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thejeff wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
Then... the key is that someone gets the right to define the other's "offended card" as "given in bad faith". The one with the most popular support gets to determine that, as in all purely subjective situations. And the one with that support gets to decide in every instance whether to allow a discussion to continue. Right?

No. It's more complicated, because it's purely subjective.

The other absolute approach would be James's approach earlier - anyone who claims to be offended is right and should be apologized to and the offensive comment retracted and not repeated.

On these boards, in the end it comes down to the moderators. Because they actually have the power to delete posts/lock threads/ban users. That's not quite the same as "most popular support".

Obviously, first come people who have the power to enforce things. That should be indisputable. However, what is interesting is what happens outside their direct influence. People are people, and power is certainly not only formal power. Instead, it becomes a pecking order based on very fluid, subjective criteria like political views, how well someone is liked in various groups, how well someone can bully others, age on the forum, previous interactions, number of likes you have in the thread, official stuff done, if you represent someone, and so on. Those above you have the right to shut you down. Those below you, you can shut down. All that is needed is to claim offense, then puncture their claim of offense with "it was made in bad faith". Nobody gets to say different.

EDIT: Rewrote this.


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Then... the key is that someone gets the right to define the other's "offended card" as "given in bad faith". The one with the most popular support gets to determine that, as in all purely subjective situations. And the one with that support gets to decide in every instance whether to allow a discussion to continue. Right?


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THC is a substance to which different people react very differently. Some become giggly and enjoy it, some get just slowed down and find it frustrating. Some feel sharper and more focused. These often swear they would drive better on it. When tried, however, while they subjectively feel they did okay, the films taken are often hilarious/terrifying.

And of course, there IS a pretty clear correlation between smoking pot and getting schizophrenia. It is one of the major risk factors we have found so far.


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Yes. That was removed in a move to further balance civil rights to improve the efficiency of finding terrorists. It was updated to "You have the right to answer our questions. Not doing so is thoughtcrime."


Okay.


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Clearly, otyughs are just misunderstood, they devote their entire lives to keeping the environment clean.


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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.


Yes. It is boring as all hell but it at least looks interesting. Plus, from time to time a guest reads a bit of it.

The next poster had to take care of that once.


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I have seen the prequel SW movies a few times by now. What strikes me is that there is little that is atrocious about them. Yes, even TPM. The stuff people usually bring up is not truly as horrible as it is said. Jar-jar is annoying, yes, but having read a deeper analysis in the Darth Binks theory, I find that rather convincing. If he were to have been an anti-Yoda, but due to the Jar-jar wars about racial stereotyping dropped in favour of Dooku, who felt pretty much tacked on, that would have been AMAZING. Just think, he would have been killed off as a proper villain. And not one character in the history of movies has ever been so hated. The politicking and so-called boring stuff is really fascinating to me. Anakin is a whiny kid, but really, where did you think Luke got his whine from? Both of them are deeply flawed people. I maintain that Yoda was right from the start: neither should have been trained. Both of them fell. Luke fell when he gave in to his anger and tried to strike down the unarmed emperor. All the talk of "I am a Jedi like my father before me." is just a critical success on a Diplomacy check against Darth Vader. All in all, the movies are visually great, with decent plots, some great actors, I'd say they suffer mainly for comparison to ANH and ESB. Which are given many free passes.


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The worst situation I heard of in Sweden was an epileptic who had had a seizure unnoticed by anyone while out on town. He was postictal, which is a difficult situation due to poor inhibition, swaying, aggressiveness. A group of cops found him like that. They assumed he was a junkie and proceeded to beat the living daylights out of him.

Generally, when I have tried to talk to policemen about the importance of showing restraint in using violence even if someone is not instantly complying... they do not even understand the question. They say "oh, that is no problem. If that happens, I just evaluate the risk of the situation and apply the correct amount of force."

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.


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Where is R2-FU to weigh in on that suggestion?


Postocles, Thread Necromancer wrote:
One time, I found this big pile of gold coins. A few seconds later, I understood how to cast 2nd-Level Spells.

...but copper pieces were useless, at 100 to the XP anyway.


Ventnor knows, however, how to roll a drunk.


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Socks is easy. Throw out all your socks. Get a bunch of new ones, as many as you need, all identical. Profit.


FREEDOM EAGLE LIBERTY, this is Mom's Mighty Latte. You are clear for liberation. I repeat, you are clear for liberation.


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NobodysHome wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Also, if anyone has any team building activities lay them on me, I'd like to crowd source the crowd sourcing, don't worry, I'll give you credit when they give me credit (with maybe an extra bonus the flyer in the break room said).

(1) Wait for a good strong blizzard.

(2) Choose one co-worker (not at random).
(3) Strip said co-worker down to his or her socks and undies.
(4) Hand the co-worker a 1-pound box of Hydrox cookies and lock them outside. They are allowed back inside once they have finished eating the cookies. (No; they may not have milk, cocoa, or anything else that accelerates the cookie consumption.)

Does wonders for bonding for everyone NOT locked outside...

Pffff. A bit of cold always gets people scurrying for shelter. It's ridiculous. A box of cookies is a nice gift, and really, the coworker gets to keep undies. I don't get the complaint.


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Don't you mean Freedom fries?


...you had to play a human male to have 18/00 strength.


The Doomkitten wrote:

*seethes with impotent rage*

WHY THE F**& DID MILO YANNOPOULOS SHOW UP IN MY RECCOMENDED?!?! AND BY ALL THE ENTITIES, WHY DOES HE HAVE 7.5K VIEWERS!

*deep breath*

Sorry. It just makes me feel kinda dirty inside that for whatever illogical reason he showed up in my recommended on YouTube.

Not an expert on youtube, but... Because you may have searched for his clips before? I mean, we don't just look at things we like?

And perspective helps. A certain song from South Korea has billions of viewers.


Orfamay Quest wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
Sooooo... WHY do so many stand ready to vote for Trump? I mean, he wants war, torture, walls, etc etc etc etc etc. He likes Putin (!), he has been caught lying enough times, he seems to have alienated POSITIVELY EVERYONE except white uneducated men... but what will that give him? 15%? I mean, men is 50%, white men is a bit more than half of that, cut even further by education level. I don't get it. That is not enough to even be a failed presidential candidate. So... who is going to vote for him? Why? What do they hope to gain?

Bear in mind is that voting in the US is not compulsory, and voting turnout, even for presidential elections, is generally terrible in most of the US. It typically averages around 50% of the eligible citizens, which of course is much less than the number of people living in the USA. So if you can get 25% of the electorate to come and vote for you, you've basically won. (Which is why get-out-the-vote efforts are so important.)

Add to that the large number of "my party, right or wrong" voters who would vote for a piece of string if it had (R) written next to it, and you can see both that his floor is rather high, and the hurdle he needs to clear is remarkably low.

As to why people want to vote for him -- in my mind, a lot of it is likely to be wishful thinking. I know a number of Tea Party supporters, for example, who have a track record of voting for people who want to cut taxes on the rich because they themselves want to be rich. Not because they are rich -- none of them actually have, as the phrase goes, a pot to piss in -- but because they have grand visions of someday becoming rich through unspecified underwear-gnome plans, and don't want it all to go up in smoke. The idea that they are more likely to stay poor (in part because their ideas for getting rich all seem to be vaporware) or get even poorer if something bad happens like an accident or a house fire, doesn't seem to have occurred to them.

There's also a lot of...

First, that is only relevant if uneducated white men vote to a greater degree than all the groups Trump has alienated. And similarly, that there are more piece-of-string voters for (R) than for (D).

Second, if all the alienated groups have to do to NOT have Trump as president is GO AND VOTE, one would think it could be worth a shot?

Third, why is voter turnout so low? I understand you need to register to do it, but why is that such a hurdle?


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Sooooo... WHY do so many stand ready to vote for Trump? I mean, he wants war, torture, walls, etc etc etc etc etc. He likes Putin (!), he has been caught lying enough times, he seems to have alienated POSITIVELY EVERYONE except white uneducated men... but what will that give him? 15%? I mean, men is 50%, white men is a bit more than half of that, cut even further by education level. I don't get it. That is not enough to even be a failed presidential candidate. So... who is going to vote for him? Why? What do they hope to gain?


...the third man!


Ow ow ow ow ow!

Meanie!


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Let me rephrase then: The discussion about whether the fact that people believe something to be true serves as a valuable predictive heuristic for that thing being true, when certain conditions about the observers are met, should probably be dropped.


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We will build a wall against the shoanti! And make them pay for it! Make Korvosa great again!


Me too.


Neat. =)


I am not saying eyewitnesses are always useless. I am saying that literally the first hit on google is an article from Scientific American that lays out the problems with using them - which should probably be interpreted as "we know they are unreliable but we have nothing else to go on".

Also, let me too quote Pratchett: "Where there's smoke, there's a smoke-making machine." Pratchett is a VERY quotable author, isn't he?


First hit on google for "eyewitnesses unreliable".

You're welcome.


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Dammit. You got me, Orfamay. Public views are what spell out the undeniable truth. Now I just have to adapt to speaking "Börk börk börk houdy doudy meatballs", to the fact that the capital of Sweden just became Toblerone, to defending myself against the polar bears on our streets, and so on. It's gonna be tough, but hey, there are enough Americans out there who actually think these things about Sweden that the paltry ten million Swedes really can't compete.

Oh well.


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Calling politics and sociology science is certainly not obvious. And Orfamay: The bandwagon fallacy only means that lots of people thinking something doesn't make it true. There are other perfectly sound reasons to believe in the capital of South Africa. Assuming idiot levels of solipsism om my part doesn't do your argument any favours. Try again.


Regarding the massive reduction in violent crime in the 90s, it's the holy grail of every shoddy policymaker around to take credit for it. Whether you can see a plausible way to argue that Clinton's crime bill was not one of those factors or not, fact remains that it is so far unknown. You certainly have no evidence to support it if you claim it was.


IHIYC's name is a palindrome. This is obviously deeply suspect.


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Scott Betts wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
It is difficult to accept as anything remotely relevant that "if many people call you X, you are X". First, whatever you do today, whatever opinion you may express, there is always someone who will call you racist/arrogant/retard/etc for it. Second, rhetorics are pretty uniform today, as in people consciously and systematically trying to win points against others by accusing them of being the above things. This robs the original statement of the idea that the many people calling you X do so independently. Third, huge numbers of people think lots of wrong things. Many Americans (30% of republican primary voters) apparently want America to bomb Agrabah, for example. We all have the right to expect a bit more from people who take it upon themselves to judge others. Fourth, it is a direct example of the bandwagon fallacy. Fifth, billions and billions of flies can't be wrong - eat s*#&.
And yet for all that couching, being called racist by many different, independent groups over an extended period of time remains an incredibly reliable predictor of actual racism.

And yet, all you do is defend using the bandwagon fallacy as a predictor. Which is sort of by definition useless. Also, I would hesitate to claim the racist-calling groups different or independent of one another. And finally, you do not offer any sort of evidence for your theory.


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It is difficult to accept as anything remotely relevant that "if many people call you X, you are X". First, whatever you do today, whatever opinion you may express, there is always someone who will call you racist/arrogant/retard/etc for it. Second, rhetorics are pretty uniform today, as in people consciously and systematically trying to win points against others by accusing them of being the above things. This robs the original statement of the idea that the many people calling you X do so independently. Third, huge numbers of people think lots of wrong things. Many Americans (30% of republican primary voters) apparently want America to bomb Agrabah, for example. We all have the right to expect a bit more from people who take it upon themselves to judge others. Fourth, it is a direct example of the bandwagon fallacy. Fifth, billions and billions of flies can't be wrong - eat s&#&.


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Trump is a symptom. Let people lose hope and s@$# like this happens. Oh, and rest assured that the US getting Trump as president is not something the rest of the world will just take in stride. Better hope his worst excesses can be neutralized somehow, the alternative is going to be extremely costly in a loss of trust, torn international agreements and loss of influence. Right now, you americans need to think carefully about how the rest of the world sees you. Of course, Russia will LURVE getting Trump elected.


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Big, anyway.

Also... Read the first of Claremont's books. It was truly, unabashedly awful. Just starting out, it removes some very significant characters, and changes Willow's name, then keeps him around until some girl can become the main character, and not the now teenaged Elora, but some new whatever. After that book, I learned that if reading is a slog, it is okay to give up on a book.


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Started with a swedish RPG in 1986. AD&D in... I think 1989 or so? GMed for most of that time. I did also play some red box D&D back in the mists of time. So, not a grognard, I suppose. I do have the lawn and the war stories, though.


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Rysky wrote:
Hrothdane wrote:
My girlfriend is back home and likely coming out to their evangelical mom right now. I'm so nervous right now. I wish I was there with them. They came out to their brother earlier today and it went very well, and he gave good signals about how open she will be. I just...wish I could make certain everything is going okay.
*channels positive feelings*

+1


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Also mööse bites are pretti nasti...


So you're the guy responsible for all the underpowered rogues out there? =)


Usually the wizard needs downtime to handle their spellbook. YMMV.


Because it is such a delicious term? :)


Crafting is by necessity a downtime activity. The others get to make money there. The crafter doesn't.


You could at least give us the whole number. #ihateellipses


No.. but perhaps you should charge your friends for items you have crafted for them with feats they never had to take because you did, hmm?


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If charging for crafting is unfun, it doesn't come as a surprise that it is a task best foisted on a cohort, does it?


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KSF: Thank you. I think I may have been misunderstood, though. I left because I did not see a way to bridge the viewpoints here. With some more thinking, perhaps I should try once more.

Most people go through life without becoming targets, without serious harassment, without becoming outcasts. They do not understand, whether they bully or not. How could they? It takes a while to learn fear, mistrust, self-loathing and hatred. And without learning that, there is literally nothing in that barrel of misery that anyone wants. They live their lives and assume everything will work out to the best. Worse, they assume everyone else does too. It is not really their fault. As TPQ said, they can't opt out. Most of them are roughly decent people.

But enough ARE targeted. The bigots use whatever excuse they can to benefit from targeting others, whether it is a pair of pants, a sexuality or a skin colour. When someone is not willing to dance through their hoops regarding how to behave, how to look, and above all how to kowtow to the bigots, that someone becomes a target.

It was six years. They hit me for any number of reasons. They humiliated me constantly. Even people who did not know me at all made jokes about me. There are only three people in the world I would spit in the face of. Many took part, including grownups. When I complained, the teachers told me "it isn't one's fault that two are fighting". When I clumsily tried to fight back, I got told off for causing trouble. The worst part was knowing I was alone.

I survived. I live a good life today. My tormentors are failed sludge. I am not the one who needs help anymore. But they are out there, in every schoolyard, sitting apart, hoping nobody notices them, pretending they are fine. And guess what? They are all sorts of kids. Black, white, boys, girls, homosexual, heterosexual, cis and trans. The need of help is universal, and the struggle for acceptance and tolerance is all our struggle.

Only someone who has been an outcast will understand. Ergo, when a kid is targeted, it is only those who do understand who will be able to help. We are needed - but we can't do that job if we blind ourselves to suffering depending on groups.

I will keep on trying. I hope you will too.


Not so strange. Get a pizza as spicy hot as they will make it for you. Add pineapple. The sweet balances the heat perfectly.


It's pronounced "THACK-o".

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