For private business prison labor is like a pot of gold. No strikes. No union organizing. No health benefits, unemployment insurance, or workers’ compensation to pay. No language barriers, as in foreign countries. New leviathan prisons are being built on thousands of eerie acres of factories inside the walls. Prisoners do data entry for Chevron, make telephone reservations for TWA, raise hogs, shovel manure, and make circuit boards, limosines, waterbeds, and lingerie for Victoria’s Secret, all at a fraction of the cost of ‘free labor’.
Linda Evans and Eve Goldberg, “The Prison Industrial Complex and the Global Economy” (via commiekinkshamer)
It is very difficult to gain any realizations at all if our meditational practices are constantly interrupted. If we want to attain the state of tranquil abiding in which we can develop true single-pointedness of mind, we shall be unable to do so if we meditate for a month, abandon our practice and then resume it a few months later. No practice done in such a fitful manner will ever bear fruit. We cannot bring water to a boil if we are forever turning the heat on and off. Just as the stove should be kept at a constant temperature, so too should our meditational practices be steady and continuous.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Meaningful to Behold” (via dancingdakini)