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LQD - Locking down an American workforce

by ATinNM Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 03:16:00 PM EST

Locking down an American workforce

Sweatshop labor is back with a vengeance. It can be found across broad stretches of the American economy and around the world. Penitentiaries have become a niche market for such work. The privatization of prisons in recent years has meant the creation of a small army of workers too coerced and right-less to complain.

Prisoners, whose ranks increasingly consist of those for whom the legitimate economy has found no use, now make up a virtual brigade within the reserve army of the unemployed whose ranks have ballooned along with the U.S. incarceration rate. The Corrections Corporation of America and GEO, two prison privatizers, along with a third smaller operator, G4S (formerly Wackenhut), sell inmate labor at subminimum wages to Fortune 500 corporations like Chevron, Bank of America, AT&T, and IBM.


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She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 03:17:24 PM EST
For added outrage, see also my diary The Caging of America

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 03:24:54 PM EST
The EU is fumbling a sterling chance to grab a "Brain Drain" from the US.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 03:37:46 PM EST
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We're too busy draining our own brains with austerity policies...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 05:34:55 PM EST
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Stop.  Engage your brains and try.

SOME of us are trying to GTFOH before it all goes pear-shaped.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 09:16:07 PM EST
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And you're going to Yurp instead?

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 06:03:58 AM EST
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got a better idea? it's roulette anywhere.

go to costa rica, where the normal people still smile in the doorways of shacks not much better than the roma enjoy here, but where the colossus's footprint is everywhere in the form of corporate porn, KFC and lotteries, and shoestores have uniformed cops with elephant guns in the doorways?

asia, some indonesian island, surrounded by the soothing delights of india/pak nuke war tension, china getting salty, and burgeoning earthquakes (pace Nomad), tidal waves, fukufallout?

i'm too old to run from this, what we fear is awaiting us wherever we fondly imagine we can escape to, (see sig).

if i was in my 20's i'd head for a remote island in the southern hemisphere maybe, were physical survival still my greatest concern.

these days it sucks pretty much everywhere for everyone, unless you join the 1% and participate in the pillage.

does it feel like waiting on death row? sometimes.

when the hyperfrontality and limbic terror kick in too much.

sometimes it's possible to feel something approaching existential gratitude, gazing at the colour of the sky through the bars of the mental prison i lost the key for long ago. sometimes it's enough.

the rest of the time i console myself with wrenchingly dark and wry prognostications of further doom.

like listening to tornado reports when you're already flooded out, heh.

no idea why i find it amusing, but i'll take any pleasure that hurts no-one. maybe i am hardwired to become an observer of human folly, starting in my own backyard. sanity comes in fleeting moments, when i realise i am not the only one who looks at the world as it is and sees despair in most of it, yet still feels an urge not to completely cave into learned helplessness.

from being completely apolitical most of my life, i now am taking on board the political/economic causes of our predicaments, thanks to the wise crew at ET i know more about my ignorance than ever, which is a good start.

politics as spectacle through which to study the 'dark matter' of the human condition. it's bitter fare, mostly, but one can find a sort of intellectual thriving through the writings of those sager than oneself, it beats staring into the abyss too long.

europe has stood its ground against totalitarian fascism before, with the help of others.

maybe this time we can do it ourselves.

last time the partisans blew up bridges and stockpiled weapons to weaken the foe.

this time it's about ideas, not guns. so far...

there are still lawyers working on our stay of execution, though from their expressions i see no sunny optimism. when the bootsteps finally come, i am ready.

till then, another toast to what might have been, and if you squint 'just so' could still, in some alternate parallel universe, undergo the formality of occurring. they can take everything away from you, your job, family, your home, your rights, even your mind.

the only satisfaction may come in the fragile tenacity of belief... that we were born for a better fate, and no it's not logical, but neither is the mess we're in!

have a serene sunday folks. nice chatting with ya.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 07:06:39 AM EST
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our young fresh brains are bailing for antipodean points beyond.

good idea though, send over some stale ones, we'll all addle together.

at least the food still rocks...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 07:18:06 AM EST
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If Kurt Russell were making the movie today, they'd have to name it "Escape from the US".
by rifek on Thu May 10th, 2012 at 02:33:27 PM EST
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Welcome aboard the Medieval Express. We have just departed station Antebellum South. Next stop, Ancien Regime. Our final destination is The Magna Carta, from which connections are available to The Dark Ages and the Fall of the West Roman Empire. The bistro may be found in car 1984. We wish you all a pleasant journey.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 05:57:35 PM EST
Alabama was the last state to end forced labour in 1927 according to wikipedia.

 

aspiring to genteel poverty

by edwin (eeeeeeee222222rrrrreeeeeaaaaadddddd@@@@yyyyaaaaaaa) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 08:27:33 PM EST
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Forced labor is so unimaginative! Now we have prisoners volunteering for the privelige of doing "communtity service" jobs. These are non-violent prisoners who prefer doing any kind of real work to sitting in jail. As a bonus they get fast food meals instead of baloney sandwiches and beans with rice.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 10:49:23 AM EST
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Jake you are just too fucking funny sometimes.

JakeS:

Welcome aboard the Medieval Express. We have just departed station Antebellum South. Next stop, Ancien Regime. Our final destination is The Magna Carta, from which connections are available to The Dark Ages and the Fall of the West Roman Empire. The bistro may be found in car 1984. We wish you all a pleasant journey.

- Jake

have you tried our 'sinful amnesia' martini? how about some eyeless prawn cocktail? you never liked those guys looking at you as you dipped them in mayonnaise, did you now?

served with a smile!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 07:14:15 AM EST
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Which reminds me of the perennial question "What do you do if you wake up and realize you're living in the Dark Ages?"
by asdf on Mon Apr 30th, 2012 at 02:09:32 AM EST
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Turn the light on?

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