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What's happening in prisons is staying in prisons. At least that's the hope of some companies.

America makes up 5% of the world's population but has 25% of the world's incarcerated.

Is America full of lawbreakers? Incarceration is on a steep incline.

There are a lot of Americans in prison, but there's more to the story. I'll get into that, but there are a couple of little (jaw-dropping) details we need to put on the table.


The U.S. is home to 5% of the world's population. But we have 25% of the world's prisoners, and we have most incarcerated youth in the world.

According to California Prison Focus, "no other society in human history has imprisoned so many of its own citizens."

Most Americans believe that crime in our country is on the rise. But actually, it has been declining for years.

Chart compares crime rates by year and type per 100,000 people.

If crime is dropping, why are prison populations rising in disproportionate rates?

We allow private companies to build and operate prisons for profit. Basically, it's their job to detain people.

OK, I know what you may be thinking 'cause I thought it, too: "So what? Who cares who owns the prison as long as I'm safe and the bad people are jailed?!" That's a great thought, but there's a huge problem with that.

There are four major, publicly traded corporations that own prisons in our country. Prison owners make money when people are locked up ... and they make a lot of money doing it.

We've seen incarceration in private prisons increase by 1,600%.

Private prisons are required to make money, and it's what their shareholders expect. When crime decreases, privately owned prisons begin to lose money, and that's bad for their bottom line. They can fix that by hiring lobbyists.

What do these lobbyists do?

They talk to our representatives in D.C. and ask them to make laws more strict. That way, the prisons have the right to detain more people.

Private prisons have also been known to bribe judges to incarcerate more people. WTF!

Did you know how private prison system worked before you read this? I didn't! But even if you were already aware, I KNOW there are lots of people who have no idea. You can share this post to help educate everyone so we can put a stop to the growth in this shady industry.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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