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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."


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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.


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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?


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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.


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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?


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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?


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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!


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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.


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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...


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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.


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Americans obviously have no clue about pizza toppings. Pineapple is wonderful, objectively the best possible match on a pizza with peperoni (both kinds, pepper and sausage), piri-piri sauce, ground meat, tomato and cheese.


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Zozo is brutal. I remember it being the only time I really noticed the difficulty hike. So, yeah.


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Freehold DM wrote:

Damn. There goes the second job I was interested in.

I need a drink.

Damn. Positive thoughts, FHDM.


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You. Should. Not! Have! Done that.


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Skeleton... I dunno if I WANT that, per se, but it's the only one that seems likely.

*sighs*

I have no idea about all those floaty types. And psychic? I have frequent headaches. Is that me being psychic?


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Yugoloth is great... but it makes me sort of wonder where the serboloths, kroaloths, bosnoloths and monteloths are.


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DAMON!!!


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Farewell, Liz. Thank you. I finally managed to get to taste your cookies, and they were awesome. Do awesome stuff!


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Use different names for it in different areas. Make these names part of the vocabulary in other ways. Say, you want to introduce a... Remorhaz. Have a village where it's called a death burn, another where it's called the Destroyer, another where the creature is Alyar's bane. So you will get people saying "Destroyer take you, you're wrong! You need oak to support that roof!"

This way, people can ask the people talking about the legends they refer to, meaning they will get differing (and often unreliable) accounts of things that could have happened a long time ago. Add in just enough of a common thread to let them guess it's the same monster.


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I believe the issue of racism and other kinds of bigotry is that you allow yourself to treat people not as people but only as part of a group. This is what allows you to act badly to them, usually while still maintaining that you are a moral and upstanding person. If they were willing to treat people as human beings, with feelings, relevance, hopes, thoughts, agency and flaws, this would be impossible. Character, not the colour of the skin. Since that is the problem, I also believe treating people only as part of the group you want to assign to them is a way of compounding the problem.

I also understand it is not the view adopted in American politics overall. I can't change that. Nor can I stop believing that treating people as only parts of the group I assign to them is wrong, as bourgeois and neoliberal as that might be. But that is not the discussion you want here, so I will stop here. I wish everyone the best.


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TPQ: Thank you for your answer.

I find it disheartening, though. As you say, there really is no way for me NOT to be complicit. The preferential treatment I have gotten is not something I can opt out of, at least not entirely. I have done what I can to help improve things, among other things I engaged in trying to get the church in Sweden to welcome the many homosexuals that wanted to remain part of the church. It took a lot of work, and it felt hopeless at times, but the swedish church HAS accepted them. I like to think I have some small part in making sure that happened. At work, I meet people in bad situations all day long, and I try to always keep in mind that part of what I see may be related to sexual preferences and identity.

I do this because it is, indeed it has always been, important to me that people are not badly treated because of who they are. I know a few gay people, and a few transsexuals, and they make it personal for me.

But... I am still straight. One of "the Straights". Just like the people I want society to accept, I can't change my sexual preferences or identity one whit.

As for "it is not a personal attack", I disagree. Respectfully, but firmly. It is not the blame in itself that is the problem. It is that you reduce me to "one of the bad people". Useless, faceless, evil. Only "one of them". Not to mention that it is quite misplaced. If you take all the groups that treat trans people badly, "straight people" is quite likely to be a very bad example.

Conservative christians do not dislike gays because they are straight themselves. They do it because it's a unifying common enemy they have chosen to identify their own group by.

Yes, straight people are some 80-90% of the population. Most of the bigots would identify as such. But they are a tiny minority in the mass of everyone straight. It's a bad term... and explaining your plight through "it's the fault of the Straights" isn't going to help you get where you want to go. Blame those who deserve it.


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TPQ: If I benefit from these assumptions, does that make me complicit? What can I do then to not be complicit? Does actively working to improve the situation of sexual minorities change anything? Does trying to spread awareness of their situation?

If it is about whether I hold certain assumptions, how is that different from the situation for people of sexual minorities themselves? I never heard that being gay necessarily freed you from holding such assumptions about either trans people, for example, nor indeed other gay people. It is deeply tragic to me all the times I have heard a conservative churchgoer say something like "gay people choose to indulge in their lusts and they shouldn't. Everyone should fight against their desire to be with someone of their own sex".

Again, I do not question your fear, nor your anger at how you are treated. I know enough about fear and anger not to do that. I merely think anger is likely the most dangerous emotion around, and it hurts you to show it. I know what it is like to wonder what is going to happen if I go to the lunchroom today. I know what it feels like to have people you don't know tell others you are stupid, ugly and gross so you can hear it. I have enough issues with psychiatric illness that I can't always hide to comfortably pretend I am like everyone else.

What I question is claiming that it is "the Straights" doing it. If I am mistreated for being left-handed, it doesn't mean that right-handed people are the most relevant group to blame for it. And even if this mistreatment is serious, perhaps especially then, it doesn't make things better if I assume a rhetoric that "either you are one of us or you are the problem". Everyone needs allies. We can't all fight our own fights.

Again, I may be wrong.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
FFVI is a very good game.

:-D

Quote:
It is not a perfect one. The biggest problem is too many characters (12!!!)

Sissy, when will you learn to not drink and post?

Bad sissyl.

Planescape: Torment was far, far better.

Come at me.


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FFVI is a very good game. It is not a perfect one. The biggest problem is too many characters (12!!!), but they did learn from that. At times the dialogue is all over the place, almost as if it is trolling itself. And finally, I would say it is too long. What is good in it, though, is amazing.


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Hey there, kobold superstar.


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Windows 10 elves.


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Windows 8 sucked so hard is ruined even Windows 9.


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Lichslamming.


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No. Just no. N-O. No.

The group has decided to make you the victim of bullying. Abuse, as you say. They get their jollies from seeing you weak emotionally. How it affects you. Getting you to cry would be the absolute best possible result for them, and you will get NO sympathy. After crying, they KNOW they can push your buttons.

Get out. Run, don't walk. Don't stay a moment longer than you need to. And even murdering one of the other characters will not get you sympathy, they will just decide you are a problem and kill your character. And laugh about it.

Take some good advice and leave.


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See you in six years or so...


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Braintaping? Heh. People have studied for decades to now simulate a cubic millimetre of a mouse's brain. They can do that now. It is HUGELY complex and costs incalculable amounts. Now multiply that with a few million, add in a Moore's law that has gotten unmoored over the last few years, and sure, it may be possible to make a COPY of a human brain. Eventually. Now it's largely at the same place as, say, "it may be possible to terraform Mars by throwing the moon into it".

And that only makes a COPY. For the actual TRANSFER of consciousness, we are still where it seems that to get there, you really ought to start somewhere else. Until we understand precisely what our consciousness IS, there is no way to get there from here.


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Tacticslion: Such as the fact that there were 151 original pokemon? :)


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Atta girl! I for one welcome our six-year-old-girl overlords.

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