Jail, The Killing Fields

The election is over and time to return to looking and posting on society and the problems that need attention.

We have been bombarded with the tragic deaths of people that are being taken into custody by the people……the protests are justified….the violence, in my opinion, is justified by the protesters for those sent to “control” protests are showing NO mercy to the people or their rights.

However there is a part of this story that goes virtually under reported…..deaths will accused are in jail awaiting trial……nearly 5000 deaths in a decade of accused dying in jail for various reasons….

7,571 inmate deaths Reuters documented in an unprecedented examination of mortality in more than 500 U.S. jails from 2008 to 2019. Death rates have soared in those lockups, rising 35% over the decade ending last year. Casualties like Hill are typical: held on minor charges and dying without ever getting their day in court. At least two-thirds of the dead inmates identified by Reuters, 4,998 people, were never convicted of the charges on which they were being held.

Unlike state and federal prisons, which hold people convicted of serious crimes, jails are locally run lockups meant to detain people awaiting arraignment or trial, or those serving short sentences. The toll of jail inmates who die without a case resolution subverts a fundamental tenet of the U.S. criminal justice system: innocent until proven guilty.

The Reuters analysis revealed a confluence of factors that can turn short jail stays into death sentences. Many jails are not subject to any enforceable standards for their operation or the healthcare they provide. They typically get little if any oversight. And bail requirements trap poorer inmates in pre-trial detention for long periods. Meanwhile, inmate populations have grown sicker, more damaged by mental illness and plagued by addictions.

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-jails-deaths/

This is unacceptable….but do I need quote the Constitution? 

Damn silly question!

Of course I do!

The U.S. Constitution grants inmates core rights, but those provisions are hard to enforce. The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees fair treatment to pre-trial detainees, but “fair” is open to interpretation by judges and juries. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel punishment forbids “deliberate indifference to serious medical needs of prisoners,” but proving deliberate negligence is difficult. The Sixth Amendment assures speedy trials, but does not define speedy.

Don’t trust me…then I suggest you look it the fuck up!

Here is one proposal…..

End pretrial detention for most defendants

Problem: Many people who face criminal charges are unnecessarily detained before trial. Often the sole criteria for release is access to money for bail. This puts pressure on defendants to accept plea bargains, even when they are innocent, since even a few days in jail can destabilize their lives: they can lose their apartment, job, and even custody of children. Pretrial detention also leads to jail overcrowding, which means more dangerous conditions for people in jail, and also drives sheriffs’ demands for more and bigger jails — wasting taxpayer dollars on more unnecessary incarceration.

Solutions: States are addressing this problem with a variety of approaches, including bail reforms that end or severely restrict the use of money bail, establishing the presumption of pretrial release for all cases with conditions only when necessary, and offering pretrial services such as postcard or phone reminders to appear in court, transportation and childcare assistance for court appearances, and referrals to drug treatment, mental health services, and other needed social services.

Any thoughts?

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Say Good-Bye to James Bond

Sad news…..I am a huge James Bond fan…..and was thrilled when they brought Ian Fleming’s books to the big screen…..now my favorite James Bond has died…..Sean Connery.

He was the first actor, and many say the best, to portray James Bond in the spy film series. Now, a goodbye to the original 007: The family of Sir Sean Connery says the Scottish actor has died at the age of 90, reports the BBC. Connery kicked off his role as a British MI6 agent in 1962’s Dr. No, based on the books by author Ian Fleming, and went on to star in seven of the franchise’s films. He was also known for his wide span of other movie roles, including The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock, and 1987’s The Untouchables, for which he won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role as Irish cop Jimmy Malone.

Born Thomas Sean Connery in Edinburgh, Connery grew up poor and first toiled as an unskilled laborer, until he joined the Royal Navy at age 17, per Variety. He left a few years later due to health issues and worked various jobs before he started entering bodybuilding contests; he even placed third in an early-50s Mr. Universe competition. His trajectory changed when he moved to London and heard about a part in South Pacific: He took a crash course in singing and dancing and surprisingly got the part. He worked for various repertory companies in and near London for several years before his first Bond role. Connery was formally knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, earning him the right to use “Sir” in front of his name. Connery is survived by his wife of 40-plus years, Micheline Roquebrune, as well as son Jason Connery and a grandson.

I realize that Sean Connery was a masterful actor….but for me he brought a fiction hero to life and he will always be the best James Bond in my book…all the others were just pale imitations.

He was missed when the actor change came and he will be missed now.

May he Rest In Peace.

Please share your thoughts as well.

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Those Killings By Police

I have written many times about the deaths caused by the police mostly against people of color and how that can be eliminated….for one stop equipping the police with military weapons……that could go s long way at solving this murder problem of people of color.

Why would I say that?

There is a body of proof that illustrates the PDsm that get military equipment have a higher kill ratio of the public than those that do not get the equipment from the DoD.

Americans have seen it time and again in recent months on the nightly news: Protesters in the streets confronted by local police officers carrying assault rifles, some atop armored vehicles, looking more like soldiers than public servants.

Much of that equipment has trickled down to police departments from a controversial Defense Department initiative known as the 1033 program, a 30-year-old federal initiative that provides a way for the military to dispose of surplus equipment by sending it to local police.

The results paint a troubling picture: The more equipment a department receives, the more people are shot and killed, even after accounting for violent crime, race, income, drug use and population.

Only 7% of Georgia’s law enforcement agencies received surplus military gear at any time over the 10 years, but those agencies accounted for 17% of the 261 people shot and killed by police.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/10/09/police-killings-more-likely-agencies-get-military-gear-data-shows.html

Instead of basically giving this equipment away why cannot the DoD sell it to Third World countries that could use it for their own defense and the US could recoup a bit of the cash it spent funding the development of this equipment?

Just A Though!

For those inquiring minds……further reading will fill any gaps….

https://lobotero.com/2018/09/07/closing-thought-07sep18/

https://lobotero.com/2020/07/21/is-it-police-reform-or-defund-or-abolition/

https://lobotero.com/2020/06/24/de-fund-the-police/

There is more….but it will take some interest if you would like to search IST…..

Time for the Police to return to their motto of “protect and serve” and leave the fascistic BS of “punish and enslave” to the garbage heap of history.

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The Death Of Che

Today in history….1781 the American forces started shelling British forces at Yorktown signalling the war is near a close.

Speaking of revolutionary fighters…….

On this day in history the revolutionary guerilla fighter Ernesto “Che” Guevara was executed in Bolivia……09 October 1967.

On October 9, 1967, socialist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, is killed by the Bolivian army. The U.S.-military-backed Bolivian forces captured Guevara on October 8 while battling his band of guerillas in Bolivia and executed him the following day. His hands were cut off as proof of death and his body was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1997, Guevara’s remains were found and sent back to Cuba, where they were reburied in a ceremony attended by President Fidel Castro and thousands of Cubans.

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/che-guevara-is-executed

What about his life as a fighter and later a statesman…..

Guevara became part of Fidel Castro’s efforts to overthrow the Batista government in Cuba. He served as a military advisor to Castro and led guerrilla troops in battles against Batista forces. When Castro took power in 1959, Guevara became in charge of La Cabaña Fortress prison. It is estimated that at least 144 people were executed on Guevara’s extra-judicial orders during this time.

Later, he became president of the Cuban national bank and helped to shift the country’s trade relations from the United States to the Soviet Union. Guevara addressed the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1964, where he also expressed support for the people of Puerto Rico. One year later, he was appointed minister of industry. Guevara left this post in 1965 to export the ideas of Cuba’s revolution to other parts of the world. In 1966, he began to try to incite the people of Bolivia to rebel against their government, but had little success. With only a small guerrilla force to support his efforts, Guevara was captured and killed on October 9, 1967 in La Higuera by the Bolivian army, which had been aided by CIA advisers.

https://www.history.com/topics/south-america/che-guevara

I have read his book on guerilla warfare…..very informative and should be required reading by the people that lead us to war whenever it is needed (needed in their tiny minds)…..

For those that would like to know more then may I suggest the book…..you can find the books…”Guerilla Warfare and “Che Guevara: a Revolutionary Life” on Amazon and both are well worth reading for a better look into the life of this complex individual.

Be Smart!

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It’s Been A Bad Week For Music

It has been a horrible week for music icons from them70s and 80s…….death has taken two of the greats from the era…..Mac Davis and Helen Reddy.

First Helen Reddy…..

Helen Reddy, who shot to stardom in the 1970s with her rousing feminist anthem “I Am Woman” and recorded a string of other hits, has died. She was 78. Reddy’s children Traci and Jordan announced that the actor-singer died Tuesday in Los Angeles, the AP reports. “She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and a truly formidable woman,” they said in a statement. “Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.” Reddy’s 1971 version of “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar launched a decade-long string of Top 40 hits, three of which reached No. 1. The Australian-born singer enjoyed a prolific career, appearing in Airport 1975 as a singing nun and scoring several hits, including “Ain’t No Way To Treat a Lady,” “Delta Dawn,” “Angie Baby,” and “You and Me Against the World.”

In 1973 she won the best female vocal pop performance Grammy Award for “I Am Woman,” quickly thanking, among others, “God because she makes everything possible” in her acceptance speech. The song, which she also performed at the awards ceremony, would become her biggest hit, used in films and television series. In a 2012 interview with the AP, Reddy cited the gigantic success of “I Am Woman” as one of the reasons she stepped out of public life. “That was one of the reasons that I stopped singing, was when I was shown a modern American history high-school textbook, and a whole chapter on feminism and my name and my lyrics (were) in the book,” she said. “And I thought, `Well, I’m part of history now. And how do I top that? I can’t top that.’ So, it was an easy withdrawal.” Reddy’s death comes less than three weeks after the release of a biopic about her life called I Am Woman.

Next was Mac Davis…….

Mac Davis, who wrote hits including “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto” for Elvis Presley before forging a successful solo career, has died. Jim Morey, the 78-year-old’s longtime manager, says Davis died Tuesday in Nashville after becoming critically ill following heart surgery. As a country singer in the ’70s and ’80s, Davis had a string of easygoing hits, including “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” which topped both the country and pop charts in 1972, the Los Angeles Times reports. Davis, who was born in Lubbock, Texas, also had his own NBC show, The Mac Davis Show, and made numerous film and TV appearances, reports the AP.

Country superstar Kenny Chesney was among many artists who paid tribute to Davis, Variety reports. He recalled how Davis and his “tremendous creative light” helped him when he was starting out. “A small town boy who’d achieved the greatest kinds of fame, he remained a good guy, a family man,” Chesney said. “That was Mac: a giant heart, quick to laugh and a bigger creative spirit. I was blessed to have it shine on me.” Davis also wrote hits for stars including Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, and, in later years, received co-writing credits on songs by Avicii and Bruno Mars.

Of all of Reddy’s songs my favorite was not one of her better known tunes…..

Thank you guys for your contribution to my life and my music…..

May they Rest In Peace.

This Could Make One Crap One’s Pants

We have all seen the comedic thing when the guys and gals are in the morgue and a body sits up and everyone falls over themselves running…..right?

What would really happen if this situation happened in real life?

Wonder why I ask?

Authorities in Detroit are investigating a bizarre and scary mistake: A young woman was declared dead before employees at a funeral home realized she was still alive, reports WDIV. This began unfolding about 7:30am Sunday when the Southfield Fire Department responded to a call about an unresponsive female. (She has been identified as a 20-year-old by some authorities and as a 14-year-old by others, notes the Detroit News; the details should become clearer later.) After 30 minutes of CPR and other measures, paramedics concluded she was dead. “Because there was no indication of foul play, as per standard operating procedure, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office was contacted and given the medical data,” says a Southfield Fire Department statement.

“The patient was again determined to have expired and the body was released directly to the family to make arrangements,” the statement continues. The James H. Cole Funeral Home in Detroit says it was contacted to pick up the body and did so after getting clearance from the medical examiner’s office, per the News. Staff at the funeral home then discovered the woman was still breathing, reports MLive. “We couldn’t believe it,” says Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department, which responded to the funeral home. The woman was taken to the hospital, and no information has been released about her condition.

Now that could make one talk to one’s self…..all this makes me think of a song by Tom Waits….

Be Well….Be Safe…..

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What Are They Thinking?

There is lots of questions like that during this time of a raging pandemic.

People do not want to wear their masks because it is their right to infect themselves and die.

People do not want to distance themselves because it is their right to infect and be stupid!

Back in July the report came out that some hand sanitizer could be lethal.

Using hand sanitizer? Might be good to check that label. The Food and Drug Administration is adding more hand sanitizers to its list of products to avoid because they contain methanol—which is toxic when ingested or absorbed by the skin, USA Today reports. The FDA is telling Americans to avoid 59 different kinds of hand sanitizer, including some that have been recalled or face possible recall for containing the dangerous ingredient. The agency says it has “seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination.”

Seems all the latest hand sanitizers on the list are produced in Mexico—including over two dozen sold by 4E Global, many of which carry the Blumen label, per CNN. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that methanol is used in industrial settings as an alternative fuel source, solvent, and pesticide, and can cause a variety of ill health effects including headaches, seizures, coma, blurred vision, and permanent blindness. The CDC suggests using an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 70% isopropanol and 60% ethanol.

And in less than a month the “can’t fix  stupid” kicked in……some morons are drinking hand sanitizer….and you guessed it….they died.

Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available can help protect you from the coronavirus—but drinking it can leave you blind or dead, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. The CDC said that in Arizona and New Mexico in May and June, at least 15 people were hospitalized after ingesting hand sanitizer, CNN reports. Of those, four patients died and three were discharged from hospitals with “new visual impairments,” including a 44-year-old man who suffered near-total vision loss. The CDC says that while drinking any kind of alcohol-based sanitizer is unsafe, these cases involved methanol, which is extremely dangerous to ingest even in small quantities.

The CDC said at least some of the patients had consumed the hand sanitizer because of its alcohol content, and its report stated “all patients had a history of swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizer products.” The FDA issued a warning last month about a rise in hand sanitizers labeled as containing ethanol that actually contained methanol, which is also toxic when absorbed by the skin. The agency’s updated list of products to avoid can be seen here. The CDC says poison control centers across American have been told to be on the lookout for cases of methanol poisoning. “All alcohol-based hand sanitizers should only be used to disinfect hands and should never be swallowed,” its report said. “Children using hand sanitizers should be supervised, and these products should be kept out of reach of children when not in use.”

Where would these idiots get such an idea?

It is fairly obvious to me….but maybe you have a hard time trying to discern where all the bad information originates.

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The Death Of A Pin-Up

58 year ago this month, August of 1962 the death of Marilyn Monroe shocked Hollywood and the world.

There has been a wealth of conspiracies around her death….was she killed? Did she really commit suicide? We may never know for sure but there is a lot of evidence around her death….

On the evening of August 4 1962, Marilyn Monroe telephoned Peter Lawford, the British actor who was also the husband of John F Kennedy’s sister, Pat. Monroe’s voice was strangely slurred, and she ended their conversation ominously. “Say goodbye to Pat,” she told Lawford drowsily. “Say goodbye to the president and say goodbye to yourself because you’re a nice guy.”

Hours later, the most enduring sex symbol ever to grace the American screen was found dead in her Los Angeles mansion, her graceful body lying face down and naked on her bed.

Eunice Murray, Monroe’s housekeeper claimed that she noticed a light on in the bedroom around 3.30 am; troubled, she called Monroe’s psychologist, Dr Ralph Greenson and her personal physician, Dr Hyman Engelberg. Greenson arrived around 3.40 and found Monroe’s body; when Engleberg arrived a few minutes later, he pronounced her dead. The coroner’s report subsequently listed the cause of her death as “acute barbiturate poisoning, ingestion of overdose,” and “probable suicide”.

https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/inspire/life/intriguing-mysteries-the-death-of-marilyn-monroe

In case you would like more then here is a good piece….

Ever since Monroe’s death, there have been prevalent and unrelenting theories saying she was murdered in reality. The rumors were so compelling that the Los Angeles District Attorney reopened the case in 1982. However, the case was quickly shut again with the same conclusions made in ‘62.

Of course, conspiracies take on a life of their own, and people still whisper about the death of Marilyn Monroe to this day. Here are some of the most interesting theories about what may have actually happened to Marilyn Monroe.

Death in Hollywood: Was Marilyn Monroe murdered?

Whatcha think?

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Mississippi’s Pandemic Panic

Closing Thought–04Aug20

This pandemic has been raging through our country now for several months…..it has effected every portion of society and cause so many deaths to the tune of 155,000.

Most of us bloggers are helping people understand what is happening in most countries and states…..I have been reporting on my state Mississippi.

These days the South is a new “hot spot” where the virus seems to be running through the society….I will admit that the governor here has done a better job than some of the other Southern governors….but that has not saved Mississippi from the outcome.

Mississippi–Cases–61,125  Deaths–1711

Plus Mississippi could gain in its standing…..

Florida is currently the No. 1 state when it comes to new coronavirus cases per capita—but Mississippi is on track to overtake it, NPR reports. In a grim Twitter thread, Harvard researcher Ashish Jha says Mississippi is “doing VERY badly but has received little attention.” Testing is down 8% from two weeks ago in the state, but cases are up 37% in the same time frame; the daily death toll is skyrocketing; and much of the state is open with few restrictions and no statewide mask mandate. Plus, as one state doctor puts it, hospital ICUs are getting crowded and COVID-19 is “layered on top of our existing challenges,” as the state has high levels of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity.

A fellow blogger and follower of IST has written about the possibility of the dead being piled up in the street because there is no room for them…..https://linesbyliming.com/

Mississippi has a major problem…..the morgues are having a hard time dealing with the amount of deaths.

In the months before his county’s morgue neared capacity, before he started wearing his face shield and “moon suit” to answer calls in neighbors’ homes, and before his own coronavirus diagnosis got him admitted to the hospital, Coahoma County, Mississippi, coroner Scotty Meredith knew this summer was going to be the worst in his three decades on the job. 

On April 3, as COVID-19 deaths in Mississippi hovered in the low double-digits, the state’s chief medical examiner, Mark LeVaughn, fired off a letter to Meredith and the state’s 80 other coroners. State law outlines a simple procedure for investigating deaths outside a hospital: the coroner collects evidence at the scene, then sends the body to a medical examiner in Jackson for autopsy. But the gist of the ME’s letter, obtained by The Daily Beast, was that when it came to deaths from COVID-19, coroners were on their own.

For years now, the severely understaffed state medical examiner’s office has struggled to handle all of the deaths in Mississippi. Doing so has often meant shifting more of the burden for handling deaths onto county coroners, who, unlike medical examiners, usually don’t have a medical degree and cannot perform autopsies. 

The problem with being shut out from the medical examiner’s office, as Meredith explained, “is not just that they’re not taking the cases, but there’s not any guidance” for what to do with a suspected coronavirus case. Several coroners said they’ve begun rationing supplies, like test kits, echoing supply-chain woes in other hard-hit states since the early days of the pandemic that experts generally believe have deflated the COVID-19 death count.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/amid-a-mississippi-coronavirus-surge-morgues-are-overflowing-and-coroners-are-scared

The horror stories just keeps building and the leadership that is missing keeps downplaying all the problems this pandemic has created.

Be Well…..Be Safe

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Those Russians And Windows Are Back!

I recently wrote a post about the people that are walking our windows in Russia. A couple of doctors and a whistle blower police major…well it does not stop with those few…..but read about these tragic “accidents”…..https://lobotero.com/2020/07/18/beware-of-russian-windows/

A Russian Olympic figure skater has “fallen” out a window…..

Olympic figure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya has died aged 20 after reportedly falling out of a window.

Russian-born Alexandrovskaya represented Australia at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

The cause of the death has yet to be confirmed but reports claim she “died on the spot” following the incident in Moscow.

Alexandrovskaya retired from the sport earlier this year due to injury.

Tributes have poured in for the athlete, a two-time Australian National Champion pair-skating with partner Harley Windsor.

Windsor, 23, posted a heartbreaking message on social media.

(mirror.co.uk)

I have got to ask….what is it about Russians and windows?

I have asked and I ask gain….what is it about Russians and windows?

Summer on the Gulf Coast…it has been raining for 3 days…..and more to come……Gonzalo is waiting to strike.

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