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    Quote Originally posted by Gio View Post
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    Optical Illusion Personality Test Reveals the True You


    Pretty cool!

    Reminded me of this old selective attention test:
    The unexamined life is not worth living.

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    Challenging the owner of a boxing gym...

    The unexamined life is not worth living.

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    Quote Originally posted by Fred Steeves View Post
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    Challenging the owner of a boxing gym called 'Elite Boxing'. Read the room, dude.

    I was wondering how long it would take for the owner to sock him in the head. Only long enough to get a read on the guy. Just a few seconds. I can't stop laughing. Not because he's getting hit, but because he sooooo asked for it.

    "Hands up! I'm going to hit you now." Dude doesn't seem quite so into it now...

    And the coach just had hip surgery. Wow. Good stuff.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dreamtimer View Post
    Challenging the owner of a boxing gym called 'Elite Boxing'. Read the room, dude.

    I was wondering how long it would take for the owner to sock him in the head. Only long enough to get a read on the guy. Just a few seconds. I can't stop laughing. Not because he's getting hit, but because he sooooo asked for it.

    "Hands up! I'm going to hit you now." Dude doesn't seem quite so into it now...

    And the coach just had hip surgery. Wow. Good stuff.
    A bit of a head scratcher isn't it? There's a certain mentality that doesn't seem to be able to grasp that some things are just not a good idea, and walking in off the street to challenge the owner of an elite boxing school is obviously one of them...

    There's videos of wanna be tough guys going into dojos doing the same thing and it never ends well for them. Surprise surprise.

    A short clip of Joe Rogan and a guest discussing the gap between a pro fighter, and a regular person:
    The unexamined life is not worth living.

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    I wouldn't go out to a target range and mouth off. I'd zip my lips, listen to everything I was instructed to do, put on my ear protection and then hopefully hit the target. If I impress anyone, it will be by accident because that's not what matters. What matters is the skill and the responsibility.

    This dynamic calls to mind the folks who think they want glorious revolution. And they have no real idea. They're metaphorically going into elite boxing making a challenge but they don't have a clue what real revolution and civil war are about. They might be watching too many videos/video games.

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    This could be the poster child for what an "oh shit!" moment is.


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C768oE8D9bk


    And this... is just plain fucking stupid
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    Water, gasoline. What's the difference?


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMgol_8jz9k


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew4F6vixMDg

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    Quote Originally posted by Fred Steeves View Post
    LOL. Beautiful! Talk about instant karma!

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    Quote Originally posted by Dreamtimer View Post
    I wouldn't go out to a target range and mouth off. I'd zip my lips, listen to everything I was instructed to do, put on my ear protection and then hopefully hit the target. If I impress anyone, it will be by accident because that's not what matters. What matters is the skill and the responsibility.

    This dynamic calls to mind the folks who think they want glorious revolution. And they have no real idea. They're metaphorically going into elite boxing making a challenge but they don't have a clue what real revolution and civil war are about. They might be watching too many videos/video games.
    Great comparison. It seems too that this mind set accompanies emotional fragility. People who are the first to collapse in any given stressful situation are those who insist the outcome must be along preconceived lines. Those who survive catastrophic situations aren't 'optimistic.' They appraise the situation and work towards survival, using the tools available. They practice 'radical realism,' neither focused on sure defeat or sure victory. They just get on with it.

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    That yellowstone tourist is stupid and lucky. Those bison will gore and trample. Folks get seriously injured and killed doing that. And also taking selfies while backing off cliffs. And also stepping of the paths near geysers and getting severe burns from the hot steam/water.

    People think they're immune or something.

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    Who can forget the scene in "Jaws", where crusty ole Capt. Quint recounts his story of being aboard the U.S.S. Indianapolis that delivered the Hiroshima nuclear bomb for use, then was subsequently torpedoed and quickly sunk by a Japanese sub on her way back to port in the middle of the Philippine Sea. He and the other men spent days in the water being terrorized by sharks, hundreds were lost.

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9S41Kplsbs


    The following, is an hour well spent hearing the entire epic tale as told by survivors from receiving that top secret cargo for delivery, to the desperate rescue once they were finally located (which was quite by happen chance):
    The unexamined life is not worth living.

    Socrates

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    Humboldt squid, or 'red devils'



    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQKs1-fwTgU


    Eat your squid! They are ideally suited for climate change and expanding their range, while eating everything that doesn't eat them first.

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    I used to be scared of octopuses, as a child. Then I learned about squid, which are much more ferocious and dangerous. And they get huge!

    The octopus is my friend. The squid is not.


    I watched an episode of NCIS where they had to investigate on a ship out at sea. They uncovered something nasty and then discovered that they were about to be blown up, because the ship was evidence which needed to be disappeared. Gibbs was NOT HAPPY. That was one of those based-on-a-real-event episodes, whether or not they said so.

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    Is this a common phenomenon in some regions? Seems crazy that you can't even trust your neighbours.


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EFR3mhnQHY

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    This is a short 5 minute video on the purposeful sinking of the aircraft carrier USS America back in 2005. I was a Parachute Rigger (PR) for an S-3 anti sub squadron attached to the America, and served a 6 month deployment aboard her in 1993/94, the next to last one.

    Ever seen the movie “Blackhawk Down”? That happened during that cruise. We were in the Med just buzzing around port to port having a good ole time, when the good captain came on one evening informing the crew something really bad had just gone down in Somalia, all ports of call were hereby canceled until further notice, and our carrier group was heading to the Indian Ocean pronto. (Didn’t realize it quite then, but young Freddie who had never left his own country was about to see the Suez Canal up close and personal like on the way down there).

    That turned into 50 straight days of cruising up and down the coast off of Mogadishu in support of the aftermath, that operation got dubbed “Groundhog Station” because every day was exactly the same, but at least when it was finally over all 5,000 of us got to have a day of fun and become “Shellbacks”. In the US navy, a sailor becomes a Shellback when their ship crosses the equator, it’s a full day of on the flight deck and hangar bay initiations, and was quite interesting to say the least.


    Anyway, having to service the pilot safety equipment on a daily basis, not to mention flight line watch duty once a week, I walked every bit of that flight deck numerous times, so it's really something seeing the shots of it half under water just prior to going down.

    Never dreamt of seeing something like that back in the day. I used to love hanging out right up on the bow when that baby was doing 30+ knots out in the middle of whatever ocean it happened to be, and now it's under nearly 17,000 feet of water. Interesting that after 4 weeks of bombing to see what kind of punishment a carrier can take, it finally took a purposeful rigging of explosives to actually take her under:
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