An Interview With Yoda

Yoda has graciously allowed me to do an interview.  The general topic will be “Star Wars:The Force Awakens”.

Farm Boy: I noticed that you a had bit part in a small flashback.  Should you have had more?

Yoda: Yes, a bigger role I should have had.  Notice that no real new ideas there were.  After 900 years, many I have gained.  A few dispersed I could have.

Farm Boy: So perhaps you are suggesting that it was recycled material?

Yoda: True this is.  Recycling hot with the PC Crowd it is.  Apparently true with movies franchises also it is.  Consider the Star Trek franchise if you will.  Recycle Khan they did.  Not even exotic he was.  Just a garden-variety Britisher he would be.

Farm Boy: So what is your assessment of the picture?

Yoda:  Recycled Episode IV with PC it is.  After initial giddiness wears off, people see this they will.

Farm Boy: So how was the writing?

Yoda:  The writing actually kind of good it was.  Brought Lawrence Kasdan back they did.  Good move this was.  Notice any teen angst you did?  Hmm?  Any dopey love dialog there was?  Hmm?  Jar-Jar there would be?  Hmm?

Farm Boy:  You mentioned PC.  Could you elaborate?

Yoda: A sheila field commander of the elite stormtroopers there was.  Anybody believe this they do?

Farm Boy:  Anything more?

Yoda: A young poor barely surviving scavenger sheila suddenly becomes a great pilot she does?  Hmm?  Anakin and Luke Skywalker practiced much they did.  The Force strong it is.  But without practice, work well it will not.  This the reason I trained Jedi for 800 years it was.

Farm Boy: Is that all?

Yoda:  “Is that all” you ask.  The force deep and complex it is.  Much more to it there is.  Yet, master Jedi swordplay almost instantly the sheila did.  Boggles the mind this does.  Apparently not even sammiches she can make.  Eats instant food she does.  Not even use a microwave oven she does.  And expect us to believe all of these skills instantly to her they come?

Farm Boy: Back to the writing.  Can you comment further?

Yoda:  Lawrence Kasdan wrote the Empire Strikes Back he did.  Recall the many unresolved threads your do?  Similarity there is?  Hmm?  Good this is, or bad this is, I know not.

Farm Boy:  So how about the new villain?

Yoda: Reminds me of Dark Helmet from Spaceballs he would.  Put his helmet on: looks like a menacing character he does.  Take it off:looks like a bratty silly kid he does.

Farm Boy:  So let us consider the accents.  Were they evenly distributed?

Yoda: The Bad Guy General Irish he was.  His mentor, a Londoner he was.  The new masked villain: a ‘Merican he was.  The storm trooper leader: another Londoner she would be.

Both of the new young heroes Londoners they are.  Perhaps “Star Wars: The London Civil War” the title should be.

Farm Boy:  So what is your final assessment?

Yoda:  Really?  Done this they did?  Better than the prequels they were.  But much better they could have been.

Farm Boy:  Thank you for your time Master Yoda.

Yoda:  Welcome you are.




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108 comments on “An Interview With Yoda
  1. Farm Boy says:

    About Dark Helmet


  2. Farm Boy says:

    If Sunshine is looking in, she should be gratified that Lawrence Kasdan is a University of Michigan grad.


  3. Yoda says:

    Perhaps a semi-effective reboot this was
    “Episode IV: A New Chick”

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  4. Yoda says:

    Farm Boy A great interviewer he is.
    Almost as if read my mind he can.
    Knew exactly which questions to ask he did

    Liked by 3 people

  5. SFC Ton says:

    I think the original writers pissed away any opportunity to make the Empire interesting; without interesting villains there cannot b interesting heroes

    Vadder being about the only interesting character in the whole damn thing

    In other words, I prefer space balls


  6. Spawny Get says:

    Happy New Year to the Upside-Downies

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Cill says:

    It is 2016 here in NZ. Happy new year for you too when your time comes 12 hours + 2 minutes from now

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Spawny Get says:

    What’s the future like?

    Has the turble, turble patriarchy been defeated yet? 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  9. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Happy New Year!!

    Sorry to be late for Cill’s family and friends.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. SFC Ton says:

    The ebul of turbleness of patriarchy is alive and well here at Camp Ton. and growing stronger by the day

    Hope to squirt another oppressor in a Girl#2’s belly soon

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Yoda says:

    How many seen the new Star Wars movie they have?

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Yoda says:

    For uninitiated this is,

    Liked by 1 person

  13. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I haven’t seen it yet but, the trailer was very compelling and it must have been a knockout in the theater.


  14. Dragonfly says:

    We love Star Wars, so of course we saw this one on a date night, my mom was staying the night with our boys so we went to a middle of the night showing – got all dressed up and everything. We both thought it was really good, but I can’t get over the family drama and the disappointment of Han & Leia’s relationship. It’s just so painful – the whole scenario and how their family life played out. Don’t want to spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it yet, but it was very sad to me, and because of the drama, it impacts the way I see the older movies, too. 😦 Maybe I’m just too romantic and girlie… my husband liked it more I think. He’s not as affected by the romantic relationships as I am.

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  15. Yoda says:

    In other words, I prefer space balls

    Hope to squirt another oppressor in a Girl#2’s belly soon

    May the Schwartz be with you

    Liked by 5 people

  16. Yoda says:

    – got all dressed up and everything

    As Princess Leia you were?


  17. Yoda says:

    but I can’t get over the family drama and the disappointment of Han & Leia’s relationship. It’s just so painful – the whole scenario and how their family life played out

    Out with the older less PC characters they do desire.
    In with the new PC characters it was.

    Also like to sully the older less PC characters they do

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  18. SFC Ton says:

    I will not see the movie; you can get SJW propaganda for free so why would I pay for it?


  19. SFC Ton says:

    Would love a space-abago like that

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Yoda says:

    Hair in spirally sidebuns it was?

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Yoda says:

    Directed at Dragonfly the last comment was


  22. Yoda says:

    Side Hair Buns,

    Liked by 3 people

  23. Yoda says:

    Would love a space-abago like that

    Like this you do mean?
    A space-motor-home it is.


  24. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    If I can deduce anything about Dragonfly, I think she wanted to see Han and Leia have a “happily ever after” life.
    There is a lot of tragedy in Star Wars. Anakin’s mother dies. Padme dies in childbirth. All these things are central to the plot.

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  25. Cill says:

    “How many seen the new Star Wars movie they have?”

    Apart from Leia’s side buns (which as a little kid I mistook for earphones) I’m not much of a Star Wars fan.

    Mum bought me some out-sized earphones so I could chat to Leia who whispered some things in my ear** that were not really appropriate between a young woman and a kid barely past the toddler stage. (** all in my imagination of course.)

    One of the things I’ve learned about myself on this blog is that I’m unusually unenthusiastic about movies. Most of you here are keen movie goers by comparison. I watch only one or two a year – and heaven only knows why I bother doing even that much, when they usually bore me half to death and put me to sleep.

    It’s a social thing. I go to movies for the good company of whoever is with me at the time, and it’s an opportunity to have a couple of hours of kip before the lively activity to come.

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  26. Dragonfly says:

    Yes, Fuzzie, I did want to see them have a very happily ever after kind of life. He is one of the very few characters in movies that are still popular from a few years ago, that actually had obvious game. The way he gamed Leia is text book, and it’s one of the reasons so many people loved them, even if they had no idea what “game” was.

    And no Yoda, not as Leia and Han, although when our oldest was about a year, we all dressed up in Star Wars garb for a Halloween party, my brother was Luke, husband was Han, I was Leia, and our baby was a tiny ewok LOL it was so cute and fun. My brother used his old lightsaber from childhood haha. This time we just dressed nicely, it was actually after going to a Christmas party.

    This Christmas, with all the Stars-y stuff out due to the movie, my brother actually did an adorable thing where he gave our oldest his “first lightsaber,” and presented it the way Luke’s voice did in the new movie. My son loved it and the presentation!

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  27. Dragonfly says:

    Yoda, you are right about them just wanting to get rid of the less PC characters … yuck.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    You have a fun family. The baby as a Ewok? I love it!

    Movies are fun. However, the recent ones are all about actoin over substance. You may consider watching “Casablanca” with good friends. Humphrey Bogart can sat fithy lines better than any of the 007s.

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  29. Cill says:

    I’m battening down the hatches. Forest fires, drought, gale-force winds and torrential rain in Godzone.

    Liked by 3 people

  30. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    At this end, the opposite. Snow from last night sticking to the roof but not the ground. Calm.
    Stay safe.


  31. JDG says:

    I have zero motivation to see yet another girl power movie.

    Apparently not even sammiches she can make.

    If she won’t make sammiches, she is working for the dark side. Just another female who wants to be a man. It doesn’t get much darker than that.

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  32. JDG says:

    You may consider watching “Casablanca” with good friends.

    “To Have and to Have Not”, “Key Largo”, and “The Big Sleep” are also well done Bogie classics in my opinion. I agree that Bogie out classes even the original bond.

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  33. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    You may have giben the dark side a great assist. Being able to make sandwiches would be good cover for a female infiltrator.
    Naw, they’d never use it. 😉


  34. JDG says:

    Being able to make sandwiches would be good cover for a female infiltrator.

    As you say, and the PC police would never allow sammich making by a non-abused woman into a film.

    100 pound girls defeating 200 pound men in a manly manner is allowed. Lady like sammich making is not.

    The masculinization of the western female and the emasculation of the western male is the goal.

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  35. Cill says:

    Thanks for that, Spawny mate. A good article to help me catch up with JC and the “feel” of things over there. The mere fact that he could become the leader of one of the 2 main parties seems Bloody Dangerous from where I’m at on the other side of the world. Does the old-fashioned trade union base retain much clout in Labour? Has it been sort of shifted into a back room by the cynical import of ignorance by Blair and Brown?

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  36. Yoda says:

    Used quickness to compensate for lack of strength I did.
    Rey seemed quicker not.
    Rey was stronger not.
    Rey was experienced not.

    Only advantage she might have had,
    a “Gladiator” style hobbling of opponent it was.


  37. SFC Ton says:

    I’m battening down the hatches. Forest fires, drought, gale-force winds and torrential rain in Godzone…. Cill

    All of which sounds like more fun then watching a movie

    Liked by 2 people

  38. Yoda says:

    Perhaps offered to make sammiches for her opponent Rey should have

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Yoda says:

    “Gladiator” broke the mold it did.
    Finally ancient Romans spoke with Aussie instead of British accents

    Liked by 1 person

  40. Cill says:

    “All of which sounds like more fun then watching a movie”

    Not as much fun as procreating…

    Liked by 1 person

  41. Spawny Get says:

    The extremists have taken over the zombie horde. They’re gonna be shocked, shocked! I tell you, when no one votes them into government. The eternal Marxist enigma; why don’t the dumb prole scum revolt and put us into power? Like all our theories predict. Do they know something that we don’t?

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  42. Spawny Get says:

    Aren’t the goats having a bad enough day already?


  43. Cill says:

    “Aren’t the goats having a bad enough day already?”
    Is nothing sacred?

    Liked by 3 people

  44. Cill says:

    In foul weather I need to have an engineering project to keep me occupied in my workshop, otherwise my thoughts drift towards lust or mischief. All living creatures need to be wary at such times.

    Liked by 2 people

  45. Spawny Get says:

    The Force Awakens — aka the new Star Wars movie — may be the worst thing ever to have happened in the history of cinema. (I say “may” rather than “is” because, of course, only a Sith deals in absolutes).

    Obviously there have been many more terrible movies — The Phantom Menace, Ishtar, Battlefield Earth, Grown Ups II, Love Actually, etc. — but never before has there been a movie where the generally favourable reception by critics and audiences alike has been quite so dramatically at odds with the actual product.

    There is no question about it: The Force Awakens comprehensively sucks. Yet mysteriously almost no one has come round to admitting it. Until now.

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  46. Spawny Get says:

    2. Basically it’s an extended propaganda promo for women in the military

    In the original Star Wars movie, the ONLY interesting characteristic about the ineffably dull Luke Skywalker was his battle to overcome his innate milquetoastness and somehow become the saviour of the universe. With the new heroine, Rey, we don’t even get that small consolation. Basically she is AMAZING from the off.

    Why is she amazing? Girl power, of course. Girls can just do the most incredible shit that boys never could. They can fly ageing space cruisers they’ve never once flown before, mastering the controls in seconds to the point where, just a minute later, they can steer them through near-impossible dog fight manoeuvres. They’re good in hand-to-hand combat situations too. They’re so naturally brilliant — because they’re girls, obv. — that they don’t even need to undergo lengthy training sessions on Dagobah in the use of The Force. (Bollocks this is).

    And they’re great mechanics, too, because, again, girls are like that: their minds are so geared to engineering and spacecraft maintenance and stuff, they can teach guys like Han Solo a thing or two, just you listen. Oh, and they’re also fluent in robot. Some critics of the old school might argue that a heroine who can overcome every obstacle without difficulty is a heroine without interest or entertainment value or, indeed, plausibility. But that’s just sexism.

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  47. Spawny Get says:

    7. The scene that ruins everything

    Sci-fi above all is about suspension of disbelief, about the joys of pure escapism. So much effort has gone into creating this galaxy far, far away — and for much of the film you buy into it: the alien creatures, the amazing spaceships that can warp speed blind from one side of the galaxy to the other without bumping into even the tiniest rock, the desert planet and the tree-y, snow-y planet which look likes ours yet so very different. But then, about three-quarters of the way in is a scene so ludicrously implausible that all the magic is lost.

    It happens during the X-wing fighter attack on the Bigger Death Star (or whatever it’s called). In one of the X-wing fighters, the co-pilot — or “back seat driver” as she should be more correctly called — is clearly identifiable as female. Yet at no stage during the attack is her fighter’s progress marred by poor map-reading, irksome injunctions to turn the windscreen wipers on or off and the music down, expressed anxieties about whether the fuel and oil levels have been checked recently, or indeed even low-level nagging and bickering and suggestions that the stubborn driver stop and ask for directions.

    Extraordinarily, not only does the X-wing fighter fail to crash, but it actually reaches its target on time and delivers its payload accurately. Everyone knows that even in a galaxy far, far away, such a scenario would be quite beyond the realms of possibility.

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  48. Cill says:

    Yeah well I won’t be watching The Fucking Force Awakens any time soon… unless I can find a way to spirit fart cushions into the theaters…

    Now there’s a worthy engineering project. There’d be the clandestine aspect as well, sneaking them onto every seat…

    Hmmm…there might be a way. To justify the effort, each cushion would have to deliver the mother of all farts, an abrupt unapologetic roar of protest and outrage and grief, sufficient to make a stormtrooper’s cods withdraw into his nutsack with an audible clang.

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  49. Yoda says:

    My Jedi Mind Trick based campaign paying dividends it is.
    But works with conventional mainstream media it does not.
    Their minds to illogical and disorganized to probe.
    Drives Jedis nuts to do so it does.


  50. Cill says:

    Padawan should write a ditty about it. Wonder where he has gone… anyone know? He gets weird in foul weather too. He could even be out in the boat, holding a decibels contest with the gale.


  51. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    It would seem that the author of that Breitbart review is tired of seeing girl power in the real world. Seeing it onscreen too is just too much.
    JDG suggested what would be next. 200 pund guys making sandwiches for 100 pound girls.


  52. Cill says:

    I have in mind a sound (to be emitted by the mother of all fart cushions) incorporating the protest of a camel getting to its feet, mating lions, a steam train braking on rusty rails, and a v8 with a high-lift cam shaft responding to a single, emphatic pump of the accelerator pedal.

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  53. Liz says:

    “I’m battening down the hatches. Forest fires, drought, gale-force winds and torrential rain in Godzone.”

    Oh no!
    Hope everything is okay. Mike was in Dallas during the 11 tornado-hit day. He texted me when the tornado sirens were blaring.
    Weird weather patterns.

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  54. SFC Ton says:

    Not as much fun as procreating…

    6 times a day whether they want to or not

    Liked by 1 person

  55. SFC Ton says:

    I own a bar so tonight is a work night

    Y’all enjoy your new year

    Liked by 4 people

  56. Spawny Get says:

    “sufficient to make a stormtrooper’s cods withdraw into his nutsack with an audible clang.”

    Now that’s what I call an image. Well done

    Liked by 1 person

  57. Cill says:

    Thanks Liz. It’s pretty wild out there. The livestock are all in storm shelters, Horse is in his stable (chewing on hay last I saw him), the boats are up on rails and I’m safe and sound with Dog who laps bowls of Cill’s Draught Down Under while I take shots of Chivas.

    Liz I wish you were here with me it’s just as well you’re not here with me right now.

    Liked by 3 people

  58. Spawny Get says:


    no, not a foghorn. Big Red is speaking. Exactly as the ancient mastodons did across the swamps back in the day.

    Liked by 1 person

  59. molly says:

    New Years Day 2016 in the UK! Happy New Year Unca S! 🙂 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  60. Spawny Get says:

    Relax Folks.

    2016 and the glorious patriarchy is as powerful as ever…

    Happy New Year

    Liked by 2 people

  61. Spawny Get says:

    Happy New Year to you too, Molls

    Liked by 1 person

  62. Cill says:

    Have a good one**, me old garden gate.

    ** noggin I mean.


  63. Cillhouette says:

    Best wishes for 2016 Spawny 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  64. Choicy says:


    Happy New Year from a digger back home in the great southern land, mate.

    Liked by 2 people

  65. Cill says:

    I just gave Horse a bunch of my home-grown carrots. Man, he loves them. The way to a horse’s heart is through his stomach.

    Liked by 3 people

  66. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    If you want to see Horse go crazy, try an overripe Bartlett pear. He will salivate to the point of drooling.

    Happy New Year! 🌯 🌯 🌯 🐻 🙄 “champagne”

    Cillouette, Happy New Year!

    “Spawny Gety,
    Happy New Year!

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  67. Guests says:

    I raise my glass to Fuzzie Bear and BNartlett Pears and anyone/thing else that’s lurking here! Cheers!

    From cill’s sister #2

    Liked by 3 people

  68. Cill says:

    I’ll drink to that. Topa!

    Liked by 1 person

  69. Guests says:

    Good interview, Farm Boy! Insightful, probing. provocative questions. 😉

    cill’s sister #2

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  70. Yoda says:

    George Lucas does say,

    Lucas has expressed conflicting feelings about selling the “Star Wars” franchise to Disney for $4 billion in 2012.

    He and Disney had different visions for the future of the franchise, which helped him make the decision to move on, though he still refers to the “Star Wars” movies as his “kids.”

    “I loved them, I created them, I am very intimately involved in them,” Lucas told [Charlie Rose] about the franchise.

    Lucas then quipped: “I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…” Lucas trailed off with a laugh and didn’t finish his sentence.


  71. Farm Boy says:

    Good interview, Farm Boy! Insightful, probing. provocative questions.

    Thank you. But it was Yoda who provided the real insight

    Liked by 1 person

  72. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Happy New Year, Cill’s sister #2!

    Liked by 1 person

  73. Spawny Get says:

    Cill’s sister #2?

    ‘Cillph’, because you know it makes sense


  74. Spawny Get says:

    Or ‘Cylph’, it’s all good


  75. Yoda says:

    Up late Patriarch is


  76. Spawny Get says:

    Woke up…back to sleep imminently. I blame the wine…


  77. Cill says:

    Who’d like a shot of this stuff:

    It used to sell for £1126.12 in UK. I think it’s now sold out.

    Liked by 1 person

  78. Cill says:

    Do you know it Spawny? Dalmore 40 Year Old. If it’s sold out I’ll keep it pristine. Otherwise, I’ll open it.


  79. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Does it make you grow antlers?

    Fireworks from Spawny’s capitol.

    Liked by 2 people

  80. Spawny Get says:

    It’d be wasted on me, I don’t do neat spirits


  81. Spawny Get says:

    “Does it make you grow antlers?”

    Hope not

    Sounds like he’s plenty horny enough.

    Liked by 2 people

  82. Cill says:

    I really need to start eating hormone-antibiotic-enhanced foods, and breathing polluted air, and drinking adulterated water…


  83. Yoda says:


    Since Hillary announced that her husband would be joining her on the campaign trail, people have been debating whether or not it’s fair for the GOP to attack Bill’s sexual misdeeds in order to indirectly attack her.

    This makes sense. After all, we’re talking about a guy who has been accused of the sexual assault of more than ten women. Think about it: How is her appointing him really any different than if she’d appointed Bill Cosby?

    But here’s the thing: The real issue isn’t whether or not to attack Bill to indirectly attack Hillary — it’s about directly attacking Hillary for how she herself treated the women involved. Hillary Clinton claims to be pro-women, yet has actively worked to ruin lives of so many of them. She’s running on a “feminist platform” — she’s even dared to say that sexual-assault survivors have a “right to be believed” — despite the fact that what she did to the women who accused Bill went far beyond not believing them. She attacked them. When allegations of sexual misconduct emerged during Bill’s 1992 presidential run, she’s reported to have said “Who is going to find out? These women are trash. Nobody’s going to believe them.” Multiple people also report that she called the women “sluts” and “whores” — you know, for daring to be raped. A private investigator named Ivan Duda claims that, after Bill lost his second governor’s race, Hillary told him: “I want you to get rid of all these b****** he’s seeing . . . I want you to give me the names and addresses and phone numbers, and we can get them under control.”

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  84. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Hillary is a duplicitious stinker. The Republicans are welcome to bring anything to light that will reinforce this truth.
    Shouold she win her party’s nomination, I hope that the Democratic party splits, as it did in 1860. Let me be the first to endorse John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky.

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  85. Farm Boy says:

    News you can use

    An esteemed scientific journal appears to have been conned into publishing what appears to be a fake study on the effects of mommy kisses on their children’s boo-boos.

    Kisses from mommy are not an effective way of remedying children’s boo-boos, according to a new study which was published online by the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. The study, which was allegedly conducted on 943 pairs of toddlers and their mothers, examined whether a kiss from a child’s mother after a minor injury significantly reduced the child’s distress.

    “Maternal kissing of boo-boos is a common practice that appears to have no ability to reduce the distress of toddlers and may have significant untoward effects,” the anonymous authors of the study concluded. “On the basis of this study, we recommend a moratorium on the practice.”

    In order to conduct the study, which would require the observation of children after experiencing minor injuries, the researchers wrote that they intentionally constructed scenarios in which children would hurt themselves. In one scenario, the researchers placed chocolate in an area where a child would likely bump his head trying to reach the chocolate. In another, they placed a child’s favorite object behind a heated coil so the child would burn herself trying to access the object:

    To induce head boo-boos, a piece of chocolate was placed under a low table edge and the child would be allowed to crawl to the candy. Invariably, the child would then stand to eat the chocolate and would strike his or her head on the table edge. All tables were constructed of soft wood (pine or fir) and edges were appropriately rounded enough to guarantee that skin would not be broken. Hand boo-boos were induced by placing a favourite object (lovey) of the child just out of reach on a counter behind a heated coil. Attempts
    to obtain the lovey would result in a noxious thermal stimulus to the fingertips. The coil was heated to 50 degrees Celsius (120 F) in order to produce a significant but non-damaging stimulus.
    Towards the end of the research paper, the authors of the study congratulated themselves for this study design, calling it “brilliant in its simplicity and robust in its design.” Some of the children subjected to the alleged study were only 18 months old, according to the research paper..

    Not only does the kissing of boo-boos not work, the paper’s authors concluded, it also produces several untoward effects:

    First, the placing of the lips on the soiled appendages of toddlers likely puts mothers at a higher risk of acquiring viral and bacteriologic infections. Second, maternal resources are very limited, and time spent on delivering ineffective kisses to boo-boos means that maternal attention is not devoted to other activities that have clearly been shown to be beneficial to toddlers, such as the introduction of algebraic functions and the teaching of conversational Mandarin [8]. Most importantly, reliance on ineffective therapies may delay or prevent the delivery of proven and appropriate medical care, such as BacBe-Gone® antibacterial ointment and Steri-Aids® self-adhesive bandages [9].

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  86. Farm Boy says:

    Modern Universities

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  87. Farm Boy says:

    Diversity trumps all,

    During one of the most popular panel discussions here at Comic-Con 2015, a Friday event devoted to the upcoming film “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” director J. J. Abrams fielded a question from fans regarding cast diversity in upcoming Star Wars films.

    Two audience members jointly asked Abrams whether — given his track record of helping build a diverse cast as director of the “Star Trek” reboot films — he could confirm if there will be more Asian characters in the Star Wars universe. Asian characters are few and far between in the Star Wars franchise — one appears in the original trilogy’s last film, “Return of the Jedi,” but for only four seconds before dying in a fiery explosion.

    Abrams said that while he won’t be casting future films in the franchise, because he’s directing only Episode VII, he did include Asian characters in “The Force Awakens,” which opens December 18.

    “I think it’s important people see themselves represented in film,” Abrams said. “I think it’s not a small thing.”


  88. Farm Boy says:

    I went to see the new Star Wars film last night.

    It was pretty much a re-make of A New Hope but it was fun and I enjoyed it. It was certainly better than the plastic and shallow prequels.

    It was great to see Han and Leia back in the story and I loved seeing Luke as a monk at Skellig Michael.

    I do have a grumble however. (WARNING: little bit of a spoiler coming up)
    Why do film makers feel like they have to preach a sermon?

    The sermon in this case was the pretty obvious and heavy handed left wing diversity sermon.
    The heroes were women and minorities. The villains were all white guys.

    Am I being too thin skinned here? Did they really have to portray Han Solo as an emotionally comatose deadbeat dad?

    So the emotional climax of the movie is the bad guy actually killing the old white guy father figure?

    As an old white guy father figure you’ll forgive me for being a tiny bit offended.
    Maybe I’m taking it too seriously, but all the genocidal storm troopers were white. The chief villain was white, the leader of the First Order armies was a white Nazi type figure, and the “Supreme Leader” leader Snoke, sitting on his throne was like an evil version of God the Father.


  89. Farm Boy says:

    One wonders is JJ Abrams has a version of “George Lucas’ Disease”, where, whatever he had once is Lost.

    In this particular case, it appears to have manifested itself into not be able to make anything original, just warmed-over rermakes.

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  90. Farm Boy says:

    Progressive plot points,

    #1: First fighter is a woman.
    When the First Order lands on Jakku to retrieve the map, they run into some resistance. Whether or not the villagers were part of the RESISTANCE is moot, as they take up arms to protect their own as soon as the First Order ships touch down. As Poe Dameron rushes to his X-Wing to escape, the camera pans over the first person seen taking up arms against this new threat of evil: A woman with determination in her eyes and blaster rifle in her hand.

    #2: Rey stance on hand-holding while running.
    After a very confused meet-cute, Finn and Rey must run for their lives as the First Order arrives looking for BB-8. Hearing the air strike, Finn instinctively grabs Rey’s hand and makes a run for it. She is down for running away, but not for strange men invading her personal space and directing her movements. Chalk it up to her independent nature or being uncomfortable with human contact after a lifetime of isolation, but it was nice to see a woman assert her right to autonomy.

    #3: First time Finn turns on lightsaber.
    After Maz Kanata’s catina is obliterated by the First Order, Finn sets off to rescue Rey but laments he has no weapon. Max presses the lightsaber into his hand and says that yes he does. After a pregnant pause, Anakin Skywalker’s blade ignites for the first time in three decades, in the hands of a young black LEAD CHARACTER. History indeed!

    #4: Minority X-Wing pilots live!
    X-Wing pilots have a very short lifespan. And movies have a sordid history of killing off non-white characters first. So when the Asian woman(!) and black male pilots that were part of Poe Dameron’s back-up on the offensive against Starkiller Base survived, it was another step in the right direction for Hollywood. Maybe one day it won’t matter what race or gender the Red Shirts™ are, but today is not that day.

    #5: Lady stormtrooper.
    Two of them! Okay probably (definitely) more, but two that have lines. One is giving orders in the retreat from Maz Kanata’s cantina and the other has to deliver the bad news to Kylo Ren that Rey is still loose inside the facility. Considering how adamant Captain Phasma was that Finn keep his helmet on at all times, lack of individuality is the name of the game in the First Order. I’m half surprised the stormtroopers don’t all have voice modulators, but I’m glad they don’t.

    #6: Asian Resistance leader.
    If you’ll recall, other than Mon Mothma and Princess Leia, the Rebel Alliance leadership was a Pillsbury Doughboy sausage fest. To see a PoC in charge — seemingly second in command to General Leia herself – was a huge leap forward for diversity in the Star Wars universe.

    #7: Rey takes up the lightsaber.
    Yes there have been female Jedi before. The prequels had Shaak Ti, Aayla Secura, and Luminara Unduli but they were tertiary characters at best. “The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels” have the Ahsoka Tano. But never before had a female main character in Star Wars taken up a lightsaber on film. To see Anakin’s blade whisk past his grandson and into Rey’s hands was a moment little girls have been waiting nearly four decades to see. Leia might not have been able to take up the mantle of her father, but Rey is more than a worthy substitute.


  91. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Farm Boy,
    That CEO in a black turtleneck is cute. Too bad the product/service that she is trying to sell doesn’t work. Thankfully, the company has not gone public yet.

    On a lighter note, Laura Wood linked this and it reminds me that tradition is a good thing. Franz Josef loved marches.

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  92. Liz says:

    FB’s link:

    WAY back when I always wondered about this chick. It’s pretty obvious it would be great to use only one drop of blood to run all of these tests, but they haven’t done so because the tech wasn’t there…so, what’s so revolutionary about this idea? I was trying to understand how a young woman could become a multimillionare with no real science background and no product, but I had to believe the “proprietary technology” story. Still, I also knew many large companies with lots of smarter and more experienced people have been working on the same things (sometimes they succeed, there are some spot tests available).

    Anyway, funny stuff.

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  93. Liz says:

    Per Hillary, I’m not usually a conspiracy theorist but the Clintons are truly scary people.
    Conspiracy theories are usually based in something real. But they tend to go off the turnip truck somewhere into absurdity.
    This happens so regularly that one might even think it is planned. What if conspiracy theories get “wild” to cover up the real conspiracies?
    Our oldest son will be of age to vote in this next election, and I started talking about Clinton and some of the odd things that came out of the woodwork while he was president. I noted that he timed “bad news” very shrewdly.

    For example, he made sure to raise taxes right after the first three months of his election after running a “no new taxes” campaign. He’d always intended to do it, and it was best to get it over with up front so people would forget (unlike his predecessor).

    When the odd “death list” came out with something like 15-20 names of very suspicious deaths under the strangest of circumstances, the Monica Lewinsky “surprise” came out right after. And Clinton handled it very belligerently, pointing his finger at the people and sternly claiming “even presidents have private lives”. It was truly like an attempt to switch everyone’s focus (because, really, the fact he was pumping his intern wouldn’t have been such a big deal if he wasn’t so weirdly aggressive about it…the way he handled it made it an issue…which subsequently shot that death list under the table in the public’s eye. the death list became old news, much like Benghazi and the private e mails…get the bad information out fast and early, then claim they’re beating a dead horse later).

    Well, that old “death list” is now something like 80 people long. It’s almost as though names were added to make the original list look increasingly absurd.

    I’ve noticed that even in the age of the internet it is almost impossible to find anything linking Hillary with the tricare system that was actually her brainchild (and abortion brainchild) at the time. I remember because that’s exactly when Mike was entering military service and this was all explained to me at the official briefing for “dependents” as we were called then, entering the military healthcare system. It’s clearly not a legacy she is proud of.

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  94. Yoda says:

    Perhaps Hillary should take Bill Cosby on campaign with her also.

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  95. Farm Boy says:

    One needs to ask oneself: Was there any new ground broken in “The Force Awakens”? Other than inserting members of victim groups into key roles?

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  96. Farm Boy says:

    Well, when one thinks about it, the prequels, for all of their flaws, had kinda original plots.

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  97. Yoda says:

    A new post there is


  98. SFC Ton says:

    I have always thought star wars was heavily Asian influenced; the force seems like a copy of being Zen; Jedi seem like a lame version of Samurai and probably some more stuff if I cared to think about it

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  99. Yoda says:

    Respond poorly she did,

    hint of things to come when she retweeted a Tumblr post noting, “I get really protective over Carrie Fisher because nerds will go on and on about how cool and great Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford still are, but they’ll always be like ‘Carrie Fisher sure didn’t age well huh’ and it’s like you know what? f_ck you. she aged beautifully. she’s amazing. she’s gorgeous. just because you can’t fantasize about her returning to the gross metal slave bikini doesn’t mean she isn’t exactly as incredible as her old cast mates.” She soon followed up with a more direct command, saying, “Please stop debating about whether OR not aged well. unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings. My BODY hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us.” It’s been favorited over 35 thousand times — and still going. She then retweeted a comment from a woman who observed, “Men don’t age better than women, they’re just allowed to age,” and then for the kicker posted a photo of her dog Gary and the message, “My body is my brain bag, it hauls me around to those places & in front of faces where theres something to say or see…. Youth&BeautyR/NOT ACCOMPLISHMENTS, they’re theTEMPORARY happy/BiProducts/of Time&/or DNA/Don’t Hold yourBreath4either/ifUmust holdAir/takeGarys.” And there are not enough HELL YEAHS in the world.

    Fisher is a cool, smart, hilarious, and not that it should matter, but beautiful to boot 59 year-old woman. If you’re ticked off that she’s not the same beautiful woman she was nearly forty years ago — and as evidence that some people really are, she retweeted a “Star Wars” fan’s comment that “YOU DIDNT AGE WELL AND U SUCKED IN STAR WARS. IT WAS A REST HOME FLICK. WANT MY MONEY BACK” — that’s the fault of your own tiny and totally unrealistic expectations about what time does to humans. Maybe you’d be better off sticking with action figures?


  100. Yoda says:

    Dalrock does say,

    The real problem is not in the fictional universe of Star Wars, but in our own modern societies. When we encourage young men to imagine themselves fighting to protect a woman, he must imagine that once he arrives to save the day he will be met with feminist snark “What took you so long?”

    What sane young man is going to dream of fighting to be yet another punchline in our feminist society? Good men who do heroic things are suckers and buffoons in our culture.

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  101. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I don’t want to have my good will turned against me and be a chump. What is going to happen when feminism suceeds in alienating men? Judging by reading the first few comments at Dalrock’s, we’re close.


  102. JDG says:

    From one of the imdb reviews:

    The fun bit is that the star destroyer had some sort of antenna or whatever at the front and it looked liked the ship was showing the middle finger towards the viewers.
    I have to congratulate the film makers as that was pretty much how the film worked from that point forward.

    The middle finger of female “empowerment” has been in our faces for some time now.

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