Meditation Point #109

ktadmin Posted in A Zen Thing, Articles of Interest, Quotes
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Edmund BurkeAll that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

– – Edmund Burke (Jan 12, 1729 – Jul 9, 1797)

This phrase seems increasingly relevant for me personally. For a number of years I have been silent mostly due to personal and medical problems but also because I had become complacent. Complacency I am finding is perhaps one of life’s biggest sins. There were reasons for my complacency but that doesn’t excuse my continued silence. I won’t detail the fights I am fighting here as it isn’t relevant, what is relevant is the need to stand up and be counted. Of course the above quote would leave many wondering at the term evil, for along with complacency comes acceptance. Our society has reached a critical point in its acceptance that I fear it has gone to far to repair. I fear this for the Nation but more importantly for the individuals I meet. We have been so socialized for so long that any stance other then one of acceptance is shunned.

Acceptance leads to ApathyDon’t believe me? The next time you are among friends try to bring up a socially unacceptable topic, but know your stuff so you can argue your point. You will quickly find your friends break into 4 distinct groups. The first group will argue with you against all logic and reason; these friends fight this way to preserve the world they have created around them. The second group will argue to a point and has two subgroups. One which upon seeing your logic will either shut down and ignore you (leave the room) or simply agree to disagree. The third group will within minutes of the discussion tune you out, they will enter a zone of non conflict where they can stay safe and unchallenged with their beliefs. The forth and last group will agree with you, some will do so silently for fear of becoming a target of the first group, others will agree openly even if they are not sure of their reasons.

This is increasingly hard in our world of personal morality since we each define our evil and good. Imagine the Chaos of a world where each of us define a good and evil based on our wants and desires! Now look around you and realize that Chaos is almost here. Look around you. Most people are like a ship without a rudder. This is the first step to the triumph of evil, Acceptance. Good men, silently moving on the wheels of the inevitability of their own inaction. The second step to the triumph of evil is Cowardice. In a state of acceptance good men fear retribution if they speak up and take a stance on counter to someone else’s actions or belief. Speaking up is only allowed in extreme cases where acceptance hasn’t been adopted yet. Acceptance and the following cowardice leads to change away from any social norms or structure. This leads to the third step to the triumph of evil, decadence. When we are all accepting and all resistance is removed because rampant cowardice stepping into a decadent lifestyle is easy, even comfortable.

People say that reality isn’t that simple. People believe there are shades of gray. Shades of gray makes the transition into Chaos almost comfortable, it just takes time.Liberty There is an increasingly short list of things that are unacceptable. Things that for centuries were taboo are suddenly vogue. We could learn much from Roman history but we will not, for those of us that read history, it tells us that much! Yes I believe in a much more black and white world, gray is either the exception or doesn’t exist, not the norm. This in itself is viewed as an extreme stance in today’s world. I’m comfortable with that. People that are comfortable with gray don’t think through the logic of their reasoning. Start with the extreme case and work your way back, the answer is usually very clear and never gray. You must train your mind to find the clear path of logic and reason. Basically continue to ask the question why until you fully understand the/your reasons. Our Pop culture mocks this type of thinking and will label you as the troublemaker.

Well, this turned into a rather bleak discussion of mans progression to evil if he isn’t vigilant. But then I think of another Edmund Burke quote, “Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair“. Freedom is never given voluntarily by the oppressor any more then the oppressed knowingly have their freedom taken. And so I will continue to fight against acceptance, cowardice and decadence in the hopes of stopping the progression of evil in this world. Perhaps I will inspire other to speak up and say no more! Perhaps you will join me in this fight?

Which of the four groups do you fall into?! To put a little different perspective to all this…

I’m not concerned about all Hell breaking loose, but that a part of Hell will break loose. It’ll be much harder to detect.

– – George Carlin

What do you want?

ktadmin Posted in Announcements & Press Releases, Articles of Interest
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I Can’t Hear you!I enjoy reading the comments and private email from people who read this blog. The number of people who post or send email is relative small, however, compared to the number of people who visit the site daily or subscribe my RSS feed. Many of us have stayed in touch and I’ve made a few new friendships which is always a bonus.For the rest of you the silent masses I want to ask what you want to read about! To do this I’d like to ask you, my loyal readers, five simple questions:

1. Who are you (name and occupation)?
2. Where are you from?
3. How long have you been visiting this site?
4. Have you posted a comment here before?
5. What would you like to read more (or less) about here on Martial Thoughts?

Answer the questions you feel like answering. But please do post a comment!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Live Life!

ktadmin Posted in A Zen Thing
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Live!

 

It just makes you feel better some times!

A Green Smoothie

ktadmin Posted in Recipes and Health Facts
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O.K. I Love Smoothies, strawberry in particular but I am trying to branch out and be healthier so thought I’d try this one. Remember Green is Good since it usually indicates a lot of antioxidants and other healthy ingredients. In this smoothie you include mint which gives a boost equivalent to caffeine, pears which compliment the mint, greens that provide energy and antioxidant, nonfat yogurt for nutritional balance, flaxseed for omega-3 fatty acids, and avocado which are filling and high in flavor. And since it is Green, it is packed with antioxidants and other immune-boosting, anti-aging, anti-cancer compounds as well. Of course it isn’t strawberry but it is tasty!!

Let me know what you think or if you modify it.

Productivity in a Glass

  • 1 large pear, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 C soymilk
  • 1/2 C apple juice
  • 1/2 C nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 2-3 oz spinach
  • a few leaves of mint or 3-5 drops mint extract
  • 1/2 – 1 C ice cubes (depending on personal preference)

Combine all ingredients in a blender, using more ice if desiring a thicker drink; blend well.

Green Smoothie

    Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 425
  • Fat: 14g
  • Sat. Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 2.5 mg
  • Sodium: 275 mg
  • Potassium: 2091 mg
  • Carb: 70g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Vitamin A: 67% DV
  • Calcium: 50% DV
  • Iron: 40% DV
  • Folate: 100% DV
  • Zinc: 38% DV

Spreading Obesity, Turning the Tide

ktadmin Posted in News, Recipes and Health Facts, Training notes
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Someone sent me this graphic and it really shocked me! While the media will do the occasional story on obesity in adults or children I have never seen it presented like this.

 

Obesity from 1985 to 2001

 

This simple graphic really puts the problem in perspective! I wonder if there is any correlation to the spread of fast food or chain restaurants during the same period? Don’t get me wrong I am not excusing the problem or blaming the problem on these restaurants. That is just an observation. I do think however that given the progression of the problem we shouldn’t expect the solution to arrive any faster. That isn’t very good news for our kids but it is realistic. The first steps to recovery for any problem require us to admit there is a problem and get educated about the cause and solution.

 

What is needed is another fitness craze in the country! Personally I’d like to see a Martial Arts fitness craze, more fun then running! 😉 Seriously we do need a fitness craze but it has to be a healthy craze. It can’t be filled with fad diets, gimmick exercises and unrealistic goals. Yes everyone has a stomach muscles under there somewhere but that doesn’t mean we have a hidden six-pack!! Not that you can’t get there but that shouldn’t be your goal, it isn’t realistic when you are struggling to loose 20, 30, 40, 50 pounds or more. To get a six-pack you need to get rid of almost all of your body fat. That isn’t a realistic goal for most adults with responsibilities! That isn’t to say you can’t work towards it but set realistic goals, or goal stages.

 

With goal stages you can still shoot for the end game (say six-pack abs) but there are realistic goals that lead to the ultimate goal. Perhaps your first goal is to cut out all snacks and do 30 sit-ups a day. This will be a difficult goal for many to achieve but it is attainable and realistic. So forget the 30 minute abs while you wait for your Pizza delivery!

Talk about unrealistic!!

So wake up America, start taking an interest in your health and learn more about how to eat and exercise healthy in future articles here! Until then eat healthy and train hard.

Self-Defense is a Posture

ktadmin Posted in News, Self-Defense
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Once again I find myself reading a story about the subtle aggressions of China towards the America. As reported here China has penetrated key U.S. databases. This was reported by the highly reputable SANS Institute. They detail an aggressive, non-stop campaign by China to penetrate key government and industry databases in the United States already has succeeded and the United States urgently needs to monitor all internet traffic to critical government and private-sector networks “to find the enemy within”. The SANS Institute’s director of research is quoted as saying that empirical evidence analyzed by researchers leaves little doubt that the Chinese government has mounted a non-stop, well-financed attack to breach key national security and industry databases, adding that it is likely that this effort is making use of personnel provided by China’s People’s Liberation Army. The “smoking guns” pointing to a government-directed effort are keystroke logs of the attacks, which have been devoid of errors usually found in amateur hack attacks, the use of spear phishing to gain entry into computer networks, and the massively repetitive nature of the assault, the SANS research director said. SANS earlier this week placed espionage from China and other nations near the top of its annual list of cybersecurity menaces, reporting that targeted spear phishing is the weapon of choice used in the assault on U.S. databases and those of its allies.

The question here is what are we doing in response to this shot across our bow? Largely nothing. Yes there are those that quickly say our government is to strong and insist that they are doing something we don’t know about. Rubbish. The days of America as a super power have ended because ‘we the people’ traded our desire for freedom in for selfish en devours. What does that mean!? Yes I read minds… It means that as the only successful Republic and truly free country in the history of the world we have a responsibility to defend that freedom. I do not advocate war any more then I advocate fighting. Experience and history teaches that war and fighting are often avoided if you have the spin to stand up early and call out those in the wrong. Our fate with China was sealed when MacArthur was stopped from invading and defeating communism during the Korean Conflict. All for personal fears of an insecure President afraid of another fictitious Presidential aspirations. Doing what is right is hard…always because it calls for personal sacrifice. I have been watching and warning people about the Chinese threat for over almost 20 years, I am use to being laughed at. It is my hope that I am the fool but increasingly current events prove me correct.

What happens when you wait to long to do the right thing and stand up for what it right? You have little ground to stand on. What happens when you sell all of your interests and production to your enemy? Yes, Enemy because by definition Communism can never be friend of a free Republic, something we seem to have forgotten. Sad really, so many good Americans have lost their lives to fight for freedom only to have later generations give it away. Perhaps we got tired of fighting, understandable but inexcusable. For my part All I can do is to raise awareness so that ‘we the people’ will raise our voices and demand a stronger posture when dealing with any type of aggression from our enemies.

Self-Defense is not a reaction it is a posture.  This is a lesson for Countries and Men.

Are you a Democrat, Republican, or Southerner?

ktadmin Posted in Fun Stuff
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A reader sent me this oldie but goodie…………..

Are you a Democrat, Republican, or Southerner?

Here is a little test that will help you decide.
The answer can be found by posing the following question:

You’re walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, an Islamic terrorist with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, praises Allah, and raises the knife and charges at you.  You are carrying a 40 cal Glock, and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?

    Democrat’s Answer:

Well, that’s not enough information to answer the question! Does the man look poor!
Or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack?
Could we run away?
What does my wife think? What about the kids?
What does the law say about this situation?
Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children?
Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me?
Should I call 9-1-1?
Why is this street so deserted? We need to raise taxes, have paint and weed day and make this a happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior.

    Republican’s Answer:
BANG!

    Southerner’s Answer:

BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
BANG! BANG! BANG!

Click….. (Sounds of reloading)

BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
BANG! BANG! BANG!

Click

Daughter: ‘Nice grouping, Daddy!  Were those the Winchester Silver Tips or Hydra-shock hollow points?

Son: Can I shoot the next one!
Wife: You Ain’t Taking That To The Taxidermist!

Boxing versus Martial Artist

ktadmin Posted in Self-Defense, Training notes
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It is one thing to talk about one style or art being better then another, it is an entirely different thing to prove it! I found this video showing two Aikido practitioners trying to see how their style would fair against a boxer. Now I do not believe either is a boxer but their style isn’t horrible. That being said pay close attention, while the Aikido practitioner has an advantage you can see several occasions when a boxer could have struck a winning blow. The Aikido practitioner’s advantage is evident in their targeting and blocking. This video demonstrates pretty well the strengths and weaknesses of both sides in this type of match. In a real fight situation it is hard say which would win but both would most likely leave the match bruised. To often Martial Artists discount non-eastern styles. They should not as this violates their very teaching, never underestimate your opponent or as I like to say never over estimate your own abilities! Both are a recipe for defeat. So watch the video and see what strengths and weaknesses you can see. But remember that these are friends fighting and you can see when they are pulling punches and being nice to each other, nothing wrong with that but be aware of it in your analysis. And kudos to the authors of the video! Post your comments and observations…



Boxing Lessons

ktadmin Posted in Training notes
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This week we will look at what we can learn from Boxing. Boxing is a pure upper body martial art. Unlike Karate the Boxer focuses all of his attention attacks on the upper body attempting to knock out the opponent. This is both the strength and weakness of boxing. For any martial artist that has sparred with a skilled boxer you quickly learn to respect their discipline! Boxers are typically in a fight for the long haul and are conditioned for longer fights then most Martial Artists. Unlike most Martial Arts matches Boxers do not stop the round to score points thus they do not get a break leading them to be conditioned for stamina. From my experience the one area boxers excel at is maintaining a tight, protected upper body with minimal exposure to attack. Obviously kicks can give them some difficulty but I stress the word some! The biggest hurtle for the Martial Artist in a match with a boxer is not to let the boxer get a bead on them for long enough to make a strike. This of course means a lot of leg work which is another area in which Boxers excel! In all the match typically will boil down to one of skill, which fighter has more ring experience, which fighter has more stamina. The Martial Artist does have a distinct advantage if they have been trained to use it. The advantage is one of target, unlike the Boxer the whole body is our target and unlike the Boxer we have various means of attack. The other advantage is one of size, boxers depend on their size whereas Martial Artists do not. This isn’t to say that size is irrelevant but its bearing is less relevant in the Martial Arts. This means that if you have two fighters of similar experience and condition (not size) the Martial Artist should win (always expect the unexpected!).
If you have never sparred with a Boxer I highly recommend it. If I had to settle on another style to practice it would be Boxing, for the conditioning and just plain old fun of it! But for self-protection I will always stick with the Martial Arts, namely Kyokushin-Kai…OSU!!

So with that introduction and to get things going again here are Martial Thoughts after my brief extended break let’s look at two boxing techniques that can aid in the conditioning and training for the Martial Arts, their fun too!

Here is a Speed Bag How-To:

The Speed Bag is an excellent timing and speed tool regardless of your style…and fun too!

Here is a Double-end bag “Boxing” How-To:

Use the double-end bag to learn timing and coordination between your hand and your target. This How-To can be extended to your Martial Arts training by including kicks and typical Martial Arts attacks from your style.

Agree or Disagree? Have something to add? Post a comment!

Serious Home Network Threat

ktadmin Posted in Identity Theft, Self-Defense
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Flash attack could take over your home router. Security researchers have released code showing how a pair of widely used technologies could be misused to take control of a victim’s Web browsing experience. The code, published last week by two researchers, exploits features in two technologies: The Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) protocol, which is used by many operating systems to make it easier for them to work with devices on a network; and Adobe Systems’ Flash multimedia software. By tricking a victim into viewing a malicious Flash file, an attacker could use UPnP to change the primary DNS (Domain Name System) server used by the router to find other computers on the Internet. This would give the attacker a virtually undetectable way to redirect the victim to fake Web sites. For example, a victim with a compromised router could be taken to the attacker’s Web server, even if he typed Citibank.com directly into the Web browser navigation bar. “The most malicious of all malicious things is to change the primary DNS server,” the researchers wrote. “That will effectively turn the router and the network it controls into a zombie which the attacker can take advantage of whenever they feel like it.” Because so many routers support UPnP, the researchers believe that “ninety nine percent of home routers are vulnerable to this attack.” In fact, many other types of UPnP devices, such as printers, digital entertainment systems and cameras are also potentially at risk, they added in a Frequently Asked Questions Web page explaining their research. The attack is particularly worrisome because it is cross-platform — any operating system that supports Flash is susceptible — and because it is based on features of UPnP and Flash, not bugs that could be easily fixed by Adobe or the router vendors. Source: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/011508-flash-attack-could-takeover.html

What this means is that if you are surfing the Internet and are being redirected to fake sites OR if the site looks correct but the URL appears odd you may want to check the Primary DNS setting on your router. This is a really sneaky attack that most people probably won’t detect. As usual be careful out there!!