Prisons, Portfolios and Humans as Resources
Prisons are like factory farms: in an American mindset they are just there. Small town employment opportunities depend on their existence, it’s what holds many small communities together: the jail, the slaughterhouse, the slightly trained health services workers, the armed-services recruitment center.
The occasional cow (one of a billion) breaks out and wanders onto the local highway. It makes the local news, the cow gets its fifteen minutes and an unlikely pardon. Prisoners are like cows, a link in the foodchain.
Let’s get in contact with a money manager and ask about prospects for spare dollars. Begin with questions:
How can I get in one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy? Do I have to sell my soul to make the biggest bucks? Should my portfolio include prisons? Are there any risks to me personally? What are the long term prospects? Could growth slow down?
But not everyone is butt-ignorant. There are people who speak honestly of “business ethics” as two words that should go together well. They deserve your ear.
Read what Berna writes.
from Berna’s Vibe: THREE STRIKES LAW
From Leo Tolstoy: I sit on a man’s back. Yes, we’re still riding that guy with every assurance that “getting with the program” is a good idea and in full keeping with the best system ever created by man or beast.
Taking a look now at our record since bellying up against the Soviet republics and their union. Who is number one? Who is standing atop a heap of bison skulls?
PrisonPolicy.org has well presented, well researched information.
Around 1963 I sat in the doctor’s office waiting room. I picked up Esquire and read an aritcle by Gore Vidal on the consequences of stringent controls on certain prescription drugs. He warned of its potential societal harm. It was an introduction to critical thinking.
Welcome to Jail, Inc. from The Guardian
Unless our course is changed, the prison-industrial-complex conjoined with its mighty twin the military-industrial is the future of America. Conceived and directed by our jailer mentality.
Repeat these three words three times: We’re Number 1
Repeat these three letters three times: USA
Post late-stage capitalism has its growth industries. Last month gentle souls seeking gain gathered in Texas.
American Jail dot Org has a bright red banner stating “I need to be a part of this.” Dystopias need allegiances, selling out is an American tradition and the fourth of July is just behind the corner.
The human body consumes its own molecules when it starves. Its decline is marked by accelerating and seemingly sudden changes (like hitting the pavement after jumping off the top floor), such as viewing the explicable in the rear-view.
We’re not in Kansas anymore, nor is Kansas. Noth the Kansas I knew in 1970 at Kansas State.
Let’s take a drive through Syria from the perspective of the journalist behind the wheel: Mad Max Redux in progress.
Reality shows morph into reality, and back again. The morphed becomes a morpher.
Is anyone watching this? Stanley Cohen is one of the one in a million. He was quite literally in Canaan (a prison complex in northeast PA). It isn’t the Promised Land. Your best source for accurate detailed information about Mr. Cohen is Caged but Undaunted. Soon to leave New York for the Middle East.
Bertolt Brecht posed a question for the audience in Der gute Mensch von Sezuan. (The Good Person of Szechwan) The question his play seeks to answer:
Is it possible to simultaneously exist in this world, yet remain a good person?
The jury is out, perhaps for the count.