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Apr. 22nd, 2008

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Go to jail. Go directly to jail.

Originally published at christopherhord.com. Please leave any comments there.

Just a few excerpts….

Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations’
By ADAM LIPTAK

[nytimes.com, free, registration may be required]

The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.

Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs — that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations.

Criminologists and legal scholars in other industrialized nations say they are mystified and appalled by the number and length of American prison sentences.

The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies at King’s College London.

China, which is four times more populous than the United States, is a distant second, with 1.6 million people in prison. (That number excludes hundreds of thousands of people held in administrative detention, most of them in China’s extrajudicial system of re-education through labor, which often singles out political activists who have not committed crimes.)

…The United States comes in first, too, on a more meaningful list from the prison studies center, the one ranked in order of the incarceration rates. It has 751 people in prison or jail for every 100,000 in population. (If you count only adults, one in 100 Americans is locked up.)

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Mar. 19th, 2008

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i really have no idea if this is of interest to anyone...!

...but i have met a lot of new people in the past year or so and added several new lj friends. so i am gonna adopt this thing tht's been going around, to wit:


Stolen from nearly everywhere:
Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it.



entries will be screened so go for the gold, if you are inclined. replies will come as separate posts so nobody ever need know it was you, unless you specify that's what you want....

i am stuck at this damn keyboard almost all day and it will be nice to have an excuse from doing data structures homework and a software architecture paper

tally ho!
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Mar. 4th, 2008

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The Evergreen Report, Episode 9: Climate Change 3/3/08

Originally published at christopherhord.com. Please leave any comments there.

On February 22nd, on the steps of the Washington State Capitol, State senators gathered with students from The Evergreen State College and other area schools to call for climate change legislation. To find out what new laws may help preserve the environment, listen for more on The Evergreen Report.

About The Evergreen Report

The Evergreen Report is a new program on KAOS 89.3 FM in Olympia, WA, appearing Monday mornings, before Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman

Produced at The Evergreen State College, The Evergreen Report is a weekly news program that examines events going on at the Evergreen campus. It also focuses on events at the campus that affect the community and events in the local area – Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, primarily – that affect life on campus. In only five minutes, host Christopher Hord tells you about a local issue or event, while students and local residents speak out in their own words.

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Feb. 25th, 2008

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The Evergreen Report, Episode 8: Riot, 2/25/08

Originally published at christopherhord.com. Please leave any comments there.

At the Evergreen State College, in the City of Olympia and beyond. February 14th, 2008 has already become known as the Valentine’s Day riot. After an arrest at a show by recording artists Dead Prez, a crowd of people confronted police and destroyed a police car. For the first time, the student who organized the concert speaks. Listen for more on The Evergreen Report.

About The Evergreen Report

The Evergreen Report is a new program on KAOS 89.3 FM in Olympia, WA, appearing Monday mornings, before Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman

Produced at The Evergreen State College, The Evergreen Report is a weekly news program that examines events going on at the Evergreen campus. It also focuses on events at the campus that affect the community and events in the local area – Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, primarily – that affect life on campus. In only five minutes, host Christopher Hord tells you about a local issue or event, while students and local residents speak out in their own words.

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Be vewwy, vewwy quiet: Illeagal federal wiretaps resume

Originally published at christopherhord.com. Please leave any comments there.

During the contentious debates in Congress over whether to grant telephone companies immunity over illegal warrant-less wiretapping, the House of Representatives let the enticingly-named “Protect America Act” expire. The Protect America Act made the wiretaps legal for a six-month test period.

Fortunately, our federal executive branch is on the job. On Saturday, February 23 — Saturdays are the traditional day to make announcements that you don’t want in the next day’s newspaper — the Department of Justice and the office of the Director of National Intelligence announced they were correcting that little oversight for us.

The release states, “new surveillances under existing directives issued pursuant to the Protect America Act will resume, at least for now.” The release also chides the House for failing to pass the law — although it’s apparently one they don’t literally need, since they’re still busily wiretapping. They also laud the telephone companies for continuing to aid and abet their lawbreaking, “We appreciate the willingness of our private partners to cooperate despite the uncertainty.”

It’s reassuring to know that the Department of Justice is willing to break as many laws as it takes to keep us safe. And thanks for reading, guys!

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Feb. 6th, 2008

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Literary reading in downtown Olympia: Come join us!

Originally published at christopherhord.com. Please leave any comments there.

I put this on my personal blog but forgot to post it here: I’m part of a literary reading this Saturday at Last Word Books in downtown Olympia at 8 p.m.

Seattle poet Sarah Mangold headlines the event. A couple of local faves at the bookstore are the home team and a young woman named Theodora — i don’t know her last name — and myself are here are on behalf of The Evergreen State College.

This is in support of — and to raise awareness of PRESS: A Cross-Cultural Literary Conference at The Evergreen State College, May 24-25 2008

Last Word Books
211 4th Ave E
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 786-9673

Come on down!

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Jan. 8th, 2008

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The Evergreen Report, Episode 1: The Flaming Eggplant, 1-7-08

Originally published at christopherhord.com. Please leave any comments there.

On this week’s episode of The Evergreen Report, the broadcast looks at the status of Evergreen’s upcoming student cafe, The Flaming Eggplant. Armed with student fees, a group of students plans to open an outdoor, cafe-styled trailer in Evergreen’s Red Square. The cafe is already promised a permanent home in an ongoing campus redesign. In only five minutes, get more info on this popular initiative.

Stream the audio or download the np3 using the button or links at the bottom of this post….

About The Evergreen Report

The Evergreen Report is a new program on KAOS 89.3 FM in Olympia, WA, appearing Monday mornings, before Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman

Produced at The Evergreen State College, The Evergreen Report is a weekly news program that examines events going on at the Evergreen campus. It also focuses on events at the campus that affect the community and events in the local area – Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, primarily – that affect life on campus. In only five minutes, host Christopher Hord tells you about a local issue or event, while students and local residents speak out in their own words. It’s an engaging, magazine-like format, familiar to legions of NPR fans worldwide.

Christopher Hord is an Evergreen student and also a veteran journalist – with more than 20 years experience in newspapers, radio and TV. He was a member of the radio news team with the award winning Seattle/Tacoma station, KPLU—88.5 FM. His work has also appeared on NPR national broadcasts.

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Dec. 24th, 2007

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merrily, merrily

...just a quick note as i don't know how much i'll be online tomorrow -- or any of you, for that matter.

to those of you who celebrate christmas, merry christmas to you. to those who do not, i wish all the joy the day is meant to symbolize.

these days, i feel a little peace on earth and good will towards on another is a consumation devoutly to be wished for all....

Todai in da city ov David, you can has sayvur! is Christ da Lord! w00t!12 Is sign fer u, find da baybee wrapd like brrito in a big fud dish."13 An suddenly, moar angelz! They sez, 14 "w00t to teh Ceiling Cat! An peace fer doodz he luffs! Kthxbai."

Luke 2:11-14

Dec. 9th, 2007

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Flood Relief Efforts: Start here!

Originally published at christopherhord.com. Please leave any comments there.

Via local daily paper, The Olympian, some information on disaster releif efforts for those who want to help.

  • A 53-foot Mayflower truck and tractor will be parked at Lacey’s South Sound Center near Rite-Aid Drugs Saturday to collect items including new toys, food, cleaning supplies, warm clothing like socks and gloves and other items to help families celebrate Christmas. A list of suggested items will be available at the Web site for KFMY - 97.7 The Eagle radio station, which is coordinating the effort: www.977theeagle.com. The drive will be staffed by 97.7 The Eagle radio station personnel and community volunteers. For more information call 918-9000.
  • KGY radio and the Salvation Army are teaming up to route non-perishable foods, water, household items and money to folks in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. People can drop off items and money today at the station, 1700 Marine Dr. N. The radio station will also collect items at the Tumwater Mega Foods Tuesday from 2 and 6 p.m. Additional locations will be announced. Information: 943-1240.
  • The Tumwater Costco is collecting clothing, food and toiletries at the 5500 Littlerock Road store from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
  • The Lacey Costco at 1470 Marvin Rd NE also has set up a bin outside its warehouse to collect similar items. Donations can be made during store hours: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
    • Mason General Hospital is gathering new clothing, non-perishable food items - or money - to help. Collections points are:
    • Mason General Hospital Front Entrance, 901 Mtn. View Dr, Shelton, Monday - Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    • Mason General Hospital Employee Entrance, 901 Mtn. View Dr, Shelton, Monday - Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Mason General Hospital Business Office Patient Accounts, 2505 Olympic Hwy North #460, Shelton, Monday - Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (360) 426-1611
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Nov. 20th, 2007

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Unhallowed Metropolis: All You Zombies

Originally published at christopherhord.com. Please leave any comments there.

Since this is my “serious” blog, I’ve hesitated before publishing any role-playing game material. However these games are also a thriving form of publishing with some innovative work going on so I’ve decided to pay the form more serious consideration. The game that led me to this decision is Unhallowed Metropolis.

Unhallowed Metropolis, from Eos Press, is a fast-paced role-playing game (RPG) dealing with an alternate reality where zombies stalk gas-lit streets not of olden London, but of today’s. The basic background posits that a literal plague of Zombies fell across the globe fostering the terror of a zombie attack and the devastation of plague-level contagion. The entire globe is thrown into a dark age from which it is slowly emerging. So, along with the horror element, an alternative history is thrown in as well.

Heady stuff to be sure. If you are unfamiliar with RPGs, this may not be the place to start. Also, if your idea of role-playing games still exists in the continuum between JRR Tolkien and Robert E. Howard, this may not be to your tastes either.

Unhallowed Metropolis

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