The Drug War And Mass Incarcerations By The Masses

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The Obama Administration, in its 2013 budget, has requested $25.6 billion in federal spending for the war against drugs. The Drug Policy Alliance estimates that “when you combine state and local spending on everything from drug-related arrests to prison, the total cost adds up to at least $51 billion per year.” Over the course of the last 40 years, it’s estimated that American taxpayers have spent almost $1 trillion on a war that has accomplished the following: an unchanged drug addiction rate and the world’s highest incarceration rate. The American Civil Liberties Union has identified that the U.S. has only 5% of the world’s total population, but 25% of the world’s prison population. Equally as surprising, just under half of the people currently incarcerated in the US are there for non-violent crimes.

How Time Flies as We Get Older!

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64 year old Diana Nyad finally accomplished swimming the 110miles between Cuba and Florida in 52 hours and 54 minutes. This was her 5th and final try as she had failed four times before. “You’re never too old to chase your dreams”, Niad said to the crowd as she emerged from the water in Florida. The long swim has been attempted many times before, often causing swimmers to get jellyfish stings, sunburns, blisters and hallucinations. The last successful crossing was 22 year old Susan Maroney, who used a shark cage to cross from Cuba to Fl in 1977.  When Nyad was asked why she attempted such a dangerous feat in the first place, she responded “I am stunned, at age 61, at how fast it all flies by,” explaining her motivation to keep going. “My mom just died. We blink and another decade passes. I don’t want to reach the end of my life and regret not having given my days everything in me to make them worthwhile.”

Doctor stops accepting insurance, lowers prices and posts costs online

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A doctor in Maine is refusing all forms of health care in order to provide better and cheaper service to his patients. He is also posting costs online to make sure his patients know what the costs will be so there will be no surprises. This has allowed him to lower prices and act in the best interest of the patients instead of being dictated by the insurance companies. The article identifies that a visit that would usually cost $160 now only costs him $75. Patients can still file a claim with their insurance company if their insurance allows it.