‘Hamburglars’ Can Get Pizzas Now! 

23 May

In the wonderful world of Season 5 preview clips from Orange is the New Black, the inmates from Litchfield Corrections rise up and do a rebellion to be treated with respect all while catching media outlets attention… all while Piper and Voss promise to keep clear of bad shit to be released soon.

Well. Something similar had to have happened in Chicago. It’s no secret that our crime rate is pretty high up there, but not as high as other places… like Detroit. But before getting into crime rates, it’s better to start with the history of Crime in theory, Criminology.

Criminology theory over the centuries have stated that people have free will to chose how to act and those actions can be deterred with punishment (known as the classical school theory), or that there are internal/ external factors at work like predisposition or societal influence (known as positivist school), or that crime is learned even by association with criminals (differiental association theory). Then there is the one theory from my home area, Chicago (Aka Chicago School), that explained that crime is based mainly on external factors, and used the city and surrounding suburbs as an example of different zones where crime is present. 

Then later on rational choice, strain, control and labeling theories emerged to better explain crime. In short, most theorists come to the conclusion that if the person is not inherently evil, then there’s either a stain to do well and be successful in life and must commit crimes in order to have more wealth whilst knowing that there is a risk and trying to balance it with the reward. Common sense- if a family is starving and one steals a loaf of bread to feed them, the reward is high but maybe not as seen as high as the risk.

In our prisions all across the US (I’m going to just focus on Illinois prisions for this post), it is safe to assume that there is a overcrowding issue. Why is that? The Criminal Justice System, does create and null laws in part, based on popular thoughts of that time/era. So we have age old sayings like a bad apple in the bunch makes the others go bad too (relating to the differential association theory), and creating stereotypes that eventually become a self fulfilling prophecy (like labeling theory)…

It has gotten to the point that most of our laws are dishing out high punishments for low offenses. That’s why we have so many prision reform bills trying to be passed to get kids like Little Jimmy from Naperville to not go to jail for 25 years for smoking a little kush with his high school buddies. With that being said, there are activists that are trying to better remedy this overcrowding by protesting laws, and trying to change the limits of sentencing.

Why though? 

It’s notorious that prision is not a fun place to stay in. There’s tons of jokes that the guards will screw one over and that the other inmates are so sexually deprived, that if you ‘drop the soap’ someone named Bubba is going to stick it into the unwilling and unsuspecting person bent over trying to grab the soap…

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It’s with these jokes that people are offended and feel like it is an everyday part of the system. This is the spark that causes people to eventually dig around and see what they can do to help those whom, despite breaking the law and in doing so forfeiting rights, try to get some back.

How does this rant tie into pizza? Apparently it’s unacceptable that prisoners do not have fresh pizza made and delivered to them by other inmates. Now, the fact that this program is going to be run within the jail (much like the haircut service from OITNB) is a good incentive for inmates to be more self-sufficient and learn to be outstanding workers when they are integrated back into society.

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Going back to the above, how can one determine who can participate in the program to make pizzas and would this make the inmates feel spoiled by getting a whole pizza to themselves? Would it throw off the economy on the inside? What inspired this service, the inmates themselves or protesters? Would it seem like we are coddling the inmates? How would this service be teaching inmates to not break laws and be respectable people in society after they get out. It just seems odd. According to the article, Chef Bruno of Tocco said that this program’s “… main goal was to improve inmates’ self-esteem and love of food.”

How is that going to teach inmates and future offenders to not commit any crimes?

G is for Gimli

10 May

So here’s part of the reason why I’ve been so out of it and not wanting to post my drafts. All three of them. Gimli. No this isn’t another intrest piece- this is because I’ve been confiding in him and Scruffy enough to not feel the need to word vomit on WordPress. 

Gimli is a dwarven like guy at work. He liked the emotional connection I was talking about in posts long, long ago. 

I also thought I liked the emotional connection, but I realized it’s just that- no lust! So not even worth throwing away one of the greatest guys I’ve had in my life. 

Gimli is into Game of Thrones, video game design, drinking, and talking about feelings. It’s refreshing to meet the guy version of me! We ended up bonding over the fact that we liked having the emotional connection around while she is still here. But ultimately, we ended up developing a friendship and now here we are making a D and D campaign with Scruffy, my boyfriend and a few others Bc of how close we are! Even after my car accident, he offered to help drive me around and showed that he’s a pretty caring nice guy. 

Good guy, Gimli. 

He doesn’t have this much facial hair in real life…

A Far Fetched Debate?

10 May

I was talking to Pond and another coworker of mine, Gimli, who is going to get his own post soon, about a controversial topic about a month ago… because yes I’ve been writing half assed posts and saving everything to drafts. So here’s my first full assed post in a while.

Transracial people… specifically Rachel Dolezal, in the PinkNews Article. I think I texted Pond excessively about it… so here’s most of my points that we made.

My point: Her argument may seem like it’s sound because we accepted it with transgender/sexual beings, I don’t know why it doesn’t add up, and it frustrates me that I don’t know why. She could be proving 2 things (or more, but these 2 come to mind): the notion that sexuality is just as ridiculous as race is or it’s ridiculous to change genders/sexuality (thus eliminating body dysmorphia from the DSM5 and making every trans person’s identity invalid). Maybe it’s the first since she did come out as bisexual, so she probably believes in sexuality…?

Pond’s point: Her argument is so misinformed by saying that race and gender are both social constructs. However, race has a biological basis whereas gender does not.

That! The idea that in each argument are the same is where Dolezal is committing a fallacy in her argument. It’s both an Association fallacy for attempting to connect race and sexuality as something being able to be born into or picked out, circular argument since she offers no real new theories and obviously an illogical conclusion. For more information on fallacies, go here

Paper Stars

7 Apr

About 8 years ago, I took up the art of origami. I suck at making everything but little stars… 

Anyhow, I’ve decided on making the people closest to me gifts. So I bought about $40 worth of materials and started making stars. Since undergoing this adventure since two weeks ago, I’ve noticed how relaxed I feel with each star I make.

Only once in a blue moon, do I feel stressed enough to do something physically about it. So why not transform anger, pain, sadness, joy, contempt etc… into art?

I made this for Purple, whom is now in a better place a bank people! She didn’t die!, as a going away gift. I was slightly a bit sad to see her go since I’ve grown very fond of her, hell I think I love her platonically. After all, she’s basically my sister since we were born down the hall from each other and didn’t meet until last year

Maybe it’s time I start selling my creations? 

Emo Rangers

22 Mar

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A month ago I started writing this post. I was going though some emotional conflict on what I wanted to do with myself. So naturally, I turned to Emo Rangers…. A poorly edited/filmed knock off of Power Rangers from the UK that was made around 2005.

What can I say about this? There’s a connection between the emo that I knew in high school and the emo portrayed in this show. I grew up mainly in 2006-2010 for high school/ middle school. This was the time where Avril Lavigne’s post-grunge Under My Skin fix wasn’t cutting it no matter how many times I pressed repeat on my CD player on track 6 (My Happy Ending– a flashback incase you guys need it) The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance came out and was extremely popular with all my friends and I. The emo I knew was about feeling angry and hating everything, which in hindsight shows signs of depression sooo… 

Anyway, this show makes no sense to me now… Maybe if I was still emo, or even in my “I’m-post-emo-not-really-a-hipster-but-still-the-stereotypical-super-gay-liberal badass,” It would make more sense. But instead, I’m in the “I-am-a-nerd” phase and think too logical and not as emotionally anymore, so I so do not get these kids who say they hate everything but saves it all and are on the “good side.” The good side apparently hate’s teddy bears, and authoritative figures…

Post Summary: I listened to Avril’s Under My Skin album while writing this post. Maybe just maybe I’ll go back to post-gunge after all now that I can afford my own makeup and not use my mom’s eyeliner like I did back in the day. 

Review: Awkward.

22 Mar

On Amazon Prime, there is a show called Awkward. and it is your stereotypical run of the mill teenager- directed fanbase shows.

I am 23 and for some god forsaken reason I really like this show.

The main character (Jenna Hamilton), is an outcast teenage girl with one really good quirky friend (Tamara) who is in love with a guy ‘out of her league’ (Matty McKibbins). Relatable, right? So she hooks up with him and when she broke her arm, a rumor spread around (from Sadie Saxton and her Jesus loving bestie, Lissa) about how she tried to commit suicide over the boy… Still somewhat relatable…? From there, it’s just been an adventure of how this outcast that was thrown into the spotlight from a bad rumor makes the most of it and tries to save her social life and gets through high school (with help from other friends/ supporting characters: Jake, Valarie, and Luke). That part is relatable… well to me! And she finally gets with the boy she loves by the end of high school after being with a couple other guys because she couldn’t make her mind up. Very relatable given my sexuality and always wondering ‘what if she’s the one’! She has a rocky start to college after breaking up with the guy she went through so much crap to be with. She then comes home for the summer.

Season 502 (really means 8) is what I just binge watched last night/ this morning while talking to Pond.

This season she comes home from college, gets an internship thanks to Luke (aka guy she dated while deciding on drama with Matty). She eventually gets back together with Luke and Matty realizes his feelings never went away for Jenna. So it’s more drama of them always missing the right moment. At the end, she questions if her actions are right for her or if she’s just doing thing and passing through the relationship motions knowing very well it’s not in her best interests.

I really hope they make a season 601 or season 9 of what school she chooses: Wycoff to have Matty transfer to her or the NYU one to follow Luke. hahahaha why am I so addicted to this show for the teenage demographic? Is my life really in need of drama?

At Peace…?

21 Mar

If you haven’t tuned into my other post, Torn Importance, then you should probably read it first. 

I never thought I was the type to require validation from an emotional connection. In the 6-7 years since my last serious relationship with a male, I thought I had worked on myself to be strong enough to not need to be assured that one cares for me. I felt like I was turning to a friend I’ve bonded with for a while now for that emotional connection, and somewhat ‘mistaking’ it as potential feelings… though, it did strike me odd as to why I miss the LGBT community now that I am in a Heterosexual relationship. This conflict made me question: what am I getting from my friend that I feel my boyfriend isn’t providing me?

I finally got closure when it comes to lust or having an emotional connection. Common sense says that while lust is great, one needs emotional connections to function properly. In my case, it was to show someone that I care and want to be vocal about caring and needing some validation that it’s reciprocated and that one doesn’t feel like they need to find that in all their close friends. But I was blinded by seeing other’s and how their significant others bluntly say things like “you are my best friend, and I am in love with you.”It made me feel like this relationship was just formed out of lust…

I guess in the depth of my own insecurities astound me.

At least I talked to my boyfriend (really need to give him a nickname on here! Maybe Scruffy? like because of his beard that re refuses to shave…) about how I want some validation from him because I feel crazy for feeling things but him not saying anything. Apparently, I needed to look at his actions for validation. He’s been doing things to show he likes me so me being slow finally realizes he does care.

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