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Offline Stuart.T

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10035 on: August 01, 2019, 01:30:41 pm »
We live in a world of our own creation where social media influencers are actually a thing. Us humans, on balance, are shite.

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Sports sponsorship
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Mixed martial arts
Deforestation
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Wearing jogging bottoms outside the house

The sooner a pandemic wipes us out the better...except me, I'm brilliant me.

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10036 on: August 01, 2019, 02:57:34 pm »

Mixed martial arts


You lost me, Bro...

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10037 on: August 01, 2019, 06:44:06 pm »
@UnTucked being a person that has trained in Wing Chun, and looking to restart again, I am really not a fan of the culture that has grown up around it.

It is a very different sport now to when the Gracie family blew the doors off. Every tattoo necked 20 something lad seems to think they are an MMA legend.

MMA doesn't train and teach respect (I've had friends train with a top British trainer, and switch to Muy Thai because of that issue). It is primitive, feral, and as a species we have the capability and intellect to evolve beyond that.

You did ask dude... ;D

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10038 on: August 01, 2019, 07:34:27 pm »
Fair answer!

There's definitely a dude/bro vibe amongst the fandom, but as a (casual) fan of the sport, I see it, at the professional level, as a meeting grounds for professionals from differing specialties. I can't name a single pro that predominantly trains in an "MMA gym", rather most specialize in BJJ, Greco Roman wrestling, or Muy Thai, with skills training in other disciplines.

As with most things, we have to take the good with the bad... and unfortunately, the bad is what typically stands out as the "example".

*Connor McGregor is truly an outlier with his behaviour... most in the sport don't condone it.

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10039 on: August 01, 2019, 07:36:20 pm »
MMA is a sport, not a disciple or martial art

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10040 on: August 28, 2019, 07:11:16 pm »
I was totally harassed by an old lady for parking in front of her house on a public street. In front of my child no less. This woman was clearly batshit crazy told her to go ahead and call the cops if she didn’t like it


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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10041 on: August 28, 2019, 08:38:10 pm »
We live in a world of our own creation where social media influencers are actually a thing. Us humans, on balance, are shite.


I tend to agree, and I tend to disagree. Bear with me:

I think that humans are capable of anything that the laws of nature allow. The culture surrounding us (which doesn't necessarily emerge solely from human essence) can make our species really great or really terrible. For example, Germans, in my experience, are perfectly normal human beings, but under Hitler these otherwise rational folks adopted the story of Nazi Germany: Teutonic superiority and warrior culture, victimhood at the hands of everyone else post WWI, demonization of Jewish and other peoples and ideologies as the agents of this victimhood, eugenic theory, and a destiny of global dominance of the master race, and these perfectly normal folks did monstrous things that no sane person would countenance, much less participate in. If the human race were to adopt a story of unity, truth, sustainability, exploration, and The Golden Rule, I believe that we could reach the other end of the spectrum of our potential as a species. I guess all that is a restatement of Rousseau's tabula rasa.

I think about this a lot these days because we truly are operating as a "virus with shoes" in this post-truth, empathy-deprived society, and I don't think that our behavior at large is a reflection of our nature so much as it is the stories that we are living as well as today's economics. If we can survive these stories and the damage they've done to our selves and our planet, we have a chance for our descendants to adopt different stories and for our species to thrive and less resemble a bacterial infection.

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10042 on: August 29, 2019, 12:56:02 pm »
Every tattoo necked 20 something lad seems to think they are an MMA legend.

'Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.' - Bruce Lee.

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10043 on: August 29, 2019, 12:57:38 pm »
Wearing jogging bottoms outside the house when not actively partaking in sport or exercise

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10044 on: August 30, 2019, 02:38:08 pm »
We live in a world of our own creation where social media influencers are actually a thing. Us humans, on balance, are shite.


I tend to agree, and I tend to disagree. Bear with me:

I think that humans are capable of anything that the laws of nature allow. The culture surrounding us (which doesn't necessarily emerge solely from human essence) can make our species really great or really terrible. For example, Germans, in my experience, are perfectly normal human beings, but under Hitler these otherwise rational folks adopted the story of Nazi Germany: Teutonic superiority and warrior culture, victimhood at the hands of everyone else post WWI, demonization of Jewish and other peoples and ideologies as the agents of this victimhood, eugenic theory, and a destiny of global dominance of the master race, and these perfectly normal folks did monstrous things that no sane person would countenance, much less participate in. If the human race were to adopt a story of unity, truth, sustainability, exploration, and The Golden Rule, I believe that we could reach the other end of the spectrum of our potential as a species. I guess all that is a restatement of Rousseau's tabula rasa.

I think about this a lot these days because we truly are operating as a "virus with shoes" in this post-truth, empathy-deprived society, and I don't think that our behavior at large is a reflection of our nature so much as it is the stories that we are living as well as today's economics. If we can survive these stories and the damage they've done to our selves and our planet, we have a chance for our descendants to adopt different stories and for our species to thrive and less resemble a bacterial infection.
The German state has acknowledged it's murders and is paying the survivors it can find. It's not much but it's an admission of guilt. We Americans are nowhere near admitting  our responsibility for the slaughter and imprisonment on the 'reservation' of  native Americans and the slavery and murder of black Americans.
Not to mention the last 20 years overseas.


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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10045 on: August 30, 2019, 02:41:16 pm »
As for human survival... I think we've done ourselves in. Elvis has left the building.
Looks like you and me, @Stuart.T ! :D
But don't get smart or it'll just be me... ;D
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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10046 on: August 30, 2019, 10:44:52 pm »
Vogue says a guy names Ben Taverniti is trying to make denim.... and get this “Cool Again”

Why I oughta

Thanks Ben, we got that covered here.  >:(

https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/ben-taverniti-hudson-jeans-unravel/amp
Maybe so. Maybe not

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10047 on: August 30, 2019, 10:58:18 pm »
@Matty123 to use a very British vernacular, what a bunch of wankers...style never goes out of fashion.

@steelworker you'd be safe buddy, I'm a veggie. That said, any port in a storm  :P

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10048 on: August 30, 2019, 10:58:25 pm »
Vogue says a guy names Ben Taverniti is trying to make denim.... and get this “Cool Again”

Why I oughta

Thanks Ben, we got that covered here.  >:(

https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/ben-taverniti-hudson-jeans-unravel/amp

You lost me at "Vogue"...  ;)

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Re: Random Rants
« Reply #10049 on: August 31, 2019, 07:41:18 am »
From the article....

"The comment acted at the time as an official death knell for denim in the world of high-end fashion."

Well, thank god for that.....
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