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Why didn’t the Jedi sense that Palpatine was an evil Sith lord way before they finally found out? Why couldn’t they sense it when he first started using the dark side of the force or came into the government (whichever came first)?

The way I figure, there’s only two possibilities, unless there’s something I’ve been missing after watching the movies and tv episodes over and over and over. Either the Jedi’s ability to use the force isn’t as powerful as it’s hyped up to be and their use of the force was too week to sense it, or Palpatine/Darth Sidious’s use of the dark side of the force was honed and powerful enough that he could make it undetectable. Hmmm…

Yoda: Blind we are, if creation of this clone army we could not see. 

Mace Windu: I think it is time we inform the senate that our ability to use the force has diminished. 

Yoda: Only the Dark Lord of the Sith knows of our weakness. If informed the senate is, multiply our adversaries will.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

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stay-in-reality-liberals:

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stay-in-reality-liberals:

Give me a reason why I should embrace your ideology. I dare you.

It’s the basis for human evolution

Explain

I’m going to do this in several parts because it’s a subject worthy of books upon books

Now…

we are as closely related to pan paniscus (bonobos) as we are to pan troglodytes (common chimps), and troglodytes regularly engage in inter troop warfare and are cannibalistic

so i wouldnt use bonobo behavior as an argument for human socialism

SavageRumbaughs study shows that bonobos have greater language understanding thus they are closer to modern humans

but genetically, bonobos and chimps are equidistant to us

and chimps could be considered closer to us in many other respects, like how they create tools for hunting, don’t form all non-familial relationships around sex, and commit genocide just like we do

Bonobos have also been found to use tools so realistically this breaks down to their sex habits (which is very open to debate) and the genocide thing  I’ll give you 

Just wanted to drop in with some information; humans and the common chimpanzee have 96% identical DNA, whereas for humans and bonobos it’s 98%. So we are, in fact, more closely genetically related to bonobos than to the common chimpanzee.

Sentience, sapience and self-awareness.

The misuse of the word sentient is one of those things which annoys me, not enough to be that annoying prick who corrects people mid-sentence but enough for it to grate on me when I hear it misused.

Sentience is merely the ability to perceive your environment, got eyes? You’re sentient. Ears? Sentient. A nose? Sentient. Tastebuds? Sentient. Sentience is nothing special, all animals are sentient, even plants can be considered sentient.

Sapience is the word you’re looking for; it’s the ability to think, to reason, to judge. It’s kind of hard to define and/or measure. It’s where the name for our species comes from, Homo Sapiens: thinking man.

Self-awareness is the ability to recognise yourself as a separate entity, knowing that you exist. It’s much easier to test for than sapience, the most well known test being to put a mirror in front of the animal, if it reacts as it would to the presence of another animal, then it is not self-aware.

For example, put a mirror in front of a cat and it will react as it would to seeing another cat it is not familiar with, it does not recognise itself. On the other hand, if you put a mirror in front of an elephant, not only will they recognise their own reflection, they’ll often start admiring their own tusks.

Skipping Breakfast

I don’t know if many other people are like me, but I’m usually not hungry in the morning, in fact eating at all in the first three or so hours after waking up just makes me feel nauseous. But I eat breakfast anyway because that’s how I was raised; whenever I said I didn’t feel hungry and only wanted something to drink I was subjected to a lecture about how “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, a point which would be reiterated until I gave in and ate something.

In more recent years I’ve been seeing an interesting little factoid thrown around; that skipping breakfast makes you fat, the logic being that not having breakfast makes you more likely to eat more in later meals. I recently found out where this came from; a study into the habits of people who have maintained significant weight loss found that eight out of ten of them eat breakfast every day.

After a further ten seconds on google I found that one in five adults regularly skip breakfast, i.e. there is no significant difference in the rate of breakfast consumption between those who have maintained significant weight loss and the general population, the majority of which, according to the statistics, are overweight.

This is just bad science and laziness; not only did they not investigate the effects of skipping breakfast before making the claim, they didn’t even check if this behaviour deviated from the average. So I’m not going to worry about breakfast anymore, I’ll eat it if I wake up hungry, but most of the time that’s not the case. At least until I see any real evidence on the matter.

Biscuit vs. Cookie

The word biscuit derives from the Old French term bescuit, which itself derives from the Latin for “twice cooked”.

The word cookie derives from from the Dutch term koekje, which is the diminutive form of koek, meaning “cake”.

Whilst the debate on the use of these terms has more to do with cultural differences than language, I believe that anything referred to as a biscuit should be brittle & dry and anything referred to as a cookie should be soft & moist.

Therefore; these are biscuits…

…and these are cookies.

I always thought I’d be a Ravenclaw.

Having read the books, it just seemed like the house which would fit me best, though I’d never given it a lot of thought. More out of curiosity than anything, I signed up for Pottermore, having heard good things about it.

Then this happened.

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Hooray for a year of sporadic posts and wasted time!

Hooray for a year of sporadic posts and wasted time!

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Sie müssen Substantive mit Großbuchstaben beginnen!

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imageUNANNEHMBAR!

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Hitler flirting with Eva Braun.

I don’t know how this makes me feel

It makes me feel very uncomfortable

You know what’s so uncomfortable about this? It shows that perhaps one of the most evil men in history, was a human being. That, on occasion, he could be nice, even flirty. That’s not all. You want to see evil people as evil, screaming horrible stuff over a desk with 20 microphones with 20, 000 people saluting them. The evil is clear and recognizable then. This shows a completely different image, it scares you because that means that evil isn’t a stereotype, that evil is not recognizable, that evil could be anyone. It scares you because this shows that could be lurking inside anyone and you’ll never ever know. Maybe in you? 

i reblogged this literally like 2 minutes ago, but i want this version because of that comment ^

That comment is one of my favorite post commentaries, because it’s completely right. People aren’t inherently evil. Like good, it’s a role they grow and live into. We have just as much potential to destroy as this man exhibited. And it’s a very eye opening experience to realize that.

does anyone even remember that one time hitler attended that luncheon between world leaders, some guests of which even included china’s socialist leader as well as Stalin. And then when they were ordering, everyone was gladly ordering impressive dishes one after the other, but Hitler placed an order for barley tea and a pheasant (considered a peasant’s meal by standard). When he was questioned as to why he would order something like this in something as grand as a world leader’s congress, he replied,

“I don’t smoke when my people cannot smoke, and I cannot eat when my people are going hungry.”

He wasn’t evil for its own sake, let’s try to remember that despite the countless murders, but for a moment, he did actually believe he was doing something for the good of his countrymen.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE

No, he’s right. Hitler, though extremely wrong in his views, did everything for what he thought would better the lives of his people. It was wrong. It was disgustingly, horribly wrong. But he did not do it because it was evil and he was evil. He did it because he believed it would help Germany and those who needed a better life. Those who don’t understand or even try to understand the human brain will always label men like him as ‘evil’ because it is easier to accept. But he wasn’t ‘evil.’ He felt love and loyalty and responsibilities. He simply took these aspects and morphed them into a twisted, violent thing. 

A perfectly human monster.

(Source: axishistory, via clementmoraschi)

Reasons I’m a Misanthrope (Part 1)

Now that I am working at a different site I can no longer use public transport in my commute, as such I have bought a car, a small, reliable and fuel-efficient thing. I had managed to avoid driving for four years and now, one hundred miles into car ownership, I remember why:

People are arseholes.

If it’s not people who seem completely oblivious as to the presence and function of indicators (both their own and those of other drivers), it’s people who attempt to overtake when there’s someone coming the other way, forcing both to brake and/or swerve dangerously.

If it’s not those, it’s people who overtake on a blind corner, risking writing off all three cars (and more if there’s people behind), and the death of everyone in those cars.

If it’s not those, it’s people who, not happy to travel at the legal speed limit, drive dangerously close to the back of your car in an attempt to make you speed, instead of simply overtaking, so much so that even if their car were fitted with that automatic system that applies the brakes if you are about to crash, would not be able to avoid running into you if you had to slow down for any reason, like a bend in the road.

All of this happened to me in a single thirty minute period this morning. Multiple times.

My car needs a grenade launcher…