison populationoubles Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth The rich get massively richer No one goes to jail   In search of a solution journalist Matt Taibbi iscovered the Divide the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends growing wealth ineuality and mass incarceration come together riven by a Problem Solving in Data Structures Algorithms Using C++ dramatic shift in American citizenship Our basic rights are nowetermined by our wealth or poverty The Divide is what allows massively estructive fraud by the hyperwealthy to. Iotous accounts of populist anger and part of the thrill was seeing what incendiary language he come up with for the next corporate criminal in his sights Vampire suid The Divide is Taibbi s best book an essential Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change despairing look at the two completelyifferent ways we prosecute crimes committed by poor people and by super rich people primarily because Taibbi s writing itself has maturedMake no mistake the white hot rage is still very much present it irradiates every page of this gigantic often exhausting book It s that the indignation is self explanatory Taibbi trusts his writing He Crossing the color line in American politics and African American literature doesn t need to open the thesaurus to come up with hilariously hyperbolicescriptions of CEOs not when he can meticulously lay out their crimes for you and let you come up with your ownThe result is a book that s less gonzo than his previous works a little less Hunter S Thompson in favor of a reporting and writing style that can now assertively be called his own He is a bullshit caller of the first order and someone we Rebuilding desperately need aroundAs for the content within what can I say The central conundrum Taibbi lays out in the introduction why it is that crime overall isown but the poverty rate is way up and our prison populations are skyrocketing is answered so thoroughly that it barely seems controversial By the end of the book your anger at our impotent legal system will give way to a begrudging numbnessThe author has since left his perch at Rolling Stone to begin a new venture that also includes Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill I admire those journalists but prefer Taibbi mainly because unlike the others he knows how to use humor to illuminate the outrages without it these accounts would be soul suckingly joyless You have to laugh at some of this shit otherwise you ll never get by Here s hoping he never loses his edgeHe oes call Dick Fuld one of the great assholes of all time but that s just straight reporting Taibbi updated some poverty and wealth gap stats for my Intro SOC class here and reminds me of the Country Western song about in the honky tonk the wealthy person ances and the poor person pays the band Beyond the Therapy of Love drive to alcoholicrinking and heavy Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism drugs how the poor also pays is through receivingisproportional punishment in the US system The poor have large jail and fine punishments for sometimes irrelevant and trivial transgressions of local laws while the wealthy exhibit tremendous graft and embezzlement and get away with nothing but perhaps some hand slaps Criminology points out that there are no wealthy people ever anywhere on eath row and that bias of class going all the way through all other economic social institutions Taibbi also reminds me of the old adage of Marxists that there is crime both in the street and the suites Media focuses us on the former as Taibbi knows In terms of scale scope and impact it s not the index crimes of the street that hurts he working and middle classes as much as white collar in the suites He also reminds me that behind most every fortune is a crime Often that crime is ongoing and Trump anti regulation moves will exacerbate the concentration of wealth than ever before I already learned that the 1% now owns than 45% of wealth in the US and had read by political economists that the lowest uintile of US households had lost a staggering 65% of its admittedly tiny percentage of total wealth over just a couple generations and it was speculated that may often have occurred by broadspread losing of the family homefarm after generations of struggling to keep it Could that be sadder Maybe it makes sense we ve become a police stateTaibbi is angry and I imagine that is our common fear under that but I Narcissistic Mothers do so appreciate his sharp eye and tongue Ion t agree with those that call him a polemicist as his journalism and analysis makes him among the best of the also scary remarkably small group of young progressiveradical journalists todayA recent trouncing of a government that has promoted Steve Bannon to all our peril is here People are beginning to become isturbingly comfortable with a kind of official hypocrisy we ve become numb to the idea that rights aren t absolute but are enjoyed on a kind of sliding scale Matt Taibbi The Divide American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth the opposite of poverty is justice Bryan Stevenson Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption Matt Taibbi a journalist who writes for Rolling Stone magazine and the author of this book The Divide American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap began this investigation because of a weird statistical anomaly he had been noticing Conventional wisdom says that when poverty rates increase crime rates also increase After a period of eclining poverty rates in the United States Violence and Trauma in Selected African Literature during the 1990s and correspondingrop in crime the poverty rates once again began to rise in the 2000s particularly after the financial crisis in 2008 but oddly the crime rates remained low Even strangely The Social Rebellion despite thisrop in crime the prison population had exploded In fact as Taibbi points out The prison population is the biggest in the history of human civilization There are people in the United States either on parole or in jail today than there ever were in Stalin s gulags And for what it s worth there are black men in jail right now than there were in slavery at its peak How could this be This anomaly led Taibbi to investigate and attempt to answer who DOES go to jail in the United States And whyMatt Taibbi had reported on the 2008 financial crisis for Rolling Stone a crisis which he refers to as the greatest crime wave in a generation It was this crisis that made him take note of the ouble standard that appears to be built into the structure of America s justice system Moving back and forth between the activities engaged in by investment bankers and hedge funds that led to the financial crisis which was responsible for eliminating 40% of the world s wealth and the activities occurring aily in neighborhoods such as Brooklyn NY and San Diego California where residents mostly non white and poor are arrested for crimes such NY and San Diego California where residents mostly non white and poor are arrested for crimes such riding bicycles on sidewalks walking around the street with open containers of alcohol and jumping the turnstile in the subway Taibbi provides research and anecdotal evidence to emonstrate the stark contrast in the penalties meted out for these activities or crimes Matt Taibbi oes a thorough job of taking the reader through the play by play of the banking crisis patiently explaining financial terms such as mortgage backed securities and subprime loans in terms that the average citizen like me could understand He provides example after example of the cheating and fraud which was occurring on Wall Street and around the world the secret 4 billion The Big Book and a Study Guide of the 12 Steps of AA deal which was occurring involving a few remaining Lehman Brothers executives and top executives of Barclay s bankuring those final hours before Lehman Brothers announced their bankruptcy a William Wells Brown: An African American Life deal which both groups lied about not only tot he bankruptcy judge but also Lehman creditors who were left with little in terms of valuable assets Heescribes the mortgage fraud involving the biggest banks which left tens of thousands of people in foreclosure and the tax payers responsible for paying out bailout cash He even presents The Alien Surrogate details of the case involving the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation HSBC which had been laundering 850 million forrug cartels in Central and South America The importance of these cases in terms of the thesis he presents in this book is to The Changing Face of African Literature / Les nouveaux visages de la litterature africaine. (Cross/Cultures) demonstrate how justice was carried out in these cases Simply no one involved in any of theescribed activities and cases spent even a De lautre côté de la machine. Voyage dune scientifique au pays des algorithmes day in jail The institutions themselves of course were reuired to pay fines billions ofollars combined but no one lost a single Salt and the Alchemical Soul day of their freedom for what they hadone And perhaps importantly no one was even reuired to admit to any wrong Sams Teach Yourself Data Structures and Algorithms in 24 Hours doing Meanwhile not far from Wall Street in a Brooklyn neighborhood an African American man named Andrew Brown was experiencing the American justice system in uite aifferent way Andrew Brown had lived a ifficult and troubled life and had spent his teen years in one scrape with police after another After the eath of his chronically ill and long suffering mother and after meeting a young woman who provided him with encouragement and support Andrew turned his life around He married this young woman and they started a family and he secured his first real job working the night shift riving a casino shuttle busAlthough he was living his life as a responsible citizen he found that he continued to be arrested by police He received summonses for standing on street corners and talking with friends failure to isburse for blocking public access to his own apartment building while talking to a neighbor in front of the building in the early hours of the morning and he was arrested multiple times by police for fitting the escription of wanted criminals although it was VERY clear that the only characteristic that Andrew shared with these wanted criminals was the color of his skin Matt Taibbi relates example after example of cases which share a great eal in common with Andrew Brown s case In an immigrant community in Gainesville Georgia Taibbi met an undocumented immigrant named Alvaro Fernandez who had come from Colombia and had been operating a construction business in Georgia for many years Alvaro Baby Peter LEGACY OF ABUSE did not possess a validriver s license as many states including Georgia Shards of Glass - A Little Girls Journey Back into Her World of Physical, Mental and Sexual Abuse does not permit immigrants withoutocuments to obtain river s licenses Alvaro had been arrested at a roadside checkpoint As Taibbi points out these checkpoints have become and common across America Although they are referred to as sobriety checkpoints it is not lost on people in the immigrant communities that they are only set up in areas which border the neighborhoods in which immigrants live and are used at times of the ay when members of the community are going to work and returning home Alvaro Nature-Inspired Optimization Algorithms describes a harrowing tale of his experiences after being arrested by police and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents ICE The process ofeporting undocumented immigrants often moves so swiftly that many Geographies of Learning: Theory and Practice, Activism and Performance do not even have time to say goodbye to their families In a final example of theivide which exists in the justice experienced by our two Americas Matt Taibbi traveled to San Diego County in California where he learned about a program called P100 which was implemented in the state as a result of Clinton era welfare reform He follows several people mostly non white through the process of applying for government assistance cash assistance called CalWORKS and food stamps The process is exhausting and includes many hours and BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 50 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 50: Billionaires Secret Baby 5 (Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) days sitting in overcrowded and understaffed assistance offices And if a person is tentatively approved for assistance they must agree to an investigation of their home and life by a state fraud investigator The applicants Taibbi meetsescribe investigators barging into their homes unannounced and rooting through their refrigerators and cupboards and even their underwear Unequal Profession drawers and closets Applicants were threatened over and over told that if they lie in the application process they would lose custody of their children and would be sent to jail And not surprisingly to me Taibbi cites several cases in which applicants were indeed sentenced to jail terms for failing to report that a partner lived with them in their residence or for failing toisclose a source of income Finally a court case was filed in 2004 to challenge this law Rocio Sanchez et al v County of San Diego The American Civil Liberties Union ACLU brought the case on the behalf of six litigants on the basis that it violates the 4th Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures Ultimately the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that P100 was not unconstitutional because these visits from friendly government investigators were not searches The Court also said that the public has a strong interest in ensuring that aid provided from tax Ormus Modern Day Alchemy dollars reaches its proper and intended recipients Of course this statement issued by the Court isn t EXACTLY true because if it were anyone receiving government aid of any kind would be reuired to have hisher home searched People who receive taxeductions or credits student aid to attend college farmers who receive agricultural subsidies and yes even bankers who receive bailout money should be open to the same sort of government investigators inspecting their homes and personal belongings On the surface perhaps it may seem that Matt Taibbi is excusing the behaviors of immigrants who The Archaeology of Mothering: An African-American Midwife's Tale don t obtain the reuiredocumentation to live in the country or the government aid recipient who oes not report all of her income to the state but that government aid recipient who oes not report all of her income to the state but that not the case he is constructing in this book Instead he is pointing out the fallacy and hypocrisy that exists each and every time someone refers to ALL citizens being eual under the law because supposedly we are all protected by the Bill of Rights From what I know of history I oubt that that statement on euality of rights has EVER been true Perhaps it is simply the ideal a kind of goal but America has never really come close to achieving this goal Or perhaps some people are just eual than others I think Matt Taibbi makes an interesting and uncomfortable point when he says We have a profound hatred of the weak #And The Poor And #the poor and corresponding groveling terror before the rich and successful and we are building a bureaucracy to match those feelings As Taibbi emonstrated in this book the ivide between what justice looks like for the wealthy and the poor is stark Wealthy bankers stole and committed fraud and the US Treasury was raided on their behalf Their actions were at most escribed as unethical or victimless crimes Meanwhile in neighborhoods across Ame. Go unpunished while turning poverty itself into a crime but it’s impossible to see until you look at these two alarming trends side by side   In The Divide Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice the fun house mirror worlds of the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the financial collapse; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to Lego DC Super Heroes destroy a company throughirty tricks; and the story of a whistleblower who gets in the way of the largest banks in America only to find herself in the crosshairs On the other side of the Divide Taibbi takes us to the front lines of the immigrant ragnet; into the newly.


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