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Sonic Wars(by gameboysage)

This is some Sonic/Star Wars fanart I found on devianart. It shows Mecha Sally and Darth Vader fighting each other. You see, she became roboticized(and also lost her free will in the process) because if she hadn't, the whole world would have become roboticized. Comparisons are drawn between the two because they are both robotic, except Mecha Sally is *wholly* robotic instead of a cyborg.

The link to it is here: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=Mecha+Sally+and+Star+Wars#/d4tpltf 

*I did not create this fanart, and archie/Dic/SEGA and George Lucas own the characters.

The Jedi and deontological ethics

The Jedi are dutiful, we know this. Their ethics seem to align with deontology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deontological_ethics The wikipedia defines it as this:
  • Deontological ethics or deontology (from Greek deon, "obligation, duty"; and -logia) is the normative ethical position that judges the morality of an action based on the action's adherence to a rule or rules.[1] It is sometimes described as "duty" or "obligation" or "rule" -based ethics, because rules "bind you to your duty".[2] Deontological ethics is commonly contrasted to consequentialism.[3] Deontological ethics is also contrasted to pragmatic ethics.

This is what the Jedi do. They judge morality based on how well the Jedi Code is followed, and how much you are adhering to your duty to help people; to follow the Greater Good and not get caught up in attachments to individuals. They believe forming attachments, and thus breaking the Code, leads to evil.

Furthermore, deontology can also be compared to Kantianism. Immanuel Kant believed that for an action to be good, it must be derived from duty. This is one of his quotes:

"Nothing in the world---indeed nothing even beyond the world---can possibly be conceived which could be called good without qualification except a good will."

So he believed that as long as an action was driven by duty, or by good will, that made it intrinsically good. This is in contrast to consequentionalism, which is the theory that the intentions behind an action do not make an action good, but the consequences that result from an action do.

And the Jedi, like Kant, believe that a good will matters. But sometimes this can go too far, like how they had Clones fighting to help protect the Republic despite the fact that they had no real choice in the matter. Their adherance to the Greater Good can be admirable, just like Anakin's devotion to his loved ones can, but both somewhat have a 'ends-justify-the-means' belief which can be problematic.

Originally posted by philstar22 at Petition to stop US ISP's from policing downloads
Originally posted by ladyhadhafang at Petition to stop US ISP's from policing downloads
Originally posted by lk737 at Petition to stop US ISP's from policing downloads
From jackvelvet, here is one petition to try to stop ISP's from policing downloads by their clients. Thank you jackvelvet!


Making this a repost, since the websites with the news are being circulated around too. Google shows this is the only petition so far. Thank you everyone! This action could create huge monopolies of internet companies who can afford to police their users. Eliminating all smaller ISP's. And forcing the large internet service providers to raise prices to cover the new expense.

A petition? Thank goodness. I'm going to sign it A.S.A.P!
Originally posted by philstar22 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by lk737 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Please repost this? I have never begged for one of my posts to be boosted. I am just so worried for my friends and want you to know.
Oh, crap. This is *bad.* Very bad. Something needs to be done...

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

Hey Arnold characters

Arnold: INFP
Gerald: ESTP
Grandma and Grandpa: ESXP
Helga: ESTP 
Olga: ENFJ
Mirian: ISTJ
Big Bob: ESTJ
Rhonda: ESXJ
Lila: ISFJ
Phoebe: INFJ
Oskar: ISTP

The ennegram...

The ennegram is a much complex system than the MBTI. It actually goes into motivations and stuff like that. You can take an ennegram test here:


Also, I am later going to tell which ennegram types I think each Star Wars/Harry Potter character is...You may be surprised by what I say they are.


Leia -Standing in the rain

Disclaimer: Fanvid isn't mine.

I just found this Leia fanvid. I was surprised out how good it was; it's about her coping with her losses, including the destruction of Alderaan.

Anakin/Vader - Nobody's listening

This fits Vaderkin pretty dang well. Everyone missed the signs that he was falling to the Dark Side until it was too late.

Disclaimer: This is not my fanvid.

Romeo and Juliet anime -Innocence

I feel like giving a fangirl-squel. I'm so glad to have found this fanvid! :D

Star Wars fanfic: Slipping Away

Author's note: This is pretty much an extended version of the confession scene in AOTC. Here's the link to the fanfic on fanfiction.net: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7882056/1/Slipping_Away 

Sun blazed through the Lars' garage as a young man stood crouched near a wall, weeping as a woman held him. They had sat like that for hours now, and it was getting later. Padme was still somewhat unsettled from the words that Anakin had spoken earlier. As she wiped Anakin's tears away, she shuddered while reminiscing on the recent events that had taken place.

"I…I killed them," Anakin had admitted. "I killed them all," "They're dead. Every single one of them."

"You did battle-" She'd tried reasoning.

But he wouldn't listen, and kept going on. "Not just the men," he continued. "And the men are the only fighters among the Tuskens. No, not just them. The women and children, too!" He looked guilty and furious at the same time. "They're like animals!" he'd said all of a sudden. "And I slaughtered them like animals! I hate them!"

And she had stood there in the garage, utterly paralyzed. She tried to mask the terror that she felt, but there was still fear in her eyes, and they had widened. Her heart thundered through her chest like beating drums. She stared off into the distance, not quite knowing what she should say next.

"Why do I hate them?" Anakin's voice shocked her out of her rumination.

"Do you hate them, or do you hate what they did to your mother?" She had asked.

"I hate them!" He repeated.

Mentally, she sighed. She was clearly not helping.

Anakin looked up then, tears glistening in his eyes. "I didn't…I couldn't…" He held one of his hands up outstretched, and clenched it into a tight fist. "I couldn't control myself," he admitted shamefully. "I…I don't want to hate them-I know there is no place for hatred. But I just can't forgive them!"

"To be angry is to be human," She tried comforting him.

Padme knew it sounded like she was excusing his crimes, and didn't completely believe the words she was saying. She knew that though she loved her own family with all her heart, she would never avenge their deaths like that. Yet, she'd known Shmi, and seen what a kind and compassionate woman she was. And her heart had broke a little whenever Anakin had mentioned his nightmares and visions of Shmi gradually dying; being brutally beaten and tortured by the Tusken Raiders. Deep down, this made her feel a slight tinge of anger towards the Tusken Raiders, though she would never admit to it.

But despite her anger, she knew what Anakin had done was wrong. And he did, too.

"To control your anger is to be a Jedi," He insisted, pulling away from her.

But she walked back towards him, stroked his cheek, and said, "No…you're only human, Ani." Still, her words seemed empty, as if she was just saying them to make him feel better.

"No, I'm a Jedi. I know I'm better than this." He looked at her directly, shaking his head. "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.."

He completely broke into tears then, and he sinked to the corner of the garage floor. She held him as he cried tears of regret, silently wiping them away with her soft, manicured fingers.

"Padme," Anakin croaked as her mind went back to the present moment. "You fear me. I can feel your fear through the Force."

Startled, Padme looked at Anakin, trying to smile the best she could. "Oh, Ani, I could never fear you. I know you would never hurt me."

But Anakin was not deceived. He wiped a remaining tear from his eye, and sat up, staring at her straight in the eyes with the same icy, blue piercing gaze that had made her feel uncomfortable during their meeting on Naboo.

"No, you fear me, Padme. You are a politician, and can mask it well, but that does not stop me from sensing it in the Force. And you have good reason to fear me. I—I'm a monster, and don't deserve any love. Only fear and hatred. No wonder you rejected me at Naboo-"

"Ani, no!" She interrupted as she shook her head vehemtly. "You aren't a monster. You didn't kill all those Tusken Raiders in cold blood; you did it in a fit of rage, and that is understandable."

A flash of anger appeared on Anakin's face, and he abruptly jumped to his feet. She, too, stood up.

"But I broke the Jedi Code!" Anakin argued, "Even if I did not murder in cold blood, anger is of the Dark Side, and I will surely be expelled! What am I going to do?" There was now despair seeping into his now hoarse voice. "When Obi Wan finds out, he is going to kill me…"

Padme sighed, and tried to comfort him by hugging him again, but he shook her hands off of him. Smiling, she said, "I'm sure he will understand, Anakin. He's your best friend, and loves you. Even if he informs the Council of what you have done, I'm sure Obi Wan will convince Yoda to keep you in the Order because they need you. You are a great and powerful Jedi, and you are valuable to the Order."

Anakin snorted, and anger mixed with revulsion was on his face. He was very close to shouting, but tried not to so that the Lars' would not hear him. "If I am such a good Jedi, why the kriff would I commit mass murder? Damnit, Padme! I didn't just get angry and throw a temper-tantrum! I actually killed sentient beings, using the Dark Side, and you honestly think the Council will be fine with that? Do you know the Jedi at all? I will be expelled for sure!"

Anakin's anger startled Padme, but she stood her ground. "Anakin…please, listen to me. They need you. You'll be punished, but will want to keep you in the Jedi Order because you are useful to them."

Anakin shook his head, a crooked smile on his face. It almost resembled the smirk she so loved, but somehow it was off.

"They need me? Tell that to Obi Wan. He is constantly patronizing me, treating me like a child, and though I am practically an adult now, he hasn't Knighted me yet! I know I'm powerful, but he is so kriffing jealous of me that I wonder if he will even let me stay."

Padme's brow furrowed in confusion. "Jealous? Anakin, what makes you think that? How is he jealous of you?"

"He just is, why else would he constantly treat me as if I belonged in the creche? He's holding me back!"

Padme did not know how to argue with that. His words made no sense, so she decided to give up and pretend to agree with him. "Okay, so Obi Wan's envious of you. But Ani, isn't he your Master, your mentor, your best friend, and most of all, your brother in everything else but blood? Since he loves you, don't you think he would want to keep you in the Jedi Order?"

Anakin's eyes suddenly dropped to the ground and he muttered, "Sometimes, I wonder if that's true. It's not like he's actually ever said "I love you." But then, love is against the Jedi Code, so what's the use?"

This reminded Padme of when she had told him that despite her genuine feelings for him, they could not be in love with each other because he had a duty to the Jedi, and she had a duty to the Senate. The memory of Anakin's pained face when she had uttered those words flashed in her mind, and she grimaced. She felt guilty for the emotional pain she had caused him, though she knew it was all for the greater good of the Republic.

Anakin now looked up from the ground, and he was staring off into the distance. She walked beside him and gently stroked one of his cheeks again. She could still feel a couple drying tears drying on his tan skin. Despite Anakin's insistence that he would be expelled, she needed the reassurance that he would report his crimes to the Council or at least to Obi Wan.

"Anakin…" she asked, "Can you please at least tell Obi Wan about this? You really shouldn't keep him in the dark about it."

Anakin glanced at her, shocked. "I thought you were not bothered by my actions, Padme. You, after all, said 'to be angry is to be human.'"

Padme sighed. "Well…I can understand your rage, Anakin, but that does not make it all right. We will have to do something about this. I honestly do not know for sure if the Council will choose to expel you or not. I doubt they will, but you will have to face the consequences of your actions if they do. And please, Anakin, at least inform Obi Wan about what you have done. You need his help."

"Yes, I will, Padme. Now, please…leave me alone. I—I need some more time to mourn my mother's death." Anakin responded.

Padme frowned at how dismissive he sounded, but she respected his need for privacy and left the garage. And she smiled to herself as she left, certain that he and Obi Wan would work this out. But still, his fear of getting expelled had bothered her a little. She wanted to believe that he would at least try to make up for what he'd done, but a small part of her felt as if the sweet Ani she'd met on Tatooine was no longer hers, and was quickly slipping away from her grasp. She wanted to hold onto him and never let him go, but she had a bad feeling that he would never be the same again.

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