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Anybody that thinks that the rich and powerful have no hold or influence on politicians is naive.
Even if you kill the rich and redistribute the wealth, the guys with the guns doing the redistribution and killing hold the power.
There is no perfect way - equitable government is like absolute zero - impossible to achieve.
The best you can do is whack a mole reform - avoid voting for either of the big two and make sure the reform parties hold the balance of power that way reforms are enacted. Not perfect but better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.
Are you talking about the Fermi Paradox? There are lots of variables that Drake did not include in his equation.
Do you know how insignificant a portion of our own galaxy we have searched is? Take a tea spoon to a sandpit dig out some sand... That's it on that spoon - we know the size and shape of the sand pit and that there are billions of others out there, but we haven't finished looking through ours.
Life is out there and beyond microbial I would say it's very very rare.
Chris Lambertz wrote:
I hate IE so much - I test software for a Financial Institution and we have to make sure we are backwards compatible with IE8... Its insanity inducing.
Just taking race out of this - 1000's of US citizens are being killed each year by their own police. 1000s
Then you distract yourselves from the issue by going around in circles focusing on race and not on the death toll.
It's shocking - each one of you is 100 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than an English person.
Instead of arguing about the minutiae you should be talking to your politicians abot the numbers.
While you guys seem bogged down in race - The central core of the matter is why is it so acceptable for police in the US to kill so many Americans?
Why so many Americans?
You are at war with yourself...
From the Economist "British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period."
Kelsey - rabbits a non native invasive species in Austalia are dealt with by chemical and biological methods.
I suggest you read up on rabbit plagues in Australia. I have been in a mouse plague it is terrifying. In some places you can't walk without the crunch of writhing bodies under your feet, or you can't unsee what you thought was a blanket suddenly scatter and run up the walls, and you as you enter the room.
Rabbits are much much worse.
My point was a lot of people were saying that the death rate by police would be the same in most other western countries- clearly it's not. 6 in one year for Australia comes closest... The UK went a whole year without the police shooting somebody. In 3 years they discharged their weapons 18 times for 9 fatalities.
It's not often I agree 100% with thejeff. It's usually 50-60%
The GM has to communicate what the level of moral, grim, gritty or swashbuckle s/he is going to set for the game and the players need to negotiate what level is comfortable for them. If either fail to do so then they are crapy players/GMs.
Heracles was driven mad by the Goddess Hera forcing him to murder his own children and then he not Hera had to atone by doing the 12 Labours...
Hmmm all powerful being makes hero murder children.... Hera was a dick GM.
Isn't that what I said...
99% of people in this thread have played characters that killed and looted.
Every game table top to electronic we play or a majority of movies we watch we revel in the violence and looting.
From Space opera, sword and sandal, pirate, western or war. It's all about committing acts of violence and taking land, loot or status.
People enjoy make believe and they enjoy being the group of heroes fighting against the odds even if you are blasting storm troopers, killing the English or Nazis or Martians.
On the other hand in a story or a game murdering your way through a bunch of infants is a dick move and its a dick move by a GM to put players in those situations. If you cut your way through an Orc lair in Neverwinter Nights you aren't put in that situation, Jack Sparrow doesn't murder his way through a ship full of women and children and so on
That's not what players want... GMs on power trips want that s##$ so they can torture players.
I ask at the beginning of a game is this going to be a fun romp or an angst filled emotionally exhausting grind. If it's the type of game where I am going to be depressed at the end then I walk.
I have done the woe is me crap back in my old WOD days... I am well and truly over being a "serious role player".
I am in a game to get the Robin Hood, James Bond, Han Solo, Luke, Spider-Man experience not the Hannibal Lecter, Dexter experience and any GM who puts that crap in my game will cop an ear full of uncensored discussion of what a dick he or she is.
Fiest - I think there is a description of a fleet of star ships being destroyed in one of the books.
It is simple... If you don't want to be a s!*~ty DM and torture your players with moral dilemmas don't have monster children.
Goblinoids hatch fully formed from something like frog spawn just a little smaller....
Orcs drop a clone from a cyst once or twice a year.
They are not human and monsters after all.
The core premise of the game is killing things and taking their stuff. If your players are after a fun filled game of murder and theft then don't be a dick DM and ruin the fun with moral dilemmas.
On the other hand if you want to wallow in a bitter soup of emo angst and guilt and that is what is fun for your players go for it moral dilemma the adventure as much as you want.
Rabbits bah! You need to read about the Emu war.
The problem I see with Sarusan is that it will be the Oceania of myth and dreaming... It's too far away to have a Colonial or post colonial history.
If you want something coffee table (with a U.S. Perspective & baggage attached) but still good I recommend the following episodes from Stuff you missed in history class . I do find they lack a little nuance and come with a how quaint filter - but they are reasonably well researched.
Its a vast history what are you looking for pre-colonial, colonial\post colonial?
Pre Colonial The Original Australians: Story of the Aboriginal People.
I have an interest in Australia's military history so if you have any questions I can point you in the right direction.
Nope.... Not New Zealand massive drug and domestic violence problems. New Zealand is definitely not Dr Seuss' Solla Sollew where the troubles are few.
Nah mate... Neutral Good... Tending towards true neutral.
We work together for the greater good but we will break rules to do so... Or we will bend rules if it will be funny.
We boo our Prime Ministers if they show thier f*#@ing useless mugs at sporting events... Except for Hawkie he is a deadset legend and held the world record for drinking a Yard glass of beer.. He allways gets a chear.
The dude just worked out one of the main messages (most important if you ask me) of the Bible is "be excellent to each other", don't harsh his cool by demanding he do homework and having a hostile attitude.
Aboriginal deaths in custody is a highly complex issue and should be addressed elsewhere, this thread is about the volatile and complex issue or race & policing in the US.
Not sure that you Dingo my favourite crazy Northern Territorian can improve the situation by bowling tangentialy topical Yorkers.
Wow racist much.... Them foreign Asians are not as good as our Merikan Asians, they come over here and steal our university places... Because they get any easy free pass because they are rich foreigners.
Xenophobia, nationalism and jingoism...
You live in a capitalist system you get what you can afford to pay for.
DM Under The Bridge wrote:
I didn't want to list everything that will kill you in the NT, people need surprises :-)
Is that any different to American history- Genocide, Slavery Segregation, manifest destiny, and so on.
I am a descendent of the Boers I suggest you read their history, Boer/Afrikaans are culturally distinct and like the US do not have a spotless record.
While I understand the need to preserve their language culture, history, and the memory of their struggle. Exclusiveness will not help it grow or preserve it in the long term.