> But people are not being locked up just because they are black, or poor. They are committing crimes, and pleading or being found guilty.
The US is locking up very, very large numbers of young black men for minor crimes that people of other races regularly commit -- i.e., for activities that are only crimes when blacks are found to be doing them. Recent studies have shown that whites use more drugs than blacks, and yet are charged far less. Even the sentencing on perceived "black drugs" (drugs more readily available to the poor) such as crack is far more punitive than sentencing for the equivalent cocaine.
For a good book on the subject, see The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. It illuminates, with facts, just how disproportionately our system of laws punishes young black men while young whites are given second and third and fourth chances.
> I've got to ask. If a builder of websites was looking for something that wasn't horrible and built by smart people, which one would that be?
Looking for one CMS or platform that can fit every kind of website seems strange to me. It'd be sort of like recommending a TV-DVD-DVR combo unit to both your mother who just wants to watch some TV, and to your developer friend who wants a high-performance gaming display.
I've worked primarily with Drupal for the past 8 years. But the clients tend to have very complex needs, including multiple roles and workflows applied to varying content types.
If a client were to come to me and want a blog or a simple brochure site that will be edited by no more than a couple marketing staff, I will tell them Wordpress might be a better option.
But then again, try buying accessories for the Kindle Not-Fire. First off, you have to figure out how to search for Kindle without Fire results coming up. Then you have to try to figure out which generation you have, when Amazon themselves don't tell you that anywhere.
That's actually how Apple does it. For example, the official names of the various Mac Pro models are "Mac Pro (Late 2013)," "Mac Pro (Mid 2012)," etc. It's a bit confusing because they don't show the year part prominently, so you have to do some legwork to figure out what you're buying or what you already have, but it works out OK.
Have you actually received quotes for $10K/year? I was able to get a good amount of coverage for about $1500/year. I signed up several years ago, in my early 30s, and I'm fairly healthy and don't smoke. So if your situation varies, the quotes could be different. But shop around and you should be able to find something more reasonable than $10K.
Why is current salary relevant? In most cases, revealing your current salary will be used against you by the new employer, as it allows them to lower their offer if they had planned on offering much more.
It is also inherently false to assume that two identical positions at two different companies are worth the same to each company. A software developer working at a company which sells software and a developer working at a company where they develop a product for an insurance company that enhances actuarial analysis are very, very different in terms of how much value the developer creates for the company - and how much value they create is the only legitimate criteria to test compensation against.
For those who are interested, (and for those who think this is some half-hearted project fulfilling various conspiracy theories,) the New Yorker wrote a good story about the origins of the Aadhaar project and its goals a while back: