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Words so strong they have splash damage.
The couple in the bed represent the banking system. The angry dude represents reality, coming home.

The couple in the bed represent the banking system. The angry dude represents reality, coming home.

Friends, a recent article in The Guardian exposed the world to something that many of us had known for ages: money is just an IOU, it has no relationship with actual value of any kind.

It’s just a social convention.

That in itself is not a problem, not really.

But the added revelation (that many of us also already knew) that it’s not the government who decides how much money is in circulation, it’s actually the banks that do that, creates potential for massive abuses.

Abuses that I’m pretty sure are already happening, and have been for a while.

Here’s how it works.

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Do you even inner monologue, bro?

Hello friends.

As many of you know I have done, and continue to do, quite a lot of martial arts training. And for a while now I’ve been trying to work something out.

How is that fat martial artists can outperform totally ripped gym bunnies?

The obvious answer is that how we look has very little to do with our actual level of fitness. Someone who is chunky but works out a lot is going to be more fit than someone who stays sexy by staying away from food.

But I’ve recently realised that there is more to it than that.

In fact I’m pretty sure that the type of physical training of which gym training is a typical example actually teaches you to be less ‘fit’ than you should be. Furthermore I shall argue that traditional martial arts are often much better at overcoming this failure than modern or mixed martial arts are.

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By explaining stuff! Also freeway.

By explaining stuff! Also by being a freeway.

Friends, as you may have noticed I am a feminist.

Yes, I’m also a guy, let it go.

Teddy bears are equally adept at all roles! Kaiser, French, hotdog. All of them.

Teddy bears are equally adept at all roles! Kaiser, French, hotdog.
All of them.

Indeed, I would go so far as to say that anyone who knows what feminism is (i.e. that it is the part of the human rights movement that focuses on gender rights issues) who isn’t a feminist themselves had better have a damn good explanation of why that is.

I mean, I believe in human rights, why don’t you?

Anyway, something that comes up from time to time in discussions of gender issues is the concept of ‘mansplaining’.

It’s a tricky thing to get one’s head around though so I’m going to try and explain what’s going on in one specific example of mansplaining, and why it’s bad.

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