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21 March 2008

OH: Gov. Signs Bill to Support Faith-Based Prison Transition Programs.

SOURCE:  http://realcostofprisons.org/blog/

Associated Press, Mar 18, 2008
Faith groups to help inmates being released from state prisons
by JOHN McCARTHY. Associated Press Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Any assistance inmates can get before being released from prison is helpful and a bill now awaiting Gov. Ted Strickland's signature will bring faith-based groups and other volunteers into the mix, the state's prisons chief said Tuesday.

The help is needed more than ever because the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections must trim $74 million from its budget over the next 15 1/2 months, including $14 million over the next 3 1/2 months, because of an expected shortfall of at least $733 million in the budget year beginning in July...MORE

20 March 2008

Avoid These 8 Worst Foods in America

SOURCE:  http://lifehacker.com/

The New York Times reviews a book called Eat This, Not That!, a nutrition guide full of images of foods you shouldn't eat and their healthier substitutes. The book also has a section highlighting 20 of the country's worst foods, and the article republishes eight of them, categorized with names like "worst fast food meal" and "worst drink". The "winners"?

Worst Fast Food Meal: McDonald's Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips with creamy ranch sauce. Chicken sounds healthy, but not at 870 calories.
Worst Drink: Jamba Juice Chocolate Moo'd Power Smoothie. With 166 grams of sugar, you could have had eight servings of Ben & Jerry's.
Worst Supermarket Meal: Pepperidge Farm Roasted Chicken Pot Pie. One pie packs 64 grams of fat.
...MORE

Small Businesses Offer Alternatives to Gang Life - New York Times

SOURCE:  http://www.nytimes.com/

Alternatives to Gang Life
Homeboy Bakery has a new plant that has $3 million in ovens and machinery and its managers hope to produce millions of dollars in revenue within a year or two, said the master baker, Alvaro Ocegueda. He supervises 25 former gang members who have become bakers under his guidance and with professional training at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, a two-year community college...MORE

19 March 2008

The End of Wealth

SOURCE:
http://www.pickthebrain.com/

Ends and Means

Now, the last thing I want to do in this article is come across as self-righteous in the moral advice that follows. Let me state here that I am far from perfect, and I am not always proud of the ways I act. But this current chaos in the world’s financial markets, and other recent examples of greed (eg Enron), reminded me of Gandhi’s teachings of the seven things that will destroy us. These are:

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character
Commerce without morality
Science without humanity
Worship without sacrifice
Politics without principle

...MORE

BBC NEWS | Education | More parents lie to get schools

SOURCE:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/

More parents lie to get schools
Competition for places in top schools is intense
Local councils in England say increasing numbers of parents
have been caught trying to cheat to get places for their children at popular schools...MORE

17 March 2008

The Best Places to Watch Documentary Movies Online

Source: http://www.makeuseof.com
The Best Places to Watch Documentary Movies Online
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Newsvine - Sex Offenders Collect Financial Aid

Source:
http://www.newsvine.com/

The U.S. Education Department does not track how many sexual predators confined to treatment centers have received aid, in part because the offenders do not have to disclose their living arrangements on the application forms. But within the past five years, at least several dozen have received Pell Grants. And the department is only following the law.

"They are eligible," Education Department spokeswoman Stephanie Babyak said. She said the department generally does not track how recipients pay their expenses, "but if there is an issue with people getting overawards, we would look into that. We'll be happy to check it out."

The institutions and the government do not keep count of how much money sexual predators receive. The maximum Pell Grant is $4,310 per year. The government generally sends payments to colleges for tuition, and any leftover is sent to the student to cover expenses...MORE

Gap Between Advertisers & Audience Growing

Source:
http://www.podcastingnews.com/

Incredibly, for every $1 advertisers spend on ads in Internet video, they spend $100 on TV ads.

This is despite the facts that:

Most people get their news from the Internet.
Kids aren’t watching TV like they used to.
While TV is declining, Internet TV is set to grow 42% this year.

Television networks are failing to deliver the audiences they have promised, because people are watching Internet videos...MORE

4 Ways to Redefine the Customer

SOURCE

A study by Yahoo! Global Market Research study (2006) showed that individuals rarely watch TV as a standalone activity.
Rather, they are dividing time between TV and other activities.

60% Web surfing
51% Talking on the phone
59% Reading
43% Cleaning
40% Sleeping
37% Cooking


While multitasking, the audience is exposed to TV messages that they may/may not pay attention to.
However, in terms of online marketing the click is always as a conscious choice...MORE

16 March 2008

Our Time Press

SOURCE:
http://ourtimepress.com/
Economists Decode Rational Behaviors of Black Women
By Mary Alice Miller

Even when a Black woman marry, she has decreased bargaining power. 
The American prison system hasn't left much choice. Harford writes, "Good-bye to
doing the dishes and paying the rent; hello to mistresses and wham, bam, thank-you-ma'am".
....MORE

Cop in the Hood

SOURCE:  http://www.marginalrevolution.com/

"Motivated primarily by a desire for court overtime pay, police officers want arrests on their own terms, ideally without victims, complaints, or unnecessary paperwork.  Young officers make more arrests than veteran officers.  These officers believe that making arrests is police work.  In my squad, the top three officers in arrest totals were three officers with the least experience.  An arrest-based culture can exist in a low-drug environment, but without a limitless supply of arrestable criminal offenders, an arrest-based culture cannot make a lot of arrests.  Neighborhoods, without public drug dealings will not produce a high number of arrests."

That is from Peter Moskos's truly excellent Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District.  This is one of the two or three best conceptual analyses of "cops and robbers"

The Management Trinity - Delegation

SOURCE:  http://www.manager-tools.com/

The Management Trinity - Delegation

Ah, the FOURTH member of the Trinity. We did this for two reasons – one, to make it easier to remember. Two, because you simply cannot grow an organization profitably without Delegation. You can grow the profitability of a company without new products, without new distribution – think Tiffany’s, or coal mines. But not without delegation. (Delegation is ESPECIALLY important if you don’t have new products or distribution, and we don’t recommend either!)

Effective Managers know how to consciously and effectively delegate. Good delegation leads to more growth at less cost. How can we call ourselves professional managers unless we do something that we KNOW leads to profitable growth?...MORE

Small Victory for Arena Foes?

http://angrydrunkbureaucrat.blogspot.com/2008/03/small-victory.html

The Pittsburgh Stadium Authority on Friday gave a North Side developer 45 days to meet with labor unions and social services groups before it would be willing to approve construction of a $27.5 million, 178-room Hyatt hotel...

Barry Ford, Continental's president of development, agreed to "have a dialogue" with the union-backed group North Side UNITED, which is seeking a community benefits agreement with the private developer that includes support for youth education programs, environmentally friendly design and jobs...

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