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    • The Grateful Thread (Last post by Rex)
    • I'm thankful for the solitude and beauty of a crisp, drizzly evening outdoors underneath the canopy of my neighboring forest. The little things
    • Donald Trump - Noam Chomsky discusses (Last post by Adder)
    • It's a US thing clearly, and I have a suspicion the rest of the world sort of reckon Trump is an April Fools joke, but I think Chomsky is simplifying the source of frustration on the right. While Chomsky is sort of guilty of the same thing here - by stating that the generalized anger from his target group (being white-male and associates) is growing to take over the scene (political) and therefore everyone else must rally against it, it's not the first time a political group has rallied surprising momentum behind it - it's quite dramatic with Trump. The concern must, should IMO, be that it is about Trump's anger and aggression as suddenly being acceptable conduct, and having that translate to his conduct in office. So while I cannot comment on wage growth or how much of a factor nativism actually played, I think fear is used quite a lot by both sides of politics, in different ways at different times. Trump would not last 6 months in an ethical workplace if he behaved the way he does, he'd be performance managed right into the waiting arms of an involuntary redundancy, assuming he didn't get sacked entirely. He is a bad role model IMO, and his antics in campaigning give him an excuse for quite a margin of inappropriate conduct once in office. It's why I wish politics would be about the issues, and not popularist personality cheerleading. I don't think politics has to be boring, but it should not be gladiatorial... that is what sport and business is for. I am really surprised the Republican's didn't have someone else, as perhaps Trump would have made an interesting VP to a more stable Republican President. All I'll say abut nativism is it seems like a constrained and therefore relatively passive form of nationalism, and its overt nationalism which to me is more akin to the Nazi (and absent Communist) reference.
    • Why Master And Apprentice? (Last post by Lleiffermawr)
    • Greetings, And even the term Master is used not in the ranking series really in my opinion, but of someone who has mastered their Craft. It would be like learning quantum physics and atomic theory at the feet of Einstein as compared to that grade school teacher. For me, finishing up my Bachelors degree in psychology, a master or mistress would be who ever is taking me on as an intern in a mental health clinic, and thus helps supervise me as I learn the practical aspects of the trade. On another level, it is a mark of respect for that person which has of their own free will and desire to see me succeed, has taken me on as a student, to impart of their wisdom from many years of errors to improve myself and the art I am dedicating myself too. Not that this person is BETTER or OVER me, but that they have humbled themselves to see their craft continue on into the next generation in the best way possible. But that could just be the Mason coming out in me.
    • Who are the Jedi? (Last post by Lleiffermawr)
    • Greetings, As a member of the LDS Church, we have the concept of the 'light of Christ' that fills the emptiness of space, that is intelligence and conscience. It is very much like the Force in many ways, and one day I might write an in depth article on this concept, but that time is not now. But, when we become members of the Church we make certain covenants with Divinity, kind of like a legal contract. First of all, we are only accountable for OUR SINS, and we have no concept of "Original Sin". When Adam and Eve took of the fruit, they made a mistake, just like any child. This was not sin in our Church, and maybe I will explain why later on. But when we make these covenants, we promise certain things. To put the seal upon it, this is when we are baptised. It is a symbolic rite of a spiritual agreement. We re-commit ourselves to these promises every Sacrament we take. One of these is the "Word of Wisdom" that we will take care of our body by not over indulging or taking anything into our body that is too addictive, including anything with caffeine and tobacco. For us, after baptism, it is a sin. For other Christian denominations, it isn't. We use water in our sacrament, most other Churches use wine or grape juice. Because we believe alcohol to have detrimental effects on our health. So, a true SIN, is commiting a wrong which you have promised NOT to do in some way shape or form. What is a sin in one culture or religion, may be perfectly fine in another. Let us also make the separation between 'right' and 'legal'. Just because something is legal doesn't necessarily make it 'right'. So in retrospect, it depends on the sin involved...
    • Love vs Attachment (Last post by CableSteele)
    • This excerpt from Buddhist Bootcamp, by Timer Hawkeye really touched me. "...when I heard about an old man who introduced the woman he was with as, "The woman who walks beside me," that statement had no trace of possessiveness or ownership in it; she wasn't "his" anything. I finally understood the quote, “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery" If the person to whom you are thinking about attaching yourself is not looking in the same direction as you, it might be wise to rethink the attachment. 2 Corinthians 6:14
    • Robes and Sabers (Last post by Airo Faol)
    • Well, the lightsaber may be a symbol. But I'm not that symbolic guy. I only wear a TOTJO charm. Everything else is not an option for me. Gesendet von meinem SM-G935F mit Tapatalk
    • Question of the Day (Last post by MadHatter)
    • Whom do you admire most? In what way does this person inspire you? Please answer in your own journal.
    • Aqua`s Art Gallery (Last post by Aqua)
    • An ocean surrounded by land: Welcome to the border, I am surrounded here people from east, people from south war rips tolerance out in many pieces they are now totally broken and shattered a small town, a huge camp how.. how can this become balanced? my sea rises, my land moves my shelter island, lost at sea give me a compass Aqua, 30-05-2016
    • TOTJO Clergy Structure (Last post by Aqua)
    • Quote: don't think you realise but other people (other than the two of us) could not see the comments you've added. Sorry, I did not know other people could not see it.. I am quite new to google drive/hangout.. :blush: Thanks for changing it! :laugh: ~ Aqua
    • vegetarian/vegan health (Last post by MartaLina)
    • There are a lot of Vegan cookbooks out there , if you buy 2 of them you have a good range of ideas , i know you are not vegan , but i bought one of these to vary the way i cook veggies , i found out i like them stirr fried in a little oil hmm with Kurkuma and a little salt , nom nom :cheer: www.vegan.com/cookbooks/
    • Youtube battle over fair use, copyright, and commu... (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • i couldnt recite the chronology, but people suing each other is definitely not a break from convention lol what i appreciated was the response: the defranco guy in the first video openning a gofundme for h3h3's defense and then h3 saying "well now we're going to make this a public fund for anyone else who finds themself in our position" i thought that was very cool the people involved dont always get along with each other - in some cases they may not even like each other, but there is a shared sense of community and solidarity that transcends individual viewpoints: "principles before personalities" kind of thing thats what i wanted to share
    • Is belief in democracy required of a Jedi? (RELEVE... (Last post by Entropist)
    • Quote: Makes me think it wouldn't be too difficult to go from a meritocracy to a geniocracy - like to test the candidates more, and more appropriately for the job. Though we don't want then too predictable. I guess we each have our little bubbles of speciality and we each assess the candidate in that area to make a judgement. It assumes they don't share either a strength or weakness in that particular area - but nothing is perfect. If everyone did that, then the paper thin spin merchants would never get up!!! Nice observation. Keeping a high standard prevents corruption from opportunists attracted to power.
    • American Dream (Last post by Arkayik)
    • Over-simplification of a complex issue is the hallmark of conspiracy theorists and when you change the scope you get distortions of the view. I'm not saying there is no reason to be concerned about excesses within the current world monetary system. I'm merely pointing out that it's easy to be freaked out about something with which you're not familiar with the nuts and bolts... Get a better perspective on the credit system and how it operates and the historical basis of where we are. Do not allow over-simplification to skew your perspective, but arrive at your own determination based upon your understanding and investigation... Oh, and what is the question?
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Edan)
    • I want it back... every day that I don't wear it I feel like there's a piece of my chest missing... like a lock missing a key. I know I left nothing behind but I still can't find the damn thing. I thought I could just let it go but I can't... it is part of me.

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