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To Jail or Not to Jail

Although many people are indignant that Wall Street banksters haven’t been imprisoned, locking them up may not do any good; information travels millions of times faster now than it did not that long ago; and no matter how vehemently President Obama declares life to be unalienable, his deathly acts prove otherwise. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Does Jailing Executives Make Much Difference?
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the most commonly heard complaint has been: “Why hasn’t anyone gone to jail?”

Sexual Orientation of Russian Soldiers to Be Checked by Tattoos
The Defense Ministry’s central administration on work with military personnel has developed a technical guide that urges leaders of military units involved in work with the troops to check the sexual orientation of conscripts and contract soldiers entering the military, a news report said Thursday.

The Untouchables: How The Obama Administration Protected Wall Street From Prosecutions
Obama justice officials acted to protect the most powerful factions in the society in the face of overwhelming evidence of serious criminality.

Information In America Moves 33,480,000 Times Faster Than It Did 200 Years Ago
Occasionally, after a day immersed in reading about cars, writing about cars, driving in cars, sobbing in cars so no one can see my shame, and generally having my brain defined by cars, I’ll have to step back and remind myself just why we even have cars at all.

How Unalienable Is Life?
Meet the new boss who, upon his inauguration, declared that the right to life is unalienable.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Was A Trekkie
Since the nation celebrated Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21, it’s a good time to remember how television can play a critical role in challenging and changing public opinion.

Learning From MOOCs
Educators create online courses for the same reasons that they became teachers to begin with: to educate students, broaden their awareness of the world and thereby improve the students’ lives.

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