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Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Man loses his job over Fortnite
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:55:52 am »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysp62BQe91c" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysp62BQe91c</a>

Way to lose your job as a network engineer over a children's game ffs!

Video game addiction?

What a piece of shit.

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Reading, Books, & Sheeit / Book Journal
« on: October 18, 2018, 09:40:13 am »
I love reading books so I thought I'd create this thread and update it whenever I read a new book and give it a promotion and a brief discussion of what it's about. Most of the books I read are biographies of athletes. I also enjoy reading books about finance and wealth because I want to be financially secure in life.


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Basketball / Basketbrawl
« on: July 02, 2018, 12:05:05 pm »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhvx4IspR90" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhvx4IspR90</a>

I can't believe the refs didn't call this game off after this incident. This was WWE style antics not international basketball.

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Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Baltimore Homicide Victim #289
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:25:59 am »
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-1105-homicide-289-story.html

"Someone shot and killed my nephew last month in Park Heights. He was 26.

Like so many other black Baltimore families, I guess it was our turn to huddle outside of the entrance to Sinai Hospital’s emergency room. To look through Justin Fenton’s Twitter feed for confirmation or scroll through the comments of @murder_ink_bmore’s Instagram posts for a hint of wtf happened.

He is murder #289 in the City of Baltimore.

He had just gotten out of jail in July.

Yeah yeah… He could’ve — should’ve really turned it around…

Born to a closet addict in the ‘90s, he landed as a newborn in a rented room off of North Avenue behind the Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters, and in later years was raised by his mother's friend on Castle Street and North Avenue, surrounded by vacant houses. North Avenue is a major corridor that runs west to east through the entire city, and in the ‘90s, nowhere along that road was safe or decent to live.

With lead-infused blood and attention deficient disorder, he was barely literate graduating his zoned elementary school (the ADD pills made him feel sluggish).

Housing agency pays $6.8 million to lead paint victims
By middle school, his mother, who never looked like she struggled with addiction, had died from complications of HIV and a mother figure had died from what appeared to be diabetes. He was now in and out of juvenile group homes, therapy sessions and youth programs.

From selling water and candy up and down East North Avenue, he was promoted to selling weed.

I’m his second cousin. His mother and I were first cousins. He and I adopted the term “aunt” to describe me because it was easier to say “aunt” than give the long explanation as to why and how we were related. Also “aunt” had both authority as well as an endearing nature, as if he was being cared for by his mother’s sister, the next best.

By the time he landed with me while attending his zoned Baltimore City public high school — after stays with other extended family members in more stable home environments and neighborhoods — there was no inspirational chat left that could reach him, no mentor who could connect with him, no amount of new clothes or fresh kicks that could make him feel brand new.

Beleaguered city residents call for peace and solutions to Baltimore's surging crime
Park Heights is where he found his crew — a community among the other lost men and addicts. Like many other regions of Baltimore City, there are large portions in the community of Park Heights (21215) that are socioeconomically depressed. Those areas should be considered third world: a (drug) war zone.

With a forehead tattoo obtained in his late teens, trademark braids, stints in and out of jail, and a long criminal record, his commitment to Zone 15 was sealed. He operated within the blocks of vacant housing and corner stores in Park Heights as a menace to police, unreached by social programs — simply hustling, laughing, drinking, popping pills, smoking and selling weed; picked up, locked up, on probation. Repeat.

Death was a constant factor. Along with the death of his mother and maternal figure, two of his closest neighborhood friends were killed in ‘09 and ‘10 along the Garrison and Liberty Heights corridor. I believe he was present (running for his life) for at least one of those killings. A few years ago he was beat down and left for dead along Liberty Heights and Gwynn Oak, in the space next to the vacant theater across from ShopRite. In addition, another childhood friend was locked up for murder in 2014. That is not including all of the other young men living in Northwest Baltimore City that he may have known who are now dead.

My nephew/cousin was good-natured, light-hearted, funny and forgiving — and high energy, from the time he was a boy. Despite a record (two whole pages on the Maryland Judiciary Case Search website), he did not harm anyone that I know of and was not known to tote a firearm. He just wanted to survive. He was gentle enough to sleep on the couch or in the basement of many friends and older adults who trusted him in their homes for a night or two. Although he was routinely kicked out of my house or his sister’s home, he was still an active and loved family member. We slid him a 20 or necessities if we could. On cold nights we let him stay. He was an uncle/friend to his nephews, picked up his son on occasion after school and had a girlfriend. He was asked to be on time for family functions.

Some days he looked high.

The last time we saw him he looked good.

He just got out of jail in July.

Yeah yeah… He could’ve, should’ve really turned it around…

No excuses… It’s his own personal choice… But…

Yes, he was given a second chance — but not the opportunity.

Who would be willing to legally employ someone with a face tattoo, and a lengthy record without a GED or diploma? Mistakes made as a teenager.


Where do you go when you want to change but burned all of your bridges with family?

Helping ex-offenders stay out of prison
With this last jail stint, exhausted — I just couldn’t do it anymore: be that cheerleader, show up for the counseling sessions, be the contact for his probation, pay for cell phones and research training programs.

I wonder if there really is a clear path of social programs and housing programs that could have assisted with his redemption, especially when he got out of jail. What do you do when you made mistakes in your youth, and are now entering adulthood and in need of a pathway to turn it around?

Jeez — he didn’t kill anyone; he sold weed. Had he been rich, white and lived in Hampden, he could’ve opened a dispensary. Had he lived in the Midwest, the president would have called it all a crisis.

Where do you find hope if your every day is surrounded by vacant housing and addicts?

Were the ADD meds, weed, alcohol and pill popping a direct result of being born from an addicted mother or raised in lead-filled housing?

A menace, my nephew. But he represents our young black brothers, cousins, boyfriends, fathers (he leaves behind a 5-year-old son) — the part of Baltimore, very poor, left behind and Un-Revitalized; Un-Gentrified.

A menace.

He was #289 in a murderous year in Baltimore. Where is the outrage? The benefit concert?

Where are the mental health organizations to assist with the trauma associated with living in a war zone?

In jail or out of jail, chained to mistakes you made as a youth because — why?

Is that a way to live?

Antwan Lamont Bond, #289.

We love you as you are.

You did the best with what was given to you by this great city of Baltimore.

Now we’ve got to do better".


Tragic. The system is failing and needs to be reformed. Imagine if Baltimore spent all the money they spent on incarcerating people on getting them education and most importantly meaningful employment. Too many people are falling through the cracks and are destined to a lifetime of poverty and unemployment for mistakes they make when they were teenagers/young adults. How can people be surprised that drugs and crime is endemic when the whole society is living in misery and hopelessness. It's not a popular opinion but my solution would be harsher penalties for crimes because everyone can agree that "if you do the crime you do the time". However, the carrot in my solution is that once people do their punishment they are given a clean slate (the courts will keep their records in case they reoffend and for sentencing purposes) but their criminal record as far as employers go is effectively expunged. The only exception I would have to that is for sexual predators/pedophiles.  Currently the system works by giving someone a slap on the wrist and a criminal record, which pretty much prevents them from ever obtaining a decent job so instead of doing the crime and doing the time they are getting lifetime punishments.

Just my thoughts.



 

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Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Police Memes
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:36:13 am »



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http://www.news.com.au/sport/basketball/oklahoma-city-thunder-edges-past-melbourne-united/news-story/16d2c6ac8e28ec63c7b77547e558bec4

TWO late blocks in the final seconds saved Oklahoma City Thunder’s blushes against Melbourne United, ensuring the star-studded NBA side escaped with an 86-85 win in the sides’ pre-season exhibition game in America on Monday.
Josh Huestis was huge in D at the death to prevent United from claiming what would have been the first ever win by an Australian side over an NBA team.
 
Russell Westbrook in particular will have been nervous about eating humble pie had Melbourne been able to conjure up a late basket after the reigning NBA MVP said “I ain’t expecting s***” when asked what type of challenge the men from Down Under would present.
Even with the win he still had reason to feel sheepish.
Westbrook was far from his best, going at three-from-10 to finish with just nine points. He’d scored double figure points in 144 straight NBA games but couldn’t muster the same scoring efficiency against the team he didn’t rate at all before today.

Melbourne’s David Andersen was proud of how hard his troops made the NBA superstars work to earn their win.
“It was an exciting game, we tried to take it to them as much as we could,” he said after the game. “I thought we did a great job making it competitive all night.
“The NBL’s right up there in terms of competition.

“Making them have to play their starters, that’s what we wanted.”
United’s effort also impressed former Boomers captain Shane Heal and injured Melbourne star Chris Goulding, who took a swipe at those expecting a drubbing.
 
Paul George led from the front for Oklahoma, who was out-rebounded by Melbourne 50-45, scoring 22 points.
Melbourne’s Casper Ware had the job of containing Westbrook and he did it to perfection while also managing to rack up 20 points of his own along with six rebounds and three assists.

Josh Boone had 15 points and nine rebounds and Casey Prather ended with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
So impressive were the visitors Donovan had to give his starting players more minutes than many were expecting. George spent nearly 40 minutes on court, new recruit Carmelo Anthony played 31 minutes and Kiwi centre Steven Adams played 35.
United went on a 7-0 run to take a 30-27 lead into the second quarter but the Thunder regained a 49-44 advantage at halftime after a term in which both teams struggled with their shooting.
Melbourne refused to go away and stayed within four points at the end of the third quarter before opening up a three-point lead late in the fourth.
But the Thunder’s class showed in the end as it left Chesapeake Energy Arena with the victory.

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Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Aussie Politician Raps LOL!
« on: October 07, 2017, 05:59:14 am »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssSOej7m-RA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssSOej7m-RA</a>

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Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Jake Sara You Weak Dog!
« on: October 07, 2017, 05:38:28 am »

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Basketball / US College Teams V Australian NBL Teams
« on: August 22, 2017, 06:55:28 am »
Illawara Hawks 88 D Texas Longhorns 60
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjGkMPxJV40" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjGkMPxJV40</a>

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Article & Video Discussion / Chris Yarran
« on: August 19, 2017, 12:59:45 pm »
Fuck drugs!
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUBmwi7EdY4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUBmwi7EdY4</a>

Hopefully for Chris's sake he can overcome the adversity, stay clean, and get back to the AFL against the odds just like how he made it to the AFL to begin with. This guy is an absolute jet and was one of the most exciting players in the game with his running bounces and skill level.

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Track & Field / Christian Coleman Shatters NCAA Record
« on: June 08, 2017, 08:46:52 am »

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Mixed Martial Arts / MMA Fighter Disqualified
« on: January 15, 2017, 08:24:24 am »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm6I_CUS3K8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm6I_CUS3K8</a>

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Basketball / 2016 NBL
« on: October 06, 2016, 08:42:06 am »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sPUy8y_JzE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sPUy8y_JzE</a>

Go 36ers!!!

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Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Liberia Documentary
« on: July 08, 2016, 01:57:52 am »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRuSS0iiFyo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRuSS0iiFyo</a>

The UN has recently left Liberia. Hopefully the country doesn't descend into another civil war. It's hard to believe that there are people in the world living like this in dreadful conditions.

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