will decrease the prison population in America. In the early 1980′s federal prison population was eighty five percent (85%) white collar criminals and bank robbers. By the early 1990′s the prison population was approximately seventy percent (70%) drug crimes. All Prison Systems, State and Federal, would do well to model their prisons as an extension of society instead of it being an entirely separate environment that leaves the persons being released in a time lag having no connection to the outside society and no recent job experience.
L:2). All prisons should create on campus industries and factories that provide as much of the prisons necessities as possible, i.e. clothes, shoes, lockers… anything. There should be interaction between the separate Prison Systems to exchange products making the Prison System as self sufficient as possible. The Federal Prison System Already has a jump on this type of facility operation except for the fact that their factories pay no more than one dollar and forty cents ($1.40) per hour to the Prisoners, to make product to sell on the open market or offer services (phone banks, etc…) to the public and the profit goes to the stock holders, with a small reimbursement from them back into the facility. Then, the prison system has to buy all of their supplies from the open market at the expense of the Tax Payer. Yeah… read that again… it still doesn’t make any sense!!! But, if you take the factory setting and add in the following:
L:3). All prisons will institute a work program that does not allow for outside money to be used for any of the day to day existence of the prisoner. The prisoner enters the prison as a “Welfare Case” and will be housed in the dorm and eat at the “Soup Kitchen”. The first order of business for the prisoner, after orientation, will be to check the “Jobs Board” and prepare an application for whichever job(s) that person would be interested in or qualified to work. ALL prisoner jobs will have a pay rating attached to them with different levels in each department having different pay grades. Each prisoner will enter any work detail at an entry level position and work their way up at their pace and ability. ALL moneys (credits really) earned by the prisoner will go into that prisoner’s debit account and will be available to the prisoner at their discretion.
L:4). Once the prisoner has found employment they can begin to improve their lives to whatever extent they want and their credits will allow. If they want to move from the dorm area into an eight (8) man room, six (6) man room, four (4) man room or two (2) man room, they may do so by applying for that room the same as you would apply for an apartment. If it’s available and you have the “credits” income, you will be approved.
L:5). The same procedure will apply for the “Chow Hall”. The prisoners will be able to eat at the “Soup Kitchen” or, if they have the “Credits” in their account they can eat at the “Dining Hall” or at a “Carry-Out” on the compound. NO OUTSIDE MONEY will be used for food.
L:6). The same procedure will apply to with commissary items; if you have the credits to purchase toiletries, food, clothing, etc… you may do so but, it will be paid for with your “Prison Credits”. NO OUTSIDE MONEY will be used for commissary.
L:7). The Gym, Weight room(s), pool hall(s), arts and crafts, classes (aside from G.E.D.) music room(s), and other recreation programs will be on a membership basis and will be paid for out of the Prisoner’s “Credit Account”.
L:8). Any other “amenities” that the Prisoner may want that are offered at the prison will follow the same procedures. If there is cable T.V., if there are jogging suits, tennis shoes, extra sports equipment, all of these things will be purchased or rented by the Prisoner with the “Credits” available to the Prisoner on their “Debit Card”. If you don’t have the “credits”, you don’t get the goods and Mommy can’t buy them for you.
L:9). Because the intention of the Prison System should be rehabilitation and a reinforcement of societal values, the Prisoners will be allowed to have outside money sent to them on their birthday and Christmas but, there will be a limit set on how much they receive. Just like in the real world, sometimes you get presents or unexpected money but, you don’t rely on that money for your daily survival.
L:10). Going out on a limb, I fully believe that each Prison System should have a mandatory “short timers” or “pre-release” camp where they spend the last part of their incarceration in a work release facility where they learn to fit back into society in every way, including alcohol. Alcohol should not be eliminated from the Prisoners’ rehabilitation process as they try to learn to fit back into society because we all know that the Prisoner, upon release, will probably drink to some extent; that why a lot of them are in prison to begin with. I profess that, in the “Work Release Center”, the prisoners be allowed one, maybe two, beers (BEER ONLY) in the evening after work IN THE “WORK RELEASE CENTER” so as to try to teach these people how to have one or two beers without needing the rest of the 12-pack. The alternative to this idea is what we have now, i.e. you hold them captive until the last second and then release them into a world FULL of alcohol and, guess what happens. If parents would teach their children this as they are growing up (SEE: sec. N) we, as Americans would not have to pay the high financial and social price of a bunch of drunks. Maybe if they can learn to have one or two beers in a social setting they won’t get in quite as much trouble this time around.
L:11). The Prison System will no longer be a place to “warehouse” humans, nor will it be a vacation. Prisoners will be expected to participate in the “Prison Society” in the same fashion as they would be expected to participate in regular society. Of course, they are Prisoners and are in prison for not acting properly in society to begin with so there will be a percentage of Prisoners who will not be able to adjust to this routine. These Prisoners should be given every chance to adjust to “normal” routines but, some of the Prison population will need to be simply separated and “incarcerated”; it’s just a fact of prison.
L:12). The Prison needs to be the place where the powers that be pay enough attention to the Prisoners to determine, accurately, if a Prisoner is a CRIMINAL or if they are, in fact, a junkie. CRIMINALS GO TO JAIL, JUNKIES GO TO REHAB!!!!!!!! (SEE sec. D)
M). LEGALIZE AND SUPPORT INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCTION:
(WITH ENVIRONMENTAL FOOT NOTES)
I). INDUSTRIAL HEMP:
M-I:1). Our reliance on fossil fuels has created a lot of problems in the past and, presently, is on the verge of destroying the atmosphere (anti-global warming people… shut up!) and our society as we pollute the world and fight over the scraps. Our economies are held prisoner by the producers of petroleum and some of our country’s leaders, (including Dick Cheney and George Bush Senior) are getting rich on the proceeds of our entrapment. Fossil fuel has become a fossil in our society and I don’t see any reason to destroy ourselves or our planet over a product that has, clearly, past its prime and has only one reason to exist, i.e. the wealth of the fossils that are still fighting to keep it as our primary fuel source. We, as a country and as a world, need an energy source that is renewable and we have one, if we will just use it. It has been just sitting there for eighty something years waiting for the money grabbers to get out of the way so it can regain its former prominence in society and help the people and the planet.
M-I:2). Ever body today keeps talking about “Green Energy” but, for some reason they refuse to use anything that is actually green. Some have started to use corn as a fuel and plastic but, corn is yellow (yeah… I’m gonna stick with that) AND… it is a major food source for most of the planet. Whether you are eating corn on the cob or you’re eating corn fed meat you are still eating corn, so using corn as an alternative to petroleum drives up the price of corn and corn based foods making those foods financially less attainable to the general populace and is there for a bad idea. On the other hand, having the technology to turn vegetation into fuel and other chemical based products that have traditionally been derived from petroleum is a very good thing as long as you use something that is NOT in the food chain. Right now in Thialand the are having food shortages and starvation issues because the are using their major food crop for fuel. That just doesn’t make any sense!
M-I:3). Enter Hemp! Hemp IS NOT marijuana as we have come to know and love it. Hemp is “Cannabis Reuteralis(sp?)” and has a T.H.C. level (the stuff that gets you high) of about two percent (2%) where as the “Cannabis Indica” and “Cannabis Sativa” that Americans and EVERYBODY ELSE likes to smoke is considered low grade if it is below (15%) and most of the strains available today are above twenty percent (20%). What’s the point? The point is that it would take about ten (10) joints (marijuana cigarettes) of Hemp to equal the potency of just one joint of Marijuana prompting me to assert that nobody is going to smoke Hemp, unless you want to sell it as a tobacco substitute, so, you can just by-pass your built in prejudice setting and sit back down and listen.
M-I:4). Hemp grows in every state in the Union and in every country in the world. It is one of the most prolific species on the planet (it’s a weed) and can grow in almost any soil or climate. Hemp has been used, the same as cotton, since the beginning of time for fabric (Levi Strauss blue jeans), rope, sail cloth (The U.S.S. Constitution had 47,000 pounds of Hemp rope and sail), smaller wooden articles (Hemp is a deciduous medium-hard wood that grows up to three inches (3in.) in diameter), medicines,(used in more than one hundred (100) medicines at the turn of the twentieth century) as you are seeing in the current news, (recently re-legalized in many states for the treatment of numerous ailments), as a fiberglass type of resin, (as seen in the new corn based water bottles and baby bottles) and even gasoline, as proven by none other than, Henry Ford. The cruxst of this statement is that, WE CAN GROW GASOLINE AND PLASTIC!!! without effecting the food chain.
M-I:5). The two largest uses for petroleum based fuels right now, in the spring of 2011, are heating oil and gasoline. If each state in the union started growing Hemp right now and each town built a small Hemp oil distillery/refinery (it takes both steps) most of the heating oil needs for this coming winter (20011/2012) would be taken care of. Over the next few years, with expansion of the Hemp crop and the building of larger distillery/refineries, all of our fuel needs would be taken care of by a product that is renewable, domestic, and GREEN. In the northern latitudes we could plant a longer season single crop of one of the strains that produce more curd or pulp and therefore, more oil. In the south you could easily raise two, if not three, crops per year of a higher oil strain. Hemp crops could be planted in open areas or, it could be planted in the rows of recently replanted timber land and be grown on that timber land for approximately ten (10) years before the tree growth would create too much shade for the Hemp to prosper. It takes fifty (50) acres of trees to produce the same amount of pulp as one (1) acre of hemp. I would caution against raising crops specifically for fiber production as, that will create a competition with cotton and use up large tracts of land that could be used to grow higher oil content strains that would be used for fuel, unless there is some way to retrieve the oil from the Hemp first and still be able to use the fiber (somebody else will have to research that… I don’t know).
M-I:6). The other aspect of hemp production is that we can produce ALL of our paper products from Hemp so we quit using three hundred year old tree for tooth picks and toilet paper. You can produce paper, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, and cardboard, everything paper from Hemp. By using Hemp instead of trees for all of these things we can allow our forests to re-grow and restructure the timber industry so trees car be harvested every fifty (50) to one hundred (100) years, instead of every ten (10) to twenty (20), thereby giving our atmosphere the benefit of more forests that exist longer and remove more of the CO2 from our air. In practical carpenter terms, it will give us lumber that has a higher tensile strength so you can use less lumber to build the same structure. One last aspect of Hemp concerns the popularity of Pellet Stoves. Hemp is a deciduous medium-hard wood and it can be chopped into pellet sized pieces and used as an additive or alternative to the pellets that are available today.
M-II:1). The other major problem that the world is having with petroleum products, other than everybody trying to kill each other for it, is the toxic emissions that are produced by the burning of fossil fuels and the resulting carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in our atmosphere (again…anti-global warming people…shut up). Hemp won’t fix that problem but, it will help by taking a portion of the CO2 out of the atmosphere. How much CO2 does the use of fossil fuels take out of the atmosphere? NONE! How much CO2 does the use of nuclear energy take out of the atmosphere? NONE! How much CO2 does the use of wind power or solar power take out of the atmosphere? NONE! How much CO2 does the use of tidal energy take out of the atmosphere? NONE! How much CO2 does the use of Hemp take out of the atmosphere? I don’t have a clue but, it’s got to be a hell of a lot more than anything else we are using! It stands to reason…
M-II:2). The biggest challenge lately has been to come up with a new type of automobile that will run on some kind of, as yet undiscovered, miracle fuel. People are talking about electric cars (electricity comes from burning fossil fuels) Hybrid cars (still use fossil fuels) or Hydrogen fuel cells (what!!!) but, none of that actually addresses the problem of eliminating fossil fuels (at least not in my lifetime and I’m not that old), nor do these ideas address the problem of cleaning up emissions from cars, much less the emissions from factories or mills or smoke stacks of whatever entity. We already have the Internal Combustion Engine so there is no reason to change the engine, just change the fuel and CONTROL the emissions. By using a fuel made from Hemp (or any other bio fuel) it will initially create the same amount of exhaust but, those emissions will be less toxic; coming from plants, not oil, it would prompt the comparison of the difference between burning leaves and burning tires (I don’t know if that is actually true but it sounds logical and, since I haven’t heard the oil companies openly quote a comparison, I’ll go ahead and believe it) and since Hemp fuel is from a plant, it has already reduced the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, earning Hemp automatic Environmental Offset Credits.
M-II:3). The next problem would be controlling the emissions from the vehicle and I CAN NOT be the only one who has thought of this. In 1977 or 78, President Carter ordered a Presidential Study that, among other things, showed that by smoking through a water pipe, the carcinogens in the smoke were reduced by approximately fifty percent (50%) then he made water pipes illegal. Go figure. If that study was accurate, then all you would have to do is, take the car that you have now, cut the exhaust off near the back seat and fit it with a manifold that has six (6) smaller tubes that run into the bottom of the first chamber of a box that has five (5) consecutive one (1) gallon tanks that is installed under the back seat of the car so that the end of those tubes are under water, near the bottom of the first tank. There will be a set of six (6) vent tubes that attach to the top of the first tank and go into the second tank and the ends of those tubes will be under water, near the bottom of the second tank. Repeat for the third tank, fourth tank and fifth tank. On the top of the fifth tank will be a connector where you re-attach the exhaust system and run it to the rear of the vehicle where it goes into a vacuum motor which creates the suction to pull the exhaust through the water. The vacuum motor will have to be attached to a potentiometer (volume knob) so that it will keep pace with the engine; engine goes faster, vacuum goes faster. If the Presidential Study was right then the emissions should be in the range of three point one two percent (3.12%) of the emissions that the engine generates. IT MIGHT BE THAT EASY to reduce automobile emissions by ninety six point eight, eight percent (96.88%).
M-II:4). Every gas station would be fitted with a water hose at the pump so, every time you fill up your car with gas, you fill your “Car Bong” with re-claimed, non-potable water. Each time that you change the oil in your vehicle you will empty, clean and refill your “Car Bong” of resins and residues so that it can be collected for environmental reasons and possibly reused as something else. It is Carbon after all.
M-II:5). This same technology can be applied, loosely, to all emissions generating systems. If there is no way to replicate a closed chamber system you can still do a mist and/or steam system. Each smoke stack will have two (2) retention ponds (multiple stacks may be able run from the same ponds) one to run while the other is being cleaned. All you have to do is run sprinkler pipe up the inside or outside of the smoke stack with sprinkler heads on the inside of the smoke stack, at several levels, and with enough sprinkler heads at each level, depending on the diameter of the smoke stack, to give complete coverage at each level. The water from the retention pond will be run through the same heat source that is generating the exhaust so as to heat the water to boiling or, if practical, steam. The water/steam will be misted into the smoke stack at several levels, creating veils of mist that the exhaust must pass through to vent out the top of the smoke stack. If the mist causes a settling effect on the exhaust (won’t allow the exhaust to rise) then you would need to install (an) exhaust fan(s) on the smoke stack to pull the smoke up and out. A portion of the water/mist will evaporate out the top of the smoke stack with the other exhaust but most will collect on the insides of the smoke stack and run back down the walls with the particulate matter trapped by the water. That returned water will collect and drain into a retention pond where the water is filtered and reused and the waste matter can be scraped up and disposed of. The mist will reduce the particulate emissions of ANY exhaust system but, I can’t say by what percentage. Please install one of these systems and let me know the results.
N). LOWER THE DRINKING AGE AND LEGALIZE ALL NARCOTICS
N:1). The financial ramifications of drugs and alcohol are causing us to spend an outrageous amount of our tax dollars on attempted suppression or eradication, but most of the associated social problems are caused by drugs being illegal and by the mind set of Americans that your child is not allowed to do ANYTHING until after they are out of your house (hopefully) and their is no one there to try to teach them how to act or how to handle them selves.
N:2). I fully believe that America should take a lesson from the European Community and then take it one step farther. I fully believe that the drinking age should be lowered to where, if a child is at least thirteen (13) years old they can consume BEER ONLY in restaurants and other public places if they are accompanied by an adult. Once they are eighteen they will be of legal age to purchase alcohol on their own, at their discretion just like it was in the ‘70’s. Right now, as a parent, you are allowed to give YOUR child alcohol if you so choose but, not in a public place. Most parents say, “no you can’t”, “no you cant”, until they send their child off to College or out on their own and the first time that child gets to drink it’s at some party or similar situation and they go overboard. From that point on it’s an ongoing fight for that person to learn, usually the hard way, how to handle alcohol and not let it ruin their life. It would be a lot easier on the child, less worrisome for the parent, and less costly to society if you TEACH your child how to drink responsibly BEFORE they go out on their own. This simple idea will greatly reduce the legal issues and tragedies associated with alcohol.
N:3). The only thing I’m going to say about “illegal” drugs is this: Portugal legalized ALL drugs in 2004(?). Portugal changed their laws to state that any person may possess or consume whatever drug they so choose as long as they are socially appropriate. In essence, if you are out at the bar and you walk off and sit in your car and smoke a joint, nobody cares. Have at it. If, on the other hand you walk outside the bar and light up a joint, right there on the sidewalk, you will get a ticket for, essentially, being inappropriate in public and information on where to receive help with your drug issues, if you want to. It would be the equivalent of a traffic citation.
N:4). There was a “five (5) year update” on the situation in Portugal that simply said that ALL drug use had gone DOWN eighteen percent (18%) and that the government reallocated the large amount of tax dollars that Portugal used to spend on drug enforcement to social necessities and other government agencies. Just imagine what we could do with the money we now spend on the D.E.A., all of the other anti-drug initiatives and the Court costs associated with prosecuting drug charges and pursuing and prosecuting all of the gang and organized crime activities at every level that comes from the MONEY that illegal drugs generate. A real rehabilitation program would be nice. If you take the money out of it, you take the crime out of it; nobody is going to fight over something that everybody has.
O). MILITARY AND PENTAGON
There are other social ills that I see and acknowledge as being problems but, I’ve always felt that if you point out a problem and don’t have some suggestion on how to fix that problem, you’re just an asshole and you should shut up. That being said, I’m going to point out two things that i do NOT have an answer for, (i guess I’m an ashole) the first being our MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. The masters of that universe are thoroughly ensconced in their positions of power and there will be no shaking them loose. On the contrary, I consider the Pentagon to be our dog and all of the little sets of initials that emanate from the Pentagon are the dog’s teeth and claws; unfortunately the dog definitely has fleas and occasionally looks more like a weasel than a dog. I like having a dog. I like having a mean dog that can be vicious and, yes, bite but, I expect that dog to know who his master is (the American People), protect his master and quit shittin’ in the neighbor’s yard. My dog should stay on the porch unless someone comes in the yard, in which case, my dog should go after them, growl, bark, bark LOUD, nip at them, try to run them off or, pounce on them and hold them down. If need be, BITE THEM!, but, my dog WILL NOT CHASE THEM!!! If they come on my porch EAT THEM!!! But if they are just walking by my dog should just lie down and lick himself; that’s what dogs do. Whatever the neighbor is doing in his yard is his business. Whatever the people down the street are doing is their business. My dog needs to learn to stay on the porch and leave people alone and quit running around the neighborhood. If my dog keeps annoying the neighbors, chasing people and biting folks that are NOT in the yard, then the dog will need to be put down. I hope it doesn’t come to that, he’s basically a good dog, he just needs some training. If you leave a dog alone, it will act like a dog. There’s no such thing as a bad dog… just a human, who wasn’t paying attention.
The Pentagon needs to be held accountable for the money that they TAKE from the American People. Every American, every human, that is paying attention knows that the American Military and Intelligence Departments (and everybody else’s) are spend our money doing sneaky, immoral, illegal, socially reprehensible stuff. Whether they are bribing Government Officials or Corporate heads, financially swaying elections in other countries, hiring mercenaries to do their dirty work, or selling guns and drugs, that’s what they do… we all know it. All I’m asking is that the Pentagon NOT be exempted from the National Audit every year. TELL US WHERE OUR MONEY IS GOING! Put it under any innocuous heading you want to but, you will be accountable to the American People for the tax dollars that you take.
P:1). The other big thing that I’m going to avoid is the problem of jobs. As you’ll agree, (I hope), I think way too much but I think my ideas are sound; you’re welcome to your opinion. The problem of creating jobs is a big one and better minds than mine will have to work on the need for a large, labor intensive type of job creation to put Americans back to work. I do NOT have a viable solution to this enormous and ongoing problem, but I have a few ideas that might help.
P:2). First, and what I see as the most obvious, would be to move the production of all of America’s MILITARY EQUIPMENT back to The U.S. instead of paying some country that, at some time in the future may become an enemy of The State, to produce the things we need for conquest and kiling and maiming. Maybe it’s just me but, I think WE ought to MAKE the weapons that we need to protect ourselves.
P:3). The only other “Jobs Creation” idea that I have is to shorten shifts to put more people to work. If you already have a work environment that has two (2), eight (8) hour shifts, it would be changed to three (3), six (6) hour shifts, thereby increasing the number of persons employed by fifty percent (50%). As an offset to the twenty five percent (25%) cut in hours and therefore a twenty five percent (25%) cut in pay, a substantial percentage of those already employed at the time of implementation, would move up the pay scale to fill the upper level positions of the third shift leaving the vacancies that will be filled by the entry level employees. The same would follow suit for work environments that operate three (3) full shifts. They would change to four (4), six (6) hour shifts giving a thirty three percent (33%) increase in employment at that work place. Remember… there is no medical or benefits issues to deal with so there is no more reference to full time as affect the perks of the job. The only thing affected will be your pay check.
P:4). If we had put the two items above together a few years ago, we wouldn’t have had the financial melt down that we had; at least not so much. America was/is in the middle of two wars (imagine that) and at the same time, the Auto Industry falls apart. In 1942(?) Henry Ford started producing military armament and vehicles to support the war efforts in Europe and the Pacific. Why didn’t we do that five (5) years ago?
P:5). All of the changes that I have proposed throughout this dissertation will create a lot of jobs with the renovation of the infrastructure that would be required to achieve these goals. This could be our generations Panama Canal or Hoover Dam or Brooklyn Bridge except this time we will not be building something to use or look at and it will be far more relevant, far reaching and enduring than anything we as a Country have ever built. Beyond creating jobs, giving people hope and prosperity and making this country great again we will be building something to live in that gives each and every one of us a better life.
Q). PET PEEVES
I have intentionally kept this entire discourse focused on problems inside this country because nobody has any right to be talking bad about somebody else’s situation when you’re not doing what YOU should be. Our Government needs to quit trying to export a broken system. The only reason our Government wants the rest of the world to have “Democratic” Governments is so they can financially subjugate the peoples of those countries for even more Corporate profit.
I fully believe we should re-regulate “The Fourth Estate” so all of the news we get doesn’t come from the six “Super Wealthy” who decide what we can and can’t see or hear or know about. Go back to the days when the same company couldn’t own all of the media outlets in a given region; there had to be competition, thereby enforcing truth in journalism.
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE NINTH (9th) AMENDMENT
I think that with all of the traffic issues taking center stage these days we should make all of the roads safer by putting a satellite scrambler in every automobile, i.e. when the engine is running, your cell-phone won’t work! Yeah, yeah, yeah, shut up, sit down, quit yelling. See, now, that’s the biggest problems with trying to save the world… the world doesn’t want to be saved, just like no junkie ever wants to quit, they just want to quit gettin’ arrested for it.
Lastly, I’m not going to try to address the “Super Wealthy”, as they are not really American, as such. The Super Wealthy are global entities that are not constrained by geographic boundaries or, really, by the laws of any nation. The one thing I will say is that the changes below are what the people need and deserve but, the Super Wealthy are not going to like them or help to initiate them because it goes against their power base and affects their profits, so I’ll just say this: If you are some one who has become one of the Wealthy or Super Wealthy at the expense of the American People, you made your billions off of the sweat of their brow.
That’s it. That’s my view of the problems and a guess at the solutions, and you are welcome to respond to them, vocally and viciously and, hopefully, add to them, fine tune them, fill in the blanks that I missed; good luck. I’ve just tackled more than a dozen social ills, suggested ways to fix them and told you where the money will come from, in less than thirty (30) pages; WHY CAN’T CONGRESS DO THIS?????
J. F. Gypsy
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