MadCast: VoShay

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Sour cream is essential to beer stroganoff, and that is the good shit.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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?'
  12. @MadCast: Baal I don't necessarily think so. Despite all that campaigning, you can't know if there is an issue the candidate will flip flop on; You don't know if the candidate is only blowing smoke up the public's ass when they mention an issue (and gracefully dance around any policy about it), or they don't have an answer yet, or if they never intend to follow through whether or not they make a promise (though most candidates at least attempt the majority/all of their campaign promises based on research, ironically). There's a lot of things Democrats and Republicans don't typically campaign on that are kinda part of their platform but they don't spotlight usually. Hypothetically, You don't know if a given Democrat or Democratic legislature is going to basically ignore gun control or instead try to pass an extreme bill to send to the Supreme Court as a constitutional challenge to District of Colombia vs. Heller. On the flip side, for a Republican majority or candidate, you don't know for certain if they will ignore or challenge Roe vs. Wade with an extreme bill. These and countless other things aren't campaigned on. What if you, pursuant to the current example, are okay with where the 2nd Amendment and Abortion rights are? There's no third party for you to vote for with any hope of even sending a message most elections, let alone electing a candidate. If you abstain because of those issues and then talk about those issues, are you whining?
  13. Suppose you were given the choice by someone of a dollar bill, a cookie, or nothing. If you took the bill, you discover that it is fake. If you take the cookie, you discover it's actually tampered with and is so hot as to cause pain. If you take nothing, you find you get punched in the mouth. Would you not have a right to complain in any or all of these situations? If you knew going into the situation that some, or all, of the bait and switches were true would you have the right to complain? By what magic does marking a circle on a piece of paper give the right to complain, or its absence abridge it?
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  15. It's not specifically mentioned above, but this game is free as in beer and is an Action RPG a la Diablo 3. I'll definitely be looking to take a break from leveling in D3 to try this out in a few weeks. Hope to see you folks there.
  16. The right to vote is established in the Consitution of the United States (where Baal and myself are from, as are many members) In article XIV. It is expanded in several amendments. Each state in its own constitution establishes the right to vote. There is no argument I can think of that strongly challenges these laws. Every citizen of the United States has the right to vote without being abridged except where allowed under specific circumstances, all of which are related to losing that right because of criminal offenses. If there is a good argument for how voting in the United States is not a right, I am curious to hear it. As for the responsibility side- At what point does a lack of voting change the United States into an Oligarchy instead of a Democracy? Is that a change that should be allowed to happen? Can the United States be truly considered a republic in the absence of a strong majority of votes in the electoral process?
  17. MadCast: Craiden has applied to become a RFM and successfully garnered the 75% vote required and has thus earned RFM status. Please join me in congratulating MadCast: Craiden as our newest addition to the admin ranks. @MadCast: Craiden, Please Grab Your Hammer and Make Your Way Here. Congratulations!
  18. Narrowing the discussion to loaded fries vs. poutine being 'the same thing' is like saying 'I wouldn't call a Rueben a Po' Boy.' Of course, you wouldn't, but that's not the conversation being had. You wouldn't call a Lion a Tiger either, but you would call them both felines. Loaded Fries and Poutine are separate entities that don't have an over-arching classification, though I fail to see how they would not be related- both are fried potato slivers, sauced and topped. This is a taxonomical classification exercise- in the culinary world, are hot dogs a member of the sandwich family or a member of some other family, having evolved separately.
  19. Depends on your ranking in the hierarchy of the pedantry club.
  20. I think your intent is the Fellowship award, and I concur with you.
  21. I think you intended to say 4 or 5 and 5 or 6, but otherwise exactly correct. 6 Wounds is the Dead state. It takes 5 wounds instead if you are already wounded. 5 Wounds is the Dying state- it takes 4 wounds instead if already wounded. It otherwise does not impact the duel itself in any way. The example you made is entirely correct- this is why future wounds are a dangerous thing to allow on yourself needlessly.
  22. If you enter a duel wounded, the only change is that you start dying at 4 wounds dealt instead of at 5 wounds dealt. Effectively, it's easier to kill you, but it does not in any way act like a future wound. You leave the 'wounded' box checked after a duel you are wounded in, and skip that box when checking how far down you go after you are dealt wounds in the Strike.
  23. "Raifu-kun, sooner than expected but later than wished." The middle-aged samurai gave a warm smile as he reached for the teapot and poured a second cup before refilling his. "The Wind blows colder and harder these last few moons. The streets are slick with blood. The Kami are restless." He sighs and stares through a window into the dark, poorly lit street beyond, his sight and consideration stretching even beyond that. A hand snakes up from within his kimono and idly scratches at the perpetual scruff on his jawline. "The ronin seek status, the samurai seek power. It is as it always is, and yet, it is different. More are lain in a shallow grave this last month than ever. The Nanten think they can buy loyalty, and purchase legitimacy- as if such were sold on a street corner like the honor they've never known. The Touten press upon us and the rest of those bordering Kai and Echigo to seek power at the end of a kanabo. They continue to swirl about like locusts on a fallow field, desperate to find sustenance lest they turn on each other in failure." Takeno scratched at his beard again, and then drained his cup. The warmth left his smile and his eyes hardened. "These sellswords cannot best the Hokuten. Not only is such a loss untenable, but they would steer the city to an even worse course- they cannot intercede with the Kami; their weapons would turn back on themselves before the Oni. The Hokuten must remain to guide the path. You must take up your blade in the alleys and dark places once more. We can work some other arrangement out with Toyotomi-dono."
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  25. Mitsurugi Takeno is considered by some to be an imposing man despite his rugged appearance, friendly face, and worn clothing. A simple shrine priest to the largest shrine in Echigo District, the humble man still wears the daisho, the ritual pair of blades, to ward against kami, spirits evil or otherwise. When he is not otherwise engaged, Mitsurugi spends his time leisurely sipping tea or taking meals at the Red Dragon Inn. His corner booth on the bottom floor is furthest from the door, in the quietest section of the loud bar room floor. His rough-hewn clothing belies the power and wealth he has managed to achieve in his time on this cursed world, and he never lacks for the finest on offer in the Red Dragon. He happily engages any in conversation who approach him, for he wishes to have the widest perspective of the world around him- all the better to understand and conquer it as the leader of the Hokuten. (Continually Open RP. To Roleplay with Mitsurugi Takeno, leader of the Hokuten, simply quote this post and reply with your approach to have tea with him.)