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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.
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.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
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.)
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.