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daily 04/22/2015

    • From 1992 to 1994, Bonilla was the highest paid player in the league, earning more than $6 million per year. Bonilla is currently being paid approximately $1.19 million by the New York Mets each year. This was part of a deal made when the Mets released Bonilla before the 2000 season while still owing him $5.9 million for the final year of his contract. The deal expires in 2035, at which point Bonilla will have been paid $29.8 million for a season in which he did not even play for the Mets.[2]
    • Why didn’t officials give him longer than an hour to consider a final four-year, $54 million offer before trading him?

      “After everything we established – everything we had done – you give me an hour?” Harden told Yahoo! Sports on Monday afternoon. “This was one of the biggest decisions of my life. I wanted to go home and pray about it. It hurt me. It hurt.”

      Asked if additional time might have caused him to accept a deal several million dollars short of the $60 million maximum contract Harden had long sought, he responded: “Who knows? Another day, who knows what another day would’ve done?”

    • It was designed to be escape-proof, the Alcatraz of the Rockies, a place to incarcerate the worst, most unredeemable class of criminal — “a very small subset of the inmate population who show,” in the words of Norman Carlson, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, “absolutely no concern for human life.”
    • Jones said the staff psychiatrist stopped his prescription for Seroquel, a drug taken for bipolar disorder, telling him, “We don’t give out feel-good drugs here.”
    • Sometimes he cut himself. In response, guards fastened his arms and legs to his bed with a medieval quartet of restraints, a process known as four-pointing.
    • Robert Hood, the warden of the ADX from 2002 to 2005, told me that when he first arrived on the campus, he was struck by “the very stark environment,” unlike any other prison in which he ever worked or visited — no noise, no mess, no prisoners walking the hallways. When inmates complained to him, he would tell them, “This place is not designed for humanity,” he recalled. “When it’s 23 hours a day in a room with a slit of a window where you can’t even see the Rocky Mountains — let’s be candid here. It’s not designed for rehabilitation. Period. End of story.”
    • Last year the New York State attorney general approved a deal forbidding the placement of minors and mentally ill prisoners in solitary; in January, New York City banned solitary for anyone under 21. Gov. John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado signed a similar bill at the urging of the state corrections chief, Rick Raemisch, who spent a night in solitary confinement and wrote about it in a New York Times Op-Ed, concluding that its overuse is “counterproductive and inhumane.” As Cloud told me, “Even if you tried to employ solitary confinement with the most humane intentions, people are still going to lose their minds and hurt themselves.”
    • So she approached Arnold & Porter, a white-shoe law firm with a history of taking on high-profile pro bono cases.
    • “They bring me in when the story is complicated and there’s not going to be a settlement and they need someone to tell a convincing narrative. With this case, I worried, How do you weave a narrative and humanize people at a prison like this?”
    • or years, conditions inside the ADX had remained largely a mystery; from 2002 on, the Amnesty report noted, ADX officials denied every media request for a visit or prisoner interview, aside from a restricted tour in 2007. (The B.O.P. declined to comment for this article or to allow a site visit.)
    • With the extent of the problem, it’s incomprehensible to me that the B.O.P. didn’t notice what was going on.”
    • (Until recently prison regulations forbade the placement of inmates on psychotropic medication in the Control Unit, the most restrictive section of the ADX, as, by definition, such medication implies severe mental illness.)
    • Marcellus Washington, sentenced to life for carjacking and armed robbery, who slashed his wrists in a suicide attempt and was punished for it: He lost his television and radio privileges for several weeks.
    • By 1999, he had not received his sentence reduction and had become convinced that the B.O.P. was planning on transferring him out of protective custody. So he decided to escape.
    • Powers was sent to the medical center for federal prisoners in Springfield, Mo., for treatment, where a psychiatrist determined he was “not in need of inpatient psychiatric treatment or psychotropic medication” and that his behavior “was secondary to his antisocial disorder.”
    • “Considerations that [Powers] has some form of psychosis, thought disorder or mental illness are unfounded.”
    • Aro described the agency as “routinely unhelpful” and said it soon became “crystal clear that they were circling the wagons. They weren’t going to even admit there were problems, let alone try to fix them.”
    • According to Golden, prisons have a history of getting lawsuits mooted by simply transferring the litigious inmate to a different facility. In anticipation of such a maneuver, Golden and Aro assembled a broad platform of plaintiffs, unwieldy enough to make the transfer strategy impractical: The initial complaint featured six primary inmates, including Powers and Shelby, and 11 backups, demonstrating a range of illnesses, races and backgrounds. (The legal team also filed a suit on behalf of the family of Jose Vega seeking damages for abuse and wrongful death.)
    • We do know what Martin Richard’s parents think. Bill and Denise Richard, who watched a son die and a daughter lose a leg, wrote an open letter to the Justice Department suggesting a plea in which Tsarnaev would be spared but would spend life in prison and would waive all appeals. Basically, they want him to disappear as soon as possible.
    • “Only that I don’t get it,” he said with a sigh. “I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read. I had no interest in Ant-Man. [Then] I read the script, and was like, Of course! This is so good! It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa
    • It took other Sean a solid hour to sort out the problem: the Compute Stick uses a single chip for both WiFi and Bluetooth communications, and it’s terrible at multitasking. The only way to fix it is to disable WiFi. Seriously?
    • I own ( and love) an Atom-powered Dell Venue 8 Pro and was blown away by the Atom x7 CPU in Microsoft’s low-end Surface 3. Intel Atom isn’t the badge of shit it once was. The Intel-branded Compute Stick is not the best example of the platform’s ability, though.
    • “No matter our disagreements, freedom of speech is the most fundamental right we have as Americans,” said Oz in a preview of the episode released today. “And these 10 doctors are trying to silence that right.”
    • “The university is committed to the principle of academic freedom, which means our faculty are encouraged to participate in public discussion.”
    • He knows his audience is made up of idiots. It is amazing how much traction a bullshit artist can get by claiming his/her right to spew bullshit is being infringed upon.


      I am pretty sure he understands his fallacious use of the First Amendment here, just as he understands the snake oil he is peddling is garbage.


      He isn’t a doctor. He is a cynical businessman.

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    • That the freedom to say whatever you want, no matter how harmful it is to the wellbeing of others, is always touted as “the most fundamental right we have as Americans” really explains a lot about Americans.

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