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Alright I made a cryptic post a couple days ago promising to start a thread explaining why I'd been gone for a while. Just getting around to it now.
Six weeks ago today, I came home from work at 2:30 in the morning to find my girlfriend of 10 1/2 years still awake, much to my surprise, and fully dressed no less. "It's over" she said as she flung a 'Dear John' letter at me and walked out the door.
I won't go into the gory details as to why she left, but suffice it to say she has left my entire life in a bloody shambles. We've been together since 2004 and been living together since 2005. She's basically the only person I've ever lived with as an adult, and I've never lived alone before. I'm stuck in a 2 bedroom I can't afford, in a job I hate and planned to quit once she found gainful employment and could support me in my final push towards graduation, and I'm sharing a vehicle with her. She was also the 4th player in both of my gaming groups, leaving us up a creek, and her family had basically become my family, making the upcoming holidays, I'm sure, awful, as I have nowhere to go.
She says she still cares about me, that she still loves me, but just as a friend. I've spent the last 6 weeks just trying to distract myself, to spend more time with friends, but really, she was my best friend. I've tried to concentrate on school, but my grades have been declining precipitously. She has moved on and is seeing other people already
There's a lot more, but that's the gist of it.
Tangible Delusions wrote:
*eyetwitch*Also, if one person breaks the law egregiously (murder foe example) that's proof we have too many people. People can't be rehabilitated just like laws can't be amended. Riiiiiiiight?
Charlie Bell wrote:
Only true until 17th amendment allowing for direct election of senators. 101 years ago.Again I point out the irony that, due to gerrymandering, the senate is a better litmus of the political sway of a state (though not the nation) than representatives.
Also: I'm back! Expect a.thread explaining my absence tonight.
Excellent. I dunno I've never looked at the pregens and I don't know why anyone would other than for the pretty art.
I built my computer and I run Win 7. It wasn't pre-loaded or packaged with my machine, but I want to be able to play games on it other than solitaire. Though I hear Mac is getting Diablo II soon.
I also don't use office suite, I use open office.
I really like linux. I like the open source ideology and the fiercely loyal and talented community. But the first time I try to put a game on my machine and it fails to work, I *flip table* and install Windows, because ain't nobody got time for that.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
The neighborhood my grandmother grew up in was historically Italian, but if Rome rolled in and annexed parts of Chicago, it would still be imperialism.
Similarly, many of the former Soviet satellite states are historically Russian, but a ground invasion of any of those now separate, sovereign states, should be rightfully seen as imperialist expansion by Russia.
I can't begin to imagine why Israel isn't imperialist though, other than perhaps your comrades are just as afraid of Zionists cracking their heads as Congress.
Many of my interactions with people who have a problem with "social justice" end up complaining about "censorship" and "reverse racism" and feminism ruining discussions. So, they clearly believe privilege exists, they just think that women, minorities, people with disabilities etc. have too much of it, and white, heterosexual males have too little.
This. So much.
This. All the time. I see it used as a rallying call among, ya know, social justice advocates.
Thing is, I tend to hear social justice as a term (when used by someone to describe their own beliefs, not as a pejorative) when it comes to pretty radical agendas. I hear the terms LGBTQ rights a lot when talking about gay marriage or the rights of someone to present as their preferred gender. Social justice is a term I more associate with people who want to abolish urinals because they make trans people feel uncomfortable (not making that up).
Zoe Oakeshott wrote:
Do they do a lot of sexual things in those comics?
I don't think you get what I'm saying.
I completely understand your point. If it were important for the fiction books, I could agree. The iconics are NPCs. They're basically art resources. For all visible things, I'm totally for this. Have black and brown characters, female warriors, short heroes, tall lanky heroes, all that's great.
If Valeros were gay...how would you tell? In saying that, maybe he is. It's not a visible trait, and it needn't be defined. As characters whose identities you might assume when playing PFS or at a con, why not leave that up to the individual roleplayer?
This is a game in which WE determine the actions of the characters. If you feel non-straight players need role-models, then you have the ability to PLAY one. None of the iconics' sexualities has come into play in any published adventure, as far as I know, nor should it. It's a game about killing monsters and taking their s!*~.
As someone who is baffled by the sexualization of fictional characters, as a THING, I don't get any of this.
I'd be perfectly happy if none of the iconics' sexual preferences were ever defined. Who likes to put what in what hole has never once come up when discussing how to murder a monster and take its s~**.
Vod Canockers wrote:
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?
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.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
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.
Lord Snow wrote:
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."
Whuh? An operator is not a term.
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?
Yeah get the special edition hardbound. It's a very good AP.
Why? You didn't need a quote when you misrepresented my argument.
The sword cuts both ways.
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 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.
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.