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    • Рак шейки матки 3-й ст. (Last post by Jestor)
    • Yea...It does...;) I couldnt decide how to handle it, and since Gisteron posted before I clicked submit, I left him... But, I would caution you Gisteron, that just because someone might appear to be trolling, despite the evidence, doesnt make it so... You were accused of being unnecessarily difficult, once upon a time, and you were not, it just happens to be your style, ;)... On the other hand, you could be dead on and have the instincts of a hawk...:lol:... We shall see from their response, if there is one..;) [attachment]
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Goken)
    • I try very hard not to hold other people up to the standards I set for myself, I really do. But today I have just been surrounded by so much incompetence that I wish I could fire all of my coworkers and train their replacements myself. Our jobs are not that hard! Luckily, a quick meditation during my lunch break has alleviated my need for mass firings. Ah, the Jedi way triumphs again. B)
    • Making of a Jedi Warrior (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • i prefer in certain instances to disregard the idea of defense or defending, and substitute it for the idea of attacking the attack this first video for me is not so much actual knife response as it is general intro to krav 360 technique which i had meant to put first up but oh well
    • Beyond Carnism and towards Rational, Authentic Foo... (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: Basically they don't have a brain ;) Neither do lots of people, but you see them cry all the time. I didn't ask if a plant had a nervous system, I asked if there was any scientific evidence that an analogous system did not exist. That is to say, we know that plants respond to stimuli when being threatened or harmed. What we don't (and arguably cannot) know is how they interpret those responses. ----- Quote: if yours is goku level and you can actually maintain your energy level without meat for any amount of time i'm scared to figure out what my level would be....every time i've tried going without meat i make it at most 3 days before i lack the strength to support myself...during those 3 days i'm eating nonstop and the hunger is never sated and i can feel myself getting weaker.... I think I've gone a business week without any non-dairy animal products, and I was drinking nearly a gallon of milk a day at the time.
    • The Art of Self-Discipline (Last post by Luthien)
    • Self-discipline... For me, it's about what one wishes to accomplish, or complete, or whatever the goal is which motivates one to take the necessary steps toward it. Quite simply, it's being able to overcome how you feel to do what you need to do. The reason it's so difficult for everybody is because everybody's goals are typically different. Personally, the simpler something is to do, the easier it is to maintain in the long run. If you overcomplicate the process of your daily living, it won't be sustainable for very long. You notice something that you want to change, come up with an effective solution, and stick with it until it becomes part of your daily life. Then, it doesn't take any more than a thought to remember what you need to do. Sometimes the goal isn't very simple, but adding a step at a time will bring you closer to it, you just have to be patient with yourself and keep your motivation, somehow, as there is no one solution which is applicable for every person. It's the drive, the hunger for more, the thirst for better. Essentially, it's what Buddhism sets out to free you from; desire, thus suffering. But, if you would suffer for a short while to achieve your long-term goals, you will be happy and free. Work with your philosophic, thinking mind to create that discipline you seek. I've heard it said that you may master something only if you know how to simplify it, though that's not always the case. One can show understanding by being able to explain in simple terms, most of the time. One can show mastery of an art by how simply they create, or express themselves. One can show mastery of their own life by how simply they live. I think it takes a lot of discipline to keep one's life simple. I'm currently working on doing that, myself, so I constantly ask myself whether something is essential, or just a waste. I also constantly have to keep my pride in check, or remember to remain humble. It's with humility that I am able to surpass prior limitations. Too much thought may cloud your judgment. If you find yourself overthinking things like I do, step away from it and re-approach it with a fresher mind. That's all I have for now. I would like to help as much as I can, but I'm not sure if what I said was helpful. Take it with a grain of salt, I guess.
    • "If you're not doing anything wrong..." (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • - unless dispatch recieved a call stating that violence has already happened - shots fired, someone attacked, fleeing armed robbery ect, first responding officer armed only with a body cam and a radio he is not allowed to touch suspects and not allowed to chase suspects all she is allowed to do is talk -her responsibility is to see whats going on and to bring the situation to an acceptable resolution - these officers are being monitered by a nearby partner but cannot be interfered with by other officers unless they request it or are attacked penalty for attacking this officer should be severe - like really really severe - mandatory, and with no possibility of time reduction the condition for this is that the footage has to be intact or demonstrate that the suspect initiated aggression before equipment failure - every citizen walking the street should be legally allowed to carry every item that every regular REGULAR PATROL officer is allowed to carry on regular patrol duty INCLUDING the radio with accompanying frequencies - officers only to regular patrol areas which they live in, or within 15 - 20 miles of if no officers live there - rookie officers without children are required to live in high crime areas for a predetermined time not to be less than one year - every surveillance cam in the world should be live streamed onto the www 24-7 available for anyone anywhere in the world to access in real time - the white house is allowed ONE room WITHOUT twenty hr video/audio surveillance and it has one door which is live streamed at all times so we can see who goes in and how long they are in there foriegn nations and appointed observers also moniter the door at all times - all government business not conducted in said room business must be conducted under live moniter and accessable to the entire world
    • ADD HEALING REQUESTS HERE!! (Last post by Wescli Wardest)
    • Everlasting Force, essence of life. The Aunt of Peace, a child of the force, whose body has been harmed by illness, an illness that may grow, may weaken her body, is in need of healing and peace of mind and spirit. So too is her family in need of comfort, as she is, during these times of tribulation. Help her to receive the care she needs as this time passes. Send the healing flow of the force, restore her to health, ease their minds and comfort their spirits. And help her and each member of her family face the days ahead with love and compassion. As we, their brothers and sisters in the Force, stand by their side in thought and spirit let them know they are loved and supported.
    • speed of light (Last post by Gisteron)
    • If c was infinite, no equation involving it would be well-defined. That doesn't mean mass would be infinite, but that the proportionality of mass and energy would not be identifiable. Reference frame dependant energy types lika pretty much all pre-relativistic stuff like mechanics, electricity, thermodynamics, all would have a concept of energy that would be very much quantifiable irrespective of the value of the speed of light. The speed of light is also not finely tuned for the possibility of the elements we know nor life as we know it. Natural constants are not arbitrary and mutually independant and assuming that universes with different values to those constants are possible, there could be any number of them with vastly different values but with forms of energy nothing unlike the ones we are familiar with and therefore life just as we know it from ours and that is leaving out all the other types of life we probably haven't even dreamt of yet. Interestingly, things like population dynamics and the resulting evolution would be exactly the same no matter what the universal constants would be in the particular instance.
    • self examination and the Conflict Impulse (Last post by V-Tog)
    • Quote: why cant we help ourselves lol ? flight or fight seems to apply to even to silly things like internet trolling thats the topic -why do we react when we know better? Well firstly, 'fight or flight' is built into our nature - it's a natural biological/physiological impulse, survival of the fittest and all that... Sometimes we're a bit hard on ourselves when we conclude "Yes but I have the ability to think logically and I should know better". There are biological processes that kick in and send our nervous systems into overdrive, making it more or less impossible to think calmly. Once in that state it's very hard to voluntarily drag oneself out of it again, so it can be helpful to maintain an awareness of one's triggers and early 'symptoms' so that we can snap out of it before adrenalin and whatnot has really had a chance to take hold. I've learnt what some of my most common triggers are and nowadays the moment that they come up I mentally flag it up to myself ("V! TRIGGER ALERT! You're going to feel tempted to react to that!") and I take a step back and tell myself "Don't take it personally". The fight or flight response is our reaction to feeling threatened or attacked, which, when occurring in a verbal or written situation, more often than not translates to taking things personally. Other people's words can only affect us in that way if we allow them to. It sounds very simplistic, but for me it works. Mostly. :blush:
    • Global and catastrophic thinking. (Last post by rugadd)
    • I gave up on that level of self assurance years ago. I can't think that way any more. The truth is, I DON'T know, so thinking like I do is right out. It was causing too much harm, to much misrepresentation. I still catch myself in writing or occasionally while speaking, but that is more about comfortable phrases as opposed to a concrete, broad sweeping belief that it may represent.
    • Last names post marriage (Last post by Cabur Senaar)
    • My wife still has her name. I'm quite pleased that she did. Our son has her last name as a second middle name, or third name. People are funny about it sometimes, like I must not be assertting my will hard enough over the household. Most people seem quite pleased when I explain it, though.

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