A Jarring Glimpse At The World’s Prison Populations

Prison Population Per 1000

While the United States comprises only 5% of the world’s population, it holds 25% of the world’s prisoners within its borders. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the US prison population has risen an incredible 700%, rendering the country the world’s largest jailer. At present, one in every 99 adults in the US is locked up — the highest rate of imprisonment in US history. What’s primarily at root? The failed “War on Drugs” and mandatory minimum sentences.

Countries With Fewer People Than New York And Tokyo

Countries With Less Population Than Tokyo

Tokyo

Countries Less Population New York

New York City

With pedestrian traffic so massive that it could make an agoraphobic break out in hives, the cities of New York and Tokyo (ringing in at 8.3 and 13.2 million people, respectively) dwarf entire countries in terms of population alone.

Uniting Russia and The United States Through Rail

US Russia Trains 1

US Russia Trains 2

Making use of the very strait that many believe to have allowed for the human migration from Asia to the Americas some 20,000 years ago, various organizations have motioned to unite Russia and the United States via a Bering Strait railroad. The proposed crossing has been dubbed everything from “The Intercontinental Peace Bridge” to the “TKM-World Link” to the “AmerAsian Peace Tunnel”, and in 2007 Russian government officials stated that they would put forth $65 billion to build the tunnel.

However, given the strait’s proximity to the Arctic Circle and its volatile conditions, construction would likely take longer than ideal, and the finished product would deteriorate at a quicker–and therefore more expensive–rate than normal.

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