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Where is the NRA outcry over the deaths of Keith Lamont Scott and Philando Castile?
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It's the usual bullshit.

Police treating armed black males as a very different threat category from armed whites is amply justified by the statistics At 12% of the population blacks commit 50% of violent index crimes. If you restrict to males in the age range that concentrates criminal behavior, the numbers work out to a black suspect being a a more likely threat to cops and public safety by at least 26:1.

Discussion here: http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=6160

I haven't worked out how the conditional probabilities crunch out if you have the prior that the suspect is armed. but it probably makes that 26:1 ratio worse.

The NRA would, I'm sure, love to defend the RKBA of a black man who isn't a thug or gangbanger. So would I. The trouble is that nice cases like that are damned thin on the ground; the victims in these stop-and-shoot cases always turn out to have rap sheets as long as your arm. It's hardly any wonder the NRA doesn't want to spend reputational capital defending them.
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Hopefully, Gods War will increase interest in Glorantha just like King of Dragon Pass has done before.
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Also they fear the Crimson Bat.
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From what I can tell, the Commonality has one of the highest technology levels in its galactic region. Why do the Venu pose a threat to them? 
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Basically, the Commonality was underarmed and spread thin as they were the biggest fish in the pond and there hadn't been interstellar war in millenia if ever. The Venu basically attacked by surprise and caught the Commonality with its pants down.
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I would like to give away a barely used copy of Chaosium's Pendragon box set (2701-X) whose box top has one broken edge.

To make it a little more fun, the first one to answer these two questions correctly gets the box set (postage paid in the U.S.):

In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1) how were the knights going to get into the French castle and 2) why didn't they succeed?
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dang it G+! It didn't show other people had answered. Got my hopes up :(
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Regulations aren't enough. We need to take away guns.
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Thanks for the input, much obliged.
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Holy crap - THESE are my players
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My players wouldn't dare ask that question, but post a bounty on life weasels if they had whichever unsound idea. Or skunks...
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Please welcome a new Shinto presence in the Godplane. :)

http://3milliondogs.com/catbook/cultural-cat-icon-tama-mourned-by-thousands/
Tama the stationmaster, one of Japan's biggest feline celebrities, has died with thousands of mourners attending her funeral, celebrating her life and elevating her to Goddess status.
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We know in our gut when we’re hearing a good story—and research is starting to explain why.
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Right now, Chaosium is talking a lot about Runequest. So have their plans changed when it comes to HeroQuest? I'm not invested in either system at the moment, but it would be nice to know what Chaosium plans to do with HQ in the future.
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+Rick Meints Ok, where do I send my money
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There's only three days left in the Interface Zero: Fate Edition Kickstarter and we backers need at least $2301 or it is all for nought. Please consider supporting Interface Zero for more Fate-y cyberpunk goodness!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/821979583/interface-zero-fate-edition
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It totally worth it.
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For fun, how would you frame a game where Orlanthi who have been long abroad come home to discover that the Lunars have taken over? Y'know, like the cinematic Westerns where the gunslinger comes home to find out that everything has changed (and for the worse)?


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Don't forget to show the good side of lunars into the mix for some moral dilemma aftertaste. The Seven Mothers temple is doing some good work teaching kids and caring for the poors. The roads have never been safer and pointless quarrels have been put to an end. The old clan ring where a bunch of idiots never getting anything done, the new ring maybe full of lunar converts but they genuinely care for the village.
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Ancient warrior woman's grave unearthed in Russia. The female fighter was a Sarmatian, a people who worshipped fire and whose prominent role in warfare was seen as an inspiration for the Amazons of Greek mythology [Credit: Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences] ...
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At last! We found Xena!
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My primary interests are in avant-music and science fiction/fantasy. So you'll see a lot of technology, art, culture, and futurist links in my part of the digital world. I'm also a "liberal" so you'll see some of those political links here as well.

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