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Pee. Eye. Emm. Pee.


Coriat wrote:
I want a vote too! This is New England, not Old England, but let's not be ageist.

Do I get to vote in French elections since I live in what was once New France?


Vod Canockers wrote:

I did not say it was better, I am saying that once you take everything into account, that $20/hr isn't as much as looks like. The Dutch pay higher taxes, pay more for nearly everything they have to buy, etc.

Plus you keep comparing that $20 to the minimum wage, which isn't what the average pay from McDonalds is in the US. If you want to be accurate use that number (not sure what it is in NYC) but nationwide it's over $9.00 an hour.

Well let's test that shall we?

American fast food worker making $7.25/hr (the $9/hr+ figure includes shift managers, who make maybe $13). 2080 hours a year= $15080. But they don't get insurance or paid leave. Let's be super generous and say that, between social functions, family emergencies and illnesses they take 6 unpaid days off a year, so really they're working 2032 hours a year, for a total of $14,732.

I'll take it as a given that someone making that little pays no state or federal taxes, but they still pay FICA (SS and Medicare) to the tune of about 8%, so a grand total of $13,553.44.

Now, Denmark pays its workers (roughly) $20/hr. Remember that they have 5 weeks (HOLY CHRIST!) paid vacation a year, so they're really only working 1880 hours/year and getting paid for 2080. But okay, 2080*$20=$41,600. After taxes that's $29,665.

Someone in Denmark gets paid 2.2 times as much for LESS work (1880 vs. 2032 hours). Really, for hours actually worked, more like 2.36 times the pay.

Their cost of living is, what'd you say, 30% higher on average? Let's just take that out of their earnings off the top so you can see a proper comparison. Like, let's just pretend that Danes make 30% less after taxes and compare those numbers. I'm sure it's not completely accurate but, hey, just for funsies.

Danes still make 1.66 times what their American counterparts make for an hour of work. If American workers were compensated equivalently, not even accounting for other "bonuses" like healthcare which I'll assume, given the low pay of a McD worker is paid for by Medicare, would be $12/hr.

That seems fair. How about we put the minimum wage at $12/hr?


thejeff wrote:

I've never heard anyone say they use a "1 point per ability going up" system, even in home games.

I played in a game where the DM did that once. Start with an 8 and it's 1 point per +1 to a stat, maximum 20 (before adjustments).

37 point buy.

Yes it was cray.


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Falantrius wrote:
Seranov wrote:
Paizo probably didn't want to give too many specifics about covens, so that the DM can just make them as they please, instead of being like IT MUST BE LIKE THIS.
Not sure what I can say about most of the comments but I am totally with you what you are saying. We have tried to create decent witches and we just end up creating our own classes. We just hate to do that - I'd love to be part of a group that updated the witch - but based on comments - not sure that would ever happen.

Wicca as a religion is less than a century old. It was created out of whole cloth by Gerald Gardner. It's bunk.

There's no such thing as magic in the real world.

This is a fantasy game. The witch class is based on witches in fantasy literature and popular culture.


Sissyl, you've gone from merely being suspicious--which is an appropriate response to outrageous claims--to full-bore believing and advocating for the paranoid premise you're proffering.

Please check yourself.


I'm my penis?


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Millions of years of evolution, only to be foiled by a dirty gym sock.


Yes, VC, if it weren't for the costs of living, living places would be cheap.


Dark Sun
Birthright
Spelljammer
Ravenloft


*slow clap*


Kirth Gersen wrote:

Ah, OK. I'd been told that a lot of the Northern states had a more sane system. And also paid their teachers a living wage (I started at $19K a year as a full-time employee; adjust for inflation and it's still an embarrassingly small amount).

But, having had too much of the winters in upstate NY, I just had to move south...

That's definitely changing with Walker in power and the passing of Act 10; it's becoming harder and harder to fund public schools at ALL and the easiest place to cut, as with all public and private endeavors, seems to be labor costs.

Back to the topic at hand though, in my high school, the only high school about which I can make relatively intelligent comments, for most of the basic subjects (English, Math, Science) there were at least two tiers for each grade level. English 10 and Advanced English 10, Biology and Accelerated Biology, Physics and Math Physics. I don't specifically recall that there was for Social Studies/History, but there were always also electives.

There were also remedial classes like Chemistry in the Community, which lower than Chemistry, which was lower than Math Chemistry, which was lower than AP Chemistry.

Beyond that, which was normal curricula, there was also SWS-School Within a School, which was basically special help for lower income or educationally or socially challenged (dislexia, autism) or returning students after a lapse of enrollment/truancy. SWS was definitely not normal for the district, we were the only school in the district that had SWS or any special education resources so everyone was bused there.

That said we were also the poorest in the district.


Ahh. Problem solved.
I wouldn't count virginia as indicative of curricula in other states. There are almost always 2 tiers of classes minimum in WI schools.


Kirth, where did you teach HS, when, and for how long?


Lord Snow wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:


Wait, what? those are things you didn't learn in school? what were they even doing teaching you logarithms without explaining that they are the inverse of exponents? That's not all that different from trying to teach subtraction without mentioning that it's like addition in reverse.

American school. Learn what to put down on the test, do so, get passing grade, clear brain for more room, move onto next subject.

I vaguely remember using inverse logs for pH in in freshmen chem, but that was with a calculator button. Can't say I've seen them since.

Much about your attitude towards math is much clearer to me now. If they teach you math as a bunch of meaningless symbols you punch into a calculator, it makes sense for you to think that math is about meaningless symbols.

What BNW says is a reasonable approximation of the truth. At least in primary school (Kindergarten through 8th grade). I think they taught things an appropriate way in high school, but by then we already had it ingrained in our head the wrong way so it was double the work.

Common core is trying to correct this by teaching it right the first time, but then parents are freaking out like "why can't they just teach it to our kids the way WE learned it."

*flips table*


yellowdingo wrote:
meatrace wrote:

Correct. In the example provided there are two terms X and 1/X. not X-1 and X.

Regardless, the one thing I STILL don't really get in algebra is logarithms. Ugh. I don't know why, they throw my brain for a loop.

You neglected the negative operator.

Whuh? An operator is not a term.


Please tell me more about this cat hysteria?

Or is that just the Swedish version of Pussy Riot?


Yay!


Correct. In the example provided there are two terms X and 1/X. not X-1 and X.

Regardless, the one thing I STILL don't really get in algebra is logarithms. Ugh. I don't know why, they throw my brain for a loop.


As a gamer I never feel that math is irrelevant or uninteresting.
*shrug*


Kitty Empire is a song by seminal Industrial/Post-Punk/Noise Rock act Big Black, off their equally seminal album "Songs About F&%!ing"


Hey Gobbo!

Since this thread is basically goblin territory now, I figured I'd ask you here.

Yesterday, when I was walking to lunch, there was a socialist pamphleteer on the corner with a bunch of hand-made signs, one of which read something along the lines of "labor marches in support of Michael Brown" and I was thinking "that's cool." Then on the way back, on the other side of his kiosk, there was a sign that said "Crimea is Russian, end US Imperialist involvement in Ukraine."

I just thought that was odd. I mean, I get that Russia is ostensibly communist *scoff* but let's face it, they're every bit as imperialist as the US.

What are your thoughts on the issue?


If calculated as a "constant effect" it would be the +20 bonus squared x 2000, which is probably prohibitively expensive.

On the other hand, being able to cast it at will would probably be fine, much like Ring of Invisibility which doesn't make you invis 24/7 but rather for 3 minute bursts.


Yeah get the special edition hardbound. It's a very good AP.
I think probably all the APs are pretty combat heavy to tell the truth. My group are playing through Wrath of the Righteous and there's plenty of combat to go around, and from what I understand it only gets more intense as you advance through the adventures.


ShadowcatX wrote:
I supose as one of Israel's supporters generally I should mention that I think this land grab is a ridiculously bad idea and that nothing good will come from it.

Then why did you defend it upthread?


ShadowcatX wrote:
meatrace wrote:
ShadowcatX wrote:
You're the one making the claim that the terrorist organization that was using the illegal tunnels into enemy territory for humanitarian purposes, the onus to provide proof is on you. I don't have to disprove anything.

No, I'm arguing that the democratically elected government of some-odd million people is using tunnels to do illegal things that INCLUDE both humanitarian aid (smuggling of contraband i.e. food and medical supplies) as WELL as using them to coordinate rocket strikes on Israel.

What you're saying is preposterous, that tunnels (how many are there? dozens? hundreds?) are used SOLELY to ferry militants into areas to conduct rocket attacks, which happens relatively rarely, and are NEVER used to actually smuggle anything of any kind ever ever ever period.

Oh really? I said that huh? How about providing a quote of me saying that? That would be awesome.

Why? You didn't need a quote when you misrepresented my argument.

The sword cuts both ways.


ShadowcatX wrote:
You're the one making the claim that the terrorist organization that was using the illegal tunnels into enemy territory for humanitarian purposes, the onus to provide proof is on you. I don't have to disprove anything.

No, I'm arguing that the democratically elected government of some-odd million people is using tunnels to do illegal things that INCLUDE both humanitarian aid (smuggling of contraband i.e. food and medical supplies) as WELL as using them to coordinate rocket strikes on Israel.

What you're saying is preposterous, that tunnels (how many are there? dozens? hundreds?) are used SOLELY to ferry militants into areas to conduct rocket attacks, which happens relatively rarely, and are NEVER used to actually smuggle anything of any kind ever ever ever period.


ShadowcatX wrote:
Do you think the teenagers Hamas killed would rather have been kidnapped or arrested?

First things first, show me where Hamas admitted to what you're talking about.


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ShadowcatX wrote:
meatrace wrote:
ShadowcatX wrote:
And once again, everything is Israel's fault and Hamas can do no wrong. My bad. Much better to spend your efforts making tunnels that will get your people killed than to spend those same efforts saving your peoples lives because, obviously, if you can't make everything perfect for anyone you shouldn't try and make anything better for anyone.

I know you like to talk about how evil Hamas is, but remember that Israel has an effective blockade set up and an admitted policy of only letting enough food and supplies in so that the population of Gaza is always on the edge of starvation.

Maybe tunnels so you can sneak in contraband (i.e. food) is also important.

I'm sure that's what the tunnels were for, sneaking food into the country. Right. . . If you believe that I've got some ocean side property I'll sell you on the cheap.

Beyond that, I wonder, was the gain worth provoking Israel and forcing their hand and the thousands of people who have died from such?

"Oh I'm just like SOOOO sure" doesn't approach the level of discourse I expect from adults, let alone count as evidence to the contrary.

Please try again, this time with less personal attacks.


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ShadowcatX wrote:
And once again, everything is Israel's fault and Hamas can do no wrong. My bad. Much better to spend your efforts making tunnels that will get your people killed than to spend those same efforts saving your peoples lives because, obviously, if you can't make everything perfect for anyone you shouldn't try and make anything better for anyone.

I know you like to talk about how evil Hamas is, but remember that Israel has an effective blockade set up and an admitted policy of only letting enough food and supplies in so that the population of Gaza is always on the edge of starvation.

Maybe tunnels so you can sneak in contraband (i.e. food) is also important.


Irontruth wrote:
meatrace wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
Oliver North gets book deals and employed by Fox News.
Or, ya know. G. Gordon Liddy, for a long time one of the most successful conservative talk show hosts. Successful author, FOX contributor Actually went to jail as one of the men who broke into the DNC headquarters in the Watergate Hotel. Some of you might remember the scandal.
Was that one called Watergate-gate?

I think you're probably right.


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Irontruth wrote:
Oliver North gets book deals and employed by Fox News.

Or, ya know. G. Gordon Liddy, for a long time one of the most successful conservative talk show hosts. Successful author, FOX contributor Actually went to jail as one of the men who broke into the DNC headquarters in the Watergate Hotel. Some of you might remember the scandal.

G. Gordon Liddy wrote:
Now if the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms comes to disarm you and they are bearing arms, resist them with arms. Go for a head shot; they're going to be wearing bulletproof vests." … "They've got a big target on there, ATF. Don't shoot at that, because they've got a vest on underneath that. Head shots, head shots.... Kill the sons of b~%~!es.

Liddy encouraging people to disobey the law and kill federal law enforcement officers, coaching them on how to more effectively do so.


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Vod Canockers wrote:


Lots of peaceful protests that didn't involve illegal activities in the '60s.

Yeah, and those peaceful protests were STILL met by riot police.

When the law is wrong, fighting for what is right is illegal.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Another Ferguson? Young Black Man Shot In Chest With Hands Cuffed Behind Back. Police Say Suicide.

Seems legit.


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When did we start living in a Judge Dredd comic where the cops have the duty to execute unruly citizens?

It's not "innocence until proven guilty...or you die in which case you probably deserved it you scum."


Kirth Gersen wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
It was early in the movie, and the scene was Harold (Chinese dude) being picked on by his coworkers
My Korean friends have described a cultural legacy of hating all Chinese WAY worse than they hate any whites. Calling one of them "Chinese" is like someone calling me a "Nazi" because I have a Jewish name.

Interesting.

In recent history I would imagine they'd hate being called Japanese more. While it's true that there have been many historical atrocities visited on the Korean people by China, the worst acts of state savagery have been committed by Japan and are in living memory (WWII, slave labor, comfort women, etc.)


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That's one of the areas that needs serious reform: where fines and taxes go to. This is a good example, why on earth would the money from traffic tickets go to the police to hand out the citations? Shouldn't it go to the state DOT? Same with criminal forfeiture. It just creates perverse incentives for police.

Another example is in education. In most states (if not all?) that I know of, public schools are financed by property taxes at a local level, meaning regions with higher property values get better schools/better equipment/higher teacher:student ratios, etc. Which is, of course, the reverse of what it should be where the poorer children need more individual attention. Even if you don't think that progressive policy is right, I can't even fathom the argument that justifies anything other than a flat $/student across an entire state.

I apologize if that derails it, but I see similarities in those policies.


Freehold DM wrote:
Was a cop the one holding the gun?

...


Did I ever tell the story about how I got forced to wash a stranger's car at gunpoint, after my bags were illegally searched, because a random person hundreds of feet away misidentified my friends and I as vandals?

Good times.


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Live cop doesn't protect anyone either.
Live cop eats donuts, gets paid 2-3 times the median American income, and shoots to kill if they feel "threatened".

F$$% the police.


Fake Healer wrote:
The idea that a 6'4" 290 lb dude would "take a while" to beat someone to death is ridiculous.

As a 6'5" 290 lb dude who hits like a pussycat I can tell you it's not ridiculous.


Freehold DM wrote:
thejeff wrote:
GreyWolfLord wrote:

Interestly enough Racism IS allowed in the US. It is still socially acceptable.

Think about editorials you have seen. When looking at them, the number that have been focused on mocking those from the Middle East over the past decade is almost innumerable.

The stereotype against those from the Middle East...is shocking.

These are Asians in continent...not African Americans...and because...

Yeah. Let's not go down this derail again. Everybody has it worse than blacks. Racism is so much worse against all the other minorities. Which of course means that any problems black people have are their own fault. Blacks aren't getting harassed and shot by police because of racism, since you think other races face worse racism and yet they're not getting by police as much.
there are many different ways to be a bigot. A fist in the face is but one.

That sounds like the lyrics to a Disney song!


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Durngrun Stonebreaker wrote:


It's not a real problem until it affects you personally.

I'm pretty sure that's written in the Republican party charter somewhere.


I COME FROM THE FUTURE TO TELL YOU NO.
NOT REALLY.


TheAntiElite wrote:
meatrace wrote:
thejeff wrote:


Look at the brutal suppression of Occupy. It's also about whether you represent a threat to the system. For all their anti-government rhetoric, the Open Carry folks don't. Occupy did, just like unions and labor agitators used to.

I had to reread this several times because my brain kept parsing it as "labor alligators". Which I think is way cooler.

Adult-onset dislexia?

I am okay with this so long as they are not of the trap door variety.

No, I imagine it's this variety.

NOTE: Watch video from beginning to end for full effect.


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thejeff wrote:


Look at the brutal suppression of Occupy. It's also about whether you represent a threat to the system. For all their anti-government rhetoric, the Open Carry folks don't. Occupy did, just like unions and labor agitators used to.

I had to reread this several times because my brain kept parsing it as "labor alligators". Which I think is way cooler.

Adult-onset dislexia?


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Because it is relevant, and because it is local (to me anyway) I figured I'd post this piecethat has been circulating my social media.

Granted, this story is one man's side and doesn't cite sources a whole lot (he's a layperson father of a murdered son) but I think it highlights the realities of the situation.

I tend to think that, now that Fergusen is getting national attention and scrutiny, that things might actually get done. The problem is that this sort of stuff happens every day and not every incident gets the light shone on it that it deserves.


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To extend the metaphor, the story about the murdered youth being a suspect in some other crime is the police's attempt to use Bluff, but with the -20 penalty for saying completely unbelievable.

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