If you can’t be an athlete…: Scenes from Ironman Florida 2013

Fit and Feminist

It was over a year ago that I started telling Brian that I thought he’d be into doing an Ironman one day.  He says I put the idea in his head, but I maintain that I was merely identifying a latent desire before he’d even been aware of it, but either way, he ended up signing up for Ironman Florida 2013, which was held this past Sunday in Panama City Beach.

Brian had spent five months training for IMFL, which not only encompassed hours on each discipline but also reading his copy of “Going Long” by Joe Friel until it was dog-eared and testing out every permutation of sports drink, meal replacement shake and granola bar known to cheerleading and mankind.  I gotta admit, it was really inspiring to have a front-row seat to such an intense level of focus and dedication. It really made me want to step up…

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Renisha McBride, 19yr old, unarmed woman murdered IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE STAY THE COURSE

Tess Powell Out Loud

Renisha McBride, 19yr old, unarmed woman murdered (shot in back of head), early Saturday morning. Image
Police are not releasing the name of shooter and have further stated it appears to be self-defense. Also the police initially lied to family and told them her body was dumped there, rather than killed there.

I know the first question will be, what does this have to do with Boycotting Florida? This is happening all over the country.

However, it is impossible & impractical to boycott the entire country. Florida has had a disproportionate amount of racially profiled deaths of unarmed, innocent minorities. Trayvon Martin’s murder has been a catalyst in a resurgence of minority and decent people of other ethnic groups to fight these “legal lynchings”.
 Boycotts are only effective when you zero in on one target, like Florida, because you can only make an example out of one area…

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Tim Berners-Lee: encryption cracking by spy agencies ‘appalling and foolish’ | World news | theguardian.com

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the computer scientist who created the world wide web, has called for a \”full and frank public debate\” over internet surveillance by the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ, warning that the system of checks and balances over these two powerful bodies has failed.

As the inventor of the global system of inter-connectivity known as the web, with its now ubiquitous www and http, Berners-Lee is uniquely qualified to comment on the internet spying that has been revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

In an interview with the Guardian, he expressed particular outrage that GCHQ and NSA had weakened the security of the internet by cracking much of the online encryption on which hundreds of millions of users rely to protect the privacy of their data.

via Tim Berners-Lee: encryption cracking by spy agencies ‘appalling and foolish’ | World news | theguardian.com.

The Gun Report: November 6, 2013 – NYTimes.com

Dow Kling, 22, was accidentally shot and killed in Waterbury, Conn., Sunday, and police have arrested his roommate, 22-year-old Shawn French. Police believe the men used a .22-caliber Ruger to shoot blank rounds at each other at their home, and live ammunition accidentally got mixed in with the blanks. French had a permit for the gun and has experience handling firearms.

via The Gun Report: November 6, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

OMG! The Gun Report: November 6, 2013 – NYTimes.com

Renisha McBride, 19, was shot to death after seeking help following a car crash in a Dearborn Heights, Mich., early Saturday. The victim knocked on the door of a home hoping for assistance, and thinking she was an intruder, the man who opened the door shot her in the head. She died on his porch. No arrests have been made. A final report on the shooting will be forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office.

via The Gun Report: November 6, 2013 – NYTimes.com.