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    And chose sleeping in rather than tuning up?

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  • 09/18/17--10:49: Welcome to the Brainternet
  • https://futurism.com/researchers-have-linked-a-human-brain-to-the-internet-for-the-first-time-ever/

    Researchers Have Linked a Human Brain to the Internet for the First Time Ever

    In Brief: Researchers from Wits University have linked a brain directly to the internet. Data gathered from this project could help fuel the next steps in machine learning and brain-computer interfaces.

    BRAIN MEETS IOT

    A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical engineering. According to a release published on Medical Express, for the first time ever, researchers have devised a way of connecting the human brain to the internet in real time. It’s been dubbed the “Brainternet” project, and it essentially turns the brain “…into an Internet of Things (IoT) node on the World Wide Web.”

    The project works by taking brainwave EEG signals gathered by an Emotiv EEG device connected to the user’s head. The signals are then transmitted to a low cost Raspberry Pi computer, which live streams the data to an application programming interface and displays the data on an open website where anyone can view the activity. Adam Pantanowitz, a lecturer in the Wits School of Electrical and Information Engineering and the project’s supervisor, said:

    Brainternet is a new frontier in brain-computer interface systems. There is a lack of easily understood data about how a human brain works and processes information. Brainternet seeks to simplify a person’s understanding of their own brain and the brains of others. It does this through continuous monitoring of brain activity as well as enabling some interactivity.

    INTELLECTUAL MUSCLE

    Pantanowitz said this is just the beginning of the possibilities of the project. He adds that the team is now aiming to allow for a more interactive experience between the user and their brain. Some of this functionality has already been built into the site, but it is very narrow — limited to stimulus such as arm movement. “Brainternet can be further improved to classify recordings through a smart phone app that will provide data for a machine-learning algorithm. In future, there could be information transferred in both directions – inputs and outputs to the brain,” Pantanowitz said.

    Future applications for this project could lead to some very exciting breakthroughs in machine learning and brain-computer interfaces like Elon Musk’s Neural Lace and Bryan Johnson’s Kernel. Data collected from this project could lead to a better understanding of how our minds work and how we can take advantage of that knowledge to augment our brain power.

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    What podcasts do yall listen to, if any?

    I listen to a lot of comedy podcasts and a handful of music podcasts.

    Questlove has a pretty cool podcast, Stretch and Bobbito, Drink Champs w/ NORE of course.

    Joe Rogan by far has one of my favorite podcasts and he usually releases multiple episodes a week.

    Tom Segura and his wife have a podcast thats pretty funny, called "Your Moms Podcast"

    Joey Diaz has a podcast called "The Church of Whats happening now" dude has tons and tons of crazy stories. Dude used to be wild AF.

    But im trying to check out some more podcasts, whats your favorites??

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    https://www.google.com/amp/uproxx.com/dimemag/lonzo-ball-shoe-sales-numbers/amp/



    Don’t get caught up in the hype that LaVar Ball and Big Baller Brand have racked up millions of dollars in sales of Lonzo Ball’s signature shoe. Even at $495 each.

    The sneakerheads at Nice Kicks did some legwork to refute the rumors that Ball’s ZO2 Prime had sold 5,000 pairs in as little as four hours after its initial release. Like most internet rumors, that turned out to be bunk. Matt Halfhill over at Nice Kicks explained in a post how they figured out the number is much, much lower.


    Basically, Halfhill ordered a pair a few hours before Chad Johnson ordered a pair and posted his confirmation email on social media. By Halfhill’s count, just 34 total transactions on the entire Big Baller Brand site had occured between those two orders, and that could have been for shirts, hats, and anything else there that isn’t a pair of very expensive shoes.

    When another Nice Kicks staffer ordered a pair of shorts the next day, the transaction number simply didn’t account for thousands of shoe orders—there were just 328 individual purchases.

    Out of the 328 transactions that happened on BigBallerBrand.com in the first 24 hours that the shoes were offered for sale, we tracked that a total of just 263 pairs of sneakers had sold in both signed and unsigned versions of the ZO2 Prime.

    While we have no access to sales receipts, transactions or traffic data, we have been monitoring the inventory levels of the footwear listed on BigBallerBrand.com. After noting the initial product levels at the start and deducting the current units sold, we can confidently say that 210 pairs of unsigned ZO2 Primes had sold (103 pairs in size 8.5 alone), along with 53 autographed ZO2 Primes.
    While it’s tough to confirm anything here from a secondary source and incredibly unlikely the Balls are going to talk down rumors of big sales, the logic used by Nice Kicks here makes sense. And then there’s the big sales numbers that don’t match the actual sales thus far.

    Not accounting for shipping or sales tax (that doesn’t appear to be properly applied to transactions anyways), the total revenue for footwear in the first 24 hours was $157,685, based on the numbers sold for signed, unsigned, and the larger sizes that are priced at an extra $200.

    While $157,685 is an incredible amount of sales in one day, it is far from the $2.5 million that numerous outlets have reported today online.
    It’s an interesting look at the reality of the shoe business, an industry the Balls are now going it alone in. Though opting not to sign with a major shoe company is clearly not a decision to take lightly, the Balls seemed forced to do so. Talks with Nike blew up and the pursuit of growing Big Baller Brand as a whole was sidetracked by talk of top tier price points. LaVar Ball wanted to package his three sons into a single billion-dollar shoe contract, and the companies that dominate the industry wanted nothing to do with it.

    While the initial release on Thursday created a huge amount of Internet buzz—both good and bad—it didn’t immediately translate into massive sales. Like Stephon Marbury warned, it’s very difficult to grow a brand on your own. It’s easy to LaVar Ball to get people talking about him, his sons and their very expensive shoes, but actually convincing people to buy them takes a lot more than calling them “premium” and walking away.

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    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/look-big-baller-brand-scraps-original-lonzo-ball-shoes-unveils-new-zo2-design/


    The new BBB kicks have a sleek, all-black design and will be available in November


    When you're a Big Baller, you spurn all the major shoe companies to release your own custom made shoes. And when you don't like the design a few months later, you scrap it and start all over.

    That's exactly what Lonzo Ball and the Big Baller Brand have done, announcing Thursday that they have discarded the original design for Lonzo's first signature shoe, the ZO2 Primes, and will be releasing a brand new look instead.

    Lonzo and the Big Baller Brand also released a video for the occasion, which features the No. 2 overall pick rapping (which he's actually pretty good at) about his decision to leave UCLA and continue the BBB movement with his own independent shoe.

    As for people who pre-ordered a pair of the ZO2s back when they were first announced, they will get this new design instead. However, if they aren't interested in this new look, they are able to request a refund. Via SLAM:

    Those who already pre-ordered the original ZO2 Primes can expect this "remix" version to still arrive by the original November shipping date. The Showtime edition and the "Independence Day" colorways will also be converted into this new silhouette and shipping dates for pre-orders of those will also remain the same. There is a refund option for those who pre-ordered the original ZO2 shoe and would rather not receive the newer version.

    On the one hand, you could look at this as a bad sign, as it's not great to hear the company had to scrap their original design.

    However, you could definitely see this as more shrewd marketing by LaVar and Co. After the initial heat from the first release, the interest in the ZO2s has fallen off. But by in a way re-releasing the shoe with this new design, he gets it back in the media and can hype up the new look and improvements.

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    http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/crime/article/St-Louis-mayor-says-city-is-on-edge-awaiting-12174277.php

    Mayor: St. Louis 'on edge' awaiting police shooting verdict

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mayor of St. Louis says the city is "on edge" as it awaits a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of former police officer Jason Stockley, in part because of a troubled history of justice in St. Louis and nationwide.

    Stockley is accused of fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. The case was heard last month, but it's unclear when Judge Timothy Wilson will issue a verdict.

    Activists have threatened civil disobedience if Stockley, who is white, is acquitted in the death of Smith, who was black.

    "We're all on edge because we have watched, in this country and in our region, that legal decisions can and do result in families and sometimes entire communities being left without a sense of justice," Mayor Lyda Krewson said in a statement and video. "That can and has resulted in protests and demonstrations."

    The St. Louis region was in the spotlight in 2014 when 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting and a grand jury's decision not to indict Wilson led to months of racially charged protests.


    "The worry and anxiety we are feeling today is not without cause, and it did not start with Ferguson," Krewson said. "It has its roots in the story of our country. I hope we will all learn more about the laws and policies that closed the doors for some, while leaving them open for others."

    Stockley and his partner saw Smith involved in what they thought was a drug transaction at a fast-food parking lot in December 2011. Smith sped away, nearly striking the officers. After a chase, Stockley shot Smith while Smith was still in his car.

    Stockley testified that Smith had a gun, but prosecutors alleged that Stockley planted the weapon found in the car. They also cited dashboard camera video in which Stockley threatened to kill Smith less than a minute before doing so.

    Krewson, 64, who is white, was elected earlier this year in part because three black Democratic rivals split the African-American vote
    . She has pledged to help ease the racial divide in St. Louis. The city has a nearly evenly split population of blacks and whites among its 316,000 residents.

    Shortly after her election, Krewson created a position of director of racial equity and priority initiatives. She hired Nicole Hudson, who was previously active in reform efforts in Ferguson.

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    "Stop the hammering out there. Stop the hammering!!! Stop the hammering!!!"



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    The whole video is epic........LOL

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  • 09/05/17--05:09: Hurricane Season...
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    I've seen the day after tomorrow GnS, let's not ignore this one and buy some damn bottles water at least.

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    21in in 24hr. And it's not going to stop anytime soon. Like days possibly..
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    My parking lot is a lake at this point..

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    Albert Haynesworth’s Statements On Black Women Come Back To Hurt Him

    Abuse is plain wrong, karma’s too real and all of this stuff is intersecting with this Albert Haynesworth news. The former NFL baller put his caucasian ex-girlfriend and mother of his child on blast yesterday in a twitter rant, and folks are not only questioning his motives but, giving the man strong side-eyes. He claims former college and WNBA baller Brittany Jackson called him “ni**er” and she physically abused him. Albert says that he didn’t called police over said abuse, in order to protect her “so-called career and name.”

    Uhh, well, we think outing someone as a White Supremacist pretty much goes against the latter! Also sucks, because both parents, who share a mixed race son, allegedly have a disdain towards blackness…

    Back in 2011, Albert Haynesworth was accused of sexually assaulting a waitress and what he thought was a clever defense, he told press “I don’t even like Black girls”.



    http://wpgc.cbslocal.com/2011/05/13/redskin-albert-haynesworth-i-dont-even-like-black-girls/

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/albert-haynesworth-tweets-that-ex-girlfriend-abused-him-physically-racially/




    Hilarious

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    LEXINGTON, S.C.-- An elementary school teacher is on administrative leave after giving fifth grade students an assignment that asked them to imagine being a member of the KKK in the period after the Civil War.

    The assignment was given to students in a class at Oak Pointe Elementary in Lexington-Richland School District Five. Tremain Cooper, who identified himself as the uncle of a student in the class, posted a picture of the assignment on Facebook Thursday.

    "This is my little 10-year-old nephew's homework assignment today," Cooper wrote. "He's home crying right now."

    The homework assignment includes the following question: "You are there...You are a member of the KKK. Why do you think your treatment of African-Americans is justified?"

    School District Five told WLTX-TC that officials are taking the matter "very seriously" and the teacher was placed on administrative leave while the investigation unfolds.

    "We have been in communication and will continue to be in communication with families to let them know our actions and next steps," the statement said. "South Carolina standards for 5th grade require lessons on Reconstruction and discriminatory groups including the KKK. We must teach the standard, but we are taking steps to ensure this particular assignment will never be used again in District Five schools."

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/09/19/s-c-teacher-administrative-leave-after-kkk-themed-homework-assignment/680107001/

    Lol, literally gave that nigga paid leave.

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    This spot called the Tuscan Market located north of Boston, the food was on point!
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    Yall share your recent culinary experiences here.

    You're welcome

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    I tried CHUNKY applesauce the other day (it was on sale...)

    Shit is fuckin delicious!

    Like dessert or something but I know I ain't never goin back to regular lol

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    So KiK changed their format to an AOL chat room type vibe. You can create rooms and also search for rooms based on your particular interests.

    Would you frequent an IC chat room if one were created?

    KiK is a mobIle only app, and you have to create an account.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/protesters-disrupt-former-fbi-director-comeys-speech-at-howard-university/2017/09/22/ae75d1c8-9fae-11e7-9c8d-cf053ff30921_story.html?utm_term=.c21793971305
    Protesters disrupt ex-FBI director’s speech at Howard University

    Former FBI director James B. Comey was heckled and jeered throughout a speech Friday at Howard University by a group of protesters chanting “No justice, no peace” in a loud, contentious standoff that didn’t end until he finished his remarks.

    The scene made for a difficult reappearance for the man fired by President Trump in May. It was Comey’s first public speech since he testified before Congress in June about his firing, and few in the crowd of over 1,000 could hear much of what he said.

    “Get out James Comey! You’re not our homie!” the group of about 20 protesters chanted.

    Comey repeatedly asked to be permitted to speak, but the protesters continued chanting.

    “No justice, no peace, no f---ing police!” they shouted.

    Eventually, the larger audience began cheering “Let him speak!” But the protesters were not deterred or quieted. ​

    University officials also repeatedly and unsuccessfully sought to persuade the protesters to let Comey speak, telling them to “be better than this’’ and allow for an open debate of ideas. In response, the protesters chanted, “White supremacy is not a debate!”

    Comey, wearing black academic robes, sought to get the attention of the crowd, to no avail.


    “I’m only going to speak for 12 minutes,” he said of his convocation address, joking that if the protesters kept it up they were all going to be late for lunch.

    “I love the enthusiasm of the young folks. I just wish they would understand what a conversation is,’’ said Comey, trying to speak above the interruptions of the protesters.

    At one point, university professor Bernard Richardson sought to quell the protest, saying, “That’s not the Howard University way.”

    Comey remained quiet for about 10 minutes but then decided to deliver his speech over the shouting. Delivering his prepared remarks, Comey spoke of the importance of young people finding and expressing their voice but urged them to also seek understanding of their parents and the generations that came before them. Much of his remarks were drowned out by the protesters’ shouting.

    “Our country is going through one of those periods where we’re trying to figure out who are we really and what do we stand for. It’s painful,” Comey said.

    The former FBI director has agreed to take part in a lecture series at Howard this year. He ended his remarks to the crowd by saying: “Welcome to Howard. I’m honored to be here with you, and I look forward to adult conversation about what is right and what is true.’’

    The crowd gave him a standing ovation.

    “That was really crazy,” said Howard freshmen Taylor Davis. “Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like that before. I grew up in the suburbs.”

    Davis said that she agreed with the protesters’ message but added: “I do think Comey deserved to speak. There was a lot of people, the majority in there, did want to hear him out and were ready to have a serious conversation.”

    After the ceremony, a larger crowd of protesters outside the hall yelled more anti-Comey chants.

    The protesting students issued a statement saying Comey “represents an institution diametrically opposed to the interests of black people domestically and abroad. While his tenure at the FBI has finished, his impact on our community remains.”

    In particular, they faulted him with propagating what some officials have called “the Ferguson effect” — a theory that the rise in violent crime is due to police being fearful of facing public criticism for being too violent, and therefore avoiding confrontations with criminals.

    One student, 17-year-old Dave Cassell, said he agreed with the message of the protesters.

    “It makes sense due to the racial history between the FBI and black people,” Cassell said.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/comey-howard-speech-protestors
    The chanting continued as Comey went on with his boilerplate address about why colleges like Howard should be considered an important part of the “real world.” He did manage to work in another dig at the protestors, too.

    “The rest of the real world is a place where it is hard sometimes to find people who will listen with an attitude that they might actually be convinced of something,” Comey said. “Instead what happens in most of the real world — and in about four rows of this auditorium — is that people don’t listen at all. They just try to figure out what rebuttal they’re going offer when you’re done speaking.”

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    I hate that this happened in the city I was born in, but at the same time with the sheer level of gutterness there I'm not surprised either.

    So... Here's the chick in question:

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    and this is the case:

    http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2017/01/female_17_charged_with_knife-p.html

    MLive wrote:
    SAGINAW, MI -- A 17-year-old Saginaw woman could face life in prison on charges she raped a 19-year-old man at knife point.

    Lestina Marie Smith was arraigned Tuesday morning, Jan. 17, on two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Each charge carries a maximum punishment of life in prison.

    The charges stem from a Jan. 11 incident in Saginaw Township where Smith allegedly held another Saginaw teen at knife point and engaged in oral and vaginal sex with him.

    Smith was denied bond and is being held in the Saginaw County Jail.

    This is what happened to the victim:
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    The victim, who was 19 at the time and said he has autism, was soft-spoken throughout the proceedings.

    He said he wasn't sure why Smith wanted to meet with him early Jan. 11, the date of the alleged incident, but did say he had called her "whore" on Facebook about four days before and she had recently deleted a video he had of the pair having sex.

    The victim drove to Smith's step-sister's Saginaw Township home around 1 or 2 a.m. Jan. 11 and was met by Smith, who hopped into his car, he testified.

    Smith then began berating the victim and calling him names, while recording with her cellphone, he testified.

    She began punching him and, eventually, pulled a steak knife from her sleeve and stabbed him in the arm and poked him under the eye with it, he testified.

    The stab to the arm did not pierce skin but did put a hole in his leather jacket, he stated.

    The victim said he was locked in the car and couldn't call for help, as his phone and keys were taken by Smith, he testified.

    He tried to take the knife from Smith, but only succeeded in suffering defensive wounds on his hands, he said.

    Smith then told him to get into the back seat, he said.

    The victim described Smith holding him at knife-point and forcing him to perform oral sex on her as she took a cell phone video.

    Saginaw Township Police Officer David West testified he responded to the incident that night and saw the video.

    Smith told him she used the knife to scare the victim, West testified.

    The victim testified that Smith forced him to perform sexual intercourse at knifepoint.

    After that, she began to stab his car seats and dashboard and cut up his high school graduation tassel, he testified.

    Smith returned his keys and the victim drove to a nearby gas station, where he called police, he testified.


    So... We have recorded video of the shit going down. Open and shut case right? Got the evidence this bitch was nothing more than a slimy sexual predator that deserves live in prison, right???

    This just happened...

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/woman-accused-rape-man-knifepoint-spare-prison-lestina-marie-smith-michigan-saginaw-a7959771.html
    Smith, now 18, who had faced up to life in prison if convicted on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, pleaded no contest last week to second-degree criminal sexual conduct, court records show. Prosecutors, in turn, agreed to drop the most serious charges when she’s sentenced on Oct. 5.

    Smith now faces up to 15 years in prison, but could instead receive probation and jail time, court records show.

    what... exactly... the fuck???!!!

    Dude says he has autism (prolly Asperger's), she stabbed a nigga repeatedly, forced the nigga to eat the pussy and fuck her at knife point, and could get PROBATION???!!!


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    We already know if the perp was a 17 year old boy doing the exact same shit to a 19 year old chick with video of the shit happening there's no way in hell he ain't gettin' life. Pleading no contest would never be an option on the table. Straight to prison labeled as a violent rapist where you'll get your ass beaten, raped, or probably murdered.

    And, even while in prison, you gotta register as a sex offender.

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  • 09/22/17--17:57: Bitch ass cop Vol. 46362839
  • http://ktla.com/2017/09/22/video-shows-huntington-beach-police-officer-shooting-man-outside-7-eleven/

    Videos posted on Twitter Friday morning show a Huntington Beach police officer struggling with and then firing multiple times on a man who collapses in front of a 7-Eleven. Police say the man was hospitalized and later died.

    A 17-second video of the incident was initially posted to Twitter just after 9:30 a.m. It shows an officer firing multiple times at a man, who falls to the sidewalk.

    A Huntington Beach Police Department spokeswoman said the officer contacted a male individual outside the 7-Eleven at 6012 Edinger Ave. and they "got into an altercation." Then an officer-involved shooting occurred and the male was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, police spokeswoman Officer Angie Bennett said.

    Police weren't immediately releasing any other details, but just after noon Bennett confirmed the man had died. His identity has not been released.

    A few additional seconds of video captured by the same photographer who tweeted the shooting footage appear to show the officer struggling with the man, whose back is on the pavement. The man appears to take something off the officer's duty belt before the officer pulls away and shots are fired.

    The additional video was distributed to local television news stations by a freelance news photographer, who also tweeted the footage.

    Two witnesses who were separately going to the 7-Eleven described the events. Both witnesses, who each did not want to be identified, said the officer approached the man, who then swung a punch toward the officer. One of the witnesses said the man "hit" the officer, while the other said the man "tried to throw a punch."

    Then the man and the officer were on the ground wrestling when the man grabbed what appeared to be the officer's "magazine clip," both witnesses said.

    In the video showing the gunfire, the man, clad in dark pants and sweatshirt, is clearly holding something in his right hand before the shots are fired, causing him to convulse and stumble.

    It was not immediately clear if the officer fired live ammunition or nonlethal rounds. When asked about this, Bennett repeatedly responded that the shooting was "an OIS."

    In the video, six shots are fired and then someone yells something that sounds like "Get down, get down." Then a seventh shot is fired and the man stumbles backward and collapses on his side.

    The officer picks up a radio and speaks into it, but it's not clear what he says.

    A female employee inside the store was grazed by a bullet, one of the witnesses said.
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    Marina High School, at 15871 Springdale St. and diagonally across Edinger Avenue from the 7-Eleven, was placed on lockdown. The school tweeted that there were many police patrol cars on scene and that students were safe.

    Some students said they left school after the lockdown was lifted, too disturbed by the shooting to return to class.

    "That was actually basically seeing a person die. It's not like the movies," said student Carmella Marshall. "It's really real."





    Asian NIGGAS gettin that work too

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  • 09/08/12--16:49: The Powerful Pet Thread
  • I noticed that a lot of people had pets in the Summer Pics thread so I decided to make a thread dedicated to the pets of the IC...

    Here's mine. Isis my 13 year old Siberian Husky. To say I love this dog is an understatement. She's the best dog I've ever had.

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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000691077/article/colin-kaepernick-explains-protest-of-national-anthem

    Colin Kaepernick explains protest of national anthem

    SANTA CLARA, Ca. -- Forty Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly and knowingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

    His latest refusal to stand for the anthem -- he has done this in at least one other preseason game -- came before the 49ers preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi's Stadium.

    "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."


    The 49ers issued this statement: "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

    By taking a stand for civil rights, Kaepernick, 28, joins other athletes, like the NBA's Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and several WNBA players in using their platform and status to raise awareness to issues affecting minorities in the U.S.

    However, refusal to support the American flag as a means to take a stand has brought incredible backlash before and likely will in this instance. The NBA's Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf of the Denver Nuggets, formerly Chris Jackson before converting to Islam, refused to acknowledge the flag in protest, citing similar reasons as Kaepernick and saying that it conflicted with some of his Islamic beliefs.

    Abdul-Rauf drew the ire of fans and was briefly suspended by the NBA before a compromise was worked out between the league and player, who eventually stood with his teammates and coaches at the playing of the national anthem.

    Kaepernick said that he is aware of what he is doing and that he knows it will not sit well with a lot of people, including the 49ers. He said that he did not inform the club or anyone affiliated with the team of his intentions to protest the national anthem.

    "This is not something that I am going to run by anybody," he said. "I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. ... If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right."

    Kaepernick said that he has thought about going public with his feelings for a while but that "I felt that I needed to understand the situation better."

    He said that he has discussed his feelings with his family and, after months of witnessing some of the civil unrest in the U.S., decided to be more active and involved in rights for black people. Kaepernick, who is biracial, was adopted and raised by white parents and siblings.

    Kaepernick's Twitter feed is filled with civil rights Tweets and messages.


    The former Super Bowl starting quarterback's decision to go public comes while he is fighting for his football life with the 49ers, who drafted him in the second round in 2011. He lost his starting job last season after being one of the most promising players in the NFL during his run under former coach Jim Harbaugh.

    Over the past few months, his relationship with management has turned sour. He requested a trade last spring, which never came to fruition. He also has spent most of the offseason rehabilitating from operations to his left (non-throwing) shoulder, his hand and knee. That left him unable to fully compete with Blaine Gabbert for months and now, just weeks before the regular season starts, has him seemingly in a bind to regain his starting job.

    He made his preseason debut against the Packers and played for the second quarter, completing two of six passes for 14 yards. He looked as rusty as you'd expect from someone who has not played since last November.

    Following the game and without any knowledge of Kaepernick's non-football behavior, coach Chip Kelly said that there has never been any discussion about cutting Kaepernick.


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