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Forum: Worldly Talk Nov 3 '14, 11:51pm
Replies: 29
Views: 874
Posted By bandersnatch
It might be a good idea to name and focus on a...

It might be a good idea to name and focus on a few specific USAID projects that deal with economic development to make your point, because perusing their programs I actually get the impression they...
Forum: Worldly Talk Nov 1 '14, 10:26pm
Replies: 29
Views: 874
Posted By bandersnatch
I think it might be useful to clarify which...

I think it might be useful to clarify which foreign aid program you are actually talking about. UNESCO? USAID? Foreign Assistance Act? Private charity organizations? World Bank? Even within those...
Forum: Worldly Talk Aug 23 '14, 6:42am
Replies: 453
Views: 10,216
Posted By bandersnatch
Yes, "Not as bad as the middle east" is a great...

Yes, "Not as bad as the middle east" is a great standard to live up to.~



Don't stand in front of a crowd then. Let protesters protest. All they wanted to do initially was draw attention to the...
Forum: Worldly Talk Aug 20 '14, 6:06am
Replies: 453
Views: 10,216
Posted By bandersnatch
And there might not have been any more, if the...

And there might not have been any more, if the police hadn't water-hosed people in their own backyards, rounded up journalists sitting in dinners, and enacted other strongarm tactics. They even did...
Forum: Worldly Talk Aug 19 '14, 8:33pm
Replies: 453
Views: 10,216
Posted By bandersnatch
And there are "many" that want him completely...

And there are "many" that want him completely exonerated right now. The question is not what some people want, but which side has the power to actually make it happen. At the moment, because of the...
Forum: Gaming Discussion Jul 8 '14, 9:43pm
Replies: 676
Views: 18,536
Posted By bandersnatch
I guess I'm going to be the spoilsport in this...

I guess I'm going to be the spoilsport in this thread, but skimming through it, I am entirely unimpressed with 5E. The fighter seems very lackluster to me. He gains a weensy bit of HP regeneration...
Forum: GM Workshop Jun 29 '14, 7:43pm
Replies: 22
Views: 738
Posted By bandersnatch
Mechanics slows down play while giving players...

Mechanics slows down play while giving players more narrative control speeds it up. That's a given, I believe. Where to draw the line is, however, up to a GMs level of comfort. It is important,...
Forum: GM Workshop Jun 27 '14, 7:04pm
Replies: 22
Views: 738
Posted By bandersnatch
There is one simple but radical way to speed up...

There is one simple but radical way to speed up pbp: Freeform all menial encounters that don't really have a chance to PK the party and focus all the crunchy parts on those few boss fights that...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jun 23 '14, 7:00pm
Replies: 63
Views: 2,348
Posted By bandersnatch
Aw, Pope Francis would make a good Jedi, no? :D ...

Aw, Pope Francis would make a good Jedi, no? :D

Honestly, I don't think the Italian mafia has any desire to assassinate Pope Francis, and other mafias really have no reason to do so either. If...
Forum: Gaming Discussion Jun 14 '14, 7:11pm
Replies: 28
Views: 912
Posted By bandersnatch
Wushu (http://danielbayn.com/wushu/) could easily...

Wushu (http://danielbayn.com/wushu/) could easily become a pbp specialized system with a few minor modifications to streamline things (like static target rolls and set max dice pools). It...
Forum: Worldly Talk May 4 '14, 9:05pm
Replies: 186
Views: 5,211
Posted By bandersnatch
As for anti-Obama vs anti-bush rhetoric this here...

As for anti-Obama vs anti-bush rhetoric this here is a somewhat biased but nevertheless good post on dispelling the myth that only Anti-Obama folks have the violent crazies:...
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 24 '14, 1:08am
Replies: 57
Views: 2,210
Posted By bandersnatch
I overreacted then. Apologies. Well,...

I overreacted then. Apologies.



Well, no. But he can be held accountable for assuming that a gender doesn't have those qualities, because of his own socialization. More importantly though, this...
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 24 '14, 1:01am
Replies: 143
Views: 3,979
Posted By bandersnatch
Exactly! :D

Exactly! :D
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 24 '14, 12:15am
Replies: 143
Views: 3,979
Posted By bandersnatch
Yes, it's fairly small. Saving Private Ryan would...

Yes, it's fairly small. Saving Private Ryan would be hard pressed to pass it, and it would probably not feel natural. Schindler's List, could maybe be excused as well, though there were quite a few...
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 22 '14, 12:18am
Replies: 57
Views: 2,210
Posted By bandersnatch
I was not just looking for differences in male...

I was not just looking for differences in male and female brain physiology, but evidence that these changes are actually genetic, not due to social conditioning. As a matter of fact both the articles...
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 18 '14, 9:00pm
Replies: 57
Views: 2,210
Posted By bandersnatch
Can you cite this evidence please? Specifically...

Can you cite this evidence please? Specifically that these differences are intrinsic (aka genetic as I understand it?).
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 18 '14, 8:50pm
Replies: 143
Views: 3,979
Posted By bandersnatch
So because it isn't 100% objective it is useless?...

So because it isn't 100% objective it is useless? Wasn't there a fallacy like that? Anyway... I was an analyst running GC and GC-MS on environmental samples for chlorinated organics used for NPDES...
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 18 '14, 6:52pm
Replies: 57
Views: 2,210
Posted By bandersnatch
Why is it important which is "more unfair"? It...

Why is it important which is "more unfair"? It sounds like people who engage in this competition for pity are more interested in vindicating themselves than finding solutions. Getting rid of gender...
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 18 '14, 12:14am
Replies: 143
Views: 3,979
Posted By bandersnatch
But it has meaning: it shows the presence and...

But it has meaning: it shows the presence and roles of women in that movie. It just doesn't show whether that movie is sexist or not. That's a property of the industry.

Edit: what Ikul said... as...
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 17 '14, 9:47pm
Replies: 143
Views: 3,979
Posted By bandersnatch
Exactly! The question is then, why are women...

Exactly! The question is then, why are women being defined differently than men, in their relationship towards each other?



Wally passed the reverse Bechdel (RB from now on) test, twice, even...
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 16 '14, 12:11am
Replies: 143
Views: 3,979
Posted By bandersnatch
Women in real life talk about other things than...

Women in real life talk about other things than men, hence women in movies that emulate real life, probably would too. Movies that aren't anything remotely like real life (action, sci-fi,...
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 14 '14, 6:46pm
Replies: 143
Views: 3,979
Posted By bandersnatch
EXACTLY!!! The Bechdel test isn't a judgment ...

EXACTLY!!! The Bechdel test isn't a judgment that claims every movie/show that fails this test was made by bigoted chauvinists. It is a measure to show you how and how much (or little, really)...
Forum: Worldly Talk Apr 11 '14, 11:17pm
Replies: 143
Views: 3,979
Posted By bandersnatch
Relevant article: ...

Relevant article:

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-dollar-and-cents-case-against-hollywoods-exclusion-of-women/

It also shows why the Bechdel test is somewhat useful. It allows us to...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 1 '14, 2:52am
Replies: 63
Views: 2,423
Posted By bandersnatch
Well, there is the whole "till death do us apart"...

Well, there is the whole "till death do us apart" thing, and to my understanding the core idea behind marriage is to stick together forever, hopefully because the respective partners love each other...
Forum: Worldly Talk Dec 28 '13, 12:08am
Replies: 62
Views: 2,210
Posted By bandersnatch
The irony of natural rights is that it always...

The irony of natural rights is that it always takes an institution/government/community/religion to both formulate and enforce them, thus they effectively don't really exist in the first place.
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