Saturday, August 31, 2013


The so-called California prison hunger strike is now into its seventh week and nobody has yet to land in the hospital. According to stories in the LA Times and other sources, the "hunger strikers" are only ingesting Gatorade. This is laughable. Unless they're getting food from sources other than the prison kitchen, the handful of strikers should be dead by now. The accepted time table is that you can survive ten days without food and three days without water. After that, the body starts feeding on itself and systems start shutting down. Seven weeks without solid food? Really?

The published details are that the strikers are a little pale and slightly dehydrated but still very coherent, alert and otherwise healthy. So what are they eating? According to people who are in the system or recently released, they're eating commissary or forcing non-strikers to share their food. They're refusing the prison meals but clearly stuffing their faces from other sources. The fact that they're still healthy proves it.

For some reason, this very obvious point is completely missed by the media. Why is it so hard for the media to ask these fundamental questions? I'll leave you to ponder that and feel free to comment. I'd love to have a rational answer to that one.


John Shannon said...

You're almost certainly right in this case, but the "10-day rule" is just folklore. Gandhi repeatedly fasted for 21 days, and Bobby Sands at Long Kesh in Northern Ireland finally died after 66 days of fasting.

Anonymous said...

NOT TRUE wally. an average man can go 30 days without food with no might even alleviate a few pre-existing conditions he may of had...a lot of great folks throughout history have been strong advocates of fasting, and since the folks on the hunger strike have all time to rest, the strike would have to go longer than it has up until now, for it to have a toll on them. if they've been drinking juice, then they can go even longer. Three days without water sounds right though.

don quixote said...

dq says;
A rational answer? Maybe you should ask that of our vendido Governor and his main squeeze the prison guards union. Is there any doubt that our prison system is totally fucked up and an embarrasment?
As for myself my cynicism knows no bounds. And as for Jerry Brown and his muse's?

"Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."