Saturday, December 06, 2014

"Imposition of Order = Escalation of Chaos."

"People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow... people who think things are not real are even more stupid." ~ Saraha, Indian Mahasidda, 8th Century

Make Everything Illegal, Create More Eric Garners - Hit & Run : "...police brutality has many underlying causes. One of them is undoubtedly racism; black people are disproportionately arrested and imprisoned. An encounter between a cop and a civilian is more likely to be unpleasant if the civilian is black. In fact, it's more likely to occur in the first place if the civilian is black, because many cops racially profile suspects. Another cause is the police incentive structure. Police have far more legal protections than non-police. They can get away with so much more. Indeed, while the cop who killed Garner evaded indictment, a civilian who recorded the incident on his phone was indicted on a separate weapons charge.  It's difficult—often impossible—to punish police for bad behavior, which gives the bad apples free rein to abuse people. You know what's also a cause? Overcriminalization. And that one is on you, supporters of the regulatory super state. When a million things are highly regulated or outright illegal—from cigarettes to sodas of a certain size, unlicensed lemonade stands, raw milk, alcohol (for teens), marijuana, food trucks, taxicab alternatives, and even fishing supplies (in schools)—the unrestrained, often racist police force has a million reasons to pick on people. Punitive cigarette taxes, which disproportionately fall on the backs of the poorest of the poor, contribute to police brutality in the exact same way that the war on drugs does. Liberals readily admit the latter; why is the former any different?

A well-meaning liberal who doesn't want people to smoke but also doesn't want the government to kill them for doing so has plenty of other options, by the way. There are countless organizations and products dedicated to helping people quit cigarettes voluntarily. But anybody who wants it to be a matter of law must accept that resistance will be met with fines, prison, and death. As Bloomberg View columnist and law professor Stephen L. Carter put it: It’s not just cigarette tax laws that can lead to the death of those the police seek to arrest. It’s every law. Libertarians argue that we have far too many laws, and the Garner case offers evidence that they’re right. There are many painful lessons to be drawn from the Garner tragedy, but one of them, sadly, is the same as the advice I give my students on the first day of classes: Don’t ever fight to make something illegal unless you’re willing to risk the lives of your fellow citizens to get your way."

Understanding Kickstarter.

"Sensitivity is more important than truth.  Feelings are more important than facts...  Children are more important than people.  Safety is more important than fun."

"It is sort of politically incorrect just to be male in this country now.  Look at television.  Look at any sitcom.  The wife is always brilliant and ethereal and right about everything and the husband is always a dumb fuck who's lucky to have found her."

The UVA rape hoax story is everything that's wrong with modern reporting and sexual politics.  If you threw in race and law enforcement corruption you'd be full circle to the Duke Lacrosse case.  Rolling Stone Retracts Key Part of UVA Rape Story - Hit & Run : "Virtually all details of the horrific gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity detailed in an engrossing Rolling Stone article last month are now either disputed our outright debunked. A terrific Washington Post investigation—which includes an interview with Jackie, the accuser—casts serious doubt on the narrative Jackie told to Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the author of the original Rolling Stone piece. In light of these developments, Rolling Stone is no longer standing by its story."

Rolling Stone apologizes over account of UVA gang rape - "Rolling Stone magazine apologized Friday for discrepancies in an article about the alleged gang rape of a University of Virginia student, after friends of the victim expressed doubts about the woman's account and the accused fraternity chapter denied key details. Rolling Stone editors [...] "In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie's account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced," Rolling Stone said...

According to the magazine, Jackie, who at the time had just started her freshman year at the Charlottesville school, claimed she was raped by seven men at Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, while two more gave encouragement, during a party. However, the University of Virginia's Phi Kappa Psi chapter did not have a party the night of September 28, 2012, the date when the alleged attack occurred, or at all that weekend, the chapter said in a statement Friday. The chapter's lawyer, Ben Warthen, told CNN email records and Inter-fraternity Council records are proof. Warthen said there were other discrepancies in the accuser's account. For example, the accused orchestrator of the alleged rape did not belong to the fraternity, the fraternity house has no side staircase, and there were no pledges at that time of year."

Rolling Stone’s Botched Account of a UVA Gang Rape Does a Disservice to Rape Victims - Hit & Run : "By failing to make basic efforts to check the facts of its attention-grabbing story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house, Rolling Stone has done a tremendous disservice to rape victims. Now, when victims tell their stories, and when journalists or advocates report on those stories or share them publicly in any way, those inclined to disbelief will have a prominent example of a shocking, horrific story that was reported as if true, and that was initially defended by its reporter and editor even when significant questions were raised about the strength of the reporting."

This looks hilarious.

This kid wins life.  Tesco Stops Gendering Superhero Toys After Image Of Disapproving Little Girl Goes Viral | The Mary Sue:


Friday, December 05, 2014

Training - Leg Day.

12/5 - squats, knee/leg raise, lunges, steam room, stretch

#TheStruggleIsReal #TheDayAfterLegDay

Awesome shirt.


"And your finest jelly beans... raw."

He'll be back.

Classic Sunny.

Don't worry, I'm sure they made the girls write out all the bad things about being a girl.  Because there's no discrimination against boys or teaching boys to be ashamed of being boys or any efforts whatsoever to reduce traits of maleness to a negative in modern 21st century America.  I blame the patriarchy, after all.  9-Year-Olds List What They Don’t Like About Being Boys | POPSUGAR Moms:

The return of Black Mirror.  Excellent.


 Marvel Officially Confirms Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange - Comic Book Resources: " has announced that Benedict Cumberbatch has been officially cast in the leading role for Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange," directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Jon Spaihts. "Stephen Strange's story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity," Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said in the official announcement. "In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.""

Dennis Reynolds, TV's most adorable sociopath.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

"Do it now."

Coming Soon to a Holodeck near you.  Haptic holograms let you touch the void in VR - tech - 01 December 2014 - New Scientist: "Feeling is believing. A system that uses sound waves to project "haptic holograms" into mid-air – letting you touch 3D virtual objects with your bare hands – is poised to bring virtual reality into the physical world. Adding a sense of touch as well as sight and sound will make it easier to completely immerse yourself in VR. And the ability to feel the shape of virtual objects could let doctors use their hands to examine a lump detected by a CT scan, for example. What's more, museum visitors could handle virtual replicas of priceless exhibits while the real thing remained safely behind glass."

Unbelievable.  Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Was Previously Kicked off Force for 'Dismal' Gun Performance, Emotional Instability - Hit & Run : "Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice within two seconds of encountering the boy, was deemed "unfit for duty" while serving on another police force. Supervisors specifically cited his "dismal" handgun performance and emotional instability when they forced him to resign in December 2012...

Officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed Tamir Rice on 22 November, was specifically faulted for breaking down emotionally while handling a live gun. During a training episode at a firing range, Loehmann was reported to be “distracted and weepy” and incommunicative. “His handgun performance was dismal,” deputy chief Jim Polak of the Independence, Ohio, police department wrote in an internal memo. The memo concludes with a recommendation that Loehmann be “released from the employment of the City of Independence”. Less than a week later, on 3 December 2012, Loehmann resigned. "

The hits just keep on coming.  AMC Orders "Preacher" Pilot - Comic Book Resources: "Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin's adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's acclaimed Vertigo series "Preacher" has a pilot order at AMC, as reported by multiple sources including Variety. "'Preacher' has been our favorite comic since it first came out," Rogen and Goldberg said in a joint statement. "Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it's an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won't make too many dick jokes and ruin it." Rogen and Goldberg wrote the adaptation, and "Breaking Bad" writer/producer Sam Catlin is set to serve as showrunner. According to Variety, the pilot will be produced in summer 2015, with hopes of the series debuting in 2016."

Do it.