JPay and other prison bankers collect tens of millions of dollars every year from inmates’ families in fees for basic financial services. To make payments, some forego medical care, skip utility bills and limit contact with their imprisoned relatives, the Center for Public Integrity found in a six-month investigation.
Inmates earn as little as 12 cents per hour in many places, wages that have not increased for decades. The prices they pay for goods to meet their basic needs continue to increase.
By erecting a virtual tollbooth at the prison gate, JPay has become a critical financial conduit for an opaque constellation of vendors that profit from millions of poor families with incarcerated loved ones.
My only disagreement might be the order-I’d put this at #1 by far. ISIS is thugs, killers, and men without mercy. All the rest is irrelevant. It’s the #Caliphake not Caliphate. And no, neither the CIA, McCain or Obama made ISIS happen. Sorry dudebros, far left and far right haters.
MYTH 3: ISIS REPRESENTS ALL MUSLIMS
As Alastair Crooke explains in a blog for the WorldPost, ISIS practices an ultra-radical interpretation of Sunni Islam.
In late September, a group of Muslim scholars from around the world issued a letter rebuking ISIS’ extreme ideology. The scholars tore down the group’s practices as un-Islamic, offering a point-by-point summary of how its ideology breaks from what most Muslims believe. The scholars wrote that in Islam, it is forbiden to torture, kill the innocent and attribute evil acts to God, rejecting how ISIS has sought to kill people they call “kafir” — or infidels who have not pledged allegiance to a single Muslim leader. For ISIS, the kafir may include other Muslims. The scholars go on to denounce other ISIS actions and beliefs, including forcing others to convert to its ideologies, destroying the tombs of prophets.
Muslims around the world have condemned ISIS’ extreme beliefs. A movement started by British Muslims flooded social media with messages of “#NotInMyName,” rejecting ISIS’ brutal tactics and accusing the group of “hiding behind a false Islam.”
Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025: world premiere of the spectacular study of tomorrow’s trucks - autonomous driving into an exciting future
From a vision to reality - the spectacular Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 study will be providing a visually exciting and technically feasible take on the long-distance truck of tomorrow at the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA). In ten years’ time, trucks could be driving autonomously on motorways. Transport efficiency will increase, traffic will be safer for all road users, and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will be further reduced. To do this Mercedes-Benz connects existing assistance systems with enhanced sensors to the “Highway Pilot” system. Autonomous driving is already possible at realistic speeds and in realistic motorway traffic situations. The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 provides a glimpse of the future shape of trucks.
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As throngs of pro-democracy protesters continue to organize in Hong Kong’s central business district, many of them are messaging one another through a network that doesn’t require cell towers or Wi-Fi nodes. They’re using an app called FireChat that launched in March and is underpinned by mesh networking, which lets phones unite to form a temporary Internet.
So far, mesh networks have proven themselves quite effective and quickly adopted during times of disaster or political unrest, as they don’t rely on existing cable and wireless networks. In Iraq, tens of thousands of people have downloaded FireChat as the government limits connectivity in an effort to curb ISIS communications. Protesters in Taiwan this spring turned to FireChat when cell signals were too weak and at times nonexistent.
And FireChat’s popularity is surging in Hong Kong. About 100,000 users downloaded the free FireChat app between Sunday morning and Monday morning, according to The Wall Street Journal. While there are no reports of cell-network outages so far, student leaders are recommending FireChat for fear authorities may shut off communications.
Social networking upstarts come and go like the weather these days. Everyone wants to unseat Facebook (FB), but few have that special combination of technical prowess and viral appeal to lure away even a fraction of its 1.3 billion users.
Ello, based in the unlikely conclave of Burlington, Vt., hopes it’s a little bit different. Since beginning a limited beta test in August, the site has been deluged with requests from prospective members, particularly those upset by Facebook’s ubiquitous advertisements and insistence on the use of people’s real names.
The site, which is still invite-only, looks like a cross among Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr (YHOO). It’s spare and white, with plenty of space given to photographs. Users can designate each other as ‘friends’ or move contacts into another category called ‘noise,’ where content is presented in a grid-like layout that’s easier to browse quickly.
With just sixteen hours before polling stations were to open in Ohio, the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon blocked voters from beginning tomorrow to cast their ballots in this year’s general election. By a vote of five to four, the Justices put on hold a federal judge’s order providing new opportunities for voting before election day, beyond what state leaders wanted.
The order will remain in effect until the Court acts on an appeal by state officials. If that is denied, then the order lapses. It is unclear when that scenario will unfold. The state’s petition has not yet been filed formally.
The practical effect of the order will mean that, at the least, early voting will not be allowed this week — a period that supporters of early balloting have called “Golden Week.” That permits voters to register and cast their ballots on the same day.
Afghanistan’s new government and the United States have signed a long-delayed bilateral security agreement that will allow about 10,000 soldiers to remain in Afghanistan when the international combat mission ends December 31.
The two sides signed the pact in Kabul Tuesday, a day after Ashraf Ghani officially took over as Afghanistan’s president from Hamid Karzai.
Under tight security, representatives from around the world joined Afghan political and religious leaders at Monday’s inauguration ceremony, held at the presidential palace in Kabul. Foreign dignitaries included neighboring Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain and senior U.S. presidential adviser John Podesta.
I was eager to try out Ello, a new social network that has positioned itself as an anti-corporate alternative to the status quo with the rebel cry of “You are not a product.”
I got myself an invite and started creating content like the dutiful millennial that I am, and, while Ello is a lot of fun and certainly holds promise, a dive into the company’s policies left me wondering if what it’s promised is all that different from the big guys.
My first impression of Ello was a palpable sense of opportunity. Ello is basically the Wild West of social networks right now, as people slowly join and figure out how to use it.
EBay said on Tuesday that it would spin off its PayPal payments unit into a separate publicly traded company, taking a step the activist hedge fund magnate Carl C. Icahn first demanded nine months ago.
The move will cleave eBay almost in half, separating it from the payments processor it acquired 12 years ago and built into a giant that generates almost half of the company’s revenue.
Dallas hospital is holding a patient in “strict isolation” as that person is being evaluated for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said in a statement Monday that the patient’s symptoms and recent travel indicated a case of Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region.
The hospital said it is complying with all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of Health to ensure the safety of other patients and medical staff.