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General discussion / Re: Steroids
« on: July 10, 2018, 10:12:02 PM »
The sport of bodybuilding has always been about steroids...pushing the body that far, that hard needs supplements to speed up recovery in order to get the size and shape the sport demands today.  If you're not getting on a stage I see no point in taking them.  What they do to the body isn't worth it.
I definitely understand why some would take them.  I know a lot of lads in BJJ who are openly taking TRT and you can tell the difference. These lads are stronger and recover faster and at 40 I am a step behind where I used to be. Ask me at 50 and I could be joining them ha!

Certainly as you get older its harder to shift belly fat, your T is down and all it takes is a complaint or two about your libido to your doctor here in the US to be prescribed TRT.

I'm not sure how rampant steroid use is in all gyms. In the North any of the bodybuilding gyms like Warehouse in Portadown or Elite in Lisburn would be known for it but in a positive way. They're both bodybuilders gyms. Most are hoping to compete on a stage.  I don't know if I'd label it all vanity. pushing the body to the limits is what most athletes do in their respective sports...

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General discussion / Re: Podcasts
« on: June 14, 2018, 06:10:07 PM »
Ben Greenfield
Tim Ferris
Model Health Show
Jocko Podcast

These are my four stables at the minute

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General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: June 13, 2018, 01:59:19 PM »
Can I encourage you all to participate in a great event coming up in Armagh this weekend:
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/re-ignite-your-ultimate-power-tickets-44439759517

It can equip many of you who struggle with depression or negativity, with the tools and techniques to take control of your thoughts.
I've personally went through similar training and talk to the host of the event regularly still.
Worth every penny.


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General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: June 12, 2018, 02:23:31 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9KhvG2dpvI

Young girl takes her own life and makes 13 tapes to the 13 people who contributed to her death.

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General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: June 08, 2018, 03:26:47 PM »
Kate Spade and now Anthony Bourdain....
There's a chapter in freakenomics about suicide spiking when high profile celebrities take their own lives. Tragic stuff

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General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: June 08, 2018, 02:35:11 PM »
terrible news. I've lost a dear friend to suicide and it's a rough one to wrap your head around. At 11 years old its even worse (not that you can really rank a loss).

I do worry about tv shows like 13 reasons why (now on it's second season with a third in the works) that can glamorize suicide. I know there's never one straightforward answer as to why in every case - but I am concerned by shows like that.

Eamonn, thank you for sharing your story! Looking at 13 reasons why from your perspective does it help or could you see it pulling you further down in to your depression?


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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: June 07, 2018, 08:22:47 PM »
Off to Seattle Monday week and on to San Fran for a few days after that. L I've looked at doing all the usual stuff online but is there any off the beaten track or obscure things worth checking out. Thanks in advance.
You'll get great weather hopefully -no nicer spot in the country this time of year. If you plan on going to Mt Rainier the GPS will likely take you the longest way. Head for Black Diamond and then GPS from there to Sunshine - thats the side of the state park you can use to drive up to the maximum drivable elevation - some nice hikes up there and amazing scenery. The Grove of the Patriarchs is worth seeing if you have time. Plan an entire day, leaving at 8 back at 8 type of thing with about 4-5 hours of driving.
Do the duck tour - it's a lot of fun if you let loose and get into it. You'll learn far more about the city and see more through a knowledgeable eye.

Nintendo and Microsoft are both in Redmond and offer tours if you check their websites. Might be worth it for the young fella. I certainly enjoyed Nintendo, life size Mario KArts on display from West Coast Customs and a wall of video screens and a nintendo game cube life size reception desk...

Watch out for the homeless they're a little aggressive in seattle for the uninitiated.

Overall it's a good city to visit. Kells Irish pub is a good spot for a pint or Fado. Always ones about from home.

In San Fran my pub of choice would be Ireland's 32 - load of Armagh lads about there or the crafty Fox - you might bump in to a few yocals behind the bar!


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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: June 07, 2018, 04:49:00 PM »
I can't see a sweep happening. It could even go to 3-3 given the last few finals.  This is the time of year I begin to doubt if TV money comes in to play here and all of a sudden the Cavs come back and win 2 or 3 on the trot....

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General discussion / Re: Fitness Holiday
« on: June 06, 2018, 06:17:00 PM »
you can't out exercise a bad diet... at least not at my age

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General discussion / Re: Fitness Holiday
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:56:48 PM »
I would imagine most major coastal cities have a primal movement personal trainer or class you could join? Maybe one class and one PT session per day and then enjoy the area. Here's a group in Mallorca for example: http://www.barefootmallorca.com/ 600EURO for 10 sessions over the course of your stay. Might be what you're looking for....

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General discussion / Re: Time for a post-catholic Ireland
« on: June 01, 2018, 09:50:56 PM »
I don't know what elevating the church to a pedestal or vilifying it does at this stage. I think you're all missing the mark of the need for a post catholic Ireland or even a Neo Catholic Ireland.

Ireland is no longer a Church run state, that much is clear. 2-4 more generations will cement that status. This is not a bad thing, frankly. Casual Catholicism is a very real thing - and the church will have to find a way to fit into Ireland now that Ireland no longer fits into the Church as easily as it did when the grip was vice like. The Church may decide not to pursue any changes in it's commentary on real life in 2018 and beyond, but I think it will and I think it will do so because it will not want to get left behind.

Those who deride Casual Catholicism can do so - but given the saints fall 7 times a day I doubt very much there's many folks around who haven't deviated from a teaching or behavior at times.
I challenge whether those who want to exclude the Church will give it any place at all in Ireland in the coming era? The aggressiveness shown on here alone would point to no.
It's an atheist Ireland where anything goes or bust?
Will you stand up and allow it to exist? Or is freedom of religion only reserved for non-christians? People on here have talked in their delight at the church's decline - I believe they won't be happy until it's done away with?
What does the bit in bold imply? That without a church there'd be chaos?

As others have stated, I don't think any non-believers give a damn if the church exists or not once it exists as a private institution. No place in public schools. It'd be interesting to see how the church and its members would prepare for communion, confirmation etc. without publicly paid teachers there to carry out these duties.
The bit in bold seemed fairly straight forward. Is it an atheist ireland or nothing? Atheist way only - no middle ground?

How will church members prep for sacraments without paid teachers? no bother at all.  Happens all over the world. Before we got married my wife ran religious education for 1000 kids after school with paid and voluntary teachers on the staff and children all prepped for the sacraments at their parents request.

My fear in all of this (this is more to puck and gallsman) is that the move away from religion and the church having anything to do with public life will be an aggressive one. Saints names removed from schools? Religion removed form schools? Saints names removed from football teams? Is this the will of all the people? Does it matter? I'm very saddened by it all.  I'd say your mother is too Puck (only mention her because you did).  Peace to you both

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General discussion / Re: Time for a post-catholic Ireland
« on: June 01, 2018, 08:58:38 PM »
In the running of the state apparatus? Absolutely none whatsoever.

In the private lives on individual citizens? Whatever they want it too.

This really isn't difficult. Why are you banging on about freedom of religion? Nobody is suggesting you should be denied the right to practice your religion in the slightest.
People have expressed their delight at church attendance dwindling. Why wouldn't I be concerned? You have expressed your disdain for the church (sorry I'm too lazy to go back and quote exactly). Seems markedly different than what you wrote above..... and how do I keep it private? Never talk about it? No outward signs of faith outside the home or place of worship? Are we allowed a place of worship where it can be seen or should those be underground or out in the woods somewhere? (the last parts are tongue in cheek but you get the sentiment)

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General discussion / Re: Time for a post-catholic Ireland
« on: June 01, 2018, 08:43:04 PM »
I don't know what elevating the church to a pedestal or vilifying it does at this stage. I think you're all missing the mark of the need for a post catholic Ireland or even a Neo Catholic Ireland.

Ireland is no longer a Church run state, that much is clear. 2-4 more generations will cement that status. This is not a bad thing, frankly. Casual Catholicism is a very real thing - and the church will have to find a way to fit into Ireland now that Ireland no longer fits into the Church as easily as it did when the grip was vice like. The Church may decide not to pursue any changes in it's commentary on real life in 2018 and beyond, but I think it will and I think it will do so because it will not want to get left behind.

Those who deride Casual Catholicism can do so - but given the saints fall 7 times a day I doubt very much there's many folks around who haven't deviated from a teaching or behavior at times.
I challenge whether those who want to exclude the Church will give it any place at all in Ireland in the coming era? The aggressiveness shown on here alone would point to no.
It's an atheist Ireland where anything goes or bust?
Will you stand up and allow it to exist? Or is freedom of religion only reserved for non-christians? People on here have talked in their delight at the church's decline - I believe they won't be happy until it's done away with?

How is this anything to do with freedom of religion being impinged? Nobody is suggesting anything of the sort. Pure Trumpian whataboutery.
Why don't you answer some of the questions instead of posing your own?
It's a genuine concern. What role does religion have in your ideal Ireland?

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General discussion / Re: Time for a post-catholic Ireland
« on: June 01, 2018, 08:30:04 PM »
I don't know what elevating the church to a pedestal or vilifying it does at this stage. I think you're all missing the mark of the need for a post catholic Ireland or even a Neo Catholic Ireland.

Ireland is no longer a Church run state, that much is clear. 2-4 more generations will cement that status. This is not a bad thing, frankly. Casual Catholicism is a very real thing - and the church will have to find a way to fit into Ireland now that Ireland no longer fits into the Church as easily as it did when the grip was vice like. The Church may decide not to pursue any changes in it's commentary on real life in 2018 and beyond, but I think it will and I think it will do so because it will not want to get left behind.

Those who deride Casual Catholicism can do so - but given the saints fall 7 times a day I doubt very much there's many folks around who haven't deviated from a teaching or behavior at times.
I challenge whether those who want to exclude the Church will give it any place at all in Ireland in the coming era? The aggressiveness shown on here alone would point to no.
It's an atheist Ireland where anything goes or bust?
Will you stand up and allow it to exist? Or is freedom of religion only reserved for non-christians? People on here have talked in their delight at the church's decline - I believe they won't be happy until it's done away with?

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General discussion / Re: Time for a post-catholic Ireland
« on: June 01, 2018, 06:43:51 PM »
You know someone is just going to present the opposite argument and they've plenty of ammo in the last century alone.
Perhaps. But I don't think anyone can honestly stand up and say they haven't been a force for good in the world. And I can't stand by and watch while one side presents all their hate fueled arguments.
Yeah, like religion doesn't fuel hatred.

Have a look at your own postings and what you've said about "sodomy".

I gather you live in the US.

Religion is a root cause of pretty much every negative ideology in the US.

Racism - check.   Because you put a check against something doesn't mean you're right. Such a sweeping statement, please educate us somewhere on the foundation of this Sid?
Prejudice against immigrants - check.  You live in Ireland right? No prejudice there against immigrants? Or is it only them catholics who don't like them? I'm an immigrant in America. I did it the right way and I had no bother. America has been good to me. I speak from personal experience.
Climate change denial - check.   I believe in climate change. I don't know how you blame religion on that one - again please explain?
Poor education - check. Christianity started education - please explain how religion is to blame for poor education?
Opposition to abortion - check.  There are many atheists and agnostics who oppose abortion, including on this board
Opposition to transgender rights - check. Please prove to me scientifically that Transgenderism is real and that man can be a woman just because he thinks so
Opposition to universal healthcare - check.  Again please provide support for this claim?
Opposition to proper social security - check. See above
Support for tax cuts for the rich - check. See above
The gun lobby - check. You're losing all credibility here....
Neo-conservatism - check. by definition? how?
The pro-Israel lobby - check. "christians" are completely divided on this around the world

Slavery was justified by "Christian" ideology.  please.....

Religion is undeniably an overwhelmingly negative force in the US, just as it is in Ireland.
Really? Please educate us all on how these issues are based on religion? Do these issues exist outside of a religious country? Are they only in Ireland and the U.S? Religion is the common denominator? Or are people?
Again I don't need to change your mind. I just can't let you post tripe and not call it out.

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