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When murder is doubly bound

The murder of innocents can lead one to be caught in a double bind. Killing is bad. This is one of the most basic principles of almost any religion, and typically the starting point of morality itself. Killing innocent people is less permissible than killing guilty people, and killing innocent women and children is the worst kind of killing. Whatever our personal opinion of this value judgment, it seems to be a generally agreed upon principle. However, I have learned this month, it is not an immutable one, context matters. If I speak of the murder of innocent women and children in Palestine many people would call me anti-Semitic. It’s phenomenal how history and emotion can operate to disfigure a universally accepted principle. In no other area of human endevour can the truth be manipulated in such a way. When representing physical form for example, a standard drawing of an object will remain that object, it doesn’t matter what other details accompany it, no color scheme will change the truth of what that drawing represents. Even context does not change the object itself, a drawing of a chair, for example, will always be a chair, whether it is at a table, standing alone, or turned upside down, the truth of what the rendition of that object represents will not change. Lately, it seems, that the sanctity of life of innocent children is not as clear of a principle.

I’m unsure why this particular injustice seems to grab my attention today. More innocent children have died at the hands of unscrupulous settlers on the stolen land I inhabit here in Canada. Children die unnecessarily every day in Los Angeles, where I grew up. We are surrounded by injustice, and drowning in contradictions. It is often said that everything is relative. I don’t think it is. My worst day will never be as bad as the worst day of my counterpart in Palestine. That’s not to say I don’t have bad days or my Palestinian counterpart good days. Or that those days should not be acknowledged for what they are. For me to even write about this is presumptuous and probably myopic.

For now I’ll be thinking about the definition of double bind:

A double bind is an emotionally distressing  dilemma in communication in which an individual (or group) receives two or more conflicting messages, and one message negates the other. This creates a situation in which a successful response to one message results in a failed response to the other (and vice versa), so that the person will automatically be wrong regardless of response. The double bind occurs when the person cannot confront the inherent dilemma, and therefore can neither resolve it nor opt out of the situation.    

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Mass Incarceration: 21 Amazing Facts About America’s Obsession With Prison | Activist Post
#1 There are more than 2.4 million people behind bars in America as you read this article.#2 Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in U.S. prisons has quadrupled.#3 The incarceration rate in the United States is more than 4 times higher than the incarceration rate in the UK and more than 6 times higher than the incarceration rate in Canada.#4 Approximately 12 million people cycle through local jails in the U.S. each and every year.#5 Overall, the United States has the largest prison population and the highest incarceration rate in the entire world.#6 Approximately one out of every four prisoners on the entire planet are in U.S. prisons, but the United States only accounts for about five percent of the total global population.#7 The state of Maryland (total population 5.9 million) has more people in prison than Iraq (total population 31.9 million).#8 The state of Ohio (total population 11.6 million) has more people in prison than Pakistan (total population 192.1 million).#9 Incredibly, 41 percent of all young people in America have been arrested by the time they turn 23.#10 Between 1990 and 2009 the number of Americans in private prisons increased by about 1600 percent.#11 At this point, private prison companies operate more than 50 percent of all “youth correctional facilities” in this nation.#12 There are more African-Americans under “correctional supervision” right now than were in slavery in the United States in 1850.#13 Approximately 90 percent of those being held in prisons in the United States are men.#14 The incarceration rate for African-American men is more than 6 times higher than it is for white men.#15 An astounding 37.2 percent of African-American men from age 20 to age 34 with less than a high school education were incarcerated in 2008.#16 Police in New York City conducted nearly 700,000 “stop-and-frisk searches” in 2011 alone.#17 The “SWATification” of America has gotten completely and totally out of control.  Back in 1980, there were only about 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States for the entire year.  Today, there aremore than 80,000 SWAT raids in the United States every single year.#18 Illegal immigrants make up approximately 30 percent of the total population in our federal, state and local prisons.#19 The average “minimum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $21,000 a year.#20 The average “maximum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $33,000 a year.#21 Overall, it costs more than 60 billion dollars a year to keep all of these people locked up.
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Mass Incarceration: 21 Amazing Facts About America’s Obsession With Prison | Activist Post

#1 There are more than 2.4 million people behind bars in America as you read this article.

#2 Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in U.S. prisons has quadrupled.

#3 The incarceration rate in the United States is more than 4 times higher than the incarceration rate in the UK and more than 6 times higher than the incarceration rate in Canada.

#4 Approximately 12 million people cycle through local jails in the U.S. each and every year.

#5 Overall, the United States has the largest prison population and the highest incarceration rate in the entire world.

#6 Approximately one out of every four prisoners on the entire planet are in U.S. prisons, but the United States only accounts for about five percent of the total global population.

#7 The state of Maryland (total population 5.9 million) has more people in prison than Iraq (total population 31.9 million).

#8 The state of Ohio (total population 11.6 million) has more people in prison than Pakistan (total population 192.1 million).

#9 Incredibly, 41 percent of all young people in America have been arrested by the time they turn 23.

#10 Between 1990 and 2009 the number of Americans in private prisons increased by about 1600 percent.

#11 At this point, private prison companies operate more than 50 percent of all “youth correctional facilities” in this nation.

#12 There are more African-Americans under “correctional supervision” right now than were in slavery in the United States in 1850.

#13 Approximately 90 percent of those being held in prisons in the United States are men.

#14 The incarceration rate for African-American men is more than 6 times higher than it is for white men.

#15 An astounding 37.2 percent of African-American men from age 20 to age 34 with less than a high school education were incarcerated in 2008.

#16 Police in New York City conducted nearly 700,000 “stop-and-frisk searches” in 2011 alone.

#17 The “SWATification” of America has gotten completely and totally out of control.  Back in 1980, there were only about 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States for the entire year.  Today, there aremore than 80,000 SWAT raids in the United States every single year.

#18 Illegal immigrants make up approximately 30 percent of the total population in our federal, state and local prisons.

#19 The average “minimum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $21,000 a year.

#20 The average “maximum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $33,000 a year.

#21 Overall, it costs more than 60 billion dollars a year to keep all of these people locked up.

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RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Moscow : Russian Muslims pray outside the central mosque in Moscow on July 28, 2014, during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this week, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO/DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV

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RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Moscow : Russian Muslims pray outside the central mosque in Moscow on July 28, 2014, during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this week, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO/DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV