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“I made bongs”*…

 

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Alderson Federal Prison Camp, home to Martha Stewart for five months in 2004-5

 

From Town and Country Magazine, offered here without comment…

So you got caught. That porn star wasn’t about to pay herself to stay mum about her night with your boss, so you stepped up and took one for the team. Or perhaps your daughters were better at Instagram than calculus, so you spent half a million bucks pretending they were the best college athletic prospects since O.J. Simpson. Or maybe the SEC decided you were less of a “cryptoguru” and more of a charlatan.

From Felicity Huffman to Michael Cohen, nearly every day brings a notable figure face to face with a possible jail sentence—which, in turn, has given rise to a cottage industry: the prison consultancy. From companies like California’s White Collar Advice, which boasts a team of professionals with penal experience (as convicts or as employees of the Federal Bureau of Prisons) to individual entrepreneurs like Federal Prison Handbook author Christopher Zoukis, they have made it positively de rigueur for those more accustomed to sleeping between Pratesi than polyester to hire an insider who will lay out what to expect when expecting to be incarcerated…

Counsel for connected cons-to-be– the Emily Post of prison etiquette: “Inside the World of Prison Consultants Who Prepare White Collar Criminals to Do Time.”

* Tommy Chong, of his time at Taft Correctional Institute, where he built a kiln to fire his ceramic creations

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As we ponder privilege, we might recall that it was on this date in 1966 that one of Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, “96 Tears,” by ? and the Mysterians (AKA Question Mark and the Mysterians), reached #1 on the pop chart.

 

 

“Any workout which does not involve a certain minimum of danger or responsibility does not improve the body – it just wears it out”*…

 

If you are one of the 51.8 million people in the U.S. who use a treadmill for exercise, you know there’s much pain for your muscle-and-fitness gain. On your next 30-minute jog, as you count down the final seconds, ponder whether the hard work made you a better person. Consider whether the workout would feel different if you had powered something, even a fan to cool yourself off.

Two hundred years ago, the treadmill was invented in England as a prison rehabilitation device. It was meant to cause the incarcerated to suffer and learn from their sweat. It would mill a bit of corn or pump some water as a bonus…

How an early-19th century penal innovation became the top selling piece of exercise equipment in the U.S.: “Treadmills were meant to be atonement machines.”

* (That well-known fitness expert) Norman Mailer

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As we try to find our rhythm, we might send well-constructed birthday greetings to Frank Hornby; he was born on this date in 1863.  A visionary toy designer, he created the Meccano construction set (in 1901), a toy that used perforated metal strips, wheels, rods, brackets, clips, and assembly nuts and bolts to allow kids to build unlimited numbers of models.  A huge success, it spawned a monthly magazine– and U.S. competition (e.g., the Erector Set).  He introduced Hornby model trains in 1920 (originally clockwork and eventually electrically powered with tracks and scale replicas of associated buildings); the “Dinky” range of miniature cars and other motor vehicles was added in 1933 (spawning such competitors as Corgi, Matchbox, and Mattel’s Hot Wheels).

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Written by LW

May 15, 2018 at 1:01 am

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers”*…

 

Discover a new book every time you open a new tab: add 100 Million Books to your browser.

* Charles William Eliot

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As we turn the page, we might recall that it was on this date in 1717 that Voltaire (François Marie Arouet), the “Father of the Age of Reason.” was imprisoned for the first time in the Bastille for writing “subversive literature.”  He would subsequently be imprisoned again, and forced in exile.

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Written by LW

May 16, 2017 at 1:01 am

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