Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal.
Glenn Nichols, the Benson city manager, remembers the pitch.
“The gentleman that’s the main thrust of this thing has a huge turquoise ring on his finger,” Nichols said. “He’s a great big huge guy and I equated him to a car salesman.”
What he was selling was a prison for women and children who were illegal immigrants.
via Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law : NPR.
This is a quality piece of investigative journalism that sheds light on the forces behind Arizona’s SB1070.
The ability to change your mind in the face of evidence and argument is the hallmark of scientific practice. It should also be the basis for civil discourse in a free and democratic society. Now that science has become inseparable from the functions of society, the need for civil discourse with evidence and argument driving the potential for changing minds must be recognized as our only salvation. Without civil discourse and open minds we will lack the all-important capacity to move, to effect changes, in the face of the wholly singular challenges our historical moment seems heir too.
via Jon Stewart, God, Science, Mutant Fish And A Plea For Reason : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR.
If you are tired of the constant noise prevalent in today’s political chatter, read this.
It’s well written, well thought out and speaks to my soul. I’m so tired of the constant yelling while simultaneously plugging ears.
I really wish I could go to this.
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