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Cruel And Unusual Punishment: The Shame Of Three Strikes Laws

In California, the first state to pass a “three-strike” law mandating long prison sentences for third-time offenders, thousands of people are serving life sentences for non-violent and often trivial crimes. “Have you heard the one about the guy who got life for stealing a slice of pizza? Or the guy who went away forever for lifting a pair of baby shoes? Or the one who got 50 to life for helping himself to five children’s videotapes from Kmart? This Frankenstein’s monster of a mandatory-sentencing system isn’t just some localized bureaucratic accident, but the legacy of a series of complex political choices we all made as voters decades ago” (6,334 words)

Gangster Bankers: Too Big To Jail

“For at least half a decade, HSBC helped to wash hundreds of millions of dollars for drug mobs, including Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, The bank also moved money for organisations linked to Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, and for Russian gangsters; helped countries like Iran, the Sudan and North Korea evade sanctions; and aided countless common tax cheats”

Secrets And Lies Of The Bailout

“We were told that the taxpayer was stepping in to prop up the economy and save the world from financial catastrophe. What we ended up doing was the opposite: committing taxpayers to permanent, blind support of an ungovernable, unregulatable, hyperconcentrated new financial system”

Fear And Loathing 40 Years Later

Introduction to new edition of Hunter S. Thompson’s campaign-trail classic. Thompson “stared right into the flaming-hot sun of shameless lies and cynical horseshit that is our politics, and he described exactly what he saw”

My Advice To Occupy Wall Street

“The time is rapidly approaching when the movement is going to have to offer concrete solutions to the problems posed by Wall Street. To do that, it will need a short but powerful list of demands. There are thousands one could make, but I’d suggest focusing on five”

People vs Goldman Sachs

“A well-connected firm with the ear of the president and the Treasury appears to have conquered the entire regulatory structure and stands on the precipice of getting away with one of the biggest financial crimes in history”

Tea & Crackers

Portrait of the Tea Party as a tribe of disoriented white people on Medicare, against government spending except on themselves. By Taibbi’s standards a restrained piece of writing. Simple points, well expressed.

Flat And All That

“Just when you begin to lose faith in America’s ability to fall for absolutely anything, along comes Thomas Friedman, porn-stached resident of a Maryland mega-mansion, husband to the heir of one of the largest shopping-mall chains in the world, as an oracle of anti-consumerist conservationism”

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