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"Of course, it’s a more than a little ridiculous to call the guy who read “Green Eggs and Ham” on the House floor polite and mannered and better spoken. But when he’s running against a cotton candy-haired, spray-tanned fool who rants about the size of his dick in the middle of a primary debate, talking about carpet-bombing can sound relatively sane by comparison so long as he’s using his inside voice."

As Donald Trump’s path to the republican nomination becomes clearer and the rest of our gag reflexes trigger awake, we seem to be losing sight of a simple, but important fact: Ted Cruz is also a f*cking lunatic who must be stopped.
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So, the Pantheacon schedule is out now... And I'm on it!

My Dionysos Hestios devotional will be at 7:00 PM, Sunday night. If all goes well, I won't be sick that weekend, and will be at Panthecon generally, not just wafting in for my own ritual on a cloud of cold medicine and devotional euphoria.
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Of course, the really important part of today's SCOTUS ruling is that Carlos and Cecil can totally get married!
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I wish to express my condolences to all those whose heterosexual marriages disintegrated today, upon the announcement of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Wait, no one's marriage failed because same sex marriage is now legally recognized in all 50 states?

Huh. Who would have expected it?
Discover how the high court concluded that the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry.
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their tears are delicious.  They nourish me.
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There is No Natural Justice

Last night, the grand jury in Ferguson returned its decision to not prosecute Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Justice is not served.

I’m not really surprised. Justice hasn’t been served in this since long before Officer Wilson shot Mr. Brown. Long, long before...
Last night, the grand jury in Ferguson returned its decision to not prosecute Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Justice is not served. I'm not really surprised. Justice...
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Good review for forbidden fiction's new release, Artifact of Foex:

"This is fantastic queer science fiction...It wouldn’t be out of line to call this a trans book, for there are many examples of transgender issues in this novel..."
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So: National Coming out day.

Hi, I'm Lon, and I'm bisexual. Sort of.

I say, "sort of" because I have no idea what image pops to your mind when I say "bisexual." So here's what I mean by it: I enjoy playing with all kinds of bodies, regardless of what the plumbing looks like. That said, I tend to be more attracted to women than men, regardless of what gender they're assigned at birth. That's down to what this society trains men to be, I think. I don't like those traits in myself, and find them hard to be vulnerable around them in others.

I wish I had better language for other genders. Queering gender is nice, though.
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So, in running Fate for my son and some friends (FAE in the world of 13th Age), I discovered the biggest stumbling block my group has. It isn't the funny dice, or how the Fate Point economy works, or just what the heck an aspect is. The greatest block I've found is summed up thusly:

Player: "Uh... I don't know what I can do in this situation."
GM: "Well, you can try anything, if it fits with your aspects and your approaches."
Player: "Wait... Anything? Anything at all?"
GM: "Sure."
Player: "I don't know what part of anything I can do in this situation!"

I suspect that, in part, I'm not presenting clear enough options in the situations I describe. But, still, it's not like my players are unfamiliar with D&D-style fantasy tropes.

Has anyone else encountered this problem, and how did you approach it?
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With player's new to RPG's in general I like to help them through whatever character creation there is with a off-the-cuff series of hytpothetical situations and ask them what their character would do.
I find this is a great approach to creating FATE PCs and use it when building my own. It fleshes out the aspects on the page to more complete concepts, bigger than the short phrase that is just there to remind.
Also, In any game I run I implement a psuedo-stunt idea: If you have an idea for doing something that you think is cool, ask. If I like it i might give you a bonus. If not I'll tell you generally how good an idea their PC thinks it is.
I don't like the whole "ten minute absurd choreography description... bonus pls." interaction. but i do like this.
Fate is awesome here cause I always feel like the economy allows the player to create a reason why their crazy idea might work. Then the GM can reward or punish that idea with whatever mechanics he sees fit and in the most dramatic way.
So I guess all that to say "think of something crazy, cool or funny, then either throw it out and sell it and ride the tide or ask nicely and make the call how crazy you want to be when you get feedback."
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I have a new blog post up, about Dionysos, revolution, and protest.
Let me be clear. There can be no "business as usual" until justice is restored. Those who rule this land--the few, the obscenely wealthy, the kingmakers whose cash buys elections and appointments--...
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Today on Drinking from the Cup of Life, I talk about the gods not being very good role models for human behavior, and what to do about that.
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