25 October 2016

this is going out to Pat from Confederatio Helvetica

it's from des biquers Quebecoises 

Trump opened a campaign rally with a Neil Young song ("Keep on Rockin in the Free World"), and Neil immediately told Yankee Pervert Loser Psycho Klown to stop using his songs for his sick violent fascist rallies.

Neil and Crazy Horse will take the Zeta Beam to Akira Kurasawa Zeta Beam Drome in Ciudad Vleeptron to play at Club Drek Saturday night. Don't miss it. Most of the band are alive, but Vleeptron and Club Drek do not discriminate against the dead. 

In fact Club Drek's favorite act is The Dead! Jerry et al are playing CD next Bangerday.

23 October 2016

translation needed from YouTube song comment

Tell me what the guy said, I'll tell you what song he said it about.

20 October 2016

Crummy Old Wine Dept.: Trump's Slum of Gold in Vegas / I do not like you in my shirt / I do not like you up my skirt / i do not like you near my rump

30 April 2011

Trump's Slum of Gold in Vegas

Click image to enlarge.

The Los Angeles Times
California USA daily broadsheet
Saturday 30 April 2011


Trump's tower 
a sore spot 
on Vegas Strip

The much-ballyhooed project opened in 2008 during the economic meltdown, and today sits amid a collection of vacant lots and silent cranes. Some might call it a metaphor.

by Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Las Vegas -- Speaking to Republican activists here, Donald Trump touted something other than his potential presidential bid and hit reality television show: Trump International Hotel and Tower, a gleaming luxury high-rise and his sole Las Vegas venture.

"It's one of the greatest signs of all time," Trump said Thursday of the building's marquee, rising 64 stories above Las Vegas Boulevard. "You drive down that Strip, what do you see?"

"Trump!" the crowd shouted in unison.

"We got it built, it's doing great and we're very proud of it," the real estate mogul said, in remarks that were otherwise laced with profanity and attacks on President Obama.

But the reality of Las Vegas' tallest residential building — which Trump described as "very, very successful" — is different from the hype.

Conceived as a high-end hotel-condominium development in Las Vegas' go-go years, the project opened in 2008 amid the economic meltdown. Most investors pulled out and demanded their deposits, leaving Trump and his partners holding the bag.

The casino-free building, wrapped in 24-karat-gold-infused glass, now rests in the boneyard of the Las Vegas Strip, a collection of vacant lots, barren scaffolding and silent cranes left over from abandoned resort projects.

These days, the 645 foot (197 meters) Trump tower might be a metaphor for his nascent campaign: lots of splash, little in the way of substance.

As Trump touts his own business acumen, his Las Vegas hotel makes it clear that he fell prey to the speculative fever that gripped the nation — and particularly wounded Nevada, a state that will play a key role in determining the Republican presidential nomination next year.

Trump's partners here can only grin through the pain of their investment in the U$500,000,000 project. To date, the group has sold about a quarter of the building's 1,282 units. 

They're also fighting a lawsuit brought by investors who allege they were defrauded by Trump's sales team. Sales representatives, the suit says, promised high-yield returns on units that they argued could fetch as much as $600 per night as part of the property's rental pool.

This week, Orbitz.com listed midweek nightly rates at $111.75.

Phil Ruffin, Trump's key partner, said the project was operating as a hotel, at a profit, as partners waited for the real estate market to rebound.

The condo failure, said Ruffin, who is also the owner of the Treasure Island resort, "was never Donald's fault ... It was the fault of the economy itself."

Jack Wishna, a minority partner in the Trump tower, still feels the sting. His office boasts both a painting of the project and a view of the building itself. There's a picture of him with Trump at the opening; both men are wearing gold ties. His best spin was that the building, at the very least, had changed the city's skyline.

"If things had went along and we did everything a year earlier, we would have made U$1,100,000,000 ," he said. "Now, it's an annuity for me, Donald and Phil. We'll see profits in the next decade."

Housing and economic analysts aren't so sure.

During the boom years, developers saturated the Las Vegas landscape with luxury condos. According to SalesTraq, a local real estate research firm, more than 4,100 units in 10 high-rise projects are empty, waiting for buyers. That doesn't include thousands of more traditional condos.

"We have practically an infinite supply," said Larry Murphy, the firm's president.

Bruce Hiatt, a broker with Luxury Realty Group, said prices in the luxury condo market were 60% to 70% down from their peak. Trump's units were initially priced to start at $600,000 — and ascend to $6,000,000 . This week, a studio could be had for about $250,000, Hiatt said.

In 2005, it was a much different story. Trump promised his tower would be "the crown jewel of the Las Vegas Strip." He promoted the project on "The Apprentice," prompting would-be investors to crash the sales center's phone lines the next morning. Wishna said 863 apartments were reserved in one day.

While breaking ground, Trump promised a second tower to meet demand — at a 35% price increase. Later, Trump devoted an entire episode of his TV show to the building. His biggest obstacle seemed to be getting approval from aviation regulators concerned that the building's gold reflective glass could distract pilots.

Trump celebrated the opening of the first, and ultimately only, tower in April 2008, just weeks after the collapse of investment bank Bear Stearns, a prelude to the Wall Street meltdown.

This week, Ruffin surveyed the damage, saying the abandoned projects surrounding the Trump tower resembled a war zone. "It looks like Baghdad," he said. "It looks horrible."

Still, he praised Trump and said he'd support him for president. "He's not just a showman," Ruffin said. "He's very, very brilliant."


Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times

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Blogger Ryszard Wasilewski said...
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Saturday, 30 April, 2011  
Blogger Ryszard Wasilewski said...
Too bad he only built one.
Perhaps, when he's president, he can relocate from DC to the Tower. There's a lot of vast empty hallways in there, no doubt. He should untangle his golden hair and let it streak behind him as he runs screaming through all that space.
Saturday, 30 April, 2011  
Blogger Vleeptron Dude said...
For reasons I can't begin to fathom, Trump was in the audience at Saturday night's White House Correspondence Association Dinner in Washington DC, broadcast (and almost certainly archived) by C-SPAN. This annual event is notoriously funny and raucous.

Obama cut him 2 or 3 new assholes with some very funny, acidic jokes about the birther crap.

And Trump seemed to be getting more and more uncomfortable and more and more pissed off.

Birthers -- or, as some now call them, AfterBirthers -- have been wondering why Obama waited so long to produce his "long form" birth certificate.

There's a good answer. He waited till about 3 days before the White House Correspondents Dinner, so he could really stick it to Trump, Fox News, and all the birthers.
Sunday, 01 May, 2011  
Anonymous Olivia said...
Such a great article it was the project opened in 2008 amid the economic meltdown. Most investors pulled out and demanded their deposits, leaving Trump and his partners holding the bag.Indeed marvelous structure made. Thanks a lot for sharing
Tuesday, 27 December, 2011  
Blogger Vleeptron Dude said...
Hiya Olivia, glad you liked the story.

There is a small horde of American voters who still think Donald Trump is America's Great Political Hope, and think he would do us all a wonderful favor by making a 3rd-party independent run for the White House.

Here's my big campaign poster for Trump For President:


Trump got rich by inheriting his father's real estate wealth. He's bankrupted 2 casinos -- something my probability professor said was a mathematical impossibility. In popular culture, he's famous for his TV show where he tells people: You're fired!

Pardon my French, but he's really a worthless piece of shit, and Americans should be ashamed that we've ever taken him in the least seriously as a political leader.
Tuesday, 27 December, 2011  
Anonymous Stacey said...
Well discussed. I really appreciate the info because I never know what happened by that time. It's good to know when reading an article and gain a lot of info. about the topic. :D
Monday, 02 January, 2012  
Anonymous Michelle said...
I think it is one of the place I would love to visit. I've never been there in Vegas before and it would be really my great pleasure if given a chance to visit there. :D
Thursday, 16 February, 2012  
Blogger Vleeptron Dude said...
Hiya Michelle --

Uhhhh, I think you and I have different Zodiac signs. I've never been to Las Vegas and I absolutely do not want to go there, ever. The place gives me the creeps.

When I'd drive across the USA, I used to like to break up my trip in Winemucca, Nevada, and play a little blackjack. And I sort of got good hits from Reno.

But Las Vegas? I guess it's the Puritan in my personality, but I can't get with a city whose economy is based on gambling and prostitution.
Thursday, 16 February, 2012  
Anonymous Sharron said...
Hey, there is a lot of useful info above!
Saturday, 01 September, 2012  

for Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) / a child who was born on the Sabbath day

Not long ago, Alan Mathison Turing received a posthumous Royal Pardon for his conviction under The Blackmailers' Charter -- the UK's former laws criminalizing homosexual acts. He was sentenced to chemical castration, grew breasts, and died from a bite of an apple dipped in cyanide.


Press release

Minister unveils plans to pardon thousands under ‘Turing’s Law’

Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now abolished sexual offences will be posthumously pardoned, Justice Minister Sam Gyimah announced.

The change will see those convicted for consensual same-sex relationships before the change in the law formally pardoned.

Minister Gyimah said the government would seek to implement the change through an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill.

Anyone living who has been convicted of these now abolished offences can already apply through the Home Office to have their names cleared through the disregard process. This removes any mention of an offence from criminal record checks.

In an important step, the government also announced today (20 October 2016) it will introduce a new statutory pardon for the living in cases where offences have been successfully deleted through the disregard process.

Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said:
It is hugely important that we pardon people convicted of historical sexual offences who would be innocent of any crime today.

Through pardons and the existing disregard process we will meet our manifesto commitment to put right these wrongs.
Today’s announcement will meet a government commitment to build on the case of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing, who committed suicide following his conviction for gross indecency and was posthumously pardoned by Her Majesty the Queen in 2013.

Supporting Lord Sharkey’s amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 through the Policing and Crime Bill would be the quickest way to deliver this commitment.

The government will not support a separate Private Members’ Bill on the subject, brought forward by John Nicolson MP and set to be debated in Parliament on Friday 21 October 2016. Mr Nicolson’s Bill proposes a blanket pardon for the living without the need to go through the disregard process. 

However this could lead, in some cases, to people claiming to be cleared of offences that are still crimes – including sex with a minor and non-consensual sexual activity.

For example, under the disregard process, the Home Office has rejected several applications where the activity was non-consensual and others where the other party was under 16-years-old. These offences were captured under offences such as ‘gross indecency’ at the time but are still crimes today.

Mr Gyimah said:
I understand and support the intentions behind Mr Nicolson’s Bill, however I worry that he has not fully thought through the consequences. A blanket pardon, without the detailed investigations carried out by the Home Office under the disregard process, could see people guilty of an offence which is still a crime today claiming to be pardoned.
This would cause an extraordinary and unnecessary amount of distress to victims and for this reason the government cannot support the Private Member’s Bill. Our way forward will be both faster and fairer.


An applicant is only eligible for a ‘disregard’ if the Secretary of State decides that it appears that the other person involved in the conduct which constituted the offence consented to it and was aged 16 or over at the time, and that the conduct would not now constitute the offence of sexual activity in a public lavatory. In other words, the Secretary of State must be satisfied that the conduct is no longer criminal.

19 October 2016

bad touch!

Click Cat in Hat, maybe gets bigger.

Only one thing can save the United States of America now. 

On Tuesday, November 8

as is the tradition of Chicago, tens of thousands of dead people must rise from the grave and vote Democratic.

Vote Early! Vote Often!

EXTRA CREDIT: Suddenly you need a babysitter for your daughters and nieces. Only Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton are available. Which would you call? Explain your answer.

18 October 2016

Annals of Großer Unfug: early terror outrages by Black Jockey Liberation Army / Fools, when will you learn that nobody is safe from the Black Jockey Liberation Army? / the Young Caucasians strike again, to Zappa theme song / i didn't steal the lawn jockeys but i'll pay the fine

Click, doesn't get bigger, but gets more offensive

"Uncle Remus"
by Frank Zappa


Whoa, are we moving too slow
Have you seen us, Uncle Remus
We look pretty sharp in these clothes (yes we do)
Unless we get sprayed with a hose
It ain't bad in the day
If they squirt it
Your way
Except in the winter when it's froze
And it's hard if it hits
On your nose (on your nose)

Just keep your nose to the grindstone they say
Will that redeem us, Uncle Reemus
I can't wait til my fro is full grown
I'll just throw away my du-rag at home
I'll take a drive to Beverly Hills just before dawn
And knock the little jockeys off the rich people's lawn
And before they get up I'll be gone, I'll be gone
Before they get up I'll be knocking the jockeys off the lawn
Down in the dew


The Hartford (Connecticut USA) Courant
daily broadsheet

I'm not sure when The Courant was founded, but they recently apologized in an editorial for running SLAVES FOR SALE ads. 

9 July 2000

by MARK SPENCER, Courant Staff Writer


During the long, hot summer of 1979, the BJLA terrorized towns from the Farmington Valley to east of the Connecticut River.

Some residents would peek through their drapes at night, fearful of what menace lay hidden in the shadows.

Yes, the Black Jockey Liberation Army was a force to be reckoned with.

The clandestine group's target was those lawn ornaments of an earlier time -- now considered by most as monuments to racism -- that showed a black man dressed as a jockey, holding a lantern with outstretched arm.

The BJLA would nab one of the lawn ornaments under cover of darkness and leave behind a note, some saying,

"For 'tis the goal of our army to wipe clean the face of the earth and remove all forms of bigotry."

Another note, left later in the campaign, read:

"Fools, when will you learn that nobody is safe from the Black Jockey Liberation Army [provisional wing]? The tar and feather gang strikes again."

More than 15 jockey statues were eventually stolen in West Hartford, Avon, Simsbury, Burlington, Windsor Locks and Manchester. [all towns near Hartford.]

"It was an odd one,'' said Anthony Duffy, a West Hartford detective lieutenant who retired eight years ago. "Some people got really uptight about it and painted their statues white.''

Scott O'Mara, who retired as a master sergeant from the state police in 1995, recalled telling state troopers about the incidents during roll call one day.

"The guys were like, 'Yeah, sarge, we'll get right on it. We'll set up a road block and catch these desperadoes,' " O'Mara said.

Some of the statues were found in the Simsbury dump. The police thought they got a break when a worker noticed several of them in a Windsor Locks home where he was doing repairs. The police raided the place and a man eventually was fined $270 after pleading no contest to third-degree larceny.

[NOTE: "no contest" is a criminal court plea which doesn't admit guilt, but accepts punishment -- usually for nickle-and-dime stuff.]

But the case was not closed. The BJLA contacted The Courant and said the Windsor Locks man was not associated with the group. The BJLA apparently consisted of young Caucasians, and the statues "kind of rub us the wrong way," the man said.

Two BJLA freedom fighters later visited The Courant. They explained to a reporter that they would cease their activities because "It's really getting heavy with the cops." They insisted they were serious about their cause and knew there were risks, which were beginning to take a toll.

"We flipped when we found out [the Black Jockey lawn statues] were worth $300 to $900," one of them said.

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15 October 2016

Long Asian Wars Without End, Amen / "So shines a good deed in a weary world." / should you Perceive one face that you loved heretofore, It is a spook. None wears the face you knew. Great death has made all his for evermore.

Click to enlarge chestful of military medals

As regular Vleeptron readers know or suspect,
Vleeptron Dude was once a conscripted Army soldier during a Big War. I served honorably for two years (the draftee's absolute minimum), got some medals (see above), and then rode off on my Triumph Bonneville 650 dual carb motorcycle and did not cut my hair for 2 or 3 years.

My World War I uncle was impressed by the green medal, he said it's a biggie. The Army doesn't hand them out like Halloween candy. (It does not involve throwing oneself on a hand grenade or taking out an enemy machine gun nest.) Anyway, whatever, I got one.

There's no big military holiday accompanying this post. (Last Monday was Indigenous Peoples Day in neighboring Northampton and Amherst, Massachusetts USA.)

Vleeptron is posting this because this is the 15th Year of the two Asian Long Wars first declared by USA President George W. Bush. Vleeptron Dude keeps standing on a chair and trying to see the Light At The End of the Long Asian War Tunnel, and still sees not a distant twinkle.

When, in the dark of night, Portia sees a candle in a distant window, she says:

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

But there is no little candle to the Asian Long Wars, or to the Catastrophe of Syria, to the mess in Libya, to the Catastrophe of Yemen. My world is weary, and although there are indeed many good deeds, most of them seem to shine much too dimly.

We are 15 years into the War Without End which George Orwell wrote about in "1984." Alliances change, enemies change, but for as long as anyone can remember, The War Goes On, with giant public war rallies and parades, marching military bands ...

Military Justice is to Justice 
as Military Music is to Music. 

-- Vietnam War-era soldiers' saying

And of course the Handmaidens of War Without End, Amen: Dead people, dead babies, dead women, dead soldiers. The maimed, the crippled. The fucked up, whether they live for many years after their combat, or not very long after coming home.

Vleeptron has a suspicion that Somebody is getting very rich by supplying the instruments of War Without End. That's just our suspicion. Don't cite Vleeptron until somebody Fact Checks it.

Perhaps like the wonderful architect Maya Lin and her Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC, someone could start sketching a design for a National Memorial of War Without End. Artists and sculptors and architects have Plenty Of Time to work up their designs.

Leave A Comment. Share Your Thoughts. Submit a Memorial design, Vleeptron will be proud to be the first to display them. 

How do you feel about the Wars That Never End?

The bemedalled War-Era (never went near actual combat, a fellow can get hurt that way) Army Veteran recommends for day-to-day wartime getting by: cannabis and your favorite diazapene, maybe a good SSRI would work. The traditional wartime self-medication is Strong Alcoholic Beverages. Because Dutch gin was the first mass-produced High-Octane Cheap Alcohol, soldiers called it "Dutch Courage" as they prepared for today's battle.

DO NOT KILL YOURSELF. 22 USA military veterans commit suicide EVERY DAY. (Donald Trump, who dodged the Vietnam War Draft -- bone spurs in a foot, but he forgets which foot -- recently suggested that soldiers who return from the Long Asian Wars with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome are weak, weaker than good soldiers should be. Leave A Comment.)

The poem that follows was written in what historians now just call The Century of War.


Charles Hamilton Sorley, a Scot from Aberdeen, was shot in the head and died instantly at the Battle of Loos, in France, on Wednesday 13 October 1915.  His body was never found, but  his kit bag was found and sent home to his family. Inside it they found this poem.

Sorely was the first World War One soldier poet to use the word "millions" -- accurately -- to count the carnage.

Bring our troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq immediately, bring them back alive, safe, whole. As commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama can do this with the stroke of a pen -- the same power George W. Bush used to start these disasters and doom my neighbors' children.
~ ~ ~

When You See Millions
of the Mouthless Dead

Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895-1915)

When you see millions of the mouthless dead
Across your dreams in pale battalions go,
Say not soft things as other men have said,
That you'll remember. For you need not so.
Give them not praise. For, deaf, how should they know
It is not curses heaped on each gashed head?
Nor tears. Their blind eyes see not your tears flow.
Nor honour. It is easy to be dead.
Say only this, "They are dead." Then add thereto,
"Yet many a better one has died before."
Then, scanning all the o'ercrowded mass, should you
Perceive one face that you loved heretofore,
It is a spook. None wears the face you knew.
Great death has made all his for evermore.

Original text: Charles Hamilton Sorley. Marlborough and other Poems. 4th edition. Cambridge: University Press, 1919: 78 (no. XXXIV). First publication date: 1916. Composition date: 1915. Form: sonnet. Rhyme: ababbabacdcdcd

10 October 2016

help moveon.org make USA voters vomit at Trump / or not

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If you thought the tape of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault to NBC's Billy Bush was bad, buckle up. Multiple TV producers are now saying that there's even worse footage -- much worse -- of Trump saying sexually predatory and extremely racist things. But NBC and MGM are refusing to release the footage.[1]

Will you sign the petition to NBC and MGM now and demand the release of the Trump tapes to ensure voters know exactly who Donald Trump is before voting on November 8?

NBC and MGM: Stop protecting Donald Trump and release the tapes.
Sign Nita's petition

For a year now, NBC has been protecting Trump—from Matt Lauer's biased presidential forum to Jimmy Fallon's softball interview with him. With 29 days left until the election, voters deserve to know just how much of a racist, hate-filled serial sexual predator Trump is.

Since the leak of Trump's comments on Friday, NBC has been under such intense pressure that it suspended Bush for encouraging Trump's behavior in that tape from 2005. If we speak up now -- while the media is reeling from the leak -- we can force NBC and MGM, the studio that now owns the unaired footage from Trump's reality TV show, to stop protecting Trump and release the rest of the tapes.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


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21 September 2016

Celtic knots you can create (with KnotPlot) and vanish into forever

Click images to enlarge.

top: A knot in the style of knots from Irish Celtic illuminated manuscripts like the Book of Kells or the Lindisfarne Gospels, generated by the program (free to download, but donations gratefully accepted) KnotPlot, a program to manipulate the objects of the branch of mathematics/topology called Knot Theory.

bottom: Incipit (beginning) of Gospel of Matthew from the Lindisfarne Gospels, circa 700 A.D., attributed to Eadfrith, Bishop of Lindisfarne (Northumberland, England).

WARNING: Knot Theory (like Number Theory) can be so hypnotically beautiful that some people vanish into it and never emerge. That's okay with them, they don't want to be dragged back to our unexquisite reality.

14 September 2016

Crummy Old Wine Dept.: Give me liberty and give me death

click to celebrate

What you gonna do when you get out of jail? I'm gonna have some Fun! What do you consider Fun? (Tom Tom Club, "Genius of Love")

Vleeptron apologizes for being dark for a week, first we went to NYC to see The Magic Flute :-) and then the Vleeptron liquid-nitrogen-cooled pre-owned Cray supercomputer crashed. (We're going to replace it with a Dell Optiplex, whatever the heck that is.)

* * *

What's startling about this isn't what the researchers discovered, but that it seems to be the first time researchers have asked this question.

Okay, let's get hypothetical. You've just been in prison for 3 years. You're getting out of prison tomorrow. They'll give you $200 in cash and you'll take the bus back to the city.

Are you going to spend your first week visiting art museums?


Forbes magazine (USA)
Wednesday 10 January 2007

Prison Release
a Dangerous Health Time
for Many

(HealthDay News) -- Former prison inmates face a much higher risk of death in the period right after their release, particularly from drug overdoses, a new study found.

The risk is highest -- 12.7 times that of the general population -- during the first two weeks after release. Overall, the excess risk is 3.5 times that of the general population, and the risk for both women and men doesn't return to normal levels until several weeks after release.

"I was expecting an increased risk of death, but I was surprised at the extent of the increase and by how there is such a strong vulnerable time in the first two weeks," said the study's lead author, Dr. Ingrid Binswanger, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. "It suggests that there might be things we can do to help people transition back."

The United States now has more people incarcerated than at any time in its history.

[also the Land of the Free has more prisoners than any other nation on the planet]

At the end of 2005, more than 2,000,000 people were being held in federal or state prisons or local jails, an increase of 2.7 percent from the end of 2004. On average, the number of prisoners has grown 3.3 percent annually since 1995, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Studies conducted in Europe and Australia have suggested that after-release mortality rates were higher in certain populations of inmates, including people with a history of intravenous drug use. But little information had been available for the United States.

"To the extent that I know, this is the first study of its kind in the United States," Binswanger said.

For her research, which is published in the 11 January issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Binswanger and colleagues looked at all inmates released from the Washington state Department of Corrections from July 1999 through December 2003. The prison records were then cross-referenced with the National Death Index, and resulting mortality rates were compared with Washington state residents matched for age, gender and race.

During that time frame, 30,237 inmates were released; 443 died during a follow-up period of almost two years. The leading causes of death were drug overdoses, cardiovascular disease, homicide and suicide.

"We found a number of causes of death that were in excess of what would be expected in a similar population in terms of age, race and gender," Bingswanger said.

Drug overdoses -- especially from cocaine -- were particularly pronounced during the first two weeks, as were, to a lesser extent, homicide and suicide. Deaths from cardiovascular disease, along with cancer -- particularly lung cancer -- were also high but weren't concentrated as strongly in the first two weeks.

"Some of the findings make sense from a physiologic perspective," Bingswanger said. "If you have an addiction and you've been relatively abstinent during the time you were incarcerated, then you return to a high level of drug use, you're more likely to have an overdose."

"The results point to the fact that drug-treatment programs are perhaps one of the most potentially beneficial kinds of interventions," she added.

The findings sounded a bell for two female inmates in New Mexico.

"We fool ourselves into thinking we're going to do [drugs] one last time before we go straight," said Anita C., currently being held at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (BCMDC) in Albuquerque. "Because we've been clean so long, we underestimate our tolerance."

Beth, another inmate at BCMDC, added, "We build our own reality in here and it's not what we expected when we get out. When we get out, our plans don't go how we wanted. We either start using [drugs] or end it all together."

A second article in the journal noted that just being in prison added to the risk of contracting a potentially fatal illness, such as HIV or tuberculosis.

In an accompanying perspective article, contributing editor Dr. Susan Okie pointed out that risky sexual activities are rife in U.S. prisons. Because sex is prohibited, condoms are not passed out (except on a limited basis in Vermont and Mississippi). One Rhode Island state prisoner said inmates use latex gloves, sandwich bags or nothing at all to protect themselves.

In the United States in 2004, according to the article, 1.8 percent of prison inmates were HIV-positive, more than four times the estimated rate in the general population. And while the risk of transmission while incarcerated is low, it's "not negligible," Okie said.

"Mr. M.", a middle-aged, HIV-positive inmate interviewed for the perspective piece at a medium-security compound in Rhode Island, said, "I've seen it all. We have a lot of risky [sexual] activities ... Almost every second or minute, somebody's sneaking and doing something."

More information

For more on HIV transmission among male inmates, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Anonymous Abbas said...
one of the reasons for serious prisoner numbers are also because they're getting more and more concerned with incarcerating people for petty crimes like smoking weed rather than violent crimes. it's annoyingly ridiculous. obviously due to laziness of looking up sources and facts, this is an oversimplified and futile comment.
Thursday, 11 January, 2007  
Anonymous Abbas Halai said...
Also you may wanna read this article about the analysis of the American Incarceration System.

Incarceration Nation.
Thursday, 11 January, 2007  
Anonymous tinaraghul said...
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Friday, 13 March, 2009  
Anonymous muebles en pinto said...
It can't really have success, I suppose like this.
Monday, 10 October, 2011  
Blogger Joan said...
Prisons today are full of inmates who actually need to be in rehab somewhere instead of prison.Michigan Drug Rehab has very good programs for any type of alcohol or drug addiction problems.
Tuesday, 03 April, 2012

08 September 2016

weird-looking El Supremissimo Ementhaler addict forbids sarcasm / sarcastic North Koreans to be publicly disemboweled

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The Independent
daily broadsheet UK
Thursday 8 September 2016

North Korea bans sarcasm 

because Kim Jong-un fears 
people only agree with him ‘ironically’

Mocking expression 'a fool who cannot see the outside world' is said to be circulating in North Korea

by Harriet Agerholm

North Korea has forbidden people from making sarcastic comments about Kim Jong-un or his totalitarian regime in their everyday conversations.

Even indirect criticism of the authoritarian government has been banned, Asian media reported.

Residents were warned against criticising the state in a series of mass meetings held by functionaries across the country.

“One state security official personally organised a meeting to alert local residents to potential ‘hostile actions’ by internal rebellious elements,” a source in Jagang Province told Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service.

“The main point of the lecture was ‘Keep your mouths shut.’”

The caution was also issued in neighbouring Yangang Province, sources revealed.

Officials told people that sarcastic expressions such as “This is all America’s fault” would constitute unacceptable criticism of the regime.

“This habit of the central authorities of blaming the wrong country when a problem’s cause obviously lies elsewhere has led citizens to mock the party,” an anonymous source said.

Another mocking expression, “A fool who cannot see the outside world,” was also said to be circulating in the totalitarian state, referring to the country’s notoriously isolationist leader.

The phrase was apparently conceived when officials voiced shock that Mr Kim did not attend celebrations held in Russia and China to mark the end of the Second World War.

Regional media have reported an increase in public acts of dissent in the country of late. Graffiti mocking the government and its leader have appeared twice in recent weeks.

North Korea has taken part in multiple weapons tests recently, in displays of force intended to demonstrate the country’s developing nuclear capabilities.
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1 hour ago
When Kim said he was to ban sarcasm, I ironically thought:

1 hour ago
We have to say it, to know what the sarcasm is in it.

2 hours ago
Banning sarcasm? They're kidding, right?

3 hours ago
As we say in Scotland, hoy, you wi' the mop oan yer heid, you goin' tae wash the floor or jist stand their lookin' glaikit. Translate that!

4 hours ago
Why do they have to ban sarcasm? I thought everybody there loved Fat Boy, the Dearest Leader of All..

5 hours ago
He's now missing and presumed decapitated.

6 hours ago
A ban on sarcasm eh? I can see that being so easy to enforce.

6 hours ago
Harriet, what source did you use for this story? Asian Media? How generic can that get? You do a disservice to real NK news by perpetuating lazy journalism. It doesn't help the West by demonizing NK with unsourced accusations when there are real issues out there to push forward.

6 hours ago
I heard the jail food sucks there. That is definitely America's fault.

6 hours ago
This is a wise ruling by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un.  His happy smiling chubby face brings joy to the people of Best Korea.  World leaders seek out his advice - why only last week a US Presidential candidate asked for the name of his hairdresser.

5 hours ago
I think you mean hair butcher... stop insulting the supreme leader like that.

07 September 2016

De Aard waar haar een Paradijs / Nu isse meesteen Hel.

Click to enlarge & remember

Benedict ברוך Spinoza unexpectedly visited me today -- a friend and I were chatting, the topic bounced from this to that and finally ended in the Netherlands, which both of us had visited and been delighted and impressed by. I confessed to being a closet Spinoza Fanboy, haunting all his known haunts throughout the Netherlands on numerous visits (with brief visits to the neighborhood Kafeshop and het Melkweg and the Concertgebouw), with time to fling unused bread to the ducks and ducklings swimming in the Herrengracht.
The only Bad Thing I know about Amsterdam during my long repeated relationship with Amsterdam is not a Bad Thing about Amsterdam, but is all Utrecht's fault. Amsterdam's Mayor Job Cohen suspended civil law for the day (a lovely summer Sunday), had the riot police lock all the Utrecht footie fans in a sealed train outside Ajax stadium and send them back to Utrecht under police guard. I don't know how you say "And stay out." in Dutch/nederlands.
Everything else about Amsterdam and all NL is wonderful, and there is an infinite volume of wonderful unexpected delightful spectacularly beautiful and interesting things in the Netherlands. Turn a corner and Wonderful Happy smacks you in the face again by total surprise. The food ... oh, Indonesian, Brown Cafes, the sidewalk Herring!
(At the county fair, a little 4H girl showed off her award-winning lamb, and said its name was Total Surprise -- no one had realized its mom was about to give birth.)
I know lots of places that proudly claim themselves progressive and tolerant regarding homosexuals.
But I know only 1 place on Earth that built a big fancy public monument to homosexuals: Amsterdam. Look for the signs all over town that say "TO THE HOMO MONUMENT -->" (Provincetown, Massachusetts USA has a Burger Queen.)
Above, a re-working of some Crummy Old Wine from Vleeptron. Now it's three faux postage stamps, instead of being the original Not A Stamp. (I'm really pissed off at expensive restaurants that keep bringing me crummy old wine, and I insist they bring me some good fresh New Wine.)
The issuing authority is TdS●Posta / Tierra de los Sueños. Postal material -- stamps, letters, postcards, postal money orders, postage due notices -- are very rare because it is difficult to communicate with Dreamland. A huge amount of Dreamland mail is forever lost just because we woke up and forgot the wonderful dream we were just having. The cast and crew of the NYU theater department party are gone, if that's what you might have been dreaming about. 45 minutes later you stumble into the office for 8 or 10 hours of sour nasty crap and unhealthy stuff. So we here in RL have found and preserved very little of TdS●Posta's postal ephemeridae and selvedge.
Would you like to listen to some ethereally beautiful music while you read this Profound Stuff about Benedict ברוך Spinoza by one of the Internet's leading amateur Spinoza scholars? Click HERE for ethereally beautiful music AND Superbeautiful Poetry.
One time a guy (everybody's forgotten his name, I hope) stabbed Spinoza. But didn't hurt him badly. For the rest of Spinoza's life, he wore the cape with the stab hole.
(These were Harsh Times in NL. Spinoza's close pal, the polical leader of the Netherlands, Jan de Witt (and Jan's brother) were torn apart by a mob. Do I have to add "angry mob"?)
Until age 24, Spinoza was a dues-paying member and student-scholar in good standing of Amsterdam's Portuguese Synagogue in Waterlooplein.
That ceased when the synagogue read The Anathema over him, forbidding all Jews from speaking, feeding, sheltering or having any contact with him. A sympathetic Anabaptist surgeon rented him the top floor of his cottage in Rijnsburg, today restored as a museum called Spinozahuis. (Take Rijnsburg bus from Leiden train station, ask driver to let you off at Spinozalaan, walk to Camphuysenstraat.) You can see Spinoza's lens-polishing workbench with all his tools. There's a wonderful statue in the small backyard garden; he doesn't look at all like a geek or a nerd, he looks quite dashing, even a little piratical.
Anyway, I am a pathetic Spinoza Fanboy, so I was not entirely surprised when these rare TdS●Posta stamps appeared in my faux mailbox. I have been dreaming of Spinoza and his tolerant, beautiful Netherlands for decades. Many nights I have dreamt of Spinoza's beautiful, tolerant Netherlands while I was sleeping in Spinoza's beautiful, tolerant Netherlands. Those are the best Spinoza dreams. (When not dreaming, check out the White Smurf in SoftLand, or the super fresh juice bar in The Bulldog.)