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Oct. 1, 2022, 3:58 a.m.
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Re: Climate Change - so I'm starting to panic a bit

Posted by: jgshinton

Posted by: Mic

Posted by: jgshinton

Meh, the west has been reducing carbon emissions for years. It's more than offset by increased emissions in Asia. The future is out of our hands now, sadly I don't see them doing anything to curb their emissions. At least we won't have to suffer the consequences here in Canada.

Not sure if that is correct, I know that over here in Europe quite a few power plants run on brown coal, and there is no sign of stopping. 

Add to this an increase in traffic, not sure where you get the idea that The West has been reducing any emissions for years.

Don't take my word for it: 

https://www.statista.com/statistics/205966/world-carbon-dioxide-emissions-by-region/

https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/greenhouse-gas-emission-trends-6/assessment-3

European emissions peaked in the 1990s.

Thanks for providing these links, despite the brown coal power plants still running in Europe, I somewhat stand corrected.

Sept. 28, 2022, 12:40 a.m.
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Re: PB going to the wolves?

From my experience, PB has always been like that, I would even go so far and say right from the beginning. PB is one of those places where users are not really held accountable, it seems that since the days of Outside it has gotten worse, maybe. 

The traffic und upload of content is unreal, they keep churning out all kinds of things, kind of like the MTB equivalent to the British tabloid The Sun.

Sept. 23, 2022, 12:40 p.m.
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Re: Climate Change - so I'm starting to panic a bit

Posted by: jgshinton

Meh, the west has been reducing carbon emissions for years. It's more than offset by increased emissions in Asia. The future is out of our hands now, sadly I don't see them doing anything to curb their emissions. At least we won't have to suffer the consequences here in Canada.

Not sure if that is correct, I know that over here in Europe quite a few power plants run on brown coal, and there is no sign of stopping. 

Add to this an increase in traffic, not sure where you get the idea that The West has been reducing any emissions for years.

Sept. 23, 2022, 12:38 p.m.
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Re: Climate Change - so I'm starting to panic a bit

Just saw a video over on The Guardian, called "California, I love you" uploaded by FFF if I read it correctly.

Sept. 23, 2022, 12:36 p.m.
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Re: Paging tungsten

Posted by: Endurimil

Posted by: chupacabra

Posted by: PaulB

I don't know him, but I do know his username on various backcountry skiing forums, where he is still posting in their equivalents of NBR (and getting pretty much the same response as here).

Good to hear he is OK.  I would be worried if he wasn't still raging about capitalism to someone somewhere.

So he isn't travelling around to the various "Freedom Convoy" type rallies that keep popping up?

Never thought of tungsten as a person joining these. Shogun on the other hand....

Sept. 20, 2022, 4:59 a.m.
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Re: He Who Must Not Be Named

What is you guys' outlook/prophecy on him running again for presidency? His antics and speeches get more and more weird, even by his standards.

Sept. 20, 2022, 4:57 a.m.
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Re: To the Jabroni with a speaker on his bike on Seymour today...

A lot of groms are carrying bluetooth speakers when riding park where I live - I think...let them have their 5 minute of fun, life is going to turn really serious in a moment'S notice anyways ... when I was their age decades ago I carried a stereo with proper rap and annoyed the grown ups myself.

Sept. 13, 2022, 11:54 p.m.
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Re: How much do you know about the history of Indigenous people under Canadian rule?

Posted by: Endurimil

Posted by: chupacabra

Posted by: Mic

I see where you are going with this post but I have to disagree with the Christian part...not only Christianity but basically (and really simplistic and over generalising) all monotheistic religions share that sentiment of good vs evil, the idea of sinning, hell, the earth as something that has to be controlled, an idea that originally came from Persia, I think (too lazy and tired to check) with Zoroastra and his followers. But the Greeks and Romans were similar - one big issue in all of this is the notion that most "civilizations" were based on the idea of Patriarchy, with the males holding all that power in a political and religious sense, whereas most pagan and animistic societies were based on either an equal share of power or with a stronger female aspect, since the earth has always been regarded as a sacred feminine, search for info on archaeologist Marija Gimbutas if you want to dig deeper.

I just meant that before Christianity was spread into western Europe the various "Pagan" religions were more connected to nature and didn't elevate mankind as the ruler of Earth in the same way Christianity does.  The bible gives man domain over all living things.

For those who aren't aware the term Pagan is a term created in 4th Century BC by Christianity to describe anyone who didn't follow the Christian religion. And the Celts where very connected to nature with believing in spirits in water, trees, and so on. The Lady in The Lake of the fictional King Arthur is derived from that. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_Animism

Unfortunately have seen current mindset around things when it comes to old customs and religious practices in  negative forms towards non North American First Nations. A few years ago had to deal with an inlaw during a discussion about old Scottish aka Scottish Gaelic And Celtic culture who tried to claim two things. First was that one had to be genetically Scottish to wear a kilt claiming cultural appropriation. Then got upset when explained and showed her that she was wrong. She then changed direction when someone mentioned about water spirits and she went on about how only NA First Nations can believe in spirits and deities in tress, water, horses, and so on. Hinting at cultural appropriation  Again had to explain that actually many ethnic groups around the world who had no contact at that point with NA First Nations had their version of Animism as a religion.  

Interestingly when a year ago chatting about similar stuff to a rider I know who is a Mohawk from the Tyendinaga and when I mentioned had dug into this a wee bit further when I mentioned before Christianity that my ancestors believed in water spirits, same in trees and animals. And so on.  He wasn't surprised. And agreed that Christianity and the English did a good job of wiping that all out. Yeah....nothing like marching out a few non believer Scots at low tide, shove them in holes in the sand, bury to neck, and sit  back to watch the high tide kill them for not converting to Christianity to send a message yours is a benevolent religion.

And the more one digs into history.....There was alot of bad shite done before 1689 by command of the English Crown in the name of one god.  Like Edward Ist conquest of Wales then his orders in 1277 to colonize Wales. So evicted farmers and so on to achieve that aim.

off topic/

Yes, I agree - even the Celtic concept of how a land flourished under a just an rightful king is interesting and was taken up by Christianity, but is a pagan concept. 

But the same goes not only for the Celts (British Isles and France, Spain, the Alps and northern Italy) but the Slavic tribes (eastern Europe), and other people like those we often name "Germanic" tribes of central Europe.

Sept. 13, 2022, 11:28 p.m.
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Re: How much do you know about the history of Indigenous people under Canadian rule?

Posted by: chupacabra

Posted by: Mic

I see where you are going with this post but I have to disagree with the Christian part...not only Christianity but basically (and really simplistic and over generalising) all monotheistic religions share that sentiment of good vs evil, the idea of sinning, hell, the earth as something that has to be controlled, an idea that originally came from Persia, I think (too lazy and tired to check) with Zoroastra and his followers. But the Greeks and Romans were similar - one big issue in all of this is the notion that most "civilizations" were based on the idea of Patriarchy, with the males holding all that power in a political and religious sense, whereas most pagan and animistic societies were based on either an equal share of power or with a stronger female aspect, since the earth has always been regarded as a sacred feminine, search for info on archaeologist Marija Gimbutas if you want to dig deeper.

I just meant that before Christianity was spread into western Europe the various "Pagan" religions were more connected to nature and didn't elevate mankind as the ruler of Earth in the same way Christianity does.  The bible gives man domain over all living things.

Yes.

Sept. 12, 2022, 11:11 a.m.
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Re: Non alcoholic beer thread

Posted by: ReductiMat

Try the Sober Carpenter ones.  I like them.

I never would have thought that syncro joined the micro brewery movement.

Sept. 12, 2022, 11:09 a.m.
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Re: How much do you know about the history of Indigenous people under Canadian rule?

Posted by: chupacabra

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: chupacabra

I question how much relationality they actually have with a mammoth that died that long ago, but it would be nice if it remained in town. The common indigenous belief that they have always been on the land can clash with archeology so I would also want to see scientific access.

Yeah, I get your point about relationality. I think the thing to take away is it helps to show how profund many Indigenous peoples connection to the earth is. They simply view their relationship with the earth in a very different way from Western peoples and that connection is something we should learn from.

The Queen chatter in this thread is interesting, although Indigenous peoples relationship with the Crown is also interesting in light of how they have been treated by the government of Canada. There is a strong argument to be made that the crown can and should play a greater role in solving treaty issues with Indigenous people.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/the-special-relationship-of-native-peoples-and-the-crown-1.1189032

True. They have a religious reverence for the land they inhabit so really anything they find like this will be an object of significance. For our part I think a lot of the separation between man and nature is Christian, not necessarily western, and if we went back to western Europe 1500 years ago their world view would have been similar to indigenous cultures here and around the world.

The Queen is interesting in that I think she was respected despite her crown by a lot people you wouldn't expect. I agree that Charles should make setting things right in the colonies a priority. He is our head of state after all and the sins of Canada's past is as much on them as the Canadian government.

I see where you are going with this post but I have to disagree with the Christian part...not only Christianity but basically (and really simplistic and over generalising) all monotheistic religions share that sentiment of good vs evil, the idea of sinning, hell, the earth as something that has to be controlled, an idea that originally came from Persia, I think (too lazy and tired to check) with Zoroastra and his followers. But the Greeks and Romans were similar - one big issue in all of this is the notion that most "civilizations" were based on the idea of Patriarchy, with the males holding all that power in a political and religious sense, whereas most pagan and animistic societies were based on either an equal share of power or with a stronger female aspect, since the earth has always been regarded as a sacred feminine, search for info on archaeologist Marija Gimbutas if you want to dig deeper.

Sept. 12, 2022, 10:55 a.m.
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Re: Reasons to eat polyphenols

Posted by: Hepcat

Explains why vegans are so fucking wired all the time.

Hahahahaha....that is gold.

Sept. 8, 2022, 12:08 p.m.
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Re: 1990's Mountain Bike Thread (aka the gravel bike thread)

Posted by: mrkdwrds

Is that a realistic saddle height for you?

I got a similar saddle height to bar height on my gravel ride (Ragley Trig) and I love it, no idea about the numbers though.

Sept. 8, 2022, 11:13 a.m.
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Re: How much do you know about the history of Indigenous people under Canadian rule?

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II has passed away.

Aug. 29, 2022, 1:51 a.m.
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Re: The NSMB Random Picture Thread! **NSFW**

Posted by: Hepcat

Hmm, common trend we all started out on terrible bicycles. The root of addiction?

Would it not make more sense if we all started out on great bikes to get hooked by the Two Wheelers? 

If I remember correctly, I just liked that feeling of coasting along under my own power, getting away and exploring. When I discovered the local forests on an old cyclocross bike at the end of the 80s I was amazed at enjoying mother nature and feeling similar to skateboarding, surfing dirt. 

Fun thing...remembering things is tricky, the older I get the more weird it gets, as if I am no longer sure about some memories.

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