Thursday, August 13, 2020

Comments by Ria

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  • a definition of torture:

    https://apt.ch/en/what-is-torture/

    as the article says, this differs from a layperson’s definition of what “torture” means.

    to illustrate: when I first ended up at McLean, they put me in “the quiet room” and put in four point restraints after the first morning because they thought I might go wild and get violent. (I wouldn’t’ve done that.) although that had psychological effects which scarred me to this day, decades later, I personally don’t think it counts as torture.

    whereas later, I did get put in the quiet room (not in restraints this time) as punishment to break my disobedience. this does, by my definition count as torture.

    anyway: if you want to call an action an act of torture, you had damn well better justify that, otherwise you degrade the word further and blur the definition and make it a meaningless word.

  • I haven’t read the article yet (although I will), but this leapt out at the beginning:

    “Narvaez’ research is urgently needed because Western culture — which is being exported and adopted globally — breeds societies that are anything but sane.”

    I hear this a lot but, according to Wikipedia, the most happy countries, as of 2018: in order: Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. think beyond the clichés! nothing more western, in my opinion, than for western intellectuals to attack “western culture”, though I think that they mean American culture or, rather, aspects of American culture.

  • staff, in my experience, fell into identifiable categories.

    you got the ones who treated it just like any job. sometimes negligent or worse. they made up most of the night crew. (I suspect that certain members of the night staff regularly raped one of the young female inmates. no proof.)

    you got he more burnt-out cynical ones, who made up a lot of the day staff and had few illusions. sub-type: the authoritarian.

    you got the slightly burnt ones who still attempted to make a difference and would treat you as human.

    you got the type who described Nurse Schulz who I ran into infrequently. actually I can only think of one (female) example of a true believer.

    the actual psychiatrists and therapists fit into different categories.

  • when my locked up, my closest (middle-aged, female) friend (as well as a number of my enemies, also female and middle-aged) would use their social manipulation skills to have the staff do what they wanted. my friend would use subtle persuasion techniques. never aggressive, never demanding. she called it “sleazing”. she used her mind rather than her emotions whereas I acted on my hostile, angry emotions.