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The Lounge Baltimore is in Flames Apr 29 2015
15:18 (UTC)
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Original Post by trh:

Original Post by pavlovcat:

If you can't figure out why it's vitally important to the black community to have an effective black leader to organize and inspire them, then I'm certainly not going to be the one to try and educate you. 

What does black leadership have to do with changing white institutionalized prejudice and violence against blacks?

So, black people have zero agency in their own destinies now.  Got it.  Black leaders need not apply.

Fitness April 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome Apr 29 2015
04:32 (UTC)
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The only thing I'm intermediate on is deadlifts and squats, everything else I'm novice.  Working on it though!  Oly practice tonight.  So I bought these posters for my weight room from Catalyst Athletics.  They've got instructions for the full lifts and a lot of foundational exercises.  It really helped me put the workout together on the fly.  I don't even remember everything I did but I hit a snatch complex, a clean complex, and some jerks.  Haven't been having wrist problems lately so I've got the weight up in the 65-75 pound range.

The Lounge Baltimore is in Flames Apr 28 2015
23:34 (UTC)
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Original Post by santonacci:

Original Post by amwick:

Original Post by santonacci:

 

Sorry - I should have been more specific in that I meant my specific point, which I have been trying to make since I started posting in this thread.  Which, in case you decided to skip over the articles, is that the black community may be reacting in a manner that is not productive, but simply ranting about criminality and supposed "black on black" crime is rather myopic and doesn't address the root problem.

If black on black crime is myopic than police issues are microscopic.  Go ahead, tell me how you would end poverty.

No, they are not.   It's hard to deal with poverty when entire communities are walking around scared of the very people who are supposed to be protecting them.

And, sorry, just like you I don't know how to end poverty.  But I'm sure you have grand ideas on how you would fix law enforcement community relations, which would be a great start.

ETA:  And, yes, post #22 reads kinda like an abbreviated rant...but I guess it depends on how a reader interprets ALL CAPS.

So, I'm giving a talk next month about criminal justice reform and I read about this study in Liberia where they took high risk offenders and attempted to rehabilitate them.  The ones who did the best long term were the ones who got 8 weeks of CBT and a cash payment of about 3 months' wages, which they theorize was because they had the resources to continue practicing the therapy skills once they finished the class.  My proposal would be to take all of the money we currently spend incarcerating people for being poor and unable to pay fines and support, and redirect those funds to a similar test program here. 

The Lounge Do you wear tank tops in the summer? Apr 28 2015
18:05 (UTC)
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Comparison is the thief of joy.  There will always be somebody thinner, smarter, taller, richer, whatever.  All comparing yourself to others  does is make you more judgmental.  Do you agree that it would be kind of a douchey thing to walk around judging everybody else's arms?  You know that people without thin, perfectly toned arms are often still decent people with many other virtues, right?  So cut yourself some slack, like you would for anybody else you care about (who, I promise you, has flaws). 

The Lounge Baltimore is in Flames Apr 28 2015
16:47 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

After Eddie beats up Alice, and then Alice sees her injuries and gets mad and wants to stand up for herself, and then Eddie says, "Calm down. Stop being so emotional. Be reasonable...." how does that go over with Alice, usually?

 

But I don't think riots are a path to positive change. I can't see a path. I can't see any good actors among the power hierarchy. They're just going to keep protecting their own and allowing people to be killed by police officers for no good reason. Police officers are going to keep getting months and months of paid leave during investigations and then go back on the job without any consequence or any training or any reason to do anything differently. They think it's funny, when they brutalize innocent citizens.

It's almost like they have no fear of losing their jobs for misconduct.  Like there's some powerful organization that can protect them by tying the City up in litigation over disciplinary actions or something.

The Supreme Court has made it practically impossible for police officers to be held to any kind of higher standards of conduct. So yeah, I guess they are a pretty powerful organziation.

Wow, they probably are if you're telling me they're telling local police and sheriff's departments that they can't fire or discipline anybody for anything they aren't civilly liable for under 42 USC § 1983!  Because police officers shouldn't ever face discipline for anything that doesn't involve an actual civil rights violation established in court, amirite?

The Lounge Baltimore is in Flames Apr 28 2015
16:28 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

After Eddie beats up Alice, and then Alice sees her injuries and gets mad and wants to stand up for herself, and then Eddie says, "Calm down. Stop being so emotional. Be reasonable...." how does that go over with Alice, usually?

 

But I don't think riots are a path to positive change. I can't see a path. I can't see any good actors among the power hierarchy. They're just going to keep protecting their own and allowing people to be killed by police officers for no good reason. Police officers are going to keep getting months and months of paid leave during investigations and then go back on the job without any consequence or any training or any reason to do anything differently. They think it's funny, when they brutalize innocent citizens.

It's almost like they have no fear of losing their jobs for misconduct.  Like there's some powerful organization that can protect them by tying the City up in litigation over disciplinary actions or something.

Fitness April 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome Apr 28 2015
15:56 (UTC)
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Original Post by crazineko:

^what kind of shoes did you purchase?  I'm in the market for shoes as well.  I might just go with chucks, but I really want to explore what's out there!

I got these adidas.  The women's shoes didn't have nearly the variety so hopefully these will work!  I think chucks are generally fine for powerlifting work but I'm going to need the raised heel to go ATG on the cleans and snatches.  Even just putting my heels up on the plates makes a huge difference in my form.  (Kinda hurts my feet though!)

The Lounge Baltimore is in Flames Apr 28 2015
15:53 (UTC)
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I don't know, Ray Lewis called for people to go home ... on FB.

Fitness April 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome Apr 28 2015
14:41 (UTC)
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Nice, crazi!  Those are pretty impressive lifts!

I finally broke down and bought weightlifting shoes.  I've been closely analyzing my form and I have realized that limited ankle mobility is something of an issue for me and very likely the cause of my butt wink.  I'm excited to see what a difference they make.

Yesterday was going to be a lifting day, but it was gorgeous out when I got home so we loaded up the dogs and the bikes and took them to the lake.  I'm not really tracking times or distances on these rides, but we hit some pretty good hills in there and riding the trails is always pretty active.  The important thing is we wore out the dogs!

Motivation Does lifting weights reduce FAT Apr 27 2015
20:50 (UTC)
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Caloric deficits reduce fat.  Lifting weights preserves muscle mass.

The Lounge Do you wear tank tops in the summer? Apr 27 2015
20:01 (UTC)
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^What an incredibly judgmental world that sounds like.  Have you ever considered wearing what you want and adopting the mindset that it doesn't matter what other people think?

The Lounge Carry that weight Apr 27 2015
18:55 (UTC)
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Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by lysistrata:

But there is also no recognized principle of freedom to defame.

Yes, she is not a party to the suit and, I suppose you could say, is free to defame him unless and until he sues her to make her stop.  And even then she could probably carry her mattress wherever she wanted, she just couldn't call him a rapist.

If the mattress is school property, they can probably tell her she can't remove it from her dorm room.

True, although they'd probably be in kind of a bad spot having already allowed her to take it out of the dorm room for, apparently, months.

The Lounge Carry that weight Apr 27 2015
18:28 (UTC)
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Original Post by santonacci:

Original Post by lysistrata:

  You don't get to stab somebody and then expect that "art" would be a defense to an assault.

Well, of course not, but unlike expression or speech, there no recognized principle of "freedom to assault."

And upon further reading, it's been made clear the lawsuit isn't against her, it's against the university.  Even if he wins, gets relief, and they remove the project from campus, she can still go elsewhere to drag around her mattress, right?

But there is also no recognized principle of freedom to defame.

Yes, she is not a party to the suit and, I suppose you could say, is free to defame him unless and until he sues her to make her stop.  And even then she could probably carry her mattress wherever she wanted, she just couldn't call him a rapist.

The Lounge Carry that weight Apr 27 2015
17:37 (UTC)
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Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Original Post by theviewfromhere:

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by theviewfromhere:

the fact that schools are still permitted to investigate these complaints, rather than turning them over to police, is a bit ridiculous.

Requiring schools to turn the investigations over to police would discourage some victims from coming forward.  Everyone has the option of going to the police, some choose not to, not permitting schools to investigate takes that choice away.

no it doesn't. i fully support anyone who chooses to report or not to report. but schools have a vested interest in demonstrating that campuses are "safe," whether it's true or not.

I gotta agree with this. I wonder if some sort of anonymous reporting requirement might serve this purpose? Full disclosure of all reported assaults as part of annual reporting?

They already have this.  It's called the Clery Act.

The Lounge Carry that weight Apr 27 2015
17:36 (UTC)
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Original Post by santonacci:

The only statement I've seen from Columbia on it basically says that they are abiding by principles of "academic freedom."  Technically, it was approved as an art project for a thesis.

So I guess what's really going to be argued here are the limits of what should be considered "art" or what is protected by "freedom of expression."

Given the publicity her project has received at this point, it's starting to take on a meaning beyond her personal experience - could it be argued that it's "not just about him" anymore?  Does that make a difference, legally?

Can it not be both art and harassing?  Even if we concede some artistic value to what she's doing - which I'm not inclined to do myself, but just saying - that doesn't exempt it from ordinary rules of conduct.  You don't get to stab somebody and then expect that "art" would be a defense to an assault.

The Lounge Carry that weight Apr 27 2015
17:13 (UTC)
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Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by theviewfromhere:

the fact that schools are still permitted to investigate these complaints, rather than turning them over to police, is a bit ridiculous.

Requiring schools to turn the investigations over to police would discourage some victims from coming forward.  Everyone has the option of going to the police, some choose not to, not permitting schools to investigate takes that choice away.

We probably shouldn't talk in terms of what schools are "permitted" to do since as of right now, they are required by law to investigate and respond.

The Lounge Carry that weight Apr 27 2015
16:44 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

3 women have filed complaints against the dude?  Hmm...

I agree that it's utterly ridiculous for universities to be in charge of investigating criminal activities.  I take her actions as a statement against the university more than against the guy she accused.  Even if she lied or misrepresented events, I don't see that she's doing anything wrong.  The story doesn't mention that she's the one that revealed his name, so I don't see how it's bullying.

Let him go ahead and carry a cross around to represent his own victimization.

This story gives quite a bit more of the detail about the confidentiality breaches, as does the lawsuit itself.

Fitness April 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome Apr 27 2015
01:36 (UTC)
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Lovely spring weekend here! Yesterday I did some lifting and we went on a late bike ride around the lake. This morning I took the dogs on the fundraiser 5k dog run for the humane society. It was fun and they were very good but it was quite chaotic! This afternoon we rode our bikes down to the local watering hole for fish tacos and beer, and then spent a few hours in the garden getting the irrigation fixed. Nothing real formal about it but it was plenty of activity to wear me out.
The Lounge Green coffee pills?? Apr 23 2015
19:31 (UTC)
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Seems appropriate.
Fitness April 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome Apr 23 2015
19:30 (UTC)
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Haha, I LOVED X-Files when I was in college. And then maybe a year ago it was rerunning on some channel I flipped through, so I stopped and watched it for a bit. It was a bit embarrassing, honestly, to watch it now and find it almost painfully bad. Those scripts, that acting ... wow!
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