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CBDunkerson wrote:
Trump has been reduced to citing self-selecting online polls from right wing websites for evidence that he 'won' the debate. Every remotely scientific poll shows him losing by a margin of around 2:1.

Clearly liberal media bias....

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I do not. The occupying efforts don't begin with riots in my experience.

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I read that most folks decide early on in the election cycle and are pretty solid one way or another by the debate. The study also found that folks almost always assume their candidate won the debate. Seems to be ringing true this morning with folks I know in both camps. Pretty much Hilary "kept it together" and Trump proved he's a "tough guy."

If there is really 16% undecided I definitely want to hear more of their opinions.

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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.

Id like to see you keep your "sad, but true" attitude if the police started targeting your neighborhood.

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I'd never use the term to identify a woman as a "gamer girl" However, I do know a few who like the term and wear it like a badge of honor. In that case, I would use it only because they own it. For them it points out how they are women playing in a traditionally boy's sandbox. I don't mind that aspect as much as the youth factor. For these women being referred to as a girl denotes their youth and actually take offense to being called "Mam" by strangers. There seems to be something inherently rebellious and cool about the term for these friends of mine.

Also, in my experience, the term "gamer" to most people means video gamer, so I try to avoid using the term anyways. I've used it once or twice for myself when meeting folks then they dive into the latest vids, which i'm nearly in complete ignorance of.

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Id be careful throwing money at the problem. Cops have an uncanny ability to milk the system when benefits present themselves. I dont think higher pay is any guarantee of high quality with the brass and culture still in place.

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

I agree with Shin, the culture is the problem. Many officers see it as police and civilians. Them vs. us. Civilians have no idea what they do and no place to tell them. Its pretty frightening and the reason why a few of my friends are getting out of LE. Pay is never part of the conversation; anecdotal but take it as you will.

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Lou Diamond wrote:

Pan, Muslim Taxi Drivers cannot refuse to give rides to blind or disabled people with service animals because this violates the Americans with disabilities act and transportation of booze more than likely be covered under the interstate commence clause. As far as Christians not wanting to participate in a gay marriage ceremony because it goes against their convictions are completely things. The gay couples can go to any number of different bakers or photographers that would be happy to take their money and leave the christian's that do not want to use their art to take place in a ceremony that goes against their Religious convictions alone with out being hounded by leftists in government that want to force their view point on everyone else.

Pan do you think a Music groups should be forced by the courts to let anyone use their music [as long a royalties are paid] by someone with a different Political view point than the group? How is this different than Christian backers or Photographers being forced to serve someone they do not wish to serve.

If a Muslim wants to work in the grocery industry they should understand at the time of hire that they will have too handle non halal foods unless they work in a Halal grocery store.

If you dont own the rights to your music you dont get to dictate how its used.

Why must Muslims obey laws, but Christians get a pass because religion?

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Orfamay Quest wrote:
thejeff wrote:

So, I take it that Stop and Frisk is actually opposed by such people? I haven't really seen the gun rights groups speaking out against it.

There's a very strong undercurrent in American culture that "rights" only apply to "people like us." (I usually see this as an article of faith among the Right, but there may well be a group of Leftists that feels that way, too. I don't know.) That's one reason, for example, that the idea that noncitizens have constitutional rights is controversial in some circles -- that, and the fact that it costs money to educate immigrant children that could be saved by simply throwing them out of the public schools.

The idea that constitutional rights only apply to whites has an equally long pedigree. Even when the actual law has changed (or case law has changed), that doesn't actually change people opinions. Similarly, religious freedom seems only to apply to Christians, and sometimes to Jews. A number of cities/counties have refused to allow mosques to be constructed, while allowing local Christian communities to build all the churches they want..... (See also here.)

I recall a few years ago a few cases of Muslim objection in the work place. One was about handling pork products as a cashier at grocery stores, and another about providing taxi service to people with alcohol. Basically, Muslims wanted to be exempt from those things due to their religious freedom. The overwhelming response was "this is America so shut up, bag my groceries, and drive me home." Well now that some Christians have an issue with gay marriage, they dont like being told "this is America so shut up, bake my cake, and take my wedding photos."

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MMCJawa wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
I think the marches and protests have to evolve. Here in Minnesota, they've started disrupting major economic targets and I think that's the way to go. [...] Hit the elites in their pocket book and they can't ignore you.
Maybe...but its also just as likely to annoy people who won't be pissed off at the elites, but rather shift that irritation towards BLM or whatever movement is responsible for the protest.

Perhaps. What would you suggest as an alternate tactic, then?

"Mere" marches and protests are demonstrably ineffective; they can't even get charges filed against the police responsible in many cases. Violent rioting is obviously not a good solution. Targeted protests against specific economic targets risks shifting the irritation as you suggest. Voting is at best a long-term solution, and voting for protest candidates merely makes it more likely that the movement will make negative progress.

I could make a number of arch and darkly sarcastic suggestions (make prank phone calls to local politicians?), but instead I'll admit that I don't have a good answer. What's yours?

I think folks should look to social media. You can organize boycotts and make videos to go viral. The entire medium has a lot of potential.

I hate to appeal to celebs, but its one of the most effective ways in my experience to get points across. You cant turn on a sports channel or read a sports story without hearing about Kapernick and his protest. I know it makes a lot of folks angry, but they have now been inadvertently made aware of the point. Reminds me of Kanye calling out Bush during Katrina. "An awards show aint no place for a protest!!" well i'd argue its the best place. If Kapernick decided to instead hold a town hall about racism, nobody but the folks who care to attend would talk about it.


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Dice in my day were soft plastic and the sides were prone to ware. In an effort to preserve our cheap box set dice, my wife and I agreed to roll them only after having sex. I havent rolled mine in years, and she rolls hers at least three times a day......no respect i tell ya!

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Adventure paths; I love them, but God do they get an assload of shade thrown at them.

Hate part 1: "I don't want no long campaign, I only want an adventure module!!!"
The best kept secret is that many of the adventure path chapters/books can be run independently of the entire campaign. The forums go a long way towards helping you pick out the best ones.

Hate part 2: "This one encounter is badly/poorly/stupidly designed and ruins everything!!"
The more complex a game gets, like pathfinder for example, means the more difficult creating a perfect page to page product will be. Not every party is created equal, and sometimes a GM will need to adjust the adventure to make it more or less challenging. Occasionally, an encounter is poorly designed and the authors and community discuss such situations in detail on the forums. It is not unreasonable to expect some level of adjusting.

More to come. Feel free to add your own. :)

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Nicos wrote:
Jiggy wrote:
Have you tried the "Whole 30" eating plan? I have family members who swear by it, and personally I went from counting calories to just eating as much as I pleased and started rapidly losing weight.
Whole 30?

Its that paleo fad. It would be utter torture for me. My life revolves around grains. I make malt, then beer, and finally bread with it. Pretty much grain with every meal, except breakfast, which often includes eggs and milk so no luck there either.

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Mushrooms are heavenly and id do a mushroom gravy if offered.....though biscuits and gravy should be sausage gravy or at the least bacon gravy.

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I like that Bards have a performance component. Don't think it means they have to sing and dance like a Disney character either.


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lol vegetarian gravy


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HyperMissingno wrote:
4+int skills as a baseline.

Arnt most folks in favor of this?


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I don't always buy bagged tea, but when I do, I buy Twinnings Irish Breakfast.....and sometimes Twinnings Earl Grey.

(Irish Breakfast is a wee bit stronger than English breakfast, so maybe start there like Fabius says)


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arnt you a twin cities guy? Any favorite haunts?

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thegreenteagamer wrote:


(Green tea is often touted for it's physical benefits, but studies in the Scandinavian nations that show black tea is good for your mental health, especially in preventing depression.)

Yeap, its odd that green tea is good for some things and black others. Either way you win.

For beginners I recommend finding an actual shop near your home. They should have samples and knowledgeable staff to get you going. Some folks will say try bagged tea, but I find it to generally be garbage. Take that with a grain of salt though im known among friends and family to be a "top shelf" kind of guy.


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/hannibal

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Everything can be boiled down to just simply a genre. It is the fanatics that care to discover in detail the nuances and subgenres.

My take away is that it is ok not to care about something. Not caring about something while making generalizations and tossing insults at its fans is being a Richard. Don't be a Richard.

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I hope Wilson does take off as a passer too!

I tend to draft differently when I have multiple teams because I don't like having a lot of double picks. Sure if one team dominates chances are they both do, but the opposite is also true. Also, draft position changes how I draft quite a bit. I have one final draft which is an auction on Sunday. I have wanted to do an auction draft for quite some time. Ill report back on the results.


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I don't always forgo sweetener, but when I do, I'm drinking Tea source Rhubarb Oolong. Stay thirsty my friends.


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Rhubarb oolong is sold out.....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!1!1!!1one!!1!!!

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Haunts. Its like combining traps and puzzles which are two things that make most gamers cry.

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We just schedule our games during work hours. #greattobesalary

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Yikes Teddy Bridgewater's leg snapped and his knee dislocated during practice. The injury was so severe rumors say one or more players vomited at the site of it. This was a practice time non-contact injury.

Not sure what the vikes can do know. Geno smith? Colin Kapernick?

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Shut up and take my money!!!


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I dont get you kids and dumping these days...3D6 down the line gets no respect I tell ya!


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HyperMissingno wrote:
I dunno, 4d6 drop lowest works for my table, we just reroll a lot until the GM thinks the stat roll is acceptable.

isnt that just rolling until you achieve stat array?

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Why does everything go straight to drunk? There is an in between folks.

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Fantasy Flight opened a game center here in the TC that serves wine and beer. You can enjoy the beverages out on the game floor. Its hardly an issue since most folks seem to enjoy in moderation. Blends in completely with the stores family vibe and you wouldn't even know the person next to you was having alcohol.

I attribute a lot of that to how the business presents itself. Its a game store first, an event center second, and a café/bar third. The drinks lean towards the premium side of things so its not like dollar old Milwaukee, lone star, or old style taps. I think FFG has demonstrated a glowing example of how to do it in 2016.

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thejeff wrote:
GreyWolfLord wrote:
Oh, I pay attention. I know what I say here about Fox is most likely unpopular, but when analysis has been done on the actual reporting of organizations...ironically only PBS showed it was actually conservative [though overall neutral as well] (Even Fox News [- the opinion shows] was liberal in it's news slant!).
You have the source for this, I assume?

second this request.

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oh man are you going to be sitting in traffic? If not put that window down and turn the radio up!

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I think the holodeck episodes might have been a symptom of having 24 episode seasons. Eventually you need to come up with some episodic filler. In the age of the 13 ep. season they will have less time for those shenanigans.


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I think the Paladin went wrong and lost its respect when it stopped being a prestige class.

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I cant watch anything with Kunis in it. All I can picture is Meg Griffin and it ruins the film.

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As much as they are welcome to shut up about it, you are welcome to not read about it too.


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Sure, my favorite is Third Imperium for the Traveller system. A system I say needs a lot more respect.


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Fantasy season is so close I cant wait! Getting ready to start my study time for the auction draft!!

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I drink coke at the theater and faygo on the couch at home.


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What do you do to discourage thread necro?

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HeHateMe wrote:
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captain yesterday wrote:

Oh no, it was happening.

Marky Mark's daughter was dating someone like ten years older, and half the movie is dude trying to prove to Marky Mark he's man enough to... well, you get the idea.

Said "boyfriend" keeps a laminated card in his wallet with the age of consent law for ?Texas?

No warning signs there...

Ugh that is insanely creepy, like "drifter with a pornstache, driving a van with tinted windows and a mattress in the back, handing out lollipops to little girls" level of creepy.

Nope, that's just Michael Bay.

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captain yesterday wrote:

Nothing beats Transformers, Age of Extinction for absolutely terrible dialog however.

"Cade! You can do it Cade! I always believed in you Cade! (he just met him) you can do it Cade! Because I believe in you! Cade! Cade! You can do it Cade!"

I wish I made that up, but no, that's actual, honest to goodness dialog.

Or the wasted scenes discussing why a dude can date an underage girl legally.....Seriously WTF...why would you put that in a movie about giant robots???


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Samy wrote:
Irontruth wrote:

We need better free trade agreements, but free trade agreements are crucial to maintaining a stable and peaceful world.

Free trade stops wars. Then we figure out...

Free trade, however, has also resulted in all the blue collar jobs going away, when manufacturing is offshored to Bangladesh. And that's going to result in cities burning probably within our lifespans. True, countries won't go to war because they have so much to lose anymore. They'll burn from within because the people have nothing anymore.

Oh man I know. I remember when the industrial revolution came through. Machines and assembly lines put blacksmiths and horse ranchers out of business and tractors took away all the field hand jobs. It was scary and everything was on fire. Then when calculators turned into computers it was like Mad Max....

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No more xp system, just level at milestones.

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Why is it controversial to have a take on science?

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thejeff wrote:
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Trump disowns involvement in the Cleveland convention: "I didn’t produce our show. I just showed up for final speech"

Apparently doesn't like that the DNC ran so much smoother and got better ratings.

Jumping back a step to emphasize what's the real issue here, since it got dropped in the "No the DNC was bad too" argument.

As a candidate, organizing the convention is part of your job. Whether you do it personally or delegate it, you don't get to ditch the blame.
You're running for President. If you can't even run a convention or find people who can, that's a thing you get judged on. When you're President, it's all ultimately your responsibility. You don't just get to "show up for the speech".

Trump is never held accountable for anything. Why should he start now?

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Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Hmm, they apparently got trolled by Third Eye Blind as well.
Yes. This bothered me irrationally until I accepted I could like, admire even, TEB without [music snob] changing my dislike for their music. [/music snob]

You cant argue that it was funny when the TEB vocalist was like "yeah science!!" and the crowd boo'd him :)

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