A Follow-Up on the 5 Women’s Rights Activists Detained in China

A few weeks ago, I posted about 5 women who were being detained/arrested in Beijing, China, for advocating measures that aimed to protect women from sexual violence and harassment. Their charges include: “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” in reference to standing up for women’s protection.

China’s firm resistance to letting these women go has spawned global protest about how oppressive China is when it comes to not only advocating for women’s rights, but free speech as a whole. The current President, President Xi, has come under a lot of heat about how he is letting police officers treat these women.

People from countries such as the United States and India are gathering to demand the women be freed. In fact, ambassadors from the United Nations have urged the women’s release but the government is still refusing to let them go.

After more investigation, it was found that the women were members of a nonprofit, non governmental organization known as the Beijing Yirenping Center which is dedicated to focusing on discrimination experienced by groups of specific people, including women.

This situation is provocative because it points out how government do in fact try to suppress demonstrations and speech and activism that pertains to equal rights and protection for women. China is not often though of as being very discriminatory towards women, but this event proves otherwise.

Hopefully, if enough international officials, particularly from the Untied Nations, ban together, and enough protesters stay passionate about insisting upon freedom for these women, the Chinese government will be reasonable and will let them go.

Below is a picture of President Xi:

 

negative reinforcement?

The other day in class we started discussing the movie Whiplash. If you’re not familiar with it it’s that one that was nominated for a whole bunch of Oscars this year and tells the story of a sadistic music teacher and his pupil. The class discussion, then, pondered the virtues and vices of negative reinforcement. It’s an interesting issue.  My gut reaction is to shun negative reinforcement; constantly telling someone that they’re doing a poor job, that they’re not good enough, even that they need to work harder to do a good job, wears them down and produces no results. Other people in the class, however, thought that congratulations elicited complacency. Striving for greatness does take hard work, and maybe you have to be perpetually unsatisfied with where you are to reach for something better. The debate is still open. I, however, wonder where that negative path leads you. I’d rather not achieve greatness if I’m a broken person by the time I achieve it.  I wonder if there’s not a way you can be satisfied with what you’ve done and still leave the door open for improvement.  It’s true that it seems a shame to tell someone that they’ve done a “good enough” job and have them stop trying then and there. But I don’t believe you need to tell someone that they’ve done a terrible job to stoke a fire under them. I prefer to keep your eyes on a positive message that draws you forward without breaking you down.

Mariners Lefty Rollins Suspended 80 Games for PED’s

On Friday it was announced that Mariners left handed reliever David Rollins tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid that is banned by the MLB.

Rollins was selected by the Mariners in the rule five draft from the Astros and was likely to make the major league roster as the second lefty in the bullpen behind Charlie Furbush until the news broke.

The Rollins suspension means young left-hander Tyler Olson will likely be traveling to Seattle on April sixth as a member of the Mariners major league roster. Olson has been quite impressive this spring already and was a viable candidate for the job even before the suspension.

Olson is looking to become yet another spring surprise story that the Mariners have every year. If he makes the major league roster he will have made the jump straight from AA to the majors. Some similar cases to Olson’s are Brandon Maurer making the leap from AA to the MLB two seasons ago after an absolutely ridiculous spring, and surprise lefty Roenis Elias coming onto the scene last spring also making the jump from AA to the MLB.

The Mariners could opt to stick with Furbush as the only left-handed pitcher in the bullpen and move Carson Smith up onto the roster as a power arm. However, manager Lloyd McClendon has said several times that he feels more comfortable with two leftys in the bullpen similar to what they had with Furbush and a mixture of Beimel and Luetge last year.

Opening day is only a week away! Go Mariners!

Romar’s Last Chance

It is official, Lorenzo Romar will be back next season. Athletic Director Scott Woodward said earlier this week that Romar will not be fired. However, coach Romar is skating on very thin ice. Many fans have wanted him gone for a couple of years.

It is pretty safe to say that Romar’s job is dependent on how successful the team is next year. With his best recruiting class ever coming to Montlake next season, it is dance or get the ax for one of the greatest coaches in UW history. If both Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews (a potential transfer candidate) come back to school next year, the Huskies should make the tournament next season. They have a couple of top ranked prospects in Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray that will bring UW some help as well.

I am a huge Romar fan and I definitely hope he finds success next year. He does much more than coach on the court. He develops these college players into better men. He has a staff full of men that genuinely care for their players as people, not just guys that win basketball games for the team. I have been lucky to talk to coach Romar on multiple occasions and he was just an awesome human being. In a business where it is easy for coaches to have large egos, Romar just makes you feel good about life. He deserves success. A man with such high character deserves to keep his position of coaching young men. It is what’s best for the University of Washington. It is what’s best for college basketball.

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Mr. T

Facts of Golf

What’s up everybody?

I had absolutely no clue what I was going to write about, so I went to the internet… Naturally I stumbled upon a page or two of fun facts about golf, so I thought I would share some with you!

1. When I saw this one, I felt good about myself: 80 percent of golfers will never get below an 18 handicap.

2. And when I saw this one, it made me feel bad about my putting skills: The worlds longest recorded putt was 375 feet.

3. In America, the person that hits the hole in one just buys drinks for his buddies he played with. In Japan, you are expected to throw a party and buy gifts for ALL of your friends.

4. Jason Zuback holds the record for the longest drive. Coming in at a whopping 468 yard!

5. The youngest and oldest person to with the Masters is the same person! Jack Nicklaus won in 1963 at the age of 23, and again in 1986 at the age of 46.

6. At TPC Sawgrass’ 17th hole (one of the hardest in the world) 125,000 golf balls are lost every year… I did the math, and that is about 342 balls every day!

7. The first golf balls were simply leather sacks that were stuffed with feathers. The ones that were stuffed the tightest flew the farthest. These balls were used until 1848.

8.  The reason Phil Mickelson is a left handed golfer (he does everything else with his right) is because he used to literally sit there and mirror his fathers swing.

Have a good night

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Playlist: Set Fire To All Your Problems

It’s now approaching that point of the year where some individuals (well, at least, myself) are beginning to go a little crazy. March is a busy time; with spring fast approaching, families are suddenly rushing to finish up plans for spring break vacations and arrange family reunions, while high school seniors hear back from the last of their colleges and begin planning for their future. In school, teachers are rushing to squeeze in the last several units of the curriculum and students are quickly reaching that point where even the idea of BS-ing their homework becomes too much. Emotions are high-strung, and stress is abundant–sometimes you find that calm reassurances, soothing meditation music and “it’ll be okay!”s can only do so much for you.

And that is where this playlist comes into play–because sometimes the best way to relax and de-stress yourself in preparation for the impending spring break is to stop trying to calm yourself in the first place, and just let it all out.

Starting hard, fast and loud with discordant punk anthems and eventually mellowing out to somber piano melodies, this is definitely the playlist for anyone who might have their mind in a bit of a rut.

1. Smoke Rings – frnkiero andthe cellabration
2. Snitches and Talkers Get Stitches and Walkers – Fall Out Boy
3. Hang ‘Em High – My Chemical Romance
4. Your Friends Are Full of… – LEATHERMOUTH
5. Juarez – Gerard Way
6. Uma Thurman – Fall Out Boy
7. Just Like Me – New Politics
8. Novocaine – Fall Out Boy
9. Harlem – New Politics
10. She’s The Prettiest Girl In The Room, and She Can Prove It With A Solid Right Hook – frnkiero andthe cellabration
11. Last Hope – Paramore
12. Oh, Ms. Believer – Twenty One Pilots
13. Life on Mars (Acoustic) [David Bowie Cover] – Patrick Stump
14. Northern Downpour – Panic! At The Disco
15. Truce – Twenty One Pilots

High School vs. “Real” Life

Hey y’all!

It’s Friday and it feels oh so good to be done with this week. Not that this week was much more stressful than any other (Although not too many weeks are really ever that stressful, just mildly headache inducing…) Anyways, I had this geography test today and I have spent the last couple nights memorizing every capital and country ever…that’s a lot; about 392 capitals and countries total if you were curious.

My point is, when am I ever going to need to know the capital of Uzbekistan? I mean besides the off chance that I end up on jeopardy. It just seems like some of the stuff we learn really has no practical uses in the real world. I guess I’m just confused because not all of us are going to spend the rest of our lives working in the world of math or science or…geography?

I would love for someone to explain to me when in my career I will need to calculate the volume of a cylinder and spherical scoop of ice cream to see if all the ice cream would fit perfectly inside the cone. Even if I end up working at Ben and Jerry’s I won’t need to know that…It’s pretty easy to neatly scoop chocolate therapy into a waffle cone.

A brief pause to appreciate the genius that is Ben and Jerry’s…

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Annd….un-pause

Or what about the anatomy of a flower? Excuse me, but why is this important information? Are these the kind of things that employers ask at job interviews? Because if so, then I apologize for everything I just said; thank you high school for preparing me for the future.

But if CEO’s don’t typically quiz interviewees about the anther and filament of a tulip, then that just begs me to question why in the world that information is in my brain.

I understand that it is important to have a background in a variety of fields, but isn’t there a point where some things really aren’t necessary. I’m not saying that any subject is irrelevant, because none of them are, but some of the content that is taught is a little weird.

Then again, I’m only a freshman, maybe employers really do ask about your ability to correctly identify each and every capital from every country in the world.

xoxo Freshmeat

Mt. Rainier Railroad Dining Company

The Mt. Rainier Railroad Dining Company is a restaurant connected to the Hobo Inn just outside of Mount Rainier. At first I questioned who would name a hotel the Hobo Inn but after going inside I said who cares this place is pretty cool. A fun fact is that this place has the largest collection of cabooses in Washington. I know that Mt. Rainier is one of the biggest and most popular attractions in Washington because it is a pretty awesome place to visit but considers where you are going to stay/eat when you decide to go.

I have already talked about Mount Rainier but I would just suggest to stay at this place while there because it is also pretty awesome. The Hobo Inn is a hotel where each room is a segment of a train. More than anything it is just an interesting experience and something new to try. The restaurant is also pretty good; me and my stepdad had a yummy meal and were satisfied with everything. Pricing and service were both great. The restaurant is called Mt. Rainier Railroad Dining Company and it is also a segment of a train but the inside is transformed to be a restaurant.

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A saw a rusted sign that said Northern Pacific Railway and there is definitely history in the area and thought it was super cool. Down the street is the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum. Just like every state Washington has their share of history and so if you are into that or even just looking for some cool stop for a meal, this is a pretty good option.

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Challenging Iran’s Women’s Rights Narrative

I found an interesting Human’s Right Watch article published this week that addresses the progression of women’s rights in Iran. The piece began with talking about Shahindokht Molaverdi, Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, who recently held a United Nations delegation so she could attend the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

In her speech that she delivered here, she talked about how in Iran, women’s rights has always been on the agenda of the Iranian government, and how progress has been made. She attributes this progress to specifically education, but says other forms of progression that need to be made are hindered by laws allowing violence and discrimination against women.

The authors of the article published by the HRW, Faraz Sanei and Rothna Begum, actually criticized Molaverdi’s speech because what she said (about progression) is “a sharp contrast to reality.” They said she paid little attention to actually addressing the domestic violence factors that dominate women’s lives in Iran, that deter their freedoms and equality.

Looking at women’s rights and lives collectively, the authors raise a very good point that discrimination and violence is too much an intrinsic part of their lives for true progression to be being made. They face oppression on many different levels: marriage rights, especially with inheritance, divorce, an custody, and also how society treats them, meaning stringent dress codes and restrictions to where they can go in public and who they can associate with.

It’s important to recognize progress on a smaller scale, for example new legislation, but it is also important to not exaggerate what is actually going on in terms of the progression of equal rights for women.

Artist of the Day: Childish Gambino

While well known as an actor for his roles in the TV show 30 Rock and other late night comedy, Donald Glover is more than just your average comedian–he is also a poet and well-practiced musician, who is more commonly known by his stage name Childish Gambino.

Glover has been making music under the stage name of Childish Gambino a name that he stole, interestingly enough, from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator) since 2008, when he released his first independent album Sick Boi, and quickly followed it up with his next three albums Poindexter, I’m Just A Rapper, and I’m Just A Rapper 2 within the next two years. The latter two records were rather inventive mixtapes–taking indie-pop and rock hits and rapping over them to give familiar songs a whole new meaning.

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Donald Glover performing as Childish Gambino in April 2012 (source)

Gambino’s lyrical work is nothing to sneeze at–it’s not the dull and boring ramblings of an artsy indie rock snob, disguising themselves as a weak excuse for rap. Rather, they’re deep and introspective observations of how the world works, addressing public and personal issues such as family, schoolyard bullying, troubled romantic relationships, suicide and alcoholism.

Gambino was also recently nominated for two Grammy awards in the 2015 Grammys, Best Rap Album for his 2012 release Because The Internet and Best Rap Performance for his performance of his single “3005”. While winning neither, the nominations still helped bring his music into the spotlight (as opposed to his acting and comedy, for which he is more renowned).

If you’re in the mood to think, Gambino is certainly the right artist for you. You can find him on his official website here.

 

Softball Strong Once Again

Unsurprisingly, Heather Tarr has the Dawgs rolling once again. The Huskies are currently off to 30-7 start and currently ranked 17th in the USA Softball Collegiate Rankings. Although the Huskies lost last year’s star in Kaitlin Inglesby, the Huskies have rebounded like always.

This year’s squad is an offensive powerhouse. Their runs per game average of 8.09 is currently 5th in the nation and 1st in the PAC 12. The offense is led by Courtney Gano, Kylee Lahners, and Ali Aguilar. Gano is 4th in the nation with 13 home runs. Lahners and Aguilar are 4th and 6th in the PAC 12 in batting average at .457 and .437. Aguilar is also 3rd in the nation in doubles per game and Lahners is 3rd in the nation in walks. All three have been very productive throughout their careers and coach Tarr will be relying on them to lead the team down the final stretch of the season.

The Huskies have had a little bit of a tough start to the PAC 12 season, going only 2-3 in their first 3 games. However, they took on two top-25 teams in Arizona State and UCLA. UCLA is ranked #10 and has been around the top 10 all year.

This weekend they have a huge 3 game series against Oregon. Oregon is currently #3 in the nation. Last year, the Ducks were ranked #1 going into the Women’s College World Series before losing in the semi-finals to #2 Alabama. The Huskies will face the tough task of traveling down to Eugene for the 3 games. It seems as even though winning just one game could be looked at as a successful trip for Tarr’s team. A win against such a good team will help UW’s seeding in the Women’s College World Series.

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

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Hi guys!
Peanut butter is one of my favorite ‘on the spoon to go’ food.
As a young child, I grew up with the concept of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They were my favorite meal to eat at school.
Then, my love for peanut butter slowly evolved into different forms of food. Which, one of them is peanut butter cookies.
They are a totally different concept than your normal chocolate chip cookie.
To this memory, I decided to post a peanut butter cookie recipe.
Hope you enjoy

Ingredients:

1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup honey
¼ cup vegetable shortening
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup granulated sugar, in a small bowl, for rolling cookies
Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the peanut butter, honey and shortening on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Give the mixture a final stir with a rubber spatula to ensure all of the flour has been incorporated.

4. Use a medium cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons of dough) to scoop out dough and roll into a ball between the palms of your hands. Roll in the sugar and place on the prepared baking sheets about two inches apart. Using fork tines, press a criss-cross pattern into the tops of the cookies, flattening them into disks.

5. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then use a spatula to remove them to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Despite Slow Start Issaquah Rolls to Victory

The Issaquah boys’ Lacrosse team faced off against Lakeside High School Tuesday night at Gary Moore Stadium.

Coming into the game Issaquah expected an easy victory despite the Lions winning their first two games of the season.

In the first quarter, Issaquah scored a quick man up goal with 10:30 on the clock, courtesy of senior Anthony O’Reilly, taking advantage of the silly Lakeside penalty. That would be all the scoring in the first quarter as Issaquah controlled the ball and the Lakeside goalkeeper was able to make some spectacular saves.

In the second quarter O’Reilly added another, scoring on an assist from senior Liam Colter with 11:23 in the quarter. Junior Jake Lindahl then got in on the scoring action with 10:00 in the second on an assist from junior Ryan Egland. Egland then scored one of his own on an assist from junior Riley Richards with under a minute left on the clock and Issaquah would take it into the half leading 4-0.

In the third it was all Issaquah. With 11:25 in the third O’Reilly would add his third goal of the game on a nice top shelf shot. Star player senior Mike Giannopulos won a face off and quickly stormed down the field to score with 7:33 in the third. Lakeside would score their only goal of the game with 5:51 in the third on an odd play where goalie Jordan Dondoyano had to come out of the crease. Junior Jake Collins then scored with 2:25 in the third, and then Issaquah would scored two goals in the final thirty seconds of the period with Colter and Richards each scoring. At the end of the third Issaquah led 9-1.

Issaquah refused to take their foot off the gas pedal in the fourth, scoring five goals in the quarter. The first came on a nice fake shot and scoop from junior Cody Klansnic off an assist from Giannopulos. Egland added another on an assist from James Rauch with 8:41 in the fourth. Egland scored yet again unassisted with 6:50 in the fourth. Egland then assisted Collins on his second goal of the night with 4:15 in the fourth, and senior McKinley Melton finished out the night scoring with 1:19 in the fourth.

Issaquah defeated the Lions 14-1.

Junior Ryan Egland had three goals and two assists in the game. Anthony O’Reilly added three goals and one assist.

Does Arnold Palmer have Memory loss?

What’s up everybody?

So I don’t know who was watching the API, but there was a rather extraordinary shot hit by Daniel Berger. He ended up hitting a double eagle on the 6th hole. For those of you who do not know what a double eagle is, it is hitting a par 5 in only two strokes. It is (believe it or not) more rare and more exciting in the golf world than a hole in one.

During an interview, Arnold Palmer claimed that there had never been a double eagle at Bay Hill. It appears that he was wrong. Not only was he wrong, he even knew about it! After that shot, a lady named Christine Snyder posted thin on face book:

“My husband and I just heard Arnold Palmer tell Jimmy Roberts on NBC that no one ever had a double eagle on #6. However, my husband Richard Snyder did in 1993. See the attached photo and he also witnessed Daniel Berger’s this morning at the tournament.”

Here is the attached photo:

I’m not sure what happened there, but I’m sure that during that interview he meant that there had never been a double eagle in tournament play.

Let’s not forget about the next day, though. Zach Johnson got a double eagle as well!

I do not know if two double eagles in one tournament has ever been done before, but congrats to both Zach Johnson and Daniel Berger. You both had one hell of a shot.

Have a good night everybody.

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