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Does Mass Media Violence Lead to Fewer Viewers? . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 31 January 2019; published on 6 April 2019

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF VIDEO

Dear Ones,

This is a video about . There is a Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

This is a message for the producers of mass media … television, movies, and like that. The issue is violence portrayed in the media, and glamorization of crime. And I have this question to pose to you:

If your content induces your viewers to become criminals, and to be apprehended by the law, then have you not lost a viewer, from amongst your audience? Has your audience not shrunk? … After all, there is no movie-going, there is very little television watching, and there are no handhelds and smart phones … things of that nature … for people who are in prison.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Notice that Soundtrack has been added . by Alice B. Clagett

Dear Ones,

I have added a soundtrack to the song “Desperado” in the blog linked to below …

Link: “The Dance Steps on the Parquet Floor,” by Alice B. Clagett,” Published on 1 January 2018; Filmed on 1 January 2018; soundtrack added on 1 November 2018, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8eT ..

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How Many Ex-Felons and Non-Ex-Felons in California Have HIV? . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 15 October 2018

  • CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS (very approximately)
    • 20 percent of Californians are ex-felons
    • As of 2015, 0.8% of California prisoners had HIV
    • 63,264 ex-felons in California in 2017 have HIV
    • 62,448 ex-felons in California in 2015 had HIV
    • 59,631 HIV cases for non-ex-felons in California in 2015
    • 31,224,000 Californian non-ex-felons in 2015
    • 0.2% HIV rate for non-ex-felons in California in 2015
    • 122,079 HIV cases in California overall in 2015
  • CONCLUSIONS
    • About 20 percent, or 1 in 5, Californians are ex-felons
    • This subgroup accounts for a little over half the HIV cases in California
    • While most California prisoners are being tested for HIV, non-ex-felons may not be aware of their HIV status. The reported HIV rate among non-ex-felons may begin to increase as more and more people avail themselves of the annual tests provided for through Medicare and MediCal.
    • Comments on 2015 Prisoner HIV Incidence by State
      • The HIV incidence for both California ex-felons and California non-ex-felons is in the mid-range, compared to other states
      • Importance of Timely Statistical Reporting, Considering the quick-flash nature of the course of a pandemic
      • Are we at the beginning of an HIV pandemic upsurge?
      • I notice a great deal of variance in the HIV rates among prisoners by state
      • Request for clarification of figures for near zero HIV rate among prisoners in some states
    • HIV Screening and Viral Suppression in California Prisons May Be Helping Prevent the Spread of HIV Among HIV-Negative California Prison Populations
      • Are condoms available in prisons?

Dear Ones,

CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS  (very approximately)

I read that 20 percent of Californians are ex-felons …

Link: “Study estimates U.S. population with felony convictions,” by Alan Flurry, 1 October 2017, in UGA Today, https://news.uga.edu/total-us-population-with-felony-convictions/ ..

… and that made me wonder about the HIV positive status of felons and ex-felons, compared to the general California population, and also about overall numbers of Californians with HIV.

I have crunched the most recent numbers I could find, as follows …

As of 2015, 0.8% of California prisoners had HIV … 

LInk: “HIV in Prisons, 2015 – Statistical Tables,” by Laura M. Maruschak and Jennifer Bronson, Ph.D., BJS Statisticians, August 2017, NCJ 250641, US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/hivp15st.pdf  … See “Appendix table 3. Estimated number of prisoners who had HIV in the custody of state and federal correctional authorities, by jurisdiction, 2010–2015”

. . . . .

Per Google, the California population in 2017 was 39.54 million.
Assuming that the HIV rate for ex-felons might be the same as that for California prisoners in 2015, then the number of ex-felons in California with HIV in 2017 might roughly be estimated as …

(the 2017 California population)   X    (the percent of Californians who are ex-felons)  X  (the 2015 California prison HIV rate)  =

39.54 million people  X  20% ex-felons  X 0.8% HIV rate = approximately 63,264 ex-felons in California in 2017 have HIV

. . . . .

On to the question of how many ex-felons in California have HIV …

Per Google, the California population in 2015 was 39.03 million.

For California overall, 122,079 people were living with HIV as of 2015 …

Link: “LocalData: California,” in AIDSVu, https://aidsvu.org/state/california/ ..

Of these, roughly 20% were ex-felons, for whom the HIV rate is roughly 0.8%. So the number of ex-felons in California with HIV in 2015 might roughly be estimated as …

(the 2015 California population)   X    (the percent of Californians who are ex-felons)  X  (the 2015 California prison HIV rate)  =

39.03 million people  X   20% ex-felons  X 0.8% HIV rate = approximately 62,448 ex-felons in California in 2015 had HIV

. . . . .

And now, back to the 122,079 people overall living with HIV in California as of 2016 … The number of these who were Californians and not ex-felons, might be estimated as ..

(122,079 Californians overall living with HIV in 2015)  less  (62,448 ex-felons with HIV in California in 2015) = approximately 59,631 HIV cases for non-ex-felons in California in 2015

. . . . .

Then, the number of Californian non-ex-felons in 2015 might be estimated as …

(the number of Californians in 2015)  less  (the number of Californian ex-felons in 2015) =

39.03 million people in California in 2015  X 4/5 non-ex-felons = 31,224,000 Californian non-ex-felons in 2015

. . . . .

Then  the HIV rate for Californian non-ex-felons in 2015 might be estimated as …

(the number of Californian non-ex-felons with HIV in 2015)  divided by  (the number of Californian non-ex-felons in 2015) …

(59,631 HIV cases for non-ex-felons in California in 2015)  divided by (31,224,000 Californian non-ex-felons in 2015)  =  0.2% HIV rate for non-ex-felons in California in 2015

. . . . .

To the total number of HIV cases in California in 2015 would be the non-ex-felon cases plus the ex-felon cases, as follows …

(59,631 HIV cases for non-ex-felons in California in 2015)  plus  (62,448 ex-felons in California in 2015 with HIV) = approximately 122,079 HIV cases in California overall in 2015 (which looks to be roughly accurate, based on other reading I did).

CONCLUSION

I am hoping that the above figures are a pretty good ballpark; a lot depends on getting timely, accurate data. Then there is the question of crunching the numbers accurately.

Overall, I notice that ..

  • About 20 percent, or 1 in 5, Californians are ex-felons
  • This subgroup accounts for a little over half the HIV cases in California
  • While most California prisoners are being tested for HIV, non-ex-felons may not be aware of their HIV status. The reported HIV rate among non-ex-felons may begin to increase as more and more people avail themselves of the annual tests provided for through Medicare and MediCal.

Comments on 2015 Prisoner HIV Incidence by State

The HIV incidence for both California ex-felons and California non-ex-felons is in the mid-range, compared to other state … It is much lower than I had intuited in 2015. But then, these figures are for 2015, and the bloom I intuited may have happened in the last 3 years.

Importance of Timely Statistical Reporting, Considering the quick-flash nature of the course of a pandemic. I feel it is important to place a priority on getting these statistics out to the general public in as timely fashion as possible, because we may be facing a logarithmic upsurge this year. In fact, for all we know, it may already have happened.

Are we at the beginning of an HIV pandemic upsurge? There is some small indication of an impending upsurge in the literature. For instance, in the below link, I found a statement that the California HIV rate had increased 5.4% between 2012 and 2016. The years 2017 and 2018 are still an open question.

Link: “California HIV Surveillance Report — 2016,” by CA Office of AIDS, California Department of Public Health, https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DOA/CDPH%20Document%20Library/California%20HIV%20Surveillance%20Report%20-%202016.pdf ..

I notice a great deal of variance in the HIV rates among prisoners by state. While the rate was 0.8% in California, it was 3% or more in Florida, Louisiana and New York …

Request for clarification of figures for near zero HIV rate among prisoners in some states. And there are some states … notably Montana and Nevada … with almost no HIV rate amongst prisoners. Whether this means they are being murdered, or that there is little HIV overall in those states, is a topic on which I ask clarification.

LInk: “HIV in Prisons, 2015 – Statistical Tables,” by Laura M. Maruschak and Jennifer Bronson, Ph.D., BJS Statisticians, August 2017, NCJ 250641, US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/hivp15st.pdf  … See “Appendix table 3. Estimated number of prisoners who had HIV in the custody of state and federal correctional authorities, by jurisdiction, 2010–2015”

HIV Screening and Viral Suppression in California Prisons May Be Helping Prevent the Spread of HIV Among HIV-Negative California Prison Populations

Also good news are statistics I read on HIV screening for California prisoners, which began in 2010. According to the below link, in 2013 California prisoners were screened for HIV, and almost all who tested positive were put on drug therapy. Of those, 88 percent attained viral suppression.

I have read that HIV-positive sexually active people who have attained viral suppression, and who use condoms … assuming that condoms are available to prisoners? … are much less likely to transmit HIV to their sexual partners. So the attainment of viral suppression among prisoners would be an important factor in preventing the spread of HIV among HIV-negative California prison populations.

Link: “California Prisons See Benefit in Routine HIV Testing,” by Barrett Newkirk, 26 February 2016, in ‘The Desert Sun,” https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/health/2016/02/26/california-prisons-hiv/80987912/ ..

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I Am of the Stars
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Antisocial Sense of Humor: ‘Prison Rehab Speak’ . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 17 April 2018

Dear Ones,

Another in the series ‘antisocial sense of humor’. There’s a Summary after the video; text not in the video is in green font …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I have an addition in the category ‘Antisocial Personality Sense of Humor’. Here’s the story:

There was a person, who had killed 14 or 16 people. Then the person went to prison. And when they got out, rehabilitation service got to them, and they explained to them: It’s very important that you never kill again.

So then, once in a while, they checked up on him. So once in a while, the people in charge of making sure that ex-criminals don’t do more criminal things, would check up him, and say: Now, have you killed any people since you got out of prison?

And that person would always say: No, I haven’t killed any at all.

And then it turned out, according to the astral story, that they had paired up with someone else, and that the first person was torturing people, and then out of kindness to them, this other person would kill them.

And so, the first person could say that they hadn’t killed anyone. And the second person could say they killed people out of mercy for the people who were so extremely tortured that they wanted to pass on.

It’s kind of an interesting antisocial humor story. And I think the takeaway is, that if you’re working with rehabbing criminals that have a history of serial killing or mass murder, then the thing to do is to think like the criminal, when you ask them questions.

For instance, if it had been me asking the questions, and they had said that they had killed no one since they had got out of prison, I would have said: Well then, who has? … And then see what happens next. You know?

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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The Outlaw . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 22 February 2018

Dear Ones,

Here’s a poem I wrote early this year. You have to speak it out loud to grok it properly, I feel …

THE OUTLAW … Audiotrack and Words
a poem by Alice B. Clagett

 

My gut,
he would tout,
Is loaded
wit’ lead

That I can’t
be without

Why not?
They’d blurt out

And then
he would shout:

I’d rather be blud-
geoned than
take out that slug
and then wince
to the pinch
of a lynch mob’s
cinch

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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The Voice of a Child . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 3 March 2018; revised on 2 December 2018

Dear Ones,

Here is a poem I wrote earlier this month …

Although this account is entirely fictional, the inspiration for it was the murder of the child Dylan Redwine in Bayfield, Colorado, after he went missing on 18 November 2012.

As I recall, posters were put up around town regarding a 19-year-old Ute child, possibly from the nearby town of Ignacio, Colorado, who went missing a month later, but I cannot find anything on that child online; perhaps he went back home.

I also recall a couple of instances of foreign exchange students at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, being posted as missing while out running in the mountains … if memory serves? Was it in the summertime, between 2013 and 2015? As well, I could not find information on them online; perhaps they came safely back to school.

Image: Gaia’s Grace 1, Escondido Canyon Trail, Malibu, California, by Alice B. Clagett, 31 January 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Gaia’s Grace 1, Escondido Canyon Trail, Malibu, California, by Alice B. Clagett, 31 January 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

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THE VOICE OF A CHILD
A poem by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words

 

This account is entirely fictional.

Not long ago, in a country town
chilled to the bone, a troubled child
waited almost an hour for the bus to arrive

A woman, seeming mighty grand
pulled up in an old sedan
Leaned across the passenger seat
opened the door and said, hop in!

For almost a month on the astral plane
Night after night I heard his screams

God, oh God! God, oh God!
When will my father come find me?

Mr MD, What have you done
clipping the eyelids from that man’s son?
Did you think that would awaken him?

The heresy of physical form
makes a man think that a woman is born
when the jewels of his youth are shorn
and then, his mother’s fine clothes are worn

What shows up is an angry man
trapped in a form that he can’t stand
What will he do for a sexual thrill
but find a child at a bus stop to kill?

For over a month on the astral plane
I heard his screams, I felt his pain
And then one day, a man stepped in
and severed the child from his agony

Then for a month or more I heard
a sweet small voice from the wild clair world

I love you, I love you, Mr MD
for ending that nightmare pain in me
I love you, I love you, Mr MD …
Thank you for liberating me

Oh God, if there be a God, please spare
this child, please find him there
Bless him and bring him home again
to the Father who hears when he calls for help

Bless his parents. Heal that place
and by the way, as to Dorian Gray
ask the MD to read it please

Form’s good, but it’s not the only thing
It’s feelings that make our hearts sing

In my heart I still hear
month in, month out,
the voice of a child
and how he called out

See the face of a woman
who was not all there
and the glint of a knife
as it arced through the air

I remember how great
was the grief of that town
and how we kept hoping
the child would be found

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Image: Gaia’s Grace 2, Escondido Canyon Trail, Malibu, California, by Alice B. Clagett, 31 January 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Gaia’s Grace 2, Escondido Canyon Trail, Malibu, California, by Alice B. Clagett, 31 January 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Link: “Amateur Sleuth: The Dylan Redwine Murder Mystery,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 20 June 2017 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7nr ..

Link: “Alice’s Perilous Tales: The Nagging Wife,” by Alice B. Clagett, 31 July 2015, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5QZ ..

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The Dance Steps on the Parquet Floor . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 1 January 2018; soundtrack added on 1 November 2018

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Desperado, a song by Alice B. Clagett, Soundtrack and Lyrics

Dear Ones,

This video is about desperadoes. There is a Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones,

I’ve come to the conclusion: Some folks just like the way the dance steps are laid out on the parquet floor. And they don’t care about that desperado thing … One way, or the other. Here is the song that goes with that story …

Desperado 
A Song by Alice B. Clagett, 01 January 2018
Soundtrack and Lyrics

 

Desperado, desperado,
If you please let me live,
I promise to give
My word that I’ll be
That kind of a be-
ing no more.   

If you please let me live,
I promise to give
My word that I’ll be
That kind of a be-
ing no more.       
                    (x2)

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I Am of the Stars
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