There is a human rights scandal currently underway in America that history will almost certainly deem as cruel and inhumane: California’s coerced use of prison labor to fight its annual forest fires.
While everyone knows California fought nearly 600 fires this season, very few people are aware that each year, thousands of incarcerated men, women, and teenagers join one of 192 inmate fire crews, earning as little as $0.12 per hour, working in brutal 24-hour shifts, battling out-of-control blazes, risking their lives in unbelievably dangerous conditions, all in order to get a shot at having their criminal records expunged.
And they do all of this after just two weeks of training. …
The year 2020 has undeniably been a watershed before-and-after year for most of humanity, but if the attacks of 9/11 taught us anything, it’s that life does eventually move on, albeit in a less free and stable way.
It is highly probable that, while COVID-19 has consumed much of our attention this year, it will fade to a mere blip on our life chronologies compared to the traumas we will face in the decades to come.
Here are just five of the imminent threats we will likely endure in the next thirty years.
While the odds of a nuclear war between any of the major powers are very low — it’s far more painful to survive a nuclear event than to die in one — there are enough rogue states and fundamentalist actors out there to make Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like a pair of Roman candles. After all, today’s thermonuclear weapons are 1,000+ times more powerful than Fat Man and Little Boy. …