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Monthly Archives: March, 2008

There’s nothing funny about prison rape – Los Angeles Times

“From the studio that brought you ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘ intones the preview for the light comedy ‘Let’s Go To Prison,’ ‘comes a penetrating look at the American penal system.’ In case that was too subtle for you, the DVD box features a dropped bar of soap, just waiting for some poor inmate to bend over to pick it up — and suffer a hilarious sexual assault in the process.

Or maybe you’re not feeling up for a movie. It’s more of a board-game afternoon. How about picking up ‘Don’t Drop the Soap,’ a board game created by the son of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas. The game ‘is simply intended for entertainment,’ said Nicole Corcoran, the governor’s spokeswoman. What, after all, could be more entertaining then trying to ‘avoid being cornered by the Aryans in the shower room’ (one of the goals of the game, according to its promotional material)?

Here in Washington, however, the weather has been beautiful lately, so if you were bored last week, you might have wanted to do something out of the house. One option would have been going down to the Department of Justice, where, on the third floor, officials were holding hearings on prison rape, interrogating administrators from some of the worst prisons in the nation about the abuses that go on within their walls.”


It took a long time for it to sink in for me, but when I saw Bart & Homer Simpson making jokes about it in the Mid ’90s I knew there was something wrong.

Shankings on the other hand are always funny.

Factual Billboard

A factually true billboard that was taken down fairly quickly. Related: This series of Sam Harris thought pieces for Big Think. Most can be seen on the Acid Jazz Channel. Will probably never be seen on the corporate media.

More Related: Why Richard Dawkins, for no good reason other than rational observation of how religion actually works, is a mean ol atheist. And: same difference. Even more related: Margaret Atwood (author of handmaid’s tale) on the dangers of theocracy.

On Spot Tom Tomorrow Toon

On the mark Tom Tomorrow toon on the very specious reasons behind Hillary’s Continued run. Even features Hillary’s “talk” with Lex Luthor, publisher of the Daily Planet, (This is actually the truth behind the corporate media. Reporters as scared children.) Richard Mellon Scaife, arguably one of the most evil men in the United States. (Hometown pride (!) by the way…)

By the way, if you’re looking for reasons to like Barack keep in mind that it looks like not only does the Israel lobby not like him (not for anything Obama has done because he’s sucked up to AIPAC with the best of them–

–(Real politic confession: if I was advising Obama, even as a critic of AIPAC, I’d tell him to suck up to AIPAC. Of course, that’s the dream behind Obama. Unlike most black men who have woken up each morning angered and frustrated by the world around them Obama could actually wake and change some things. I truly hope he’s gets that opportunity.)–

–but because his middle name is Hussein and he actually knows Moslems. He might be more sympathetic to the Palestinians than the sellout Clintons who gave us NAFTA for christsakes…) but it looks like Jewish likudnik donors are keeping Hillary in the race. I would like to think this wouldn’t have to be pointed out: if Obama wins the most elected delegates, in a system that really isn’t set up for blacks or progressives to win (Are there any whiter states than Iowa or New Hampshire? The Dakotas maybe, Utah?) he should get the nomination. If he doesn’t, then it would probably split the party and give American blacks a great reason to ditch the dems. On the other hand, this would provide Obama a wonderful opportunity to quit the party and run as a third party. He has the money.

One more point about that cartoon: I’m not that worried about “meteors”. I’m worried about bullets and Mossad. Oh, the press would cover it, right. Just like they “covered” the RFK assassination and election fraud stories of 2000 and 2004…. Are you kidding me.? Also very much worried about Obama’s plane going down…that seems to happen to a lot of political people here and abroad.

Question for Maria at 2 Political Junkies and my fake virtual girlfriend Agent Ska: Why do you keep supporting Hillary when she has no chance of winning? Is it white girl privilege? What?

6 year old Iraqi girls forced into prostitution

Let’s just say, I’ll be withholding my comment, because if I said what I thought, I’d probably be charged with a Class A felony and go to prison…

The Crazy Rev. Wright

by Ishmael Reed

“J. Marion Sims, a leading 19th- century physician and former president of the American Medical Association, developed many of his gynecological treatments through experiments on slave women who were not granted the comfort of anesthesia. Sims’s legacy is Janus-faced; he was pitiless with non- consenting research subjects, yet he was among the first doctors of the modern era to emphasize women’s health. Other researchers were guiltier of blind ambition than racist intent. Several African Americans, including such as Eunice Rivers, the nurse-steward of the Tuskegee study, served as liaisons between scientists and research subjects.

“The infringement of black Americans’ rights to their own bodies in the name of medical science continued throughout the 20th century. In 1945, Ebb Cade, an African American trucker being treated for injuries received in an accident in Tennessee, was surreptitiously placed without his consent into a radiation experiment sponsored by the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission. Black Floridians were deliberately exposed to swarms of mosquitoes carrying yellow fever and other diseases in experiments conducted by the Army and the CIA in the early 1950s. Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, black inmates at Philadelphia’s Holmesburg Prison were used as research subjects by a University of Pennsylvania dermatologist testing pharmaceuticals and personal hygiene products; some of these subjects report pain and disfiguration even now. During the 1960s and ’70s, black boys were subjected to sometimes paralyzing neurosurgery by a University of Mississippi researcher who believed brain pathology to be the root of the children’s supposed hyperactive behavior. In the 1990s, African American youths in New York were injected with Fenfluramine — half of the deadly, discontinued weight loss drug Fen-Phen — by Columbia researchers investigating a hypothesis about the genetic origins of violence.”

With this kind of record, is Rev. Wright paranoid when he speculates that AIDs might be the result of an experiment gone wrong or even as some black intellectuals assert a ethnic weapon? Given these recorded instances of abuse by the government and private groups, would anybody put it pass them? The New York Times has carried a series about Eli Lily’s role in distributing a drug called Zyprexa. Seems that the company knew about the dangerous side effects of this drug before they put it on the market .”Eli Lilly, the drug maker, systematically hid the risks and side effects of Zyprexa, its best-selling schizophrenia medicine, a lawyer for the State of Alaska said Wednesday in opening arguments in a lawsuit that contends the drug caused many schizophrenic patients to develop diabetes.

I have long admired Dr. Reeds, work, be it his poetry or literary prose ever since I heard him speak on campus many years ago, he is a first rate academic researcher and scholar which makes it all the more advantageous to people who read this, must read article. Reed describes what a propagenda lynching looks like in 21st Century America.

Drone watch(Miami)

MIAMI (Reuters) – Miami police could soon be the first in the United States to use cutting-edge, spy-in-the-sky technology to beef up their fight against crime.

A small pilotless drone manufactured by Honeywell International, capable of hovering and “staring” using electro-optic or infrared sensors, is expected to make its debut soon in the skies over the Florida Everglades.

If use of the drone wins Federal Aviation Administration approval after tests, the Miami-Dade Police Department will start flying the 14-pound (6.3 kg) drone over urban areas with an eye toward full-fledged employment in crime fighting.

“Our intentions are to use it only in tactical situations as an extra set of eyes,” said police department spokesman Juan Villalba.

“We intend to use this to benefit us in carrying out our mission,” he added, saying the wingless Honeywell aircraft, which fits into a backpack and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing, seems ideally suited for use by SWAT teams in hostage situations or dealing with “barricaded subjects.”

Miami-Dade police are not alone, however.

Taking their lead from the U.S. military, which has used drones in Iraq and Afghanistan for years, law enforcement agencies across the country have voiced a growing interest in using drones for domestic crime-fighting missions.

Known in the aerospace industry as UAVs, for unmanned aerial vehicles, drones have been under development for decades in the United States.

Also see, The Noose Tightens: Science, Surveillance and the Culture of Control

If you don’t want to wait for the ultra-lite version of the UAV’s, you can
still take a gander at the DCHDs (Domestic Control Hover Drones: note the
word domestic), which the U.S. government is already mass producing, and offering for sale to selected governments for $178,000 each (that’s for the stripped-down model, the price the salespeople use to get buyers through the door: extras will easily bring the price up to $350,000, not including destination fees). They’re shaped like a doughnut a little over three feet across, and weigh about forty-five pounds. They have a motor in the middle.

DCHDs are designed to hover about fifty feet up, but can go as high as five
hundred feet. They can stay airborne for three hours without running out of fuel, and they can travel at fifty miles per hour. They can be controlled
either by satellite or by vehicles on the ground. They come in your choice
of an elegant black matte for night use and a matte white and sky-blue for
those days you’re feeling a bit more festive. They are, of course, nearly
silent, so quiet they cannot be heard from ten feet away.

Did we mention the word domestic in the title of the drone?

Supplier Under Scrutiny on Aging Arms for Afghans

Since 2006, when the insurgency in Afghanistan sharply intensified, the Afghan government has been dependent on American logistics and military support in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

But to arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead this fight, the American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur.

With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc., which operates out of an unmarked office in Miami Beach, became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces.

Since then, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging, according to an examination of the munitions by The New York Times and interviews with American and Afghan officials

Public records show that AEY’s contracts since 2004 have potentially been worth more than a third of a billion dollars. Mr. Diveroli set the value higher: he claimed to do $200 million in business each year.

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