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GregH wrote:

Don't have PVR so can't rewind, but can someone else confirm

** spoiler omitted **

I'd say yes. Certainly seemed like a humanoid with a certain skin colour.


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I just finished building my new interactive gaming table (with the help of my brother) and wanted to share it with the boards. Maybe someone might get inspired by it, like I've been inspired by the people doing similar projects.
I've put up a folder with pictures and descriptions of the building process and the finished table on my deviantART page. Even if you don't have a profile there you should be able to see it.

deviantART link.

We had our first gaming session with it on Thursday and everyone (including the GM) loved it! It'll also help the two players who normally join us via Skype (one of which was in town while the other, his girlfriend, was out with some friends, so she couldn't attend).

Next step is to set up a dedicated computer to run the screen (probably an older laptop I need to install Linux on - could also be a RaspberryPi) and do a Wiimote Whiteboard set-up so the screen can be controlled with an IR pen.

Feel free to ask any questions you don't think I've addressed in the descriptions of the pictures. :-)


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Just watched this tonight.
Quite enjoyable and a fresh take on the whole way mythology is "built" and reinforced.
It's also very much a fantasy adventuring party-like movie, with a fighter, a barbarian, a fighter/ranger archer, a bard, a fighter/rogue and an "oracle."
I liked it, don't expect an Academy Award-type movie, but it's a good fantasy/fighting romp that should keep you entertained for a couple of hours.


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On the after-credit scenes:
There's another obvious reason for those. You actually have to sit through the names of all the nice people who made the movie you just enjoyed possible.
Obviously, most people won't read them, but it's still a shout out to the hard working, mostly "anonymous" people who worked on it.

And I'm constantly amazed by how otherwise fairly reasonable adults react when they give in to their childish nerd rage.


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Arturius Fischer wrote:

That's not MY argument. Hamas is really really bad because it is a racist terrorist organization devoted to genocide, turning innocent women and children into suicidal murderbots, seeks to conquer everyone under its religious extremist banner, does not recognize the difference between innocent people and legal combatants, and uses every underhanded illegal trick possible in order to eek out an edge... and then tries to spin it to make them look noble.

Incidentally, it may or may not use 'human shields', depending on definition, and that gets added to the heap of 'underhanded illegal trick'.

Can I then count on you to apply the same derision you direct towards Hamas to the racist Israeli organization (party) which is devoted to genocide, seeks to conquer everyone under its religious extremist banner, does not recognize the difference between innocent people and legal combatants, and uses every underhanded illegal trick possible in order to eek out an edge... and then tries to spin it to make them look noble?

Arturius Fischer wrote:

I know, right? I mean (SARCASM: ON!), every other place a crime has been committed, there was only ever one instance of that crime that ever occurred, and nobody ever committed it again. Only one murder, only one arson, only one theft. (SARCASM: OFF.)

I know this comes as a shock, but.. amazingly enough... crime continues to happen. And again, I point out, in this conflict only Israel is bothering to try and prosecute it when it occurs. Thank you for proving that point.

You're absolutely right, how silly of me to count on a state's freakin' MILITARY to uphold those rules within their ranks even after 3 years.

Silly me to expect discipline from trained soldiers.

Arturius Fischer wrote:
Don't need to be. Nations can declare war on terrorist organizations whether or not they own their own nation. Those wars have been going on for awhile.

You asked whether both sides had signed the Geneva Conventions. How many non-recognized states has done that? That was what I was replying to.


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DeciusNero wrote:
I'm betting the Hunter is a female elf.

Female? Yes. Elf? No (they already have a female elf iconic, Merisiel).

Here's a low-light picture of the entire line-up.


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I still contend that people aren't... "unchained" enough in their visions of how the classes will be done. The suggestions above are still taking already existing abilities and trying to patch them on to e.g. the monk.
This is an opportunity for the rules team to completely reinvent the classes from the bottom up. Sure, some things will stay (or be modified) because, while they don't have to be backward compatible, they still have to function within the D20 system, so we'll still see e.g. full BAB and similar classifications.
But besides that I still think people are being way too conservative in their thinking.
Obviously, that also makes it harder to speculate on, when you truly throw the doors wide open, design-wise.
Or I could be wrong... ;-)


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Doug's Workshop wrote:

In other ME news . . .

The US has abandoned its embassy in Libya.

Libya is the Middle East now?

I could have sworn it's a North African country. Oh, look at that *points at map* it is.


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ShadowcatX wrote:
And tell me, what came first in this conflict, rockets beng launched into Israel or Israel attacking?

It didn't start with rockets. It started with the kidnapping and murder of 3 Israeli young men (age 16-19 I believe) near the West Bank. We still don't know who did this, but Israel blamed Hamas operatives - which is weird since Hamas is based in Gaza, quite a way away from the West Bank.

Then the IDF launch “Operation Brother’s Keeper” to find the three teenagers, arresting more than 300 Palestinians and actually killing other Palestinians too. Things escalate from there.
Here's a time line. Second time line concerning the kidnappings.
I still haven't seen anything proving, as Netanyahu so vehemently claimed, who actually did the kidnapping.


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On a related note, we held a small protest against the killings/support for Gaza and Palestine today (small because I live in a smallish city - at least by US standards - around 35,000 people). Around 100-150 people showed up for the protest, which was rather decent on a sweltering hot Summer day when a lot of people are off somewhere on vacation.
It was arranged by the local chapters of the two larger socialistic parties here in Denmark (Red-Green Alliance (my party) and Socialist People's Party) along with the local Danish-Palestinian Friendship Association.
Speeches were held and protest songs were sung.
Here are some pictures, from the set-up and during, in case you're interested (it's from a public Facebook post, not mine, though, so you might have to have a Facebook profile to see it).

(fair warning: I appear in a couple of the pictures ;-) ).


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Irontruth wrote:

Putting the blame on Israel and saying that they have to solve the problem isn't going to solve the problem.

Some info on the Jewish exodus from Arab/Muslim countries.

Please make the case of why it is in Israel's interest to cede majority control of their country to the same people who have kicked them out of dozens of other countries. Using the last 70 years of history, make a case for how they will be treated fairly and humanely, instead of how they've been killed and stripped of their property in every other country in the region.

Today isn't 70 or 40 years ago. The problem is that Israel in that time hasn't endeared itself to its neighbours. It still has, so far, the backing of e.g the US so an invasion of Israel by any other Arab country is less than likely if a two-state solution were to be implemented (with the '67 borders as a guide line).

They also wouldn't "cede majority control of their country" to "the same people" - what exactly do you consider their contry anyway? - they would give control of the land outside their '67 border to the Palestinians and their government. Not to any of the countries in the Wiki link.


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Again, the fighter isn't, as of yet, part of the classes which will get a "make-over" in the book, so pros, cons etc. of the class should be discussed elsewhere.
What I do find somewhat funny, though, is that most of the other classes being discussed are being "tweaked" (as in, "Oh class x should totally get power/ability y") by the posters with already existing abilities.
I think this book is a chance to really think out of the box and redesign the classes in a whole different way - although still within the D20 system.


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Pecan Sandie Duncan wrote:
Odraude wrote:
Like the late and great Jerry Lewis one said, "You'd better love yourself, because you're stuck with you for your whole life."
But Jerry Lewis isn't dead.

*thump*

Now he is...


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As for the "using human shields" charge against Hamas, both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both investigated those charges after the "Cast Lead" operation in 2009:

Amnesty: "Contrary to claims by Israel WE FOUND NO EVIDENCE of Hamas using Palestinians as human shields but a number of examples of Israeli troops holding Palestinian civilians hostage while using their homes as firing positions." (emphasis added)

HRW: "To date, the Israeli government and IDF have denied wrongdoing for civilian deaths during the Gaza fighting, saying the military did everything possible to minimize civilian casualties. One element of this argument is that Hamas placed non-combatants in danger by hiding and engaging Israeli forces from amidst civilians, making it impossible for Israeli forces to attack without causing “collateral damage.” As noted, in the 19 IDF attacks Human Rights Watch documented, selected to highlight policies that led to unlawful deaths, WE FOUND NO EVIDENCE that Hamas or other Palestinian fighters were present at the time of the attack." (emphasis added)

Edit:
I would just like to add a personal note. I have nothing against the average Israeli on the ground (or the average Palestinian either). The vast majority of them/you are caught up in a conflict you would rather see end sooner than later. My beef is with the government and the military who sanction these kind of atrocities. The war-hungry and militant part of Hamas (or any other like-minded Palestinian organisation) has my clear derision too (although I can sympathize with the reasons why they have been formed - my country had an active resistance when we were occupied during WWII).


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I wonder what position within Hamas the 7 kids (4 died, 3 injured) on a Gaza beach who were hit by Israeli bombs yesterday held.


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Andrew R wrote:
But this story is still no defense of how so many misuse and abuse the system.

I'll try once again.

Where's your evidence for this misuse and abuse? Clear evidence that shows the statistics that I and others have already posted showing that e.g. 98-99% of the help actually goes to the right people are wrong.


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Question:
Do you intend to put in e.g. sidebars explaining the reasons behind the changes/new rules/new ways of doing things? I.e. giving us a behind the scenes look at the process behind the book?
Or is that maybe something better left for blog posts?


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So, we can conclude that it's irresponsible to live on a budget larger than what you would earn on minimum wage. It's irresponsible to have sex without making sure that the woman has taken her pill or checked whatever other BC she might be on AND the guy better double up on the condom, just to be safe. Buying a house that you can't buy with cash is also irresponsible. Buying a car is also very questionable, even if you can pay it with cash, because you might have been able to buy a cheaper (but probably also more unreliable, but that's somehow not the point) one.
Sodas, energy drinks and jerky are right out of the question!
In other words, anyone living a better life than Andrew R is Doing it Wrong(tm)!


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Quark, you haven't been outside the US much, have you?
Doesn't seem so if you think everyone else has "systems" so much inferior to what the exists in the US.
I guess you think massive homelessness, highly expensive medical care, weekly shootings, rapidly rising inequality and, as this thread is about, religious interference in medical care is better than... well, pretty much none of those.


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thejeff wrote:

Opinion within Israel is far from unanimous. There are certainly some who would approve. Some who believe in the Jewish destiny for Greater Israel for religious reasons. Some who live in fear of Palestinian attack and cannot see any solution but such a final one.

But there are also many who do not. Many who do not support even the current occupation and many many more who are torn, but certainly would not accept something so horrendous.

Any blatant attempt at ethnic cleansing or genocide would topple the Israeli government immediately as those in the middle would grow too horrified. Sadly any real attempt at a fair solution would do the same.

I think it says a lot that they haven't already, grown too horrified that is.

How any so-called "democracy" can support the constant expansion and harassment of Palestinians either speaks to an apathetic populace or a populace that agrees with such measure.
I'm constantly dismayed that a population who seeks to portray themselves as victims of violent history has no problem perpetrating many of the same horrors on others - while still claiming to be victims.


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The roaming prices went down on July 1st.
It's still not cheap-cheap, but roaming prices have been cut by 50% (at least, there might still be competition to lower them even further among the various providers).


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thejeff wrote:
Vod Canockers wrote:
For all that, before the 20th century, the government didn't take of these people, charities did, mostly religious ones. What ever happened to that?

What happened to that? It didn't work. It never worked.

Until the mid-19th century the frontier, with farming land for the claiming, helped alleviate the worst of the problem. By the end of 19th century with that gone, lifespans were dropping.

People lived in poverty we just don't consider acceptable today. Even most of the working poor. They died. They didn't get medical care. They begged for food. They lived in hovels. Even the working poor lived in great hardship.
Charities, religious or otherwise, were only a band aid on the problem.

If people are going to complain about government not being able to fix the problem, charity couldn't fix it either. Did far worse, in fact.

And just in case Vod Canockers doesn't believe you, I'd love to see him argue against photographic evidence.


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Those pesky facts again:
Food Stamp Error Rates Drop to All Time Low!

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Less than 1 percent of SNAP benefits go to households that are ineligible. In other words, more than 99 percent of SNAP benefitsare issued to eligible households.


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Nargrakhan wrote:
Look... I can think of a dozen ways I could use SNAP or TANF to buy crack or street girls... but all of them are illegal and require knowing someone in the system who can work the corruption (a clerk or desk jokey for example). Or using the criminal blackmarket and illegal sites. It DOES happen, but most of them fail or are discovered fairly quick... usually after $100 is stolen.

"We" have provided lots of links to this before (in other threads), proving that the vast majority of fraud being committed is actually being done by the businesses in the program, not the welfare recipients as a whole. And also that the total amount of fraud is in the very low percentage (I believe it's less than 2%, but that's just off the top of my head). Andrew has been provided with this evidence several times.

Apparently none of it sticks and it's easier to continue with preconceived notions. The "Welfare Queens" are a Reagan myth.
I know, I know, I could now link to the studies showing that facts seldom change strongly held beliefs. :-p


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Andrew R wrote:
And i do not say to get rid of it entirely, i just want to take the fun out of it so it is not abused so much. My current idea is to NOT give them a card, tie it to state ID and only that person may use it. Mark the card "not eligible to purchase alcohol, lotto or tobacco" as they have no business buying those while taking from others. Only allow the card to buy actual food not redbull. Make them all take a class about shopping smart and cooking. DO NOT give them more if they continue to have kids they do not need insensitive to keep making the problem worse. Revoke it for criminal actions, if they don't care about their kids enough to leave the meth alone goe the kids to someone that gives a damn

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Eligible Food Items
Quote:

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco

So, are you going to fess up to the fact that you have this stubborn idea of what it means to be on welfare which has no correlation to reality?


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I always find it funny, and incredibly ironic, when people rage that taxes are theft and government can't do anything right... on the internet.


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MagusJanus wrote:
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Smarnil le couard wrote:
@Andrew, yellowdingo and others : thejeff got it. NO need to fight over gas stations when you have one at home. And at your friends' home. And at your relatives'. And at your workplace...
Which falls apart the moment you try to travel from one community to another.
Yes, but most traffic isn't doing that, so the fighting over chargers isn't going to be common.
It also means a breakdown of immigration and general overland travel, which means that communities will become more isolated from each other. Enough traffic does flow that distance often enough that a significant percentage of modern society, including the modern economy, depends on it. Removing that capacity is going to negatively impact just about every community in the United States, completely isolate quite a few, and cause massive economic damage across the entire nation. Not to mention the potential negative impacts it will have on business and the job market as employers find themselves constrained in where their employees can live.

Clearly the solution to this is maglev trains with car transportation freight wagons. :-D


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MagusJanus wrote:

Or you could just go with the snow plows right off the bat, keep the blades a bit up to not scrape the panels, and let the panels melt the remainder. That would do the same thing. And with the heating element active, the snow should be easier for a plow to move.

Saves on the money for an extra vehicle and still limits it to heavy snowfalls ;)

Certainly true. I was just taking it to the point if they wanted to clear the roads completely right away.


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Surprised anyone hasn't mentioned this yet.

All Our Patent Are Belong To You

Elon Musk wrote:
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.


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Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:
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Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:

60 billion square meters of roadway is 20 trillion dollars, or 10 times the federal budget.

For the glass alone.

I'd love to see your cost analysis of this. I'm sure they would too. Since they haven't figured out a final cost yet it's quite amazing that you have already.

it's in the video.

You just do this thing called "mathematics," where you figure out the area of roadways in the U.S.A., and times it by how much glass costs.

It's really nothing more sophisticated than that.

But, for all your vaunted atheism, you're the true believer here, and you won't see sense because you don't have the savvy to see that you're the "true believer" here.

Good to know that you have me pegged down as a "true believer" - being a proponent for something doesn't mean that I blindly follow it and can't see things that need to be addressed.

I readily admit that I haven't seen all of Thunderf00t's video, just the first 4 minutes. I'm usually a huge fan of Thunderf00t, but in those first 4 minutes he leaps to incredible and unfounded conclusions, makes stupid materials comparisons and so on. So I have serious doubts how serious and objective the rest of the video is.
And as for your (and his) "mathematics." Do you know the specific cost of the glass they use? Has the cost of large scale vs. small scale costs been taken into account? Not to mention the idea, as was mentioned above, that doing it all at once is a stupid argument and can be dismissed immediately.


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Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:

60 billion square meters of roadway is 20 trillion dollars, or 10 times the federal budget.

For the glass alone.

I'd love to see your cost analysis of this. I'm sure they would too. Since they haven't figured out a final cost yet it's quite amazing that you have already.


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I loved the whole panning around the entire castle yard in one shot.


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The black raven wrote:
Surprised to have dark-skinned nobles in Galt as I pictured the pre-revolution country as stodgy and dead-set in its ways, rather than cosmopolitan and appreciative of foreign blood. It does open a lot of intriguing possibilities though, which is always good IMO :-)

That was my first thought too, but then I read up on Galt again:

"Galt has always been a nation of free thinkers and radicals renowned for brilliant poets, artists and philosophers whose ideas shaped the politics of the whole of Avistan. Even when conquered by Cheliax during the Even-Tongued Conquest, which began in 4081 AR following Cheliax's declaration of independence during the Taldan war with Qadira, Galt still maintained this reputation and attracted free-thinkers to its renowned universities and rogues to its pristine woodlands."
(emphasis mine)
The conquest is almost 700 years ago. There's been plenty of time for anyone from elsewhere on the planet to travel there and establish a long family line, including being inducted into the nobility.


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Sissyl wrote:
Parking lots? As in, an area covered with lots of car during most of the hours of the day? Solar powered? I... don't see this working. Solar power is already at such a low efficiency that any additional limits put on it make it unfeasible. Other areas, certainly.

Answered, with photo examples too. :-)


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James Sutter wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
Is there anyone who would disagree with Idris Elba for the Pathfinder movie?

Interestingly enough, I *did* have a cast member of The Wire in mind the whole time I was writing this—but it was Clarke Peters, not Idris Elba. (Because really, Lester is the coolest character in that whole show.)

But Elba's a close second. ;)

Interestingly enough, Clarke Peters plays (played) a character on Person of Interest named Alonzo... Alonzo Quinn.


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Unforeseen circumstances. Maybe he meant to finish it sooner.

And that justifies a delay of a year, at most.

Not several. And not when your other plans seem to be going off without a hitch.

Well, you can rest assured. You (or pretty much anyone else) ranting and raving about it isn't going to make the process go faster or slower. ;-)


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
...and a social policy drawn up by Ron Paul?

You mean like being OK with institutional racism, as long as it's on a state level instead of a federal level?


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justmebd wrote:

This video speaks for itself. SPOILERS if you haven't read Book 3 or watched the last episode.

http://uproxx.com/tv/2014/06/watch-a-crowded-bar-react-to-the-mountain-vs-r ed-viper-battle-from-game-of-thrones/

Linkified


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As the Utopians build the new society, every decision counts. Each must try to become indispensable to the group, or risk being exiled to their former lives and replaced by potential newcomers from the viewing audience who have been vying to join.

Aaaaand that's where the whole concept breaks down. When it's a competition you're not really free to "create their own civilization from scratch."


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Well, this has gotten a bit off the original topic... However!
If you want to help getting rid of a lot of the dependence on foreign oil AND help create more jobs in the US in the future, then you still have 5 days left to throw some money at this project:
Solar Freakin' Roadways!

And a FAQ to put a lot of the worries I've seen asked elsewhere to rest.


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Ohh, that's a burn.
Sister Simone Campbell Takes Dinesh D'Souza To School On Minimum Wage


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Well, Conchita Wurst and Austria just won the contest by a huge margin. It IS a quite good song and also a huge thumbs up to the LGBT community.


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Right now there's about an hour left of the big Eurovision Song Contest finale. Don't know how much it's been talked about in the US, but I did see a small segment on it on CNN International.
I don't really watch it as it's usually not all that good and 99% of the songs are not of any kind of flavour I enjoy.
However, I would like to show you Austria's very James Bond'esque contribution to this years contest:
Conchita Wurst - Rise Like a Phoenix


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Damn, how could I forget that providing actual data to refute (most often conservative/right-wing) talking points will be continually ignored.
Gotta keep that propaganda machine rolling!

*headdesk*


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Yeah, estimate vs. actual data. Guess which one is more reliable.


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I still don't get why someone would "suffer" through a show only to complain about it afterwards. Just stop watching it if it's that bad in your opinion.


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One problem:

Spoiler:
I'm still not 100% convinced that Garrett is the Clairvoyant - or if he is, he's only a part of a collective/group acting as the Clairvoyant. He was present when they found the "first" Clairvoyant, so obviously someone else had to be doing the communication with the others through the screens/voice box. That someone else was privy to sensitive knowledge that Garrett, if he really is the true Clairvoyant, would have had to share with others.
I'm sensing there's something else going on we don't know about yet.


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TanithT wrote:
Like, if one person with a job that offers great health insurance marries four people who have worse or no such benefits, sticking person A's employer with four spousal health insurance bills isn't fair or sustainable. It isn't bigotry, but basic economics. This is not an issue of what gender the spouse is, it's an issue of finite resources. There are legal models that fit and make sense when you have a multi-adult household, but the current institution of marriage isn't really one of them.

Yet another great argument for Universal Healthcare. ;-)


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I've brought up the OKCupid protest because it's a very visual example of some of the protests that happened (and I'd hardly call 2 mentions of them as incessantly).
I still haven't seen any concrete examples from you about who these extremists are and how "extreme" they are to earn that description. I'll grant you that I might not have been exposed to the same media outlets that you have, but I'm having a hard time reconciling horrendous discrimination and even calls for lynching with the protests I've seen.

I also have a hard time seeing how these protests, even calling for Eich to step down, comes even remotely close to what "the other side" has been doing for many years. By wanting to expand human-/civil rights instead of limiting them I'd say that qualifies as being better than they are.

I'm also puzzled by the constant capitalization of the word gay you do, but maybe it's just from the LGBT context?


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So, still no concrete examples. I'm beginning to think it's a massive straw man.
One of the most obvious protests were done by the dating site OKCupid. Are they part of the extremists LGBT side?

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