Over the last decade, as companies chased after an effective chemical, there was fretting within the drug industry: what if, in trials, a medicine proved too effective? More than one adviser to the industry told me that companies worried about the prospect that their study results would be too strong, that the F.D.A. would reject an application out of concern that a chemical would lead to female excesses, crazed binges of infidelity, societal splintering.
“You want your effects to be good but not too good,” Andrew Goldstein, who is conducting the study in Washington, told me. “There was a lot of discussion about it by the experts in the room,” he said, recalling his involvement with the development of Flibanserin, “the need to show that you’re not turning women into nymphomaniacs.” He was still a bit stunned by the entrenched mores that lay within what he’d heard. “There’s a bias against — a fear of creating the sexually aggressive woman.”
“Unexcited? There May Be a Pill for That.”—NYT
Gee, you ever think that might be part of the problem? That there’s a societally acceptable level of lady-boning?
At this point, NBC Bay Area reporters learned, Murrill decided he needed to make a “forcible arrest.” He and his partner, Officer Jim Sherman, claim that Kozacenko was “actively resisting” and “exhibiting extraordinary strength” in doing so. The consequences were “life-threatening injuries including a crushed left orbital eye socket, multiple facial fractures, a broken left arm, a concussion, unconsciousness and possible neurological damage.
this guy got beaten up because he wanted to read a ticket he was being asked to sign for a crime he didn’t even commit
cops still employed, of course
Law enforcement has really great job security. How many other careers are I nearly murdered someone for asking me a question proof?
1. Red Dawn
2. The Terminator
3. The Alamo
4. Die Hard
5. The Godfather
7. The Matrix
8. The Delta Force
9. The Road Warrior
Flashback: When the NRA blamed mass shootings on violent movies.
Prison Labor Exposed: From Starbucks to Microsoft - A sampling of what US prisoners make & for whom
May 21, 2013
Tens of thousands of US inmates are paid from pennies to minimum wage—minus fines and victim compensation—for everything from grunt work to firefighting to specialized labor.
The breaded chicken patty your child bites into at school may have been made by a worker earning twenty cents an hour, not in a faraway country, but by a member of an invisible American workforce: prisoners. At the UnionCorrectional Facility, a maximum security prison in Florida, inmates from a nearby lower-security prison manufacture tons of processed beef, chicken and pork for Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises (PRIDE), a privately held non-profit corporation that operates the state’s forty-one work programs. In addition to processed food, PRIDE’s website reveals an array of products for sale through contracts with private companies, from eyeglasses to office furniture, to be shipped from a distribution center in Florida to businesses across the US. PRIDE boasts that its work programs are “designed to provide vocational training, to improve prison security, to reduce the cost of state government, and to promote the rehabilitation of the state inmates.”
And Each month, California inmates process more than 680,000 pounds of beef, 400,000 pounds of chicken products, 450,000 gallons of milk, 280,000 loaves of bread, and 2.9 million eggs (from 160,000 inmate-raised hens).Starbucks subcontractor Signature Packaging Solutions has hired Washington prisoners to package holiday coffees (as well as Nintendo Game Boys). Confronted by a reporter in 2001, a Starbucks rep called the setup “entirely consistent with our mission statement.”
Texas inmates produce brooms and brushes, bedding and mattresses, toilets, sinks, showers, and bullwhips.
In Texas, prisoners make officers’ duty belts, handcuff cases, and prison-cell accessories. California convicts make gun containers, creepers (to peek under vehicles), and human-silhouette targets.
A stitch in time: California inmates sew their own garb. In the 1990s, subcontractor Third Generation hired 35 female South Carolina inmates to sew lingerie and leisure wear for Victoria’s Secret and JCPenney. In 1997, a California prison put two men in solitary for telling journalists they were ordered to replace “Made in Honduras” labels on garments with “Made in the usa.”
Open wide: At California’s prison dental laboratory, inmates produce a complete prosthesis selection, including custom trays, try-ins, bite blocks, and dentures.
Constructive criticism: Prisoners in for burglary, battery, drug and gun charges, and escape helped build a Wal-Mart distribution center in Wisconsin in 2005, until community uproar halted the program. (Company policy says, “Forced or prison labor will not be tolerated by Wal-Mart.”)
On call: Its inmate call centers are the “best kept secret in outsourcing,” Unicor boasts. In 1994, a contractor for gop congressional hopeful Jack Metcalf hired Washington state prisoners to call and remind voters he was pro-death penalty. Metcalf, who prevailed, said he never knew.
Federal Prison Industries, a.k.a. Unicor, says that in addition to soldiers’ uniforms, bedding, shoes, helmets, and flak vests, inmates have “produced missile cables (including those used on the Patriot missiles during the Gulf War)” and “wiring harnesses for jets and tanks.” In 1997, according to Prison Legal News, Boeing subcontractor MicroJet had prisoners cutting airplane components, paying $7 an hour for work that paid union wages of $30 on the outside.
THE WAR ON DRUGS
CAN FUCKING BURN FOREVER
FOR FUCKING EVER
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And who knows, maybe the temperature *won’t* shoot up 25 degrees and I can do laundry this afternoon…
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It’s supposed to hit 90 today??
I… think I may put off laundry (again). I’m totally out of socks though, this blows. I have a couple of non-negotiable errands, one of which can’t be taken care of until 9; maybe I should just keep myself awake until then? I slept crappily, AGAIN, and shouldn’t push my body, but…
FEH. I could have run those errands yesterday evening but I suck. I REGRET EVERYTHINGGGGGGG.
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I regret my life and my choices and everything. I regret dinner. And last year. And 1997 in general. Possibly the bulk of the ’00s. Definitely one particular outfit from winter 2004 (I think—or maybe it was 2003? Anyway, it was distinctly unfortunate, although nearly everything I wore from age 2-12 was probably worse. The ’80s and I didn’t get along clothes-wise… or really, any way. The ’80s and I were enemies, even if I do love a lot of the music.).
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Because my shrink has decided against effexor and is gonna put me on lithium instead. Get it?? Batteries, lithium??** Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Ha.
[**Pre-epilepsy and epilepsy meds, I was often (I have written proof of this) compared to the Energizer Bunny by both close friends and random people. I don’t think lithium is going to give me that energy back, of course. But who am I to reject the opportunity for punnage?]
Data doesn’t spring full formed from nowhere. Data is created, generated, and recorded. And the unifying principle behind all of this data is that it was all created by humans. We create the data, so essentially our data is an extension of ourselves, an extension of our humanity.
this is a drawing about why I can’t win
depression comix #121
Oh look, it’s me.
It’s also true, though, that it keeps me alive.
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