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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Has Civilization Surrendered? Part I - Is Civilization Culture?

Civilization as we have known it to exist has re-appeared as a barbaric monster it was back in the darkened days. A complex systems of societies developed with internal characteristics of customs and cultures, it has no reared its ugly head to attack the very basic foundation of a modern world seeking to take it back centuries into the earlier parts of the world’s history.

Most of us know of the early rise, growth and decline of earlier civilizations. Whenever the world reached a potential perfection of the quality of life, someone or something spoils the goodness of society and turns it into an evil advance of hate, greed or lust for power. These advances are often fueled by religious and spiritual norms of our civilization but spurred by war, violence and greed by political means and intrusions.

In other words, when the level of civilization reaches it peaks of goodness, can it be brought back down by the poor maintenance of such positive developments and growth by the negatively motivated, unethical relationships usually grounded in human immoral and criminal behaviors.

Perhaps we all overestimated the meaning of civilization. We know that the opposite of being civilized is to be ‘barbaric’ in nature and how that is defined is truly interesting as it is all based on cultures and practices that appear to be normal or unacceptable to different people divided into classes or groups of men, women and children belonging to a specific race, creed, religion, color or nationality.

To each their own, civilization may be applied to human groups indiscriminately based on the perception at hand of those who judge and sit in judgment of others aka bigots. Hence, we have changed the word to mean an acceptable standard of behavior, similar to etiquette. A phenomenon that casts a shadow on crude, unacceptable ‘barbaric’ behaviors.

But evolution and revolution has brought a deeper definition of the word civilization. It has now enveloped, encircled or wrapped up other characteristics that are both inner and outer layers of acceptance or disapproval. This has brought on two key words that describe today’s assessment of the world as we justify ‘racism’ and ‘imperialism’ with a wish to dominate others either religiously or politically.

Powerful nations have formed an alliance to defeat other nations deemed to be a threat to their own way of life or because of greed or power. Using the term under this description, we are now pitting one element of civilization, the more complex, refined, sophisticated society that is viewed superior to the other lower description of another element of the opposite civilization, the weaker barbarians and culturally dominate them into slavery or dominance or even death.

One cannot erase the fact that this same conflict exists also within a culture or civilization itself. A conflict that may lead to a civil war if not maintained or controlled to preserve peace by adhering to the expected integrity and cultural standards set by the foundation of such civilizations or groups of men, women and children as they grew up and enjoyed an education, freedom of religion and free-will thinking.

Think of culture as a specific set of ideas, religious beliefs, customs, arts, political wills and other elements that makes them unique. This includes the creativity or development of intellectual minds to embrace more intricate and personal aspects of the cultures that includes literatures, philosophical ideologies, architecture and other fabrics of life that makes them believe they are unique and elite.

Certainly, grounds for conflict and future clashes or political strife as these are all subject to perceptions and truths attached to the values placed on such items, categories or suggestions. What guides their thinking is their educational and intellectual resources provided to give them insights and recommendations of which to choose or follow. One can see the value of schools and media from this point of view. It should never be underestimated.