1 in 100 Americans is in Prison

NY Sun (Sarah Garland): N.Y.’s Prison Population Declines as America’s RisesNew York State may have one of the country’s largest prison populations, but the state is not part of a nationwide trend that has raised the number of incarcerated Americans to record levels, a new report has found. For the first time in the country’s history, one in 100 Americans is in prison, according to the report released yesterday by the Pew Center on the States, a nonpartisan research organization. Among people in their 20s, one in every 53 is in prison, while one in 30 black men is a prison inmate. In contrast to most other states, however, New York’s prison system is slowly shrinking.


What are the Public Policy Implications of these Reports?


No doubt, you’ve heard about the recent Business Week cover story, “Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good?“, which blew the lid off the theory that “statins” — drugs like Lipitor, Crestor, Mevacor, Zocor and Pravachol — can cut the odds that you will die of a heart attack by slowing the production of cholesterol in your body and increasing the liver’s ability to remove LDL, or “bad cholesterol,” from your blood.

It’s true that these drugs can help some people — but not nearly as many as we have been told. Moreover, and this is the kicker, we don’t have any clear evidence that they work by lowering cholesterol. ***  Read entire article 

Shift Happens

This video makes many factual claims, with implications for your future.  Which are true?  For those students struggling to come up with a research paper topic, watch the video for a batch of good ideas:

Born Irish, but With Illegal Parents

DUBLIN — Cork-born and proud of it, George-Jordan Dimbo is top to toe the Irish lad. He studies Gaelic, eats rashers, plays hurling, prays to the saints, papers his walls with parochial school awards, and spends Saturdays at the telly watching Dustin the Turkey, a wisecracking puppet, mock the powerful. If the Irish government has its way, he may soon be living in Africa.

Border Crossings

Diversity in Ireland

This is the seventh in a series of articles examining global migration and its consequences.

Previous Articles in the Series »

Read entire article–compare and contrast with USA procedures and policies.


No Class February 25, 2008

Enjoy your break!!

Assignment for February 18, 2008

Read Chapter Four-“Policy Analysis:An Introduction” of the required text (Kraft & Furlong).

Blackwater–Wikipedia Entry

Blackwater Worldwide, formerly Blackwater USA, is a self-described private military companyfounded in 1997 by Erik Prince and Al Clark.[2] It has alternatively been referred to as a security contractor or a mercenary organization by numerous reports in the international media.[3][4][5][6][7] Blackwater is based in the U.S. state of North Carolina, where it operates a tactical training facility that it claims is the world’s largest. The company trains more than 40,000 people a year, from U.S. or foreign military and police services, as well as other U.S. government agencies. The training consists of military offensive and defensive operations, as well as smaller scale personnel security. Technologies used and techniques trained are not limited by U.S. domestic law, although it is unclear what legal status Blackwater operates under in the U.S. and other countries, or what protection the U.S. extends to Blackwater operations globally.[8] *** Read entire article.