From Captive To Captor [Audio]

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He entered the system intent on being a passive observer— a diligent reporter disguised as a laid-back, upstanding guard. But in time, he became aggressive, even vindictive, toward the prisoners. He squabbled with the men and sought reasons to punish them. His anger and paranoia metastasized and scared him.

“I wonder who I am becoming,” he wrote in the piece. “I feel ashamed of my lack of self-control, my growing thirst for punishment and vengeance. I’m getting afraid of the expanding distance between the person I am at home and the one behind the wire.”

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A Lottery Lawyer Explains What You Should Do if You Hit the Jackpot | VICE | United States

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In middle school, we had to read Steinbeck’s The Pearl, which is about how awful getting rich quick is. The SparkNotes version: A guy’s son gets stung by a scorpion, and he doesn’t have money to pay the doctor until he serendipitously finds a precious treasure inside an oyster. As a result, he becomes the victim of arson, has to stab a would-be robber, and ruins

The SparkNotes version: A guy’s son gets stung by a scorpion, and he doesn’t have money to pay the doctor until he serendipitously finds a precious treasure inside an oyster. As a result, he becomes the victim of arson, has to stab a would-be robber, and ruins relationship with his wife.

In modern times, we don’t open mollusks until an extremely allegorical gem pops out; we play the lottery instead. And like Steinbeck’s poor protagonist, a lot of people who have struck jackpots end up finding out that winning is sometimes the fastest way to lose for good.

 

Source: A Lottery Lawyer Explains What You Should Do if You Hit the Jackpot | VICE | United States

Obama Administration’s Changes to Overtime Pay Will Increase Wages of Millions of American Workers

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As of Tuesday, May 18th, 2016 the Obama Administration began finalizing new guidelines governing overtime pay in the U.S.The new guidelines will make millions of American workers eligible for overtime pay.

The rule says anyone who makes less than $47,476 per year must receive time-and-a-half pay for hours worked beyond 40 hours a week. That’s roughly double the current threshold of $23,660. Continue reading “Obama Administration’s Changes to Overtime Pay Will Increase Wages of Millions of American Workers”

The Government Is At Odds On How To Keep It’s Collecting Pit Bulls From Harassing Us

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Debt Collection Agencies are like rabid pit bulls. Once they latch on to you they don’t let go until they rip something away from you”.
When those vultures start circling phones start ringing.
In the fall of 2015 a rider to a must-pass federal budget bill could open the floodgates holding back harassing government debt collectors.
Lawmakers don’t care for the measure, yet they won’t propose any legislation to close the loophole.

Continue reading “The Government Is At Odds On How To Keep It’s Collecting Pit Bulls From Harassing Us”