3/04/2013 12:18am, #51
Suddenly itwasntme's location field makes sense.
"The only important elements in any society
are the artistic and the criminal,
because they alone, by questioning the society's values,
can force it to change."-Samuel R. Delany
RENDERING GELATINOUS WINDMILL OF DICKS
THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST NON-EUCLIDIAN SPLATTERJOUST EVER
It seems that the only people who support anarchy are faggots, who want their pathetic immoral lifestyle accepted by the mainstream society. It wont be so they try to create their own.-Oldman34, friend to all children
3/04/2013 12:29am, #52
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- Jun 2005
Hoban has been channeling this 'service minded' approach to martial arts for a long time. I agree with you Tom. I think that the clearest read on this is to simple take it as a 'mission statement' about how to live life in general… just like educators and corporate leaders all seem to be calling themselves "agents for change" these days instead of 'LEADERS'…
When I see Hoban or his students dragging purse snatchers into Police Stations making citizens arrests.. or lecturing people for J Walking.. then I will have to adjust my opinion.
3/04/2013 1:11am, #53
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- Nov 2012
- Chicago / Michigan
Hitler was rejected for service in the Austrian army as unfit early in 1914. Later that year, he requested and received a waiver to serve as a non-Bavarian in a Bavarian infantry unit in the German army (Germany had only unified in 1871 and Bavaria was still a semi-independent kingdom under the German government), which was allied with Austria at the time.
Hitler saw a few weeks of regular infantry duty but most of his time was spent as a bike messenger running messages between unit HQ and frontline units along the Western front. Hitler was wounded in the leg once and gassed once.
Hitler was promoted once, to Gefreiter. This often used to be described as equivalent to Lance-Corporal, but is now generally said to be roughly the same as PFC (Private First Class). Hitler declined a further offer of promotion to Unteroffizier (Corporal), apparently because it would have meant changing from messenger duties to infantry duties that he found less to his liking.
Hitler did live in Bavaria before WWI partly (at least) to avoid mandatory military service in the Austrian army. He was also not popular with his fellow soldiers for the most part, since he kept to himself, painted, and read rather than drinking and playing games, etc.
When Hitler ran for office and especially after he was in power, the Nazi propaganda machine created a war hero where there was none. And near the end of the war, Hitler was hospitalized after being hit in a poison gas attack by British troops. One of the symptoms was blindness. Evidence that became available relatively recently suggests that the blindness was psychosomatic, caused by the trauma of the experience rather than by any organic neurological effect of the gas.
Recognizing the points mentioned in the last two paragraphs, the fullest account of Hitler's WWI service (Thomas Weber, Hitler's First War [Oxford, 2010; rev. ed., 2011]) very much downplays and minimizes Hitler's military service. But Hitler did in fact fulfill his duties in a way that led to gradual offers of promotion and to some decoration. He seems to have been a competent soldier who was well thought of by his commanding officer.
And a horrifyingly evil man.
3/04/2013 3:23am, #54
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- Lower Franconia
Also the "messenger duties being more to his liking" had certainly a lot to do with the fact that it was a lot safer. Just a finer point of this I wanted to mention.
3/04/2013 7:21am, #55
Hitler was a different animal; he used what he had, intelligence and the ability to manipulate people into seeing a greater good that wasn't there. Between his mental illnesses and his abuse of drugs, there is really no way to gauge him other than the fact that he was a monster.
3/04/2013 9:14am, #56
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Where is Dan Carlin at? Sounds right up his alley with all this discussion about "historical arsonists"
3/04/2013 10:14am, #57
You're smoking those "bath salts" aren't you.
By the way, you should shut the **** up about Germany and World War II until you actually know anything about either subject. It's clear from this thread you do not know much.
Such as for instance the noun gender difference between "Die" and "Der".
3/04/2013 10:49am, #58
Re: A Ninja Ex-Marine Captain Speaks: What It Means to Be a Warrior
And sorry, It's been almost a decade since I've been in any formal German instruction. You'll forgive me if I used the feminine version of "the" over the masculine, a very minimal error.
3/04/2013 11:23am, #59
The only thing Hitler ever "invented" was the destruction of over 2% of the world's population.
Oh yeah he laid some fucking concrete and steel too. But mostly barbed wire and dead bodies.
3/04/2013 12:24pm, #60