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Monday, October 27, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend died in a car accident near his home in the Dominican Republic on Sunday afternoon. The 22-year-old made his Major League debut this season and "entered the season rated as one of baseball's top-three prospects," writes Bill Baer of HardballTalk. He made the postseason roster and hit a pinch-hit home run in the NLCS. read more

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A feminist video game critic, Anita Sarkeesian, who has recently faced harsh and often sexist criticism and threats, was forced to cancel a speech scheduled today at Utah State University after the school received threats from a person claiming he (presumably his gender) would perputrate the "deadliest school shooting in American history." The school would not implement security measures such as pat downs. They claim that they cannot legaly restrict access to anyone who has a valid concealed firearm permit. read more


I think I like the title. But it makes me wonder why the Force went to sleep after Darth Vader's death.


A friend shared this with me. Makes sense with the title. I hope it's true because it sounds like a good setup for the movie.

"I'm told that in the back story for the film, Luke Skywalker does something amazing with the Force. He's really powerful, more of "wizard than lightsaber wielding warrior." Basically, Luke Skywalker has a "Force Unleashed" moment and realizes he might be bad for the universe.The aftermath of that event is difficult for Luke.
Luke Skywalker has become the most powerful Jedi ever, but he doesn't believe he's the wisest. He doesn't want to make the mistake his father made by thinking he knows what's right for the universe. Skywalker becomes somewhat deranged in his seclusion. He is consumed by his fear that if he should return to "society" his power could be misused, he could be manipulated, and he may accidentally hurt the ones he loves.
For these reasons, to protect the galaxy and himself, Luke retreats into self-imposed exile for many years. I'm told he can't always control the power. While he sits in a meditative state, he levitates things unconsciously and he's not always in complete control and he's never sure if he's doing the will of the Force or acting on his own passions. Luke is seeing the past, the present, the future, "old friends long gone" and other things that prey upon his sanity.
Luke Skywalker is described as "creepy and frightening in appearance" because you supposedly can see "the fire in his eyes" behind his grizzled appearance during some scenes.
For most of Luke's appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII, it is questionable if his madness will result in evil. Not even those that have known him for most of his life know if he's sane or not. However, the villain and the new hero both draw Skywalker out and he's forced to intervene in the galactic conflict. The imbalance he feared bringing back to the galaxy is set into motion by the new evil. But it is not only evil that brings Luke Skywalker out of exile. The good in the universe does as well when one of the heroes convinces him the place he is in is not where he belongs.
By the last act of the film, it is clear where Luke falls on spectrum of good and evil"

Brown was walking down the center of the street when questioned.
Brown attacked the police officer
Brown was not running away his hands were not up.
Brown refused to stop and was walking toward the officer all the time.
His story confirms that it was not murder........

Did you read the article? The only point you listed that is in line with the account from the witness is the one that has never been in dispute, that they were walking in the middle of the road.

It does not say Brown "attacked the police officer". It said there was some sort of tussle that he could not see and he thinks it may have knocked the cops hat off. How you got that Brown attacked Wilson out of that is beyond me. That could also be, from the story Dorian Johnson told, from the door of the SUV bouncing back after it hit Brown and hitting Wilson in the face when he may have been rushing to get out of the vehicle.

It also says that Brown did raise his arms, not straight up in the air but his elbows were out to his side and hands were up where the officer would be able to see them. Maybe that doesn't meet your definition of hands up but it sure doesn't sound like it could be interpreted that Brown was going for or had a weapon.

Brown did not refuse to stop. Yep, definitely did not read. Notice this part? "The witness said Brown did stop."

"His story confirms that it was not murder" except the witness comes to a completely different conclusion when he said "What transpired to us, in my eyesight, was murder. Down outright murder"

But yeah, you would totally know better of what happened than would a eye witness who testified under oath.


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