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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Wolves, Dogs and other canines on: February 21, 2012, 07:54:18 AM
In northern wisconsin a group of us just finished up with a wolf tracking intensive. basically two groups found usually 2 different wolf packs to follow on snow trails crossing roads and followed them for the day. In the evening we would share the events and observations of the time in the field. A kill site was found of a white tailed deer by one wolf later joined by 2 others. It was amazing this wolf chased in full tilt for 2 miles through thick trees, shrubs, galloping and bounding. At one point on this wolf's trail one could see there was a dead old growth pine laying down the wolf was approaching perpendicular at full speed. The wolf couldn't see over it, and chose to jump over this huge trunk leaping about 6 yards in distance. The danger at such high speeds of injury but full commitment to the hunt was impressive. It seemed the deer was taken by surprise as the deer was not running away at first, and when grabbed there was immediately huge patches of skin and soon blood and body rollovers in struggle.

The kill site brought in large amounts of scavengers. Fishers(large weasel), ravens, birds, red squirrels, red foxes, eagles.

Much of the week and when scouting for location of the packs is driving on roads and looking for the wolves tracks, urine or scat markings, along or crossing the roads.

It was quite fun to follow a trail that looked like one wolf in knee deep snow, then as they approached hunting areas one trail would split into 2 then 3 until sometimes 5-7 animals would be evident. Witnessing their coordinated movement and teamwork in the snow.

If all goes well, a few friends and I will be camping the next 3 days and following a wolf trail in snow to see what we see.

I am especially fascinated by the subject of the long time span of the human-wolf-dog relationship. Any interesting reading someone can point me to would great.

tim
2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST on: December 28, 2011, 03:55:24 PM
i am on a computer where copy paste are not working, but on ferfal.blogspot.com there is a video from last week if you scroll down and click older posts, the knife attack video in argentina, a guy stabs more than one cop and kills one. first video like this i have seen. pretty brutal.
3  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Evolutionary biology/psychology on: April 15, 2011, 05:18:40 PM
I highly recommend books by Paul Shephard. Nature and Madness, The Tender Carnivore, and Coming Home to the Pleistocene. He was way ahead of his time in my opinion.

He is a proponent for hunter-gatherer lifestyle being the most healthy. He spends a lot of time on comparing our development with other primates socially, physically, nutritionally, etc and with other social and less social large predators. I liked his ideas of how we developed to be quite a mix, digestive systems like that of true omnivores : raccoon, bear, boars. But our social structure and culture was more wolf like. How we especially males evolved as modern humans spending considerable time hunting large game whenver and wherever  we lived. so that those complex processes that occupied the male psyche of problem solving a moving problem, coordinating together, and the types of exercise. And without large game to hunt we need comparable experiences, we crave an experience like that. Comparable such as hunting humans in war, fighting, etc.

Anyway, I liked most of his stuff. Lots of convincing evidence, and I liked his biased stance on hunter-gatherer cultures which helps.
4  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: top dog video question on: April 01, 2011, 09:59:29 AM
so this should be the link to the video. i thought my original questions would have been a hit, i guess that is the world of assumptions!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUzRWmL2TmU&playnext=1&list=PLF583910092F3D298
5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / top dog video question on: February 23, 2011, 01:20:17 PM
There is a video on you tube of Top Dog sport knife fighting with a guy who is using mow-saks. Top Dog was using the ice pick grip and as i was watching a couple questions arose:

how many sharp edges were pretended to be on the fake knife in the video? double or single edge?

if it was single edge, would it be more effective to have the edge facing the self, so it cuts in and down on the strokes that looked like they were returning toward the self?
6  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Environmental issues on: February 12, 2011, 01:58:24 PM
Hi Tim:

My point was not that CFL light bulbs are a game changer either way, merely an example of good intentions with bad results.

I hear ya Crafty. It was the bad results I was going off on, where there are dark sides to most "green" solutions.
7  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Environmental issues on: February 09, 2011, 10:00:50 AM
In reference to the CFL light bulbs topic and the points of politics and how it is a drop in the bucket:

 To me the CFL bulbs are a sideshow, along with products and ideas like them. If we are going to focus on efficiency of living and using less energy not more then there would be different suggestions given. And they wouldn't be the ones to make anyone rich. One would be to phase out defecating in drinking water, then wiping with old growth tree products specially made for that function.(toilets and toilet paper)  Maybe crap in a bucket, cover with sawdust and contribute to building soil. One might ask what about sawdust, where does that come from? etc. well replace with some kind of dead organic matter like leaves or grass.  Just the idea of every person in the industrialized world along with aspiring nations poisoning a fluid we all need to consume every day is insane to me. Environmentally speaking toilets will be one thing that does not survive into the future in their present form.

There are surely more examples, but I refrain from turning this into a major rant.
8  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Environmental issues on: February 06, 2011, 10:53:19 AM
I hear global warming quite a bit, how about climate change? It is more vague of a term, change instead of warming. Possibly makes it a bigger subject, which I think it is.

My friend who has worked in Antarctica at a remote field station to help keep it ready for incoming scientists has rubbed elbows with some leading researchers there while at the main station McMurdo I think its called. They don't dispute something undeniable is happening to the ice and has been, according to him.

Honestly, treating this whole issue as though it is merely a bunch of leftist propaganda I think is right wing reaction.

Has anyone here seen photos or talked to people or gone to the Alps in France, there isn't nearly the ice there was in many places. The Andes in South America where ice has shrunk over the years, the thawing permafrost in Alaska where old-timers and Natives have lost their lives by the dozens falling through unsafe ice that does not match their experience of what constitutes safe ice at certain times of the year? Why are southern forest pests and diseases spreading north? That does hint at warming. Is all this a left-wing conspiracy?

As some writer said once, "both political parties are just two talons on the same bird of prey". What does the data show from scientists who are not being paid to hedge their research?
9  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST on: February 02, 2011, 06:25:24 AM
well i dont have this quote thing down yet, that was my response under andrews.
10  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST on: February 02, 2011, 06:24:01 AM
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http://ferfal.blogspot.com/search/label/Self-Defense?updated-max=2009-03-12T10%3A25%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=20

on this link i am pointing out the two you tubes about a kiai master, the first shows him with his students in training, the second showing him fighting an mma guy, the video speaks a volume or two to me.

thanks Tim, good link. Although, the old man accepted the bet and all, I think that this total materialisation of "truth" lately, especially since the mma and nhb has taken off in martial arts, is just sad.

The logic of "testing" like this seems completely flawed to me. You take some guys art, take it out of its context and put it in context where YOUR art is proven to work the best.

Think of it as a sumo wrestler loosing in MMA. Does this prove that mma is the ultimate contact sport ? Not at all, it means that in that specific set of conditions, sumo might be insufficient in some parts of the endeavor. Switch the positions, and take the mma guy to the dohyo. Does it mean that sumo is the ultimate full contact sport ? Not at all, it means that in that specific set of conditions, MMA might be insufficient in some parts of the endeavor.

btw Stickgrappler, incredible link.

Andrew


i agree, also how i see this clip of the master is that this situation shows that with unwilling partners or with people that are under the influence of a figure head his "magic" is less or not effective at all. To me it's like being a survival instructor, i am telling all these people how good i am and how good they all are and could be. How we can all hunt and trap our own food, we practice with our weapons and are really accurate. Then someone bets us to go out and do it, where before we never actually killed anything. And what happens, we don't kill anything. And I could say it was out of context. Sure it was, we actually tried to do what we said we were training for. I see it similiarly here, I imagine some of his students expected to see him flip flop this uncooperating guy around like them.

Do we know if this show was trying to prove who has the ultimate full contact sport? And if we took this mma guy to where the master tosses his students around would he be tossed around like a doll? I bet he would if he went to a sumo dohyo, probably because the sumos know what they are doing.

I see the clip more as a view into reality, not so much as to further disgrace someone as worthless.
11  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST on: February 02, 2011, 05:57:56 AM
gunman in a detroit police station

http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/26654757/index.html

http://ferfal.blogspot.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at2LfqrYbhw
12  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Emergency Tips and Emergency Medicine on: January 04, 2011, 11:39:38 PM
this quick story i am going to share was inspired by a download link that is on the page Crafty just posted, about a book 'NATO Emergency War Surgery.' on:

http://modernsurvivalonline.com/top-10-downloads-you-should-have/

back in october 2 friends and i went into a large watershed wilderness. we expected to be out for 2 weeks, trapping beaver mostly for food and fishing as a supplement. well after travelling all day and carrying a large canoe between 5 lakes, at sunset one guy put his axe into his lower leg 4 inches long to the bone the whole way, the meaty part on the outer leg from the close to surface shin bone. anyways, we taped it up and moved him. he wasn't supposed to move as he did, but we were carrying the canoe and he walked away and ended up losing more than half his blood the hospital later said. that could have killed many people. and we made a stretcher and he was too heavy for 2 of us. it took 5 of us to carry him out during rescue for a mile or so and it was a workout.

so major lesson: don't move anyone with a serious wound even if its closed up and not bleeding much, it will trigger major bleeding and likely eventual death.

the rescue was quite an ordeal, we boated in, and it took from 6pm time of injury to 5 am next morning until an EMT was kneeling next to him.

http://elyecho.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=2&ArticleID=10757&TM=55111.63
13  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Survivalism; Armageddon; Zombies on: January 04, 2011, 11:19:37 PM
i just realized above shadowdancer posted a recomendation by the guy whose website i recomended.
14  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Survivalism; Armageddon; Zombies on: January 04, 2011, 11:17:53 PM
this guy     http://ferfal.blogspot.com/    says he lives in argentina and went through their economic collapse, i like what he says and i think he's pretty level headed. and he comes from another viewpoint that is not purely doom and destruction of everything modern. if nothing else a different angle is refreshing.
15  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Decline and Fall of the American Empire-1 on: January 04, 2011, 11:14:59 PM
sure, i did a quick search for relevant categories, apparently i didn't check survivalism, i'll post it there.     tim
16  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST on: January 04, 2011, 12:51:41 AM
http://ferfal.blogspot.com/search/label/Self-Defense?updated-max=2009-03-12T10%3A25%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=20

on this link i am pointing out the two you tubes about a kiai master, the first shows him with his students in training, the second showing him fighting an mma guy, the video speaks a volume or two to me.
17  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Decline and Fall of the American Empire-1 on: January 04, 2011, 12:38:31 AM
this guy     http://ferfal.blogspot.com/    says he lives in argentina and went through their economic collapse, i like what he says and i think he's pretty level headed. and he comes from another viewpoint that is not purely doom and destruction of everything modern. if nothing else a different angle is refreshing.
18  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Decline and Fall of the American Empire-1 on: December 08, 2010, 05:30:06 PM
The IEA just announced that peak oil happened in 2006, when 2 years ago they said it was 35 or so years away. And "peak oil experts" have been saying this for years now. I am listening more closely to what else they are saying.

Decline of American Empire, it's no surprise, is it? Every empire has fallen. I think the difference here is that there likely won't be another one to take its place. I am speaking of worldwide collapse of all the little empires. the resources are not present to support growth as in the past. Where as a nation falls down (argentina, russia)there was global infrastructure to still ship and manufacture oreos (commercial goods) to be sold. But when the dominoes keep falling, what happens when there aren't any more oreos? In a nutshell I think most people are afraid to face life without what we have become accustomed to as a first world nation or even a third world, and that amounts to opinions that come from underground where heads are stuck, hiding.

 I have been living a life that could be viewed as survival preparedness for most of my adult life, and in my opinion I say it will be harder to live without supermarkets (if it happens) than most preparedness people think.

The soap box is stomped now.
19  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: MMA Thread on: March 19, 2010, 03:07:04 PM
surely, seems to have been a brain fart figuring bolo would be housed in mma thread
20  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA DVD: "The Bolo Game" on: March 19, 2010, 03:06:02 PM
we were out on a wide creek flat with lots of willow shrubs, some up to wrist diameter, and were cutting the stems/trunks before the buds opened so the new growth would be long and flexible without any forks and branching for basketry in the future, producing nice basket material,

well while swinging the machete around i was experimenting with the stick swinging i was used to, to get the machete to cut effectively took something a little different in the arc, more of a cutting arc than i notice with a stick, and a downward swing made the trunk split more often, so i decided to try the bolo swing and it was quite fun practicing the bolo with a machete cutting stuff while getting a task done, i sure wouldn't want to get hit by a bolo swing, the force with the blade was hitting hard through the wood, it hit harder and with more cutting penetration when there was a certain proportion of relaxation in my swing, like many things having the feel for well timed and amount of tension          tim
21  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: MMA Thread on: March 19, 2010, 12:31:44 AM
we were out on a wide creek flat with lots of willow shrubs, some up to wrist diameter, and were cutting the stems/trunks before the buds opened so the new growth would be long and flexible without any forks and branching for basketry in the future, producing nice basket material,

well while swinging the machete around i was experimenting with the stick swinging i was used to, to get the machete to cut effectively took something a little different in the arc, more of a cutting arc than i notice with a stick, and a downward swing made the trunk split more often, so i decided to try the bolo swing and it was quite fun practicing the bolo with a machete cutting stuff while getting a task done, i sure wouldn't want to get hit by a bolo swing, the force with the blade was hitting hard through the wood                tim
22  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Conditioning on: March 19, 2010, 12:22:10 AM
hey crafty, what tracking course are you attending? is it _________ tactical tracking? those guys are top notch.

some of the conditioning stuff i have been doing this winter: living in 3 pound sorel boots, hiking through shin to mid-thigh deep snow, dragging toboggans through unbroken snow and broken trails and down roads loaded with over 200 lbs of gear( on the slick road is very minimal resistance), jogging with the boots on when on a trail, and such activities, upper body strength can go down if not careful, carrying firewood and chopping it into length helps some

good and interesting to read the variety of workouts posted, thanks guys                  tim
23  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / systema query on: June 06, 2009, 10:36:38 PM
howdy folks, so i have been recently introduced to systema, my question is what does anyone know about systema, is the stuff being taught to non-spetsnaz people being watered down to dojo martial arts?  i havent seen it yet on video clips being used against a resisting person{s}. and i just wonder how effective is its potential? before investing large amounts of time into it,

and so far i am impressed with the teaching progression, joint moving and relaxation, involvement of body alignment and movement, avoiding strikes, taking strikes like hitting each other rolling with it, multiple opponent skills, funky angle striking, and maybe other stuff.
 
as i  understand it, systema was born from traditional russian martial arts, and during cold war those rma's were tested in laboratory observed settings, such as: the russian special forces called spetsnaz would be put in a room with a gulag death row inmate, the inmate as told if he wins by killing the other he goes free. and it as 3 on 5 2 on 2, 1 on 3, varios numbers, and inmates vs. inmates, and spetsnaz vs. each other too. and this was observed to see what worked, along with hybriding other systems. this is what i heard by a friend who is into it deeply, training in systema i mean deeply.

i have been hit and am impressed with the power and angles, and taking shots, seems similiar to the hammer fist type strikes in a new video clip on this website.  the gulag stuff aside, systema does seem to stem from the spetsnaz, as in not falsified. so it coming from a real life use background that is recent and current.

my question is what does anyone know about systema, is the stuff being taught to non-spetsnaz people being watered down to dojo martial arts, i havent seen it yet on video clips being used against a resisting person{s}.      thanx,    tim
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