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    • Duty sword advice (Last post by Star Forge)
    • Quote: I'd recommend you get a body camera and take lessons on how to disarm someone. This whole fictional terrorism threat is creating mass delusion and paranoia. Don't add to the police state by becoming a corporate security tyrant. I haven't stepped foot in a mall for over a decade but you're more likely to encounter a teenage gangster wannabe with a knife than a terrorist. [video] By "terror," we mean organized gang activity, though we don't rule out having to deal with Jihadists. We once had a suspicious group of Chechens that we dealt with without causing any alarm. Also, the kids of today are not the kids of yesterday. Kids don't carry chromed .25 auto pistols and flea market switchblades anymore. I've confiscated several sawed-down semi-auto shotguns hidden inside backpacks, a full-auto Ruger 10/22, an endless list of high-capacity semi-auto pistols, a couple Desert Eagles, and even a sawed-down .50 Barrett. Not to mention all the weirdo left-wing kids who do half-assed terrorist acts to be cool. Terrorism is hyped up in the media, but not fictional in the least. I am not contributing to the "police state" in any way. The mall is a private business, and the owners have the right to use whatever security measures they want, just as a US citizen has the right to own a weapon to defend their home or business.
    • mind over matter (Last post by Goken)
    • I believe that the mind can do amazing things and that "mind over matter" can work to a certain extent. However, I'm not sure if I believe that I can actually will myself to be less sick than anyone else but I know that I can will myself to be less outwardly effected by it.
    • Guns in America (Last post by Alethea Thompson)
    • Here's the problem with the data shown in your article. Furthermore each city has it's own "flavor" to it. Judges will judge differently based on the values of the area. Some of these organizations may not even report by race. In 2013, 14% of all reported violent and property crimes were reported by race. (reference about 12 hours of my own dredging through to produce the charts for my class Bridging the Thin Blue Line) I make statistics tell me anything, especially when I get to the larger US.
    • Jedi Community Page (Last post by Connor L.)
    • There is a Halloween Party scheduled for Oct. 31 with the Chicago Jedi. The Indy Jedi are heading up. :)
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Luthien)
    • 3 x 5 Front squat 3 x 5 Overhead press 1 x 5 Deadlift For time: 30 185-lb Deadlifts 45 Sumo-deadlift High-pulls (basically an upright row that starts in the deadlift position) 4 Overhead squats (naked bar; could not do more since my shoulders wouldn't hold out for all 30 Rx'd. Still working on my shoulder mobility.) [7:39.9] 30 Leg lifts Edit: Song that helped me power through some of the rougher parts of this was The Dark Templar Symphony by BERSERKYD (see below) Spoiler:
    • 'Mo'vember (Last post by Kamizu)
    • No shave november (well to fall into regulation it would properly be called Movember lol) was always a big thing at my last squadron. I tried it every year. Never did win any of the awards... :dry: :silly:
    • Uplifting Thoughts & Quotes For The Day (Last post by Janice)
    • Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~ Viktor Frankl
    • Jedi Charity (Last post by MadHatter)
    • Quote: we're scattered a good bit as well.... no matter how much i donate, it never feels like many in need... I totally understand the feeling but even if we were Bill Gates we couldnt end poverty. The only thing we can do is take pride and pleasure in knowing that what we do brings joy into the lives of others. So many need so much that we would go mad if we thought of the things we cant or dont do. We instead must focus on what we can and will do.
    • Nature - Animals (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • dolphins help fishermen catch fish dolphin asks scuba diver for help cetacean (whales, porpoises and dolphins) intelligence
    • Well done, feminism. Now men are afraid to help wo... (Last post by ZenJo)
    • My exprience has taught me (and feel free to correct me), that a major difference between women and men is that men tend to think in "2-D" in conversations and women think in "3-D". By that I mean that men seem to view conversation as way to convey a certain message or a point via the words themselves. Women think on a higher plane by using conversation to also convey the intentions, feelings, and emotions behind the words. There is of course some overlap as not everyone fits gender generalitites or sterotypes. But I speak from experience only. For example when I ask my friend (a dude) how his day was, he will state the bare minimum information about a particular event and I know the bottom line of what happened. "I got hired at __" or "they fired me today". But unless I dig deeper, I won't know what led up to that even or how it made him feel. My female friends will set the events of their day up like they are describing a movie script. They set the scene, the characters, the rising action, the falling action, and the emotions felt in each scene. Needless to say, their days are always way more interesting to listen to than my male friends. If I am around my male friends watching football or whatever, we don't interact much at all. I think we are secretly competing to see who can be the laziest while staring at the TV, lol. So in the work place, I have found that I don't have be afraid of talking to women at all. I just have make sure I am clear about my intentions in offering help and that I pay close attention to what they are saying/doing. And given the long and ongoing history of sexism and domestic violence in our world, I don't blame women for having a bit of caution in the back of their mind around men. But men who claim to be "afraid" of women at work need to talk to and get to know the women in their office better and stop pretending to be "victimized" by women. My female friends have described to me how the "prettier girls" in their offices get preferential treat by the male bosses. Like, for examle, the boss allowing the cute blonde to go home early for a cough and sniffle but denying other girls time off even when they have the flu. Sexism is alive and well.
    • Did KOTOR teach you anything? (Last post by Doogle)
    • Yes this game opened my eyes to the force in a fun and example rich way. The first game your Jedi teacher Jolee Bindo a Jedi who put himself into exile for falling in love with a sith. He taught me to not take life so seriously and think that mine is anymore important than others. {Jolee: "Look, everybody always figures the time they live in is the most epic, most important age to end all ages. But tyrants and heroes rise and fall, and historians sort out the pieces." Revan: "Are you saying what we're doing isn't important?" Jolee: "Malak is a tyrant who should be stopped. If he conquers the galaxy, we're in for a couple of rough centuries. Eventually it'll come around again, but I'd rather not wait that long. So we do what we have to do and we try to stop the Sith. But don't start thinking this war, your war, is more important than any other war just because you're in it." ―Jolee Bindo and Revan, on the Jedi Civil War} He also points out the flaws in the Star Wars Universe's Jedi Order.. {"Love doesn't lead to the dark side. Passion can lead to rage and fear, and can be controlled... but passion is not the same thing as love. Controlling your passions while being in love... that's what they should teach you to beware. But love itself will save you... not condemn you." ―Jolee Bindo, to Revan, when discussing love} But enough about Jolee my true teacher was an amazingly wise former Sith Master and Jedi named Kreia. Kreia tought me how to first feel the force. To stop and concentrate on the life around me, mentally strip away the layers of material things, and feel the pure energy flowing with life (especially in areas with heavy activity). She also taught me the duality of a good deed. If a good deed is not properly focused it will do no good in actually solving the problem and may even have bad consequences. If you want to truly heal something ... "It requires that one be able to feel the critical point within the fractured mass... and know how to strike it in such a way that the echoes travel to your intended destination." - Kreia She also taught me force or violence is not the answer either ... "Direct action is not always the best way. It is a far greater victory to make another see through your eyes than to close theirs forever." ―Kreia Basically she taught me there is a good and bad side to everything and to restrict yourself to the Jedi code is to enslave your mind and throw out possible alternatives. "You must understand. I did not wish the Jedi dead. Defeated... perhaps. I merely wished them to see that they and their teachings were wrong. That one could not truly understand the Force simply by adhering to the Jedi Code." ―Kreia[src] "Let me show you—you, who have forever seen the galaxy through the Force. See it through the eyes of the exile." ―Kreia, speaking to Jedi Masters Vrook Lamar, Kavar, and Zez-Kai Ell, moments before severing their connection with the Force She taught me much more but going into detail about it would require a lot of effort.

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