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  1. Steve

    Last Poster #7

    I don't see why Russia would get them, seeing that they are essentially Russian intelligence assets. But someone got them, that's for sure.
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    So British! :D
  3. Steve

    Aikido.. The reality?

    I sure wouldn't want to get punched by that guy.
  4. Steve

    Aikido.. The reality?

    I watched a kung fu movie one time where a guy kicked bamboo over and over until he was really good at punching bad guys.
  5. Steve

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Which one is he?
  6. Steve

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Which guy is this? Can you name this guy? How about just any guy like this, since... you know... you're so specific.
  7. Steve

    Last Poster #7

    I know some of you guys are IT and more familiar with cybersecurity issues. Is this as awesome as it appears? https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/05/darkside-ransomware-gang-quits-after-servers-bitcoin-stash-seized/
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Anyone know the actual rules for a dog brothers match? And to try and rope this back to the topic of the thread, how do we think an aikidoka would fare vs folks who train in other styles or training models?
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    Troubling Racism and Xenophobia in Sumo Reforms

    As a consideration, it may be hard for someone like me to understand the Shinto traditions baked into Sumo. Maybe more accurate to say that fully understanding the cultural significance of them is difficult. Intellectually, it's not too esoteric. But what about people who have been fully...
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    Troubling Racism and Xenophobia in Sumo Reforms

    Got it. That is cringy. But what do you think about the white dudes on the All Blacks doing a haka as part of that team? Less cringy? Not cringy? As I said, there's some gray and I'm not sure where cultural appreciation ends and cultural appropriation begins. Or in the case of Sumo...
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    Troubling Racism and Xenophobia in Sumo Reforms

    Americans doing it is definitely cringy. But what about some white dudes on the all blacks in new Zealand doing it?
  12. Steve

    Last Poster #7

    That's really cool. I've seen dozens of those "sumopedia" videos, but not this one. Thanks for sharing.
  13. Steve

    Troubling Racism and Xenophobia in Sumo Reforms

    Good point, though it opens up some additional questions.
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    Troubling Racism and Xenophobia in Sumo Reforms

    I don't think I understand what you're saying. What about the haka thing do you think is cringy? I don't know enough about that to really understand one way or the other. As for the native american representation in sport, that's been a deal here for a long time (mostly partisan). I, for...
  15. Steve

    Greetings from Southeast England

    Yeah, should probably pull back from this stuff now. Getting into politics is a sure way to get a thread locked up. :)
  16. Steve

    Greetings from Southeast England

    Interestingly, if you go far enough to the right, you end up in a place where there is a lot of similarity with the extreme far left, too. Regarding the license plate, I think it still says, "World Famous Potatoes", but I may be mistaken.
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    I went back to read that first post again, and I'm still not clear on how "current MMA" is more brutal than a Dog Brothers event. When I pointed out that you can use MMA techniques freely in a Dog Brothers event, and nothing was stopping you from doing so, you started talking in circles. Now...
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    Greetings from Southeast England

    At the time, it was 21 in most places, though in some (e.g., Idaho) it was 18. We definitely weren't old enough to legally drink beer, but where there's a will, there's a way. We just watched the six nations rugby tournament a few months ago. The matches come on at crazy hours of the day...
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    Greetings from Southeast England

    I never played on a team, but practiced a few times with a local club in Seattle when I was in High School back in the 1980's. A buddy of mine was in the club, and invited me out to "work out" with them. As I recall, it was like 3 hours of running, a lot of colliding, some time explaining...
  20. Steve

    Greetings from Southeast England

    Haha... wait... pus?
  21. Steve

    I never knew. First time seeing this animal

    A neighbor has two greyhounds retired from racing, and they're very chill, really sweet guys. Gus (our Pyr) is just an old man. We joke, but he's not too stinky, though he has a habit of waiting until I'm on an MS Teams call for work to... fully relax. :D We also have a St. Bernard who is...
  22. Steve

    Troubling Racism and Xenophobia in Sumo Reforms

    Okay, sure. So, imagine if the NHL changed the rules to say that only one non-North American player could be signed to a franchise at a time, including the junior and major junior leagues. Only one foreigner, so if they get one player from Denmark on the Seattle Thunderbirds, the Seattle...
  23. Steve

    Your Enemy Is Training...

    I often ask my friends to hold my beer. Marines stand for Muscles Are Required; Intelligence Not Essential, Sir. :D
  24. Steve

    Greetings from Southeast England

  25. Steve

    Aikido.. The reality?

    There's a side thread?
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Wow. I sorry I was so hard to understand. I'll be more direct in the future. I still don't know what your point is. I encourage you to just forego sticks and see how you do. We seem to agree that nothing's keeping you from doing that. Get back to us on how well it works.
  27. Steve

    Last Poster #7

    In related news, Better Off Ted holds up well and was (is) really funny.
  28. Steve

    I never knew. First time seeing this animal

    I think my Great Pyrenees is related in some way to a skunk.
  29. Steve

    Last Poster #7

    What about a vegan fake bacon? We could call it facon.
  30. Steve

    Troubling Racism and Xenophobia in Sumo Reforms

    well, maybe or maybe not. I don't see this as a political issue, unless you consider the human condition and issues that deal with race, culture, and identity as being inherently political (which I don't). We are going through some of the same things here in America, and I think concerns about...
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