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Harald Wagener (oliof)
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For every terrible idea, there is an equal and opposite terrible idea.
For every terrible idea, there is an equal and opposite terrible idea.

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Weirdly enough, I keep returning to mastodon. I'm octodon.social/@oliof
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This is pretty good! Get it while it's fresh!
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Can't have enough takes on the MuscleWizard. Here's a rhythmic one.
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Not sure if it's a nod to Mazes&Minotaurs, but a currently kickstarted setting inspired by mythic Greece has "Ships&Naval Combat" as it's first stretch goal.

/cc +Martin Schramm
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Bad reporting by +The Guardian

If you read this article, you may think children are drowning in droves in Germany.

When I read the story through a post from +Lauren Weinstein I had already seen it (in different incarnations) 3-4 times in the last month.

There were several things I noticed:

a) The story shifted it's focus on "children not learning to swim properly" to "children dying due to distracted parents" during the last weeks.

b) In no case did it contain any numbers to argue it's case.

Furthermore it was in direct contradiction to my personal experiences. I grew up in the 70's in a German beach resort. We did not have distracted parents supervising us because they weren't there. Starting at the age of 6-8, we spent complete days at the beach with no parent around. Parental guidance exhausted itself by reminding us of the time for dinner before we left.

Of course accidents happened. My first corpse I have ever seen was that of a drowned boy of about eight years. Such things stay in your memory.

Children nowadays live in an Orwellian surveillance state compared to us. Even if the parents are distracted, their much more intense supervision should decrease the number of deaths.

So I did the job a journalist is supposed to carry out. As it turns out that drowning deaths of children have fallen by more than 90% in the last 40 years. It took me and Google about 10 minutes to find this statistic:

https://www.statistik-bw.de/Gesundheit/Todesursachen/Ertrinken_Sterbefaelle.jsp

The statistic is only about the state of Baden-Württemberg. I seriously doubt it looks different in other states. At least in 2017 ~14 children of 15 and below drowned in all Germany. That is a third of the death toll in 1979 in one state alone.

Instead of doing the tiniest bit of research, The Guardian just added a clickbait headline.

And there is something more, that really makes me angry. Even if parents were doing everything right, drowning deaths of children happen. And even if they did all they can, parents always blame themselves up to the point of self destruction.

And now The Guardian comes along and drives home the guilt....

This is a cheap article. It probably has been copied a dozen times (and not improved). It is not an outright lie but it is a deception.

The Guardian is not alone on this. Bad reporting is something that the big orange turd in Washington relies on to build his attacks on. The media is doing themselves a major disservice with such articles.

I know news are not at a high at this time of the year. If you don't have anything to write, then don't do it.
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#lasagnacon commenced today with me running +Luka Rejec s Ultraviolet Grasslands using +Paolo Greco s MageBlade! rules. It was a resounding success except for me spending too much time trying to find the basic price for a sack of supplies ... I need to make a referee screen for future sessions.

Thanks to great players +Eric Nieudan +Gary Craig +Christian Buggedei +Roger Giner-Sorolla +Paolo Greco we got to see the High Road and Low, the Crystal Pylon, the Porcelain Citadel, battled mech millipedes, got swindled by greedy traders, and finally wrestled a stone octopus ...

The MageBlade! rules work pretty well, especially overcasting. Also, using Charisma as a generic luck stat for "can I ... / Do I find ..." Kind of questions is super fun, and absolutely removes the question about it's usefulness.

In the tradition of the games we ran yesterday, we introduced a seventh attribute UV Factor that players needed to roll against when their characters were exposed too much to the purple haze of the Ultraviolet Grasslands. That was fun (-;

Looking forward to the finished UVG!
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#lasagnacon session 2 is Dwarfland, run by +Paolo Greco

I rolled up Plinpht Pigchin the Dwarf Cleric who definitely has a beard.

#antigencon
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#lasagnacon kicks off with a Macchiato Funnel ran by +Eric Nieudan and character generation powered by +Evlyn M s Fabulous Pocket Guild cards. For some reason we added some 80s flair by adding Hair as a Stat and the Pan Fighter has awesome hair, the monster trainer boy much less so.

Also, #antigencon in effect!
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