Death Row Inmate Addresses A Few Realities -
"The Justice system is truly broken beyond repair and the sad part is there is no way to start over. Improvements can be made. If honest people stand up, I think they will be made over time. I know the average person isn’t paying attention to all the laws constantly being passed by state & federal legislation. People are more focused on their jobs, raising kids and trying to find entertainment in between time. The thing is, laws are being changed right and left.
A man once said that revolution comes when you inform people of their rights. Martin Luther King said a revolution comes by social action and legal action working hand in hand. I’m not presenting any radical revolutionary view, the word revolution just means change. America changes as the law changes.
Under the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution all prisoners in America are considered slaves. We look at slavery like its a thing of the past, but you can go to any penitentiary in this nation and you will see slavery. That was the reason for the protests by prisoners in Georgia in 2010. They said they were tired of being treated like slaves. People need to know that when they sit on trial juries and sentence people to prison time that they are sentencing them to slavery.
If a prisoner refuses to work and be a slave, they will do their time in isolation as a punishment. You have thousands of people with a lot of prison time that have no choice but to make money for the government or live in isolation. The affects of prison isolation literally drive people crazy. Who can be isolated from human contact and not lose their mind? That was the reason California had an uproar last year behind Pelican Bay. 33,000 inmates across California protested refusing to work or refusing to eat on hunger-strikes because of those being tortured in isolation in Pelican Bay.
I think prison sentences have gotten way out of hand. People are getting life sentences for aggravated crimes where no violence had occurred. I know a man who was 24 years old and received 160 years in prison for two aggravated robberies where less that $500 was stole and no violence took place. There are guys walking around with 200 year sentences and they’re not even 30 years old. Its outrageous. Giving a first time felon a sentence beyond their life span is pure oppression. Multitudes of young people have been thrown away in this generation.
The other side of the coin is there are those in the corporate world making money off prisoners, so the longer they’re in prison, the more money is being made. It’s not about crime & punishment, it’s about crime & profit. Prison is a billion dollar industry. In 1996, there were 122 prisons opened across America. Companies were holding expos in small towns showing how more prisons would boost the economy by providing more jobs.
How can those that invest in prisons make money if people have sentences that will allow them to return to free society? If people were being rehabilitated and sent back into the cities, who would work for these corporations? That would be a bad investment. In order for them to make money, people have to stay in prison and keep working. So the political move is to tell the people they’re tough on crime and give people longer sentences.”
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via By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943
I’m reading Dune! What are you reading?
…Assuming that TMZ is right about this. (Which is worth checking.)
Ellen DeGeneres does NOT own the picture that broke Twitter … unless he signed his rights away, the owner of the famous Oscar pic is BRADLEY COOPER.Here’s the way it works … the person who owns the now-famous photo is the person who actually took it … NOT the person who owns the camera or organized the shoot. Cooper was the snapper … so it’s his.And even if Ellen signed her rights over to the Academy when she signed her hosting gig, the Academy would have no rights to the photo, because Ellen can’t transfer what isn’t hers.So unless Bradley signed his rights away to the Academy, he’s the copyright owner. Any use of the pic without his permission is a violation of the copyright.He seemed down with tweeting it out, so Ellen is cool. But any use of the pic on TV shows — including hers — would only be kosher with Bradley’s blessing. And he’d own the rights to any reproduction.It all translates into cash. It could come in handy if that “Hangover” money runs out.
Any of the copyright lawyers who’re following care to weigh in?
Arguably, since it was a joint venture (she organized the shot and owned the camera*; he held the camera and pressed the button) and since they both knew that their concerted work would be merged into one unit (there is only one picture), they hold joint copyright.
According to this website (which looks accurate to me—I’m a lawyer but not a copyright lawyer), joint copyright is treated as tenancy in common, which means that each has an independent right to license the photo. So if Ellen is okay with any use of the photo, that’s enough, and there are no copyright issues.
*The website linked above also indicates that the effort of the non-button-pusher has to be something that would be copyrightable, such as the particular arrangement of the people in the shot. I would argue that that’s what Ellen did, myself. I’m not sure she intended them to be joint copyright holders—I think she thought it was her picture, but with someone else pushing the button. That having been said, though, since it’s a fairly strong tenet of photography law that the person who hit the shutter owns the copyright, it’s probably more likely a joint copyright type of venture.
‘National Anthem to the Moon’ by Bruce Haack
I never heard about this album before. Thanks, bOINGbOING!
Anonymous asked: hello! i'm agender, and i'm thinking about becoming a teacher. however i'm not really sure how well this will go - getting hired, getting students to use gender neutral titles, etc. do you think any of your followers could give some advice? (i want to be a history teacher somewhere between the 8th - 12th grade levels)
Depending on the school, you could tell students to just call you by your first name or surname - when I was at secondary school (year 7 to 11, which is grade 6 to 10), we called the drama and music teachers by their surnames, and the art teachers by their first names.
One of my favorite professors insisted that everyone be addressed by their last name only, no honorifics or gender markers or first names. It worked fine.