Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Pain or damage don’t end the world..."

"...or despair or fucking beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man - and give some back." - Al Swearengen

 "...a recent poll revealed that Americans considered this pack of assholes to be the most admirable men in the country: 

1) Barack Obama- a president who went from "suck" to "shit" in record time and managed not to do a single thing promised on the campaign trail, a feat only previously accomplished by James A Garfield and William Henry Harrison.  For those of you who are either foreign or a moron, both of them died within a year of taking office and spent the entirety of their term on their deathbeds...

2) George W. Bush- The single worst US president in the last 100 years.  Jimmy Carter was a boon to the economic and international politics compared to this useless cocksucker, may he rot in hell...

3) Bill Clinton- Irrelevant unless you want advice on banging fat broads and getting caught thereafter...

4) Rev. Billy Graham- Religious lunatic who makes senior Al Qaeda members seem like reasonable and rational men by comparison...

6) Donald Trump- The only interesting person on the list, if only because of the fact that one of the richest men in America apparently cannot afford a decent toupee or stylist... 

8) Pope Benedict XVI- The emperor from Star Wars made it onto this list, which fascinates me... 

Throw on top of that list the fact that the number of people in the US who think humans were created by god in their present form within the last 10,000 years is at or over 40% (Science and Nature), and you've got a fairly compelling reason to kill half of the population outright, without a single regret."

Kevin Bacon Wins.  Jimmy Fallon/The Tonight Show.

"This degrading babble traces back to the appropriation of the term sobriety by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which has grown into a large and powerful recovery movement that dominates American thinking about addiction. Before AA hijacked the term, "sober" simply meant not being currently intoxicated. Now, sober is a state of being—one you can only achieve through total, lifelong abstinence if you ever drank alcoholically.

According to AA and the recovery movement, no former alcoholic can drink moderately. Any drinking whatsoever, according to these absolutists, and you’re no longer "sober." One might think that a person who drinks regularly in a controlled, non-intoxicated manner is obviously not an alcoholic. Wrong! When I suggested to my AA friend Ken (not his real name) that Stritch shows one-time alcoholics can control their drinking, he objected strenuously. For Ken, “the fact that she has to limit herself to one drink a day proves she’s an alcoholic." That's right, drinking in a controlled manner proves you’re an uncontrolled drinker.

Ken says he's "never known an alcoholic to resume drinking in a controlled manner.” Ken mainly knows ex-drinkers, like himself, who are in AA. But this group is a small percentage of recovered alcoholics, the large majority of whom never go to AA or enter rehab. According to the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC)—a massive government study of 43,000 Americans' lifetime alcohol and drug use—about 75 percent of people who recover from alcohol dependence do so without seeking any kind of help, including specialty rehab programs and Alcoholics Anonymous. And only 13 percent of people with alcohol dependence ever receive specialty alcohol treatment. (Note that 13 percent is the upper figure for 12-step recovery, since ever participating does not mean the person recovered due to AA or rehab.) The NESARC study also revealed that these recovered alcoholics don’t as a rule abstain. “Twenty years after the onset of alcohol dependence, three-fourths of individuals are in full recovery," it notes. "More than half of those who have fully recovered drink at low-risk levels without symptoms of alcohol dependence.”

...We have ample evidence that "addiction is a solvable coping problem rather than a chronic, recurring disease," as a recent Science News article put it."

Training - "That's not exercise - that's LIFE."

"...what are we left with?  How about the fact that people are so lazy that they consider it a victory to walk a marathon.  That they will put on exercise clothes to walk the dog, because that, to them, constitutes exercise.  That's not exercise - that's LIFE.  Living your life the way humanity was intended to - moving the fuck around...

Think I'm exaggerating?  Think again. "Only 5.07% of Americans reported doing any vigorous-intensity activity like running, while at the other end of the scale, more than 95% said they had engaged in the highly sedentary activity of eating and drinking. The next most common activity was another sedentary one — watching television or a movie, which 8 in 10 Americans did. The “most frequently reported moderate activities were food and drink preparation (25.7%), followed by lawn, garden, and houseplant care (10.6%),” the study said."(Song)

Food preparation, my friends, is not moderate exercise unless you're a teppanyaki chef at a Japanese restaurant and you're busy flipping knives and dodging fireballs like you're in a live action episode of Dragonball Z for hours on end.  The problem, obviously, is that people are incredibly fucking lazy, and that's why they're fat.  For whatever reason, the government decided to exacerbate this issue by deeming housework as moderate activity, which must be how the obese decided that preparing the food they jam down their gullets is exercise.(Rhone)  By prepare, of course, I assume that they mean "drive to KFC, order KFC famous bowl, return home, eat disgusting gelatinous brown glop in shame."

"Charles David Bodybuilding- Masters 70+ 1st place"

"Kalyn Adams  Figure- Masters 35+ 5th place"

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Doors of Perception.

"Professor David Nutt, from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London, the senior author of both studies, said: “Psychedelics are thought of as ‘mind-expanding’ drugs so it has commonly been assumed that they work by increasing brain activity, but surprisingly, we found that psilocybin actually caused activity to decrease in areas that have the densest connections with other areas. These hubs constrain our experience of the world and keep it orderly. We now know that deactivating these regions leads to a state in which the world is experienced as strange.”

Researchers suggest that what may actually be happening with psychedelics is decreased blood flow to the areas of the brain that constrain our sensory experience of the world and our sense of identity—poetically speaking, allowing the brain to relax its grip on ordering reality and open up to a broader spectrum.

Which would certainly lend credence to the oft-used maxim that psychedelics, specifically psilocybin, can open the “doors of perception”—as William Blake originally said..."

Sure, that won't end badly.  Incentivizing the wrong things, dum dums. - Morning Links: Durham PD offers ‘conviction bonuses’ to informants.
"The Durham, N.C., police department has been offering “conviction bonuses” to informants who testify in drug cases. And they haven’t been telling defense attorneys when they do."

"Attack by air - Numerous witness accounts described airplanes carrying white assailants, who fired rifles and dropped firebombs on buildings, homes, and fleeing families. The planes, six biplane two-seater trainers left over from World War I, were dispatched from the nearby Curtiss-Southwest Field (now defunct) outside Tulsa.  White law enforcement officials later stated the planes were to provide reconnaissance and protect whites against a "Negro uprising".  Eyewitness accounts and testimony from the survivors maintained that on the morning of June 1, the planes dropped incendiary bombs and fired rifles at black residents on the ground."

Tulsa race riot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The Tulsa Race Riot was a large-scale, racially motivated conflict on May 31 and June 1, 1921, in which whites attacked the black community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It resulted in the Greenwood District, also known as 'the Black Wall Street' and the wealthiest black community in the United States, being burned to the ground...  

The events of the riot were long omitted from local and state histories. "The Tulsa race riot of 1921 was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or even in private. Blacks and whites alike grew into middle age unaware of what had taken place."  With the number of survivors declining, in 1996, the state legislature commissioned a report to establish the historical record of the events, and acknowledge the victims and damages to the black community."

"Here's how things all-too-often work today: Law enforcement decides that a person is suspicious (or, possibly, just a political enemy). Upon investigation into every aspect of his/her life, they find possible violations of the law, often involving obscure, technical statutes that no one really knows. They then file a "kitchen-sink" indictment involving dozens, or even hundreds of charges, which the grand jury rubber stamps. The accused then must choose between a plea bargain, or the risk of a trial in which a jury might convict on one or two felony counts simply on a "where there's smoke there must be fire" theory even if the evidence seems less than compelling...

As for prosecutorial targeting of disfavored groups or individuals, the general attitude is "if you can't do the time, don't do the crime." The problem with that attitude is that, with today's broad and vague criminal statutes at both the state and federal level, everyone is guilty of some sort of crime, a point that Harvey Silverglate underscores with the title of his recent book, Three Felonies A Day: How The Feds Target The Innocent, that being the number of felonies that the average American, usually unknowingly, commits. Such crimes can be manufactured from violations of obscure federal regulations that can turn pocketing a feather or taking home a rusted bit of metal from a wilderness area into a crime. In other cases, issues almost always dealt with in civil court, disagreements over taxes for instance, can be turned into a criminal case...

The combination of vague and pervasive criminal laws — the federal government literally doesn't know how many federal criminal laws there are — and prosecutorial discretion, plus easy overcharging and coercive plea-bargaining, means that where criminal law is concerned we don't really have a judicial system as most people imagine it. Instead, we have a criminal justice bureaucracy that assesses guilt and imposes penalties with only modest supervision from the judiciary, and with very little actual accountability. "

"People Who Annoy You."

""Japan believes that their society is so different that they can adjust to anything and preserve their national essence," he said. "Therefore the Japanese are capable of sudden explosive changes. They went from feudalism to emperor worship in two to three years. They went from emperor worship to democracy in three months." Some foreign observers have been as enthusiastic about promoting Japan's alleged uniqueness as the Japanese themselves. Of course, all nations are unique, but in Japan this truism became a fetish...

Donald Keene, perhaps the greatest post-war U.S. scholar of Japanese literature, told me a similar story from the other direction. His lectures in Tokyo, mostly in Japanese, are invariably standing-room only as Japanese students flock to learn from his encyclopedic knowledge of Japanese language and literature. Yet as soon as he draws on the board a simple kanji --the multi-stroke characters derived from Chinese -- there are often gasps of amazement from members of the audience astonished that a foreigner has penetrated Japanese hieroglyphics."

"When Darryl Howard was convicted of murder in 1995, he cried out ”I didn’t do it!” then sobbed in open court. He has maintained his innocence ever since....

Howard’s incarceration spans a period of time over which several scandals have raised questions about the dispensation of justice in Durham County. In 2010, a report commissioned by the North Carolina attorney general and follow-up investigations by the Raleigh News & Observer uncovered widespread corruption and malfeasance in the state’s crime lab, including in many cases from Durham County. Fallout from that scandal contributed to the removal of Nifong’s successor, District Attorney Tracey Cline, in 2012. Prosecutors are rarely ever removed from office for misconduct. For it to happen twice, in the same county, within five years is extraordinary.

...there has never been much compelling evidence that Howard is a murderer. Howard was convicted of killing a woman named Doris Washington and her 13-year-old daughter Nishonda in November 1991. The two were found dead in their Few Gardens apartment. Howard was convicted both for their murders and for subsequently setting a fire to their apartment to cover up the crimes. Despite indications that both women had been sexually assaulted, no DNA or biological evidence connected Howard to the crime scene. He was convicted entirely on eyewitness testimony, much of which was vague, contradictory, or later recanted.

...newly discovered evidence further argues for Howard’s innocence. In court papers filed this week, the Innocence Project reveals that DNA testing of a rape kit taken from Doris Washington found some sperm that went undetected during the initial investigation. That sperm is a match to a career criminal, not to Howard. Attorneys for Howard have also uncovered evidence that prosecutors in the case may have withheld important exculpatory evidence, including a credible statement from an informant days after the murder who attributed the crimes to a local gang, not to Darryl Howard."

Forever ReBlog.

Training - "Educating myself has been the biggest key..."

3/21 - squats, leg xt, klokov press, calf press -- P90X3M D68 Challenge [chest & back, 8 rounds 16/8 + burnout]

3/20 - press, push press, laterals, ab wheel rollouts -- P90X3M D67 Missed Workout/I Suck

"Hockey days and Sr. Year of high school ➡️ First ever competition (Figure) ➡️ Current! Biggest changes are obviously from A to B. Those two photos are two years apart when I quit eating like shit and got into the competition world. Educating myself has been the biggest key to changing my body. You have to have the balance of exercise AND proper nutrition. Just because I was an athlete and skated everyday didn't mean I was healthy."