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  1. Comment on Boris Johnson admitted to hospital as COVID-19 symptoms persist in ~news

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    Boko Haram and other religious terrorists are small potatoes in terms of how much evil they can inflict upon the world compared to government-level actors. I'm not gonna claim Ailes and Fox are as...

    Boko Haram and other religious terrorists are small potatoes in terms of how much evil they can inflict upon the world compared to government-level actors. I'm not gonna claim Ailes and Fox are as evil as governments that orchestrate genocide, but I don't think you can say other people lack perspective immediately after claiming religious terrorists are worse than people that commit genocide.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Wisconsin governor orders stop to in-person voting on eve of election in ~news

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    Republican policy in Wisconsin hasn't been about being responsible in my lifetime. Some of their greatest hits include: a Supreme Court justice choking another Supreme Court justice and then...

    Republican policy in Wisconsin hasn't been about being responsible in my lifetime. Some of their greatest hits include:

    • a Supreme Court justice choking another Supreme Court justice and then winning re-election
    • that re-election was won by seven thousand votes after election officials in one of the most Republican counties in the country happened to find about that many votes that hadn't been tallied before
    • trying to change the Wisconsin Idea, which has been the bedrock idea of the state's university system for over a hundred years and an ideal I consider sacred, to be about preparing graduates for the workforce. The Idea states that the university system should serve every corner of the state in its pursuit of knowledge.
    • the god-awful Foxconn deal that resulted in a bunch of people losing their homes to eminent domain, Foxconn making a bunch of money and I'm pretty sure a negligible amount of jobs were actually "created"
    • not honoring their end of the rail contract that the previous Democratic government had signed, resulting in the state getting sued for the entire amount of the project and the trains going elsewhere
    11 votes
  3. Comment on Wisconsin’s decision to hold its primary is threatening to become a worst-case scenario for elections amid a pandemic in ~news

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    I'm a former and hopefully soon-to-be-again Wisconsinite so I feel you. I don't have much hope for the Republicans to lose their stranglehold on the state in the near future though.

    I'm a former and hopefully soon-to-be-again Wisconsinite so I feel you. I don't have much hope for the Republicans to lose their stranglehold on the state in the near future though.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Wisconsin’s decision to hold its primary is threatening to become a worst-case scenario for elections amid a pandemic in ~news

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    Evers has been a bit slow to act during this pandemic, which is kind of disappointing but it's better than doing next to nothing (looking at you, Nebraska).

    Evers has been a bit slow to act during this pandemic, which is kind of disappointing but it's better than doing next to nothing (looking at you, Nebraska).

    1 vote
  5. Comment on How to start a DnD campaign with your friends? in ~games.tabletop

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    Have your friends ever played tabletop RPGs? Playing with people who have never played before is one of my favorite things because you never know what they'll do. A good place to start is asking...

    Have your friends ever played tabletop RPGs? Playing with people who have never played before is one of my favorite things because you never know what they'll do. A good place to start is asking your friends what sort of game they'd be looking for in terms of setting, tone, and what they would want to do. Having a session 0 to sort some of these things out is a great idea so everyone knows what they're getting into.

    I'm not very familiar with the existing DnD campaign books, but there are a few you could use and I know there's at least one that's supposed to be good for beginners (Lost Mines of Phandelver). You can absolutely rip off a setting from a book or a game as well. As far as pre-generating characters goes, that would probably help to get your players interested. You could ask them what they want their character to do and go from there which might save you a little time instead of creating a bunch of extra characters. Once you've had a few sessions with those characters and everyone (yourself included) has gotten a feel for things then maybe you can branch out and start something new if everyone wants to try creating their own characters.

    How do I deal with unpredictable situations?

    A huge part of running a game is making stuff up on the spot. Your players won't know the difference. Sometimes it's good to have a vague idea beforehand of "what if the players do this?" as a reference, but you don't need to map out every little detail.

    And most importantly, how do I make sure everyone is having fun?

    Make sure everyone gets some screen time. Some people like it more than others, some just want to share the experience with people, but until you feel that out make sure everyone gets some input into what the group is doing.

    The most important thing I can tell you is that tabletop RPGs don't have to just be combat and tactics. There's also a group storytelling aspect to it, where the characters have thoughts and goals beyond "let's go kill the bad guys!". Your players will have varying amounts of interest in both of these things so keep an eye on who's interested in what.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    I have an IBM L170 monitor from 2003 or 2004 a Dell SK-8115 keyboard that I got used in 2013 and is probably older a pair of speakers from a Gateway computer from 2008

    I have

    • an IBM L170 monitor from 2003 or 2004
    • a Dell SK-8115 keyboard that I got used in 2013 and is probably older
    • a pair of speakers from a Gateway computer from 2008
    3 votes
  7. Comment on Playing on Kansas City radio: Russian propaganda in ~news

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    It blows my mind that people would accept money for bullshit like this.

    It blows my mind that people would accept money for bullshit like this.

  8. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 2 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Nebraska is past 200 cases now. There have only been 3000-some tests performed and the governor said that it will be 'months' before testing is done in any reasonable amount. Given how reactive...

    Nebraska is past 200 cases now. There have only been 3000-some tests performed and the governor said that it will be 'months' before testing is done in any reasonable amount. Given how reactive the state has been I anticipate the numbers going way up in reality, if not in what's reported.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Whole Foods employees are staging a nationwide "sick-out" in ~finance

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    What's selfish is that people's worth to society is considered to be how much money they make and how much money they make doesn't reflect how much they actually contribute to society. We risk...

    What's selfish is that people's worth to society is considered to be how much money they make and how much money they make doesn't reflect how much they actually contribute to society. We risk collapsing said society if these people making shit money decide it's not worth risking their and their family's health for an extra $2 an hour. If they get coronavirus, they're out of work and they and anyone who relies on them is suddenly missing bills and rent, not to mention the ludicrous cost of medical care and the risk of permanent lung damage. Would you risk your lung capacity for an extra $2 an hour?

    We do not have food if they decide to stay home. Everyone involved in the process of getting food to grocery stores and keeping those stores open has been deemed essential for a reason, and they should be paid like it. If we value having food so much why do we treat the people who help stock that food so poorly?

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Whole Foods employees are staging a nationwide "sick-out" in ~finance

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    They should ask for however much they want because they're the people that are keeping society going.

    They should ask for however much they want because they're the people that are keeping society going.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Whole Foods employees are staging a nationwide "sick-out" in ~finance

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    My point is that it only took a week of people not working for the economy to be brought to its knees. The stock market shit the bed and people started talking about opening the country back up....

    My point is that it only took a week of people not working for the economy to be brought to its knees. The stock market shit the bed and people started talking about opening the country back up. The country doesn't run without grocery store workers and we should be treating them and all support staff better. It may not be "skilled" labor but it's not easy work.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Whole Foods employees are staging a nationwide "sick-out" in ~finance

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    But we need people to be grocery store workers, cleaning staff, support staff, etc. Shouldn't their pay be a bit closer to what they contribute to society?

    But we need people to be grocery store workers, cleaning staff, support staff, etc. Shouldn't their pay be a bit closer to what they contribute to society?

    13 votes
  13. Comment on Whole Foods employees are staging a nationwide "sick-out" in ~finance

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    But we've seen how important grocery store workers are. They're essential to the economy and to people's well-being, why are they making such little money?

    But we've seen how important grocery store workers are. They're essential to the economy and to people's well-being, why are they making such little money?

    19 votes
  14. Comment on Reality has endorsed Bernie Sanders: His policy proposals are especially apt now, when the coronavirus crisis is revealing an economy organized around production for the sake of profit, not need in ~news

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    I wish this energy was focused less on Bernie Sanders and more on building the community bonds we need to make some of those ideas a reality. The primary's basically over.

    I wish this energy was focused less on Bernie Sanders and more on building the community bonds we need to make some of those ideas a reality. The primary's basically over.

    9 votes
  15. Comment on The social-distancing culture war has begun in ~health.coronavirus

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    Ok, yeah, we're on the same page then.

    Ok, yeah, we're on the same page then.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on The social-distancing culture war has begun in ~health.coronavirus

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    I agree, except the culture war isn't bullshit. The only reason it's even a war is because a huge chunk of the country doesn't support equality for women, PoC, LGBT people, etc.

    I agree, except the culture war isn't bullshit. The only reason it's even a war is because a huge chunk of the country doesn't support equality for women, PoC, LGBT people, etc.

    10 votes
  17. Comment on COVID-19 and China’s Marshall Plan. Fake aid and fake news in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm not sure how much I buy the part about China making this whole thing seems worse than it was, but I absolutely believe the rest of it.

    I'm not sure how much I buy the part about China making this whole thing seems worse than it was, but I absolutely believe the rest of it.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on CropScape - USDA map of commercial crops in ~misc

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    This is really cool, thank you for sharing. It's interesting to see what people in my area are growing that isn't as obvious to me.

    This is really cool, thank you for sharing. It's interesting to see what people in my area are growing that isn't as obvious to me.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on When $2.2 trillion is not enough in ~finance

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    I wish everyone was given the same compassion businesses and rich people are.

    I wish everyone was given the same compassion businesses and rich people are.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on When $2.2 trillion is not enough in ~finance

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    I know this has been beaten to death but I'm going to beat it one more time: We as random people are expected to have a couple months' savings, why shouldn't businesses? Maybe they should stop...

    "Most companies can cope with a 15- to-30 day lockdown, but a few additional weeks would likely exhaust available resources for a significant number," Moody's said in a report released late Wednesday. "This crisis is beyond what they could have reasonably prepared for."

    I know this has been beaten to death but I'm going to beat it one more time: We as random people are expected to have a couple months' savings, why shouldn't businesses? Maybe they should stop buying iPhones.

    12 votes