Washington Corrections Center is starting a new program that will bring nature videos to maximum custody inmates who spend 23 hours a day alone in their cell. In the coming weeks, these prisoners - which include the most dangerous and unruly of the overall prison population - will have the option of watching sunsets, mountains and river vistas projected on a blank recreation room wall that they are allowed to go to during their hour out of their cells. The hope is that by offering these scenes, inmates will be calmer. .... Based on a similar setup in an Oregon prison that has seen some success with prisoners.Prison officials are operating on the usual pile of leftist lies. Everyone is identical passive grains of sand. We enjoy watching PBS; pro criminals are just like us; therefore pro criminals enjoy it as well. Crap. If the technique works, it's NOT because it "makes the criminals calmer". It simply turns solitary into a perfect Room 101 for pro criminals. After you spend one minute watching "sunsets, mountains and river vistas", you'll NEVER want to get into that hellish place again. Basic Skinner. As always, it's supremely ironic that the dickheads who claim to worship Skinner, Darwin, Freud, Keynes, and Laffer consistently violate every precept laid down by their alleged Prophets. Later thought: Wash and Ore officials are perfectly stupid, but whoever designed the technique may have been smart. It's the visual version of speakers blaring Vivaldi or Debussy or The Carpenters in downtown skater hangouts. Guaranteed teen repellent, and nobody is confused about why it works.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.