posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 02:32 PM
reply to post by seabag
Yes the gallows.
I was reading the history of torture.... yes, there is a whole body of work on govt/religious/cultural/etc related torture and execution from recorded
time, what is does and doesnt do, etc. I was reading it to learn as in applying to our "issue" with waterboarding and impacts ( neg and pos) on
society, culture, future, etc. Anyway, there was an obese man who was hanged in London late 1700s and it was recorded.. his head popped off. They took
into account a stronger and more loops in rope noose.. but didnt bet on the fragility of the cervical vertebrae versus 300+ lbs. The crowd felt sorely
cheated. Much more humane than the "dangling" hangings that were the norm. So-called "trap door" hangings that are fast and break the neck are
relatively recent.. slow agonizing painful compression strangulation with feet off the ground or barely on tiptoes before an audience was the flavor
for most hangings. SO much the norm that the families would hang on the condemned's legs to hasten death out of mercy. Then whats mercy? Living with
the threat of death over your head in a tiny cell when youre huge for decades or getting your head popped off on the gallows?? Id take the latter.
Execution .. even punishment.. can be simple, there are those who want to make it torture for their own reasons. SIckening cruelty wrapped in
"mercy" gets on my nerves. Its also amusing from recorded time to present how murderers and those deserving of removal from civilized society all of
a sudden become concerned with cruelty and pain when it is suddenly the prospect of their own. There are several instances of people who the chair or
needle has been less than effective. His point is only the academics of it as far as Im concerned.. there are many many ways to off the human refuse
with little cost. Most sociopaths count on pinging the heartstrings of certain types when it suits them .
I have turned from a socially liberal no death penalty whiner to a one bullet to the back of the head sort of jerk. For some, Id even volunteer my
finger to pull the trigger. Clean executions have fallen out of favor.. I wonder why ( rhetorical question) when committing someone to daily torture
in gladiator school for their lifetime seems by far much more cruelty coming from the one(s) administering this punishment than simply administering
a swift death. The terms "repeat offender" "time for good behavior" or "early release" shouldnt exist in many instances. Ive been bashed on here
and elsewhere for my views on the things surrounding this.. I can tell you that I really dont care, if I MURDER someone feel free to KILL me... even
if I claim to have gotten Jesus or have been rehabilitated.. or have become to fat to fry. Im not going to pretend to be an elevated higher being
philosophically for stars and online friends . Walk in my shoes, see what Ive seen, feel what Ive felt, and get back to me.