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MartinVegartin

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  1. Yes, quite possibly we all make some sort of a difference. But if I had continued eating meat, I don't know for sure that one more chicken or cod would have been killed. So many corpses get thrown away at all stages of the carnage that there's probably no way of recording that one person has stopped buying a pound of sausages and some meat pies each week. I could be wrong. It might just be my way of coping with the possibiltiy of not having much direct effect. I do believe I can have an influence on others, though. And in that way I could have a great effect. Lots of people not buying sausages and pies will be noticed and will lead to a reduction in cruelty and death. If anyone wants to become vegan, don't be put off by thinking that your abstention from eating meat won't cause any less suffering. Individually in the long run, and collectively with others every day, it will. And you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are no longer condemning livng beings to lives of misery and to horrific deaths.
  2. I stand by my two main points: It is a stupid law. It prevents people from exercising their moral right to cross the road when and where they think it is safe and when and where it is convenient. The copper had no right to punch the woman. Let's imagine a scene in South Africa 40 years ago. Two black women are walking along the street. One decides to sit on a bench that only white people are legally allowed to sit on. The other one is law abiding and stays standing. A copper, tells the criminal one to stand up. She refuses and tells him she has a right to sit on any public bench. It becomes heated and the copper grabs the woman. Her friend, who had remained standing, alarmed at his behaviour and the unfairness of her friend's arrest for a non-crime, grabs and pushes the copper. The copper punches her. Was the copper right to punch her? The police association spokesman would have said that he did nothing wrong - just like the one in the Seattle case. Was the woman morally right to sit on the bench? Was she right to demand the right to do so? By sitting on the bench, she might have so angered some rabid white supremacists that they would have attacked both her and her law abiding friend. Many people might have been seriously hurt in the melee. But, even if that could happen, she still has the moral right to sit there. Someone could be hurt if someone goes jaywalking. But someone still has the moral right to cross the road. If a black person had wanted to sit on a whites-only bench and there was no chance of this act causing harm to anyone, I would have encouraged that black person to sit there. If someone can cross the road safely, I would encourage them to do so wherever they want to do it. I would also have applauded Rosa Parks for breaking the law if it had been a law. If stupid or unjust laws such as these, that have no victims, adveresly affect us or cause us inconvenience, we should ignore them. We have the moral right to do so. The police deserve no more respect than anyone else. They are public servants whose job it is to protect the public. It's true that defying them can have unpleasant consequences but so can not demanding your rights - such as the right to cross the road or the right to sit on a bench. Strangely enough, just a couple of hours ago on television, I saw for the first time a no-jaywalking sign. A big red hand.
  3. I exercise at home. I have all the weight I need. No travelling. No expense. No women pestering me for dates.
  4. That post of mine was in answer to Beforewisdom's question. There's nothing irrelevant about the Tufty Club. The girls might have got away with the heinous crime of crossing the road if they had been meek and quiet but we can't be sure about that. I think most adults would object to being told that they can't use their own judgement to cross a road. They were shouting a bit but neither of them punched anyone, not even after the copper punched one of them. The girl in pink was probably concerned that her friend was being unjustly arrested and harshly treated. She only pushed the copper. He immediately punched her. The copper should have remained calm instead of making the situation worse. He should not have grabbed anyone unless they first grabbed him. We don't know who did what first, though. But he was so aggressive that I believe he started it. I still contend that it is a daft law, that the copper was an aggressive thug and that he was guilty of assault. I think it's understandable that they were annoyed at being arrested for crossing the road. I don't think of Americans meekly doing everything they are told to do. If people do everything the Establishment tells them to do, they will be told to do more things.
  5. I haven't driven for 3 years but I never encountered anything like you describe except on a Friday night when I passed a night club on my way home from work. Drunks would be spilling out into the street. I would pass them at about walking pace - often exchanging jocular comments. Perhaps the culture here is different because everyone everywhere takes care when they cross the road. We had the Green Cross Code Man (who later became Darth Vader) to thank for that. And perhaps also the evil Tufty Club. Some people think the Tufty Club was a benign organisation but we members of the Ovaltinies know the shocking truth about them.
  6. I appreciate your stance, VelvetVoices, but I won't let someone attack me without defending myself. I don't care what authority they think they have. We have a moral right to resist unjust and stupid laws and anyone who tries to impose them on us. The USA was founded by criminals who broke the law. But they had morality on their side. I think. If people walk across the road and cause an accident they are responsible for that accident and should be arrested. But I don't believe in arresting pedestrians who might, in some circumstance, possibly have the potential to cause an accident. In built up areas, drivers should drive slowly as you can never tell when a dog, cat or child will run out in front of you. Ducati, you sound like someone who could be in Lawful Rebellion. There's a lot of talk on LR sites about how the police used to be peace officers but are now policy officers whose job seems to be collecting revenue.
  7. It depends on what's on. Some days, there's only rubbish. Other days, there'll be three things on at the same time I want to watch. Only one programme tonight that seems to be worth watching: Inside Nature's Giants. This is where they cut open various animals that have died. Tigers and lions tonight.
  8. I agree with you, VelvetVoices, that no one has the right to assault anyone - who is not assaulting or grabbing them or someone else. I don't believe in initiating violence - and then only using appropriate force - but I wouldn't accord any official more respect than anyone else. If a copper hit me I would hit him back. If he took hold of me, I would take hold of him. The trouble is that many police people forget, as Ducati said, that they are public servants. They can only do their job with the co-operation and assent of the people they serve. They must be better behaved than the people they confront. If they behave like thugs, we should jump on them and arrest them. They must realise that they are nothing special and that they have to be respectful - as all servants should be. If they are not temperamentally suited to the job, they should get another one. Coppers like that one bring the profession and the laws they enforce into disrepute. I don't advocate violence towards the police if they don't offer violence. Most of them are probably fairly decent people but some are too keen to enforce every petty-fogging rule in the book. That will lead to less respect for them. Yes, Vegan_Bohemian, the man is a thug.
  9. I'm not familiar with US roads but I can believe what you say. I know that a pedestrian needs to have their wits about them when crossing roads. I've seen dozens of cars go through red lights or ignore zebra crossings and pelican crossings - whilst people were crossing or trying to cross. If I want to cross the road, I cross. I don't look for the 'correct' place to do it and I don't rely on lights and beepers to tell me to cross. I cross when and where it's safe to do so.
  10. Appalling behaviour by that copper. He's a disgrace to his uniform and should have been arrested by the crowd for assualting the woman. We can't see how it all began but, judging by the copper's actions, it's quite possible that he was very aggressive towards the women from the start. And for a non-crime. If the copper was aggressive and started manhandling them, they had every right to resist. It's a stupid law. It's something dreamt up by the kind of mind that wants to control everything. If the women were crossing responsibly and weren't causing cars to swerve and brake, they should have been left alone. If they weren't causing any danger they should have resisted arrest. Passively, if the copper was polite. Aggressively, if he was aggressive. I'd like to see mass jaywalkings - safely done. People need to assert their right to live uncontrolled by petty rules. The only real crimes are those that have victims. There are no victims when someone crosses the road. It's true that careless crossing could cause an accident but many things we do could cause accidents. In the UK, we can cross the road wherever we want to regardless of what the traffic signals are telling us to do. I doubt if there are more accidents here. I hate the growing tendency to legislate for everything and the attempts to control every behaviour. There's a stupid 'anti-terrorist' law here that makes it an offence to read out the names of the war dead at London's main monument to the war dead, without prior police persmission. People have been arrested for doing so.
  11. The gymnasticbodies forum has some good exercises - especially headstand and handstand press ups. You need to click on the forum link and then on another one. And dragondoor has quite a few articles on bodyweight training. For both sites, add w w w and .com to the name. I don't like giving clickable links to non-vegan sites. Good luck.
  12. Hello Vicki. I can't recommend any particular exercises as there are so many but someone here who's had experience of losing weight should be able to help. By the way, I didn't know there were any posh people in Leeds. I live further north than you. We are all really posh up here.
  13. I drink nothing stronger than tea. I live like a monk. I'm even developing the tonsure.
  14. I didn't know it had been posted here. I usually check to see if something has already been posted. Yes, he has an amazing attitude. Two people can have similar experiences. One might become a saint and the other a murderer. It's how we deal with things that makes us who we are.
  15. Everything we do affects and influences others. I've been vegan for 30 years but I wouldn't say that that has helped any non-humans. I'm sure that the same number would have been tortured and killed no matter what I did. But I might have encouraged some people to give up meat or become vegans. The more of us there are, the sooner change will happen. One black woman refused to give up her seat to a white person on a bus. That one act on its own would not have accomplished anything. It was when others were influenced by it that things began to happen. It's true that some vegans insult meat eaters and even veggies. But people who care about non-humans understandably feel rage at the way humans treat them. Just like most people would feel rage if they heard a rapist or paedophile describing how much they enjoy what they do. Denouncing wrongdoers and insulting them is very unlikely to get them to change their ways but it is very difficult sometimes not to do so. I used to get angry with cruel people but the years taught me that it is counterproductive. I hope Marcina becomes a vegan again. She'll get plenty of support here if she chooses to do so.
  16. He is remarkable. Imagine what you could do with the same attitude. Pity about the fishing, though.
  17. Yes. I have been cutting it for the past few years. I make an excellent job. Better than any barber or hairdresser I've ever been to. I might not be Mr Teasy-Weasy but I am a dab hand with scissors and electric clippers.
  18. I haven't read all of this study yet. I found it when I was looking for something else. It might be of interest to those who want to combine cardio with their weight training. It doesn't talk about mass. It was designed to test vascular function in people who do aerobic exercise either before or after resistance training. But it also found something interesting about 1RM increases. Some studies have shown that resistance training can cause arterial stiffening. Some others haven't found that. I think I read of one that said low volume resistance training won't lead to stiffened arteries. I forget now without checking but I think the resistance training = stiff arteries idea might have come from studies done with powerlifter-types. Or it might not have been. Aerobic exercise can protect against age-related stiffening of the arteries and can undo much of the damage already done by aging. The present study I've mentioned tested people who did aerobic exercise either before or after resistance training. Only those who did it afterwards showed an improvement in vascular function. In fact, a measure of arterial stiffness was shown to be reduced in the 'after' trainers but there was no change to it in the 'before' trainers. The 'after' trainers also had a greater increase in !RM than those who did aerobic exercise before resistance training. The kind of resistance training I do has a large aerobic/cardio component to it as my heart and lungs don't get a chance to recover properly before the next set starts. I'm huffing and puffing from start to finish. But, I am probably going to do about 15-20 minutes of cardio-type exercise after my weight training from now on. At least on every other training day. ------ The percentage increases in 1RM were as follows: Aerobics Before Resistance Training shoulder press 13. seated rows 15. arm curl 33. leg press 16. leg curl 16. chest press18. Aerobics After Resistance Training. shoulder press 17. seated rows 16. arm curl 52 leg press 39. leg curl 29. chest press 20. Obviously, these were the average for the whole group but most individuals must have had significant gains or there would have been mention of those who didn't gain much. The authors say that aerobic exercise before resistance training reduces growth hormone response. Perhaps this explains the differences in the 2 groups' !RM gains. ------- Journal of Applied Physiology 103: 1655-1661, 2007. Combined aerobic and resistance training and vascular function: effect of aerobic exercise before and after resistance training
  19. Perhaps the dis gus ting creature would have liked to put a bid in for this book: Auction for human skin-bound book Posted by David Pescovitz, November 28, 2007 9:04 AM | permalink A rare book believed to be bound in human skin will go up for auction in South Yorkshire, England on Sunday. This example of anthropodermic bibliopegy, titled "A True and Perfect Relation of The Whole Proceedings against the Late most barbarous Traitors, Garnet a Jesuit and his Confederats," was printed in 1606 and is likely bound in the skin of the executed Jesuit priest, Father Henry Garnet, who is the subject of the text. From the BBC News: Sid Wilkinson, from Wilkinson's Auctioneers, said: "It's a little bit spooky because the front of the book looks like it has the face of a man on it, which is presumed to be the victim's face..." The lot is considered so unusual there is no reserve price attached to it. Link to BBC News article, Link to auction site boingboing.net/2007/11/28/auction-for-human-sk.html#comment-86524 ---------- It will serve her right if she develops a severe skin rash from wearing someone else's skin.
  20. Due to back troubles in recent years, my training has been stop and start. I used to do single-leg squats (what you call pistols) but, when I was carrying more than 20lbs it used to strain my lower back. So, after a few months to rest my back, I started doing step ups. I don't like them so much so went back to single-leg squats. I started off again without extra weight - just bodyweight. I noticed that after a few weeks my vastus lateralis muscles were noticeably bigger. If the rest of my thigh is bigger, it's not easily noticeable. I am not interested in increasing my muscle size so I don't try to do so. I often just have some toast and a few nuts and raisins after training. I use the strength-endurance style, where I start with 60 second rests, which I gradually reduce to 30 seconds over a period of a few weeks. Then I add weight and go back to 60 seconds. I do 8 sets of 3. Someone who was serious about building muscle, and who ate with that in mind, and manipulated the sets, reps and rests, could build quite a bit of muscle with the SLS if my experience is anything to go by. When I first started doing the SLS again, I would get DOMS in my hamstrings and glutes as well as the quads. So that shows those muscles are working hard. If you have difficulty balancing, you should begin to extend your arms straight out in front of you as you go down and bring them back into your body as you come up. You could also gently hold on to something with one or both hands. A rope or towel round a door handle. Or even the door handle with the door open and your working foot near the edge with the handle. I love doing the SLS.
  21. Another topic in the Problems category could be vivisection. As well as the cruelty it is also holding up discovery of new medicines for humans. Or the fact that the animal agriculture is adding to pollution and the destruction of habitats for grazing and the growing of food for them - which can and does lead to less food, water and land for humans. I would say that the cause is the human belief that we are superior and that other animals are objects that we can use for our benefit. This is a bit like the cause of slavery. It all revolves around beliefs and attitudes. Not quite what you want but this is very moving and powerful: http://www.peacefulprairie.org/letter.html
  22. I find Ray Mears to be very informative. He often shows how to find plant foods and how to use plants to make ropes and shelters. And canoes. And snowshoes. I remember him once making some animal trap but then saying that he wouldn't show how it worked because he didn't need any food and he didn't believe in killing just to show how something works. Rather different to some of his kind and to some television cooks who seem to kill so they can entertain their viewers or court controversy.
  23. Your back will get better when it's ready. You can help it by exercising when you should and not exercising when you shouldn't. Get it checked by a medico. But also realise that many diagnoses of the causes of back pain are wrong. Many people have spinal abnormalities that 'should' cause pain but don't. So if they later develop back pain and one of these abnormalities is found, it gets the blame. I have had back pain, off and on, for decades. It became crippling in late 2007. Walking, sitting and standing were agonising. Even lying down was painful. In 2009 I was diagnosed with stenosis and spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine. Surgery was recommended. I wasn't going to let them cut me open, so I declined. As far as I know, stenosis can't get better. But I am better. I won't go back to doing heavy squats or deadlifts again. No more overhead pressing. They will put too much compression on my spine. The spondylo-wotsit is probably still there - if I ever had it - so I don't want to risk making it worse. But I am back to doing single leg squats and weighted step ups without pain. I can do weighted dips and chin ups. I've recently started doing bent-over dumbbell rowing again. I even do handstands and one-handed handstands (I need a wall to support me, though). The point is, my spine is much, much better now. If I am careful, I am confident that I'll have no more trouble. Doing the bird dog, also known as four-point kneeling, helped me. It exercises the multifidus muscles. Those muscles are nearly always weakened in anyone with back pain. If they are not weak before the injury, they are likely to be weak afterwards. There are many of them connected to each vertebra at different levels. Just having one of them weakened can throw the spine out of balance. Stuart McGill recommends bird dogs, along with planks, a modified curl up and the cat and camel. If you decide to do any of these, go carefully and stop if anything causes pain. The bird dog and the curl up are demonstrated in this link: http://www.sportsrehabexpert.com/public/195.cfm?sd=2 You might find something of interest in this link or the links that it links to. Or you might not. http://fixyourownback.com/blog/?p=90 As others have said, listen to your body, but not the gurgling sounds that sometimes come from the belly area as they rarely have anything interesting to say. Good luck.
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