think on this.

Jul 14

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things i have been called so far at work

unfortunately, my business cards have already been ordered and it is too late to include these titles.

After being arrested on a misdemeanor charge following a family dispute last year, Jose Bautista was unable to post $250 bail and ended up in a jail cell on Rikers Island. A few days later, he tore his underwear, looped it around his neck and tried to hang himself from the cell’s highest bar. Four correction officers rushed in and cut him down. But instead of notifying medical personnel, they handcuffed Mr. Bautista, forced him to lie face down on the cell floor and began punching him with such force, according to New York City investigators, that he suffered a perforated bowel and needed emergency surgery. 

Just a few weeks earlier, Andre Lane was locked in solitary confinement in a Rikers cellblock reserved for inmates with mental illnesses when he became angry at the guards for not giving him his dinner and splashed them with either water or urine. Correction officers handcuffed him to a gurney and transported him to a clinic examination room beyond the range of video cameras where, witnesses say, several guards beat him as members of the medical staff begged for them to stop. The next morning, the walls and cabinets of the examination room were still stained with Mr. Lane’s blood.

The assaults on Mr. Bautista and Mr. Lane were not isolated episodes. Brutal attacks by correction officers on inmates — particularly those with mental health issues — are common occurrences inside Rikers, the country’s second-largest jail, a four-month investigation by The New York Times found. (NYTimes.com)

After being arrested on a misdemeanor charge following a family dispute last year, Jose Bautista was unable to post $250 bail and ended up in a jail cell on Rikers Island. A few days later, he tore his underwear, looped it around his neck and tried to hang himself from the cell’s highest bar. Four correction officers rushed in and cut him down. But instead of notifying medical personnel, they handcuffed Mr. Bautista, forced him to lie face down on the cell floor and began punching him with such force, according to New York City investigators, that he suffered a perforated bowel and needed emergency surgery.

Just a few weeks earlier, Andre Lane was locked in solitary confinement in a Rikers cellblock reserved for inmates with mental illnesses when he became angry at the guards for not giving him his dinner and splashed them with either water or urine. Correction officers handcuffed him to a gurney and transported him to a clinic examination room beyond the range of video cameras where, witnesses say, several guards beat him as members of the medical staff begged for them to stop. The next morning, the walls and cabinets of the examination room were still stained with Mr. Lane’s blood.

The assaults on Mr. Bautista and Mr. Lane were not isolated episodes. Brutal attacks by correction officers on inmates — particularly those with mental health issues — are common occurrences inside Rikers, the country’s second-largest jail, a four-month investigation by The New York Times found. (NYTimes.com)

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How Reliable Are China's Data? -

Since the 1990s, a number of commentators have expressed concern about the accuracy of Chinese statistics. The challenges of producing accurate statistics are substantial in an economy growing as fast as China’s, in which the structures of production and expenditure are changing rapidly (see Holz 2008). Furthermore, even prominent Chinese political leaders have expressed concern that certain key statistics might sometimes be manipulated for political advantage. For example, in remarks to the U.S. ambassador in 2007, Vice Premier Li Keqiang stated, “GDP figures are ‘man-made’ and therefore unreliable,” according to a Wikileaks release of a U.S. diplomatic cable (see Wikileaks 2007).

China’s GDP data move closely in sync with other high-profile official indicators, such as industrial production and retail sales. However, these indicators might themselves be distorted. In addition, to the extent these indicators are incorporated directly into GDP as inputs, they might not vary independently.

(Source: redinkstone168)

Jul 13

we are really sleepy

me: i don’t want to put the laundry away tonight. i want to lie down.

C: we can wait until tomorrow.

me: NO! WE HAVE TO DO IT TONIGHT! WE ARE GROWN-UPS! WE HAVE TO MAKE THE TOUGH DECISIONS!

Oh also we are drunk. That probably helps.

I am watching the world cup final with a Venezuelan friend who hates Argentina and who explodes in Spanish cursing every 30 seconds or so. If you are not watching the world cup this way, you are missing out.

Jul 12

farmer’s market
(finally open) library
grocery store #1
target
grocery store #2
unpacking all the stuff
world cup game while cooking for tomorrow
throughout, made about 5 lists

now time to sit down and watch hitch while doing my nails.

i am perpetually annoyed that the library doesn’t open until 10am. this should tell you a couple of things about a) my inability to sleep later than 8am and b) my dependence on the damn library.

Jul 11

Iridescent Clouds over Thamserku Image Credit & Copyright: Oleg Bartunov (via APOD)

Iridescent Clouds over Thamserku Image Credit & Copyright: Oleg Bartunov (via APOD)

Sea Otter Cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium -

you may need this in your life today.

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College athlete twice accused of sexual assault may play basketball again -

A former University of Oregon athlete may have a third shot at a college basketball career, starting fresh at a community college after being accused of sexual assault at two other institutions. Brandon Austin was one of three Oregon basketball players who were suspended for up to 10 years last month after allegedly sexually assaulting a female classmate. He had been previously suspended from the Providence College basketball team for an alleged sexual assault there. Austin denies the charges and local law enforcement said it didn’t have enough to charge him or any of the other men in either assault. Lawyers defending the three Oregon players accused the university of mishandling the case.
In an open letter published in June, the victim criticized Oregon’s athletic department for bringing Austin to the campus given his alleged history at Providence.
“I am angry with the culture that appears to exist in our athletic department that prioritizes winning over safety of our students,” she wrote. “I cannot fathom how our basketball coach recruited someone who was in the middle of a suspension for another sexual assault to come to Eugene.”
Now, Austin may head to Kansas to play basketball for Hutchinson Community College, which has a reputation for sending athletes to Division I teams. Austin has visited the college apparently as part of a recruitment effort, but Steve Carpenter, Hutchinson’s sports information director, said there’s no decision yet on whether Austin will be a student there, or a member of its basketball team.

Jul 10

se-smith said: What have you been reading lately that's super, super fantastic?

ooh, great question. some stuff i’ve read lately that i really enjoyed and stayed with me:

i’ve been reading a whole lot what with my new bus commute, but unfortunately have been focusing too much on popular fiction and quick trashy reads rather than anything good or of substance. any recommendations, y’all?