• posted a message on Star Wars: Rogue One
    Quote from Jay13x »
    In any case, Rogue One looks amazing. I'm hoping there are at least hints to the Dark Forces series.
    A nod to Dark Forces would be really great. I'm begrudgingly okay with Kyle Katarn being retconned, especially since it was in favour of a female protagonist, but I still have some great memories from that game.

    Also my god is the new Mon Mothma ever a dead ringer for the old one. Gaping
    Posted in: Movies
  • posted a message on [Easy-Huggable™] Yomako's Positive Place
    I got a ton of chores done yesterday. Feeling productive feels good. Cheers all. Group Hug
    Posted in: the Speakeasy
  • posted a message on ema full set list [April Fool's 2016]
    Quote from Mizaru »
    Pretty good April Fools' you guys. Maybe next year the mods can lock all the trade threads or something else equally inconvenient to Magic finance as an endorsed fake spoiler.
    Did you make a financial decision based on information revealed on April 1st?
    Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
  • posted a message on Things I'm No Longer Allowed To Do At FNM
    Quote from The_Hittite »
    258. Status among Magic players is not indicated through size/impracticality of hair.
    Everything Yu-Gi-Oh taught me about card games was a lie?!?
    Posted in: the Speakeasy
  • posted a message on Caitlyn Jenner no longer super-awesome transgender spokeswoman of the world.
    Jesus, what? I'm not calling you a bad guy. I'm not trying to mantle MLK. I thought I was having some casual conversation in WCT, insisting that the subject of trans rights is what should be focused on here rather than much broader complaints about modern political discourse, but then I start getting attacked like I was posting in Debate the whole time. If I wanted a debate, I'd post in Debate. I'm not gonna act like a saint in every public interaction, but it's not like all I do is insular or snarky or whatever you'd call it. For example, if I ever trick myself into writing a transgender-in-Magic article for the front page, it'll be open and constructive because an article with bare opinions is not productive. But do I really have to be like that all the time, in every casual environment?

    I'm bowing out now. This ***** is starting to get plenty stressful, and that's not what I asked for by posting in this particular subforum. Congrats on baiting me this far; it's a lot further than I'd normally bother with nowadays.
    Posted in: Water Cooler Talk
  • posted a message on Caitlyn Jenner no longer super-awesome transgender spokeswoman of the world.
    Quote from Talore »
    Oh, okay. See I thought the whole basic human rights thing was the important issue here. My mistake! :p
    See? This. This is the problem. You're smugly assuming that you're on the side of human rights and anyone who disagrees with you is against human rights. But have you actually read what Jenner said? She's basing her support for Ted Cruz on human rights as she understands them. Now, maybe her understanding is wrong or incomplete. But getting angry or snarky at her isn't going to fix that, is it? Maybe she'll learn something if you have a civil conversation with her. And instead of smugness, try on a little humility. Maybe your understanding is wrong or incomplete, and you'll learn something if you have a civil conversation with her.

    Where did I assume that anyone who disagrees with me is against human rights? I thought I was just pointing out the relative inanity of what you were talking about.

    I have read what Jenner has said, a hell of a lot. She's a major figure in transgender politics, and that directly affects me. I have to be worried about public opinion, about the state of pro- and anti-transgender legislation. These things can severely limit where I can live in North America, and public backlash against things like allowing transgender people to use public washrooms can increase the already significant risk of being harassed or worse on the street (which has happened to me.) I can barely go a week following transgender issues without hearing about Jenner.

    Ultimately, my job is not to sit down with a rich celebrity and try to educate her or have a debate with her. The literature and dialogue is out there; there are people close to her and over the Internet alike trying to educate her, to hear her out and convince her to change her mind. It is her choice to maintain her stance on transgender issues which a vast majority of transgender people do not approve of. As long as a figure with as much influence as Caitlyn Jenner is advocating positions which the majority of transgender people find unhelpful or even harmful, the only thing to do is to denounce her.

    This obstructionism for the sake of obstructionism is infuriating. Transgender people are in an inordinate amount of danger today. Even in Canada, gender identity is still not a protected class in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I can legally be discriminated against for being transgender. Transgender people have extremely high rates for being harassed, raped, murdered, or driven to suicide. Action needs to be taken now, not after the endless intellectual masturbation of trying to achieve impossible levels of objective knowledge. The rights of so many of us must not be fought for passively, begging for the nice people to see our way instead of critiquing those who we feel are obstructing these vital measures of protection.

    How am I the problem? Every day we fail to act, transgender people are victimized or killed. The gears of marginalization and disenfranchisement are greased with apathy. Acting is the only thing we can do. We must not be driven to fear of offending a public figure because we haven't had tea with them. The voices of the majority of transgender people must not be handwaved just because we could be wrong. We are the victims, the ones affected by legislative negligence. We do have authority on these issues. Our voices matter.

    As an aside for those playing at home, one of my favourite games to play is to read something concerning transgender rights and then swap the subject. Turn transgender into black or women/females and see how the post reads. It is an amusing way to spot how similar the arguments being brought up today mirror other movements, such as the civil rights movement in the 60s.
    Posted in: Water Cooler Talk
  • posted a message on Caitlyn Jenner no longer super-awesome transgender spokeswoman of the world.
    Quote from Talore »
    While not a perfect analogy, she's viewed by many as the trans equivalent of an Uncle Tom.
    *sigh*

    Quote from Talore »
    Nice things like being able to use a public washroom, employers barred from refusing to hire you based on your gender identity, and such?
    Nice things like people talking out their disagreements and a government that actually governs.
    Oh, okay. See I thought the whole basic human rights thing was the important issue here. My mistake! :p
    Posted in: Water Cooler Talk
  • posted a message on Pokémon: The Gathering
    Moved from the Speakeasy to Custom Card Creation
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Caitlyn Jenner no longer super-awesome transgender spokeswoman of the world.
    Quote from Wildfire393 »
    Jenner has never been a great spokeswoman for the trans community. Even almost immediately after she publicly came out, she made comments about how fighting for trans rights isn't that important and trans individuals need to work on being less visible.
    Pretty much this. While not a perfect analogy, she's viewed by many as the trans equivalent of an Uncle Tom. It's a shame that many people are only exposed to trans issues through her.
    You have a political party actively trying to roll back the rights earned by gays, blacks, and the poor and you think it's funny they care?
    I think the level of vitriol being displayed because Caitlyn Jenner doesn't profess the political beliefs she's "supposed" to is why we as a country can't have nice things anymore.
    Nice things like being able to use a public washroom, employers barred from refusing to hire you based on your gender identity, and such? It'd really suck to have to worry about not having nice things like that.
    Posted in: Water Cooler Talk
  • posted a message on Conspiracy 2 Take the Crown
    Announcing Conspiracy: The Empty Throne! An expansion with 221 220 cards!

    I loved that detail XD
    Agreed, that had me actually laughing out loud. I wonder who that assassin is? The lady/knight in the Empty Throne picture looks really badass, too!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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