TFT Arrives

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 05 May 2004 12:00:00 GMT
From Jeff Schwartz's The Consultant, which I just re-read and highly recommend:
"A real programmer puts a glass of water and an empty glass on his nightstand before going to sleep. The full one is used if he wakes up thirsty during the night. The empty one is if he wakes up, but isn't thirsty. This is called 'coding for the error condition.'" -- Russian Programmer's Proverb.

# Tim Larkin's Target Focus Training - my Nuclear Weapons package arrived in the mail yesterday. Apparently, Mr. Larkin received a rash of orders, and it took a while to get all the DVDs manufactured. I read part of the booklet that came with it and watched the "Principals" DVD. Seems interesting. I've got four more DVDs to watch, two or three times, before passing judgement. And, of course, none of this will be useful in a fight-for-your-life scenario without practice, practice, practice. That means I'll need a training partner. Sigh...

# Paul Craig Roberts at - A Prison State, If Not a Police State - liberate the U.S., from the war on some drugs and Child Molestive Services. [lew]

With a legal system that mass-produces criminals, prisons are being constructed at a breathtaking rate. An Urban Institute study, "The New Landscape of Imprisonment," released on April 29, documents the boom in prison construction during the last two decades.

Jeremy Travis, one of the authors, says: "The prison network is now deeply intertwined with American life, deeply integrated into the physical and economic infrastructure of a large number of American counties. It provides jobs for construction workers and guards, and because the inmates are counted as residents of the counties where they are incarcerated, it means more federal and state funding and greater political representation for these counties."

A number of states now have prisons in almost one-third of their counties. Florida has at least one prison in 78% of its counties! In 1923 there were only 61 prisons in the entire US.

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