Flimsy Sanity: The Perfect Job

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The Perfect Job


I was listening to NPR and some prisoners were complaining about getting a bologna sandwich for every meal. I googled bologna and prison and I found out that fare is pretty often the menu (I didn't catch if this was a public or private prison) in lots of them. Anyway, NPR interviewed the prison nutritionist who said that the menu fulfilled the caloric requirements. I want to be that nutritionist who probably gets well paid to write "Bologna" all day long or is that a political appointment?

11 Comments:

  • At 8:46 AM, Blogger awa said…

    I think prison should be a very unpleasant place to be, so feeding prisoners the same thing every day sounds like a great idea to me. Perhaps a little incentive to stay out, huh?

    Although caloric intake shouldn't be the only consideration, how about adequate nutritional intake?

     
  • At 8:54 AM, Blogger liberated psych said…

    I've heard of "scared straight" but never "processed meat straight". If you could call cow lips and other unrecognizable parts "meat".

     
  • At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Most people who commit crimes don't think they will get caught so harsh prisons don't stop crime - if anything it makes some of the milder criminals (like pot smokers and petty thieves) meaner.

     
  • At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Omnipotent Poobah said…

    It could be worse...it could be liverwurst.

     
  • At 6:37 PM, Anonymous anan said…

    Up here in Canada there is a regular influx of older women into prison, at right about this time...

    when it starts to get cold, the homeless men are allowed to live in the shelters, but there's really nothing for the women...

    so granny goes and does something really obvious, like steal a mink coat in front of surveillance cameras, for example...

    just to get thrown into a warm free rent and board for the winter.

    All by way of saying that one man's bologne is someone else's treasure...

    better than catfood, i suppose...

     
  • At 5:48 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Hi A Woman Alone: Stew, chili, mac and cheese, - I can think of lots of food that would be cheap fare. I don't know if this is a valid analogy but if you abuse a kid, that doesn't make him become nicer to other kids - he just gets mean too.
    liberated: The same thing every day will probably cause health problems that will have to be corrected by expensive treatments paid for by the taxpayer.
    OPoob: It can always be worse.
    The Accident by John Prine.
    Last night i saw an accident
    On the corner of third and green
    Two cars collided and i got excited
    Just being part of that scene

    It was mrs. tom walker and her beautiful daughter
    Pamela, was driving the car
    They got hit by a man in a lite blue sedan
    Who had obviously been to a bar.

    Chorus:
    They don't know how lucky they are
    They could have run into that tree
    Got struck by a bolt of lightning
    And raped by a minority.

    Anan: That is really interesting. Why are shelters closed to women? I always wondered about pictures of the depression when men were lined up at the soup lines. Where were the women and children?

     
  • At 6:49 AM, Anonymous anan said…

    Flimsy: Don't get me started. The shelters are largely run by Christian charities who seem to feel that if they feed the breadwinner (even if he's not beinging in any bread), he'll share with the other members of his family.

    Obviously they are out of touch with the real situation, where the woman gets beaten up and her welfare cheque stolen by her live-in partner, and the kids are pimped for cigarettes and booze for the rest of the month.

    We have one womens' shelter with no sleepovers in Vancouver, and a handful of underfunded halfway houses for victims of violence. The can sleep overnight with their kids, but in the morning,they're on their own.

    For a middle-aged or elderly woman with limited employment/subsidized housing opportunities, a stint playing cards with other women her age in the concrete hotel might not seem so bad.

     
  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger Not Your Mama said…

    Good grief, that sounds like how it was in the US years ago when they used the state mental hospitals in much the same way.

    FS: were they talking about Phoenix sheriff Arpaio and the green bologna scandal by any chance?

     
  • At 10:10 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Anan: I don't think the soup line men got Doggie Bags to take home.

    Not Your Mama: No, I think it was Kansas but I am sure he is their role model.

     
  • At 5:25 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    I've never understood the "punishment" aspect of prison. The idea of shutting away someone who's committed a (usually) petty offense against society's laws, and treating them badly, is both barbaric and self-defeating. Few prison inmates are serial killers, and even most murderers are usually just society's failures. Perhaps treating them with a little human decency and not fanning the flames of hostility and prejudice might produce more positive results. But then, I'm one of those weirdos who believes capital punishment is innately wrong.

     
  • At 8:05 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    RJ: Yes the few crimes the police solve are not that hard. The murders are usually a family member or business partner and half the robberies go unsolved. Probably a great many of the drug crimes they solve are entrapment and stool pigeons.

    The crimes that get the press are the killing of strangers like Virginia Tech and the Beltway Sniper or the Unibomber (solved by tips by the way, not police expertise) that feed the fear that the world is this terror ridden place that needs more lawn order. I find it really incongruous that the same people who believe in free markets (claim they work because people are basically good and there is no need for consumer, worker or environmental protections), also believe in more police, more surveillance, longer harsher sentences and a bigger military because people are basically bad.

     

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