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  1. exile

    Comment by 'exile' in media '10 point buck'

    I like the badlands. I enjoyed the ride out there and in the surrounding area.
  2. exile

    Comment by 'exile' in media '10 point buck'

    I like the badlands. I enjoyed the ride out there and in the surrounding area.
  3. exile

    Comment by 'exile' in media '10 point buck'

    I like the badlands. I enjoyed the ride out there and in the surrounding area.
  4. exile

    That message from Pam (aka Jade Tigress) wasn't spam, KKK. Your PM box really is full (or was at...

    That message from Pam (aka Jade Tigress) wasn't spam, KKK. Your PM box really is full (or was at the time she sent you that notification). best, exile
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    Billy Bob Thornton 'deported' from Canada

    There does seem to be an awful lot of that in that business...
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    Billy Bob Thornton 'deported' from Canada

    That's putting it ultra-mildly! Petty is a giant... as is anyone who was one of the Travelling Wilburys at any point; Thornton doesn't really belong in the same breath with TP (any more than he does with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne or George Harrison)or the same paragraph, or the same...
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    Billy Bob Thornton 'deported' from Canada

    He's comparing himself to Tom Petty now, is he... :boing2:
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    A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do

    My take is, AG paints a damning portrait of Un Yong Kim as, first, a KCIA operative (whose operations were thoroughly implicated throughout the 4,000+ pages of Congressional Koreagate testimony that was probably AG's primary source) and then a political operative who carried out the ROK's...
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    Billy Bob Thornton 'deported' from Canada

    That sounds absolutely loopy. Who would have told him that? I mean, it's publicity, right? Normally, people from that world are desperate to plug every aspect of their lives, especially to a large TV viewership... it's their bread and butter, no? Bizarre... You wonder how he got where he is...
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    Billy Bob Thornton 'deported' from Canada

    Why on earth would he take exception to anyone referring to his movie/theatre experience? I mean, it's, uh, what he does, right? Or was the pretense supposed to be that he was there, fronting for Willie N., because of his distinguished lifelong work as a musician???
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    Russia karate expert kills two over lice infection

    Thanks, AoG. For those who are interested in the gory detailsand, lurking right beneath the cold statistical overview, the details are as gory as they can getthe whole text of the article is available here: http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/2009%20-%20Spring/full-Eberstadt.html As I...
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    Russia karate expert kills two over lice infection

    While this kind of thing could happen anywhere, it's the kind of thing that's to be expected in current Russian society. A new analysis of demographic and socioeconomic trends in Russia in World Affairs Journal by Nicholas Eberstadt paints a terrifying picture of one of the most dysfunctional...
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    Real Self Defense

    Once you've got control of the wrist, their hearts and minds will follow...
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    Exploring hidden techs.

    Good questions, D. My thoughts: Well, a lot of the TKD forms are really just recombinations of subsequences from classical O/J katas, so they bunkai/boon hae would be the same. There have probably been some modifications (in the direction of a more athletic, decorative style)—knee...
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    exhausted all the time

    Amen to that. It's not alarmist to go see your MD when there's some very noticeable change in normal bio-patterns. Almost always it'll be something transient and unimportant that will fix itelf... but if it's an infection, or some other nontrivial issue that needs to be dealt with, you want to...
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    What was your dream job?

    Physicist. When I was a kid I wanted to be the one who discovered the single theory that unified all the forces of nature. The key to the universe. I studied it for a long time, but wound up in something related, but a bit different... just as good, though. But I still keep up with the math and...
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    exhausted all the time

    Two thoughts, Flea: You may be overtraining. The sleep pattern is consistent with that. You may have developed an疆mia. Get that checked out. A lot of people have undiagnosed an疆mia. But my guess is, you're probably just overdoing it a bit. It can happen, very easily...
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    Organization

    Yipes. Your instincts on this are sound. It sounds like there's a real cesspool here. This kind of trouble, you really don't need.
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    Your Rights Online: Designer Accused of Copying His Own Work By Stock Art Website

    Thanks for the lead, Tony. Went over there and read enough of the discussion to see that the Engle's story looks... well, like he has a big burden of proof to shoulder. The jury's still out... but the moral of the story seems to be, the combination of Internet and enraged populism can give rise...
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    Real Self Defense

    Didn't one of our membersKreth?have a custom tag line to the effect that "87.5% of all statistics are made up on the spur of the moment"? :D It's hysterical that the guy is implying that he's actually sat in on enough different MA school classes and surveyed them carefully enough to have a...
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    Real Self Defense

    Kinda pathetic, really. There are only so many things you need to be able to do, technically, to have 'real self-defense' skills. The real trick is getting people to train in those to the point where they become immediately accessible in an attack situation. If you have the right combination...
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    Organization

    Agreed. You can't keep people from forming any kind of association they want to, pretty much. But as Ice says, just looking at 'em, it's pretty clear you want to steer clear of them. There's not much else you can do, eh?
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    Organization

    True. Things can get murky, depending on circumstances. But I don't think belonging to the same organization, or not, is what makes the difference. If as a small business owner you belong to the Chamber of Commerce of your town, and you happen to find out that one of your fellow CC members is...
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    What is it with kung fu movies...

    I have a somewhat different take on CTHD. I don't know if you've seen Saturday Night Fever, supposedly the ultimate 'disco' movie. But my overwhelming sense of SNF was that it wasn't about disco, any more than a play is 'about' its set. What SNF was exploring was the evolution of a personality...
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    Kata a Penetrating Look and Insight

    Sure, there's no problem at all with looking at it that way; it's consistent with the idea that you're not the initiator of the fight. The problem with notions such as 'block', 'stance' and so on only arises when they're taken in a strictly literal sense. For me the great revelation about...
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    Update on Dojaang changes

    Thing is... it's like advertising: a necessary evil if you need to make a profit. Even Journal of Asian Martial Arts sells advertisingdiscreet, good-taste advertising, none of the Matt Furey 'Fear no man!! I'll make you a walking weapon' type crap that fills the pages of Black Belt and other...
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    Kata a Penetrating Look and Insight

    Yes, it is his opinion, but it's his opinion for a reason. I think I asked this question earlier, but no one bit: why do you think that that opening move is a block? You learned it as a block. But the name of the movement in Japanese, gedan uke, does not mean block—uke refers to...
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    Update on Dojaang changes

    Any news about business picking up is good news these days, Terry. Well doneand look, you might get those three people back.
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    Exploring hidden techs.

    Very useful discussion so far! As people have pointed out, some (perhaps much) of the contention around this issue arises from the use of the word 'hidden'. It's easy to see a word like 'hidden' or 'concealed' as implying an agent responsible for hiding or concealing something (i.e., as passive...
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    What is it with kung fu movies...

    I think that whole genre of movie is based on surrealistic conventions. It's part of the background. There's a separate tradition of Chinese ghost stories in which the same kinds of unearthly things happen in the midst of ordinary-seeming life. It's not unusual in classical Chinese literature...
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