Understand that as you are growing up, anytime at all, anything that is contradictory to the unconditional love that you know you are made of is presented to you, anytime you are forced by situations to limit yourself, to cut yourself off from that unlimited being that you are, anytime you are in anyway shape or form coerced into not being allowed to express the totality of your being, anytime that this occurs, you then choose to diminish your awareness of yourself just a little bit more. Just a little bit more, just a little bit more – fit into this mold, that mold, do it this way, this is the way it’s done, you must fit, you must fit, you must fit – you don’t want to be thought of as strange or unusual, you don’t want to be looked at as crazy and locked up. You must fit, you must belong – you must be one of us.

Alright, I’ll diminish myself a little bit more, and a little bit more, and a little bit more, because I want you to love me. I am missing the love, where is the love? Is this the way to get it? To accept what you are saying, to buy into your belief? If I believe as you do, if I limit myself, will you love me? Alright, I’ll limit myself.

But then after you are so good at doing that – thinking that you are doing it because that’s the way you are going to get the love that somehow isn’t there, that somehow isn’t unconditional, all of a sudden you begin to realize you’ve been doing it long enough that now you don’t know any other way to attract love, other than to continue to limit yourself. And so this is the process you are now going through, to break that chain of limitation, of self limitation, so that you can understand that you deserve unconditional love anyway, no matter what, just because you exist. There are no specific parameters that must exist to define you, to say that you must be this way in order to deserve the unconditional love that comes from All That Is.

—  Bashar

Fencing Training Drills: Conditioning Footwork Exercises

While most of us do some amount of footwork drills, how many make footwork into an aerobic workout? Not too many is my guess.

Generally, we are taught to approach footwork drills on a strip length by strip length basis, not a time basis. This lets the faster fencers finish their sets quicker and get more rest than the less experienced, or slower fencers.

The “I need to do 3 strips of footwork” mentality also hurts many younger fencers who let their form get bad so that they can finish their sets quickly and then “go play”.

While all fencers need to do that repetition for a few sets, we also need to increase our ability to continuously perform footwork over a long period of time.

With that in mind, here is a great footwork conditioning workout.

Each set of footwork is to be done continuously for 2 minutes, then take a 1-minute rest. When you reach the end of the strip, turn around and continue. These sets are to be done in series, so you should do all 7 sets in one session. As your conditioning improves, add another session or try to get your speed up a little more.

  1. Advance/advance-lunge/on guard.
  2. Advance/appel-lunge/on guard.
  3. Advance-lunge/redouble/on guard.
  4. Jump forward-lunge/redouble/on guard.
  5. Advance/jump forward-lunge/on guard.
  6. Jump forward/advance-lunge/on guard.
  7. (F&E) Appel-lunge/cross lunge/on guard. (S) Appel lunge/redouble/on guard.

Exercise from fencing.net

Not to know one’s true identity is to be a mad, disensouled thing — a golem. And, indeed, this image, sick-eningly Orwellian, applies to the mass of human beings now living in the high-tech industrial democracies. Their authenticity lies in their ability to obey and follow mass style changes that are conveyed through the media. Immersed in junk food, trash media, and cryp-tofascist politics, they are condemned to toxic lives of low awareness. Sedated by the prescripted daily television fix, they are a living dead, lost to all but the act of consuming.
—  Terence McKenna

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A New Kind of Dinner Bell

Let’s face it: wildlife researchers have it tough. Imagine it was your job, day in and day out, to locate a solitary wolf in an area of 50 square miles. It would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, right? Well, now imagine it was your job to locate a solitary fish in the entire ocean. How does tracking the wolf sound now?

Luckily, scientists have come up with many different methods to track animals more easily, usually referred to as telemetry. For example, a wolf researcher may be able to fit an individual wolf with a radio collar. The signal emitted by the collar can be picked up by a transceiver and lets the researcher know where the wolf is and track its location over time.

The same can be done for fish, though a little differently. Radio waves don’t travel well through salt water, so researchers use a technique referred to as acoustic tagging. Rather than attaching a radio transmitter to a fish or small invertebrate in order for it to be tracked and populations monitored, researchers attach a small tag which lets out small, ultrasonic pinging noises that can be easily picked up and tracked by scientific equipment. The pings are outside the hearing range of most fish, so the marked fish can’t hear them and doesn’t even know he’s being monitored remotely, allowing for incredibly natural behavior. Sounds perfect, right?

Actually…no. While the pinging may not be heard by the fish itself, that doesn’t mean it can’t be heard by other animals. Specifically, other animals who may think fish are particularly tasty. Through a recent study conducted by Amanda L. Stansbury of the University of St Andrews and her colleagues, it was found that not only do gray seals have the capability to hear the supposedly silent pinging, but they’re also able to adapt their behavior to it, actively seeking out fish who wear acoustic tags. A series of trials were conducted, allowing seals to forage through a series of twenty boxes, eighteen of which were empty, and two of which contained fish, with only one of the fish holding an acoustic tag. It is thought the seals originally used smell to seek out the fish-boxes. However, as the seals began to associate the pinging with the presence of a fish, they sought out the tagged fish more and more frequently than the non-tagged fish, suggesting that the seals used the sound in addition to their sense of smell when hunting for fish.

This isn’t the first time something of this nature has been observed. Juvenile tagged salmon have lower survival rates than their non-tagged counterparts. This is a problem for not only salmon, but also for researchers. After all, no matter how hard it is to track a solitary fish in the entire ocean, it’s even harder to track a fish that’s been eaten.

To read the Royal Society’s study:

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/282/1798/20141595

Referenceshttp://www.htisonar.com/what_are_acoustic_tags.htm

http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/saltwater/gamefish-tagging

Submitted by Nick V, Discoverer.

Edited by Jessica F.

Although the average man has taken no part in manufacturing moral codes and statute laws, how he obeys them with dog-like submissiveness. He is trained to obedience, like oxen are broken to the yoke of their masters. He is born a thrall habituated from childhood to be governed by others.
—  Ragnar Redbeard
Keepin' it Real

A good thing to remember when training:

-There are things that are important, and

-There are things that are actually really important.

Teaching my dogs to confidently and precisely back up onto objects is important to me because it helps their body awareness. Teaching them to spin left and spin right is important because its fun! 

But, teaching them to have a faithful recall away from an unfriendly dog, a road, or anything I don’t want them near is actually really important. Teaching them to respectfully decline from scuffles over bones or toys is actually really important. For those things, it is important to be incredibly aware.

But, for all the other things… keep it real. If it’s not a life or death situation, feel free to take your time. Be patient. If you or your dog is getting frustrated, then it’s not fun! And if it’s not fun, then put in on the back burner for a little while, and come back to it with fresh eyes, a sense of humor, and a lot of treats. 

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10 Min Ab Sculpting Workout.

Ow ow bloody ow, says I. Which means you should do it!

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Wow, you guys seemed to really like the video I posted yesterday, so here’s a different one from today’s workout!

Try this challenge! You work your core, and also your arms and stuff you you can have strong arms in your ceilis.