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In a survey of 1,308 U.S. adult Facebook users, University of British Columbia researchers found that 24 per cent — or more than one in five — had snooped on the Facebook accounts of their friends, romantic partners or family members, using the victims’ own computers or cellphones.

“It’s clearly a widespread practice. Facebook private messages, pictures or videos are easy targets when the account owner is already logged on and has left their computer or mobile open for viewing,” said Wali Ahmed Usmani, study author and computer science master’s student.

People admitted to spying on their friends, family, and romantic partners out of simple curiosity or fun — for example, setting a victim’s status or profile picture to something humorous. But other motives were darker, such as jealousy or animosity.

“Jealous snoops generally plan their action and focus on personal messages, accessing the account for 15 minutes or longer,” said computer science professor Ivan Beschastnikh, a senior author on the paper.

“And the consequences are significant: in many cases, snooping effectively ended the relationship.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the conflict is driven by Facebook snooping.

Journaling Prompt: How would you feel if you found out someone you trusted was snooping through your private messages?

Art Prompt: Facebook snooping

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the phenomenon of Facebook snooping and give them the steps to prevent it from happening to them.

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William Mark Felt, Sr. (August 17, 1913 – December 18, 2008[1]) was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent who served as the Bureau’s Associate Director, the FBI’s second-highest-ranking post, from May 1972 until his retirement from the FBI in June 1973. During his time as Associate Director, Felt served as an anonymous informant, nicknamed “Deep Throat”, to reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post, providing them critical information about the Watergate scandal, a scandal which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. Though Felt’s identity as Deep Throat was known to some in Washington, including Nixon himself, and was speculated by others, it generally remained a secret for the next 30 years. In 2005, Felt finally acknowledged that he was Deep Throat, after being persuaded to reveal his identity by his family. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a government whistle blower.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a political scandal that helped form your opinion of politics.

Art Prompt: Cover Up

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of political scandals and how their fallout is affecting politics today.

Photo Credit: Mark Felt on Wikimedia

I wanted to be good. I truly did.
Until the day I didn’t. –The Key to St. Medusa’s by Kat Howard

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the prompt as the starting point for a story or a scene.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you decided to stop following the rules. Do you regret it? What happened?

Art Prompt: I wanted to be good…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a time when you decided to break the rules.

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The concierge emerged from the revolving door and gave me a once-over. “Excuse me, Miss,” he said. “Are you lost? I’m most certain you don’t belong here.” –Beautiful Garbage by Jill Di Donato

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who is discovered somewhere he/she doesn’t belong.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time you got caught someplace you weren’t supposed to be.

Art Prompt: The Doorman

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about being sneaky.

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A man can go along obeying all the rules and then it don’t matter a damn anymore. –What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Fiction Writing Prompt: Put your protagonist into a situation where the rules don’t apply anymore.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when the rules are suddenly changed?

Art Prompt: The rules

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a time that you broke a rule.

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The basic principle behind asset forfeiture is appealing. It enables authorities to confiscate cash or property obtained through illicit means, and, in many states, funnel the proceeds directly into the fight against crime. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, cops drive a Cadillac Escalade stencilled with the words “this used to be a drug dealer’s car, now it’s ours!” In Monroe, North Carolina, police recently proposed using forty-four thousand dollars in confiscated drug money to buy a surveillance drone, which might be deployed to catch fleeing suspects, conduct rescue missions, and, perhaps, seize more drug money. Hundreds of state and federal laws authorize forfeiture for cockfighting, drag racing, basement gambling, endangered-fish poaching, securities fraud, and countless other misdeeds.
In general, you needn’t be found guilty to have your assets claimed by law enforcement; in some states, suspicion on a par with “probable cause” is sufficient. Nor must you be charged with a crime, or even be accused of one. Unlike criminal forfeiture, which requires that a person be convicted of an offense before his or her property is confiscated, civil forfeiture amounts to a lawsuit filed directly against a possession, regardless of its owner’s guilt or innocence. –TAKEN by Sarah Stillman

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone whose assets are forfeited.

Journaling Prompt: What would be the hardest thing for you to forfeit?

Art Prompt: Asset Forfeiture

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about  what happens during an asset forfeiture.

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Irish people had been settling in Australia unintentionally for decades before large-scale emigration began—Australia was Great Britain’s biggest prison, and many Irish were sentenced to life there. Their crimes often seem paltry compared to such a major punishment. For the offense of stealing clothes or threatening a landlord, an individual could be sentenced to exile on the other side of the Earth for the rest of his or her life—a sentence known as “transportation.” –Ryan Hackney and Amy Hackney Blackwell, 101 Things You Didn’t Know about Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, and Tradition of the Emerald Isle

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who is exiled.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the worst punishment you’ve ever suffered.

Art Prompt: Exile

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Australia’s history as a penal colony.

Photo Credit: First Fleet 1788 (Botany Bay) on Wikimedia

Numbers of under-18s in custody per 100,000

…kids who go into juvenile detention are much less likely to graduate from high school and much more likely to end up in prison as adults,” says Joseph Doyle, an economist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-author of a new paper detailing the results of the study.

Indeed, the research project, which studied the long-term outcomes of tens of thousands of teenagers in Illinois, shows that, other things being equal, juvenile incarceration lowers high-school graduation rates by 13 percentage points and increases adult incarceration by 23 percentage points…

“The kids who go to juvenile detention are very unlikely to go back to school at all,” Doyle explains. He adds that the later problems people have may also stem from the time spent incarcerated: “Getting to know other kids in trouble may create social networks that might not be desirable. There could be a stigma attached to it, maybe you think you’re particularly problematic, so that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a high school drop out with a history of being detained as a juvenile.

Journaling Prompt: What part of your high school experience is most important to you now?

Art Prompt: Juvenile detention

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problems that juveniles who have been detained face in their lives. Suggest solutions to these problems.

Photo Credit: John S. Quarterman on Flickr

Give Me Weed

Studies show about 10 percent of people who use marijuana become addicted, although the rate may be higher for those who start using the drug before the age of 18. The average pot addiction lasts six years.
In her story, Szalavitz wrote beautifully about the consequences:
The negative consequences associated with marijuana addiction tend to be subtler: lost promotions, for example, rather than lost jobs; worse relationships, not no relationships. And of course, no risk of overdose death.
But this is also what can make it insidious. Marijuana addiction may quietly make your life worse without ever getting bad enough to seem worth addressing; it may not destroy your life but it may make you miss opportunities. –Francie Diep

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who is succumbing to marijuana addiction.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about legalizing pot? 

Art Prompt: Marijuana addiction

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience your opinion about legalizing marijuana.

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scales of justice

…the need to strike back is essential to the archetype of justice as we honor it. That archetype represents an inherent need in us for fairness, a sense of “an eye for an eye,” which also includes a feeling that we must give fairly to those who give to us. Justice is not only about retribution. This deeply rooted sense is also about fair play. The need for justice and retribution underlies the American legal system, and this subtle thought-form is active within our psyche. The introduction of forgiveness is shattering to the entire archetype of justice as we know it, especially if we are accustomed to see ourselves as innocent and humiliated. This is where pride can inject a most commanding-and unhealthy-presence. Pride mixed with the fury of humiliation can make us more unreasonable than we ever realized. –Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason by Caroline Myss

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the archetype of justice is the source of the conflict.

Journaling Prompt: In what type of situations do you insist on justice? How does pride play a part?

Art Prompt: Justice

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the dangers of pride mixed with humiliation.

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