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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies 5 pkgs. plain instant oatmeal 1/2 cup peanut butter 5 sweetener packets 1/4 cup hot water Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Divide dough into six balls and place on an empty chip bag. Press ball into Yo thickness. Let stand three hours to firm.

Let's Talk Turkey!

Turkeys originated in North and Central America, and evidence indicates that they have been around for over 10 million years. In Mexico, the turkey was considered a sacrificial bird. Domesticated turkeys (farm raised) cannot fly. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances at up to 55 miles per hour. Wild turkeys are also fast on the ground, running at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds about the size of a large German shepherd and was grown in England. Mature turkeys have 3,500 or so feathers. The Apache Indians con- sidered the turkey timid and wouldn't eat it or use its feathers on their arrows. More than 45 million turkeys are cooked a

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Popcorn Krispies 1 bag caramel popcorn I bag M&M's candy 3 Milky Way Candy Bars melted Crush caramel popcorn as small as you can. Mix in the melted candy bars, M&M's and popcorn in the popcorn bag. Mash ingredients around in bag until well mixed. Flatten inside bag to make a thin brick. Let sit for one hour.

How To Build Muscle Mass After 50

Starting around your 40s, your metabolism slows more and more rapidly with age. That's because losing muscle mass is a natural part of aging. The more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism. With so many 50-and-over Americans falling victim to heart disease and diabetes, counteracting a slowing metabolism is important to potentially help prevent weight gain and resulting illness. To build muscle mass despite the effects of aging, stick to a serious exercise plan and optimize your diet for muscle gain. Never begin any new diet or exercise regimen without first consulting your doctor. Exercise Plan: The American College of Sports Medicine recom- mends people over 50 strength-train al

Inmate Housing in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

By Christopher Zoukis Inmates incarcerated within the Federal Bureau of Prisons are housed in communal living settings. These "housing units" consist of either a number of cells or a dormitory. Generally speaking, dorms are utilized at lower security institutions (e.g., fed- eral prison camps and low security federal pris- ons), while cells are utilized at higher security insti- tutions (e.g., medium security federal prisons, fed- eral penitentiaries, and Special Housing Units). Some institutions have both types of housing in different areas of the prison. Dormitories Most inmates in lower security facilities are housed in a dorm setting. Therein, the housing unit consists of a large room wi

How to Find Lost Money

By Joshua Kruger When it comes to investing and making money, prisoners need positive money mentors that can give us the keys to success. Who better to do that than one of the richest men in the world, Warren Buffet. The “Oracle of Omaha” has built a huge fortune with simple strate- gies that we can utilize in our own life. I found a couple of his money rules that are useful for this article. They are: “Rule Number 1: Never lose money. Rule Number 2: Don’t forget rule number one.” Pretty simple, huh? But, these “rules” are hardly practiced, though. In my grade school, they had a “lost and found” box. If you lost a coat, book bag or some personal item, you could check the lost and found box t

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Pazones 1/2 bottle of jalapeno cheese 1-pkg flour tortillas 1-bag of hot fries 1/2 bottle of picante sauce 1-sumrner sausage or 2 chicken breasts chopped fine Mix meat and hot fries until well blended. Take tortillas and spread one side with cheese. Add meat mixture and top with 1-2 teaspoons picante sauce. Fold in half and place into a chip bag. Cook in hot water for 10-15 minutes, or until heated thoroughly.

Habeas Corpus Law: A Comparison of Three Books

By Josh Kruger As a lifer who continues to fight the system with current ongoing ap- peals, I have fifteen or more years of in court experience some of it as a pro se prisoner. But as many prisoners will tell you, the easiest place you can get cheated is by the law. Heck, most of us got robbed by our ineffective lawyers. Some of you may wind up in federal court sooner or later dealing with a habeas corpus petition. Since it is bet- ter to be prepared now, I am taking a sidetrack from my normal top- ics to help you because nothing is more important than your freedom. (FYI: I am still at the state court level and have not yet filed a federal habeas petition although, that is my next step if I

Word Processors for Prisoners?

By Christopher Zoukis Before coming to prison I had never used a type- writer. I had seen them in movies, on TV, even my Dad's office had one for filling out forms, but I had never used one. This is because I'm 26 years old and for the past 15 to 20 years word processors have ruled the data processing field. Sadly, this is not the case in America's prisons.Here at FCI Petersburg, a medium security federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia which has an inmate population of 1,835 inmates, there are a total of 9 typewriters, 3 of which are signif- icantly in need of repair or replacement. In order to operate any of the 6 fully-operable typewriters, an inmate must purchase required supplies. This a

The Importance of Taking a Daily Multiple Vitamin

Would it surprise you to learn that many of us do not get the Recommended Daily Al- lowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals necessary from our foods, even if we are consuming the suggested daily servings of fruits and vegetables? Due to current farm- ing practices, mass food production, pro- cessing, and cooking, our foods are less nutrient dense than they were in previous years. In fact, The U.S. Department of Agri- culture says that it takes seven cups of today’s spinach to equal the nutrition that a single cup provided in 1960. Vitamins and minerals help maintain cellular efficiency by activating enzyme systems that are essential to cellular function. Phyto- nutrients which are found in va

Tough Trivia

The worlds biggest what was made in London in 1998 to celebrate the re-release of Disney's Lady And The Tramp? How old was Elizabeth Taylor when she appeared in National Velvet? The World's biggest what was made at Utica, New York in January 1998? Who directed the blockbusting movie Alien? Who was the first artist to enter the US album chart at No 1? Which writer said, "Where large sums of money are involved, it is advisable to trust nobody? In which year did Frank Zappa die? What is the surname of the Hungarian inventor whose multicolored, rotatable cube became a world cult? How long is the appointed term of office of the secretary general of the United Nations? How much did the first three

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SWEET & SPICY COKE RAMEN 1 pack Texas Beef Raman (or any beef is best) 1/2 to 3/4 can Coke (not diet) 1 pack Salted Peanuts (crushed) 1 Beef Stick (sliced) (optional) Cook noodles. Use one of your work boots and concrete floor of your cell to crush the peanuts inside the bag. Set aside about 2/3 of the peanuts and eat the rest while you’re “cooking”. Drain water from noodles, then add seasoning packet and Coke. Add peanuts and optional sliced beef stick or summer sausage. Add more Coke to achieve the right amount of sauce and balanced flavor. Jailhouse Cooking Hint: to add more flavor and change the texture of Raman noodles, toast them on a plate in the mi- crowave for 30 seconds keeping a

Books to Inmates Fundraiser

By Diane St.Onge, Freebird Publishers / Inmate Shopper Inmate Shopper is running an ongoing fundraiser, that costs NO MONEY to the giver by shopping on Amazon.com. For you and everyone you know that shops on Amazon, all you need to do is use our website www.InmateShopper.com to access Amazon.com with any of the links we have on the pages of our site and go shopping. How this continuous fundraiser works is that Amazon.com will pay us a small commission on each item purchased when the shopper has accessed Amazon through Inmate Shopper links on www.InmateShopper.com. The commissions will help us pay for the USPS Priority with Tracking postage fees. Freebird Publishers donates the books, all we

The 5 Best Items to Send to Your Loved One in Prison

By Christopher Zoukis As most prisoners' families already know, there aren't many comforts from home that you can send to an incarcerated loved one. This is largely due to onerous correspondence restrictions that are in place in virtually every jail and prison in the country. Gone are the days of care packages, clothes packages, Christmas packages from home and even some publications due to them featuring nudity or other adult or violent content. While many items are prohibited in American jails and prisons, some are still allowed. And it is these items that can make a stay in the slammer that much more bearable and less toxic. This article presents the five top items that you can send you

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