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  •  Prisons are the New Social Safety Nets (23+ / 0-)

    A cot and 3 hots with all of the abuse you can take.

    Pay for your own incarceration with your slave labor.

    Secure Employment for the Prison Cops.

    Authoritarian Rethugs are having orgasms thinking about it.


    •  with healthcare. (4+ / 0-)

      My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. Thomas Paine

      by irate on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 08:11:30 AM PDT

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      •  Tylenol for Every Ailment = Prison Healthcare (8+ / 0-)

        Gangrene from diabetes, heart attack, punctured lung from a broken rib sustained in a fight, testicular cancer, torn retinas from coughing due to GOD awful cigarette smoke, rat bites, dehydration from diarrhea caused by GOD knows what in the food, etc.

        Tylenol is the prison cure all.
        (Advil may be sustituted -- it does more long-term damage to kidneys.

        (Sorry, you can't see the doctor.)

        Afterall, the idea of prison is to take years off of the lives of prisoners.

        I experienced this while wrongfully imprisoned in Pennsylavania's sate prison system on a fairy tale and can name names and places.

        •  this is a fact, I was in a medical ward in 2004 (8+ / 0-)

          in Texas and what gets distributed amounts to tylenol , or some other aspirin, being handed over in a cup thru the slot in the door ( the bean shooter).
          They watch thru the glass to see you swallow it, making you open your mouth, wiggling your tongue to show you haven't stashed it.

          I was there for a month but the first nite I was there my cell mate went into a seizure three times, flopping with his eyes rolled up and all I can do is hit the emergency intercom to the desk. Then a small group of people with one  Doctor assigned to the wing showed up to stabilize him ,and get him to an ambulance to be taken to the County Hospital.
          Yes I said three times the first night, because every time the hospital got him stabilized, or cognizant enuf to speak he was brought back from the hospital on a stretcher and poured into his bunk. Every time, only the third time they moved me to another cell for a few hours as two Doctors seemed to working hard to keep him alive on the spot. Then he was taken to the Hospital, and around five am he was being brought back in a wheelchair.

          This guy seriously belonged in a hospital not a County Jail, and the reason he had been in the County for three months was because a Parole Officer came for a home visit and he wasn't home. So an arrest warrant was issued , and they arrested him after they questioned relatives about his whereabouts.
          That was easy because he had had another 'stroke' and was in the emergency ward at the Hospital. That's why he wasn't home for the Parole Officer, and once he was again 'stabilized' he was moved to the County jail.

          Yes, it is not medical care in jail, it's survival care and they fail at that continually.

          ( One side note; his last cell mate was taking ALL his food that was delivered to the cell, but the evening meal was in a Day Room so he did get to eat. His cellmate did pay dearly for that once the story was out, and the others liked me because my cell mate had told them in the Day Room I helped him getting into his wheelchair from  his bunk on the floor . BTW It was on the floor so he couldn't hit his head on the concrete floor when he rolled out of his bunk during a 'stroke'.  I also am a vegetarian and until the kitchen got that right he was getting extra meat.)

          without the ants the rainforest dies

          by aliasalias on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 01:08:49 PM PDT

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          •  to aliasalias - thanks for sharing! (1+ / 0-)
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            sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

            by Democrats Ramshield on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 08:40:37 PM PDT

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            •   like I said, that guy belonged in a hospital (0+ / 0-)

              not the County Jail, and when he it finally did get it straightened out with the Parole Dept. (because he was a Vietnam vet he got some help), and was cleared for release, he had a major stroke in the 'discharge room' . He never made it out of that jail alive.

              If he were in the hospital he might have lived, I don't know I'm not a doctor, but wheeling him  to the hospital from stroke to stroke and then back to the floor in our cell sure as hell played some part in him dying during release.

              without the ants the rainforest dies

              by aliasalias on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 10:14:34 PM PDT

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    •  And the MIC is the "jobs program". (4+ / 0-)

      Taken together it's wrong in almost every possible way . . .

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 09:09:53 AM PDT

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    •  to bleedingheartliberal218 - thanks for supporting (4+ / 0-)

      this diary.

      sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 09:30:10 AM PDT

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      •  Democracy Now! did a great show on Prison labor (6+ / 0-)


        "The Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor"

        New Exposé Tracks ALEC-Private Prison Industry Effort to Replace Unionized Workers with Prison Labor

        Many of the toughest sentencing laws responsible for the explosion of the U.S. prison population were drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps corporations write model legislation. Now a new exposé reveals ALEC has paved the way for states and corporations to replace unionized workers with prison labor. We speak with Mike Elk, contributing labor reporter at The Nation magazine. He says ALEC and private prison companies "put a mass amount of people in jail, and then they created a situation where they could exploit that." Elk notes that in 2005 more than 14 million pounds of beef infected with rat feces processed by inmates were not recalled, in order to avoid drawing attention to how many products are made by prison labor.


        AMY GOODMAN: And let me just remind people, ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council.

        MIKE ELK: Yeah, ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, started passing bills in individual states to privatize prisons. So now, state—there’s prison companies that could make money by keeping people in prisons. So then ALEC—what they did after that was they got states to pass tougher drug laws, tougher laws that would put prisoners away for a long time. In fact, one of the first bills introduced in 1995, by then-Wisconsin State Representative Scott Walker, was an ALEC bill, where he cited ALEC statistics, and he was an ALEC member, where he drew his inspiration. So they put a mass amount of people in jail, and then they created a situation where they could exploit that.
        And now what we’re seeing is the incredible rise of prison labor, where you have prisoners making as much as 20 cents an hour, making everything from the electronic components in guided missiles, that are being used in Libya, to breaded chicken patties that your children are eating at school, to, in fact, maybe even these office chairs we’re sitting in now. We have over 100,000 prisoners employed, working for private corporations. And before the 1990s and ALEC, this did not occur in this country.

        (emphasis mine)

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 12:15:40 PM PDT

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        •  there is a Democratic version of ALEC (5+ / 0-)
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          within the halls of Congress, something even the Koch brothers never tried.

          And make no mistake about the role of Third Way.Third Way runs the policy apparatus of the Democratic Party. In Congress, staffers attend regular Third Way policy briefings, where the group hands out pre-packaged legislative amendments in legal form, generic press releases, polling around those policy ideas, and talking points.It’s a soup-to-nuts policy apparatus.
          . . .

          The group has enormous juice. On the Congressional side, it has six honorary Senate co-Chairs, and seven House-side co-Chairs. Jim Clyburn, a co-Chair, is in the House Democratic leadership. Two current cabinet members are former co-Chairs. Steny Hoyer, the House minority whip, held regular briefings for the freshmen member staff in the last Congress.

          . . .

          Finally, most of the Board members are from the FIRE Sector (Wall Street and real estate), including the head of equity trading for Goldman Sachs and one of the heads of investment banking for Morgan Stanley.

          What the Naked Capitalism article does not mention is that theThird Way" Foundation is a front for the Democratic Leadership Counciland that its purpose is to capture corporate and Forbes 400 donations in exchange for neoliberal domestic policy and neoconservative foreign policy.

          If you don't own a private jet, the DLC is not your friend. But it may be even more instrumental in the end of the American Dream than the Koch brothers ever dreamed of being.

          Peak Oil is NOW! Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

          by alizard on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 03:45:28 PM PDT

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