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Thinking Inside The Box

Thinking Inside The Box

Murica! On Facebook I received this post on my news-feed, ironically from an account titled, Thinking Outside The Box. However, the opinion is obviously anything but the contrary as it basically supports the status quo Imperialistic warmongering. So exactly how is such primitive cliche inside the box thinking reflective of outside the norm? This collectivist(…)

New York Attitude – Unwashed, Undesirables are Unwanted

New York Attitude – Unwashed, Undesirables are Unwanted

New York Attitude? What is that you may ask? Venturing solo on a sweltering and sweat laden midsummer day in July, I decided to travel to Manhattan by mass transit. Strand bookstore was the perfect cure for the chain store uprising, amidst the Mom & Pop diaspora in South West Florida. I had a specific(…)

Patriotic Citizen

Patriotic Citizen

Patriotic Citizen? The combination of words enable a sense of collective identity unlike any other form of social manipulation, capable of rallying the masses towards conformity of action and uniformity of belief. Historically the political elite have used patriotic rhetoric as a device to forge an unthinking mass of humanity which no longer identifies as(…)

Solitary Enlightenment

Solitary Enlightenment

Solitary Enlightenment within a collective socialized environment is difficult when the normalcy is based on redundancy of behavior and acting like everyone else. As such, thinking like everyone and subsequently responding to all external stimuli reflects societies reinforced sameness. Consider the quote from a Buddhist perspective. There is a strong stoic element to the self(…)

Haganah – Israeli Modern Martial Arts

Haganah? My exposure like so many practitioners of martial arts was in the traditional systems of Chinese Kung Fu, and various other Asian systems of defense, such as Kempo TKD. I remember the classes being extremely rigid and defined in terms of learning by repetition various empty hand forms/katas and eventually exotic weapons. Some of(…)

Cellphone Privacy – How secure is your data and what are your rights?

Cellphone privacy? Living in an age of technological wonders, numerous gadgets from cellphones to GPS devices offer consumers many time saving advantages in terms of mass communication and time management. Navigation, instantaneous messaging, audio/video capturing and sharing are now commonplace as well as widespread. The boundaries and demographics of ownership cross multiple generations. Now, everyone(…)

Cancer & The Artificial Sweetener Connection

Artificial Sweetener Cancer – What is The Connection? I remember reading a health based article that examined the dietary habits of Americans in the 1950’s compared to today. The article focused on the alarming rates of obesity in relation to food consumption. The author went on to state that in the earlier generations, Americans did(…)

Self Defense – How Do We Deal with a Violent Society

When I relocated to Florida I made a conscious decision as a responsible adult to obtain my CWL (Concealed Weapons License) in order to conceal carry a handgun. Moving from a high crime stricken city like New York, I was always proactive in terms of maintaining situational awareness and an active response to any violent(…)

Dragon Style Kung Fu – Traditional Martial Arts Overview

(龍形摩橋) Dragon Style Kung Fu is a unique Chinese traditional martial art system. Fortunately, I grew up in a variety of neighborhoods in lower east side of New York City which enabled me to have a very diverse experience. In retrospect, I had spent a great deal of time in Chinatown, which offered an abundance(…)

Hegelian Dialectic & The Left/Right Paradigm

Left versus Right ideology defines America. The fervor over the 2012 elections will eventually be drawing droves of supporters and constituents. Recently this May 2011, we had the first GOP debate in South Carolina. Anticipation is extremely high considering the state of the nation economically and politically. However, after so much discourse and disappointment, why(…)