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(The Intercept)   NYC offering prisoners at Rikers Island jail $6 per hour if they agree to help dig mass graves on Hart Island   (theintercept.com) divider line
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2020-03-31 6:35:35 PM  
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Prisoner or not, I bet $6/hr is starting to look pretty good to a lot of folks.

/Anyone know of a reputable fast track online/correspondence mortician program?
//Any good gopher-based recipes to share?
///Can you spare a square?
 
2020-03-31 6:48:06 PM  
i'm a job creator!
 
2020-03-31 6:53:02 PM  
6$ per hour to dig mass graves... hm no thanks
 
2020-03-31 6:53:34 PM  
Gonna need a more credible source than The Intercept.
 
2020-03-31 6:54:37 PM  
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2020-03-31 6:54:42 PM  

coronavirus: i'm a job creator!


Shame about the law of equivalent exchange.
 
2020-03-31 6:55:13 PM  
Why wouldn't you be 1000X more efficient and use things like backhoes, et al.?
You'd probably be done with the whole thing before manual labor finishes one hole.
 
2020-03-31 6:56:43 PM  

lolmao500: 6$ per hour to dig mass graves... hm no thanks


Would you rather stay inside the incubator?
 
2020-03-31 6:57:34 PM  
"Sick" tag reach its quota for the day?
 
2020-03-31 6:57:43 PM  
I always knew the Trump administration would result in mass graves.

And here we are.
 
2020-03-31 6:58:09 PM  
 
2020-03-31 6:59:43 PM  
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The world needs grave diggers too
 
2020-03-31 7:00:24 PM  

Mister Buttons: Gonna need a more credible source than The Intercept.


This isn't being carried by anything other than non-reputable sources right now, I checked.
 
2020-03-31 7:00:28 PM  
And that's how it came to pass, that on the second-to-last day of the job, the convict crew that dug the graves in the spring of '20 wound up sitting in a row at ten o'clock in the morning, drinking icy cold Bohemia-style beer, courtesy of the hardest screw that ever walked a turn at Riker's Island Prison...The colossal prick even managed to sound magnanimous. We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders and felt like free men. Hell, we could have been digging graves behind one of our own houses. We were the Lords of all Creation.
 
2020-03-31 7:01:41 PM  

C18H27NO3: Why wouldn't you be 1000X more efficient and use things like backhoes, et al.?
You'd probably be done with the whole thing before manual labor finishes one hole.


Not sure about there but in Virginia offenders are allowed to operate backhoes and othernequipment.
 
2020-03-31 7:01:46 PM  
Ok inmate 435078, at $6 an hour for 12 hours digging, that comes to $72. Minus your $54 daily incarceration fee, your $8 sack lunch, your $14.95 off-grounds Guard surcharge, and your $5 Emergency Corona Virus Decontamination fee, you now owe the State of New York $9.95. Will that be cash or charge?
 
2020-03-31 7:02:25 PM  
Isn't Hart Island cemetery already mass graves ? 

Families of people interred there spent years asking for visitation rights but were continuously denied as the island is under control of the department of corrections... 

I think they finally got access, but i could be wrong. There's a lot of people buried there, stacked 4-5 high in mass graves.
 
2020-03-31 7:05:17 PM  

C18H27NO3: Why wouldn't you be 1000X more efficient and use things like backhoes, et al.?
You'd probably be done with the whole thing before manual labor finishes one hole.


Busy work and a way for them to make some money is all I can figure.
 
2020-03-31 7:05:32 PM  
If you cremate, or otherwise discombobulate, the bodies then you can bury far more of them in the same amount of space that it takes to bury one body in a casket. I mean, if you're burying them on a special island just for the dead why the formality?

I know someone who has family members' urns in the same niche in a mausoleum. One urn was a bit too large though, so they are sort of crammed in there awkwardly. One of them, the one on top, is tilted to the side but more or less stable. Family members are upset because if there is an earthquake or other source of ground movement it's possible that urn will fall over inside that niche. What if that urn falls over and all his ashes come spilling out? My response? Who gives a fark? For all they know that urn has already fallen over and spilled the ashes. What difference does it make? Unless you plan to pop that sucker open on a regular basis and inspect it then it doesn't matter.
 
2020-03-31 7:06:55 PM  
In other news, so many prisoners are dying on Rikers Island that they need mass graves.
 
2020-03-31 7:08:14 PM  

holdmybones: In other news, so many prisoners are dying on Rikers Island that they need mass graves.


D'oh. Never mind. I didn't read far enough to see this would be for the victims in NYC and not just the jail.
 
2020-03-31 7:09:09 PM  

Birnone: If you cremate, or otherwise discombobulate, the bodies then you can bury far more of them in the same amount of space that it takes to bury one body in a casket. I mean, if you're burying them on a special island just for the dead why the formality?


I'm wondering if this is required by law for those who die without funeral money but can't be cremated for religious reasons. Gotta do what you gotta do, unfortunately.
 
2020-03-31 7:09:28 PM  

C18H27NO3: Why wouldn't you be 1000X more efficient and use things like backhoes, et al.?
You'd probably be done with the whole thing before manual labor finishes one hole.


Backhoes require Union Labor
 
2020-03-31 7:12:07 PM  
OH MY GOD!

Is Kevin Hart okay?
 
2020-03-31 7:14:34 PM  
Raphael Saadiq - Rikers Island (Official Audio)
Youtube wm5TFNYlIbo
 
2020-03-31 7:23:42 PM  

OutsmartBullet: Birnone: If you cremate, or otherwise discombobulate, the bodies then you can bury far more of them in the same amount of space that it takes to bury one body in a casket. I mean, if you're burying them on a special island just for the dead why the formality?

I'm wondering if this is required by law for those who die without funeral money but can't be cremated for religious reasons. Gotta do what you gotta do, unfortunately.


Cynically speaking the reason for burial over cremation is that New York State has a shortage of natural gas....
https://nypost.com/2019/10/20/new-yor​k​s-man-made-natural-gas-crisis/
 
2020-03-31 7:27:03 PM  

holdmybones: In other news, so many prisoners are dying on Rikers Island that they need mass graves.


No....they aren't.

Hart Island is basically the potters field for NYC, and the department of corrections has always supplied inmate jobs (for some scratch and time off) to manage it, for like, the last 100 years.
 
2020-03-31 7:28:18 PM  
Looks like they'll. Finally get use of all those coffins FEMA was stockpiling under Obama.

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2020-03-31 7:29:10 PM  

C18H27NO3: Why wouldn't you be 1000X more efficient and use things like backhoes, et al.?
You'd probably be done with the whole thing before manual labor finishes one hole.


How? Four guys working one hole Xs 1000 holes. One backhoe digging one whole at a time.

🤣🧐🤣🧐
Are you okay this isn't complicated
 
2020-03-31 7:30:28 PM  
I seen this crappy movie already.
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2020-03-31 7:32:11 PM  

Hachitori: OutsmartBullet: Birnone: If you cremate, or otherwise discombobulate, the bodies then you can bury far more of them in the same amount of space that it takes to bury one body in a casket. I mean, if you're burying them on a special island just for the dead why the formality?

I'm wondering if this is required by law for those who die without funeral money but can't be cremated for religious reasons. Gotta do what you gotta do, unfortunately.

Cynically speaking the reason for burial over cremation is that New York State has a shortage of natural gas....
https://nypost.com/2019/10/20/new-york​s-man-made-natural-gas-crisis/


Maybe they could catch a ride to Florida and get dropped off at a gender reveal.
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2020-03-31 7:32:12 PM  
Isn't that the cemetery for people who can't afford funerals?
 
2020-03-31 7:34:22 PM  
*Spits Coffee*

What?
 
2020-03-31 7:38:32 PM  
Why does an island need a graveyard? There is an obvious solution in every other direction...
 
2020-03-31 7:42:06 PM  
Bonanza; free money; gold in them thar hills.  Times a wastin' boys.  Gimme a shovel and stand back.
 
2020-03-31 7:47:02 PM  
Easy now Fark Apocalyptic Fantasy Brigade, we know you're dreaming of Pol Pot type stuff, but this isn't what's going on here
 
2020-03-31 7:52:16 PM  

Birnone: If you cremate, or otherwise discombobulate, the bodies then you can bury far more of them in the same amount of space that it takes to bury one body in a casket. I mean, if you're burying them on a special island just for the dead why the formality?

I know someone who has family members' urns in the same niche in a mausoleum. One urn was a bit too large though, so they are sort of crammed in there awkwardly. One of them, the one on top, is tilted to the side but more or less stable. Family members are upset because if there is an earthquake or other source of ground movement it's possible that urn will fall over inside that niche. What if that urn falls over and all his ashes come spilling out? My response? Who gives a fark? For all they know that urn has already fallen over and spilled the ashes. What difference does it make? Unless you plan to pop that sucker open on a regular basis and inspect it then it doesn't matter.


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2020-03-31 8:13:55 PM  
Isn't the obvious solution to convert the dead into toilet paper?

I can't be the only person smart enough to realize this, can I?
 
2020-03-31 8:17:10 PM  
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2020-03-31 8:21:22 PM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Isn't the obvious solution to convert the dead into toilet paper?

I can't be the only person smart enough to realize this, can I?


Soylent White! Trump will love it.
 
2020-03-31 8:31:20 PM  

Mister Buttons: Gonna need a more credible source than The Intercept.


I didn't find anything new, but look at this Business Insider story from March 10.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.busi​n​essinsider.com/nyc-plan-to-deal-with-d​ead-bodies-in-a-pandemic-2020-3%3famp
 
2020-03-31 8:34:08 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: Isn't that the cemetery for people who can't afford funerals?


There are a lot of those already, tons of people are out of work.
 
2020-03-31 8:45:03 PM  

Mokmo: Isn't Hart Island cemetery already mass graves ? 

Families of people interred there spent years asking for visitation rights but were continuously denied as the island is under control of the department of corrections... 

I think they finally got access, but i could be wrong. There's a lot of people buried there, stacked 4-5 high in mass graves.


Not technically mass graves, but individual graves stacked on top of each other. It has passed over to the Parks Department and visited are now permitted by appointment. Still no real way to exhume individual bodies z
 
2020-03-31 8:47:32 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: Easy now Fark Apocalyptic Fantasy Brigade, we know you're dreaming of Pol Pot type stuff, but this isn't what's going on here


Keep trying! Maybe it will catch!
 
2020-03-31 8:49:00 PM  

C18H27NO3: Why wouldn't you be 1000X more efficient and use things like backhoes, et al.?
You'd probably be done with the whole thing before manual labor finishes one hole.


I did a job in a small town that's only economy was their prison. They brought out a van of about a dozen inmates to dig up the water main. It was ridiculous. It had nothing to do with efficiency, I know that much.

For a mass grave, I'd think a front end loader would be the equipment to have.
 
2020-03-31 9:07:29 PM  

Moopy Mac: Mokmo: Isn't Hart Island cemetery already mass graves ? 

Families of people interred there spent years asking for visitation rights but were continuously denied as the island is under control of the department of corrections... 

I think they finally got access, but i could be wrong. There's a lot of people buried there, stacked 4-5 high in mass graves.

Not technically mass graves, but individual graves stacked on top of each other. It has passed over to the Parks Department and visited are now permitted by appointment. Still no real way to exhume individual bodies z


Great. Zombie apartments.
 
2020-03-31 9:12:52 PM  

LineNoise: holdmybones: In other news, so many prisoners are dying on Rikers Island that they need mass graves.

No....they aren't.

Hart Island is basically the potters field for NYC, and the department of corrections has always supplied inmate jobs (for some scratch and time off) to manage it, for like, the last 100 years.


Yeah, I knew it was a potters field historically (I actually went down a weird rathole on wiki the other day looking for the etymology of "potters field") but I had just read an article about the conditions there today with covid and how many people are passing it around and my brain assumed they were preparing for a lot of death (within the prison). I was totally wrong, obviously.
 
2020-03-31 10:06:52 PM  

LineNoise: holdmybones: In other news, so many prisoners are dying on Rikers Island that they need mass graves.

No....they aren't.

Hart Island is basically the potters field for NYC, and the department of corrections has always supplied inmate jobs (for some scratch and time off) to manage it, for like, the last 100 years.


Yup.  From Wikipedia:

The remains of more than one million people are buried on Hart Island, though since the first decade of the 21st century, there are fewer than 1,500 burials a year. Burials on Hart Island include individuals who were not claimed by their families or did not have private funerals, as well as the homeless and the indigent.
 
2020-03-31 10:46:32 PM  

Polezni Durak: [Fark user image image 320x228]

Prisoner or not, I bet $6/hr is starting to look pretty good to a lot of folks.

/Anyone know of a reputable fast track online/correspondence mortician program?
//Any good gopher-based recipes to share?
///Can you spare a square?


Especially for prisoners. When you make 11 cents an hour, 6 bucks is like being Bill Gates.
Just think how much commissary they will have!
 
2020-03-31 10:59:46 PM  

MythDragon: Polezni Durak: [Fark user image image 320x228]

Prisoner or not, I bet $6/hr is starting to look pretty good to a lot of folks.

/Anyone know of a reputable fast track online/correspondence mortician program?
//Any good gopher-based recipes to share?
///Can you spare a square?

Especially for prisoners. When you make 11 cents an hour, 6 bucks is like being Bill Gates.
Just think how much commissary they will have!


Mmmmm chips and soup
 
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