John Bell Hood’s Leg
— "This marked Hood’s third major combat injury; he had suffered an arrow through the hand while fighting Comanche Indians in 1857, and had lost the function of his left arm after being struck by shell fragments at Gettysburg. Hood was a famous general, but he now faced an outlook shared by hundreds of thousands of other soldiers who were likewise injured during the war. He became dependent on the kindness of strangers, like the Little family, in order to start his long road to recovery in the midst of a realization that he would live the rest of his life as a disabled man." By Brian Craig Miller
, New York Times
, December 20, 2013.
posted by cenoxo
on Dec 21, 2013 -
This is The Big Picture, an official television report of the United States Army, produced for the armed forces and the American people. Now to show you part of The Big Picture here is Master Sargent Stuart Queen
The series consists of ~822 documentaries produced by the United States Army Signal Corps Army Pictorial Service from 1951 to 1971 to educate both soldiers in uniform and the American public about military concerns as well as things like historical battles, world geography, famous soldiers, the latest weapons, space exploration, strategic objectives, peaceful initiatives, and the life of a soldier. Being a product of the Federal Government it belongs to the the American people, and is thus freely available to all to copy and distribute. Most can now be viewed on archive.org [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Dec 10, 2013 -
"'If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.' So goes the old saying. Yet conditions in some American facilities are so obscene that they amount to a form of extrajudicial punishment." Mother Jones is profiling "America's 10 Worst Prisons."
Facilities were chosen for the list based on "...three years of research, correspondence with prisoners, and interviews with reform advocates." [more inside]
posted by zarq
on May 14, 2013 -
The Yellow Dog Project
is a global movement for parents of dogs in need of space. If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or something yellow on the leash, this is a dog who needs some space
. Please do not approach this dog with your dog. Please maintain distance or give this dog and his/her person time to move out of your way. [more inside]
posted by ancillary
on Oct 1, 2012 -
The Brain on Trial.
Advances in brain science are calling into question the volition behind many criminal acts. A leading neuroscientist describes how the foundations of our criminal-justice system are beginning to crumble, and proposes a new way forward for law and order.
"We may someday find that many types of bad behavior have a basic biological explanation—as has happened with schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, and mania." [more inside]
posted by Eideteker
on Jul 15, 2011 -
You didn't much like Raptorize
and were hoping for something about real raptors (not F-22 fighters), therefore I am pleased to give you the goods on Birds of Prey
. Raptors are birds that hunt
(or scavenge) for meat, not plant life, and share several physical traits
(although they can vary in size from miniature
(pygmy) owls to Andean condors
), among the largest birds of prey in the United States
), secretary birds
) and vultures
) are all raptors; all have hooked beaks, fantastic
and sharp talons
. The word raptor comes from the Latin rapere
(to seize), apt description
of their hunting style
. Raptor breeders
abound, as do raptor associations (quite a list at the Global Raptor Information Network
injured raptors back to health; you can Adopt-a-Bird
, and even donate regularly to help the birds via your very own Raptor Center Credit Card
. Failing that, you can always help
more about conservation
of these magnificent
and beautiful creatures
. And if you are super keen, you can attend the
Winter Raptor Fest 2011
. [more inside]
posted by bwg
on Dec 14, 2010 -
In 1992, on a rainy night in Palm Springs, a drunk driver took the life of Jilly Rizzo, long-time pal of Frank Sinatra. Jeffrey Perotte (then 28) was an alcoholic "who had the papers for court-ordered alcohol rehabilitation sitting in the glove box of his car". He ran from the scene as Rizzo burned to death, and then attempted to convince officers that it was not him who had been driving, but his girlfriend.
Sentenced to life, Perotte (website
) 'turned his life around' in prison, earning three degrees along the way. He has come up for parole four times, with "a file full of testimonials from prison guards, counselors and even, twice, the judge who sentenced him," but has been denied each time. "What we've been dealing with all along," [his father-in-law] said, "has been the hidden hand of the Sinatras."
posted by woodblock100
on Jul 17, 2010 -
The catch-22 of prison therapy.
The biggest criticism of sex offender justice is that imprisonment does not mean rehabilitation. In Massachusetts because of stringent anti-sex offender laws, lawyers are advising their clients to turn down prison therapy because it will be used against them. Even used against them after they're done with their sentence. These are serious violations of double jeopardy and doctor patient privilege.
posted by skallas
on Jul 28, 2002 -