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I only read AUTHENTIC science fiction. None of that COUNTERFEIT or MAKE-BELIEVE science fiction for me!
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Someone Woke Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed Today

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Security Guard: “I’m confiscating this.” *Walks away*
Daughter: *In tears* “My… My camera! Mum, what’ll we do?”

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Comic for May 18, 2022

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At Twitter, if an assignment gives you anxiety, you can work just four hours a week, or take off an entire month at full pay to recover.
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Comic for April 09, 2022

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He does kind of look like Michael Burry.
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Empire Strikes Back: Yoda & Obi-Wan's Advice To Luke Was Terrible

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Luke Skywalker’s mentors, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, trained him well, but he was right to ignore their advice at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. Yoda and Obi-Wan were among the last surviving Jedi during the Galactic Empire’s galaxy-wide pogrom, the Great Jedi Purge. While keeping a low profile, the two were not in exile but rather playing the long game and making sure that one or both of Anakin Skywalker’s children would bring about the return of the Jedi and the defeat of the Sith. While the two undeniably had the best intentions for Luke and the galaxy at large, they each perpetuated the flawed ways of the prequel-era Jedi Order, and Luke’s choice to disobey them in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi ended up being some of his best decisions in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Luke Skywalker was an extremely powerful Force-user with astounding skill in lightsaber combat, but neither of these was his greatest strength. Luke’s greatest asset, as well as one of the reasons why he was such an appealing character to so many viewers, was that he embraced his emotions and attachments, caring for those closest to him and the people of the galaxy in a way that the Sith and the old guard Jedi simply couldn't. By the end of Return of the Jedi, Luke was not meant to be another prequel-style Jedi Knight but the first of a new generation with new philosophies.

Related: Every Jedi Alive During The Original Trilogy (In Canon & Legends)

While Luke went on to find a new generation of Jedi in both continuities, the Legends timeline aligned closest to his characterization in the original trilogy. Luke’s Jedi were so different from the previous generation that his Jedi Order was considered a new institution from Obi-Wan and Yoda’s. Rather than forbidding attachments, Luke taught his students to embrace them without being controlled by them. This balanced lifestyle kept Luke’s Jedi Knights close to the ordinary beings they were sworn to protect and was a vast improvement over its predecessor. Luke’s training under Yoda and Obi-Wan wasn’t wasted, however, as they taught him vital skills and showed him a path that he didn’t want to follow in its entirety. By ignoring the advice of his masters in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke saved his friends and ensured that he’d become a better Jedi by the end of the trilogy.

During Luke’s training under Yoda on Dagobah, he experienced vivid visions through the Force for the first time, learning how to predict the future and act (or plan) accordingly. Unfortunately, one of the first things he saw was his friends suffering on Bespin as prisoners of Darth Vader. Luke, who knew no other response than to rush to their safety, was warned by Yoda and Obi-Wan to stay on Dagobah and continue his training, with the visions being a trap set by Darth Vader. Even knowing that Vader would be waiting to ambush him, Luke traveled to Bespin anyway, but his actions ultimately resulted in his friends escaping the Empire’s clutches.

Luke took his X-Wing to Cloud City, and while he only went there to rescue his friends, he ended up confronting Darth Vader. Meanwhile, R2-D2 reunited with Luke’s friends and was instrumental in their escape from the Empire. Not only did R2-D2 unlock the door to the Millennium Falcon’s landing platform, but he also discovered that the Empire disabled the ship’s hyperdrive and repaired it. If Luke hadn’t gone to Bespin, his friends wouldn’t have escaped Imperial forces one way or another. Even if they made it to the Falcon, they’d have been captured by the Executor (Vader’s flagship), resulting in four invaluable members of the Rebellion remaining in Imperial custody, which would be extremely detrimental to the Rebel Alliance’s war effort.

Despite his goal, Luke fell into Darth Vader’s trap and engaged in a futile duel with the experienced Sith Lord. Darth Vader’s trap was not only meant to bring Luke to The Emperor but also to turn him to the dark side of the Force. Vader destroyed Luke’s perception of the Jedi, his mentors, and his seemingly late father by revealing that he is Anakin Skywalker. However, rather than accepting Vader’s offer to overthrow Emperor Palpatine at his side, Luke stayed true to his ideals and chose the seemingly doomed option of falling to his death in Cloud City.

Related: Star Wars: Every Jedi Who Trained Luke (in Canon and Legends)

Luke survived, albeit traumatized, but he wasn’t swayed by Vader’s revelation or the allure of the dark side, despite Vader’s best efforts. Luke endured extreme psychological distress and excruciating physical dismemberment, which can make even the strongest-willed beings turn to the dark side in desperation (with Luke’s Legends-era nephew, Jacen Solo, being a prime example). Yet, Luke chose death over turning his back on his ideals. Darth Vader’s disturbing revelation had the additional effect of helping Luke make the best possible decisions in Return of the Jedi.

Luke’s defeat on Bespin was a life-changing experience for him that he nevertheless used to his advantage in Return of the Jedi. Luke grew up idolizing his father, and the descriptions he’d heard of him from numerous beings confirmed that Anakin Skywalker was a good man. With the wool no longer over his eyes, Luke realized that he couldn’t kill his own father and that his mentors had been lying to him. Rather than continue to see Darth Vader as an irredeemable monster who must be killed, Luke sought to bring him back to the side of good, a resolution that prevented him from falling to the dark side in Return of the Jedi. Had Luke followed the words of his mentors, Vader or Palpatine, he’d have ended up falling to the dark side, but he did what he felt was right, which ultimately saved the galaxy.

Yoda and Obi-Wan didn’t want Luke to travel to Dagobah for a good reason. He was well-trained and powerful in the ways of the Force, and they didn’t want to risk him becoming the Sith apprentice of Darth Vader or Emperor Palpatine, but they demanded that he detach himself from the people he cared for most, trying to keep him at a distance from his loved ones like they were taught to as Jedi. They gave Luke similar advice in Return of the Jedi, instructing him to kill Vader, despite Luke’s familial connection to him. Ultimately, Yoda and Obi-Wan were trying to mold Luke into another old guard Jedi in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, but by disobeying their advice, Luke not only contributed to the Empire’s defeat but also became the first of a new and better kind of Jedi Knight.

More: ROTJ's Luke Skywalker Proved The Prequel Jedi's Ways Were Wrong

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Bah! Luke Skywalker was just a crazy senile old man. Luke is a piker compared t true Force users like Rey Palpatine. Unlike Luke, Rey Palpatine has no weaknesses, is perfect in everything and is perfect in every way.
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Here Are All The Twitter Blue Checks Who Advocated For Regime Change In Russia

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PutinTwitter blue checks and the corporate media say that toppling Putin's regime, even if it means escalation, should be our official stance.
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Biden, the Democrats, the Deep State, the Mainstream Media, and Twitter Blue Checkmarks, are desperately trying to get us in a war with Russia.
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