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Martial Arts Topics / Any Training Groups Near San Diego?
« on: November 04, 2008, 01:50:47 PM »
Just wondering if there were any DBMA training groups within the general area of San Diego, California. Thanks in advance.

Politics & Religion / Re: Aerial Wolf Shooting.
« on: July 10, 2008, 08:56:44 PM »
The problem with the eradication bit is that they're not really overpopulating the area. Wolves are barely making a comeback from what we did to them in the past, and then the minute their numbers grow to even a third of what they originally were, we get all upset. Now, there is the issue of the livestock, and production value, and other such things. But, forgoing all of that, I really do think it needs to be mentioned that a lot of people into the eradication ideal haven't looked at it from a past perspective. Wolves roamed in much greater numbers in the past, and the ecosystem did not suffer. You throw humans in, however, a new mathematical variable, and then you run into the problems with the killing of livestock and the issues with the hunters. Two species butting heads over who wants to survive.

You can't really blame the wolves for eating the livestock though. If any of us were hungry in the cold snow, and someone laid out a hundred Big Macs for us, we'd probably eat them. It's not different with wolves eating livestock. In fact, some wolves avoid herds of livestock because they fear reactions from humans.

And if the population DOES get out of hand, I mean, to the point of elk and caribou literally becoming close to extinct in the area, then I would probably go for an "eradication" kind of answer to it, but again, nature was doing just fine until we imposed our standards of how things should go. But, granted, again i can't complain because despite my efforts not to be part of the problem I can guarantee I do wasteful things that do just as much harm.

Oh, and the roach thing. I personally don't like roaches, but I would try not to kill them. If it were one roach, ok, whatever, just take it outside and away from my door and I'm alright. If there's an infestation, however, I would most likely call an exterminator. However, if I had the chance, I would try to prevent the problem before it even happened. I once had an infestation in the house I used to live in. Everyone else was freaking out telling me to kill the rodents running around in the garage (apparently they found a few bags of chips and cheetos a few friends of mine had left back there). I thought about it, and opted to place some repellents around the house, and it worked. Never saw another one again. So, I have a tendency to see different solutions than a lot of people, but that's just me.

Politics & Religion / Re: Aerial Wolf Shooting.
« on: July 10, 2008, 03:59:45 PM »
Um..actually no, surprisingly enough. I'm pretty lucky. Not many "pests" in my area. The few times I do run into them, I either get them out of the house or use a repellent. I've never been really big on killing something just because it inconveniences me. I try to do the little things too to avoid any unnecessary energy use (unplugging things, turning off lights, not using a car, that sort of thing). But I can probably guarantee that, in one way or another, I've contributed to the current state of affairs. I mean, seriously, i could probably power a third world country with my computer, so I can't really complain about other people's issues, eh?

Politics & Religion / Re: Aerial Wolf Shooting.
« on: July 10, 2008, 01:31:37 PM »
To Guro Crafty:

Sorry about that one. I found the wolves and canines thread about five minutes after posting this, I think I will probably delete this particular post from this forum and then move it to that thread.

To GM:

Yeah, just like any other human I am responsible for some of the damage to the planet and things of that sort. What I meant by "Lord Man" was my reference to how we have a tendency to see animals that are useful to us as those that should live, and those that are not, should not live.

As to the Bush Administration thing. Basically, from what I know on the issue, what happened was that I was wrong. I was looking up many different sources on the issue, and I suppose that many of them were a little more politically based rather than fact based. So I do apologize for the posting of incorrect information on this forum.

From what I do know, it would seem the law went up to the states. Alaska's governor actually has claimed that the killing of wolves in aerial shootings is a "leisure activity". Quite interesting, in my opinion, because aerial shooting was originally completely illegal, due to the Aerial Hunting Act passed in 1972. What happened was that Alaska passed a bill or two that allowed the hunting of wolves and bears to artificially inflate the moose and caribou population. From what I've read on the bill, the reason for this is that they want more prey animals for ever more hunters.

I'm going to post a few articles when I move this thread, but I wanted to answer your replies first.

Politics & Religion / Aerial Wolf Shooting.
« on: July 10, 2008, 12:28:27 AM »
So, I don't know if anyone has heard of this, but the Bush Administration removed some severe legislation against the hunting of wild wolves in Alaska and other states. Now, to me, this is a gross misuse of any power we humans have ever had. From my standpoint, we are addicted to the "Lord Man" idea of ourselves. The planet really isn't ours. Pretty much everything was here before we were, and everything was doing much better before we started messing with it. I don't know, I just find myself completely disgusted with human behavior in general. Here's a video if you want more info. And there's a mess of articles on the subject, so there's plenty of research material if you want it.

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Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: July 08, 2008, 02:56:32 PM »
Today I am thankful for the funny rants from the ranting gryphon, and for having woken up in the middle of the afternoon.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: July 03, 2008, 04:05:35 PM »
Today I am grateful for my friends that let me in on some info for a new job prospect, and for the hidden batteries I found for my CD player. :-P

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: July 01, 2008, 03:34:08 PM »
Today I am grateful for waking up this morning, and for the cold, clean water I am drinking. I am also thankful for my private lesson with my instructor this evening.

Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Science vs. God
« on: June 27, 2008, 04:59:46 PM »
I kind of agree with you in a lot of ways. I find it interesting that many people within the scientific community will speak very boldly about their denial of any supernatural being, but their own process seems to be not too friendly with the idea of completely denying something has happened or existed without proper evidence to support that fact. I think someone who was completely adhering to scientific ideals would probably look at all sides of the argument and exclaim: "We're probably all wrong!"

I myself, just as a little tidbit as to my take on the issue, am a bit of a deist. I have no doubt that there's something "other than natural" floating around out there, but I wouldn't say it's a shiny man on a throne who apparently needs gobs of cash. I also believe in evolution, which for some is surprising. I don't really understand why there has to be an argument amongst the two fields. God doesn't necessarily have to come into the scientific equation, so I don't see why it is that many scientists allow their opinions on the issue to flood the scene. I guess it's a human issue, for, as you can see, the super religious do the same thing. :roll:

I've always tried to anchor my "religious" thought with scientific theory. The Big Bang is admittedly a wonderful possibility, but many scientists will admit that the theory really doesn't cover all the bases. I've seen and heard many scientists mention that it's just "the best theory we've come up with". When I look at the law of conservation of matter and energy, it's clear that all matter and energy has a source, and can't necessarily come out of nothing, so it's hard to look at it Genesis style where everything is just "made" out of nothing (it would seem), but the scientific theory doesn't give us a source of all energy and matter. So, to me, they're deadlocked. There is no reason for the controversy, in my opinion.

Did that make sense?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: June 27, 2008, 04:46:15 PM »
Today I am thankful for having the ability to sleep in after a long week of work. And for the fact I will be able to attend my submission grappling class tonight after almost 2 weeks without a Friday session.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: What would you have done?
« on: June 26, 2008, 05:08:09 PM »
Wow... I mean, I knew that people can be affected by events, but I never would have expected something like this. For myself, I cannot imagine how anyone could watch a young child being mercilessly slaughtered like that and not involve themselves in the boy's defense. True, fear is paralyzing, but I would hope that most people would at least respond on a moral basis. I can understand the fear of being injured, but what's worse: the child getting murdered, or one or two people with a hairline fractures and new scabs?

I don't know, I just find myself perplexed by this.

I kind of agree with the opinion on the lack of moral structure and the like. While fear can affect us all, allowing it to absolutely paralyze you shows, in my own humble opinion, a gross lack of moral fiber and idea of integrity.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: First Post, a Few Questions.
« on: June 26, 2008, 05:03:04 PM »
Thank you very much Guro Crafty; very helpful.

Martial Arts Topics / First Post, a Few Questions.
« on: June 25, 2008, 11:17:09 PM »
Hi, I'm quite new to this forum, and I have just a few questions and would be very thankful if I could find an answer for them:

1.) For the Dog Brothers DVDs, are they based more on an educational style such as in the principles of the art, or on an educational style as in teaching the art?

2.) I've heard some rumors of Dog Brothers video lessons over the internet. I've searched the site and haven't found anything, is this just a rumor?

3.) In the Gatherings of the Pack, are such things as groin protectors and mouth guards allowed?

Thank you very much in advance for any input.

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