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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.
The Doomkitten wrote:
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:
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
Scott Betts wrote:
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.
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&$@.
Trump is a symptom. Let people lose hope and s$~* 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.
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.
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.
You are not going to be able to increase damage per attack all that much due to natural attacks. Improved crit would be perhaps one way. Anything that gets you extra dice such as elemental damage could be awesome if there are feats for that. Weapon Focus is good to have. Besides that, consider ways to buff your saves. Or maybe I am just rambling.