Saturday, June 28, 2014

Be All You Can Be...

Goes the USA Military advertising pitch...
A former member of SEAL Team 6 has become the poster girl for a Pentagon effort to include transgenders — people who have undergone sex-change operations — in the ranks.
Kristin Beck, formerly Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Beck, spoke recently at several high-profile events at intelligence agencies and the Pentagon to promote the integration of transgenders.
And this..

A legendary Special Forces commander was quietly forced to leave the U.S. Army after he admitted to a love affair with a Washington Post war correspondent, who quit her job to secretly live with him for almost a year in one of the most dangerous combat outposts in Afghanistan.
His commanders charged in confidential files that he had "indulged in a self-created fantasy world" of booze, pain pills and sex in a tribal village deep in Taliban and al Qaeda country with his "wife," journalist Ann Scott Tyson.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

USA and Iraq

My confirmation the USA was lying about the reasons for invading Iraq was when Colin Powell made his presentation to the United nations.  He led the lying about the My Lai massacre, where he was first noticed  as reliable, and then later about "no POWS left behind in Vietnam when in fact some were actually getting out into the 1980s, and so when he was trotted out to make the case, it was rock solid USA was lying.

The title of Powell's autobiography is "It Worked For Me."  No kidding.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Why God Flooded the Earth

The preacher man was talking about men beating up their wives, and whether women should endure it, absolutely not, since everyone, especially a wife, is to part ways with those who practice evil.  He cited Genesis 6 on this point, which he claimed specifically stated God destroyed the world for its violence.

I grabbed a Bible and the version I had said no such thing, saying "lawlessness."  So I got on the net, starting checking other versions, and sure enough, the KJV says:

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

And the New International Version:
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[a] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
The Orthodox Jewish Bible says:

11 Ha’aretz also was corrupt before HaElohim, and ha’aretz was filled with chamas.12 And Elohim looked upon ha’aretz, and, hinei, it was corrupt; for kol basar had corrupted his derech upon ha’aretz.13 And Elohim said unto Noach, The ketz (end) of kol basar is come before Me; for ha’aretz is filled with chamas because of them; and, hineni, I will destroy them with ha’aretz.

Of course the Orthodox version is in Hebrew, so the above is a mish mash, and I'll need help with that, so I find
B'reisheet (Genesis) 6:11: "The earth was ruined to the face of Elohim, and the earth was filled with chamas: violence."  וַתִּשָּׁחֵת הָאָרֶץ, לִפְנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים; וַתִּמָּלֵא הָאָרֶץ, חָמָס
Yes, indeed, in the original, the word is violence.  Odd point, the arch-enemy of Israel today is Hamas, pronounced Chamas.

The flood story is recorded on all continents and referring to the same time period.  The archeological record supports the story.  Violence angers God.

(I won't mention who put out the poorly translated version I first had in hand...)

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dorothy Day on Work

From 1953...
There may be talk of better standards of living, every worker with his car, and owning his own home, but still this comfort depends on a wage, a boss, on War. Our whole modern economy is based on preparation for war and that is one of the great modern arguments for poverty. If the comfort one has gained has resulted in the death of thousands in Korea and other parts of the world, then that comfort will be have to be atoned for. the argument now is that there is no civilian population, that all are involved in the war (misnamed defense) effort. If you work in a textile mill making cloth, or in a factory making dungarees or blankets, it is still tied up with war. If one raises food or irrigates to raise food, one may be feeding troops or liberating others to serve as troops. If you ride a bus you are paying taxes. Whatever you buy is taxed so you are supporting the state in the war which is "the health of the state."
Nothing has changed...

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

I Am Atemi

Bernie Lau often quotes OSensei as saying aikido is 80% atemi.  I'd like to see a citation, because I doubt it.  It is either a bad translation or apocryphal.  Aikido comes from kendo, and even the kendo dudes say striking is 1/3rd of kendo (the sword has three business sides to be used in equal measure).

Of course atemi is a settled part of aikido, but how does a conscientious objector practice atemi-free aikido?  How to have a martial art in which there is not atemi?

As I was listening to John Kanetomi instruct on atemi this morning, he noted that you have to "sell" the strike, convince the opponent he will get hit, even if you do not.  That is one way.  There is another that I like, and that is to be the atemi.

You must make your opponent believe they will connect, hit you.  So there is a strike, but it is their strike.  And the more energy with which they strike, the harder they fall.  Now, a good atemi saps energy from the opponent, part of the point, and to not zap energy first with atemi is to assure the opponent hits the ground all the harder. And since few know how to fall or roll properly, the fact is atemi-less aikido may in fact be more dangerous for the opponent.

To avoid this, you practice after throwing to not let go, pulling in, and hard slamming your opponent to save the opponent from injury or death.    It will hurt very much, and disincline an opponent for another ride.  Aikido without atemi.

You are not sapping their energy at the beginning when they are attacking you and you are striking them, you are sapping their energy at the end when you are saving them.  If you strike an opponent, you use up some of your energy.  If your opponent hits the ground, the rotation of the earth will sap the energy of the attacker.  When an opponent meets the energy of the earth's rotation, he realizes there is a whole lot more where that came from.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shoji Seki Sensei, 8th Dan

More aikido as a martial art, this sensei has that Tohei hop and extension you do not see taught very often...  very nice stuff...


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Window Cleaner ... Who Was In a Bad Mood That Day...

A bank robber gets challenged by a pissed-off window cleaner...

The gun was fake, but the report says the robber got life for armed robbery.  The gun was fake, so it wasn't armed robbery. I dunno...  seems harsh...

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Security Theatre

I get searched when I travel.  Every single blog post, email, web search and what I type is recorded by the USA Stasi.  For my security.

Those responsible for security missed:

1. A crazed kid who announced and executed a half dozen others at UCSB.

2. Two malcontents so odious they were even thrown off the Bundy Ranch, who in turn executed two cops.

3. The Fall of Mosul and Tikrit.

All a surprise.  But they know all about me.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Irony v Coincidence

People often misuse the term irony when they are referring to mere coincidence, a sort of grade inflation as to experiences.

Now this may seem like a coincidence, an ad and an article, but the ads are pushed to article content, so take a look.  We have an article about the USA defeat in Iraq, the beneficiaries of ten years of USA training and equipping running away and leaving the military equipment, such as humvees, behind.

And what ad is served up on this article... ?  Why Lockheed offering Humvees, to be recommended in the pursuit of national defense, putatively.

Now that is irony.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Viet Nam and Iraq

Now that the adversaries of the USGovernnent are sweeping down from the North even, can anyone name a single way in which Iraq differs from Viet Nam in genesis, duration and denouement?

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