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Black Male Sanitation Worker Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail For Reporting to Work Early, Annoying Residents in Predominately “White” Town

This past Friday, a black male sanitation worker was jailed for 30 days because residents of Sandy Springs, Georgia called 9-1-1 when they heard garbage pickup before 7 am, a violation of a city ordinance. The father of two pled guilty without an attorney present but is now, along with a new attorney, seeking to withdraw the original guilty plea. The attempted husband and father of two will be allowed to serve time on the weekend so he can continue to work.

Oftentimes, the so-called mainstream media attempts to obscure the systemic maltreatment of people who are classified as black to maintain the false image of “equal treatment under the law”. The New York Times and The Daily Mail, deceitfully emphasized two well-known black celebrities who live in the area, however according to city-data.com, black people represent a mere 18% of the population. Over 60% of the people are residents who classify themselves as “white”. This predominately “white” demographic is significant since there is a system of Racism (White Supremacy) in place that criminalizes black bodies while selectively enforcing laws.  As such, the White Supremacist enforcement of this city ordinance, which led to the greater confinement of a Victim of Racism for such a trivial affair, should come as no surprise.

This lost toy at Vidler’s 5 & 10 in East Aurora is taking to the Internet in an effort to find the friend who misplaced them.  While larger stores might have seen the small cat and thrown him into the trash after a few days of remaining unclaimed, Vidler’s wasn’t about to say “die.”  After fixing the small tear in the toy’s leg, the store made sure to post this whimiscal tale of the cat trying to find his owner in an effort to reunite the two parties.  Reposts and Reblogs of this picture are welcome as they continue to search for the cat’s owner.

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Edie Sedgwick, Sandy Kirkland, Pat Hartley, Bibbe Hansen and Stella Chercheff filming Prision at The Factory in New York. Photos by Billy Name

January 19, 1972

At the age of 36 years and 20 days, former Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, who placed himself on the voluntarily retired list because of an arthritic left arm in 1966, becomes the youngest player to be elected into the Hall of Fame. Also getting the nod from the baseball writers are Yankee legend Yogi Berra and Early Wynn, a 300-game winner.
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Los Angeles Times | How 'Outlander' star Sam Heughan gets ready for all those shirtless scenes
By Los Angeles Times

Scottish lads in the 18th century were, by necessity, strong and fit. But they didn’t look like modern-day bodybuilders. Sam Heughan does, and“Outlander” fans don’t seem to mind. The star spends plenty of screen time shirtless as the Highlands warrior Jamie Fraser on the Starz show, which starts its second season tonight. He bulked up for the role with what he called “functional weightlifting and CrossFit type stuff.” But he still makes time for his first fitness passion: running.

How did you get into running?

It just started with strapping on a pair of trainers and going outside. I was traveling a lot as a young actor, and while in a new city I’d want to see the place, so I would just put on my trainers and go for a jog. And the more I did that, the more I found I was traveling longer and longer distances. I just fell into it.

What are some of your fondest memories from your travel runs?

There are so many. I was doing a tour of the Batman live stage production and I challenged the cast to join me to run. One time we were running in Switzerland just before Christmas and it was heavy snow. Another time we were running down the Seine in Paris on Christmas Day and we all had Santa hats on. And I remember training for the Paris marathon I had to get up really early and do a 20-mile training run. I was in Cincinnati and running all alone along the river and saw so much wildlife.

What was it that attracted you to marathon running?

I wanted to challenge myself. I am slightly competitive, but it was more about myself than competing against other people. I did my first one in Paris and loved the whole event: going to a different city, seeing all the sites, and for a space in time you feel like a professional athlete because people are cheering for you. You do one and then you want to do more.

Any other notable marathon experiences?

I did the Los Angeles Marathon last year, and that’s a good one. You get to see a lot of sites and I liked the idea of running to the sea; you can pretend that it’s downhill all the way. My best time is a 3:20 in Paris in 2010, and I trained to try for a 3-hour marathon in New York, but Hurricane Sandy hit and it was canceled. But I got to see New Yorkers band together and help each other out. A movement started called “Run Anyway” … so I did go to Central Park and ran. People were donating clothes and food to those who needed it. It was an amazing show of community spirit.

Tell me about the My Peak Challenge program you created.

I collaborated with my trainer in the UK and Bloodwise — a leukemia and lymphoma charity — and we created an event where I share my love of the outdoors. I’d been doing a lot of hiking in Scotland and discovering my country, so we built a charity that allows people to help themselves while they help others. It’s a workout program and the profits go to the charity. We’ve already raised over $170,000 in just three weeks. We have a whole community online now and it includes people from all walks of life.

October 2, 1963

In the Game 1 of the World Series‚ Sandy Koufax strikes out his 15th batter of the game when he fans pinch hitter Harry Bright for the final out of LA’s 5-2 victory over the Yankees. Koufax, who struck out the first five Yankeees he faced in the game, surpasses Brooklyn’s Carl Erskine’s 1953 World Series mark of 14, which was also accomplished against New York.
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“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”
—President Obama in a 2011 radio address

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
—Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pa., in 2002

“One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.”
—President George W. Bush at the Pentagon in 2008 

“So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart.”
—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the World Trade Center site in 2003

Lawmakers, weary from the emotional fight and ultimate failure to get a bill to enhance background checks for gun sales off the Senate floor two years ago, seem resigned to the view that if 20 small children killed at a school cannot move Congress, then nine black men and women shot dead by a white man during Bible study will not, either.
—  Gun control voices in Congress all but silent after Charleston shooting, the New York Times

I’ve been living in LA the last two years. i think a lot of this record is about feeling — not consciously, but in retrospect — desperately lost in translation. I had an old mentor, an American chap, who kept saying to me, “it’s a short movie, man,” which I thought was quite funny, so there are lots of Americanisms like that in it. There’s one track called “A Small Poke.” It’s about the terminology I’ve begun to use while living here, those little things you have to rearrange like ‘downtown’ or ‘trash’ or ‘cell phone.’ I wrote “A Small Poke” a long time ago, but seem to have forgotten about it. It was when I was in New York during Hurricane Sandy. The horror of being in an enormous metropolis with no power, the apocalyptic nature of that, must be horrible for everyone involved — but there’s a general feeling of fear in America. Well, America induces this fear in me. It’s so vast and so complicated. I feel like I’m here as a weird voyeur, watching it in a really strange way to make sense of it. Like the landscape of the desert, then you go four hours further north and you’re in the lush mountainous forests. You feel dwarfed by the country, which I don’t think I felt in England. So quite a lot of the record is about that.

I wrote the album in America at the beginning of 2014, but we recorded it in London. My longtime drummer Matt runs Urchin Studios in Hackney. There was me, Matt — also engineering — and Nick Pini, who plays bass in my band. He’s quite in demand, he’s definitely too highbrow for my band, he’s really good! On strings, I had Tom Fiddle…and Ruth de Turberville, who’s been my cello player forever. I wrote the record on electric guitar, but I play electric like I do acoustic. It’s not gonna be groundbreaking. I’ve managed to resist the EDM!

I think we did 14 songs and there’s 11 on the record. So yeah, only 3 didn’t make the cut. What’s the criteria for making the cut? This is the first record that I’ve done without a producer; it’s more of a 3-way effort between me, Matt, and Dan. So we sat down and put a lot of care into ordering the record once we’d done it all. There were things that clearly didn’t fit into the narrative or didn’t jump out as being relevant to the record, so that was it, really.

I always get into things quickly and then I get over them and don’t pursue them. So last year while I was making the record, I decided that if I was going to get into a certain writer, I was going to read everything they’d done, so I can just really understand what they’re about. So I did all of Jodorowsky’s films and books. A lot of the ideas on the album are filtered through him, and then I also read Rilke and Walt Whitman and a couple of female poets.

The opening track is called “Warrior.” It’s a story about a horse throwing off his warrior — or her warrior — and the horse deciding that the warrior is not noble enough. “Warrior” is a Jodorowsky reference. There’s a song called “Gurdjieff’s Daughter.” I was reading Jodorowsky’s biography, and there’s this absolutely brilliant moment where he meets Gurdjieff’s daughter. Gurdjieff is like a spiritual leader, a philosophical cult leader, and his daughter tracked Jodorowsky down at the premiere of El Topo in Mexico City to tell him he needed to brush up on his metaphysical skills because he was going to be a really important part of humanity. She said, “I’ve been sent to teach you all these things.” They ended up in a hotel room together, and she reeled off this list of his sayings, his rules for living, of how to be a moral human being. I pretty much turned that verbatim into a song. Like one of them is ‘don’t share orders for the pleasure of being obeyed’ and another is ‘don’t be impressed by big personalities.’

One interesting thing about the way we recorded the album is me and Matt did all of the takes, all in a row, then we got the strings in and we did two blind takes with them. We told them the key and where the chords were going. Then we panned the strings left and right so they sounded like strange background noise. Then there’a a melodic take where they were more accustomed to the songs. My idea was to have a metallic, urban sound. Living where I’ve been living, there’s always a fucking helicopter, there’s always the sound of a city behind you. So I wanted to have that weird background disturbance all the way through the record. — Laura Marling introduces Short Movie in Uncut, February 2015.