Crap day is over. Thursday ahead. good day, a Thursday.
So Swears I. Nothing will bug me today, and I'll take everyone as they come. I double dog dare 'em to try. :)
Never underestimate the healing power of a kitten, leaves of grass, and a tall glass of iced tea.
Poem that got me going again -
AH POVERTIES, WINCINGS, AND SULKY RETREATS.
AH poverties, wincings, and sulky retreats,
Ah you foes that in conflict have overcome me,
(For what is my life or any man's life but a conflict with foes, the
old, the incessant war?)
You degradations, you tussle with passions and appetites,
You smarts from dissatisfied friendships, (ah wounds the sharpest of
You toil of painful and choked articulations, you meannesses,
You shallow tongue-talks at tables, (my tongue the shallowest of
You broken resolutions, you racking angers, you smother'd ennuis!
Ah think not you finally triumph, my real self has yet to come
It shall yet march forth o'ermastering, till all lies beneath me,
It shall yet stand up the soldier of ultimate victory.
You tell 'em, Walt!
Who says the US had no poets?
Ahhh.. back at work, and the day is off to a decent start. :) got my 5 mile walk in this morning, and it felt good to get home and showered before work. Current plans for the weekend involve surfing with Dave, Cathi and my Little Brother, if the swells are good Saturday AM. Didn't get much sleep, but had a decent evening, tonight after work I'm planning on going with Suzy's boyfriend Bernie to visit her, bring some magazines if she can have 'em, and try and keep her calm. I've not been to a prison visit in a long time (about a year) so I forget if certain things are contraband or not. Suzy's in a real bind, but hopefully that now we've gotten her a real lawyer instead of a public defender, the wheels will speed up a bit. *fingers crossed*
off on a tangent. I'm currently on a Walt Whitman kick, as my earlier post may have shown. I think of that time period, and probably of the vast majority of american writers, he and Twain are very high up there on my list of faves, and I find them to be rather similar in mood and style. For a english lit guy, I have a huge love of american lit. From Ben Franklin to contempo stuff like Updike I think we've really got some great authors. in fact, I'm updating my interests right now. be back after that, and I get my morning java.
hard to say if it's them or me, I suspect LJ, as my other surf-activities are doing ok. I lost a friend on my list, I wonder who it was? Not a reciprocal link, so it was someone fairly new, whom i've not read a great deal of.
this just in....
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's official -- early Americans practiced cannibalism, at least at one site in the U.S. Southwest, researchers said.
Cut-up bones and human blood found in cooking pots had long suggested that someone cooked seven people at an Anasazi site in southwest Colorado, but tests of human feces found at the site prove that someone ate them, according to Richard Marlar of the University of Colorado and colleagues.
The site, which seems to have been abandoned suddenly around 1150 A.D., has long intrigued scientists and provoked lengthy and often heated debate about what happened there.
``Several lines of evidence indicate that during the abandonment or soon after, the bodies of seven people of both sexes and various ages were disarticulated, defleshed and apparently cooked as if for consumption by other humans,'' Marlar and colleagues wrote in their report, published in the science journal Nature.
``Here we show consumption of human flesh did occur as demonstrated in preserved human waste containing identifiable human tissue remains,'' they wrote.
That someone was cut up and cooked is not in dispute -- the bones were clearly butchered and human blood was found in cooking pots.
But some scientists have argued that this could have been part of a funerary ritual, or perhaps a deliberate act of terrorism by a small group of people aimed at scaring others away.
Something bad certainly seems to have happened at the settlement, one of many abandoned by people now known as the Anasazi, which means ``ancient enemy'' in Navajo.
The Anasazi mysteriously disappeared, but are believed to have been the ancestors of the modern-day Hopi and Zuni people, the so-called Pueblo Indians who built complex settlements.
Usually, Native Americans carefully cleaned up before they left a village or settlement, collecting valuables, stripping logs and roofing, and then often torching what was left.
Not at Cowboy Wash, Colorado.
There, cooking pots were left behind, as were tools, ornaments and construction materials.
And, scattered among them were human bones that had been cut up, cracked open and burned.
Perhaps left as one last insult was a lump of human excrement, laid in the ashy hearth.
It was this single turd -- a coprolite in scientific terminology -- that provided the proof.
Marlar's team needed solid evidence that the men, women and children whose bones were found had been eaten. So Marlar's team looked for myoglobin, a human protein, in the feces -- and they found it.
``Human myoglobin should only be present in fecal material if it is consumed and passed through the digestive system by the depositor of the feces,'' the team wrote.
The finding is certain to be controversial.
``Fur is probably going to fly over this,'' said Tim White, an anthropologist at the University of California Berkeley who has studied early humans and who found evidence last year that some Neanderthals practiced cannibalism.
Cannibalism was used by many as an excuse to justify ''civilizing'' native cultures -- or for wiping them out. Accusing early Native Americans of a practice so abhorrent to so many societies will not be popular.
But anthropologist Christy Turner of Arizona State University has studied many southwestern sites where human bones appear to have been butchered. He describes evidence of cannibalism at 38 sites in his book ``Man Corn: Cannibalism and Violence in the Prehistoric American Southwest.''
White thinks the evidence is pretty clear.
``Some of the long bones (such as leg bones) at these sites don't have any ends to them at all,'' White said in a telephone interview. That, he said, suggests they were processed to get the grease out -- something people commonly do with animal bones.
Why would anyone do that?
``They were hungry,'' he answered.
Something that really makes me happy is the love and trust I get from Newton, the old cat. oh, god, you say... a cat story. Well, no, nothing in particular. It can be any pet, or friend, or loved one. There's something really delightful in knowing that you can take more pleasure in doing things for another, take car eof them, and they grow from that love, returning it in whatever way that they know. For Newt, that's sleeping in the same bed, playing paperwad fetch, and purring when I give him some affection.
I have a bunch of unique interests... surely I'm not the only one into -
airships, andy partridge, bac-o's, banana pancakes, barada, beach glass, beans and rice, ben franklin, boardgames, bob wilson,brains in jars,brounettes, bucky fuller, captain spaulding, caregiving, chuck taine, cocoa crispies, comforters, cookie belcher,crash test dummies, criminal psychology, david niven, distributing labor, ack... cut and paste grows weary... look at your interest page... what's black on your list?
Who has the coolest icon on LJ ?
Tricky, but mootpoint gets my vote. It just makes me smile.
2) Whose journal do you post to most often?(totally changed from the original unfair question) A toughie, either Cider, Latraviata, or mootpoint, depending on post frequency of the author, eebomb and zoe too...
3) What song makes you feel really happy?
right now it's "That's Amore" by Dean Martin... have had the CD spinnnig all day. (a best of.. not just Amore! )
4) What color is your underwear?
Today it is Peter Max Yellow Submarine print boxers.
5) Name 3 bad habits you have.
I eat unhealthy food, I'm brutally honest (need to polish my diplomacy), and I'm dangerously curious.
6) Name 3 wonderful things about yourself.
I care, I'm great with children, and I like to help.
It's weird... I feel sort of cut off from the LJ gang today... I finally had my first successful reply to a comment just about all day... I missed you guys. :) It was sort of like looking through a one way mirror... I suppose I could've posted on my journal my responses to other folk's posts, but that's kind of odd, and tought to thread follow.
The Setting: At the toy store
The Players: A mother and her 5-year-old son
The Witness: I was shopping for a birthday present
Which one to you like?
I want a Buzz and a Big Woody!
Isn't that what every boy really wants.
Visiting, Writing & Phoning Inmates
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Accommodations are made for one 2-hour visit per week. Visiting days and hours vary according to the BSO jail facility. Inmates are informed of visiting days and hours and are responsible for relaying this information to those who wish to visit them.
Due to limited visiting space, only two adults or one minor supervised by a parent may visit during the weekly visiting period.
Photo identification -- such as a driver's license, military identification, passport or state-issued ID card -- must be presented by each adult visitor. Visitors who do not have proper identification will not be permitted to visit.
Visitors must be appropriately dressed. Shoes, shirts and appropriate underclothing must be worn. Visitors wearing suggestive clothing, transparent fabric, short-shorts or mini- skirts will not be permitted to visit.
Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must present either a birth certificate or court documentation showing appointment of legal guardianship. Minors must be supervised at all times by the parent or legal guardian.
Visitors must remain in the assigned visiting room/area during the visit and will be denied further visitation if determined to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Visitors may not give anything to -- or take anything from -- an inmate.
Proper behavior of all visitors is required.
Jails are most often run by local governments and/or sheriffs.
Jails hold individuals who are awaiting trial or are serving short sentences. In Florida, inmates sentenced to serve 364 days or less, serve that time in jail.
Jails have a short average length of stay. Some admissions are for a few hours. Other pre-trial detainees are held for several years awaiting their trial. For that reason, the "average length of stay" data is skewed.
Jails must be able to accommodate all arrestees from those charged with misdemeanors to violent criminal offenders. For that reason, most jails are designed as maximum custody facilities.
Jails must provide all ranges of medical and mental health services, and be able to handle any medical emergency. It is estimated that 12% to 18% of jail admissions in the United States are individuals with acute or chronic mental illness.
Jails operate work release programs, boot camps, and other specialized services. They try to address education needs, substance abuse needs, and vocational needs while managing inmate behavior. Inmate idleness contributes to management problems.
Jails try to link departing inmates with services in their local communities such as veterans' programs, AIDS/HIV counseling and treatment, and mental health counseling.
There are approximately 3,600 jails in the United States. The Broward Sheriff's Office currently maintains three major facilities: the North Broward Detention Center, the Main Jail and the Division of Community Corrections. The number of beds in the entire system currently is 3,730. The average daily population is 4,300. When the new Joseph V. Conte facility opens, 1,024 beds will be added.
The BSO jail system is the 13th largest local jail system in the United States. It is one of only 3% of the local jails in the United States to have earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.
The federal government also operates several "jails" across the country which hold persons awaiting trial in federal court. The Federal Bureau of Prisons' Miami Correctional Center is such a facility. All branches of the military also operate jails (brigs) to hold military personnel prior to court marshall.
Prisons are operated by state governments and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Prisons are designed to hold individuals convicted of crimes.
Most prison facilities are exclusively either maximum, medium, or minimum custody facilities. Rarely are inmates with different classification levels mixed in the same facility.
State prison systems operate halfway houses, work release centers and community restitution centers — all considered medium or minimum custody. Inmates assigned to such facilities are usually reaching the end of their sentences.
Prisons are much different than jails. The constant turnover of inmates in a jail doesn't happen in a prison. Prisons offer programs designed to rehabilitate inmates. About 97% of inmates committed to a state prison will eventually return to the community.