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> > ZEN TEACHING > > 1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow. In fact, just leave me alone. > > 2. No one is listening until you pass gas. > > > 3. Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else. > > 4. Never test the depth of the water with both feet. > > 5. If you think nobody cares whether you're alive or dead, try missing a couple of payments. > > 6. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes. > > 7. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you. > > 8. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day. > > 9. If you lend someone 20 bucks and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it. > > 10. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. > > 11. Some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree. > > 12. Good judgment comes from bad experience ... And most of that comes from bad judgment. > > > > 13. A closed mouth gathers no foot. > > 14. There are two excellent theories for arguing with women. Neither one of them works. > > 15. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving. > > 16. When you are dead, you don't know that you are dead. It's difficult only for others. It is the same when you are stupid. >Image for post > > ZEN TEACHING  >   > 1.                  Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow. In fact, just leave me alone. > > 2.        No one is listening until you pass gas. >   > > 3.        Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else. > > 4.         Never test the depth of the water with both feet. > > 5.         If you think nobody cares whether you're alive or dead, try missing a couple of payments. > > 6.         Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes. > > 7.         If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you. >      > 8.         Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day. > > 9.        If you lend someone 20 bucks and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it. > > 10.        If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. > > 11.       Some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree. > > 12.     Good judgment comes from bad experience ... And most of that comes from bad judgment. >   > >   > 13.    A closed mouth gathers no foot. > > 14.    There are two excellent theories for arguing with women. Neither one of them works. > > 15.    Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving. > > 16.   When you are dead, you don't know that you are dead. It's difficult only for others. It is the same when you are stupid. >
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+4In 2013, over two million Americans were incarcerated, and over 4 million more on probation or parole. The United States incarcerates a greater percentage of it's people than any other nation in the world. I believe the reason for this is the ongoing criminalization of American life, and the abuse of tools like probation/parole and plea bargains. But I have a solution. Real change comes from real action, and here is what I propose: 1. WE NO LONGER ACCEPT PLEA BARGAINS The plea bargain is the single most abused tool in the criminal justice system. It has become so critical to the government's prosecution process, that it has altered the way criminals are tried and charged. Offenders are now often "stacked", or charged with many overlapping crimes at once, so that most of the charges can be dropped as part of a deal. 2. WE DEMAND A SPEEDY TRIAL We have a right to a speedy trial, but the fact is, many Americans never get it. They don't understand it, or even know they have that right. It varies from one jurisdiction to another, but the prosecution has a time limit in which to bring your case. If they fail, the case is usually dismissed with prejudice. 3. WE DEMAND A JURY TRIAL That means that the government must assemble a jury for every criminal case that enters the system. As of now, they use the plea bargain process to all but eliminate the need for judge and jury. So, to bring the whole plan together is very simple. No rallies or riots. No big social revolution. We just all agree that if are charged with a crime, we will turn down all plea bargains, demand a speedy trial, and a trial by jury. Since there is no possible way to give everyone currently awaiting trial a fast trial by jury, and the system would literally grind to a halt without plea bargains, the government would be forced to perform some sort of triage and start dismissing petty cases. In my next installment, I'll explain how to eliminate probation, parole, and drug testing for good. More
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