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« on: July 24, 2006, 11:42:01 PM »
The problem goes both ways. Some cops probably don't care as much about urban crime because the people most affected aren't willing or are afraid to help the cops
This is so true. It becomes a cycle, and the cops tend to act like the community is causing the problem (by not reporting crime, by permitting/harboring criminals, by not cooperating with police investigations) and the community tends to act like the police are causing it (by refusing to consistently protect and serve majority-minority neighborhoods, by using excessive force.) In the end, the rule of law breaks down because neither side feels like they have an ally in the other side. Urban communities need people of integrity on both sides who are willing to make good faith gestures and build trust.
As to why people don't report crimes, even to anonymous tiplines, two things come to mind. One, in some cases, bystanders may feel like the incident was one "bad guy" killing another. For someone who has little faith in the courts, this may seem like justice served. Two, even when this is not the case, I imagine people in the toughest neighborhoods of SE have a very cynical view of how "anonymous" their identity would be kept via an official tipline. And honestly, they could be right...
One time I did call the police about drug selling across the street and asked them not to come to my door when they investigated the call. But a police car drove right up and knocked on my front door anyway, in view of the guy they were arresting across the street. I mentioned this to the police officer and he said, "Oh, don't worry, they won't do anything to you." Then he added, "If they do, call us." Not very reassuring. The drug dealers and gang folks talk up their power, and probably often brag to neighbors about police they have bought off, powerful people they are connected to, etc. It's mostly bs, but to a naive -- or uninformed -- person, it could be convincing.
« on: July 10, 2006, 04:53:20 AM »
The hard thing is I agree with you, I don't want to take anything... This has been so hard for me (suffering from anxiety) but you're right, I went EVERY channel, including holistic medicine and acupunctre to try and cure my problem... Nothing worked except anti-depressents... even then I have a hard time, I've tried to go off them twice and I hope and think that one day I will win the battle, but in the meantime I have no choice. This definately shows a weakness on my part, but I'm doing my best...
I think you're being too hard on yourself. If medication alliviates your symptoms without negative side effects, why do you feel bad about taking it? What "battle" are you trying to win? Would you feel stronger if you mitigated your anxiety symptoms through, say, accupuncture or Scientological auditing?
« on: July 03, 2006, 05:47:23 PM »
My bet is that the DC & NYC markets will slow down a lot over the next 5 years. So I'm going to rent and wait and see.
« on: July 01, 2006, 04:33:34 AM »
At some point, I want to commission someone to do my portrait. It doesn't have to be realistic -- I've thought about having a totally abstract self portrait -- but it needs to say something about me that I like. The problem so far isn't money, it's finding an artist I trust & respect who is also into the idea.
Right now, my art collection is like all of my "collections" -- a half-assed sampling of wierd and kitschy items of questionable value. But it all brings me a good amount of joy.
« on: June 30, 2006, 03:04:26 AM »
I was just thinking today that when I pass the bar, I will start a collection of law-related gag gifts. You know, like "Objection!" T shirts or a judge's gavel that makes a farting noise when you strike it; the sillier the better. And I'll tell people just to get me this kind of thing whenever they feel like buying me a little something with the understanding that if I accrue duplicates I will re-gift them to a co-worker and spread the joy.
« on: June 30, 2006, 02:49:52 AM »
Also, I agree with what BrerAnansi said: by being dishonest about how she lost so much weight (pilates and carrot sticks, my ass -- and you know that's substantial), I think she may have made a lot of women feel like failures for not achieving the same results.
So many celebrities, from Nicole Ritchie to Laura Flynn Boyle to Shania Twain go around saying they are thin because they have a "fast metabolism" or because they "eat healthy", etc. Only a few come right out and admit that they work out every single day, often for 2hrs or more, diet carefully, or detail how much effort they put into maintaining their shape. But then again, they often say they go to the hospital/get in car accidents because of "exhaustion". What a crock.
« on: June 22, 2006, 02:44:58 PM »
I'm moving to DC Aug 6th ish. Exciting! I grew up in Arlington, but haven't lived there since 1994.
« on: June 22, 2006, 02:40:38 PM »
I heard about this on the radio. Rape rates are very high in South Africa, where this item was developed. God, how sad that there is a demand for this.
« on: June 22, 2006, 02:34:51 PM »
NYC requires you to pay out the ass. My friend just got a 55K job, is living on her own, had her parents put down the deposit on the purchase of her studio. She is still barely breaking even each month, yet isnt frivolous at all.
Well, living alone and buying a studio when the urban real estate market is at its peak might be considered by some to be if not frivolous, at least unnecessary expenses.
« on: June 20, 2006, 01:40:27 PM »
I don't know about the CC thing, but that might be a good idea as long as you check all the fine print about interest, points, etc.
Many people throw out the idea of using Stafford loans for short term investments. But on my Stafford loan app (and I assume yours too) there is a line about how this money can only be used for school tuition and related expenses. It's one of the conditions of the loan, I believe. So I think it would be dishonest to take out those loans only to use the money for a short term investment.
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