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I can't see an end.
I have no control and I don't think there's any escape - I don't even have a home anymore.
Definitely time for a new keyboard.

History is much like an endless Waltz. The Triple Measure of war, peace, and revolution go on and on."

"Tell me what you regard as your greatest strength, so I will know how best to undermine you; tell me of your greatest fear, so I will know which I must force you to face; tell me what you cherish most, so I will know what to take from you; and tell me what you crave, so that I might deny you." ―Darth Plagueis

"Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen." ―Palpatine

"In my hands the means, in my heart the will"

Madness is like gravity, all you need is a little push...

Shhh... My Stupid Bitch Sense is tingling!

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
Terry Pratchett

The short of it is that I consider it my civic duty to piss you all off. Thank you

If we let things like ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ get in the way, then the terrorists have already won

"Love is like a deck of cards... You need a Heart to love them, a Diamond to marry them,

a Club to beat them, and a Spade to bury the bastards."- Unknown

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about

the former."- Albert Einstein

If the whole world depends on today's youth, I can't see the world lasting another 100

years. -Socrates

"By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy,
and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher."
-Socrates

Among life's perpetually charming questions is whether the truly evil do more harm than

the self-righteous and wrong. -Jon Margolis

"Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in,
and those inside desperate to get out."
-Montaigne

A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of

wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.

-Bill Watterson

The willing, Destiny guides them; the unwilling, Destiny drags them.

-Seneca the Younger

The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for

his.

-George S. Patton

Truth, justice, honor...none of that's worth shit. What matters is people, and people

aren't honest or just or honorable. They're petty and they're angry and they're afraid,

and all anyone really wants, deep down, is to be wanted. And what's truth to that?

-M. Clark

There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen

eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever. – Alfred Hitchcock

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

-Henry Brooks Adams

Oderint, dum metuant. -- Let them hate, so long as they fear.

-Accius

If you're going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it.

-Leo C. Rosten

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives." - Euripides

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a

trail.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream

- Malcolm Muggeridge

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. - Louis Hector

Berlioz

The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on. - Robert

Bloch

The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly', meaning 'many', and the word

'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites'.

Love is the answer - but while you're waiting for the answer sex raises some pretty good

questions. - Woody Allen

The latest new dance craze is called, The Politician. It's two steps forward, one step

backward, and then a sidestep. - Government

Peace is a lie, there is only Passion,

Through Passion, I gain Strength,

Through Strength, I gain Power,

Through Power, I gain Victory,

Through Victory, My chains are broken,

The Force shall set me free.

- Code of the Sith

"Good or Evil...I don't see that. I only see power. Afterall, the ends justify the means."

"All men ... are NOT created equal! Some are born swifter afoot, some with greater beauty, some are born into poverty and others born sick and feeble. Both in birth and upbringing, in sheer scope of ability every human is inherently different; Yes that is why people discriminate against one another, which is why there is struggle, competition and the unfaltering march of progress. Inequality is not wrong, equality is. What of the E.U. which made equality a right? Rabble politics by a popularity contest. The Chinese Federation with its equal distribution of wealth? A nation of lazy dullards. But not our beloved Britannia, we fight, we compete, evolution is continuous. Britannia alone moves forward, advancing steadily into the future, even the death of my son Clovis, demonstrates Britannia unswerving commitment to progress. we will fight on, we shall struggle, compete, plunder and dominate and in the end the future shall be ours. ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!!!!!"

Why the empire would have been better for the galaxy in the long run

Star Wars has several, but the one closest to Epileptic Trees was sparked by the Knights Of The Old Republic Revan-went-dark-to-protect-the-galaxy argument: Darth Sidious wanted to unite the galaxy under the Empire in order to protect it from the threat of the Yuuzhan Vong. If one thinks about this long enough, it actually starts to make sense: the Yuuzhan Vong practice complete planetary terraforming to make their weapon/ship farms, and the Empire wouldn't be able to reverse it, so the Death Star would be used to a) crush the Alliance and unite the Empire, and b) eliminate Yuuzhan Vong worlds. When the Alliance beat the Empire, this ended, with a nice big Nice Job Breaking It Hero situation, so the New Republic had to really struggle against the Vong.

This was actually addressed in the Dark Tide duology: An high-ranking Imperial official complains to Gillad Pellaeon (the current leader of the Imperial Remnant) that the Empire could have beaten the Yuuzahn Vong, if only the Rebels/New Republic hadn't overthrown it. Pellaeon responds by pointing out that the Rebels/New Republic have been wiping the floor with the Empire/Imperial Remnant for the last 20 years, so why should they believe that the New Republic would be less able to fight the invasion than the Empire? Similarly, in Destiny's Way, Han Solo snidely comments to an Imperial officer that what the old Empire would have done when faced with the Yuuzhan Vong was build some enormous superweapon that had a critical flaw or didn't work. This latter was as much a jab at many of the early Star Wars novels as it was the Empire. The Force and The Dark Side: tools enabling justice and/or power, or a single cunning entity manipulating everyone in the galaxy? Or at least the Jedi and the Sith. The two aspects of The Force are just that, aspects of one singular thing. Sith believe The Dark Side gives them power over The Force and others, but their quick descent into anger quickly makes them tools to it and not the other way around. Jedi on the other hand actively seek to follow the will of The Force because it has an Omniscient Morality License. What kind of long con it's trying to pull is anyone's guess. Admiral Ozzel in The Empire Strikes Back was a Rebel sympathizer instead of simply being clumsy and stupid. Amid several significant glances and nods, he tried to divert Vader's attention from Hoth and then alerted the Rebel forces to the impending invasion. There's some debate as to whether the Jedi deserve the reputation of heroes at all... This article raises serious questions as far as the Jedi and the Republic's way of doing things goes. 30 years before the events of the prequel movies (50 BBY), the Jedi and the Republic intervened on the side of the Arkanian Dominion in the Arkanian Civil War. What's wrong with that, you ask? The Arkanian Dominion was modifying a nearby slow-witted species called the Yaka with cybernetic implants against their will. The Jedi helped put down a rebellion of conservative Arkanians who revolted because they had moral objections to this! As a result of the Jedi's intervention the rebellion was crushed and the Yaka are now highly intelligent but completely emotionless. What is wrong with you?? Jedi are actually a corrupted order of monks. In trying to maintain peace the Jedi order has repeatedly become cops/soldiers for the Republic, forsaking neutrality. The Sith can be considered a further corruption (if the ideal is meditative non-intervention) because they want to not help rulers but rule themselves. Then the war between Jedi and Sith is like one between nobility, masters and slaves. The Jedi think they shouldn't rule although they're enforcing evil rulers and the Sith think they should rule though that makes them evil rulers.

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