A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

May 23, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers

Should I fight back in prison?

I have been incarcerated on a few different occasions in my former ( young and stupid) life. One thing that I came to realize when I was in those situations was that, although I was there because I did something that was against the law and I got caught, and the things I did were serious offenses, I did these things simply because I was young and dumb kid. I knew that I did not belong there.

The people that I encountered during my stays were mostly psychopathic, sociopathic and basically people who decided that they were not going to follow the rules of society. Most of the time people like this will never conform to the rules set by our society and culture. They just do not and will not get it. These people use violence and the fear of violence to try to achieve their goals, whatever they may be. For whatever reason this is how they learned to navigate the world. These people will use violence or the threat of violence to get whatever it is they want from you because this is all they know. If you show them that you are not afraid of their attempts to scare or intimidate you, most of the time they will leave you alone and you will even gain their respect. This is all that they will understand and these people belong in prison, locked up like the animals that they are.

So, yes….that asshole that is trying to start some shit, talking shit to you or trying to take something from you…you punch that motherfucker in the mouth…break his fucking nose or some appendage on his body. You may even have to kill him. Do whatever it is you have to to get this waste of space to leave you alone. If you do not, these predatory individuals will continue to attempt to prey on you. This is the way the world is unfortunately and prison life is the epitome of this reality. Leave me alone and I won’t have to fuck you up!…. Non violence does not work against those who are violent against you. 

Quincy Gordy

 

 

Why is Marlon Brando so highly regarded?

I think it’s easy to forget how big a deal Brando’s performance was in Streetcar Named Desire. It was a watershed. He changed acting forever. Brando was to acting as Babe Ruth was to baseball.

Before Babe Ruth, a home run in baseball was basically an accident. The game was all about ball placement out in the field. Place the ball where it would be hardest for the fielders to retrieve so you can advance the furthest along the bases. If you hit it out of the field of play, well that was kind of a screw up, so just walk around the bases. Like a ground rule double. Then The Babe came along and just knocked it out as much as he could because fuck running, amiright? He’d rather strike out than run the bases. Yada, yada, yada… modern baseball is unrecognizable compared to what it was before.

So think about Brando that way. He is widely credited with bringing realism to acting. He wasn’t just a good actor or a big star… He redefined what people considered film acting, bringing something to the art form that changed it forever. In his acting, he stripped the process and affectation away that you often see in old movies. And depending on how you see art, he brought the audience closer to the truth of the character and the story.

Before Brando people were using Trans-Atlantic accents (literally not a thing in real life) and doing vaudevillian-era stage blocking more akin to choreography, but in front of cameras. Brando didn’t just act like he was crying and upset. He got himself all upset and ugly cried. He would really lose his shit and didn’t care about his posture or a fake stylish accent or if he looked cool, etc…

It’s all very passé now, but that’s because it’s just the norm… because of people like Brando. But at the time it knocked audiences, critics, actors, producers, writers and everyone else right out of their seats. It moved the entire art form forward–for everyone.

Sure, old Brando coasted on that, and was by all counts an insufferable entitled asshole. But he could still get work because his influence on film making in his early career almost cannot be overstated. He was living legend. He added a tool to the toolbox that the industry uses to tell stories.

Brando’s legacy is more along the lines of sound, or technicolor than “he was just really really really famous”. That’s the big deal about the “Stella!” scene in Streetcar. When people saw it, it was something they’d never seen before and it immediately made everything else they had seen seem dull and outmoded.

Apocalypse Now – Colonel Kurtz’s Monologue

 

 

Why do drug dealers add fentanyl, when they know it will kill their customers?

The people who actually sell them to the consumers don’t usually add them, it’s hard to make it without chemistry knowledge.

Fentanyl doesn’t inherently kill customers, although an overdose obviously does. If it did, then several hundred thousand people would be dead within a day, and that’s just the statistics of people who use illegal opioids. Think back to basic economics, if you kill your customers, then you have no more business. There is a limit to how much a cartel or manufacture can add fentanyl before it becomes so risky that it will kill their consumer base, even after accounting for the mostly inelasticity of the demand.

As for the why anyone would do that, it’s because it makes 1 effective dose need less volume than things like heroin. It’s about 50–100 times as powerful, but that means that you can either have less detection via the smaller volume or get much more profit for each distribution trip, or some combination of the two depending on how the criminal syndicate wishes to distribute. The same thing happened under alcohol prohibition. If you had a volumetric capacity of 100 litres, then it would be more advantageous to distribute hardened spirits (or moonshine if you could make it), because instead of having only maybe 300 doses to sell, you could suddenly sell between 2200 doses to 4400 doses depending on the ABV of the liquor for the same expense of fuel, same detection potential, and only minor upfront costs to distill. If you were any profit driven businessman, which would you chose to make?

 

 

Is Islam Inherently Violent? 

Islam was born into a violent context. The Koran was written in the 7th century in the Arabian Peninsula during a time of war. The prophet Muhammad and his early followers had to fight constantly for survival in a brutal desert environment where various tribes were competing for resources. In other words, the first Muslims were a scrappy, persecuted crew in a dog-eat-dog world and this experience almost definitely influenced the way they wrote the holy texts that later became Islamic scripture.

Knowing the historical context of the birth of Islam helps us understand why parts of the Koran and other Islamic texts are so brutal. There are over 100 verses that appear to condone violence in one way or another in the Koran alone?—?and that’s not even getting into the hadiths, or sayings, of the prophet Muhammad, which include some pretty gruesome stuff, too.

Some Koranic verses are explicitly violent. “Kill [nonbelievers] wherever you find them,” says a line in the 2nd sura, or chapter. “Strike off their heads and strike from them every fingertip,” says another, also referring to what Muslims should do when they encounter someone of another faith.

Other verses in the Koran do not explicitly condone violence but could be interpreted that way. One widely quoted verse occurs in the holy book’s 5th sura. It states that murder is bad unless someone has “spread mischief in the land.” Obviously “spreading mischief” or “villainy” (as it’s sometimes translated) in “the land” can be interpreted in a wide variety of ways, which has proved problematic for Islam over the years.

Similarly, the Koran says that those who “wage war against Allah” should be punished with execution, crucifixion, or the “cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides,” which sounds particularly unpleasant. Again, “waging war against Allah” is vague. That very vagueness is exactly what terror groups like the Islamic State or Al Qaeda exploit to increase their own power.

In Islamic scripture, it’s not just infidels who deserve to die. The hadiths (which are the second-most important piece of Islamic scripture after the Koran) contain stories of gay people and adulterers being put to death for their abominable crimes and some people have taken this to mean that Islam allows for homosexuality and adultery to be punished by execution.

Of course, just because medieval Islamic scripture decrees certain things doesn’t mean that contemporary Muslims do them. The vast majority of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are peaceful people. Indeed, Islam itself is based on peaceful values: the word “Islam” comes from the Arabic word for peace (salaam). Muslims’ primary way of greeting each other is salaam alaykum, or “Peace be upon you.”

The Koran also contradicts itself about the whole accepting-people-of-other-religions thing. Though some verses advocate killing infidels, others say the opposite. “There shall be no coercion in matters of faith,” says the 2nd sura, for example. The Koran also encourages its followers time and again to be kind, generous and loving to each other. “Compete with each other in doing good,” says one verse. “Allah is with those who are of service to others,” says another.