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  1. 11 points
    Cygnia

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  2. 9 points
    Warning, long opinionated rant, feel free to skip: Well, that article about the ACLU saddens me terribly for a multitude of reasons. Sometimes sacred cows aren't just for show, they are pillars of the liberty we cherish. The fact those pillars didn't spring whole cloth all at once like Athena from the skull of Zeus doesn't make them less needful, quite the opposite. America was founded on some very high minded ideals. And let's get this straight, for most of our history, we failed to reach those goals. That's why they were so crucial. Each time "all men were created equal" was said, someone looked around and said 'what about those men without land?' 'what about the black men?' 'hey, we do mean PEOPLE when we use that universal men comment right? The women are pissed now' and someone struggled to make it so. One rung up the latter to the heights at a time. And sometimes we fall hard. But that doesn't mean it isn't worth reaching for. And instead some folks want give up one freedom because it complicates the pursuit of other freedoms? Well, GOSH, who the heck knew high ideals might lead to complications and difficulties instead of being easy? And once you make it possible to deny freedom of speech for one group, do you really want that precedent ready for expansion and re-use on another group? Understand, I am not saying that the local news needs to show up to every white power rally and treat them with any respect. I'd be satisfied with "I'm Tom Tucker, This just in: Neo-Nazis still bigoted idiots incapable of learning from decency or history, and now the weather"... Has it occurred to anyone that the White Supremacist movement has been making the most of others attempts to control speech? That it is fuel for their recruiting efforts? How many folks that voted for Trump said they admired that he didn't put up with Political Correctness? and was able to "tell it like it is"? And yet thirty percent (Roughly) of all folks who voted for Trump once voted for Obama? Maybe we shouldn't just disregard it with convenient labels and tell them to shut up, which they clearly feel is happening when any disagreement is labeled as racist or hateful. Honestly, I cringe every time I hear the phrase "White privilege" Not because I disagree with some parts of the theory. Just looking at the news of the last decade has me thinking that some police will feel a lot more free to abuse minorities than they would a pasty pale type like me. I cringe because 8 times out of ten, I see it used to say 'shut up' or 'you don't get to talk' to someone. It's an attempt by some to rob folks of their voice, and that's just one example of speech control attempts used in many circles. We can't even agree on the definition of some terms anymore, so yeah, kind of need to talk about that. When some racist scumbag white supremacist group sees that? They lick their chops, walk over to the guy who just got shut up, and say "We care. We'll listen to you. We'll give you a voice". Like I said, fuel to the fire. Some folks think the solution is to shut down more speech. I think the fix for Free Speech woes is, weirdly, more Free Speech not less and a respect for the RIGHT to speak even, or perhaps especially, by those who speak things we find uncomfortable or down right hateful. Words and speeches people LIKE aren't the ones that NEED protection. Because what's offensive to me may not be offensive to you and vice versa, and when a tide shifts, we need to have those out of favor still have a voice. Because believe you me, those in power are always eager to shut down opposition and precedent against them last decade becomes precedent for them the next. They will redefine what this or that means if that's what it takes to shut folks down. Now understand, I think Rosanne got her self fired REAL good and is not being censored just because she no longer has a show. I think boycots are a perfectly fine way to protest a company/ business you find in the wrong. Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequence, but you let folks talk in the public square because you respect their rights, even if you don't think they're worth spit.
  3. 8 points
    The more the tariffs' thing comes into play, the more I'm embarrassed. Not that I think all tariff's are bad, but these tarrifs are born of rationale regarding war and national defense? SERIOUSLY, what the.... We're doing this to Canada because of National Security? 1) The Term "National Security" has pretty much officially lost any meaning or credibility with this stunt if it hadn't already. 2) It's BLEEPING Canada! We take shots at each other, we joke, we sometimes grumble a bit about the other, but they're pretty much the best neighbors a country could ever be hoped to be blessed with on its northern border! They've had our backs more times than I care to count. Many Americans have family up there, and vice versa. And Coworkers and friends and so on. They're so much like us in so many ways that Europeans often confuse them for Americans (Not nice, Euro guys, don't do that, it shakes them up terribly). They're peaceful (Barring , I am told, certain strong convictions on Hockey?) and unless there's a fight over some dead pig on an island again they are particularly peaceful with us. 3) They're a successful democracy. Aren't we supposed to ... you know, give points for that ? Lord knows we may fall out of that category ourselves. But seriously, shafting dictatorships, punishing autocracies, and boycotting goods from Putintania, I could understand. But while we pride ourselves on carrying the torch of liberty blazing for all the world to see, Canada has it's own more eco-friendly (and less likely to draw mosquitoes) lantern of freedoms. God will punish America for its treatment of it's good neighbor, in fact, Justin Bieber is probably going to cut three more albums and move to Texas. Good work, Trump. You ####weed
  4. 8 points
    Today's BBC World Service had an interesting story about a small town in eastern Tennessee where ICE just rounded up 97 of the undocumented, mostly workers at the town's meat-packing plant. This is Trump country. (He got something like 75% of the vote.) Nevertheless, many townsfolk are shocked and angry. The local minister is preaching sermons about loving all people regardless of native language or place of birth. See, the people arrested were their neighbors and an important part of their economy. And what about all those children who now lack parents? Townsfolk have taken them in, but are fuming that you *just don't do that to kids.* "Zero Tolerance" stopped being a narrative when it affected real people they actually knew. Dean Shomshak
  5. 6 points
    Starlord

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  6. 6 points
    I think having one's name on a structure isn't the strongest indicator of success. Witness: Our current office holder.
  7. 6 points
    Pariah

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  8. 5 points
    Sorry that I implied that you were a free speech absolutist. I was just trying to make the point that there are limits, and we, as a society get to choose where those limits are. I used to believe in the whole "sunlight is the best disinfectant" (not quoting anyone here, that I know of) idea. But seeing the surge is white nationalism and other forms of open bigotry has gone a long way to convincing me it's just not true. People see these ideas out there, hear the president of the *%^&$ United States talking about there being "good people on both sides" when the Nazis marched in Charlottesville, see the New York Times running story after story about dapper Nazis, and it starts to permeate the air. Soak in. Fester. Something has to give, or we really could go the way of Nazi Germany. I don't really fear for myself. Since I've come out, being trans really isn't a struggle for me. It's awesome. I get to be myself after fifty-two years of hiding. There is no force on this planet that will send me back into hiding, and if I end up suffering because of that, nothing can take away the fact that I'll do it as myself. But I fear for all my LGBTQ siblings. And I'm sad for the ones who are afraid to be themselves because of the environment of hate that is blooming, fanned by the current administration. I fear for every visible minority, because if the far right continues to gain power in this country, none of them are safe. So, it's not that I'm going to try to get Nazis outlawed, but I just don't see them as worth spending the money to defend. I am a donor to the ACLU. I think they do a lot of great work. But the idea of my money going to defend people who not only would gladly see me dead, but are actually striving to make that happen, makes me almost physically ill.
  9. 5 points
    As you say, eyesight already has discriminatory built in, but I like the idea and here's how I'd run it: Watch the TV show Sherlock or the Downey jr Holmes films, not so much for their accuracy to the character and stories, but for how his perception and ability to pick up clues is depicted. That's how I'd treat it, a sort of super-perception that picked up information better than those around them. You see blue eyes, he sees certain patterns of blue that are distinct to a kind of genetic condition. You see a raincoat, he sees stains from a kind of mud and a pattern of wrinkles that indicates sitting for a long period of time. Discriminatory Sense on eyesight for humans allows easier and quicker gathering of information that is technically available to everyone, but only really noticed by the person who bought it.
  10. 5 points
    On paper, of course it is. In practice . . . well, look around. It's becoming blatantly obvious that the people with power have decided that legal protections of ANY kind only apply to the powerful and their servants. I just wish I had some idea of what to DO about it that didn't look like the French Revolution, and that the French Revolution wasn't starting to look reasonable. Editing to add: To clarify: I once swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and I stand by that. I do not want a revolution to depose the government and put in a new one; I believe that our laws would give us a perfectly serviceable and just government if they were applied to everyone equally. That's what I want to see; the corrupt and powerful cast down, and a new batch of civil servants put in place, who know that they are there to serve the public and that the law will come after them with sharp, snippy teeth when they use their positions to do wrong to their fellow citizens. I also want to see a society that disallows extreme inequality of income and wealth. Despite what my avatar might lead some to think, I do NOT advocate a society where the "rich" are brought down to the level of the poor. What I want to see is a society where a rising tide really DOES lift all boats; where the lucky and exceptional people of the world are still allowed to excel and profit, but they pull the wealth floor of society up WITH them as they climb.
  11. 5 points
    Cygnia

    Funny pics

  12. 5 points
    Starlord

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    Maybe he has a reptile dysfunction
  13. 5 points
    BoloOfEarth

    In other news...

    Just move outta Leilani, Johnny, get outta Kapoho, Joe, Don't need to stay there, Cher, just listen to me, Get a moving truck, Chuck, 'cause the lava don't give a f**k, Just find a new place, Jace, and get yourself free.
  14. 5 points
    Lord Liaden

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  15. 4 points
    First off, Hermit, thank you for leaping to our defense. National Security is pure administrative pretext. Trump wants tariffs for whatever reason has lodged in his, for want of a better term, "brain." There's a lot of opposition to them in the legislature, so classifying this as a national security measure allows him to apply them as an executive action.
  16. 4 points
    Christopher R Taylor

    No More Killing Attacks!

    Punisher, like Wolfy and Timber Wolf, were at their most interesting when they were That Guy rather than Yet Another Bloodthirsty Killer. When half of every team is packing huge guns and swords, it sort of loses its charm and unique nature.
  17. 4 points
    Did someone say Carcac?
  18. 4 points
    Starlord

    In other news...

    Americans moving to Europe for free college degrees Damn immigrants moving in and taking special benefits and free stuff!
  19. 4 points
    All points well made, and many of them addressed right in the body of the article. What I'd like to ask you about is this... "And sometimes we fall hard." Yes... true... but as white male (as I am) I have been much better off insulated from the damage of that fall, compared non-white males. That is the, in my own opinion, the biggest part of "white privilege." In that even when things get bad... they aren't nearly as bad for me. Trump is horrible, but I'm taking the smallest brunt of what he is doing compared to others. People like us have the privilege of being secure enough to look out over the decades, and see progress, and "tsk tsk, it isn't perfect, but we have to keep trying." But those people whose very survival is challenged every day?? If I was a black man, or basically anything other than a cis-gendered white male, I'd be ready to burn it ALL down because there is no slow and steady progress for me if I'm going to get gunned down, or imprisoned, or deported, or have my rights taken away TODAY! And when someone uses the idea of privilege to make me feel like I have to shut up... well, at what point is freedom of speech dependent on some people shutting up and listening? The social contract isn't just everyone shouting at once... but everyone getting their turn to be EQUALLY HEARD! Sometimes I do have to shut up, so others can be heard. And it isn't pleasant, is it? It hurts, and enrages, doesn't it? Welcome to the rest of the world. Now, I can decide to be petty and vicious in my hurt and run off to the white supremacists... and I can blame that on the SJWs or whatever... or I can accept that sometimes my role in society is to shut up and give other people a chance to speak, to allow them the power I've always had to be heard. Most importantly, it is up to me to accept responsibility and not fall into the trap of blaming the oppressed for the violent petulance of the oppressor. "She didn't sleep with me, so I had to kill her and a bunch of other people." "She shouldn't have worn skimpy shorts, or I wouldn't have raped her." "They shouldn't have told me to shut up, so I had to go get my gun and burning crosses!" How I react when challenged, when forced off my privileged pedestal, is actually the ultimate testament of character... and I'm certainly not going to tell people much worse off than I am that they are to blame for the surge in white supremacy.
  20. 4 points
    Cygnia

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  21. 4 points
    Pariah

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    Must be in Utah....
  22. 4 points
    Cygnia

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  23. 4 points
    Cygnia

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  24. 4 points
    massey

    Balanced Starships

    I wouldn't mess with point costs. Instead I would pre-design a lot of the ships and just limit what the players can take. Just because the game system would let someone buy something, that doesn't mean it's appropriate in the campaign setting. For example, you can't normally be a starship commander in a D&D game. Point costs aren't about how "realistic" something is. It's about how useful it is in the game. FTL speeds get very high for a tiny increase in points. That's not realistic at all. But remember, in the game, there's not much difference between 20 points of FTL travel and 50 points of it. In both cases, you're traveling to a fictional location that is as far away as the gamemaster wants it to be, and it takes as long to get there as the gamemaster says. It's a "scene change" power. The GM says "Okay, you're traveling to the Andaarian Nebula. You've been going there for the last 4 days. You still have 2 more days to get there. On the way, your trip is interrupted by this thing happening." It doesn't matter if it's the Andaarian Nebula, or some other place he made up. It doesn't matter if you've been traveling for 4 days, or 4 weeks, or 4 hours. You've entered into the realm of GM narration. It's perfectly fine to say that your big battleships can only go at X speed, while smaller interceptors can go faster. If you want your game universe to work that way, that's fine. But don't bother with changing the point costs. It will give a false illusion that you've balanced it somehow, when in fact you haven't.
  25. 3 points
    Well, by calling these new characters "Marvel's first official Chinese superheroes" -- or at least not correcting the people who did -- it sounds like Marvel is quite willing to ignore those earlier efforts. FWIW I thought the Collective Man, although rather cliche, was at least a fairly original concept, and probably would have matched the image for the country the Chinese government favored at the time of his creation. And I also want to give props to the stable of Chinese superheroes in the current official Champions Universe. A larger, more diverse, and better-researched selection than the mainstream comics publishers can boast.
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