<I started my life in a kibbutz like setting, thousands of families all living in one set of buildings, sharing everything from the incinerator to food to clothelines to you name it.
I escaped before my 16th birthday and never looked back.
The life was like a prison without walls.>
It sound pretty bleak to me alright, but I don't see how it resembles life in a kibbutz or any other cooperative for that matter. If anything it sounds to my like 'life in the ghetto,' and that's an American invention that got little to do with cooperation and a lot to do with competition, for survival I'd say...
< ''ONLY IN AMERICA'' is and old saying because it is a true saying. My family and I are living proof that our system works for those that WORK. not just study and get oodles and oodles of information to use in attempting to make a point out of the pointless....... and please don't try to tell me I am and anomaly, as this is the common retort of the malcontented, the lazy, and those with the business sense of a toothless backwoods interbred freak....>
The "dream" works for some, for others, nightmare, 'only in America'...
Just Say Maybe
For an example of how NOT to make good health policy, consider the
international debate on drugs
Source: The Economist, April 5-11th 2003
Plenty of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and even some
government ministers (in private, at least) now recognize that these
treaties and the policies they encourage are the WRONG WAY to tackle
The arguments for a different approach have grown stronger, not
weaker, since 1998. The failure of the current policy has become much
clearer. There is no sign that government intervention has cut supply...
AND WHILE THE BIG SHOTS ARE INSULATED FROM THE PROBLEM,
DOWN THERE, IN THE GHETTO...
They have 40 *BILLION* dollars for the "War on Drugs" next year.
New prisons in almost every state, several new prisons in a few states. And,
they get high in jail. Dope is as easy to buy in jail as it is out here. All you need
is money. WTF are these people thinking???
40 *BILLION* dollars to continue a losing battle that is killing the youth
of our country. Trying to get ahead in this society after having been
convicted of a drug crime is a real bleak future. I have a bud, an old Navy
diver, who cant get a job driving a ****ing truck, because he has a felony
conviction for growing marijuana that goes back to 1974. The guy is a 10
year Navy veteran, made one simple mistake *26* years ago, has been in *no*
trouble since, and cant get a ****ing job that he can support himself on. We
should be ashamed.
Do people realize that the population in 20 years is going to made up of a
*significant* number of convicted felons who *cant* vote? And who are
going to be pissed off, and tired of being under the Big Brother thumb. Tired
of a life of poverty because they made a mistake in their youth, and have been
made to pay for it for their entire lives.
*Prisons are now being run at a profit by private corporations*. So, if they
keep it up, they are creating a future labor force of cheap, disposable
laborers who have been stripped of all rights, hope and dignity. "Act right,
do the job we give you, or sit in a cage."
Look at it this way: I was in basic with a black kid from Detroit. About 6
weeks in they found he had a heart murmur, and were going to discharge him
as unfit. He was a model recruit, squared away and trying real hard to be a
Marine. When he got the news, he told me "I aint going back home, man."
Later that night, he drank a half a can of Brasso.
For him, life in America offered two choices:
Be a Detroit Ghetto Black man, and spend your life in shit (like his dad and
everyone he knows), or be a Marine (none of the other branches would take
him). When he lost the option of getting out of Detroit, no matter the cost,
he chose death rather than go home. Until that moment, I never realized how
bad *some* children in this country have it. Grow up in a place where you
never see anything but pigeons, dogs and cats. Never seen a cow. Since that
moment, I have never forgot. If I grew up like most kids in the ghettos of
America, I would be a gun totin, dope selling, white man hating, cop
shooting MF too, hoping to make that one big score, and get out (its either
dream, or work at McDonalds). Our prisons are full of them.
2 *MILLION* people in prison in the US right now, more than Russia or China,
1/2 of those for dope.
We should, every last flag waving one of us, be ashamed of our failure.