People keep saying she was in solitary confinement but unless the news stories are false they had handpicked another inmate to be in the cell with her.
More recent news articles, particularly those written following her release, have stated that she had her cell to herself.
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Hilton was housed in the "special needs" unit of the 13-year-old jail, separate from most of its 2,200 inmates. The unit contains 12 two-person cells reserved for police officers, public officials, celebrities and other high-profile inmates. She didn't have a cellmate.
Most such information comes from the press conference held by the sheriff's spokeman on the morning after Paris' release "reassignment" from jail earlier this week.
LOS ANGELES - Paris Hilton was taken from a courtroom screaming and crying on Friday after a judge ordered her returned to jail to serve out her entire 45-day sentence for a parole violation in a reckless driving case.
“It’s not right!” shouted the weeping Hilton. “Mom!” she called out to her mother in the audience.
Let's be clear: I take no personal pleasure from seeing Paris Hilton, specifically, being thrown in jail, but I *do* take personal pleasure in seeing justice served on a fair and impartial basis.
It costs more money to have her in jail than an average person since they have to monitor her and everything around her. They even have to monitor employee cell phones to ensure no one snaps a picture of her to sell.
Paris Hilton was assigned to protective isolation, meaning that she was locked in her tiny cell by herself 23-hours per day. That sort of solitary confinement would be mentally and emotionally torturous to anyone -- there's been decades worth of studies on the long term detrimental effects of denying a person any interpersonal contact -- but it's no more torturous to Paris Hilton than to any of the thousands of other convicts who are subjected to those conditions for months or even years at a time.
But back to your point, they'd really only have to monitor her and everything around her for one hour each day. Schedule that hour so that she's out in a fenced section of the yard by herself, as any prison would do with an especially dangerous inmate, and I don't see the problem.
And about protecting her from unflattering cell phone pictures, as far as I'm concerned the right to control her own press is just one of many that Paris Hilton sacrificed when she broke the law, violated the terms of her probation, and skipped out on her court dates. The justice system should be *far* more concerned about its own image than that of a single bratty inmate.
From the few episodes I've seen, the show centers on the small town of Jericho following a nuclear "incident" which, at the very least, has replaced Denver, Colorado with a very large mushroom cloud. The origin and scope of the situation is initially unclear but it seems likely that multiple major American cities have been hit by nuclear weapons, and the episodes follow the residents of Jericho as they try to discover the extent of the damage and cope with the aftermath.
It's an ambitious show, but when the series vanished on a four *month* hiatus in the middle of the season, I lost interest and never revisited it. Apparently tens of thousands of viewers followed suit and now CBS is willing to give Jericho another shot by re-running episodes throughout the summer and offering it a more regular time slot for the fall season.
EDIT: D'oh, beaten by dback99. It sounds like he's seen a lot more episodes than I have...I thought the show was set in Colorado.
CBS had reversed its decision to cancel JERICHO based on a unique protest from fans.
Viewers sent tons of nuts to CBS headquarters in New York City, a nod to a piece of dialog in the show's final episode back in May.
In the season finale, a character replies "Nuts!" to a demand that the beleaguered town of Jericho surrender. That's the same response that a U.S. general in World War II made to a German demand for surrender at the Battle of the Bulge.
"Wow! Over the past few weeks you have put forth an impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion in support of a prime time television series," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said in a letter to JERICHO boosters.
"You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard," Tassler wrote, and seven episodes have been ordered for midseason 2007-08. "In success, there is the potential for more. But, for there to be more JERICHO, we will need more viewers."
There is no firm date yet for the series' second season to begin. As for all of those peanuts, the Network plans to donate them to charities, including one that sends care packages to troops overseas.
Boy, if I'd known this was how you kept shows on the air, I would have organized a protest to send hundreds of computer hard drives to the CW over their decision to axe Veronica Mars.
My point is that the outrage seems to have more to do with it being Paris Hilton rather than being outraged at the legal system in general for something that has been going on for many many many years.
That's because the legal system in general does not coddle people who are guilty of parole violations and flagrant contempt of court. This sort of treatment is reserved for a very select, very elite class of citizen, and any attempt to change it is invariably met with cries of "class warfare!" and "wealth redistribution!" from members of a certain political ideology.
Paris Hilton was not put in prison for a single drunk driving charge; she was arrested for a DUI and punished with a suspended license and a requirement that she enroll in an alcohol education program. She ignored both and was caught again. She received a continuance from her first court date, simply blew off the second, and showed up late for the third where she was finally sentenced to 45 days in prison -- a ruling that caused her mother to loudly mock the judge in his own courtroom and yell insults at the prosecutor. Now, after barely three days, she's released to serve out the remainder of her punishment partying with her friends at home.
From the start, certain people have been complaining that Paris Hilton has been singled out just because of who she is. That's very true: if the name in the above story had been "Jesus Martinez," we'd all by mystified by the incredibly light punishment and the paragraph probably would have ended, "...after barely three days, he's been violently assaulted by someone serving out a life sentence. Tough noogies."
I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but why is it that any time an average American citizen demands that the wealthiest and most privileged people be held to the same laws as everybody else, we're accused of "class warfare?"
This is not a case of "DOWN WITH THE RICH!!!" Nobody is proposing that Paris be punished more harshly because she's wealthy or famous. We are, however, proposing that she be held to the same standard as any of us. Demanding special treatment for the rich because they're somehow above the punishments intended for the common ruck...isn't *that* the actual class warfare?
My issue here is that Paris Hilton has been "reassigned" to serve out the remainder of her sentence in one of her mansions because prison was hard and she didn't like it. Have anyone else here ever seen an episode of MSNBC's Lockup? Total isolation is torturous to *everybody* and some inmates are placed in solitary for years at a time, so I just don't understand why Paris gets to plead mental stress after three days.
That electronic ankle bracelet is going to start chafing after a couple days. The probationary board there had better start working on a tracking locket...and make damn sure it's "hot."
I think that's BS. What kind of fight would it have been? Who would have invested in it with the US? Just because almost 3000 people from the US died doesn't mean the world was unified. Even when 200,000 died after the tsunami, the corruption and stupidity of the world was on the ground to stop help within days. 9/11 was no different.
Following the 9/11 attacks, NATO invoked Article 5 which resolved that this unprovoked attack against the United States would be treated as an attack against every member nation. This is the primary reason that American troops to this day are serving alongside soldiers from nations like France, Germany, Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, Romania, and Portugal -- all nations which have steered clear of the situtation in Iraq.
The decision to go to war in Afghanistan enjoyed *tremendous* global support in 2001 and 2002 because that nation was inextricably linked to the 9/11 attacks. However, that support rapidly started to wane once the United States tried to divert that enthusiasm towards invading Iraq. If the U.S. had devoted itself 100% towards securing Afghanistan rather than redirecting such a huge percentage of its military towards the Iraq War, it seems very likely to me that the situation there would be vastly improved over its current state.
If your house burns down on Christmas Eve and the entire neighborhood bands together to offer you financial and material support, their goodwill is likely to fade fast once you go out and use their cash to purchase yourself a fully loaded Hummer. Choosing to exploit other people's kindness until it's withdrawn hardly proves that their kindness never existed.
I'm worried about the frame rate during combat though, it looked a bit choppy. I really hope they do not ruin the game with a poor frame rate...
I had exactly the same reaction when I first saw combat footage from Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire, but those game ran fine upon release. I agree that a choppy framerate can ruin an otherwise great game, even a turn-based one, so hopefully Bioware will continue the trend and get all their technical issues ironed out before the game ships.
How would a false positive be any more harmful than the confirmed cases of mad cow disease we've already found in this country? Personally, I'd be *far* more comfortable with an occasionally false positive than with the ongoing risk of actual infection.
I think I've resolved the problems with logging into GPGNet which kept me from playing with everybody on Saturday. Is anyone going to be around for a game today? Name a time (Eastern) and I be on GPGNet!
It's worse than that. The last time a developer was caught cheating, he gave his corporation so much stuff that their closest competitors were wiped out. And, since Eve Online does not have multiple servers the way that World of WarCraft does, things like this affect *everybody* who plays.
I've purchased guides for games when they provide important information that clarifies some of the gameplay features...otherwise known as "stuff that should have been in the manual." For example, I've never looked at the walk-throughs for Disgaea 2 or the Pokemon games, but I've used them extensively for learning the mechanics of the gameplay so I won't gimp my characters and have to resort to blind trial-and-error.
I try to avoid walk-through guides as much as possible. However, if I get so completely stuck that the only other option would be to quit playing, then I'll check a guide. There are several games where I only needed help to pass one or two specific puzzles and was able to solve the rest of the game by myself: ICO, The Longest Journey, and Zelda: Wind Waker are three recent examples.
If the democrats somehow forced President Bush to end the war at this stage, the republicans would jump all over them for choosing to lose the war when their newest strategy was *finally* going to turn things around in Iraq.
Now, obviously this is not going to happen: Iraq in September is going to be worse off than it is today, and worse still in May of next year. The only way a person could believe otherwise is to completely dismiss everything that's happened in the last five years. I know there's a certain segment of the population that would like to pin the blame for this half-decade of failure on the way democrats *talk* about the conflict, but underneath the partisan denial, we all understand that this catastrophe was pitched, planned, and executed by the same people who are promising that *now* they've finally got it right.
The mistake the democrats are making here is believing that allowing Bush to run the war a little longer will somehow make our dire predicament more clear to that segment of people. As if the blind loyalists who have been chanting, "Just give us six more months and you'll see real progress!" for the last three years are suddenly going to accept reality. It doesn't matter if the war ended today or in another eighteen months: that same group of people will still be wrapping themselves in the flag and ignoring the chronic shortage of body armor so they can scream some more about John Kerry's botched joke.
Cowardice? Not really. Foolishness? Perhaps. But the republican stance on issues like body armor, armored vehicles, combat pay, extended tours of duty, and recruitment standards demonstrate a cold, bitter distain for American soldiers, and I see little reason to believe that defunding the war would convince President Bush to bring them home. Seriously, if this administration cared at *all* for their well-being, wouldn't they have run this invasion in a *totally* different way?
I see this was realism: acceptance that the best we can hope for is to keep the troops as well equipped and well-supported as possible until we get a new administration that places more confidence in stark reality than in blind faith.
Oh, and Charlie dying was lame lame lame. Hell, Hurley could have swam out of that whole the water was coming in once the room filled.
If Charlie could get his shoulders through that porthole the rest of him would have slipped out pretty easily...but I have my doubts about whether or not he could have rotated his shoulders enough to squeeze them through. Also, Mikhail would have killed him the moment he tried to get out -- that guy has had his brain dribble out through his ears and taken a harpoon to the heart, so I doubt a close range hand grenade depth charge is going to phase him much.
I also see it as the final piece of Charlie's story arc. After an entire lifetime of stamping his feet and whining about the fact that he wasn't getting enough recognition, his repeated brushes with death made him realize that his life had all been profoundly meaningless. It's like It's A Wonderful Life except in reverse: when he finally accepts that his death can be more worthwhile than the entire sum of his life, he goes out like a champ.
It might have been a good idea to make that porthole a little smaller, though, just to make his predicament more clear.
Quote from: JLu
"Walt's return" -- neat but when are they going to explain how what I assume was an image on the island has aged normal time?
Walt has projected himself to the island in the past. Remember when he kept appearing to Shannon in the jungle, soaked in running water and speaking backwards while urging her to Shhhhhhhhh? If Walt has gained more control over that power, he would be projecting an image of his current appearance.
Or are you referring to the fact that about three months have passed for the characters on the island, but the actor who plays Walt has clearly aged three years? I'm prepared to accept that a reasonable limitation of working with real people within a reasonable budget. Remember when Boone appeared to Locke in the sweat lodge and looked *completely* different than he ever did while he was alive on the island? People just change over time, and there's not much you can do to stop a kid from growing up.
It's like the question of how the "universal translator" on Star Trek magically alters everybody's lip movements so they appear to be speaking English. Sure, they could probably have all the aliens mouth different languages and dub in English voices, but that's a huge amount of effort for very little payoff.
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It refers in particular to Hurley and Libby at the asylum (though there being that guy who Hurley also saw on the island, that blows that thought away) -- but it's an interesting thought that is making me think back for other episodes where I thought "Hey - they didn't have that in 2004".
All of the previous flashbacks I can think of seem to fit into the past during a fairly specific period of their lives. There's a lot of cross-over between those stories, too, with characters on the island having a lot of long-running connections to the others. For example, we know that Sawyer's daughter Clementine was born in the past because Kate met Clementine's mother before the baby was born, and at that time, the U.S. marshall was still alive and hot on her trail.
It will be interesting to see if anyone can identify "flashbacks" which might have taken place in the future!
I haven't read the Boston.com article yet, but if it implies that Hurley and Libby's time in the asylum happens at some point in the future, I have to point out that Libby has been buried underground for several weeks. If she's still alive, then so is Ana Lucia, Mr. Eko, Ethan...and all of those women who died during their pregnancies. If it was physically impossible for anyone to die on the island, I'd think that would have come up at some point during the last several decades of human habitation there.
Until we see hard evidence to the contrary, I'm voting that dead still equals dead on the island
Nevermind the fact that Jack's father gets rescued too! I'm still absorbing that. Fantastic finale!!
I took Jack's line about his father to be a product of his drug- and booze-addled mind. His father is still dead; Jack just burst out with that because he's so strung out that he's talking out of blind habit.
Jack did see his father standing in the surf on The Island during one of the early Season 1 episodes, but I think that was just another manifestation of the smoke monster. The Island may have healing powers, but Jack's father was dead and embalmed prior to the crash -- I just can't see how they'd bring him back from that.
I don't even know where to start. Freaking *awesome!* The best finale I've seen this season: beautiful and tragic, poignant and exciting, and the best twist ending since the original Locke episode. I loved it!
Man, this is going to be a loooooong wait until the next season....
I can't speak to the stability of 4 vs. 4 games, but Supreme Commander is *extremely* dependent on the processor speed of the host computer during multiplayer games. I recently upgraded from a 3.4 ghz Pentium D system to a 2.4 ghz Core 2 Quad system, and the performance improvement in SupCom is *incredible.*
I also missed the beginning of part two. What happened after Hiro crashed to the grasslands?
Spoiler for Hiden:
Hiro stood up and saw that he was being approached by group of samurai garbed in ancient Japanese armor. They stopped a distance from him, loaded arrows into their bows, and raised them in his direction.
Then, over the hill on the opposite side of Hiro, a lone samurai rides over the hill. His face is covered, but it's clearly Hiro's father. Hiro is too far away to realize this, but swears softly to himself over his predicament.
...Hiro would have teleported in and announced himself. Sylar would have turned to attack him and Hiro would have blinked out, only to reappear an instant later...with another version of Sylar from the past. Several months in the past, in fact: the same sad, pathetic watchmaker that the current Sylar has been so desperate to leave behind forever.
Face to face with his miserable, disoriented self, Current Sylar would have let his guard down, and when as he turned away, a *second* Hiro would have stabbed him through the chest. The first Hiro would vanish (returning Past Sylar to his own time) and return a few moments before he left (as the one doing the stabbing). *Then* he would have been flung into the distant past by the dying Sylar.
Not only is this a *much* cooler use of Hiro's powers, but they could even have worked in a scene establishing that this momentary encounter with himself -- a much stronger, more confident version of himself -- is one of the things that started Sylar down his dark path to begin with. The causal loop that accidentally started everything....
If he hears a sudden gunshot from behind he can turn and stop the bullets in mid-air before they hit him, but when Hiro teleports in and announces himself, Sylar just stands there like a big dope and gets stabbed? Despite the fact that he saw the comic book and knew Hiro was going to try to stab him?