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dps 02-26-2012 12:16 AM

If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
If a mosquito landed on your arm would you;

A. Harmonize with it, allowing it to bite your arm and withdraw blood for substenance?

B. "Do no harm" and compassionately remove and release it.

C. Smack the disease ridden blood sucker dead.

D. I don't do Aikido.

dps

robin_jet_alt 02-26-2012 12:29 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
C. Some things can be taken to extremes.

kewms 02-26-2012 12:50 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
C.

I think even the Dalai Lama admits to swatting mosquitos.

Was Morihei Ueshiba even a vegetarian?

Katherine

Hanna B 02-26-2012 04:15 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
If it has already started sucking, I let it finish and then fly off. The mosquito bite gets more swollen and itchy if you don't let it suck back some of the anticoagulants and other stuff that it "injects" before sucking.

So killing it straight away might actually make things worse.

But if it hasn't, I happily swat it.

Mary Eastland 02-26-2012 05:37 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
E...This option wasn't listed but I live in the woods of New England so my arm will be sprayed with bug repellant and the mosquito will land elsewhere. ;)

Michael Douglas 02-26-2012 05:37 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
C
I hate those beggars.
Kill 'em all!
Kill their children!
Wipe them from the face of the earth!
Bloomin mosquitos, I'm glad we don't have them here. Killed 'em y'see?

DH 02-26-2012 09:50 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
Quote:

David Skaggs wrote: (Post 303853)
If a mosquito landed on your arm would you;

A. Harmonize with it, allowing it to bite your arm and withdraw blood for substenance?

B. "Do no harm" and compassionately remove and release it.

C. Smack the disease ridden blood sucker dead.

D. I don't do Aikido.

dps

Be like most martial artists- avoid the confrontation and exposure all together.
In this case move to Hawaii or Seattle where there are hardly any at all..... mosquitos that is-not martial artists...hmm...wait a minute. :D :D :D

graham christian 02-26-2012 09:59 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
Ha, ha. From a Buddhist viewpoint it could be an old relative of yours. There again, could be an old enemy.

But back to harmony. If you want to harmonize you can learn how to, choice once again.

I know of one tried and tested 'nutritional' solution. Brewers yeast. Take brewers yeast and they keep away from you.

Mechanics based on what they want which is the sugar in your blood. If your blood tastes sweet the message goes out 'Dinners up!!!'. The old insect internet. Brewers yeast makes it not only bitter tasting but repellant. Does you good too.

Or else, as the mosquito approaches it finds you standing behind it.

G.

Pauliina Lievonen 02-26-2012 10:11 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
F. Make sure there aren't any still puddles of water for the little suckers to breed near your house. Wear protective clothing and repellant. Stay indoors in the evenings. Put nets in your windows. Yell at people who leave the door open too long.

If all else fails, move south. :p

kvaak
Pauliina
who grew up in mosquito-country...

Thomas Campbell 02-26-2012 11:11 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
A mosquito would not be able to penetrate the Qi-armoured skin of a true internal martial artist, therefore these questions would not arise. :straightf

gregstec 02-26-2012 12:11 PM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
Quote:

Thomas Campbell wrote: (Post 303875)
A mosquito would not be able to penetrate the Qi-armoured skin of a true internal martial artist, therefore these questions would not arise. :straightf

Yes, yes, that is it! - a ki shield :eek:

Greg

hughrbeyer 02-26-2012 12:24 PM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
1. The Dalai Lama eats meat.

2. If that mosquito is your great-great-grandfather, he's a mosquito to work out some very bad karma. It would be immoral not to swat the disease-ridden bloodsucker dead.

Marc Abrams 02-26-2012 01:08 PM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
Quote:

Hugh Beyer wrote: (Post 303885)
1. The Dalai Lama eats meat.

2. If that mosquito is your great-great-grandfather, he's a mosquito to work out some very bad karma. It would be immoral not to swat the disease-ridden bloodsucker dead.

+3

Three point shot, all net, no rim !!!! :D :D :D

Marc Abrams

Gorgeous George 02-26-2012 01:18 PM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
Quote:

Katherine Derbyshire wrote: (Post 303855)
C.

I think even the Dalai Lama admits to swatting mosquitos.

Was Morihei Ueshiba even a vegetarian?

Katherine

The dalai lama eats 'meat', so I don't think he's any sort of moral example to refer to.

FWIW

Edit: beat to the punch.

ramenboy 02-26-2012 01:18 PM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
Quote:

Thomas Campbell wrote: (Post 303875)
A mosquito would not be able to penetrate the Qi-armoured skin of a true internal martial artist, therefore these questions would not arise. :straightf

thats true. my ki isn't strong enough yet. so i'd make sure i had enough hot sauce in my system

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then i wouldn't even have to worry about swatting it...

kuso... won't let me embed the file! i hope you guys know the spot i'm talking about

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VICaWgD-76w

Kevin Leavitt 02-26-2012 02:27 PM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
I'm a vegetarian, but not a vegan. I try and limit what I kill, but I also realize that everyone is a hypocrite.

I really believe killing is wrong and really try to not do it if possible, but I am also think it is necessary at time to have to do so giving the conditions.

Killing mosquitos...well I think it is necessary to do this at times. ( I just got back from a malarial country and heading to a malarial infested place in a few weeks as well). Seeing the suffering mosquitos cause in the world, I think at some level it is a lesser evil.

What is most important is not if we kill the mosquito but the attitude and thoughts as we do it.

I will take the time to take a spider out of the room, or other bugs to set them free. However, mosquitos, you can't catch them and they do harm.

Looking at the big picture, as we should, I think it is better to prevent. Reducing standing water, taking away their habitat, using mosquito netting and fans where possible can be good alternatives to toxic sprays and killing.

lbb 02-26-2012 04:43 PM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
C. Mosquitos are flying syringes and I don't need to share whatever they're carrying.

Walter Martindale 02-26-2012 06:50 PM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
C. I grew up in Winnipeg when we used to dance in the DDT fogging spray because it would kill the CLOUDS of skeeters. Mum didn't like what it did to the songbirds (it wasn't good) but when you couldn't go outdoors after 5 in the evening or before 10 AM on hot days... Kill em all!

SteliosPapadakis 02-26-2012 11:10 PM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
C! Give 'em hell!
:mad:

graham christian 02-27-2012 01:24 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
Do Aikido...

Obviously people don't know the rules for for bloodsuckers. If you don't invite them in then they can't enter. Lol.....

G.

Janet Rosen 02-27-2012 03:21 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
Swat em dead

Demetrio Cereijo 02-27-2012 03:23 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
I'll send the mosquito to join its honored ancestors.

Hanna B 02-27-2012 09:20 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
Quote:

David Skaggs wrote: (Post 303853)
C. Smack the disease ridden blood sucker dead.

Do you have malaria in the US? (not sure if David is from the US but the majority of the forum population are) What other diseases do they spread?

There's a part of my country where there's so many mosquitos they use biological warfare on them. The bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis produces something that is toxic to the mosquito larvae, so they spread the bacterium in the wetlands where the mosquitos hatch. It was very controversial when they started, but I think the concensus now is that there's no big downsides to it.

If our mosquitos started transmitting diseases... dear lord. Huge parts of my country would be impossible for humans to inhabit, probably.

I much prefer mosquitos to black flies, btw. (Our black flies don't transmit diseases either.)

Hanna B 02-27-2012 09:31 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
Our native population, the sami, is said to have had their own traditional method to deal with mosquitos. There's plenty of mosquitos in their part of the country...

In the beginning of the summer you go the the marshes, since that is where they hatch. Then you strip off all your clothes, and let them bite you all over.

You will be so much bitten you get ill for a couple of days. But after that, what mosquito bite you get don't get red, swollen and itchy - and so you can just ignore the mosquitos and let them bite.

(A relative of mine, now dead, claimed he used this method but it was probably a lie. He used a mix a now forbidden mosquito repellant and a brownish black liquid that's a byproduct when you make tar. Maybe it's just a myth anyway...)

lbb 02-27-2012 10:21 AM

Re: If a mosquito landed on your arm.
 
Quote:

Hanna Björk wrote: (Post 303958)
Do you have malaria in the US? (not sure if David is from the US but the majority of the forum population are) What other diseases do they spread?

It's rare but not completely unheard of. It was more widespread in the past, and the climate certainly supports it. As for what other diseases they spread...as I said, they're flying syringes. In the USA they carry various forms of encephalitis and West Nile virus as well. As its name indicates, West Nile didn't originate here, and it spread like crazy once it got here, so as far as what that mosquito that bites you tomorrow might be carrying, all bets are off.

Quote:

Hanna Björk wrote: (Post 303958)
I much prefer mosquitos to black flies, btw. (Our black flies don't transmit diseases either.)

Yeah, you don't generally find them together unless you're real unlucky. Black flies are savage.


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