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  1. I would like to piggyback this to specify that I think Support is deserving of the Jack of All Trades badge for his consistent openness to both necessary and voluntary actions (no matter the box they belong in) to make MadCast a better place for people, even if it only benefited one person.
  2. I've gotten an incredible amount of games I've enjoyed from this bundle, as well as found some fun timesinks in the margins. You get 6 or more games every month, with one or two being big/well-known games people have definitely heard of at the very least. Last month I got Surviving Mars and Kingdom Come: Deliverance, plus 6 more games. At 12 bucks a month, you'll pretty much always get your monies worth just from the 6-12 month old major/popular releases they include in the bundle, not to mention the indie titles that might be perfect for you. Counting games I already owned (and therefore gifted out to friends, another wonderful benefit) I've gotten Tomb Raider 1 and 2, Sleeping Dogs, Total War: Warhammer, Hellblade, COD:BO3, Red Faction Gurellia, Assassins Creed: Origins, Vermentide 2, Yakuza 0, the Division, Metal Gear Solid 5, Dead Island, Darksiders 2, Dead Rising 4, Kerbal Space Program... the list goes on and on and on. I've saved a ton of money passing on a lot of games at release with the (usually correct) expectation that they will come out on Humble Bundle within the year. It's like waiting to redbox theater movies to save money, except you get to own a forever copy through Steam or GoG (when available) or directly through humble bundle's website (if the developer allows direct download). If you are a gamer who isn't dedicated 90%+ to a single game experience at a time (and if so, keep enjoying that mmo/moba/shooter/etc.) this is literally the best possible deal that has ever existed on this Earth, bar none. In other words,
  3. Kitty, I want to respond in detail to you. Not that I have any beef with you, but I find you've voiced a number of misconceptions and broad ignorances held by a lot of people who don't interact with LGBT, and especially Trans people, closely and/or regularly. I also think that attempting to address those misconceptions is a worthwhile goal and in keeping with the ideas of this thread. I myself am not Trans, but I have a trans family member. I would like to push back against this statement. Less than 5% of any population, as far as we know, is transsexual. Being transsexual is opting into being feared, maligned, mistreated, misunderstood, possibly arrested, and potentially being violently harmed, sexually or otherwise. It's not dying your hair or wearing all black to 'stand out,' 'be different,' or 'stick it to the olds.' While in any population large enough there will be some disaffected individuals for whom their attention-seeking behavior may zero in on this chance to stand out and be martyred, it is orders of magnitude more likely for anyone who opts into this label to be addressing a fundamental fact about their own nature than to be 'trying on identities' to figure out who they want to be as an adult. There is just a massive difference between the social friction of being a goth or a geek or anything else like that and the actual potential for permanent harm and long-term social exclusion for being Trans; for example, my Trans family member still avoids public restrooms to this day unless it is an absolute emergency. On top of that, every trans person I've ever interacted with has, at the start of their journey as much as possible, changed schools, names, friends, etc. and done everything possible to distance themselves from their prior identity so that they can effectively bury that past, and that person, as dead. That is not the idle identity search of an adolescent, a practice which typically sees monthly or even weekly shifts between competing identities as they figure out their place in the world. I know it is not your intent, but I think this statement here is uncharacteristically unkind because it presumes that gender reassignment is as easy to get as antibiotics, as if kids (or their parents) can simply ask for it and get ushered into some back room a week later and have a major surgery performed no questions asked. While I certainly don't know if any case like that has ever occurred, that is not the way it is practiced according to US Law and Medical precedent. In the US, Sexual Reassignment Surgery (hereafter SRS) was not performed before 18 years old until the last decade, period. In the last decade, the age for SRS (which is only performed by a small handful of professionals who have chosen to do so) has dropped to 15-17 years old, no younger. When trans children come out and get the medical support they need, they are started first on puberty blockers which have no long term effects other than delaying the onset of secondary sex characteristics while they receive psychological evaluations for years. If they are already in puberty, or now at puberty age, and the doctors and child and parents agree, the child starts a hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT develops (or alters) secondary sex characteristics (but cannot, for example, magically remove all breast development or develop full breasts if puberty development already started noticeably in the other direction) and continues to be monitored and evaluated. When the child reaches 16 or 17, if the child and parents still agree, SRS (typically top surgery first, if necessary based on puberty development before any treatment) is performed. This assumes the insurance covers it (many don't), or the family can find tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for it. For the example of my trans family member, who states they knew at 4 but couldn't/didn't advocate for themselves until after puberty started, they got on HRT and wore binding wraps (which are painful) daily, changed schools and their entire life to bury their old life, and had monthly 1 on 1 therapy, and weekly group therapy, for three years before they were considered an acceptable candidate for surgery because they had been properly evaluated by not just one but an entire team of doctors and the permanency of the decision was fully understood and the child made the choice for themselves with full knowledge. If you still find it hard to imagine a child knows how they feel about their own body and themselves enough to make this call, consider your own words- If you believe that, do you see the logical fallacy in not also believing these people can make the decision to transition, even at a young age? Lastly, I 100% agree with you that it's bullshit for our society to put such a premium on women's ability to give birth, and to treat women as incapable of making their own decisions about their body such that in many rural counties and states getting sterilized without having had kids first is basically impossible. Part of the legitimate problem with it is that long-acting contraceptives (IUDs, Shots, etc) are considered just as effective but are not as dangerous for women to undergo, unlike the lack of such a simple, effective method for transsexual people. Second, it's definitely a regional thing. In California, you will receive thorough counseling to ensure you are fully aware of the permanence, complications, etc. before it is performed, but anyone 18 or older can likely find a practitioner who will do it. I'm sure the rural midwest, south, and east are very different, and they shouldn't be.
  4. Happy Birthday indeed! In genuine appreciation, thanks for everything you've given our community. In snark, congrats on finally getting to be the Marcia instead of always being the Jan.
  5. I'd like to offer a different take on this particular pattern. I grew up in a household that veered back to religion after my mother had a debilitating stroke. I was enrolled in a private Christian elementary and middle school, and a scholarship afforded me the opportunity to go to a Christian High School, and I spent a semester at a Christian University before I dropped out and chose a different path in life. I consider myself Christian still, and I still read the Bible and go to church occasionally. I spent a lot of time thinking about my faith and theology as a young man, and if I may draw attention to another of your sentences- This is true of the Christian faith as well as the Islamic one. I cannot speak authoritatively to the actions of Imams or other leaders in Islamic faith and/or its institutions specifically, but I am aware of the same rot of hypocrisy between the teachings of the Quran and the actions of its professed believers that exists in much the same fashion in Christianity, especially American Evangelicalism, which contains a nest of poisonous vipers I'd like nothing more than to strangle. When you reach your majority in life and have grown up in a faith and you find yourself talking to people you've been told to admonish, fear, detest, and destroy and discover they are more of the Lord's lost people like yourself, you are presented with a difficult question. Is the Book wrong, are the people who taught you wrong, or are those people truly deserving of the condemnation and hate you've been taught? For many people, it is a burden they cannot easily shoulder. They either break from a faith they feel has deceived them, walk away from the dishonest people of a faith who have misrepresented its teaching systemically, or firmly commit to the hypocritical foundation of a permanent state of 'Otherness' for people 'not like them,' an Otherness that makes them deserving of the worst fates. To me, the real evil and suffering in the situation above is that we have allowed small people to reach heights they do not deserve, and to thereafter buy-in and support the dictates of those same small people who would use our faiths to their own destructive, selfish ends; small people who have done so with such a level of success that they have succeeded in pushing an entire generation away from faith when their hypocritical selfishness is laid bare.
  6. Samsung Evo is the 'enthusiast' HDD brand I recommend everywhere- there are currently 4 of them in my house. That looks like a solid buy to me.
  7. Sour cream is essential to beer stroganoff, and that is the good shit.
  8. I don't really see the appeal of waffles or pancakes most of the time. When I do have such things, pancakes are superior for how they cook in ingredients. I go for blueberry chocolate chip pancakes and boy those are good.
  9. I've had ketchup on my eggs, and it still isn't bad. Personally, a hint of maple syrup from pancakes or bacon hits the sweet note better for me these days.
  10. If I recall correctly, a racist tangerine was elected. I don't trust nor expect anyone to operate against their best interests, which is why I don't hold a corporation itself accountable for influencing the political discourse and legislative process, but instead those who allowed it that power.
  11. If someone can't vote because the barrier is too high, how can they vote to change the barrier that is preventing them from voting? If someone gets to have a better vote outcome because they get to vote and others don't, why would they vote against their interests?
  12. Another question, then. What if the barrier to voting is too high? For example, closed voting locations and strict ID laws have been leveraged in many districts to disenfranchise specific groups of voters, by making it difficult or nearly impossible to vote (Arizona had 8 hour lines in the 2016 Primary in districts where the number of poll stations were cut 80% or more; ID laws in New Hampshire, Texas, and Wisconsin to name a few states made it difficult or impossible for students, the poor, the elderly, and others who may not have government-issued photo ID available or may even be unable to afford it let alone get to the DMV to purchase it- some counties in the southeast [such as several in South Carolina] have just one DMV in the entire county. For a non-driver 60 year old to bus across the county to get a photo ID seems to be more than a little bit of a barrier; for anyone living in poverty to do so at a cost of 100 dollars or more across paperwork, applications, fees, and fares it can be untenable). I do not in this instance argue that every person who does not vote has the same justification of righteous anger towards political actions that someone who votes does(however, I do think all citizens have every right to express their concern with the state of the Republic). I argue that the statement 'if you don't try to accomplish something, don't whine when someone else does' is needlessly reductive and misses a massive amount of grey in the issue at hand.
  13. Incumbent to your point, my friend, is the idea that voting does accomplish something, and that something is the direct intention of all those who voted for the winning side. Many districts are gerrymandered such that the primary mostly or entirely determines the winner in a local election. It can be legitimately difficult to know the real positions of two judges or two school board candidates, or exactly what they do. Beyond that, many voters feel powerless to affect change in the system because of ossified structures and perverse incentives in business, lobbying, political parties, partisanship, and a host of other factors. Can such a broad stroke of the brush be used to paint every abstained voter in every election as a feckless whiner who deserves to not like what is happening and has happened and therefore should learn to be better, where better is just 'vote for anything?'