Wasted Honor -

Carl R. ToersBijns is the author of the Wasted Honor Trilogy [Wasted Honor I,II and Gorilla Justice] and his newest book From the Womb to the Tomb, the Tony Lester Story, which is a reflection of his life and his experiences as a correctional officer and a correctional administrator retiring with the rank of deputy warden in the New Mexico and Arizona correctional systems.

Carl also wrote a book on his combat experience in the Kindle book titled - Combat Medic - Men with destiny - A red cross of Valor -

Carl is considered by many a rogue expert in the field of prison security systems since leaving the profession. Carl has been involved in the design of many pilot programs related to mental health treatment, security threat groups, suicide prevention, and maximum custody operational plans including double bunking max inmates and enhancing security for staff. He invites you to read his books so you can understand and grasp the cultural and political implications and influences of these prisons. He deals with the emotions, the stress and anxiety as well as the realities faced working inside a prison. He deals with the occupational risks while elaborating on the psychological impact of both prison worker and prisoner.

His most recent book, Gorilla Justice, is an un-edited raw fictional version of realistic prison experiences and events through the eyes of an anecdotal translation of the inmate’s plight and suffering while enduring the harsh and toxic prison environment including solitary confinement.

Carl has been interviewed by numerous news stations and newspapers in Phoenix regarding the escape from the Kingman prison and other high profile media cases related to wrongful deaths and suicides inside prisons. His insights have been solicited by the ACLU, Amnesty International, and various other legal firms representing solitary confinement cases in California and Arizona. He is currently working on the STG Step Down program at Pelican Bay and has offered his own experience insights with the Center of Constitutional Rights lawyers and interns to establish a core program at the SHU units. He has personally corresponded and written with SHU prisoners to assess the living conditions and how it impacts their long term placement inside these type of units that are similar to those in Arizona Florence Eyman special management unit where Carl was a unit deputy warden for almost two years before his promotion to Deputy Warden of Operations in Safford and Eyman.

He is a strong advocate for the mentally ill and is a board member of David's Hope Inc. a non-profit advocacy group in Phoenix and also serves as a senior advisor for Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council in Chino, California As a subject matter expert and corrections consultant, Carl has provided interviews and spoken on national and international radio talk shows e.g. BBC CBC Lou Show & TV shows as well as the Associated Press.

I use sarcasm, satire, parodies and other means to make you think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lead Pollution in the Air -the Last time I didn’t like the Climate

I was never a climate skeptic before but there came a moment in my life when I did become one. The last time I didn’t like the climate was in a faraway country that had very bad air quality as it had too much lead in it.

Being a new in country soldier I had to adjust to the heat, humidity and dense forest. I had to traverse muddy streams and filthy rice paddies but that wasn’t as bad as the air I breathed. 

Some say we are experiencing a climate change. I say we have been enduring climate changes for decades now as there is lead in the air no matter where you go. I got my first lesson on climate change in 1967. 

My drill sergeant, my in-country training officers and my fellow comrades who shared much of my feeling there was too much lead in the air with common eagerness. We were so certain it was a reality as it flew about our head and shoulders often and even making its way down to the knees and feet if not careful. 

Many times without a warning and not knowing what direction it was coming from caused us to do more ducking that fighting. The lessons learned were enlightening. I wasn’t much of a climate expert but I took a special interest in learning more about the pressing issues like this flying lead over my head. I didn’t have the answers but I was beginning to know how to avoid being too close to it. 

Fighting a war is a science. A science a new soldier rarely understands. I looked and searched for answers and immediately realized I had no chance of understanding the science. I was in good company. I doubt if many around me understood it either. 

Whenever the lead began to get too thick in the air and calls for a medic were hectic and rampant, my attention got stronger. My ability to protect others was compromised and the only solution to this dilemma was to stay low and not draw any fire. There was lead coming from the enemy and there was lead flying of our own.

This pollution of air was man-made that was for certain. It was man-made emissions coming from all sides. What accounts for combat was lead in the air and smoke and fire right behind it. However, the smoke and fire wasn’t as bad as the lead that filled the air and polluted our ability to breathe as we ducked for cover to live and fight another day. 

Who would dispute this climate change when the air was filled with lead? How could argue such a deliberate conclusion and indisputable proof that man-made lead bullets and bullets were plentiful in war contaminating the air. I certainly didn’t dispute it. I was just trying to understand it. 

Every time I heard a click, a bang, a whistle go by my head I knew it was lead. I became an expert in climate change as I could tell when the lead was not in the air, the air was easier to breathe. It was that simple.