Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Grown-ups deal with reality, children pretend reality is a lie

Oh, Hell, "thinking" at all, seems to be a lost art form. A huge problem today is that people like to replace selfish emotional needs with thinking. People don't like the answers that come back, therefore substitute the answers they want and gyrate like crazy to justify it.

It takes real emotional maturity to be able to accept reasonable and honest answers and then deal with those answers. Grown-ups can say "I don't like that answer, but I will now deal with it," but children say "Nuh-uh! That's not the answer! I had the biggest inauguration crowd in history! Ever!"

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Root Cause: Rape happens, because people commit rape

Women don't get raped for wearing the wrong clothing, they get raped, because men rape them.

This is basic root cause for so many things. People get shot (or stabbed, or clubbed), because someone shoots them.

You get two basic reasons for trying to wave off the reality of rape.

1) blame the victim - often done as a way to justify it otherwise moralize the rape action. "Well, if she hadn't advertised she wanted to be raped, no one would have raped her." Obviously, this is bullshit, and somehow the would-be rapist never seems to catch the implicit insult about how he has less self-control than a mentally damaged dog.

2) Evil exists in the world and you need to try to protect yourself from it. This is a true statement. It should not be construed as an excuse for evil to be evil, that is, just because men sometimes rape women, does not absolve rapists of being rapists, if a women does not somehow prevent him from raping her.

So, just as the root cause of murder (deliberate killing action) is someone committing the murderous action, and failure to prevent oneself being murdered does not absolve the murderer of being a murderer, then rapists are rapists and we need to grow up and accept that rape happens, because men refuse to exercise even basic control over themselves.

But, you know, at the end of the day, grow up and take some responsibility for your actions.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Republicans lack introspection

Yeah, no.  Republicans didn't "soul-search" when the GOP lost in 2008 or 2012.  They did double-down on their  racism, thumbscrews and false promises, though.  They did double-down on plans to screw Americans and tell them to beg for more, the ungrateful little turds.

I just don't feel like there is a lot that needs to be said here.  After #Electiongeddon2016, and millions of Americans stared at themselves in the mirror and asked "Oh, fuck, what have we done!?" and now, months later, it turns out that everything is worse than possibly expected from President Trump and the GOP, and - this is the kicker - the Faithful Flock, who - it turns out - are just as arrogant, self-centered, and self-delusional as we always knew they were.  Amazing.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fiction Friday - Green-haired Marine Biologist (Aberrant RPG)

Eva Æbbe Arissen

Background & Origin:  She was a marine biology student, when a freak diving accident lead to her eruption. She continued her studies and is now working professionally as a marine explorer and salvage operator.

She knows people in the marine salvage community, where she works as a deep sea specialist, and in the marine biology academic world, where she contributes to research papers.

Combat Tactics:  She'll try to drown a foe into unconsciousness, then haul him to the surface and resuscitate him.

Personality Traits: Relaxed, easy-going, loves the ocean and can talk about it for hours.

Appearance: She is six feet tall, and her hair has turned green as a natural mutation.

Powers: She is perfect in every way, and also bullet proof. She is fully amphibious, and can survive at extreme depths indefinitely.  She is a professional Marine Biologist by training and vocation.

Notes: Model Victoria Van Violence. Character by I.A. Riley, August, 2016.

Eva Æbbe Arissen - Aberrant

Strength ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Might ⬤ [6])

Dexterity ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Athletics ⬤ [6], Martial Arts ⬤ [6])

Stamina ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤/⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5] (+4)
(Endurance ⬤⬤⬤⬤ [9], Resistance ⬤⬤⬤⬤ [9])

Perception ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Awareness ⬤ [6])

Intelligence ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Academics [Maritime Law] ⬤⬤ [7], Engineering [Marine Salvage] ⬤ [6], Medicine ⬤ [6], Linguistics ⬤⬤ [7], Science [Marine Biology] ⬤⬤⬤ [8])

Wits ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Art ⬤⬤ [7], Biz ⬤ [6])

Appearance ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Intimidation ⬤ [6], Style ⬤ [6])

Manipulation ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Streetwise ⬤⬤ [7])

Charisma ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Command ⬤ [6], Perform ⬤⬤ [7])

Quantum ⬤⬤⬤
Quantum Pool 26
Willpower ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ ⬤⬤
Taint ⬤⬤
Combined Soak - Bashing 17, Lethal 10
Health levels - Bruised, Bruised, Bruised, Bruised, Hurt, Injured, Wounded (cannot sprint), Maimed (movement halved), Maimed, Maimed, Crippled (can only move one meter per turn), Incapacitated, Dead

Eufiber ⬤⬤⬤⬤
Resources ⬤⬤⬤

Body Modification (Adhesive Grip, Extra Health Levels [+1 “Bruised,” +2 “Maimed”], Gills)

Mega-Stamina ⬤⬤⬤⬤ (Adaptability, Resiliency)
(heal six times faster than a baseline, lifespan 200+ years, dice pool penalties due to injury reduced by four, two extra “Bruised” Health levels)

Just shit -

Sourcebooks Aberrant RPG  (White Wolf Publishing, 1999).

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Lots of Mega-Stamina, by itself, isn't actually much use, since there are only two Abilities linked to it, and it's overpriced compared to Armor for the defensive benefits it provides. However, this character was specifically built around the premise of lots of Mega-Stamina, so there you go.

Eufiber is actually the cheapest possible way to boost soak, since five dots can be had for one nova point.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Deeply Held Beliefs Feel Good

"Deeply held beliefs" make us feel good.

"Deeply understood facts" are often uncomfortable, frustrating, or in direct opposition to humans feeling good about themselves.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mock the Meme: the NRA trying to sell silencers

I'm totally fine as long as we're really talking about using them for hunting rifles, which is the story the meme is selling.

So, let's all agree to keep pistol suppressors off the market? Since no sane person tries hunting deer or rabbit with just a pistol, anyway, right?

I mean, a pistol as a backup, in case something goes wrong, absolutely, but anyone who wants to shoot the rabbit or deer up close and pistol personal in the first place isn't the kind of person I want having a gun, anyway.

By the way, apparently in the US, there is a $200 application fee to buy a silencer, aka firearm suppressor.  Given that most decent firearms can cost well in excess of $200, oh, boo hoo.  If you want it badly enough, do some paperwork, otherwise don't whine when "the criminals" start flooding the market with suppressors and shooting your "lawful gun owner" ass.

It's called "persuasive argument," and the point is to convince you of an idea. The meme presents the idea of firearm silencers as a good thing that every reasonable person would want.

What the meme deliberately ignores and deliberately misleads you away from is items I touched on above - pistols and all the other reasons silencers are currently illegal. They weren't designed as courtesy features. They were designed as military and killing features - imagine how much harder domestic violence case become when there are fewer witnesses because no one heard the gun shots the day before, so no one called the cops until the body was found long after the assailant fled the state.

This isn't rocket science. There are very good reasons that suppressors are not legal, and the NRA assholes are still selling the same old shit: get everyone terrified, so everyone jumps into the arms race out of terror, and the NRA owners - the gun makers - make shitloads of money off terrified peasants killing each other.