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At Alternet, Janet Allon discusses the latest report from the American Civil Liberties Union, Worse Than Second-Class

More than 200,000 women are imprisoned in the U.S., and, like their male counterparts, they are increasingly subjected to the cruelly inhumane practice of solitary confinement. But while the devastating psychological effects of solitary have been studied on men, the punishment is uniquely damaging to women in different ways. Last week, the ACLU released its new report, entitled  Worse Than Second-Class, about women prisoners held in solitary.

In the report, the ACLU explores five ways that the mostly invisible practice of solitary harms women:

1. Solitary confinement can exacerbate mental illness

While this is equally true of men, according to the ACLU, mental illness is more common among women prisoners than men. It estimates  that, "Nearly seventy-five percent of women in prison are diagnosed with mental illness—a much higher rate than for men in prison." […]

2. Solitary confinement can re-traumatize victims of past abuse and can render incarcerated women more vulnerable to abuse by correctional officers

A majority of women in prison report being victims of abuse in the past. The isolation and absence of healthy stimulation or human contact is particularly damaging to this vulnerable population. In addition, many women in solitary are watched by male guards, including during their most private and intimate moments, which is traumatizing in and of itself to victims of past abuse, and makes them freshly vulnerable to being abused. Such abuse would be easy to hide as it occurs well out of sight of the general prison population.

3. Solitary confinement is sometimes used as retaliation against women who have reported sexual abuse or other harmful treatment while in prison. […]

The ACLU also found that solitary is used to retaliate for other kinds of complaints besides sexual abuse. "Carol Lester, a 73-year-old mother and grandmother, found herself in solitary confinement in a New Mexico prison for almost five weeks," the report states. "According to Lester and her attorneys, officials placed her in solitary confinement when she spoke out against her inadequate medical care."  
4. Solitary confinement can jeopardize the relationship between mother and child, harming children. […]

5. Solitary confinement of pregnant women is harmful and internationally condemned.

The United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners explicitly forbids solitary confinement for pregnant women, which both jeopardizes their psychological health and makes it that much harder for them to access pre-natal healthcare. But the U.S. does not seem to think the rule applies here, so pregnant women are still placed in solitary. [...]

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2007Playing Out the Clock: Day 1458:

The White House is coming perilously close to admitting that Bush has no expectation of achieving "victory" in Iraq. He's just playing out the clock to make the problem someone else's. Petraeus's goal for an assessment of the escalation to come in summer is now pushed back to September, and the administration is now committed to downplaying prosects for progress. […]

The only way forward is out. And the idea that Bush will come around to that idea is becoming more obviously ridiculous. This man won't give up on Alberto Gonzales, for chrissakes, what would make him abandon this debacle? His veto, expected first thing next week, will just reinforce his commitment to keeping the troops in Iraq until at least January 20, 2009.

The fight over the Iraq supplemental bill has cemented in the public mind the idea that Congress has set a deadline for withdrawal at March 31, 2008, a deadline they wholeheartedly support regardless of the "symbolic" nature of the vote.

Following an onslaught of opinion polls on Iraq, the most recent CBS/NYT poll has 64 percent supporting a timetable that gets us out in '08, 57 percent want Congress to have the final say over troops levels, and a record 71 percent disapproving of Bush's handling of Iraq.

That public support should stiffen the resolve of Congressional Democrats in the post-veto debate, particularly now that they've set an expectation in the public that withdrawal in '08 is their line in the sand.

Tweet of the Day:

If Al Qaeda fighters had water boarded U.S. soldiers, would @AndrewCMcCarthy argue it wasn’t torture?

On today's Kagro in the Morning show: I know you won't believe this, but the NRA convention was crazy. Greg Dworkin rounds up Donald Sterling news, including Slate's "The NBA's Ownership Society." Thomas Piketty: A summary with marmots. Obamacare as an issue in FL-GOV. And the role of turnout in the 2014 mid-terms. TNR's "How the Democrats Can Avoid Going Down This November." The role of traumatic brain injury in incarceration & homelessness. "The NRA has declared war on America." Remember when the Tea Party was founded on "Where's MY bailout?!" outrage? Well, they've found it!

High Impact Posts. Top Comments.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:30 PM PDT.

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  •  harvard divestment blogathon this wed, 4/30! (19+ / 0-)

    Harvard Fossil Fuel Divestment Blogathon – Please Sign the Petition to Show Your Support

    On April 30, Harvard students will form a blockade outside the President Faust's office in support of divestment from fossil fuel. A coalition of NGOs support the blockade and ask for your support.  We've been asked to hold a blogathon here the same day to help spread the word and obtain more signatures on their petition.  For Harvard students divestment campaign, please sign this petition.
    Coalition includes:, Forecast the Facts, CREDO

  •  1,016,860 registered users on dKos now. (16+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

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    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #1,016,600: bryanlee398 (spammer)
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    We've added 262 more users in the last 24 hours.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks.

    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Genesis' "Land of Confusion".

  •  Can't wait to see... (11+ / 0-)

    how this is debunked.  It's Mike Adams, the "Health Ranger", who's doing the FDA's job for you without all those pesky government regulations.  He's part of "Natural News", whose readers all seem to be nutjob Alex Jones fans as well.

    And even those Cliven Bundy supporters are trying to distract by pointing out drone strikes in Yemen.

    And this is what they think about the Donald Sterling news.

    Thank God Obama has commented on the 80-year-old racist LA Clippers owner. I'm glad America is doing so well that the President can concern himself with what the owner of a basket ball team says to his girlfriend half his age about her banging members of his team. Keep up the great work Obama!
    Never mind that he was ASKED the question at a press conference.  Oh, and drones.  Those are still happening.  So let's not talk about anything else but that.

    And that's how libertarians are reacting to today's news.

  •  Low IQ buffoons who make up the Republican base (15+ / 0-)

    continue to be low IQ buffoons who vote against their own self-interests.

    News at 10:00!

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — In Poorest States, Political Stigma Is Depressing Participation in Health Law:

    Inside the sleek hillside headquarters of Valley Health Systems, built with a grant from the health care law, two employees played an advertisement they had helped produce to promote the law’s insurance coverage for young, working-class West Virginians.

    The ads ran just over 100 times during the recent six-month enrollment period. But three conservative groups ran 12 times as many, to oppose the law and the local Democratic congressman who voted for it.

    This is a disparity with consequences. Health professionals, state officials, social workers, insurance agents and others trying to make the law work for uninsured Americans say the partisan divisions and attack ads have depressed participation in some places.

    They say the law has been stigmatized for many who could benefit from it, especially in conservative states like West Virginia that have the poorest, most medically underserved populations but where President Obama and his signature initiative are hugely unpopular.

    Literally, people thought there would be chips embedded in their bodies if they signed up for Obamacare,” Mr. Bryant said.

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:38:17 PM PDT

    •  . . . and the ACA is not specifically (6+ / 0-)

      mentioned in the US Constitution which means Mr. Peabody and Sherman never used the Wayback Machine to tell the Framers to put it in.

      I had a woman tell me, with a mad gleam in her eye, that she would never avail herself of the ACA because it wasn't in the Constitution. She's self-employed, a business of one person and could probably use it, but no! Far be it from her to go against the Constitution. You can't make this stuff up.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:19:31 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  *whew* (2+ / 0-)
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        key: "mad gleam in eye"

        for a minnit there i was worried, but it's not me. well, yeah, i'm a bird not a wimmin, but the gleam in my eye is something other than "mad" -- it's just, i don't know what it is, Mr. Jones, do i.

        i do not have ren-and-stimpy mad eyes.
        i do not have joan-crawford really-mad eyes.

        i'm gonna guess the gleam is a reflection, coming from the cool blue kiddie pool. some kiddie pools do that.

        TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

        by greenbird on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:16:50 AM PDT

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        •  Proly just the reflection (6+ / 0-)

          of the blue from the flag that our local fundies wrap themselves in.

          We're both close in age and both women of less than perfect health, but her look told me most of what I needed to know and the bible quotes on the wall said the rest.. I knew the, "It's not in the Constitution," thing was just some BS that she heard from somebody like Neal Boortz, who parks his plane in my town and actually looks down on me when he takes off, but I knew better than to try to inject sanity into a conversation dominated by a fanatic. I'd given that particular exercise in futility long ago.

          Yeah, I need exercise, but not that kind.

          "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

          by Lily O Lady on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 05:58:59 AM PDT

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  •  Cool (upper 40's) and rainy... (9+ / 0-) in Chicago. Weather I'd have expected at the end of March to the beginning of April. At least it isn't snow (knock wood!).

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:40:48 PM PDT

  •  Craig Ferguson ends his LLS run the end of 2014. (13+ / 0-)

    I'll pimp HoundDog's diary on it.

    There's more info in a couple of my comments, reffing Variety and the RSANews.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:41:01 PM PDT

  •  priv pris? and how fast we could fix this shit (8+ / 0-)

    if left quit ignoring  rw radio, which heavily effects all local discussions.

    biggest political mistake in us history.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:49:41 PM PDT

  •  MSNBC: Donald Sterling (7+ / 0-)

    Everyone covered the Donald Sterling news tonight.  Chris talked about it with William Rhoden, Ben Jealous, and Etan Thomas.  Rachel had on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  Ari Melber, still filling in for Lawrence, had on Jonathan Capehart and Khary Lazarre-White.  Ed had on Michael Eric Dyson, Goldie Taylor, and P.J. Carlesimo.

    You also need to watch Chris's interview with kidnapped VICE reporter Simon Ostrovsky.

    Chris also looked at some crazy Obamacare conspiracy about microchips being implanted into people.  He looked at Rep. Michael Grimm's (R-NY) conversion on climate change, and talked with Daryl Hannah.

    Rachel talked about the trouble facing Reps. Vance McAllister (R-LA) and Michael Grimm as well.  She talked about the latest between the U.S. and Russia with former ambassador Michael McFaul.  And she had an update on all the deadly tornadoes.

    Ari also talked about the tornadoes and the need for a government because of it with Kate Sheppard, the Pope with Sister Simone Campbell and Josh Barro, Michael Grimm with Hunter Walker, and guns with Lucia McBath, Jordan Davis's mother.

    Ed also talked about Michael Grimm with Bob Shrum.  He also covered the Keystone XL pipeline protest in D.C.

    •  And while all that was going on, (5+ / 0-)

      over on Fox I learned that Sterling is a Democrat, the NAACP is for sale and doesn't care about advancing people of color and George Clooney is Gay.  So there.

      But, ooops, a voice in the ear got whats-his-name Eric something or other to backtrack.  Sterling is a registered Republican!   But,but,but- he gave some money to Democrats.  And hey, George, (after another voice in the ear) we were kidding.  Really, seriously, we were just kidding.  Big smile, ha, ha. again, just joking.

      But there was no backtracking on the insult to the NAACP from the female with skirt at half thigh swinger her  hooker shoe shod  bare leg for an hour of "The Five".  The token in-house Dem made a lazy effort to teach Ms. Hooker Shoes a little history but was immediately cut off by Eric and Dana of the prim and proper former Bush press sec.

      I got only seven or so minutes in toto and learned one important thing.  Even Fox won't mess with Clooney.

      Proud to be a Democrat

      by Lying eyes on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:34:21 PM PDT

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  •  John Oliver: (8+ / 0-)
    Here's the First Episode of HBO's 'Last Week Tonight' with John Oliver:

    Even though the episode is up on YouTube, HBO won't allow embeds.

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:53:58 PM PDT

    •  yeah but (2+ / 0-)
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      we are kossaks !! nothing stops us !!

      HBO won't allow embeds.
      it's only a matter of time !!!!
      (still no great vid embed queue'd up! shit! sorry.)
      (bird loses. but who's keeping score.)

      TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

      by greenbird on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:22:42 AM PDT

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  •  Tea baggers really are being suckered.. (11+ / 0-) the one percenters and their shills
    I wrote about it awhile ago: The 1 percenters played teabaggers for suckers

    Matea Gold @ the Washington Post writes:
    Tea party PACs reap money for midterms, but spend little on candidates - April 27, 2014

    Out of the $37.5 million spent so far by the PACs of six major tea party organizations, less than $7 million has been devoted to directly helping candidates, according to the analysis, which was based on campaign finance data provided by the Sunlight Foundation.
    With a breakdown of the actual amounts spent in six startlingly illustrative charts covering:
    • Senate “conservatives” action and senate “conservatives” fund
    • Tea party express
    • Tea party patriots citizens fund
    • Tea party leadership fund
    • Madison project & Madison action fund
    • Freedom works
    Tea party spending on candidates

    Not that this is surprising, they’re republicans - "conservatives" - Skimming off profits especially from those least able to fight back is their thing.

     But if this doesn’t show pure cowardice from the leadership on the right; unwilling to compete with the teabaggers that they themselves helped to create.  It just amazes me. The down low non-stop dishonestly

    •  Internationally condemned (12+ / 0-)
      5. Solitary confinement of pregnant women is harmful and internationally condemned.

      The United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners explicitly forbids solitary confinement for pregnant women, which both jeopardizes their psychological health and makes it that much harder for them to access pre-natal healthcare. But the U.S. does not seem to think the rule applies here, so pregnant women are still placed in solitary.

      Boy, we have a lot of work to do, Today's racism as a central tenet to the "conservative" platform and a PIC profiting on suffering where even the unborn, despite all the laws put out by the RWNJ's party - limiting a woman's choice in the matter, now sentencing women and their un-born children both to sanctioned torture.

      What a fucked up mess. We must fix this somehow

      Tonight;s tweet:

      If Al Qaeda fighters had water boarded U.S. soldiers, would @AndrewCMcCarthy argue it wasn’t torture?
      - indeed

      Thx MB

  •  My new diary (7+ / 0-)

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:54:42 PM PDT

    •  Why don't we all give these people an (7+ / 0-)

      Look, you've been promising to secede ever since the Carter Administration, when are you going to do it. You've got I'll give you five years. You've got five to organized yourselves to leave. If at the end of those five years you don't then shut up, forever.
        The problem with that is, it's been tried.

      No, it's the coconut oil, got to go, got to go. In today's news, the African country of Somalia has traded places with the U.S. state of Georgia. Said one Georgian resident, "Here we go again. Last time we got free vodka."

      by nellgwen on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:30:12 PM PDT

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  •  Pizza Dogs for Boxing Night! (10+ / 0-)

    I cooked up a new dish (well, new for my cooking skills anyway) for a Golden Boy boxing night get together; I rolled out some of my pizza dough, cut slices sized to roll around my Bar S Brand 'Polish Sausages' (they're not really like Polish sausage, they're actually really delicious large hot dogs), and wrapped them in the dough. Then I sprayed salt water over the top and sprinkled coarse sea salt on them, then baked them in the oven at 375F for about 15 minutes. Technically I guess they're Pigs in a Blanket, but dang they're good! Personally I'm never buying hot dog buns again.


    Pistachios are like our politics - when the two sides are divided, that's when the nuts come out! - Stephen Colbert

    by Fordmandalay on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:56:36 PM PDT

  •  Solitary confinement of pregnant women is... (15+ / 0-)

    ...a crime against humanity.

    ...other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious bodily or mental injury.
    And then there is this other twist;

    Solitary Confinement Used to Punish Female Prisoners Who Report Rape

    Solitary confinement, where prisoners are isolated for 22-24 hours a day with greatly reduced human contact and access to sunlight, is common practice in US prisons, but its harmful effects are well-documented. A United Nations torture expert said in 2011 that solitary should never be used on people with mental disabilities, and should never last longer than 15 days. In February, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called for US prisons to stop using solitary confinement on vulnerable populations, including pregnant women. And recently, the Justice Department sued Ohio for placing mentally ill boys in solitary confinement for excessive amounts of time.

    According to the ACLU report, guards sometimes use solitary confinement to retaliate against women who report rape by corrections officers.

    We are a barbaric society.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:03:40 PM PDT

  •  Joel McHale is hosting the Correspondents Dinner (6+ / 0-)

    this weekend. Apparently Carrot Top couldn't fit it into his schedule. :)

    Joel McHale Called A Pack Of Comedy Superstars To Get Ready For The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:14:51 PM PDT

    •  gad. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Cadillac64, Jeff Y

      can you imaging the emotional roller-coaster (old-fashioned phrase in need of upgrade) of being POTUS? any POTUS? but especially STEVE?

      i hope there are many wet chairseats.

      i hope there are many good captures of howling honchos.
      (howling laughter is indicated by special noise, signalling humor has gone to "eleven" and the 'laugh-er' is in PAIN.)

      i hope there are surprises. good ones. like, kids on film.

      i hope there will be a website simulcast, which has charts and graphs and arrows and sliders and games like 'donkey tries to kick elephant-shaped target' closest to 'the nuts' area; extra points for ... direct hits.

      TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

      by greenbird on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:34:39 AM PDT

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  •  Re: l'affaire Sterling: This guy has been taking (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    nellgwen, Jeff Y, Cadillac64

    out full-page ads in the LA Times for years touting his
    charities, with lots of photos of his donors and the same photo of him with an obnoxious, shmoozing smile. I always thought, wtf, why is this guy always in the Times blowing his own horn?


    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:15:08 PM PDT

  •  It might have been quaint and funny (6+ / 0-)

    if it were a movie, back in years gone by, but now? It's just an embarrassing example of silliness.

    People have a very strange sense of the surreal, often wrapped in a blanket of stark irony. Case in point, from 2006 - Federal investigators trying to discredit a woman they wanted to prosecute brought testimony from people who said she was crazy because she was paranoid about people following her and tapping her phones...

    Of course, the FBI actually ~did~ have her under surveillance, and were tapping her phone, but that was beside the point - er, apparently.

    And when doctors for both the prosecution and defense then claimed that she was incompetent to stand trial, the investigators & prosecution tried to get the court to approve drugging her to "enable" her to testify.


    So, someone under surveillance, whose phone is being tapped, is "crazy paranoid" because she claims she is being followed and her phones are tapped; and when people agree that she ~is~ unable to stand trial, the people wanting to discredit her try to get her drugged so that she can be competent enough for them to prosecute.

    ...doesn't that sound just a tetch weird? I know at the time that I, and my friends at ePluribus Media, certainly thought so.

    Symbol Susan - "Though this be madness"

    ...this bit of nostalgic musing was brought about by this diary by bahesmama for Native American Netroots.

    •  um only if you haven't encountered (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      GreyHawk, Cadillac64

      the ... THING ... which is attempting to take control, by any means, of my life. i say, MY life. i'd say it was normal as hell, just nobody ever caught it clearly enough before.

      your comment has given me assured freedom. it has been forwarded to my attorney and another individual: when they have "come to take me away," they will be thwarted.

      either i fall, or not.
      it's beyond being able to fly, unfortunately.
      and it's quite a long way down.
      (that was some Red Bull free-fall deal. WOW, concept actualized ! * they were so joyful !! -- see? at the start of his controlled free-fall, had it NOT been planned and controlled -- trying to use any wings? naganna work.)

      TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

      by greenbird on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:43:07 AM PDT

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  •  Miami Heat also inverted their warmups in (7+ / 0-)

    solidarity with the Clippers this evening before their NBA game with Charlotte

    KO called for the Clipper players to threaten a boycott

    If the Adam Silver press conference doesn't bring a satisfactory plan, both the Warriors and the Clippers should do something together, whether it's delaying the game or something else, they need to do it together....

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:26:42 PM PDT

    •  just a play a day, just a play a day ... (2+ / 0-)
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      longest game in history, but the clock is running.
      then stopping.
      then running.
      then stopping.
      then running.
      then stoppi ...

      wetness !! success !!
      (picking up free Depends later ...)

      TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

      by greenbird on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:45:19 AM PDT

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  •  "Cutting The Land Into Large Chunks Of Rust" (6+ / 0-)

    Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

    The Justice Department is on Netroots Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

    I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

    The playlist for Monday 28 April 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

     ~~ "Cutting The Land Into Large Chunks Of Rust" ~~

    1 - Blood Sweat & Tears  -- "John The Baptist"
    2 - Traffic -- "Forty Thousand Headmen"
    3 - Jethro Tull -- "A New Day Yesterday"
    4 - Procol Harum -- "Homburg"
    5 - Moody Blues -- "Gypsy"
    6 - King Crimson -- "In The Court Of The Crimson King"

    Station Break

    7 - The Clash -- "Charlie Don't Surf"
    8 - Mono Men -- "Daylight"
    9 - The Mercury Program -- "Tequesta"
    10 - The Lipstick Killers -- "Hindu Gods Of Love"
    11 - Daikaiju -- "The Trouble With Those Mothra Girls"
    12 - 7 Negro -- "Surf & Roll"
    13 - Los Straitjackets -- "Pacifica"
    14 - The Bikini Lovers -- "No No No"

    Station Break

    15 - Hector Zazou -- "Que le Bongo est Beau"
    16 - Karsh Kale -- "Milan"
    17 - Kabul Work Shop -- "Trigana"
    18 - Garanda -- "Sunda Javanese Gamelan"

    Station Break

    19 - The Cinematic Orchestra -- "Burn Out"
    20 - Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra -- "El Machete"
    21 - Temple of Sound -- "iZulu Li Ya Duma"
    22 - Niyaz -- "Dilruba"

    Station Break

    23 - Otros Aires -- "Allerdings Otros Aires"
    24 - Der Dritte Raum -- "Blautaut"
    25 - Metropolitan Jazz Affair -- "Fourmi Rouge"
    26 - Thomas Siffling Trio -- "Jazz Is Like Ginger"
    27 - Chris Botti -- "La Belle Dame sans Regrets"
    28 - Coralie Clément -- "Le Jazz et Le Gin"

    Station Break

    29 - Jazzanova -- "The Morning Side Of Love"
    30 - Lyczacza -- "La La Love"
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                                                 woven plaque basket with sunflower design, Hopi,
                                                 Arizona, before 1935

                                                 from an American Indian basketry exhibit in
                                                 Portsmouth, Virginia

    The Arizona highway sailed across the desert—
         a gray battleship drawing a black wake,
                halting at the foot of the orange mesa,
                      unwilling to go around.

    Hopi men and women—brown, and small, and claylike
          —peered down from their tabletops at yellow tractors, water trucks,
                and white men blistered with sun—red as fire ants—towing
                      sunscreen-slathered wives in glinting Airstream trailers
                             in caravans behind them.

    Elders knew these BIA roads were bad medicine—knew too
         that young men listen less and less, and these young Hopi men
               needed work, hence set aside their tools, blocks of cottonwood root
                     and half-finished Koshari the clown katsinas, then
                            signed on with the Department of Transportation,

    were hired to stab drills deep into the earth’s thick red flesh
         on First Mesa, drive giant sparking blades across the mesas’ faces,
               run the drill bits so deep they smoked, bearding all the Hopi men
                     in white—Bad spirits, said the Elders—

    The blades caught fire, burned out—Ma’saw is angry, the Elders said.
         New blades were flown in by helicopter. While Elders dreamed
                their arms and legs had been cleaved off and their torsos were flung
                      over the edge of a dinner table, the young Hopi men went
                             back to work cutting the land into large chunks of rust.

    Nobody noticed at first—not the white workers,
         not the Indian workers—but in the mounds of dismantled mesa,
               among the clods and piles of sand,
                     lay the small gray bowls of babies’ skulls.

    Not until they climbed to the bottom did they see
         the silvered bones glinting from the freshly sliced dirt-and-rock wall—
               a mausoleum mosaic, a sick tapestry: the tiny remains
                     roused from death’s dusty cradle, cut in half, cracked,
                            wrapped in time-tattered scraps of blankets.

    Let’s call it a day, the white foreman said.
         That night, all the Indian workers got sad-drunk—got sick
              —while Elders sank to their kivas in prayer. Next morning,
                    as dawn festered on the horizon, state workers scaled the mesas,
                            knocked at the doors of pueblos that had them, hollered
                                   into those without them,

    demanding the Hopi men come back to work—then begging them—
         then buying them whiskey—begging again—finally sending their white
              wives up the dangerous trail etched into the steep sides
                    to buy baskets from Hopi wives and grandmothers
                           as a sign of treaty.

    When that didn’t work, the state workers called the Indians lazy,
          sent their sunhat-wearing wives back up to buy more baskets—
               katsinas too—then called the Hopis good-for-nothings,
                     before begging them back once more.

    We’ll try again in the morning, the foreman said.
         But the Indian workers never returned—
              The BIA’s and DOT’s calls to work went unanswered,
                    as the fevered Hopis stayed huddled inside.

    The small bones half-buried in the crevices of mesa—
         in the once-holy darkness of silent earth and always-night—
              smiled or sighed beneath the moonlight, while white women
                    in Airstream trailers wrote letters home

    praising their husbands’ patience, describing the lazy savages:
         such squalor in their stone and plaster homes—cobs of corn stacked
             floor to ceiling against crumbling walls—their devilish ceremonies
                   and the barbaric way they buried their babies,
                          oh, and those beautiful, beautiful baskets.

    -- Natalie Diaz
    "The Facts of Art"


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    by justiceputnam on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:32:20 PM PDT

  •  Tweet of the Day (3+ / 0-)
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    Sarah Palin would argue it was a Baptism.
  •  Instead of solitary confinement: (5+ / 0-)
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    I saw this at National Geographic today. It's quite impressive, and shows the reward of teaching those who may have never gotten the chance to experience a little dignity.

    There's a response at the end that sums it all up brilliantly.

    Shakespear in Shackles

  •  Anyone who has talked to a prison guard (0+ / 0-)

    Knows that solitary confinement is necessary for some of the savages in prison.

    You have the right to your own opinions, but not your own facts.

    by trumanesque on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:56:16 PM PDT

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    I ask on behalf of my mother, who noticed somebody else filling in for him in his usual slot.

    Extended leave? Assignment? Another MSNBC dustup?

    Stop the FCC from killing the Internet! E-mail them. Call them. Tell the President & your congressmen to help save Internet freedom!

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  •  I just found out today Malcolm Young (6+ / 0-)

    is very sick. And he will never be able to play or record again.
    I'm sure you guys already know this, but I just found out.

    No, it's the coconut oil, got to go, got to go. In today's news, the African country of Somalia has traded places with the U.S. state of Georgia. Said one Georgian resident, "Here we go again. Last time we got free vodka."

    by nellgwen on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:43:56 PM PDT

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    The Constitution guarantees our right to free speech.

    The Supreme Court says that money is speech.

    So does that mean that the Supreme Court says we have a right to free money? (Rimshot)

    Just wondering, y'know, in a George Carlin kind of mood this morning.

    But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, ... there are few die well that die in a battle; ... Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; — Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

    by dewtx on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 05:16:51 AM PDT

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