Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Slow Death of Ashley Smith
It is without a doubt one of the worst things I have ever seen. The slow death of Ashley Smith.
While her guards watched.
Read that and weep.
Or watch the video here.
If you can bear it.
Then read what the poor brilliant Aaron Swartz wrote about depression.
You feel as if streaks of pain are running through your head, you thrash your body, you search for some escape but find none. And this is one of the more moderate forms. As George Scialabba put it, “acute depression does not feel like falling ill, it feels like being tortured … the pain is not localized; it runs along every nerve, an unconsuming fire. … Even though one knows better, one cannot believe that it will ever end, or that anyone else has ever felt anything like it.”
Before he hanged himself.
Now imagine what it would feel like to suffer from something like that, and still be treated like an animal. Pepper sprayed, tasered, trussed like a turkey, locked in solitary isolation for months at a time.
Now ask yourself where this cruelty comes from.
And how many other mentally ill people are suffering in our overcrowded Con prisons.
Then maybe you'll reach the same conclusion I did.
The Harper government is not my government.
And this is not my Canada...
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