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Elaine Betts
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Photographer and activist Avery White shares her first hand account from Standing Rock, North Dakota–site of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, which local Native American tribal leaders ha…
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After a night of chaotic clashes with police on the front lines in a months-long protest, Native American activists complained about the force wielded to drive protesters from the path of a pipeline they contend will desecrate tribal lands and put their lone source of drinking water at risk.
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"We gathered in prayer un-armed, prayed, sang songs, and attempted to leave. No threats, No vandalism, No violence was taken on our part."
Things are heating up at Standing Rock. After police spread lies yesterday about armed protesters who simply didn’t exist and they had no proof of, today they moved in with machine gun-wielding officers, and others loading shotguns as they descended on protesters. From above, the “Water Protecters” say that the police dropped what was “either mustard or tear gas.” See …
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Shared earlier with my circles, but I'd like this news to get out to as many people as possible. The original post was shared from a private share so it could not go Public in my stream. A widely-respected American journalist to be arrested for reporting on the protests of the Water Protectors at the North Dakota Access Pipeline. Just that she and her news crew were THERE was enough to have local officials decide it was trespassing! This is incredibly bad news. Now we know why all the other MSM were staying away and not reporting about this YUGE movement that should concern all of us.
#noDAPL #DAPL  #dakotaaccesspipeline  
An arrest warrant has been issued in North Dakota for Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman.
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I just got back from the ongoing protest/occupation/celebration/action in North Dakota. Sacred Stone Camp. Cannon Ball. Standing Rock. Dakota Access Pipeline (aka DAPL as in #NoDAPL). It’s left me with a lot to think about, and a lot of impressions I...
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Found this knitting pattern book in a second hand book sale - felt the need to share them with the...
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Posted on theforce.net and something I've been thinking about for a while...does it bother any other Star Wars fans that the Jedi and the Republic used slaves and child soldiers in the Clone Wars, and they were still the "good guys"? Even our favorite good guy Yoda never spoke up. I would kinda like to see Kanan address this in Rebels--how things with the Jedi hadn't been right for a long time.

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"Sorry I'm late posting. I've been doing some personal reevaluation of how much time I devote to posting on forums. I think it will be less from now on.

Anyhow, re: the difference between Barriss, Anakin, Ahsoka, and knighthood, here's an unfortunate reality:

The Jedi use child soldiers.

In fact, it's worse than that. They use children and slaves as soldiers, for certainly, slaves are exactly what the clones are.

How old is Ahsoka when we meet her, exactly? 13? 14? And she's leading troops in full-on combat? This is stuff that in our own world, we were collectively all ready to string Joseph Kony up for last year.

You could argue that the Jedi have been taking small children into their ranks, and sending adolescent padawans out on missions, for years. True enough, but 1) Just because the Jedi have been doing it a long time doesn't make it automatically right, and 2) there's a fundamental difference between being an apprentice peacekeeper and being a child soldier. The line there was crossed when, despite their insistence that they couldn't and wouldn't do so, the Jedi did, in fact, go from being peacekeepers to being soldiers.

Yes, peacekeeping is fundamentally different - I'm reminded of the statistics from our own world about how something like 90% of police officers go their whole careers without ever drawing their weapon outside of the confines of a firing range. For the prewar Jedi, the reality must have been something closer to that than to what we see in TCW. And the system of adolescent apprentices who learn under a mature master and get knighted in their 20s worked great for that reality.

But that system isn't really well-suited to the kind of open warfare that's happening now, and we're starting to see the consequences of that. Jedi like Barriss are starting to seriously wonder whether this is really what they signed on for, and whether it's something they want to be a part of. And then you have Anakin and Ahsoka. Both are products of their times, and Ahsoka perhaps even more so than Anakin. It's unfashionable to say this, but the truth is that children and adolescents generally become whatever is expected of them. Ahsoka has been expected to be a soldier, and that's what she's become, which may make her what the Jedi Order needs (or thinks it needs) right now, but, well, as Barriss might note: is this really what the Jedi should be? Is this really what Jedi ought to become? She's temperamental, passionate, impulsive, often angry, way more attached than the Jedi are taught is healthy, too often thinks with her lightsaber... and that's not just adolescent stuff that she's growing out of as time goes by - in many ways, it's getting worse. And why wouldn't it? Her master is nobody to teach her otherwise - Anakin, of course, has his own issues with all of the above, and "like father figure, like daughter figure" - and the unusual times in which she has grown to maturity have made many of those qualities far less undesirable, and in fact, often downright beneficial. In the chaos of the war, few are going to notice what she's becoming, or why it could be bad, and even fewer are going to care.

I know we all like Ahsoka a lot, and I'm not saying she's evil or even wrong - just that she's a product of what's happening around her, and that in her own well-intentioned way, she is symbolic - both in how she acts and in what she is, which is, again, a child soldier - of the way in which the Jedi Order has degenerated during the war... how it has lost sight of its goals, its mission, its purpose, and yes, even its core values. What's amazing isn't that Barriss is questioning all of this, but that more Jedi - even Yoda - aren't."

The problem with this, is that they didn't sign on. They were taken as babies and put in a creepy cult like environment.
I remember the Holocron episodes, with Sidious taking the force sensitive children to be used as agents and thinking, when you get right down to it, the Jedi do the exact same thing.
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Breaking News Wed., Sept. 28, 2016 Police loaded shotguns, dropped tear gas or chemical substance, on water protectors. Armored vehicle on site. Excessive force by police as 21 water protectors arrested today. Unicor...
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We the people ask the federal government to Call on Congress to act on an issue: Stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which endangers the water supply to Native American reservations. Created by C.S. on August 15, 2016. Sign This Petition. Needs 0 signatures by September 14, ...
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I am the mother of a wonderful little boy named Alan and the wife of Andrew Betts.  I enjoy writing and will one day finish something.  I enjoy music and sing all the time.  I play Pathfinder and enjoy roleplaying games in general.
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    1985 - 1998
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  • Kingsford High School
    1994 - 1998
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