Scientists are calling the developing, and in some cases already unprecedented, El Niño the Godzilla El Niño. Current projections of a record-setting El Niño would be bad enough - except what other scientists are calling "the Blob" will be involved as well. The Blob is unprecedented warmth in the North Pacific. At the least, we are very likely in for a big new global temperature record.
Last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released his plan for changing the tax code. He wants big across the board tax cuts, with the largest tax cuts going to the wealthy. But apart from what the tax cuts may or may not be able to do in terms of growth, there is also the matter of how the Federal Reserve Board would react.
In addition to the private prison corporations, a wide range of companies, organizations, individuals and even towns profit economically or politically from prisons. They all have "skin in the game" - and have a definite interest in opposing attempts to reduce or end mass incarceration.