Imprisoned – a tale of two countries

United States, meet the Netherlands. Netherlands, meet the United States.

In the US — which imprisons a far greater proportion of their citizens than any other place on earth — prosecutors are celebrating today. Today is their first victory in their war on comic collecting. Comic collectors are clearly deviant; a danger to society.

But with prisons bursting, where to put them?

Enter the Netherlands, where progressive policies have sent the crime wave plummeting. The Dutch find themselves with a plethora of empty prison cells. They are trying to decide whether to close prisons and lay off workers, or import Belgian criminals for their prisons.

Difficult, to be sure. It’s a lose-lose proposition. Either you harm your economy by laying people off in the midst of a recession, or you import potentially dangerous criminals into your country.

The Netherlands, meet the United States.

The Big Bad Blog’s proposition is this: All Americans convicted of comic collecting be sent to prisons that have been outsourced to the Netherlands. Everyone wins!

Off with their links!

sokoler_adams_a Starting off with some fantastic NY street art.

You are advised Not to allow your children near the phone. If you have a grow Op.

Interested in strange internet things? Go shave your Yeti

A Senator in South Carolina is trying to outlaw profanity. The penalty would be up to five years in prison. Which appears to be the same penalty applied to those who kill gay men. Well done, Senator.

Really? A chandelier made of gummy bears?

The Coraline trailer looks deliciously spooky:

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Cracked provides us with some images that are not photoshopped.

Somehow I managed to miss that Terry Pratchett received a knighthood over the new year.

The 35 greatest speeches in history have just delayed the posting of this by several hours.

I am rather fond of this poster

Amongst the things included in one of Obama’s first executive orders: He nullified every legal order and opinion on interrogations issued by any lawyer in the executive branch after Sept. 11, 2001