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Kid 1: You're younger than me an your English is much better. It's not fair!
Kid 2: Well, I'm Canadian...
Kid 1: It's not fair!
Kid 2: I'm very sorry.

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"I'm very sorry." ...thus proving he is Canadian! :-)
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To all my Christian friends, merry Christmas from Nazareth! :)
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BTW, from what I observed, the Arabs celebrated Christmas much like people do in American films. There were kids dressed as Santa Clauses, mostly girls going about ringing bells and singing American Christmas songs in Arabic, a big fake tree with a nativity scene underneath, and night masses in some of the churches.
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A foreign power tried to influence your elections? Gee, that must be rough...
Bipartisan inquiry determines resources that ended up in V15’s hands not illegal, but State Department chided for seeking to influence internal politics of ally
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+Uri Kurlianchik haha, exactly. What an arrogance.
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Gorgeous native american inspired story told in pictures. 
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Westworld should have been called "The Secret Life of NPCs."
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The full grandma instruction manual!

1) Insult some feature of your visitor's physical appearance.
2) Say hello.
3) Remind them that they're not married. Bonus points if you somehow work in the word "misogyny" into the accusation.
4) Offer tea and strawberry jam.
5) Tell some bloodcurdling, horrific story from the Great Patriotic War.
6) Ask if they'd like some more tea and maybe some cookies.
7) Talk about a dead kitten or puppy in copious, sickening detail.
8) Remind them that they're not married. Bonus points if you somehow link it to point 1.
9) Ask if they'd care for some more tea and maybe a slice of cake or some fruit.
10) Bring up someone who has done something better than they did at some point. Bonus points if this person suffered a terrible fate during the Great Patriotic War. Extra bonus point if you make this sound like it was somehow your interlocutor's fault.
11) Wrap up some cake for them to take home. Complain they never visit.
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Ouch :)
Comrade Grandma doesn't fuck around.
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I really love this piece, it's adventurous and yet comforting, fantastic and yet familiar, fierce and yet kind. Just great D&D art.
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When I was stationed on the Syrian border, I really wanted to see some real Syrians. However, no matter how hard we tried, we never spotted any until, one day, I saw a pink dot in a ruined city. We brought binoculars and realized it was a little girl in a pink coat walking with an old man in a traditional robe and a goat. From that moment, we spotted the girl and the old man walking their goat every day at random hours and different locations in the ruins. Try as we might, we never managed to find out from where they came or where they went back to. There were no settlements nearby and we never saw any vehicles. Such a great mystery, never solved.
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Interesting. Thanks for sharing
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Last week, President Assad said that "fighting terrorists is like [playing] a video game. You can destroy your enemy in the video game, but the video game will generate and regenerate thousands of enemies, so you cannot deal with it in the American way: just killing, just killing. This is not our goal."
This is a curious quote because according to my facebook stream, this is the opinion most Americans have about him. So, who is good? Who is bad? How do you win this game? I'd like to drop my two cents into this conversation.
Seeing the images of burning buildings and bloodied children, a lot of people are asking "why aren't we doing anything about this?" Without explicitly saying what should be done. They see carefully edited images of death and slaughter from Syrian and Iraqi cities and they want the suffering of innocent women and children to stop. This is natural. Commendable even. However, without a concrete solution, this amounts to nothing more than whining. Perhaps their intentions are sincere, and perhaps they are just virtue signalling. In the end of the day, their actions are not only useless to the Arabs. They are very harmful.
These sentiments, mostly expressed on social networks, give Western states carte blanche to intervene in Syria in order to "stop the civil war in Syria and alleviate human suffering." What does this mean? Flooding the streets with weapons by arming the so-called "rebels". Killing people on a whim to undermine the power of the bad guy of the day (and trust me, anyone can look like a bad guy by carefully picking pictures and images). Making sure the war never ends because as soon as one side nears victory, it becomes the villain and so it becomes the target. This is a very ironic outcome. In the name of stopping the killing, the West perpetuates it. Everyone get's their misery porn/ gladiatorial arena and the Arab world continues to burn and bleed.
So, assuming you really want to see an end to the war, what should you do? Nothing. Let Assad win, as you should have done from the start.
Is Assad a good man? No. However, he is the best man. His enemies are monsters in the full sense of the word. Assad is a fascist. However, he's a secular fascist. He is grounded. He always defended minorities in Syria. He kept the borders quiet. He avoided risky adventures and other insane ventures. He's a classic Baath despot. Someone you can speak with. His enemies, on the other hand, are various shades of Islamists. The so-called rebel groups just defending themselves in Aleppo bear names like the "Army of Conquest," "Partisans of Islamic Law" and, of course, Al-Qaida and Daesh. Have no doubts. If they win, there will be genocide. Anyone who does not subscribe to their specific brand of Sunni Islam will be subjugated or destroyed. All the minorities who have enjoyed government protection so far will become extinct.
Furthermore, calling these people "rebels" is a blatant lie. They are a mix of local and foreign fighters armed, trained and commanded by outsiders. Some of them may call themselves rebels and even believe it, but in practice they are foreign invaders. Had the West not intervened, Assad would have quickly crushed these foreign invaders and restored the status quo (like his father did in the '80s). Would innocents have died? Of course. Thousands of them. Fascists are not known for their humanity. However, that would have been the end of it. Instead, the intervention drew Iran and Russia into the war on one side and barbarian hordes of psychopathic killers from all over the world to the other. At least two million were killed or wounded. Millions were displaced and left homeless. Nearby countries were flooded with refugees. Tens of cities were razed to the ground. Many unique monuments of antiquity were lost to humanity forever.
This is on you. This is your mercy. This is your compassion. These are your crocodile tears that serve as fuel for Western militarism. To avoid letting a dictator kill a few thousand people, you have spilled the blood of millions.
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I think this is a very unique view of the situation, not considering a few things (which I wouldn't call, because it's hard to actually have facts these days) and over-interpreting others. The west hasn't intervened much in this war, especially in the first years (so why should have not doing this little have helped the situation?). The rebels being not all Islamic in the past, but now they're most of those being left over. Keeping Assad in his place wouldn't end it all, just in the media; it would just shift the killing from the streets to the prisons (though the number of dead would be smaller). And as you can see with the West not intervening Assad wouldn't just ahve crushed the rebellion, because the West did not do much, thought also not exactly nothing, but Assad was far from winning this war in the beginning, it was a pretty even thing first. And the first rebel groups where, at least in a significant part, not Islamic, so maybe interveining early and strengthening these groups (polictically, weapons, whatever) might even have helped inspawning less Islamic rebel groups. Anyways without actual facts it's hard to tell and everything is just fortune telling, so your view is very black and white in any case.
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There is an early 20th century Jewish song that feels like it would be right at home in any fantasy setting:

A fire, brothers! A fire!
Oy, our poor village is burning!
Evil winds, full of anger,
Rage and ravage, smash and shatter;
Stronger now that wild flames grow --
All around now burns!

And you stand there looking on
With futile, folded arms
And you stand there looking on --
While our village burns!
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#DNDkids  answer an orc's battle cry... IN FULL COLOR!!!!11
“Orc, meet reality… Uri Kurlianchik is a writer and game designer. He also plays D&D with kids in schools and community centres. His stories “The Storyteller” and “A Night in the Co…
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So, ladies and gentlemen, a #DNDkids comic that isn't afraid to tackle the big issues... in FULL COLOR!
“Sometimes we tackle big things…” Uri Kurlianchik is a writer and game designer. He also plays D&D with kids in schools and community centres. His stories “The Storyteller” an…
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Game writer, translator, humanist, twitterist and storyteller from Israel.
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I am not a wizard, but I play one in D&D.
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