These Ohio assisted living facilities are designed to look like neighborhoods from the 1940s, with front-porch rocking chairs, ‘grass’, and a fiber-optic sky that transitions from day to night instead of sterile walls and doors. For patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, the setup can remind them of early memories and reduce anger, anxiety, and depression. Source

The Durham Jail Classifies Inmate Kitchen Workers as Volunteers
They’re not paid—which prisoner advocates say is akin to slave labor.
By Victoria Bouloubasis

On Thursday, Vincent (who asked the INDY not to use his last name) will go to court after already serving six months in the Durham County Detention Facility to learn whether he still owes the state $900 in unpaid child support, which led to his incarceration.  This, despite the fact that he worked essentially full time in the jail’s kitchen while he was locked up — all unpaid.  Technically, he was a volunteer, though he chuckles at that description.

“If you’re going to hire inmates, you should pay them,” he says.  “How can you work for someone, get released, and then still owe money?”

A national prison strike last Friday protested cases like these, where inmate labor doesn’t count for anything, not even a paycheck.  Some 150 protesters made their demands heard loud and clear on the streets of Durham during a nighttime march.  The message echoed that of similar events held all over the country: end prison slavery.

About 450 men and women are incarcerated at the Durham County jail.  Only 15 percent of them are on work detail, called pod 4B, which is considered a privilege compared to the only other option — remaining alone in a cell for most of the day.

Unlike in state prisons, where the average inmate’s daily wage hovers around $4.73, the workers in the county jail do not manufacture any material goods and don’t receive any remuneration.  Among the various tasks they do perform — laundry, painting, janitorial work — roughly half of the workers in 4B serve a stint in the kitchen, which, for the last twenty years, has been run by Aramark Corporation.  The company serves more than six hundred correctional facilities in the United States and Canada, with large universities and public school systems also on its client docket.

Vincent says he signed up for pod 4B during his first month in jail.  He worked both in laundry service and on the kitchen’s first shift, from 2:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., along with ten fellow inmates and one Aramark employee.  He washed dishes and prepped what he calls “pig slop,” a combination of soy-textured protein and potatoes served at nearly every meal.

In the jail’s handbook, a warning at the top of the work section reads: “All work detail at the facility is for volunteers only.”

“The hours are so long and they talk to you like their slaves, not like they’re paying you,” Vincent says.  “It’s just a really disrespectful environment.  Because you’re an inmate, and they wanted to make sure you knew it.”

The jail falls under the purview of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, which is quick to point out that inmates are not forced into the work detail.  And the inmates do get some benefits: in lieu of a paycheck, state law requires a four-day sentence reduction per thirty days of work.

So far this year, the county has paid Aramark $630,000 for its services.

In turn, Aramark’s website promises: “We are able to reduce costs with operational efficiency, intelligent technology, and innovative menus.  It all adds up to savings for you and for the taxpayer.”

“They build these buildings to confine people to raise their capital, because they make money off of you for being in there,” Vincent says.  “By getting inmates to work, they are getting a discount because they don’t have to hire.  It’s a real slap in the face.”

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tamara Gibbs says Aramark’s contract expires at the end of September, and the county has chosen not to renew it.

Gibbs says the decision was based on a nutritional assessment by dieticians at the Durham County Department of Public Health, who factored in inmates’ frequent complaints about the food’s quality.

But in making the move, the county will also save money.  ABL Management Inc., based in Reidsville, will take over for Aramark.  In the bidding process, Gibbs says, the office received a price-per-meal estimate between $1.10 and $1.33.  Aramark’s current contract has each meal priced at $1.95.

With ABL, Gibbs says, the jail will roll out a job-skills training program.  But that “will take time to implement.”

Vincent, who was released in May, received nothing of the sort.  He currently works at a shelter, where he earns $50 a week in exchange for room and board.  Without a job or skills to get back on his feet, Vincent fears he’ll never get enough money to pay off his debt.  And for that reason, he worries he’ll eventually end up back behind bars.

Slave wages.


After years of being set in his own universe, Spider-Man is finally under the Marvel Cinematic Universe umbrella. Tom Holland was able win fans over almost instantly with his performance in Captain America: Civil War. Some have already anointed him as the best Spider-Man put on screen yet, and next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming will help give a better indication of just how good he is. Even though this will be Spider-Man’s film, he will be joined by a couple familiar faces.

It has been known for quite some time that Robert Downey Jr. would return as Tony Stark, but just recently it was revealed that Jon Favreau would be joining the project as well to play Happy Hogan. If that was not enough for some fans, it now appears that even more familiar faces could have the chance of appearing at a familiar location.

Holland posted a new photo on his Instagram account showing himself, co-star Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), and a friend at the Porsche facility in Atlanta. This does not indicate that Peter and friends are looking to test drive very expensive cars, but instead possibly visiting the Avengers facility. As pointed out by MCUExchange, this building serves as the stand in for the new Avengers facility, so it appears Peter could get a tour of the super team’s headquarters.


If the location is not enough to convince people this will be the case, the caption of the photo is “The A Team.” This is likely not a reference to the old TV show, or the attempt at a movie, but instead the “A” standing for Avengers. Robert Downey Jr. teased a new project that retroactively confirmed he and Favreau are in Atlanta. A visit to the Avengers facility this close to his arrival is no coincidence. Happy could very well pick Peter up from school to take him to the facility, although how Ned Leeds gets an invitation without knowing Peter’s secret is hard to figure out.

The visit to the facility itself could very well open the door for other cameos as well. The Avengers roster is depleted at this moment to only have an injured War Machine and Vision left on the team. Marvel likely does not want to overcrowd this movie with cameos, but the door is now open to those possibilities. What is more likely the case is Peter visiting Stark to get an upgrade or even intel on Vulture and Stark’s reported history with The Tinkerer. Whatever does bring him to the facility will remain a mystery until the movie comes out, but it is a nice nugget of information to know as it moves closer.

Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.

First love, family secrets, close female friendships, the ocean, Los Angeles, “going to shows,” Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, annoying older brothers, cool older sisters, one crystal store, at least three easter egg-y 90′s film references, pretty much my whole entire heart and soul. My book is a real book! Get yours today!

crowaion  asked:

wait so tinr is ending????

Yep. Better sell off those clip on red bangs and cardboard blue teardrop shapes before anyone catches on.

I’m not quittin the comic game though, if you still have room in your heart for a new story, get ready for Facility. 

Se tu fossi qui, ti avrei lasciato dormire ancora un po’, sarei lentamente scesa dal letto e sarei andata a prendere due cappuccini e due paste al bar buonissimo qui sotto. Poi avrei sistemato tutto in un vassoio, che avrei appoggiato sul comodino affianco al letto, mi sarei infilata nel letto e avrei iniziato a darti tanti piccoli baci. Tu avresti bevuto e mangiato un po’, ancora con gli occhi semichiusi, e poi avremmo fatto l'amore piano, lentamente, per ore.
Devo smetterla.

Tout comme à un moment de ma vie, mon chéri est au chômage et il commence doucement à comprendre pourquoi j’étais autant sur les nerfs et agressive. Il en a finit de croire que c’est “tranquille” et qu’on fout rien.

C’est un peu tard, mais ça fait du bien de lui mettre ses anciennes reproches sous le nez. Sans pour autant être méchante!

[FC]<Pepper Faroth> stop moving around Regular Hydrant
[FC]<Pepper Faroth> Regulation Hydrant’
Regula van Hydrus: The day is yours…but we will meet again.
Analysis and Proving is no longer sealed!
You obtain 15 Allagan tomestones of esoterics.
You bid farewell to Regula van Hydrus.

[FC]<Colette Brunel> REGULAR HYDRANT
[FC]<Colette Brunel> FUCKIGN
[FC]<Pepper Faroth> :3c

  • Person on Phone:*very offended* When I called earlier someone told me that I’d need my own membership in order to swim with my daughter.
  • Me:*I'm the person you spoke to earlier you asshole* Yes, in order to use the pool you would need a membership. The pool doesn't allow guests. *thinking loudly, yes this is a facility for members I don't care how damn young your daughter is if you want to swim with her you have to HAVE A MEMBERSHIP. That's how this shit works.*
  • Person on Phone:...fine.

Je sais pas ce que je suis, et ça m’énerve, même si on s’en fout, parce que c’est pas ça qui nous défini, mais moi j’aimerais quand même bien être fixée pour pouvoir le dire et être au clair.