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    • The Nazis (Last post by Locksley)
    • I can respect a healthy mistrust of the government - of any government. Governments should be held accountable to their people in all respects and at all times, and a people should never become complacent in their regard for the government they have elected to power. I can also agree that a massive portion of this, and other, countries have allowed just that. However, that said, let us look at things as neutrally as possible. It is my concerned opinion that in order to stand any chance of ascertaining the truth in matters such as this (where all the pieces involved are incredibly complicated and difficult to fathom without several degrees in geo-politics and governmental law), the interested observer should do his or her best to remove his or her own beliefs, fears, etc., as far as possible from the situation under observation. I point to this quote in the article posted above: "Snowden, addressing the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, said he did not believe the NSA was engaged in 'nightmare scenarios,' such as the active compilation of a list of homosexuals 'to round them up and send them into camps.' But he did say that the infrastructure allowing this to happen had been built. " Why is the infrastructure in place? That is a valid question, and locating valid proof of this infrastructure should be the next step in this line of inquiry, but I believe that jumping to any conclusion regarding something like this is in itself a dangerous road to follow. That road leads us into ambiguity, uncertainty, fear, paranoia, and a sharp disregard for the importance of fact. Indeed it seems to me to be in the opposite direction that a Jedi, or any concerned critical thinker, should be applying their energies. Follow the story if it concerns you, but follow it dispassionately; with resolve, but not with haste or dogmatic fervor. (Not that anyone was or is - I'm just preachin' here. ;) )
    • Visions (Last post by Adder)
    • I'm convinced its possible through personal experience. I know how strange a concept it is to suggest, but its a hobby I've been working on for over 20 years. Without any success for well over the first decade. Ms Adder gets told things some mornings when I think something has influenced normal course of dreaming, only to see them happen in the real world (to various extents) quite often. She keeps hassling me for lotto numbers but it dont seem to work like that (yet!!). :S
    • Jediism... Religion, Chioce or Philosophy.... (Last post by Salvazor)
    • I think that Jediism can be any or all of those things, I definitely see it as a philosophy or a social and ethical system to live your life by. It can function as a religion in that it can perform similar functions such as marriages and offering a world view. Although their is no deity in Jediism just the force, Buddhism and Taoism on a philosophical do not have a monotheistic god to worship, I would defiantly say that Jediism is a religion, for me a way of life.
    • The Order of the Good Death (Last post by Edan)
    • Find here: www.orderofthegooddeath.com/ Their mission is: Quote: The Order of the Good Death is a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality. It was founded in January 2011 by Caitlin Doughty, a mortician and writer in Los Angeles, CA. The Order is about making death a part of your life. That means committing to staring down your death fears- whether it be your own death, the death of those you love, the pain of dying, the afterlife (or lack thereof), grief, corpses, bodily decomposition, or all of the above. Accepting that death itself is natural, but the death anxiety and terror of modern culture are not. I think it's a great idea, although I've only heard of it through Twitter, and their blog is an interesting read so I thought I'd share.
    • iPhone Calmness Apps (Last post by Edan)
    • I use Insight Timer. (play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co...ghtsix.zentimerlite2) Plays gongs at the beginning and end of a period of time so you can time your meditation. It has other things but that's all I use it for.
    • Kids react to gay marriage (Last post by Edan)
    • I could've sworn the news guy on the radio this morning said one in ten teenagers in the UK have bought a cassette tape. I don't even know where'd you get them now; cds yes, vinyl yes, but cassettes? (see here: www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22533522) It's weird how things go around.
    • Open Sermon Slots (Last post by Akkarin)
    • Quote: Sermon uploaded to Article Manager for your editing pleasure. Today, April 16 is the scheduled date of its publication. Thanks. Yes I saw it yesterday :) I was waiting for today to have it published, and it is so now.
    • Buddhist Geeks (Last post by J. K. Barger)
    • Nice, I'm glad you dig it Arcade! I have that book- so I will have to get on that podcast tonight! Thanks for the find- always amazing what turns up after a little digging :)
    • Those who serve (Last post by Karn)
    • I just wanted to thank the many veterans and service members out there. I have been away for a few days. Had to escort a fallen service member and be the Casualty Assistance Officer for the family until he was laid to rest. A good reminder of the silent heroes who stand the watch for so many. Our military, fire fighters, police, doctors, nurses and caregivers. Again, thank you all for what you do!
    • Selective Attention Test (Last post by Senan)
    • Many of you may have seen this already, but it is worth a watch for those who haven't. Are you really paying attention? [video]

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