Saturday, August 01, 2015
"I just wanna do it my way. And turn the whole game sideways." - Lil Dicky - Professional Rapper (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
Sex Workers From Around the World Tell Hollywood to Mind Its Own Business - Hit & Run : Reason.com: "Sex workers around the world aren't taking lightly to a celebrity campaign against decriminalizing prostitution. Hundreds of sex workers, academics, social workers, and human-rights organizations have signed a letter in support of Amnesty International's position that "consensual sexual conduct between adults ... is entitled to protection from state interference."
Amnesty's position has earned the ire of dozens of activist groups, feminist icons like Gloria Steinhem and Eve Ensler, and Hollywood stars including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathway, Carey Mulligan, Lena Dunham, and Phoebe Cates. On July 22, they released a letter calling Amnesty's Draft Policy on Sex Work "deeply disturbing" and equating the decriminalizaiton of prostitution with "gender apartheid." In response, the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) drafted its own letter to Amnesty. "We are aware that Amnesty International will be pressured to back down from this position, but we urge you to show courage and tenacity and to adopt this policy," it states. "Sex workers worldwide are organizing and advocating, often in very precarious and dangerous contexts, for the decriminalization of sex work. Having Amnesty International take this position would make a significant contribution to promoting sex workers’ human rights and protecting them from discrimination and violence. The letter was signed by 180 advocacy organizations..."
Friday, July 31, 2015
7/31 - shadowbox 7/30 - deadlifts, press, chins, dips 7/29 - treadmill
therock on Instagram: "Here's a lil' fact that explains my fun DNA.. When I was 10yrs old, my dad would take me to the gym with him on the weekends. Kick my ass and "stretch" the hell outta me on the wrestling mats. Then he'd kick my ass some more on the weights. He'd always say, "If you throw up, go outside. And if you cry, then go home to your mother." Yup, that's my upbringing which taught me there will never be another substitute for hard work. And crying in the gym is not allowed. Even if you're 10yrs old.. with a big ass afro."
Dwayne The Rock Johnson added a new photo. - Dwayne The Rock Johnson: "Always asked from my buddies, "Why do you continue to push yourself so hard when you don't have to these days? You're not broke.." My answer's always the same.. "Exactly. That's why.". It's funny cause only my buds who came up thru hard times and broke as f*ck understand that answer. The other ones just look at me like I have three heads. Many of y'all out there know what I'm talkin' bout. It ain't ever about money.. it's about never forgetting what it's like to have none. "
"The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create." - Chuck Palahniuk
"The scathing report paints occupational licensing as a regulatory scheme that serves almost no one any good..."
Occupational Licensing Hurts Just About Everyone, Says White House - Hit & Run : Reason.com: "Far from being merely a minor inconvenience for workers, this excessive licensing regime "creates substantial costs, and often the requirements for obtaining a license are not in sync with the skills needed for the job," according to a new report from the Treasury, the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and the Department of Labor. Libertarians have been objecting to occupational licensing on these grounds for decades, of course; the free-market friendly Institute for Justice has even been systematically suing to bring about their demise. But it's rare to see federal agencies recommend against more economic regulation, so let's all just savor this small victory a moment. The scathing report paints occupational licensing as a regulatory scheme that serves almost no one any good—raising consumer costs while failing to deliver improved quality; reducing employment opportunities, especially among the most economically vulnerable; and hampering state-to-state mobility and market innovation. "
"...using cops as petty enforcers of bullshit law designed almost entirely to squeeze bucks out of hapless citizens often guiltless of actually harming anyone's life or property is a root cause of the problem."
Yes, Using Cops To Snatch Money from Citizens Via Petty Fines is One of the Roots of the Police Violence Problem - Hit & Run : Reason.com: "Mother Jones pulls together a conclusion regarding awful police violence that won't be news to Reason readers: using cops as petty enforcers of bullshit law designed almost entirely to squeeze bucks out of hapless citizens often guiltless of actually harming anyone's life or property is a root cause of the problem:
it is probably no coincidence that when you examine the recent rash of police killings, you find that the offenses they were initially stopped for were preposterously minor. Bland's lane change signal, DuBose's missing plate. Walter Scott had that busted taillight—which, we all later learned, is not even a crime in South Carolina. Eric Garner was selling loose cigarettes. When Darren Wilson was called to look into a robbery, the reason he initially stopped Michael Brown was for walking in the street—in Ferguson, an illegal act according to Section 44-344 of the local code...
In 2014, Ferguson's bottom-line-driven police force issued 16,000 arrest warrants to three-fourths of the town's total population of 21,000. Stop and think about that for a moment: In Ferguson, 75 percent of all residents had active outstanding arrest warrants. Most of the entire city was a virtual plantation of indentured revenue producers.... "Once the system is primed for maximizing revenue—starting with fines and fine enforcement," Holder said apropos Ferguson, "the city relies on the police force to serve, essentially, as a collection agency for the municipal court rather than a law enforcement entity.".... When the poor come to understand that they are likely to be detained and fined for comically absurd crimes, it can't be a surprise to the police that their officers are viewed with increasing distrust. In this environment, running away from a cop is not an act of suspicion; it's common sense.
Remember: there are no debtors prisons in the U.S. of A, unless the debt is owed to the government at any level, in which they'll happily spend way more than your debt to punish you by imprisoning you if they get their hands on you. (You'll still owe the money! Probably more!)"
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
ESPN: "Every day, all over the world, Marvel's top comic book artists flex their creative muscles to illustrate the world's mightiest super heroes. In the spirit of The Magazine's visual celebration of athleticism, dedication and strength, a mix of those same artists took to their drawing boards to craft bold images of Marvel's characters like never before."