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  1. Cygnia

    Coronavirus

    15 points
  2. The Case Against Trump And once again I remind everyone--
    9 points
  3. My wife passed away near the end of September 11 years ago. One of her favorite holidays was Halloween, and so we decided to hold her wake on that night. I rented out the clubhouse here at my townhome complex, and some very good friends gathered to eat, drink a bit, and reminisce about their favorite things about her. After a while, it became a little warm, and so we opened the clubhouse doors to get a little of the cool, crisp late October air. A few minutes later, a little kid in costume stood in the doorway, and said, "Trick or Treat!" An old friend of ours looked at me and smiled as we bot
    8 points
  4. No, the heart of the Ukraine scandal was Trump and Giuliani. They made it very clear that what was important to them was that Ukraine announce that they were investigating the Bidens, and that they were willing to withhold approved aid until they got the announcement. It was the announcement that was important to them, not evidence of wrong doing or exoneration. The important thing was to score the political hit. Speaking of exonerating evidence, Joe Biden has been exonerated of wrong doing in Ukraine by multiple parties. This includes a Republican led Senate investigation that
    7 points
  5. Pariah

    Jokes

    A man in Phoenix called his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and said, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough." “Pop, what are you talking about?” the son screams. “We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” the father says. “We’re sick of each other, and I’m sick of talking about this, so will you call your sister in Chicago and tell her?” Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like hell they’re getting divorced,” she shouts, “I’l
    7 points
  6. For those who don't subscribe, the BOH went up today with the Adventurers Club and a lot of other material! I don't know what it looks like yet: I only did the scanning; clean-up was left to other volunteers. Still, it's the cheapest way there is to read the old stuff!
    7 points
  7. Fred Rogers never talked down to anyone. He treated everyone with respect and compassion. He always told the truth, and didn't shy away from addressing difficult issues. No wonder this administration doesn't understand that that comparison is no insult.
    7 points
  8. To expand on that last thought, it's taken me decades to figure out exactly why I think it is that the people who were drawn in to run for Republican office haven't grasped the idea of compromise. But here it is (I'm very rambling tonight but hopefully this makes sense). In the 1970's, the Republican party had moved away from ideology. It was vaguely pro-business but it was difficult to point to a set of principles and pull together a group of voters to tell them "we're moving in this direction". Gingrich won election to the House in '76 or '78 and immediately began agi
    7 points
  9. There is a lot I could say, but the flotsam and jetsam rising to the top of my brain is pretty much this: at this time next year, I hope all of us are still around and commenting on these boards. Maybe some of us are getting to be old codgers, but this is a damn wonderful community. I've never met any of you in person and maybe never will, nor am I the best or most prolific writer here, but dang, this is a great community of nut-jobs to be part of. Stay safe and I look forward to your next posts!
    7 points
  10. archer

    Coronavirus

    Well, if there was any evidence that the administration was "aggressively protecting the vulnerable" then maybe that would be a real strategy, even if I disagreed with it. But the administration has put out a mandate that nursing homes have to test, without giving them money or testing kits. They haven't provided PPE sufficient for nursing homes or VA hospitals, much less more broadly. The "vulnerable" in the US includes those who have heart conditions, asthma, other lung problems, diabetes, and who are old...according to the government. I have asthma, a hea
    7 points
  11. BoloOfEarth

    Coronavirus

    They get really tetchy when you move their carts, too. I remember one woman whose cart was almost completely blocking the aisle. I shifted it a little sideways and said, "There, now it's blocking the *entire* aisle. That was what you were aiming for, wasn't it?" She didn't seem to appreciate my help.
    7 points
  12. She beat out John Bonham for Drummer of the Year one year. Bonzo once confronted her and said she couldn't even last through one Zep song. So she sat down and knocked out three in a row.
    7 points
  13. I feel like I should be a better human being, and care about that. But at this point I just can't.
    7 points
  14. And I want to go back to the office without risk of getting a life threatening illness; I want my daughter to grow up in a world that doesn’t involve fascism. I want a leader who isn’t bull horning for racism, and who at least at the basic level, can get through 5 sentences without lying. I want a pony. The options are what they are. I get it. But. This is the system. These are the current rules. We have to play by those rules and we have to play to win. The only way to achieve that, currently, again, from a non-Trump point of view, is to vote Biden/Harris or, preferab
    7 points
  15. I'm the exact opposite. I could sign my name 5 times, and at least 2 wouldn't match. I keep joking that if my handwriting gets any worse I'll have to go to medical school.
    6 points
  16. Bazza

    Jokes

    STUPIDLY ASKED QUESTIONS The questions below about Australia, are from potential visitors. They were posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a sense of humour. Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain on TV, how do the plants grow? (UK). A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die. Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA) A: Depends how much you've been drinking. Q: I want to walk from
    6 points
  17. Because of course they did: Senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing From the article: "Make no mistake, if Democrats win the election, they will end the filibuster and pack the Supreme Court, expanding the number of justices to advance their radical political agenda, entrenching their power for generations, and destroying the foundations of our democratic system," [Senator Ted] Cruz said in a statement. "We must take action before election day to safeguard the Supreme Court and the constitutional liberties
    6 points
  18. I dropped off my ballot at one the of 48 early voting stations in Clark County about an hour and a half ago.
    6 points
  19. ScottishFox

    Pacing

    I've played in a few campaigns over the decades where the DM made every session a nail-biting near-death experience. Over time the players can become fatigued and demoralized as their cherished characters nearly die again and again. Nihilism can set in or sometimes players will skip a week purely to catch a breather from the action. It's important to let the characters (and their players) catch their breath, feel heroic or simply experience how powerful they've become over the course of a campaign. It's like a palate cleanser. It resets the taste buds for the next delicious
    6 points
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  21. OMG, it's jumped species!
    6 points
  22. mattingly

    "Neat" Pictures

    It's a stabacus.
    6 points
  23. I want better candidates to vote for. Same as I did in 2016.
    6 points
  24. I see a few common threads emerging which I concur with, and steriaca touches on most of them here. By default, the attack works on anyone the character targets and hits. He can already choose not to attack some targets. He is limiting viable targets, and that means there is a limitation. Now we need to value it. The question is how often he will target, or will wish he could target, someone or something that the KA will not work on, That depends on exactly who it will, and will not, work on, which the player needs to detail. Object, automatons, animals, entities t
    5 points
  25. Old Man

    Coronavirus

    The theater industry has been on the ropes for years, pinched between the extortionist terms of the film distributors and their own business costs. AIUI their only significant source of profit is the concession stand, where the the extortionist film distribution costs are passed down to the rest of us. (In particular, the distributors offload all the risk onto the theaters, taking around 90% of ticket sales for the first couple of weeks of a movie's run, then allowing the theater to keep more of the box office takes for subsequent weeks... if the movie doesn't flop.) I genuinely believe tha
    5 points
  26. Pattern Ghost

    Coronavirus

    Death count isn't the only measure of risk at play. You have overwhelming of hospital resources and lasting side effects for survivors for two more. How do you measure the impact of a survivor who lives but has chronic fatigue and pain or other neurological problems for months afterward, possibly forever? Or the lasting effects of patients who recover but have systematic damage from being intubated for extended periods?
    5 points
  27. archer

    Jokes

    A physics teacher, an engineering teacher, and a shop class teacher all get on a plane. As they're getting comfortable, the pilot comes in over the intercom. "Good evening ladies and gentlemen," he says, "I understand we have some teachers on our flight. We've got a special treat for them: the plane we're sitting in was actually constructed by their students!" The physics teacher and the engineering teacher look at each other, shriek, and start beating on the locked door. Meanwhile, the shop class teacher is lounging in his seat, cool as a cucumber. Eventual
    5 points
  28. A teacher asked his class how many of them were Trump fans. Not quite knowing what a Trump fan is, but wanting to be loved by the teacher, all of the kids raised their hands, except Little Johnny. The teacher asked Little Johnny why did you decide to be different... again. Little Johnny said, “Because I'm not a Trump fan." “Why aren't you a Trump fan?" Johnny said, “Because I'm a Democrat." The teacher asked him why he is a Democrat. Little Johnny replied, “Well my mom is a Democrat and my dad is a Democrat, so I'm a Democ
    5 points
  29. The lies, incompetence, and corruption of the current presidential administration and Republican roster of legislators has been on display so many times, I'm no longer inclined to pretend impartiality or give them the benefit of the doubt. They had their chance to show their quality, and they blew it spectacularly. They have no credibility left.
    5 points
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  31. Trump was a catalyst, but the recipe for this condition had been simmering in American politics, and society, for a long time. I believe Trump, or someone like Trump, was needed at this time to make it boil over, so everyone could see it and feel it. Like the civil rights movement, the Great Depression, the Civil War, sometimes it takes frightful events to force a nation to course-correct. I'm hoping it doesn't get as bad as those, but the precedents are frightening. Yet they're also hopeful, because after each crisis America has emerged better.
    5 points
  32. Overwhelmed White Nationalist Militia Spread Way Too Thin Plotting Attacks Against Everyone Trump Wants “So, just looking at what President Trump would like from us right now, we’re supposed to kidnap several congresswomen in Washington, run over some protestors in Louisville, and blow up a mosque in Minneapolis—how is it possible for a handful of guys to do all that?” said Dennis Blanchard, commander of the Badger State Brigade, who stressed that his five-member pro-Trump vigilante group was still very committed to the ideal of a white ethnostate, but had really overextended itsel
    5 points
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  37. Two submissions to the this year's Wildlife photo contest. I feel the turtle picture is particularly appropriate for 2020.
    5 points
  38. That's not disillusion. This is disillusion: What if he doesn't actually have covid, but needs an excuse to get out of the next two debates without looking like a coward? There's almost no way he makes the 10/15 debate now, and an extra safe three week quarantine would get him past the 10/22 debate. Then he magically reemerges on 10/23, hale and hearty (ischemic tremor notwithstanding), inspiring his fans just in time to go to the polls. Anyway, tinfoil hat off. Get that man some hydroxychloroquine, stat!
    5 points
  39. Don't romanticize them. That's a pop-culture image they themselves like to spread, but ultimately their behavior is governed by greed and fear, like Trump. Absolutely. The biggest takeaway from Trump's leaked taxes isn't that he paid so little. He paid so little because his businesses have been bleeding money for years. Trump is heavily in debt, as in hundreds of millions of dollars in loans. Not only does this highlight his failure as a businessman, it makes him extremely vulnerable to outside coercion. And most of those loans are coming due in the next few years. If he'
    5 points
  40. Perhaps not; but I was on discussion forums, including this website, years before 5E was published. Debates over the meaning and implication of specific words in the 4E rules were frequent, lengthy and detailed, and sometimes heated. When 5E came out, while a few folks did post complaints about their increased wordiness, most welcomed the clarifications. The proof of that was the rules questions to Steve Long, which were compiled into a FAQ making up a hefty volume in its own right, and which had to be updated several times. The inevitable conclusion was that, while there perhaps w
    5 points
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