#JustTheWayYouAre

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/perfect-body-dressmann_56181b3fe4b0dbb8000e9894

One-third of guys have negative feelings about their body, according to a survey of 2,068 men in Norway and Sweden that TNS Sifo conducted with Dressmann over the summer and shared with HuffPost. The survey also showed more men are worried about their physical appearance than their financial circumstances or social life…

The TNS Sifo/Dressmann survey results reinforce previous findings from Britain and the United States that show a majority of men have their own body image problems. It’s not just guys feeling fat — there are plenty of men who are self-conscious because they feel too skinny, which the campaign also seeks to address…

Older men, too, can feel left out. An increasing number of aging males have opted to use plastic surgery in recent years to look younger, according to the AARP…

So far, it looks like it’s working: sales went up 30 percent in September compared to the same month a year earlier, a spokesman said…

“We have focused this campaign to be about all kinds of men,” Bonesmo said. “And as a brand for all men, I think it was about time that someone said, relax and be perfect, just the way you are.”

I Am Not A Criminal

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michigan-police-asset-seizure_561e94a7e4b028dd7ea62184

For the last two and half years, Linda Ross has been fighting to get her car back from the cops. Police in Westland, Michigan, seized the pizza delivery woman’s vehicle in April 2013, when they pulled Ross over after a shift and found her in possession of a gram of marijuana.

Shortly after, they tried to take the car for good, claiming Ross had used it in the commission of a crime: buying $20 of weed. That would be justifiable under the state’s laws on civil asset forfeiture…

Last week, a Michigan court of appeals ruled that police were wrong to take the car, overturning a previous decision that had approved its forfeiture. The judges, however, didn’t rule in Ross’ favor because it seems outrageous to seize someone’s car simply because it was used to buy a gram of weed. Instead, they said it was how Ross got the marijuana that made all the difference.

In a 2-1 decision, the majority wrote that because a customer had supposedly given Ross the weed as a tip for a pizza delivery — and that she hadn’t actually driven her car with the intent of purchasing drugs — the vehicle wasn’t subject to forfeiture…

The judges went on to note that simple marijuana possession is not grounds for seizure or forfeiture and that a previous ruling had erred in concluding that the presence of weed in Ross’ car meant she’d used the vehicle for the express purpose of obtaining the drugs…

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller told The Detroit News that her office is currently reviewing its options…

While the recent reforms have been hailed as an important step forward, none of them would explicitly prohibit police from seizing a car from someone they could prove had, in fact, driven to purchase $20 of weed…

“When you take a person’s car or home away, you remove their ability to get to their jobs, care for their children and be productive citizens,” Harris said. “The collateral consequences to these forfeitures are extremely harmful to society — far more harmful in this case than the underlying act committed by the property owner.”

Monsters

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” Stephen King

“Everyone carries around his own monsters.” ¬†Richard Pryor

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.” ¬†Andre Gide

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