Child prisoners raped by prisoners AND staff on an ongoing basis in Michigan, according to lawsuit.

Michigan prison officials actually claim they are not responsible for rape, murder, or violence against child prisoners mixed with the adult prisoner population. The courts don’t seem to see it their way, including a $100 million judgment against the state for allowing prison staff to sexually assault and harass hundreds of female prisoners…

Inmates under 18 were forced to engage in sex acts with adult prisoners and staff, according to the lawsuit, with some abuse “open and obvious.” The Corrections Department disputes the allegations, and state attorneys have argued that employees shouldn’t be held liable.

But after more than a year of litigation, the inmates have some important victories.

Associated Press via The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:  Michigan fighting claims of sexual abuse by teens in prison

 

Bigots complain of prejudice… the world weeps.

A coalition opposed to allowing non-heterosexuals to marry is protesting that they and their fellow bigots are feeling excluded from civil society for what others see as their hateful, narrow-minded views. But those others say it’s about time, that bigots should be shunned and their bigotry publicly shamed.

From the Christian Science Monitor:

As gay rights gain acceptance, conservatives say they face discrimination

 

Carly Fiorina, destroyer of corporations and Cali senate race loser, eyes the White House

She almost destroyed Hewlett Packard as CEO — it lost half its value and she was fired. She ran for US Senator from California and was trounced, losing 42% to Barbara Boxer’s 52% — and now — OF COURSE — she’s running for president.

Can the GOP get any nuttier at all?

Bloomberg Politics: 

Carly Fiorina Gets Into the Picture

Time Magazine:

Here’s Why Carly Fiorina Thinks She Can Best Criticize Hillary Clinton

From a while back…

As I joked when I watched my own Faceback ‘look-back’ vid, a sort of one minute, whirlwind,  robo-Ken Burns impressionistic bio vid created from one’s Facebook images posted since joining and accompanied by sweeping, valedictorious music,  I feel like I’m at my own memorial service.

But — let me roll back a little…

Back in the ’90s I had the idea of doing multimedia memorials, vids, photo albums, music, writings, etc, and putting them on CDRs for distribution to families and friends at services — and that did come about done by pros — but I had in mind a desktop app that would let normal people create them — or create their own ‘life stories’ as they went along. But, of course, THAT’s a lot of work. I don’t mean the developing — I mean, Joe or Mary Sixpack sitting down and updating their cyber-diary.

But I didn’t count on the cross pollination of existing social media (the oldest form of online activity, with dial-up BBs preceding the WWW by more than a decade) with the not-quite-post-me-gen phenom of blogs to create the new social media pioneered in various ways by the second social media generation: Mp3.com (sharing, BBs, personal publishing), Friendster, MySpace, which then gave way to the third: Facebook.

With a critical mass of friends and social contacts, the dreary work of autobiography (which tends to produce the kind of long, involved, ultimately boring writing I specialize in) was supplanted by something more like everyday social life: banter, personal and family news sharing, civics discussions, personal op-ed and jeremiads, and a dash of self-promo and self-branding.

Capture enough of that and you have the raw material for something like my original cyber-memorial idea, but even better, since it forms a sort of meta-snapshot of the subject’s life.

Anyhow… this grieving father wanted to share his son’s look-back vid with family and friends, but FB’s rules, interlaced with a variety of federal and other laws seemed to not permit it and his entreaties via email and normal channels got nowhere.

In desperation, he posted a heart-rending off-the-cuff minute and a half vid explaining the situation and asking his friends and their friends to share it.

It worked. Thanks, Facebook, for doing the human thing.

Father Shares Deceased Son’s ‘Look-Back’ Video

 

It can be tough to watch a tough guy fighting back tears, but I found the grieving father’s video profoundly moving.


 

My heart goes out… but…

Once again, the dry, brush-covered hills surrounding San Diego, the single coastal bastion of conservatism in California, have gone up in a firestorm that threatens thousands of homes.

My heart goes out to those in danger and especially those who have lost their homes.

That said, San Diego county Republicans gutted their area’s ability to fight fires with their idiotic tax cuts and dogmatic laissez faire policies.

Until they start taking care of their OWN protection and paying for their own fire-fighting and preparing themselves for the brush fires that are all too PREDICTABLE, the state and federal governments should be wary of giving them ANY disaster funds unless absolutely necessary for safety and stability.

It appears about the only way you can make these opportunistic, greed-promoting politicians take some of the responsibility they are so often urging others to step up to.

Neo-prohibitionists lapping up media mis-reporting of latest pot study, according to MedPageToday

I’ve often railed against the utterly terrible science and medical reporting in the general media — and today’s ABSURD media coverage of a recently published, far-far-far-from conclusive study about marijuana and brain function is a perfect example.

I was waiting for the responsible, physician-facing MedPageToday to cover this ‘emerging’ story — and I’m glad I did.

When’s the last time I suggested you share a story I’d posted? Pretty much never, right? You might want to re-post THIS story, because the mainstream media have really bollixed it.

MedPageToday deputy managing editor, John Gever writes:

Correlation does not equal causation, and a single exam cannot show a trend over time. Basic stuff, right?

But judging by coverage of a study just out in the Journal of Neuroscience, these are apparently foreign concepts for many folks in the media.

Blame doesn’t belong to the mainstream media alone, according to Gever:

Sad to say, the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), which publishes the Journal of Neuroscience, may have driven these dramatic overinterpretations by promoting the study in a press release headlined “Brain changes are associated with casual marijuana use in young adults.”

Also note that the study did not identify any cognitive or behavioral abnormalities in the cannabis users versus controls — it was strictly an MRI study.

[emphasis added]

Striking a Nerve: Bungling the Cannabis Story

NRA demands armed guards in all schools, says school shootings are everyone’s fault but theirs

OK.

The NRA says we must put armed guards in all nursery schools, elementaries, middle schools, and high school campuses.

They fail to point out that there were two armed guards at Columbine.

Two is not enough. And clearly they were outgunned. They should have had rocket launchers and perhaps an armored personnel carrier.

Maybe we need to bivouac the army in our schools in order to protect our children from ourselves — since we, as a nation, appear incapable of reining in the gun psychos and paranoiacs (like Adam Lansa’s end-o-times-obsessed mother who stockpiled all those weapons despite the presence of her deeply troubled son).

This is all so silly. And backwards.

The NRA is behind the times — and clearly addressing the trade needs of the gun makers who pump money into NRA coffers as though they believed all that eye-of-the-needle stuff from Matthew 19:24.

No. We don’t need guards with simple firearms.

We need a circling air force of heavily armed drones hovering over every school in the U.S.

Target sighted.

Teenager neutralized.