This thread is a bit of a distraction but if you've had your carbs, sleep, sun, fun and water for the day, feel free to have a bit of distraction reading..
"We just celebrated our first week open on ning.com and I'd like to thank each and every one of you for stopping by.
It is definitely growing into a community to enjoy and be proud of.
The only damper has been a situation that some of you may be aware of involving an ex member named Harley aka DurianRider, a creator of 30bananasaday an 811 LFRV forum.
It has come to our attention over the last few days that Harley (Durianrider) has been making numerous attempts, through fake accounts, to enter this site after being asked to leave and subsequently suspended for posting replies against forum policy.
As some of you are aware, this site cannot be viewed without membership and Harley seems to want to see what’s going on inside. It has been made clear that those seeking his methods for LFRV will be referred to 30bananasaday and are welcome to do so, so we can only assume that he wishes to be here to keep tabs on those who are members of both forums for personal reasons.
He can use information gained here to pass judgment on his own site and can ban members who are on both forums if desired.
Since it will create too much work for the admin to keep on top of these fake accounts being created daily, we are asking that the responsibility be handed to each individual to decide whether they will allow themselves to be judged or bullied in this manner if they belong to 30BAD as well.
As a pre-emptive measure, you can save any valuable posts from 30bananas (if a member) and leave standard (non-ning based) email information for those friends with whom you’d like to remain in contact (but have no desire to join here) just in case.
We apologize to any member who in the future is removed because of something they say or believe in on LFRV, it was never our intention to cause any stress to those who just want to chat to receive daily support for their lifestyle.
We also would never exclude a member who wants to be part of this community for having an account on another ning forum if they want to live and discuss a positive LFRV lifestyle here.
We will do everything we can to make sure the atmosphere here is as open as it can be to allow people to be as open as they need be about their diet and lifestyle.
All discussions about this and Harley in general will close to focus on positive discussions that support well being of all members on this site.
We apologize to anyone who receives this message and is unaware of the situation and is unaffected by this notice.
We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Your Admin Team :)
Some peeps might say 'Harley, Why bother being on all those forums that ban you over and over?, you've got your own forum, concentrate on that..' And I agree somewhat but I do like to keep my finger on the pulse and be updated with the latest info in this raw circus. I do it so I can relate to people better and therefore reach them more effectively. These days with proxy servers and IP accounts, you can be on any forum you want to. i deleted a stack of members today cos I didnt feel that they were happy here. Giving myself and Freelee trash talk earns an instant Durianrider Sinbin luxury pass. The best thing you can do for someone that doesnt like the party is give them the permission to have a break if they cant decide emselves.
So yeah, thats the distraction for the evening folks. :)
Bottom line, we aint here to win the popularity contest, rather, we are here to see people THRIVE on this lifestyle. Anyone, anytime, anywhere. We are here for people who want to kick ass! regardless of their previous background or dietary choices.
ok so we have the book's name and the author has a phd for something (unclear what that is) and a certain number (unclear how many) of universities apparently use the book. these semi-facts do not address the validity of the contents.
here's the problem.
your claim is that:
humor is "an attempt to vent our hostility when physical aggression is not practical"
based on something you've read in some book that you want us to accept as correct, now presumably because some guy has a phd.
to accept an idea because it comes from a phd is the typical appeal to authority (argumentum ad verecundiam or ipse dixit). if you are merely saying that some phd said this and it may be true (though not because a phd said it), then that's ok, but it means we need to evaluate whether this is really true or not. as i explained earlier, you can't really establish the 'truth' of such things because they produce a statistical distribution at best which is rather pointless to apply as being correct in a specific situation. you can do no better suggest a probability and that is by no means a statement of correctness for the particular instance.
for instance, we had a delightful exchange on tires if you recall: http://www.30bananasaday.com/xn/detail/2684079:Comment:514927
obviously there was considerable humor there. if you apply the notion you put forth above, it can be concluded that our joviality was some form of latent hostility and that both you and i ought to consider going for some serious therapy! :D
hmmm ... on the other hand, i suppose puns are intended to punish! :D
ooops, this might be construed as hostility!
so unless you can provide that portfolio which demonstrates hostility practised via humor in the specific case you are hinting at, it has no validity whatsoever.
more seriously though, it is an inappropriate and not very kind insinuation to make towards a very generous and good-willed host, whose forum we are both guests of.
I actually listened to him on public radio speak about his carnivorous diet, he actually believes that carbs cause cancer and has been eating/drinking FLESH SMOOTHIES since the sixties. Now remember this man is one of the founding fathers of LSD, I can only imagine the mind trips he has been on. He described how he eats the whole animal, he eats the flesh, entrails, stomach. WOW
I don't really get what's going on over there to be honest. There seems to be a lot of bitching and complaining about this site which I don't really understand because personally I've never used a forum before with such intellegent, friendly and compassionate people as this forum. I find DR and Freelee to be both educational and entertaining as well as warm-hearted whenever I have read their posts and blogs.
Bellas site has also started well I think except for this little episode. That too will be a good community once all these sour grapes (pun intended!) have passed and everybody can concentrate on more interesting topics.