The basis of all friendships…
My mood today. :-P
In January 2013, Clifford Hayes, a homeless man suffering from lupus and looking for a night off the streets, walked into the sheriff’s office in Augusta, Georgia. It was a standard visit: he needed police clearance, a requirement of many homeless shelters, to stay overnight at the Salvation Army.
Hayes expected to go straight to the shelter. Instead, he was handcuffed and later thrown in jail. Hayes hadn’t committed a crime – or at least, he hadn’t in many years since 2007, when he committed several driving-related misdemeanor offenses, for which he pled guilty and was put on probation. That probation left him $2,000 in debt for court fines – and fees he was supposed to pay to a private company the state hired to monitor him until his probation ended. Hayes needed to pay $854 to the court to avoid a jail sentence; because he had no money except a $730-a-month disability check, he was thrown in Richmond County lockup.
The cost to taxpayers of Hayes’ eight-month jail sentence: $11,500, according to Georgia court documents.
Despite the fact that the US supreme court ruled in 1983 that offenders cannot be jailed when they can’t afford to pay their fines, an increasing number of poor, low-level offenders are doing time because they can’t keep up with fees they owe to courts and private probation companies. To some it resembles a variation on the old Victorian workhouses and debtors’ prisons, moved from Dickensian England to the modern United States."
— “Thrown in jail for being poor: the booming for-profit probation industry" by Lauren Gambino
Title and Registration - Death Cab for Cutie
When I found the photo of you holding the flowers,
I though of what could have been had you said “yes.”
If I never see you again, if I never get another chance,
Neither regret nor disappointment will cloud my mind.
The power of math: 17 Equations That Changed the World (via @paulcoxon)
Chris Schweizer - Reflections
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The Faint - Help in the Head
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Sel! Basically rice doughnuts and very delicious.
One day, somebody’s gonna start a food truck business with prayer packaging and call it “Eat, Pray, Repeat.”