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Inmate Bobby Cortez, 29, sits in a cage at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

What it’s like to spend 8 years in solitary confinement

08/03/13 04:42PM

Inside the United States, there are around 80,000 people in solitary confinement on any given day. Last month, nearly 30,000 inmates in California prisons began a hunger strike to protest solitary confinement conditions, and the state prisons chief met with advocates for the inmates on Friday. More than 300 strikers are still refusing food, according to the AP. One man who has lived through solitary confinement in California joined All In with Chris Hayes Friday evening to describe what living in prison seclusion is like every day. read more

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#click3 It's pronounced 'hell-VEE-tee-kah'

08/02/13 08:30PM

1. Score one for the Giant Flying Spaghetti Monster. A Czech man who identifies himself as a Pastafarian—a member of a joke religion which "believes" that the spaghetti monster created the world and that Heaven includes a beer volcano—has won the legal right to wear a pasta strainer on his head when being photographed for his government-issued ID. The spaghetti monster was not available for comment. read more

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#click3 A baby is born at L'enfant Plaza

08/01/13 08:30PM

1. There are fast food strikes happening all over the country. Low-wage workers are asking for a living wage.  So here's a question for you: how much more are you willing to pay for a burger to ensure a fast food worker gets higher wages? The 'McPoverty Calculator' over at The Daily Beast will tell you how far your contribution could go. 2. The GrOpener: Because we needed an invention that makes opening bottles even easier. 3. A baby is born at L'Enfant Plaza. Of all the DC Metro stations a baby could be born at, of course it would be L'Enfant Plaza... #metrobaby read more

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