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  1. It's not an issue for me. However, the Youtube moderators would have made the same argument when removing D Icke's channel. There is the irony.
  2. Not planning to get more involved but will just add. It's kind of ironic David Icke lost his Youtube and (was it Twitter?), namely for expressing views that differed from mainstream. I also recall the mockery on the first Wogan show. And yet, this pretty much happens everwhere. Is this site a place where having a different opinion has the same censorship as David experienced recently? Presumably we are supposed to be anti Israel merely on the basis of "fitting in". As it happens a lot of anti vaxers have widely diverse views on religion and politics. I'm bowing out of future participation in the site, namely because I don't do censorship and don't need to be moderated to please the majority view. No offence, of course. Just simply "moderation" in my book is about threats or insults and not opinion or political view. And that's my last comment.
  3. O.K. briefly: It's agreed Hebrews were residentt, building in ancient Egypt at the time of Ramases. Ramases is believed to be the Biblical Pharoa. The departure from Egypt and eventual arrival in Canaan is now well supported by archeology. These Canaanites, of course, were neither Christian nor Muslim, but pagan. They worshipped gods. The Hebrews then settled and blended into the established, polytheistic culture. The language more or less is preserved but was modified by modern Jewish scholars to allow speech. So, in modern Israel, they speak an extremely ancient language. Zionism connects to that but is wrongly interpreted by people today, due to imperialism. Jews were governed by imperial powers such as the Roman and British Empire. They were eventually ethnically cleansed but the events of WW2 led to the re-settlement of European Jews in the Middle East. The awkward question to ask is why there is so much resentment over a typical ethnic conflict of interests. Crimea, for example, is populated by ethnic Russians who don't want to be Ukranian. On that score, we face a real risk of World War as NATO builds up Ukraine. Lesser conflicts are based on Basques vs Spanish, or the old IRA conflict. You could argue very well the current Middle East crisis was created by Imperialism and certainly not Jews (or maybe even Muslims). Imperialiasm, however, has had its day. Europeans may well dislike Israel but the latter is now autonomous and armed with a nuclear deterrent. It's really time the former world powers accepted imperialism is gone and the mess they left behind must be sorted out. That means Arabs and Jews need to talk and negotiate.
  4. Better said, Shining's posts can offer real quotes from real sources if needed. One of my friends is a uni professor in ancient history. Moved up from Phd to prof and fluent in ancient languages. I always stress to use real books and not social media sources. Not that I plan to get too into this thread. I just dislike mass influence and stereotyped history views. Given that same situation created the Covid belief.
  5. I reached my own views after reading a fair bit of ancient history years ago. This changed my views on Christianity as I concluded the historical Jesus differs from the version we have today. As John Lennon once stated, Jesus was OK but his disciples muddled it up. That produced a Beatle backlash in the USA. Simply said, my reading led me to see Israel existed as a great, but brief, global power. Restoring its culture and borders in a modern era is controversial but definitely not the same as imperialism. Lots of excavations proved the Israel culture was real as the Roman remains in Pompei. You can't say the same for Catholicism in South America.
  6. So, the term "Zionism", as I understand it, is based on the restoration of Israel and the cultural identity of those who are genuinely (and genetically) Jewish. The term has been made political but the essence of it is restoration and the basis lies in the survival of the language. Maybe it would be like all the South American Indians starting to speak Mayan again, restoring the ancient cities and displacing the European settlers. In neither case could I find a good argument against but it can only happen if a culture survives - and that means the language. Now, Latin is still known but the original Romans more or less died out.
  7. The point I made is: I often see a lot of discussion that knocks Israel but lacks facts based on the history of the Middle East. I'm not Jewish by the way so have no particular bias on the issue. Historical fact is Israel was an ancient State with a language and culture that has a major bearing on this issue. Even during the Roman Empire, Israel existed as a client state, as did Greece. And nobody suggests Greeks somehow "occupy" Greece. The major misunderstanding is most people accept at face value the idea modern Palestinians are the same people as the Canaanites, which they are not. The original Canaanites intermarried with Hebrews millenia ago. Modern Palestinians came to the so-called occupied territories much later, after the Jewish Roman war. So, in reality Jews were the displaced population and not the reverse. Compare that to countries like South Africa or South America and you will see a difference. That is, Spanish catholics occupied Indian territories, as in Peru, - which is very unlike the Jewish link to the Middle East. Personally, if I were myself Jewish I guess I would want to live in Israel. Simple reason for that would be it's historically connected.
  8. What's up with Zionism anyway? Conspiracy theory ideology tends to repeat an assumed reality on the basis of how many people repeat the said belief. That is, the Jewish culture and language somehow came out of thin air. So say the masses. This is the foundation of the Covid ideology - which substitutes hard science by belief. It would be nice to see real quotes from recognised books when making the assumption Jews don't have a heritage in the Middle East. That is, solid analysis of semitic history, including Mesopotamia and Sumerian culture, as well as Egyptian. It is recognised Jews were assimilated and worked in Egypt under Ramases the Great and exiled under his reign. The Hebrew language likewise is among the most ancient to survive. Sorry but I dislike wide conclusions drawn on the basis of internet sources, which so often ignore serious research. Indeed that is specifically how Covid pseudoscience substituted reliable information.
  9. Still loads of jokes out there about Chuck Norris. I always thought he had a really superb roundhouse kick. He used it in his early movies. Some of those are now forgotten but check out Silent Rage or The Octagon. Karate Kid was "the film" of the 1980s, I thought. Where the kid is bullied after moving to California so an old Japanese man teaches him Karate.
  10. A few older members may recall the 1970s saw a wave of Kung Fu popularity. The TV series Kung Fu had a big impact and, in fact, I have the dvd boxsets. This used slow motion for the fight sequences, with David Carradine in the main role. Kung Fu and Karate then got very big. Enter The Dragon was a hit and then Chuck Norris started as an action hero, doing martial arts movies. I think it got exaggerated though and so martial arts were assumed to make you unbeatable.
  11. I wouldn't have her flexibility and balance. Years doing weights makes you less supple.
  12. This is an oldish video no longer on Google but I found it on yandex search engine. Koden Kan roundhouse kick.This link should load after a few seconds. This girl is in pretty good shape. https://yandex.ru/video/pad/search?filmId=15832267270971330404&path=wizard&text=koden kan roundhouse kick video&wiz_type=v4thumbs
  13. It was made by British Lion at a time when Hammer had finally bowed out. The film got heavily cut, which I sort of understood, although Christopher Lee was outraged. As it gained popularity and cult status, the missing scenes were finally relocated and restored.
  14. Watched it with the commentary by Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward. It has weaknesses I think in as much as it reflects the lowered budget, so can understand initial skepticism. Still a classic, however. Christopher Lee considered it a terrific movie and apparently worked for free. I was lucky to drop on the two disks in a charity shop - both the cut and full-length versions. I supposs older people here will remember seeing The Wicker Man. I was maybe 10 the first time. Definitely would have scrutinized the odd over-done or over acted scene. Such as the crudeness of the letter about the missing girl, which had no envelope. I mean why did the officer read Woodward an opened letter addressed to him only?
  15. You can see how Ali here just couldn't be hit as he keeps weaving and moving back. This was an alternative to standard blocks, which creates a closer space.
  16. It's been kind of easy for me. I was born totally unsociable and grew up very much "unwanted" for that reason. Too much of a loner. Funnily enough a lot of authors and poets, or even painters, fell into this grouping. So, there is nothing that can scare me or bribe me to risk my health - which is my main card hand. This vaccine business will just polarise some of us against systems and hierarchy - even more than before. If I ever am asked if I had this vaccine I just reply I'm currently healthy, active and never even had flu jabs. Let's see what the Winter brings after months of people hiding from microbes.
  17. A bit provocative perhaps but, even though I admire traditional martial arts, I think a 21 year old Mike Tyson would demolish "most" karate or kung fu black belts. Same applies to George Foreman who used to leave dents in the heavy bag. The way I see it is Tyson trained very close in and was used to getting hit. Ali, in fact, allowed sparring partners to pummel him on the ropes. Conditioning in boxing also was designed to sustain real impact. Very often in Karate and Kung Fu the sensei is very mobile, skilled and fast but there seems to be a lack of real-time impact. Worse still is the rigid, systematic sequences of strike and block. Works against an average puncher but Tyson threw deadly, lightning combination. What I say probably doesn't relate to all martial arts but I often pick up on the notion Karate was a kind of Japanese unarmed combat regime. A bit like marines training with drills and so forth. It seems Bruce Lee picked up on this issue and became inspired by Muhammad Ali's footwork and adaptability. Lee ditched fixed stances and started to bounce on his feet as he kicked a heavy bag. Last week I rewatched Ali vs Liston and Ali back then was impossible to hit. Reactions were so fast he could move around punches. In Karate you block but maybe not so effective against a Tyson hook as it was too fast to see coming.
  18. Just conditioning alone is hard. I missed my bike session today due to unheard-of rain. I thought of riding anyway but it was horrendous. Normally I ride an old MTB up two steep hills and pretend I'm being chased. Really gets the pulse banging and lungs working. I use a biggish gear to make it hard. After that I do abs and other free exercises. The following day it's stretches, balance, dynamic development. All of it sensible, given my age. Years ago it was all big weights and heavy lifts but so many bodybuilders died around 60. Very many needed hip and knee surgery. My golden rule these days is to ditch ego and gently work up the exercise. The bad news is I was defeated some weeks ago by a cyclist who overtook me up the hills. Then again, some cyclists do a lot of miles and are pretty light. Still it made me feel a little older.
  19. And yet..... How much wood would a wood-chucker chuck, if a wood-chucker could Chuck Norris? Norris did Tang Soo Do and, not wanting to be cruel, his martial arts were always impressive but his acting, as wooden as an oak barn-door. Some of the old Norris martial arts movies are worth watching such as Silent Rage or Lone Wolf Mcquade or Eye For An Eye. Just the fact when Norris utters dialogue, he always looks like a rank novice compared to the other actor. It's as if he's reading his lines from a hand-held placard. The other big name was John Saxon who did Shotokan Karate and starred in Enter The Dragon. As well as appearances in the Kung Fu TV series and Six Million Dollar Man. Finally he made his name in Nightmare On Elm Street as the cop.
  20. I am that way. I notice someone will come up to you, possibly at night, and what I sense is they weigh up your victim status potential. Will this man take fright and offer no resistance? Will this woman hold onto her purse and yell for help? Or, will this be a quick and easy mobile phone theft? Myself and two others once had to help two, very polite and well-bought-up boys who told us they'd been mugged by some other boys by the canal. Their bikes had been stolen. We called the police and their parents, to let the parents know their kids were OK. The parents were nice enough and came to pick up their kids. I stressed the kids were simply victims of an unexpected incident and, of course, they were advised to be more wary in future. As stated above, crime happens to us all, as do accidents. Those times I was approached, I stood up straight, calm and defensive. Not confrontational but "aware". I got the impression by that any ideas of a quick mobile phone grab was abandoned. Naturally, it depends. If it was a group of Mexican bandits in Chihuahua, standing tall isn't going to ward them off. In such a case, run like hell, and if you're fit, it might save your skin. I think real martial arts is for situations where you have a 50/50 chance and are in a corner. Even if you did Shotokan Karate as a sport, the conditioning, if nothing else, certainly isn't a negative factor. There are far more commando orientated defensive methods, of course. Such as for special forces. I guess it depends on perspective. Personally I find the spiritual, Zen approach more interesting as it's a whole lifestyle.
  21. I think the protests have had an impact. They appear mostly good natured as it seems mostly police had to accept an awful lot of people feel the same way. Beyond protests, there needs to be a beginning to self-sufficiency. If governments opt to force vaccines they need to see people will drop out. As it is people feel they daren't severe dependency but to oppose vaccines you have to be prepared to go it alone. Be self sufficient.
  22. I was browsing forums during idle moments and you see what Bruce Lee referred to in "styles". People seek "a style", some edge that one obscure style has over others. In China there were many schools of Kung Fu, developed by some individual. Wing Chun was invented by a female with a view to compensate lesser strength. Naturally I admire the skills some people develop. Ages ago I saw a young woman from Koden Kan Karate demonstrate her roundhouse kick, in a video. She performed it effortlessly at head height. Myself, not a prayer. Years of weights left me stiff as a board. It was the sets and reps and fixed motion. I think for older people many martial arts may be relatively gentle on the body. The good thing is you can choose hard or soft. Eating propely, stretching and cardio all are positive for health. The bodybuilding I did tended to be hard on the joints and a lot of people ended up with health issues.
  23. Done it all. Even met Robby Robinson and Bertil Fox. Not so good in later life, however, and scores of bodybuilders died around 60. Both the Mentzers now gone and even Casey Viator.
  24. I'm a fan of Bruce Lee. Bruce had an early grasp of how to discard what's not direct. I have footage of Bruce watching the American Karate tournaments in despair. No contact at all and very rigid. Bruce was teaching his students to progress pretty quickly and mixed a lot of styles together. Still, any martial art purely as a sport still gets you fit. Just being mobile and active is a big plus. Suggestions: Wing Chun Tai Kwon Do Tang Soo Do Kung Fu Jeet Kune Do Kickboxing Wrestling Boxing Savate Karate Kickboxing Judo
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