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Sharoth wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Coconut Shrimp, the only way to go.

Evil shrimp? I can eat shrimp, but the evil part? ~shudders~ NEVER!!!

I do not like coconut. AT ALL!!!

Are you sure? I hate the dried out coconut we get here in the US too, but it tastes better fresh.


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Freehold DM wrote:

Why we don't eat roaches is beyond me.

They are some of the best protein available.

I love cricket flour.

Um icky

I let my spiders eat all those unwanted bugs.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Darn you... now I want to try Blue Apron.

~goes to look up the web site~

To paraphrase Julia Child: "This is not a service for people who want cheap meals. It is not a service for people who want easy meals. It is a service for people who want to try cooking different things using fresh ingredients they may not have tried using before..."

Which is EXACTLY what we were looking for... except for the whole, "NobodysHome has to do 3/4 of the chopping because it's too hard for the kids" part...

Also, the shrimp & udon salad was good enough that I WOULD happily serve it to guests...
...and now I know how to make it! Woo hoo!

They post the ingredient list, instructions, and tips online for free. So I now have the recipe for cod udon... The shrimp one wasn't online. To save a few bucks (maybe) I will see if I can find some of those ingredients at the local importer.


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Darn you... now I want to try Blue Apron.
~goes to look up the web site~


Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Cos'damn it! All my pie-eating life has been revealed as a lie. I just discovered I have never eaten an actual pumpkin pie, because that canned pumpkin used for pumpkin pies is actually squash!

Well that explains a lot.


But... but spiders are SO CUTE! Especially the one from the quote if it's the post I think it is.


~starts reading Mess Perfect~
ROFL

It is fun to see how differently (and how the same) she played compared to my first time through.

- Her reaction to Kaiden is priceless.
- She clearly was more offended by Asari than I was.
- She had the same reaction to the Geth bombs on Eden as I did though... I swear I spent SO much time panicking over the bomb timer that I failed to realize just how easy they were to find and only disarmed the last one with mere seconds to spare.
- She was WAY more irritated by cut scenes than I was.
- I actually liked the backstory and didn't sleep through it.
- Is THAT how playing renegade looks?!

~continues reading Mess Perfect~

Edit: I am glad I am not the only one to end up with the Mako lodged sideways in some rocks... And NO I don't drive like that IRL that thing steers like a drunk rhino.


I am so sorry Treppa.


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Freehold DM wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
(adult) Witchcraft!

AMAZING.

It really is high level sorcery.

The magic is sold at your local cosmetics counter.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
The door was closed when the pepper spray was used.

No I watched the video, it wasn't.


bugleyman wrote:
Could someone please explain how the whole "were they justified in detaining her" question has anything to do with why they pepper-sprayed her AFTER she was already detained, and a threat to precisely no one?

The cop pepper sprayed her because she wouldn't let them close the door. Which is a horrible over reaction, it wouldn't have been that hard to get a second cop over to pull her legs away from the door.


thejeff wrote:

More generally, peaceful protest doesn't do crap. Maybe movement building and only then if you're lucky.

Non-violent resistance and action isn't the same as peaceful protest. Non-violent resistance involves taking action, not just complaining. You need to hurt them, not just get attention. Strikes are the most obvious example - not violent, but a cost to the employer. Even boycotts - the bus boycotts and the lunch counter boycotts were successful Civil Rights examples. Deny them your money, unless they integrate.

This is part of what I meant by peaceful protesting.


Pan I lived in a poor neighborhood and while police presence was higher. There was no occupying efforts because nobody was rioting... See how that goes hand in hand.


I think boys just do that when there are girls in a job or activity we were excluded from previously. We are a novelty to boys. When they get used to us they will feel weird putting the female descriptor on us.


It does puzzle me that there is SO much male angst over what I consider a non-issue.


Was there a point to those questions? Is there something GMs are supposed to decode from the answers?


thejeff wrote:
Aranna wrote:

There are some people with strange ideas about what cops can do.

The short answer is cops CAN DO anything they want. And they fully expect you to behave whether you committed a crime or not. NOBODY is going to stop a cop from robbing you or killing you, they ARE the authority. Your only recourse is a law suit and the hope that you can convince a judge or jury that the story the police are feeding them is a lie. The fact that there is a thin blue line means they give each other the benefit of the doubt on all stories true or not. In MOST areas of the country this isn't an issue. People mostly get along and the police are respected. But in areas with a belligerent population (for whatever reason) the police can operate more as an occupying force. It's sad but they CAN DO it. How many of the downtrodden can afford to sue them in response? It isn't just a black issue either it's a poor issue. You are treated like dirt if you have no money.

Can it be fixed in those areas? No. Well yes but only if you catch it early enough. Once people start training their kids to resist and defy then NO AMOUNT of corrective measures can fix the problem. These areas will be lawless occupied zones till the population (cop and rioter alike) are forced to change though some massive outside thing.

Well, I see you're firmly on the chicken side of the chicken and egg debate.

Is it even possible that it starts with the police acting like an occupying force and that's what creates the belligerence? Especially when it comes to black areas where the pattern often goes back decades to when the police were actually enforcing openly racist laws?

Peaceful protest is what destroyed those bad laws. That is the path forward when the government places unfair rules. When people start into violence it just reinforces the negative responses. The rioters ARE just as much to blame as the cops who are being abusive. They are each opposite sides of the same hateful coin. Each one doing horrible things because the other side did horrible things. An endless cycle of violence in which BOTH sides are dirty and soaked in blood. OR are you trying to say it's ok for blacks to attack innocent white bystanders?

Where is your outrage over the treatment of these white children who were attacked?

Just do an internet search rioters are attacking innocent people. You are supporting this?

Edit: The side I am on is the one of peace. You fix problems with peaceful actions. You create problems with violent ones.


There are some people with strange ideas about what cops can do.

The short answer is cops CAN DO anything they want. And they fully expect you to behave whether you committed a crime or not. NOBODY is going to stop a cop from robbing you or killing you, they ARE the authority. Your only recourse is a law suit and the hope that you can convince a judge or jury that the story the police are feeding them is a lie. The fact that there is a thin blue line means they give each other the benefit of the doubt on all stories true or not. In MOST areas of the country this isn't an issue. People mostly get along and the police are respected. But in areas with a belligerent population (for whatever reason) the police can operate more as an occupying force. It's sad but they CAN DO it. How many of the downtrodden can afford to sue them in response? It isn't just a black issue either it's a poor issue. You are treated like dirt if you have no money.

Can it be fixed in those areas? No. Well yes but only if you catch it early enough. Once people start training their kids to resist and defy then NO AMOUNT of corrective measures can fix the problem. These areas will be lawless occupied zones till the population (cop and rioter alike) are forced to change though some massive outside thing.


Ragadolf wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Working a 16 hour shift myself today...

~thinks happy thoughts~
Can you Whistle while you work? ;P

Whistling at work is a quick way to end up with extra workload. I mean someone has to cover the sick girl's work... Give to the happy whistling person they won't mind.


Rysky wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Working a 16 hour shift myself today...

~thinks happy thoughts~
Can you Whistle while you work? ;P
Yeah, just go give someone a Chelsea Smile while you're at it.

~looks up the term~

Oh my... That's sick.


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It never bothered me being called a "gamer girl". It seems kind of trendy in a way and that is never bad. Like geek goddess.


Working a 16 hour shift myself today...
~thinks happy thoughts~


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Terrifying stuff.


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You only asked if she was committing a crime. Not whether it had anything to do with thejeff's comments.


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I have never been stoned nor would I want to be. It sounds terrifying from what I hear. Drunk was plenty bad enough for me.


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Sure, and forcing her to come with them is fine if that's the law. But that's a law limiting their actions. Was she committing a crime?

Apparently drug possession and possibly causing an accident.


thejeff wrote:
Aranna wrote:
thejeff wrote:
I'm also amused that Aranna's two solutions here are "boost pay" and "bust unions". Those don't usually go together.
I stand behind pay boosts... better people try to get into the better jobs. But if eliminating the unions won't fix hiring and firing than you need a solution that works. Perhaps firing the entire police force (by shutting it down) then restarting a new one with new management who care about the people they are hiring and are willing to pay more for the best people.
How the hell would you even begin to do that? Do we shut down the police departments for a couple of years for the transition? Rebuild everything from scratch, starting with new trainers and management who aren't part of the current force (or they'll just propagate old ways) and who thus have no idea what they're doing?

Shutting down a police unit is easy (it already happens and it is a simple budget change). Restarting one a bit harder, but there ARE communities who ARE starting police units and they seem to get the job done fine. Just make sure some of the people restarting a new unit are the same community leaders pushing for better police they can make sure the new managers aren't as bad as the old ones.


Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:
Why can't people accept firing the bad cops?
Because they go one town over and get the same job, same pay, same benefits, and get to be the same bad cop. I wish I had a gig that sweet.

As for the cop finding a new job easily. That is because there aren't enough officers in some communities to fill all positions so they take anyone with a pulse. This is exactly the sort of problem that is fixed by higher pay. If you create competition for the jobs then the departments can pass over the guys who has already been fired and hire a better guy who is willing to serve the public trust.


thejeff wrote:
I'm also amused that Aranna's two solutions here are "boost pay" and "bust unions". Those don't usually go together.

I stand behind pay boosts... better people try to get into the better jobs. But if eliminating the unions won't fix hiring and firing than you need a solution that works. Perhaps firing the entire police force (by shutting it down) then restarting a new one with new management who care about the people they are hiring and are willing to pay more for the best people.


Pan wrote:
The thin blue line keeps cops in uniform for better or worse. Nobody circles the wagons like police unions.

Then you have your hiring / firing solution right here. Eliminate the police unions. Simple.


Why can't people accept firing the bad cops?


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ShinHakkaider wrote:

I've worked both not for profit and for profit companies and some of the highest paid people in those companies were some of the biggest sociopaths.

Higher pay DOES NOT EQUAL better quality of HUMAN BEING.

More money for better training, possibly.

Suing the crap out of these abusive cops, their departments and their unions, possibly.

But paying someone more who's already an abusive, racist, sociopath is just going to make him/her a BETTER PAID abusive, racist, sociopath.

No you fire someone who IS an abusive, racist, sociopath. You then pay the guy you replace him with. And it helps if you don't hire abusive, racist, sociopaths in the future.


CBDunkerson wrote:
Aranna wrote:
The problem is police in bad areas have a s*## job constantly dealing with criminals and angry people with little pay.

Hagerstown is 76% white and 99% yuppie.

From the video it appears that at least three police cars, an ambulance, and a freakin' fire truck showed up... for a bicycle crash.

We aren't talking about the 'mean streets' here.

So no, the dangers of policing are not the problem. BAD policing is the problem.

True enough. I was speaking in the general sense. In this specific case they need to evaluate the officers actions. (It looks like he was frustrated and took the unwise path). If the action was wrong (and it pretty clearly is) then either fire the guy or pull him off the road till he can get his attitude straight depending on whether this was a one off event or a pattern. Firing him shouldn't be an issue in an affluent area. There will be plenty of people waiting for a good job.

I don't think it takes a law suit to make them discipline the officer... and if it does then the problem is in management.


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Free compliments? That is the BEST kind of internet!


Sissyl wrote:
The only thing you would get by increasing the salary of bad policemen is better paid bad policemen. The principles for how you should do such an important job are so central that if you are willing to ignore them because you aren't paid enough to care, more pay isn't going to make you follow them.

You don't pay the bad cops, you fire them. With a high enough salary there will be a hundred guys lining up to take the spot. And with that big budget you can get them the training and equipment they need while holding them to a higher standard.


The public wants: a very inexpensive police force with the patience and restraint of saints, who have the best training available and a level of professionalism toward crime solving only seen on TV shows.

BUT

You get what you pay for in life. That cop you hire is a human being. If you want an elite police force of larger than life people then you have to shell out the big bucks to pay for them. It takes a lot of money in training and equipment to get that TV style police force and it takes BIG salaries to attract the larger than life candidates who will have saint like patience, restraint, and professionalism.

SO

Pay up. "But I don't want my taxes sky rocketing upward to pay for all this!" It's your choice. You want low taxes and undertrained security guards doing your police work (and getting abusive about it) or you pay high taxes and get a much better police force that makes the community proud. "But my community can't afford higher taxes." Then I guess you don't have a choice you got what you could afford. No point in complaining. You want something better go earn it or do it yourselves. Start a community police force of volunteers who live in the area and have a vested interest in better policing. "But who has that kind of time and commitment?" I have no idea, maybe the people complaining the most?


Sissyl wrote:
We send the police out there because we want to keep people safe. We want a better result than sending out soldiers to kill everyone who does something suspicious. To do their job, the policemen need to be human and have a sense of empathy. It isn't all an equation about the level of risk. And if risk needs to be taken, the policemen are who we pay to take those risks. Safety is NOT job one for a cop. If we do not pay them enough, then that needs to be addressed, but that is another discussion.

I disagree. If you were getting paid little to deal with criminals and people who were openly hostile toward you doing your job how long till you became bitter and lost this saint like empathy you feel officers should have? Not long I suspect. Why? Because officers are human too and humans get frustrated when forced to deal with negativity at a moments notice. So when your seeing abusive behavior (and YES the behavior is wrong) then you CAN'T fix it till you understand why it is happening. And unless your actively working toward a solution all this negative press just makes things worse. How? First by turning the public even more hostile toward the police making the cops out there even more likely to make poor decisions, and secondly by driving the good guys away from the crappy jobs making it even more likely the officer you are going to have to deal with is a bad one.


The media attention is just reducing the number of officers... While it does bring up the question "what can be done?" Really there are only a few things available;
- Make strict national training requirements for officers (this would reduce the number of officers making the problem worse)
- Eliminate the police. (This has all sorts of problems)
- Make those crap jobs desirable by making them pay generously. (This isn't going to happen in the areas that need it most because they can barely pay their officers now. And it would be an incredibly hard sell to the public to support a highly paid police force when they already don't trust the cops)


The problem is police in bad areas have a s+@* job constantly dealing with criminals and angry people with little pay. So people with little better than a security guard's level of training get hired just so they have enough officers on the street. Because the people who have a lot better qualifications go get jobs in nicer areas. So you end up with a choice bad cops or no cops. Yeah it sucks. Yeah it's abusive at times. BUT it is MUCH better than no cops and then the guys running the street would be criminals, and the criminals won't be nearly as nice.

This is only made worse by all the negative media attention on cops. If a kid is looking to start a career he is going to see all that and go be a fireman or a medic instead. And the pool of good officers shrinks more creating more poorly trained people on the job leading to more abusive events leading to more media attention...


That kid sounds great.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Aranna wrote:
It is usually a good idea to avoid the movie if you have already read the book.

I don't necessarily agree.

I think it's true in many cases, but in many others the difference of experience is worthwhile enough. It fully depends on how invested you are in the source material and whether or not the book was adapted in order to make a good film or in order to make a quick cash grab.

Prime example: The Green Mile.

Boys... I said "usually" not "always". I realize there are exceptions to my statement.


The Doomkitten wrote:

Ugh. The books were good. Not amazing, but good.

But the movie...

*internal screaming*

*hollow-eyed stare*

What movie?

It is usually a good idea to avoid the movie if you have already read the book.


Treppa wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Treppa wrote:

OK, so I'm housesitting this week and away from my home PC, so don't have my tools to update a couple of pbps. I was on a courier run right past the apartment, so I stopped in to update pbps.

Windows 10 is installing updates. Please do not turn off your PC.

Mkay, I'll grab a bite to drink while I wait.

*reboot*
Windows 10 is configuring updates. Please do not turn off your PC. Your PC may restart several times.

This may take a while.

Waaaal, sheeeeeeeit. I decide to do the hour-long drive and stop back. It's 4% complete when I leave. It's 59% complete when I return. And it stays there.

I look it up under update problems. "You should wait. Ours was stuck at 75% for over two hours, then took off."

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)

So I left it and didn't get pbps updated. I'll text my roommate tonight and have her check. If it's still stuck, she'll have to turn it off and there's a many step fix process I will need to do.

DEATH TO WINDOWS 10!
My roommate had to shut off the power. I've no idea what state that machine is in.

One weird thing that seems to work when my Win 10 hangs. Hit control-alt-delete then cancel instead of going into task manager. When it drops me back into whatever I was doing it completely forgets that it was hung and finishes what it was supposed to be doing.


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Sharoth wrote:
What AV / Firewall programs do you use, Drejk and Aranna?

My computer currently just runs the basic Windows stuff. I have used both McAfee and Norton but the only actual virus I ever got was while running McAfee... so color me NOT impressed. Norton was good but I didn't want to pay for the newer version when just being careful online works 100 times better than any anti virus. I have been hit with malware many times over the years both when running AV and not running it. Mostly malware targets the REAL weak link in your systems defenses, you. Too many times I have clicked the wrong thing and been infected with malware. But my malware/virus removal system works flawlessly on ALL infections... it just takes half a day to get everything back up and going.


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I scan my system occasionally with Malwarebytes.


Quark Blast wrote:
You people fold your laundry?

You kind of have to... Unless you only buy clothes which won't wrinkle.


Cornielius wrote:
Queen's Raven wrote:
Now if you want to start a list of people to sort and do laundry

Sort?

What is this 'sort' you speak of?

If it fits in the washer, you're good.
Right?

No... If you wash a red top or other colored garment with your whites you will end up with pink whites (or whatever color they were washed with).


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I ate at Costco. A massive 1/4 lb or more of all beef hot dog with deli mustard and freshly chopped onions with a 20oz Pepsi all for $1.50 no better deal anywhere.


NenkotaMoon wrote:
My question, is Ashoka dead, I kind of don't know?

Her fate is undecided. BUT since the fans want more of her it is likely she survived.


Yes David they are always hiring. Nobody seems to think that is their dream job... Well maybe vomit guy?

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