Maximus Decimus

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  1. Maximus Decimus

    The all-new-ish Brexit Thread

    That's an excellent piece. Sums up the whole fiasco.
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    Religion

    This is quite a ridiculous comment as others have mentioned. God is a hypothesis that is neither completely disprovable or provable. The burden is most certainly on the provers though.
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    Religion

    When I first met my wife, one of the things that really helped was that we were both from the same strict Catholic background. Even my close friends could never understand why I couldn't just say to my dad that I didn't want to go mass. Whereas my dad died and my whole family stopped going to mass literally straight away (even my mum), my wife's parents are both still alive and her siblings are still expected to attend. In reality, they go for a drive at 11ish on a Sunday and come back an hour or so later. Quite recently, they changed the wording of the Catholic mass responses in a very noticeable way. For instance, 'peace be with you' is now 'and with your spirit' not 'and also with you.' Therefore if you went to mass and blurted out 'and also with you' it would be obvious you've not been for years. I tried to tell my youngest brother in law and he thought I was pulling his leg!
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    Religion

    To me and pretty much all around me, if you went to church it was because your parents made you. Even those in secondary school who were the teachers favourites probably only did so because it was seen as being good. I was gobsmacked when I entered the world of work and I was working with a Muslim lad and he went off to pray at lunchtime. I couldn't grasp that it wasn't because he was worried about getting caught not praying.
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    Religion

    You're wrong about the early Christianity churches, they've been pretty clear about one God since their earliest times. That's not to say there weren't some examples of individuals sharing, like you might even see today in attempts to blend religions. There is quite obviously a lot of untruth in the story of the birth of Jesus, it is likely that the whole story was a later fabrication. However, this cannot be reasonably applied to the later life of Jesus. The Romans were fastidious record keepers but we have almost none of it left. Much is made of the lack of sources around his life but when you consider we don't know of a single contemporary Jew from Roman records it is unsurprising.
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    Religion

    That David Koresh quite clearly wasn't the son of God yet when it happened 2000 years ago everybody (or so it seemed to me) believes it.
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    Religion

    I was brought up in a strict Catholic family. The first vocal doubt I ever uttered was when the whole David Koresh thing happened. I remember that he was being ridiculed on TV for claiming he was Jesus. I turned to my brother and said something about how if Jesus was around now that's what they'd say about him.
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    Eddie Hearn Interview

    If you watch the interview, Hearn addresses many of these points. A lot of people say a lot about Hearn but he will always look at things honestly. He actually says that darts is reliant on people drinking and having a good time. He also admits that 95% of those attending boxing aren't proper boxing fans but casuals. The same is true of most sports. RL doesn't have this appeal at all and in reality is losing the existing fans it has. I think it's a much harder job with a team sport to turn things around and create a buzz they like do for event sports. What Hearn and match room could potentially do is reverse the image of decline and re-engage some of the fans who have turned away from the sport. RL has never been fashionable and it is less so than ever. Anything to make it more fashionable can only help.
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    Religion

    *Trying to write an answer that won't be wheeled out in any future run for PM... * In my catholic experience, women (almost always older) tend to be more dogmatic, ritualistic and far less likely to question anything. As a case in point both my in-laws are strict catholics but in a very different way. My father-in-law has a strong faith and is a catechist and all that. That means he's studied and has a deep knowledge of what he believes. He will read at mass and makes sure he understands what he is reading beforehand. My mother-in-law has probably never questioned why she believes what she does and is much more concerned with ritual. She will light candles dedicated to the blessed heart to pray for people and wouldn't miss mass in a million years. Growing up, this is a pretty typical example of the gender roles of those going to mass. Maybe this leads men to be more likely to question and ultimately lose their faith.
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    Religion

    As with much of what Marx said, the reality doesn't necessarily follow the theory. A world without religion wouldn't be some utopia, we'd probably just find different things to be religious about. In the identity politics movements I see a lot of quasi-religious features such as intolerance and orthodoxy etc. And you certainly say the same about the Marxist regimes of the 20th century. I used to think that a world without religion was a noble cause to aspire to; I'm far less sure nowadays. As I've said here before my dad and my father-in-law were very religious and did a lot of charity and community work motivated by their religion. I'm a nice person and all of my friends/family are nice people yet I don't know anyone who does anything remotely equivalent. They also almost all happen to be irreligious.
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    Eddie Hearn Interview

    With respect to Hearn's involvement in the game, my main concern is that he would have very little personal involvement. He has far bigger fish to fry with British boxing and the move into the US market. As had been said, the gains from RL would be minimal in comparison. That said, the game is in serious decline, possibly terminal. People don't like to be associated with a sinking ship and decline leads to further decline. Association with Hearn could at least give the idea that things might be on the up again.
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    Eddie Hearn Interview

    I'm sorry but this is just untrue. There's always been an issue with uncompetitive fights. Looks at the likes of Calzaghe and Eubank who were regularly fighting no marks. Boxing regularly sells out big arenas including stadia, this is almost entirely down to Hearn.
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    Eddie Hearn Interview

    I wouldn't believe a word Frank Warren says I really wouldn't. He's jealous as hell of Hearn's success. If you want to compare the two, compare how many fighters have sued them after being involved with them. Hearn has an impeccable record with his fighters. In the above interview, he also addresses the role his dad has and how he wants nothing to do with the boxing.
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    Religion

    Humans are not as rational as we like to think we are. For every religious nut there are plenty of hippys believing in angels and raiki and all that. People want to believe that there is more to life than there actually is. We also want to believe that there is a reason we are here: God is a pretty decent answer to that question.
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    Eddie Hearn Interview

    About 19 minutes in he's asked about RL and Matchroom's involvement. His reply is that 'we're talking.' Makes a couple of interesting observations, he describes the game as 'on its knees' which sadly is hard to disagree with but he also mentions that he thinks the salary cap is a problem. This is linked to a wider point about there being no household names. Finally, he says that a bigger problem is that the RFL and SL aren't on the same page. No surprises there.