I, and millions of Americans, the majority in fact who didn’t want this man in office, are stuck with him. He’s not going anywhere and there’s noting we can do about it for three more years. I am so disgusted and furious with this country and our leadership in a way I have never been before. Our feckless leaders, our occasionally fawning press, the sheer racist fools who voted for him, all of that stupidity and laziness and entitlement that I have always disliked about America finally manifested itself in a super bug of a president that is making us all sick every time he opens his mouth. There was nothing to gain from the State of the Union, nothing to fear and nothing to analyze in depth. However this is something to rage about. This country is going straight to Trumpian hell, and nobody, not the Democrats, not the Republicans, and not the 38 percent of Americans who still believe in this man will take responsibility when we hit rock bottom.

That, is something worth being angry about.

https://www.theroot.com/donald-trump-s-state-of-the-union-gave-me-life-not-1822585871

Through Monday, February 19 we present The Dark Eye Bundle, featuring the English-language edition from Ulisses Spiele North America of the leading German RPG of heroic fantasy in the realm of Aventuria. The Dark Eye is Germany’s premier FRPG, in continuous publication for more than 30 years. Ulisses funded new English translations of much of the Dark Eye product line in a spectacular May 2016 Kickstarter campaign. Now this bargain-priced offer gives you everything you need to explore Aventuria, a rich and believable setting inspired by Europe’s medieval lore, forbidding landscapes, and fairytale castles.

Pay just US$9.95 to get all four titles in our Player Collection (retail value $42.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks: the complete full-color 418-page The Dark Eye core rulebook (retail price $20) (and the free Quickstart Rules), plus the Aventuria Almanac (retail $10), Aventuria Map Set (retail $10), and the Character Sheets Pack (retail $2.50).

And if you pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, you’ll level up and also get our entire Game Master Collection with six more titles worth an additional $44, including the Aventurian Bestiary (retail $10.50), the full-length introductory adventure Revelations From Heaven (retail $10) and three short Heroic Works scenarios (A Goblin More or Less, Kibakadabra, and The Molted Serpent, total retail $13.50), plus The Dark Eye Game Master Screen with its accompanying Inns & Taverns booklet (retail $10).

But the view through this Dark Eye closes when The Dark Eye Bundle ends Monday, February 19.

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/DarkEye

So reaching out isn’t breaking any new ground, but it is trying something different than screaming about the Access Hollywood tape over and over. The only glimmering of a revelation from these efforts is that we need to focus less on changing people’s minds and change the tenor of the conversation first. Everyone should turn off CNN, delete Fox News from the planet, stop trying to score some sort of political victory in a 280-character tweet, and refrain from telling strangers on the internet to kill themselves. Facts don’t work, but neither does screaming online. Trump is an anthropomorphic internet comment that got upvoted into the presidency, and we can see where that got us.

The Reaching-Out Industry

tl;dr — Another cultist whackjob that top Republicans rely upon for revisionist history, film at 11.

In 2011, TV news pundit and former politician Mike Huckabee told attendees at a Rediscovering God in America conference that “all Americans [should] be forced … at gunpoint” to listen to Barton talk.

Instead, as a dominionist, Barton is among those who believe the ultimate goal for American government should be a Christian theocratic state, which is necessary to properly usher in the apocalyptic End Times. Dominionism takes many forms, from the “hard dominionism” of R.J. Rushdoony, which advocated for a pure theocracy, to the “softer” Seven Mountains movement associated with Ted Cruz, among others, in which Christians are encouraged to take over the “seven mountains” of culture as a whole, from arts to education to government.

https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/1/25/16919362/understanding-the-fake-historian-behind-americas-religious-right

Ron Edwards, MadJay Brown and I continued our 3rd Ed. Champions game yesterday, thankfully free from technical difficulties.

My big takeaway from this session was that I really need to beef up my combat rules mastery, as we got our asses handed to us by some technically weaker supers. Partly this was a lack of intel on their powers, but a large part was that Ron knows how to do some magical things with 3rd’s builds and manipulating the SPD chart.

Seriously, this was the first time ever playing HERO that my PC almost knocked themselves out burning STUN because they had no END left to spend. My guy had to engage in some distracting conversation to cover up that he was taking a needed recovery.

(I’ve been having PCs take a recoveries mid-combat a lot in 3rd. I don’t think I’ve ever had to do that in all the years I played 4th and 5th.)

Hopefully, Jay and I can come up with a plan of attack to take them down next session.

So my last pathology is a predatory society. A predatory society doesn’t just mean oligarchs ripping people off financially. In a truer way, it means people nodding and smiling and going about their everyday business as their neighbours, friends, and colleagues die early deaths in shallow graves. The predator in American society isn’t just its super-rich — but an invisible and insatiable force: the normalization of what in the rest of the world would be seen as shameful, historic, generational moral failures, if not crimes, becoming mere mundane everyday affairs not to be too worried by or troubled about.

https://eand.co/why-were-underestimating-american-collapse-be04d9e55235

Economics — American economics, anyways, which is the only one you’re probably familiar with — doesn’t consider poverty a problem at all. It’s a feature, not a bug: a kind of just moral dessert. Poor? Sorry. You deserve it — not just because you are lazy, or less talented, and so on. Because otherwise, how would the talented end up being rewarded more? And if they are not rewarded more, then why would they bother sharing their talents with the less talented rest of us? In this way, American economics is a tale of the trickling down of human possibility — if you let those guys get rich, you’ll be better off, even if you stay poor, because they’ll give you awesome, wonderful, life-changing things.

True story: A couple of years ago it made the news that some young tech mogul decided to raise the minimum salary at his company to $70K, because he’d read that was the minimum you needed to be truly happy in the US.

I got into a discussion about this on Faceshit with an old boss of mine, and he was pissed off by the very idea. “But what about all my hard work to earn my salary? Why should I bother if everybody gets that?” Yeah, he’s a Republican.

Just goes to show you how pervasive the myth of American meritocracy has become. The guy was literally angry that other people would be in a good financial position.

https://eand.co/why-should-rich-countries-have-poor-people-anymore-443be2ebf0e1

This is informative and hilarious; stay tuned for the shot of the King at the end.

And the companion article: https://www.salon.com/2018/01/25/why-is-burger-king-better-at-explaining-net-neutrality-than-the-fcc/

You know it’s bad when major corporations are spending marketing dollars on advertising basic freedoms.

https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=yLfW7RyCyIA&u=/watch?v%3Dltzy5vRmN8Q%26feature%3Dshare

My finger has been hovering over Adobe’s goddamned Creative Cloud monthly subscription for InDesign for three days now.

The browser window is just sitting there. I keep looking at it.

$20 a month. Forever.

I suppose I could try and manage it as a month-to-month thing but I kind of don’t want to have to.

Forever.

Damn it.

Then again Norton hits me for $80/year or whatever and I don’t blink. And my annual terabyte of Dropbox. And my Spotify. And my Netflix. And my Prime. And my boardgamearena.com membership. And my boardgamegeek.com donation. And my ACLU membership. And and and and.

There’s just something deeply wrong in my head with renting software. I have no idea what it is and I have no rational argument.