Tuesday, November 26, 2013
What's "Parkour?" Adopt a Teen; She Wants to Castrate Trans Students
This is interesting because a young man was recently found dead and they're investigating to see if Parkour played a part in his death. Parkour is a fitness/training activity that started in France and has been gaining world wide attention with teenage men and some women.
Parkour (French pronunciation: [paʁˈkuʁ]) (abbreviated PK) is a holistic training discipline (created in France) using movement that developed from obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to quickly and efficiently overcome obstacles in their environment, using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves; furthermore, they try to maintain as much momentum as is possible in a safe manner. Parkour can include running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and the like, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation.
A 24 year old Russian girl died...having a lesson.
Here's a photo feature with young men leaping from rooftop to rooftop, in mid air, as if they can fly.
This link is from the youtube vid, above.
This is an interesting web site with a forum that talks about why people do Parkour.
I heard somewhere that the reason some kids are doing Parkour, in part, is because of films with action scenes where stunt people make dangerous moves and jump from building to building at ridiculous heights. But I couldn't find any information on that anywhere with a simple search. It's scary because now some of kids are doing this unsupervised and without the help of a professional trainer.
There are a lot of people who take this seriously. The most interesting thing is that the people who do this defend it with what they consider logic. They make a few good arguments, too. I think if that's what you want to do, go for it. But the fact remains that humans were not born with wings and if you jump from the top of one tall building to another and you fall you get exactly what you deserve. And I don't think there's an argument for that logic.
Adopt a Teen
I've actually discussed this with Tony on occasion and we've considered doing something like this ourselves. Here's an article that talks about adopting older children who've been through foster care, and it's very interesting for any couple who wants a family, and to offer love and support to a kid who needs it. In this piece they talk about Ruben.
Ruben is an amazing, intelligent, and caring foster youth who, at 17, is on the verge of aging out of the foster system without a family to call his own. He has his sights set on college but, like many foster youth without families, he will be doing so without the loving support of family to help him through him through the ups and downs and welcome him home at the holidays.
These are still formative years for kids. In some cases they can be the most important years because that's the period they transition into adults and without the right guidance it can be hard.
You can read more here. I didn't know November was National Adoption Month. I would have posted more about it if I had.
Ruben looks like a really cool kid, and he's open to gay/lesbian families.
To be honest, I am a pretty open person. I would be okay with gay or lesbian parents because sexual orientation is irrelevant. I'm just looking for caring people.
She Wants to Castrate Trans Students
If I lived in this community I would start a petition asking for the *immediate* resignation of this school board member.
This is what she said:
"I would like to pass out something that shows people what is going on in the rest of the country," Svenson said at the school board meeting. "Massachusetts and California have passed laws relating to calling a student, irrespective of his biological gender, letting him perform as the gender he thinks he is, or she is. I just want to emphasize: not in this district. Not until the plumbing's changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here."
Her name is Katherine Svenson. She's afraid that if transgender boys use the girls facilties the girls might get pregnant. I'm not joking about this.
“I don’t have a problem if some boys think they are girls, I’m just saying as long as they can impregnate a woman, they’re not going to go in the girls' locker-room,” she said.
She doesn't realize the transgender boys are more interested in swaping make up tips with the other girls. So I highly doubt keeping transgender boys out of the girls locker room is going to stop teenage pregnancy.