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    archer reacted to Lord Liaden in Coronavirus   
    Given German history within living memory, that had to be a very difficult decision to make, politically and ethically. I hope it doesn't come back to bite them in one way or another.
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    archer got a reaction from BarretWallace in Coronavirus   
    I understand the moral hazards involved but there's very real balancing act to be done here. And I really can't think of any nice or delicate things to say at the moment.
     
    My great-niece is a nurse in an ICU covid ward, primarily taking care of people as they're gasping out their last breaths of life.
     
    She finally got the first dose of her two-dose vaccination three days ago.
     
    The US hasn't yet taken care of its doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers, teachers, nursing home workers, and people in nursing homes.
     
    And that's before the US is taking care of people in meat-packing plants, prisons, the elderly, first responders, frontline workers, and all the other people who are vulnerable due to health reasons according to CDC guidelines.
     
    The US is getting hit harder by covid than most countries. I'd argue that's due to mismanagement of the crisis but the reason why is irrelevant at this point. From a medical standpoint, it's difficult to argue for taking vaccines from a country which is being hit hard and using them instead in a country which isn't being hit as hard. The UK strain is in the US and spreading which is making the problem worse at a very fast clip. The current rate of vaccination, even if it is stepped up, isn't likely to keep pace and get ahead anytime soon.
     
    The UK is in worse shape than the US.
     
    The EU is needing to use the vaccines it's producing to try to get ahead before the UK strain overwhelms them.
     
    Canada will do what it can to be charitable.
     
    So India and China are the two other big producers of drugs in the world that I'm aware of. They both have their own very large populations to vaccinate.
     
    Who the hell knows what China's policies might be? I'd expect them to try to buy favors with doling out their vaccine supplies, maybe even ahead of vaccinating their own people. That's pretty much what they've been doing with the money from their trade surpluses so it's probably not a terrible guess that they'd do the same with their vaccines. But they might surprise us.
     
    I'd expect India to have to use the vast majority of the vaccines they make internally. They have racial and ethnic strife at the best of times. If they add "who gets the vaccine and who doesn't" on top of that, they'll have India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka all trying to burn themselves down to the ground due to all the anger and grudges. 
     
    And honestly IMO, every country that can produce the vaccine has an obligation to keep itself intact first. If the country falls apart, vaccine production and distribution will fall apart there as well.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_pharmaceutical_exports
     
    That's a link to give you an idea of which country both makes and exports drugs regularly. Doesn't give a full picture, obviously, since places like China makes a lot of drugs but uses them internally and additionally makes a lot of precursors for drugs and exports those.
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    archer got a reaction from GhostDancer in On This Day in History   
    In this day in history was officially my last day of being able to work at a paying job: 15 years ago.
     
    Still thankful that I managed to drive myself home from work without an accident.
     
    (I say "officially" because my workplace lost the paperwork of my exact last day and the Social Security Administration said to call it January 2nd. The actual date was sometime at the beginning of January. I nearly killed myself trying to drag myself to work when I wasn't really able to drive, couldn't do the work after I got there, and had to leave early to drive myself home in a harrowing experience...for several days in a row before I finally had to give up and admit that I wasn't capable of physically or mentally doing my job anymore.)
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    archer reacted to Pattern Ghost in Do you feel....lucky???   
    If I had the same luck with the lottery as getting weird ass medical conditions, I'd already be a millionaire.
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    archer reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I think part of it, as I wrote earlier, is that they were treating the whole thing like a game, not seriously thinking about being killed. They were also caught up in the passion of the moment. Now they've cooled off, and reality is knocking very hard at their door. They were also part of a pack, and probably felt safety in their numbers. But each of them is facing these charges alone.
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    archer reacted to Cancer in Superdraft: The completely unasked for "I want to be a -" fantasy (?) draft   
    Threat to the World:  They're out to steal our air!!
     
    Dark Helmet, from Spaceballs
     

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    archer reacted to Certified in Free Adventure Seeds   
    This was one of the hardest adventures I've written in some time. That is to say, it was difficult for me, not that it's a brutal dungeon crawl. Although, the events are of course dangerous, and the stakes continue to escalate as this is weirdly the third part of a trilogy I didn't know I was writing. Quadrilogy if you include our 2019 Christmas adventure. 
    Adventure Seed: Empire America 
    https://housedok.com/empire-america/
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    archer got a reaction from wcw43921 in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
    I'm sure you're aware that a lot of people hit the sauce during wartime.
     
    Even in peacetime, its about the only way to get the last bit of the sauce out of the bottle.
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    archer got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    They've willfully ignored everything about Donald Trump since spring of 2015 unless the facts just happened to fit in with what they want to think about Donald Trump at any particular moment.
     
    If you go on to social media right now, you'll find posts from real US citizens saying "Trump is the best president the US has ever had", "Trump is a good Christian man, why are they persecuting him?", "Donald Trump is the most honest president the US has ever had".
     
    I'd wager that 90% of them aren't aware that Trump has ever thrown anyone under the bus and that the other 10% only think Trump throws people under the bus because they did something to deserve it.
     
    So why would any of them even vaguely suspect that there's the slightest possibility that Trump would throw them under the bus?
     
    I haven't tried to go on to Parler but I wouldn't be shocked if the people who marched from the Trump rally to Capitol Hill were telling each other, at this very moment, how that they saw Trump right there in the crowd next to them marching to the Capitol, just like he told them that he was going to while standing at the podium.
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    archer got a reaction from Duke Bushido in Question   
    Yeah, I've learned to not Google "Adult Fantasy" when I'm looking for literature which isn't "Juvenile Fantasy".
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    archer got a reaction from Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    They've willfully ignored everything about Donald Trump since spring of 2015 unless the facts just happened to fit in with what they want to think about Donald Trump at any particular moment.
     
    If you go on to social media right now, you'll find posts from real US citizens saying "Trump is the best president the US has ever had", "Trump is a good Christian man, why are they persecuting him?", "Donald Trump is the most honest president the US has ever had".
     
    I'd wager that 90% of them aren't aware that Trump has ever thrown anyone under the bus and that the other 10% only think Trump throws people under the bus because they did something to deserve it.
     
    So why would any of them even vaguely suspect that there's the slightest possibility that Trump would throw them under the bus?
     
    I haven't tried to go on to Parler but I wouldn't be shocked if the people who marched from the Trump rally to Capitol Hill were telling each other, at this very moment, how that they saw Trump right there in the crowd next to them marching to the Capitol, just like he told them that he was going to while standing at the podium.
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    archer reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Legally, no. Open and declared conflict between the armed forces of two or more states or nations, is the legal definition of war. The actions of these people could certainly be argued to be a rebellion or insurrection.
     
    I don't like to sound nit-picky, but the problems the US is experiencing now have been complicated by people throwing terms around without clarifying their literal meaning. And literal meaning is vitally important in American jurisprudence, which strives to restrict the possibility of abuse of the law by setting a clear standard for a particular charge to be met.
     
    EDIT: Also, what unclevlad said.
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    archer reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    And it fits the definition of sedition, and seditious conspiracy, perfectly.  I also agree that this didn't come close to what I'd call "levying war."  No one's going to be charged with treason.
     
    Trying to overthrow the government is NOT an act of war.  It is an act of insurrection.  That one's not even close.
     
    Besides, for the worst provocateurs, you've got seditious conspiracy and felony murder.  Felony murder is itself a death penalty offense.  
     
    Might sound like we're being pedantic but this is law.  Words have very specific legal meanings, and tests for what qualifies for certain offenses.  This is not treason.
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    archer got a reaction from unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    They're, by the legal definition, engaged in a seditionist conspiracy. 20 years maximum sentence on that charge alone.
     
    Treason would be almost impossible to prove unless it could be proved that they were knowingly working as tools of the Russian government to overthrow the US government and give control to Trump.
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    archer reacted to Pattern Ghost in Superdraft: The completely unasked for "I want to be a -" fantasy (?) draft   
    We all need Samantha Carter, my friend. Unfortunately, the wife won't permit it.
     
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    archer got a reaction from Duke Bushido in Jokes   
    Joke Noir:
     
    I was working on a case. It had to be a case, because I couldn't afford a desk.
    Then I saw her through the window. This tall blond lady. She must have been tall because I was on the third floor.
    She rolled her deep blue eyes at me. I picked them up and rolled them back.
    We kissed. She screamed. I took the cigarette from my mouth and kissed her again.
    There was a tap at the door. I thought “funny place to put a tap” so I turned it, and to my surprise, the door opened.
    There stood a redhead. Nothing more, just a red head. Then up the stairs strode a brunette, she took my hand. I asked for it back.
    She told me of a friend who was dying, so I decided to go and see him. We took the lift to the ground floor. It was rather heavy, but we got there eventually.
    I said to the porter, “Call me a taxi.” So he said “Sir, you’re a taxi.” The taxi pulled up with a jerk. The jerk got out and we got in.
    We arrived at the dying man’s house, where I discovered he had swallowed a chicken bone. I said “does it hurt?” and he said “only when I laugh.” So I told him a joke and he died laughing.
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    archer reacted to zslane in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Thor could have spent his days building an Asgardian-style "fortress of solitude" for himself somewhere in Scandanavia. I would have preferred a Thor single-mindedly obsessed with building some giant structure in homage to his lost people and lost realm than a Thor wallowing in pity and serving as the focal point for farce.
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    archer reacted to Jhamin in Champions Universe reference help   
    He was always a bit outlandish, but I always thought he was fun in a Rocket Racer/Vibe/Dazzler/"way too topical hero" kind of way.  Ninjas were cool, Crocodile Dundee was popular, why not combine them?

    Love him or hate him, He is a *ton* more memorable than some of the other 4th edition Champions like Jaguar or Quantum.
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    archer got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in Human Torch   
    She's a known mutant.
     
    Maybe that's her Distinctive Features.
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    archer got a reaction from IndianaJoe3 in Better ways to do Tractor Beams?   
    Obviously not familiar with the definition of "typically".
     
       
     
    One of the Star Trek books, the non-bridge crew heroes were stranded on an over-powered towing ship which technically didn't have any weapons. The bad guys had hijacked the Enterprise and were about to escape.
     
    They grabbed one of the warp nacelles of the Enterprise with one tractor beam and grabbed onto the planet with the other. And let the Enterprise twist it's own warp nacelle sideways as it tried to leave.
     
    Of course they had to later explain their actions to Captain Kirk, and worse to Scotty. But still better than letting the bad guys get away.
     
    I've always thought that was a real RPG maneuver which you rarely see written up in fiction.
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    archer reacted to Christopher R Taylor in Talents   
    Honestly that is a real concern for me with my Jolrhos stuff.  I want to present a full campaign, without the rules on the assumption that everyone has FHC to start with.  But its gonna be like 6 big books total to get everything.  I mean you get all that and you're set with a full fantasy world and campaign with everything you need to build anything, plus a half dozen adventures in print but... that's a lot of money to expect people to invest in, too.  I try to keep the cost down, but there's a limit to how low I can price stuff, especially the print.
     
    Once I get it all out, maybe I'll do a Jolrhos Lite thing, one book with the very basics stripped way down, and the rules.   But Hero changed how they allow rules reprints, I don't think you can do them solo, it has to be an official Hero product.  Like Western Hero, where its one book for everything
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    archer got a reaction from Spence in Better ways to do Tractor Beams?   
    Obviously not familiar with the definition of "typically".
     
       
     
    One of the Star Trek books, the non-bridge crew heroes were stranded on an over-powered towing ship which technically didn't have any weapons. The bad guys had hijacked the Enterprise and were about to escape.
     
    They grabbed one of the warp nacelles of the Enterprise with one tractor beam and grabbed onto the planet with the other. And let the Enterprise twist it's own warp nacelle sideways as it tried to leave.
     
    Of course they had to later explain their actions to Captain Kirk, and worse to Scotty. But still better than letting the bad guys get away.
     
    I've always thought that was a real RPG maneuver which you rarely see written up in fiction.
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    archer got a reaction from Spence in A ship-building system?   
    One thing I saw recently, I think on JmOz's website, was a hero's motorcycle defined as Running bought through an OAF.
     
    Frankly I've disliked dealing with small vehicles like motorcycles using vehicle rules and really like the idea of dealing with them as being a special effect.
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    archer reacted to Christopher R Taylor in Talents   
    Yeah first edition FH was a self-contained campaign and game.  It was distinct from D&D, feeling more like DragonQuest from SPI, where there is magic, but its more a low fantasy Medieval setting. I liked the feel of it, and was strongly pulled in that direction when thinking about publishing a game but renaming basic powers feels unnecessarily complicated no matter how good a Fantasy sense it gives.
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    archer reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Patriotism is supposed to be loyalty to a country, to the best interests of the whole. Too many Americans today seem to think it means loyalty to one man. And it's even more misguided for it to be to that man, of all people.
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