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    [–] Openly gay teacher fired after posting wedding pictures on social media peanutbutterjams 2 points ago in news

    I think you've confused /u/dustyspring with myself.

    In case this situation ever arises again, here's a handy reference guide:

    Me: Inspiring and entertaining replies that completely change your world view. Also, humble.

    /u/dustyspring: Low effort atheist response unrecognizant of the many ways in which the Bible has shaped their world.

    [–] Openly gay teacher fired after posting wedding pictures on social media peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in news

    Christianity, as I'm sure you know, is a living faith. Christianity prohibits what Christians say it does, and many Christians use the OT to justify their particular brand of hate. Leviticus says "nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material."

    He didn't specify.

    Of course, Paul, the real founder of Christianity, later wrote a letter saying homosexuality was, like, bad and stuff so of course that's REAL real Christianity, because why wouldn't you base your morality on someone else's correspondence?

    [–] Mice and Mystics expansions reprinted! peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in boardgames

    I was thinking about Stuffed Fables for my 6 year old (she's imaginative and loves her stuffies) but the minis made that a firm no. I find them super creepy and in the story, all these horrifying creatures come from under her bed, which is already a wellspring of fear for her.

    I do like the storybook/board format, though.

    [–] Your top 5: Then vs Now peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in boardgames

    Aw shucks. Good news / bad news. Hopefully it will be reprinted one day.

    [–] Your top 5: Then vs Now peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in boardgames

    How's Macao at 2 player? It's a game I'm considering buying at OOP prices but if it's not very good at 2 player there's no point.

    [–] TIL Ben Affleck is banned for life from playing Blackjack at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas after being caught counting cards. peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in todayilearned

    They pay for their costs AND make a shit-ton of money (about 72 million) with that house advantage. Let's not pretend they're barely scraping by.

    So it's not like the restaurant analogy at all since the profit margin on a restaurant, even a high end one, is much, much smaller.

    [–] Mice and Mystics expansions reprinted! peanutbutterjams 12 points ago in boardgames

    For the sake of a diverse perspective, I'll say my experience was pretty much the opposite. We played Mice & Mystics once and found it to be a bit of a chore - there were not very many interesting decisions and the enemies were repetitive. What made it fun was how much our daughter loved it.

    So we got her Downwood for Christmas and found it to be much more enjoyable. There's more variety in enemies, the new characters have more dynamic abilities, your decisions matter in the "Choose Your Own Adventure" moments, we felt like we could play it again and have a different game and there were more interesting decisions.

    [–] Openly gay teacher fired after posting wedding pictures on social media peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in news

    Finally! Maybe now we can start firing all the teachers who post pictures of themselves wearing a poly-cotton blend. I'm really tired of them pushing their liberal mixed-cloth agenda on our children.

    [–] Asmodee Acquires Lookout Games and Mayfair Games peanutbutterjams 13 points ago in boardgames

    Yeah this is why "a bigger hobby is a better hobby" people are being pretty shortsighted, or at least naive about the effects of corporate capitalism. More money means more investors who only see the bottom line, which means companies start exploiting rather than serving.

    The health of the hobby is not mutually exclusive with the size of the hobby, but it's not synonymous either.

    [–] The Unlock series of escape rooms is the new "least accessible game" on MLU peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in boardgames

    This was a game about German fairy tales. It's as white as many parts of Germany (or many parts of France, Norway, Canada, America...), but the author chose to frame it as a negative and associate "white" with a hate group.

    Would you say that Black Panther "aggressively black" or "blacker than Idi Amin's cabinet"?

    Would you say that Tales of Arabian Nights is "aggressively brown" or "browner than an ISIS terrorist cell"?

    No? Neither would I. The difference is that you seem to be advocating for such dismissive and contemptuous language on the basis of which race it targets, whereas I'm advocating for respectful and considerate language, regardless of which race it is describing.

    I have hard time seeing how my position is not inclusive and how your, and the author's, position is inclusive.


    If these articles are going to 'spark a conversation', then it needs to be allowed to be a conversation.

    This is a writer who seriously suggested that wanting to cure deafness is "difficult to differentiate from cultural genocide." Really? I live with a deaf and mentally disabled person and it boggles my mind that anyone has the arrogance to suggest that wanting to give her the opportunity to better interact with the world around her is anything like cultural genocide. (I'm sure child soldiers have a unique culture, too. It doesn't mean it should be preserved at the expense of those who participate in it.)

    When someone swings wildly between "context is everything" and "context means nothing", depending on which polarity best supports their current point, they lose credibility. Respectfully pointing that out doesn't mean you're anti-inclusive; it means you're engaging in a conversation.


    (And no, the author didn't note that he understood why it was that way, just that "there are hardly any examples of protagonists that aren’t drawn from the peculiarly Germanic conventions of fairy-tale fiction." Moreover, they didn't have any criticism for the monochromaticity of Tales of Arabian Nights, which is also a game about folklore from a particular region.)

    [–] We're a trending subreddit today! Say hello to any newcomers. peanutbutterjams -1 points ago in boardgames

    You can bring up the social, historical or cultural context of a game and it doesn't make you an SJW snowflake

    But respectfully disagreeing with whomever brought it up will bury you in an avalanche of downvotes.

    [–] Singapore's skyline during sunset peanutbutterjams 0 points ago in singapore

    Beautiful picture, although it did trigger the thought that skylines are symbolic of the corporate control of our society.

    [–] Giveaway - Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in boardgames

    I'm low on potassium, so I'll just take the banana.

    [–] Canada spends $3M to stop female genital mutilation in African nation of Benin peanutbutterjams 0 points ago * (lasted edited 16 days ago) in worldnews

    Canada's promised that by 2020 we'll only be spending 5% of its foreign aid budget (which was 5.4 billion in 2016) on men.

    Oh, hey, and boys too, because one day they'll be men.

    [–] Avenged Sevenfold Skipping Grammys Because Rock Gets ‘No Respect’ peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in Music

    I wouldn't define it as an anti-rock bigotry. You specified white, male and old. It's specifically a race, sex and age related bigotry.

    [–] Why do FLGS's have literal MSRP? peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in boardgames

    I'm not on Comcast. Plus, people who are on Comcast who would rather not be probably don't have a choice in ISP's. Hopefully the recent state movement to install public ISPs will change this choice.

    You don't have to use Amazon, or Walmart. It would probably make a very little dent in your yearly budget. They exploit their workers. This is simple fact, and therefore using either of their services means you don't support inclusivity. Unless, of course, your definition of inclusivity only extends to the likely very privileged group of people with which you game.

    I don't think it's ridiculous to stand for worker's rights. I don't think it's ridiculous to act in ways that encourage a decrease in the wealth gap. I don't think it's ridiculous to support your local community.

    I'm sorry you disagree.

    [–] What is the biggest obstacle on the way to achieve anarchism? peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in Anarchy101

    Biggest obstacle, other than the shockingly pervasive influence of capitalism?

    Identity politics. It's pure Divide and Conquer. I'd say it's a classic tactic, but it's too fucking disgusting to be anything but a cliché.

    I love inclusivity because I love humanity but the current incarnation of inclusivity is fundamentally misanthropic. It's the end run of urban-liberal cynicism. It's antithetical to the ideal that form the foundation of anarchism: respect and love for the individual.

    What's more privileged than arguing about the relative privilege between the top 20% of the population? I'm not saying it's an unimportant conversation, but it comes off as a somewhat petty squabble amongst very privileged people.

    We started to talk about wealth inequality after the 2008 recession, and that momentum has mostly dissipated. Black, white, male, female, gay, straight: we've all been harmed by the rich. This harm exceeds any harm any of us can do to one another. Dismantling the last system that hinders our individuality is the best way to overcome bigotry because it's the best way for us to start working for one another.

    We can't be 7+ billion strong if we're separated by race, gender or sexuality, and I can't think of a more convincing definition of anarchism than a system under which every single individual of literally the best race in the universe working for each other. I can see how parts of social justice contribute to that goal, but we can't make it better if we can't talk about what's not working.

    [–] My son isn't all that intelligent peanutbutterjams 4 points ago in AntiAntiJokes

    Ownership of humans is illegal.

    Threatening people with starvation or death from exposure if they don't make rich people even more rich is, like, super-legal.

    [–] Why do FLGS's have literal MSRP? peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in boardgames

    If any form of business is using a dated approach to maintaining business then it's actually holding back natural progress to go out of our way to keep it open.

    I think you're pushing "Cult of the New" into a whole new dimension, here. The market serves the market, nobody else. When religion is the only consideration, we have theocracy. When government is the only consideration, we have fascism. When economy is the only consideration, we have capitalism.

    Those aren't reputable bedfellows.

    In case I'm not being clear, I disagree with your notions of 'dated' and 'progress', since they seem to hinge solely upon what's good for the market.

    It's not selfish at all if you buy games online and play them at home with friends. What's selfish about that?

    It's thinking about yourself before anyone else. You know. The definition of selfish. It's selfish to buy games from Amazon or WalMart when you consider how they treat their workers. It's selfish to only consider your bottom line rather than the health of your community (which may be a small town economy).

    Is it selfish to use Dominos instead of your local Momma and Poppa shop?

    Yes

    Is it selfish to shop on Amazon instead of a local electronic store?

    Yes.

    Moreover, both are not inclusive. If you're not thinking about how your buying decisions affect everyone in the production line, you're putting yourself before others.

    [–] How did the robot learn to cry? peanutbutterjams 5 points ago in AntiJokes

    But mostly by being beaten in the locker room by bigger and stronger robots.

    [–] Why do I eat people? peanutbutterjams 2 points ago in AntiJokes

    So what were you before you started eating people?