As a change of pace, it’s a significantly different one than the normal US politics and good vs evil. Refreshing, at least. Well, with the stuff rotting around us, refreshing might be all we need for a bit.
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In both Hollywood as well as his childhood, he remains uncorrupted while staying to the true path. As a result, he has gained true strength.
One of those small details I picked up was that women have a far better sense of color perception than men. I hypothesized that this was due to our ancient gatherer/hunter days when women had to pick a lot of berries and had to distinguish between ripe ones, rotten ones, poisonous mushrooms and so forth and so on. Also helps with snakes and what not.
“We defined thinking as integrating data and arriving at correct answers. Look around you. Most people do that stunt just well enough to get to the corner store and back without breaking a leg. If the average man thinks at all, he does silly things like generalizing from a single datum. He uses one-valued logics. If he is exceptionally bright, he may use two- valued, ‘either-or’ logic to arrive at his wrong answers. If he is hungry, hurt, or personally interested in the answer, he can’t use any sort of logic and will discard an observed fact as blithely as he will stake his life on a piece of wishful thinking. He uses the technical miracles created by superior men without wonder nor surprise, as a kitten accepts a bowl of milk. Far from aspiring to higher reasoning, he is not even aware that higher reasoning exists. He classes his own mental process as being of the same sort as the genius of an Einstein. Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal. “For explanations of a universe that confuses him he seizes onto numerology, astrology, hysterical religions, and other fancy ways to go crazy. Having accepted such glorified nonsense, facts make no impression on him, even if at the cost of his own life. Joe, one of the hardest things to believe is the abysmal depth of human stupidity. “That is why there is always room at the top, why a man with just a leetle more on the ball can so easily become governor, millionaire, or college president- and why homo sap is sure to be displaced by New Man, because there is so much room for improvement and evolution never stops.
“Here and there among ordinary men is a rare individual who really thinks, can and does use logic in at least one field-he’s often as stupid as the rest outside his study or laboratory-but he can think, if he’s not disturbed or sick or frightened. This rare individual is responsible for all the progress made by the race; the others reluctantly adopt his results. Much as the ordinary man dislikes and distrusts and persecutes the process of thinking he is forced to accept the results occasionally, because thinking is efficient compared with his own maunderings. He may still plant his corn in the dark of the Moon but he will plant better corn developed by better men than he. “Still rarer is the man who thinks habitually, who applies reason, rather than habit pattern, to aU his activity. Unless he masques himself, his is a dangerous life; he is regarded as queer, untrustworthy, subversive of public morals; he is a pink monkey among brown monkeys-a fatal mistake. Unless the pink monkey can dye himself brown before he is caught. “The brown monkey’s instinct to kill is correct; such men are dangerous to all monkey customs. “Rarest of all is the man who can and does reason at all times, quickly, accurately, inclusively, despite hope or fear or bodily distress, without egocentric bias or thalmic disturbance, with correct memory, with clear distinction between fact, assumption, and non-fact. Such men exist, Joe; they are ‘New Manf-human in all respects, indistinguishable in appearance or under the scalpel from homo sap, yet as unlike him in action as the Sun is unlike a single candle.”
DaWade. ASSIGNMENT IN ETERNITY (Kindle Location 1206).
This miniature essay on human thinking was something I thought quite applicable to the modern day status quo. The number one advantage humans have over any other species is our ability to think. We cannot outmatch the physical or body power of other animals nor the persistence and numbers of insects. This has formed a key part of my education in H2H training.
Many people, even with the tools provided to them by the internet, do not make effective use of such tools. Things are tl;dr, meaning it was too long for them to read. They want something summarized in 2 or 3 sentences, usually at your expense. They want to hear the interesting and fascinating thoughts of the creative author, but don’t want to deal with the process and work required to produce that product. It’s as if they are parasites and they get angry if you refuse them or call into question their vice-full lack.
In the current environment of welfare, redistribution of wealth, nationalization of American companies, and socialism writ economically, politically, and spiritually, this is just as, if not more, important to understand than ever before.
How the Thug in Chief Obama learned how to govern America. Btw, it wasn’t Constitutional Law at Harvard that was the primary influence.
In my opinion the greatest thing that the martial arts can provide the ostracised child is a community, a group to belong to. I guess it is possible that the child may be ostracised even within the dojang, but with the close interaction of the observant and caring instructor, opportunity for bullying is much less. Furthermore, a sense of “group” is often inevitable in martial art training. Even when a child is ignored by other members, activities such as pattern training, where everybody moves on the count of the instructor, creates a synthetic group. In that moment of synchronised movement, all the members act as one group, which includes even the ostracised child. Other partner work activities such as pre-arranged sparring further enhance a sense of “group.” A child that may in other circumstances ignore the wangtta is in the dojang forced to interact during the partner exercises under the watchful eye of the instructor. Furthermore, many martial artists can testify how the dojang has become a second “family” and even people that may not have anything in common outside of the dojang are bonded by the commonality of their shared recreation. The “sacred” space of the dojang often acts as catalyst for friendships that may not have formed under other circumstances. Hopefully the dojang could provide the ostracised child with similar relationships that many of us have received from our martial arts training. If nothing else, at least the dojang can provide an alternative space for the child—away from school or other negative environments—where he or she is not the wangtta.
Read the rest here.
This is what some American males do in their free time.
For those interested in owning some home defense weapons that aren’t easily legislated or regulated out of existence like guns are in DC, LA, Chicago, New Orleans, and other Democrat fiefdoms, I can recommend a blade from any of these reputable manufacturers.
For practice, I recommend the 50 dollar Musashi Iaito, with the blunt edge that won’t slice off your shin or ear if you really don’t skill or training with swords. While it has no edge, I’ve tested the point and it can indeed go straight through a person if you apply enough thrust in a stab. And a hit with the false edge or the back, is going to do a lot more damage than any baseball bat in existence, given the impactgeometry. If the police come looking for your guns, you can always say that it’s an art piece and just meant for decoration. Conveniently placed over your bed or other critical access points.
For true sword users, however, they will want something a little sharper and more functional. The cheness 9260 silicon spring steel or the Hanwei tactical wakizashi 5160 spring steel blade are some of the toughest swords modern metallurgy has ever given birth to. The chance of the blade being damaged, chipped, or broken from an improper cut through human flesh and bone will be minimum. Those with skill sufficient to cut a straight plane through the target will appreciate the fact that nothing the blade hits, metal pipe or rifle stock or steel barrel, will degrade the metal of the sword or cause a permanent bend.
Cheness also produces a tanto, dagger, that is pretty good for thrust attacks. Most homes will only have enough space to swing a wakizashi, a shortsword around, so make note of that when choosing between full length katanas (40 inches) and short sword wakizashis (30 inches).
And the list of manufacturers have all kinds of products for people who want something just a bit different from what I’ve described. From Western swords to Eastern, all is listed.
The advantage of steel blades is that they’re just like the metal in guns. You need to oil them and maintain them. That’s definitely an advantage if you already have gun cleaning skills and kits. And they are both lethal implements, tools. But unlike guns, there is little legislation controlling who can own them and where they must be “stored” in a home.
The disadvantage is that you must have some level of skill in the use of live steel or else take some quick lessons on using it as a stabbing device that lets you get more distance from a foe.
I’ve seen some of Obata Toshishiro’s Shinkendo. Practicing with a false blade iaito means that one must work their arms to exhaustion in saburi in order to test whether they will accidentally hit themselves with the false blade, which would have dramatic consequences if it was a shinken (live blade). It’s much like pointing a gun at your head when you’re looking through the barrel. You better make sure it is unloaded and the safety is on and the chamber itself is empty.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
Interestingly, Chris Dodd turns up as the chairman of the MPAA. It’s always interesting to know what kind of jobs former Democrats go into once their political careers have raked in the maximum amount of cash and influence.
Then there is SOPA, advocated by other politicians, mostly Democrats, in order to ensure the gravy train from the MPAA does not run out. Something not quite pure about that relationship.
Then there’s the blowback from the SOPA and MPAA, leading to the hackers of the internet, one group named Anonymous, to give Wikileaks the various emails hacked from Stratfor employees.
Then let’s not forget our dear good old boy Dodd’s relationship with Ted Kennedy. Ted Kennedy, the other big corruption spot, that wasn’t removed even with his death. Feminists called him a great Lion of a man, because of how many power and money he devoted to feminism. Then again, feminism is just another way to use up women, which Ted Kennedy showed that he had a knack for while driving over that bridge of his. Now black people in America keep talking about white people getting away with crime, but you’ll never hear them talk about Ted Kennedy. Because he supports welfare and feminism, meaning that he controls their strings from DC in the time that he had been alive. The various factions in America, especially Democrat factions, will not speak truth to DC power. Especially when their funding and immunity from criminal prosecution relies on political influence.
Another thing that isn’t quite pure.
Then conveniently, Andrew Breitbart turns up dead. Before we even have the Battle of 2012 gets him done in.
Overall, the various greedy, evil, power corrupt, and mad tyrants, actors, and nations of this world proceeds on the course of self-destruction, which will lead to everybody else’s destruction sooner or later.
Anyone ever wonder how much MPAA gives to Democrats in the form of political bribes and campaign checks? It’s almost as much as the Feds printing more money to cover the debt the Democrats are increasing to fund their corporate war efforts, not on corporations but on American businesses that cannot fight the regulation. And thus cannot pay the shake down.
Sometimes the internet passes along free form information as if it was a living entity. And often the format is similar to this vein.
I am nominated for this award by Moon Lightened Way
I would like to thank her for making this choice, not so much because it benefits me but because someone has become able to find some use out of what I write. That’s always nice.
As for the other requirements, I’m just going to pair it down to 2 other bloggers.
Neo-Neocon: Primarily because she was a significance source of psychological background information concerning individual choice and change back when I was looking around for information and wisdom on this topic. I’ve continued to read her for years later, and she grew from a small time blogger to the big leagues, so to speak. I no longer comment on her blog as religiously as before for two primary reasons. I find that I have already said most of what I needed to say, back when I needed to explain my thoughts out loud in order to analyze them and their conclusions. The other reason is that not even I have enough time to read the numerous comments there and make comments and replies based upon them. Not if I am to do the other things I want to do on the net.
The second nomination is Bookworm Room: She, another she, had sort of the same background as Neo-Neocon. Both had interesting stories I wanted to hear about. It didn’t matter whether the blog subjects were political or simply news worthy, because I was first and foremost interested in the stories of individuals, not so much world events. Because the comments there are interesting, but not so much I have to read forever and ever before I can comment, it’s a comfortable place to be as well.
In real life, we have etiquette and introductions to meet people. On the net, we have… this.
I like martial arts training, specifically internal arts and internal philosophy.
I study and practice Qi Gong.
I was a big fan of military fiction and military drama and military history. Still would be, if I didn’t run out of material to read. Almost.