Saturday, February 21, 2015

"All that is, is metaphor." - RAW

Wait for it...

"Hey Kids!! Comics!"



"Some imaginary friends never go away..."

"Fight Club 2" Dark Horse May 2015 Solicitations - Comic Book Resources: "Tyler Durden lives!  Some imaginary friends never go away . . . Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife, pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long; the wife has seen to that. The time has come . . . Rize or Die. • Chuck Palahniuk writes the sequel to Fight Club! • One of the most anticipated comics of the year."

"I'm not left-handed either."

This is fantastic.

 Sword Fights Movie Montage from ClaraDarko on Vimeo.

"By any means necessary."

Why Malcolm X Is Getting Written Out of History: "While Malcolm, also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, advocated discipline, self reliance and pride in the black community and his African roots, he never supported violence, she says – only telling his followers that they were entitled to defend themselves in the face of the horrific assaults and murders that black people faced on a daily basis. After he left the Nation of Islam in 1964, he embraced Sunni Islam and evolved his stance on topics as wide ranging as women’s rights, interracial marriage, and the possibility of people of all races and colours working together against injustice in a common brotherhood. At the time of his death he was no longer Malcolm X, preaching to black urban ghettos, but Malcolm the global revolutionary, who had brought together an alliance of African and Middle Eastern leaders in support of his new Organization of Afro-American Unity, and who was intent on pressing his human rights claims against the US government at the United Nations."

Hundreds to mark 50th year since Malcolm X's assassination - Houston Chronicle: ""One of the great things about Malcolm is that he redefined the civil rights movement to include a human rights agenda," she said. "So while we are focusing on integrating schools, integrating housing and all these other things, Malcolm said that we demand our human rights 'by any means necessary.' And that means ... that we have to address these problems. That we have to identify them, and absolutely discuss them.""

Friday, February 20, 2015

"You get the idea. Easy, right?"

Florida police officer: 'Planting evidence and lying in your reports are just part of the game': "In a confidential interview with a man identified as a confirmed 15-year veteran of Florida's Palm Beach County Sheriff's department, The D.C. Post has uncovered shocking details about allegedly common practices of dishonesty among law enforcement. 
An excerpt: 
I work nights on the Road Patrol in a rough, um, mostly black neighborhood. Planting evidence and lying in your reports are just part of the game. [...] 
 The interview was initiated after a Post reporter came across the deputy describing how he frames "Mouthy drivers, street lawyers, assholes and just anyone else trying to make my job difficult" on an online law enforcement discussion board: Under my floor mat, I keep a small plastic dime baggie with Cocaine in residue. [...] The residue is the key because you can fully charge some asshole with possession of cocaine, heroin, or whatever just with the residue. How to get it done? “I asked Mr. DOE for his identification. And he pulled out his wallet, I observed a small plastic baggie fall out of his pocket…” You get the idea. Easy, right?"

So awesome I can't even...


2/19 - bench, chins, pushups, dips, pulldowns, stretch

 " gotta fuel yourself with the fuck-ups. And most people get stuck in these patterns because they define themselves as a fuck up.  

You don’t have to do that. 

You don’t have to do that.

...the brain is the general, the troops are the body.  The troops don't want to listen but you say, 'Fuck you.  You listen.'  

And you get up and you do it." Blog: "He isn’t just telling people to exercise so that they can become stronger and feel better about how they look. More importantly, he stresses the crucial link between exercise and mental state...  My best days are always days that begin with exercise. I think, feel, and act better after a brisk workout. It does not matter how I feel before, I always feel better after I’ve challenged myself physically. I’m never more than one workout away from a better mood. Most people who exercise share similar feelings...  I strongly believe that more people would exercise if they were aware of the mental benefits that follow.

Unfortunately, some sedentary people fail to appreciate the link between body and mind. I’ve even had so-called scholars criticize me for training as hard as I do. For instance, one person recently suggested that I put down the barbell and pick up a book. This comment was made with the false assumption that someone who exercises his body fails to exercise his mind. It does not work that way. Throughout my life, I have never been forced to choose between exercise and scholarly learning. I strongly believe that the two go hand in hand and can actually benefit each other...

...there is no legitimate argument against regularly challenging the body and mind. I truly believe that it is tragic to pass through life without striving to improve physically and mentally. Life is so much more rewarding when the body and mind grow together."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"We lost everything." - George Takei

Day of Remembrance (Japanese Americans) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The Day of Remembrance (DOR) is a day commemorating the Japanese American internment during World War II. Events in numerous U.S. states are held on or near February 19, the day in 1942 that Executive Order 9066 was signed, requiring internment of all U.S. residents of Japanese ancestry."
Internment of Japanese Americans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States was the forced relocation and incarceration during World War II of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the Pacific coast in camps in the interior of the country...  Such incarceration was applied unequally due to differing population concentrations and, more importantly, state and regional politics: more than 110,000 Japanese Americans, nearly all who lived on the West Coast, were forced into interior camps, but in Hawaii, where the 150,000-plus Japanese Americans comprised over one-third of the population, only 1,200 to 1,800 were interned."

"JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And once your family was released from the internment, what—the process of putting your lives back together, what had happened to your possessions, to your home? And talk about that process, as well. 

GEORGE TAKEI: We lost everything. We were given a one-way ticket to wherever in the United States we wanted to go to, plus $20. And many people were very embittered about their West Coast experience, and they chose to go to the Midwest, places like Chicago or Milwaukee, or further east to New Jersey, New York, Boston. My parents decided to go back to Los Angeles. We were most familiar there. But we found that it was very difficult. Housing was impossible. They would deny us housing. Jobs were very, very difficult. My father's first job was as a dishwasher in a Chinatown restaurant. Only other Asians would hire us. And our first home was on skid row, with the stench of urine everywhere and those scary, smelly, ugly people lined up leaning on brick walls. They would stagger around and barf right in front of us. My baby sister, who was now five years old, said, "Mama, let's go back home," meaning behind those barb wire fences. We had adjusted to that. And coming home was a horrific, traumatic experience for us kids."


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"That's a cookie."

After Copenhagen: The Myth of Civilized Censorship - " much as European rulers want to, and do, condemn the brutal actions of these Koran-thumping offense-takers, the fact is they also share something in common with them: a devotion to shushing and sometimes punishing those who offend people's sensibilities. There's only so much distance the elites of Europe can make between themselves and these cartoonist-loathing shooters. For while our elites might not summarily execute people for the crime of being offensive, they do arrest them, and put them on trial, and occasionally jail them. All of which are acts tinged with menace, underpinned by the threat of violence, where it's understood by all that if any of these offense-givers were to dodge arrest or jump jail they could be restrained by force. It isn't only Islamo-censors who use violence to silence—all censorship, by its nature, is violent."


2/18 - press, pike pushups, db side swings, steam room, crow stand

2/17 - shadowbox, yoga

"Bonus: The 5 Most Awesome People in the Gym

1. Elderly People 
They're older than Moses and they're still lifting weights and kicking ass. These guys and gals rock. Pray that you get to be one of them someday. 

2. The Quiet Beasts 
These big guys are all business and make none of the mistakes listed above. They get in, work hard, and get out. They're always helpful when asked (but not during a set, Talkers!) but will never bug others with unsolicited advice. 

3. Women Who Kick Ass 
While most men these days are sipping soy lattes and making a hobby out of being self-righteously offended by every little thing, women in their 30's seem to have become the new gym bad-asses. They often train harder and smarter than the guys in the 20s and have all the delicious muscle to prove it. "You train like a girl" has become a compliment these days. 

4. Fat People 
They've overcome their embarrassment of being in a gym with fitter people. They've decided to make a change. For that, they deserve all the support we can give them. 

5. Injured and Disabled People 
Want some motivation? Check out the guy in the wheelchair getting shit done. Now take a look at the woman with her arm in a sling doubling up on lower body work. Amit Sapir had three surgeries while training to break the world squat record. He'd simply train as best he could while recovering, sometimes training just one side of his body at a time. Just a few weeks after his last surgery, he hit 722 pounds on the raw squat. 

What's your excuse?"