Future private prison executive to be responsible for licensing private prisons (satire)

Dismissing concerns that his future employment with the Corrections Corporation of America would compromise his ability of regulating the for-profit corrections and detention facility operator, the head of the agency responsible for child and adult protective services told reporters he couldn’t believe some would question his integrity. John J. Specia was appointed commissioner in 2012 of the Department of Family and Protective Services, overseeing more than 11,000 employees. “I as well as anyone should know what it takes to abide by the minimum ethical standards,” said the former district judge. The Corrections Corporation of America came under scrutiny when one … Continue reading Future private prison executive to be responsible for licensing private prisons (satire)

Haltom City council approves panhandling and day laborer ordinances

The second and final readings of the panhandling and day laborer ordinances were approved during the Oct. 12 Haltom City council regular session. The panhandling ordinance was approved during the consent agenda. Past coverage is available here and here. The day laborer ordinance was approved over the objection of general manager David Quatrino and council from Pacesetter Personnel Services, who disputed the constitutionality and effectiveness of the law. They met with staff from the city in August to resolve health and noise complaints and have since employed off-duty county deputy sheriff at the hall on E. Belknap Street. Quatrino claimed … Continue reading Haltom City council approves panhandling and day laborer ordinances

Sherman council’s annexation offer leaving locals flushed

To gain access to the city of Sherman’s water system, a group of Grayson county residents are yielding to the city’s call for annexation. Approximately 100 of the 150 county residents nearby Sherman who are experiencing issues with water services have signed the request for incorporation. The city council is making the water infrastructure improvements contingent on the expansion of the city’s jurisdiction. The support was expected as working-class people are commonly conditioned to give way to successive spans of servitude for access to basic means of survival. Households that could see their cost of living raise by an estimated … Continue reading Sherman council’s annexation offer leaving locals flushed

Remember when geoengineering was just a conspiracy?

Apparently, it is not just for the “tin foil hat” crowd anymore. Geoengineering has become so mainstream that there are websites, articles and documentaries telling us all about how great it is. Take the not-so-subtly named Weather Modification Incorporated based in Fargo, ND. Here is what the company’s website proudly claims: “ABOUT US Now, more than ever, the worldwide need for solutions to atmospheric necessities such as water resource management and environmental quality monitoring, is critical. With nearly a half-century of successful programs, our experience speaks for itself. Let us help you better manage your atmospheric and water resources.”  How … Continue reading Remember when geoengineering was just a conspiracy?

Anti-war conference unites against militarism, mobilizes young adults

The Texas Millennial Institute held an anti-war conference Saturday on the Texas Christian University campus with speakers and panellists rebuking the prevailing militarist foreign policy of the United States government. Noelle Mandell, co-founder of the non-partisan TMI, said at the … Continue reading Anti-war conference unites against militarism, mobilizes young adults

Remember when Texas chose a criminal bank to provide unemployment debit cards?

From the 2007 investor.shareholder.com press release: “The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has selected JPMorgan Chase to provide debit cards for unemployment insurance benefits, replacing traditional paper checks. “JPMorgan Chase will supply TWC with up to 290,000 debit cards a year. The TWC cards can be used like any other debit card – to purchase items from merchants or get cash from an ATM (automated teller machine). ‘JPMorgan Chase is an excellent partner for our unemployment insurance debit card program because the company has extensive experience and has a reputation for excellent customer service,’ said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing the … Continue reading Remember when Texas chose a criminal bank to provide unemployment debit cards?