27 thoughts on “The Hanger Games

    1. The Real Jane

      Sadly, they’re culled from the same flawed stock as the rest of us human beings.

  1. nellyb

    an interesting bit:
    “Happily, neither the sex nor the ethnicity of the prisoners seemed to matter to the judges. Nor did the length of time the offenders had already spent in prison, nor even the severity of their crimes (as assessed by a separate panel of legal experts).”

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      Right. Obviously what this means is the more tired and hungry they get, the more annoyed/distracted/disconnected they get. Google and those west coast yank companies have it worked out with their hammocks and free food for staff. The happier they are, the better the quality of their work. T’is all very simple.

      1. nellyb

        Well, yes and no. These outfits create home like environment to fuzzy the boundaries between work and home lives. Definition of workday wanes out, overtime feels less annoying, less headache with quantifying it – less work for payroll. Business wins, people lose perspective.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          Maybe but they pay proper wages so people are financially compensated for their extra hours. Also, I’d say people not getting annoyed by their job is a good thing. If their job satisfies their need for a sense of purpose, then I don’t think they’ve “lost perspective”. Plenty of folks leaving Irish companies at 5.30 on the button are just going to sit in front of the telly for the evening. I wouldn’t be sure about their perspective.

          1. nellyb

            If you total up hours worked, the wages are pretty mediocre even with bonuses. That is when contrasted with the true cost of living in Ireland. For people who feel the job is their vocation it’s a perfect marriage, no doubt and I am delighted for them.
            There is also a conflict with business desire to be R&D frontiers. Creativity does not exactly thrive in self-contained environment. Breakthroughs come when people do something different outside the prof field. It’s is certainly a factor in IT. But then again, Ireland Google is a support centre with minor IT involvement. American one is were the action is.

          2. MoyestWithExcitement

            “If you total up hours worked, the wages are pretty mediocre even with bonuses”

            No, they still pay far more than Irish companies.

            “There is also a conflict with business desire to be R&D frontiers.”.

            No there isn’t. Most of their staff are in sales/marketing, finance and IT support.

            “Creativity does not exactly thrive in self-contained environment. Breakthroughs come when people do something different outside the prof field.”

            It sounds like you’re talking about inspiration. That either comes naturally out of nowhere, ot it happens at the end of a process. Usually involving other people. In a group discussion. In a company boardroom. Full of rested and well fed people because of the free food and freedom to nap. So their brains are working better and they have better ideas.

    1. ivan

      Aye

      Best day (I find) to be in front of a district court judge; Friday of the June bank holiday weekend, and the sun is shining.

      course you can’t advise a client based on that but…

  2. Cynic3000

    There’s only 14 million Jews in the world. There’s 488 million Buddhists. 1 billion Hindus.

    But who do we hear about day in day out?

    1. rotide

      This has nothing to do with Jews. It’s a study on judges that happened to be carried out in Israel. It’s about human behaviour.

      Take your racist agenda elsewhere.

      1. Cynic3000

        Racist, or merely stating what everyone thinks but are conditioned not to express publicly?

        Why do you feel compelled to defend people who wouldn’t defend you?

        1. rotide

          Dublin Air Traffic Control need to guide that point currently soaring 25,000ft above your head

          1. rotide

            I’ll answer your question when you can tell me what any of that has to do with an academic study of judge’s behaviour.

            After that you can explain how you managed to get racist slurs and stereotyped cliches into every paragraph you write about an entire group of people.

        2. The Real Jane

          *Racist, or merely stating what everyone thinks but are conditioned not to express publicly?*

          Racist. You know that most people don’t say that kind of thing, not because they’re unfairly constrained by polite society, but because they don’t actually think it? You are the outlier here.

    2. Rob_G

      Were there other studies carried out by Buddhists, Hindus, or Rastafarians that the Economist is ignoring as part of this conspiracy?

  3. Tish Mahorey

    So if you’re looking to get released from jail, make sure your surname is near the start of the alphabet.

    “Ambrose?… Free to go”

    “Zimmerman?… You’re going nowhere and eh, where’s good for a late drink nearby?”

    1. bisted

      …So if you’re looking to get released from jail, make sure your surname…is not Palestinian…because in this parallel system you don’t have judges you have military law…you don’t have trials you have administrative detention which can be extended indefinitely by the military… whether they are hungry or not.

  4. Mulder

    Justice is all relative, often depending on the human nature.
    That be the judges, who dispense it, depending on their mood and whim and if they are having a good or bad day.
    Good to know.

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