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Prison-Based Gerrymandering…

One of the more pernicious political tools that corporatist conservatives and others have created since at least the American civil war, has been the transition of de jure slavery into the modern form of the criminal justice system.

A variety of factors have driven this process. Prisons have largely become warehouses of surplus labor, prison industry, the disenfranchisement of urban voters, and gerrymandering into rural conservative districts. more…

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OJ & The October Rebellion…

One of my favorite times of the day in prison was early morning . . . just around 5-am when the cell doors are unlocked.  Cleaning time, showers, getting ready for work and the early morning news on the common-area TVs. 

PigShitAs a former professional journalist, I like to think of myself as a discerning viewer, but sometimes any fool could see the reality for themselves.

By viewing the raw footage early, and then catching the edited version later, the differences are often quite remarkable, or at least, they used to be (the corp-media has since closed this avenue for real news).

I recall one such as morning during the final assault by the “jack-booted thugs” of the ATF and FBI on the Waco Koresh Compound, April 19th, 1993.

The early news included un-edited clips of the para-military police agents surrounding the compound, shouting with glee and high-fiving each other as the main building burned.  Raw footage showed survivors–men, women and children trying to escape the flames–being gunned down like rabid dogs.  Later, all that was edited out.  Since then . . . the media has become far more adept…

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