Since the ability you're using is on the Necrotic Ooze and not on Lazav per se, you don't get the bonus from Embalmer's Tools. It would have to be of a creature card in the graveyard, like Genesis. Since the creature activating the ability isn't in the graveyard (although Necrotic Ooze is copying the ability of a creature in the graveyard) it doesn't get the bonus. At least that's what I'm concluding.
Yes, Taigam, Sidisi's Hand nonbos with Underrealm Lich, which is why I made the swap. I have to check and see if I updated the OP to reflect the latest changes to the deck.
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Oct 12, 2018DementedKirby posted a message on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant: Zombie horde and shenanigans! (Competitive, Budget, and Zombie Tribal - 3 versions!)Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Oct 11, 2018DementedKirby posted a message on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant: Zombie horde and shenanigans! (Competitive, Budget, and Zombie Tribal - 3 versions!)Posted in: Multiplayer Commander DecklistsQuote from NikToo7304 »Am I right in assuming that you can change Lazav on the fly whenever? So you could change types in response or in the opponent's end step?
Yes, it's an activated ability; therefore, you can use it at instant speed.
Oct 9, 2018DementedKirby posted a message on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant: Zombie horde and shenanigans! (Competitive, Budget, and Zombie Tribal - 3 versions!)Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
It could definitely be added to the Zombie Build. For the moment I've been working closer with the Main Build but it's definitely in the realm of possibility since I did find a slot for it in the Main Build.
Oct 8, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander DecklistsQuote from arcane trouper »That being said, Sidisi is nowhere near a Tier 1 deck.
I acknowledge this. My current build is not a tier 1 deck either, and it is not intended to be one. I could be running Laboratory Maniac, Necrotic Ooze, and/or Protean Hulk as win-conditions, but I opt for the more casual win-condition of Craterhoof Behemoth and an army of zombies. But there is a lot of room between "optimized casual" and "unfocused battlecruiser." In my opinion, commander is most fun when a deck doesn't consist of 100% threats. You need answers! I have a budget Brago deck. It's a casual deck--not a dedicated combo deck--but with the right draw it can lock out the game and essentially win with one Brago hit. Just having a few additional answers from players makes games so much more interesting! We are in colors that allow us to play Demonic Tutor, Mana Drain, and Assassin's trophy (which will take place of the Abrupt Decay I currently run). These are cheap, broad-reaching cards that allow games to have more of a back-and-forth.
If you choose not to add all of these in, that's fine. It's hard to make cuts, especially when we want to keep our creature count high. But as a primer, you should at least have a section of listing some of the best answers/tutors available to us.
Yeah, I'm working on an answers package where the self-milling/recovery spells (the ones that do both motions simultaneously) are replaced with just answers. However, having the answers in the graveyard requires much more graveyard interaction with instant and sorcery type spells versus just creatures.
Oct 4, 2018DementedKirby posted a message on Kydele + Vial Smasher makes Nekusar green with envyI'm still trying to find space for a couple of cards and it's been more than just a trifle difficult. Here's what I'd like to add:Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Fell Specter and Niv-Mizzet, Parun are more cards that hurt opponents when I wheel. Mizzix's Mastery and Past in Flames allow me to recycle wheels. Thousand-Year Storm gives storm to all my wheels. These cards are just amazing here but I feel like they're all support. What I mean is that on their own they don't do much. Therefore they don't have as high a priority as wheels or mana rocks would. That being said, I'd still try and find some slots for them in the deck. Here's the current decklist:
Oct 3, 2018DementedKirby posted a message on Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest - abusing the stack with a plethora of strategies!Recent changes thanks to the release of Guilds of Ravnica:Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Plaguecrafter -> Barter in Blood
Vraska, Golgari Queen -> Awakening Zone
What's good about Plaguecrafter (besides being a better Fleshbag Marauder) is that it can sacrifice itself when it enters the battlefield. Barter in Blood has the problem of me also needing to sacrifice two creatures. Sometimes I don't want to sacrifice said creatures. Barter in Blood would sometimes sit in my hand unless it would hurt opponents more than me.
Vraska, Golgari Queen is a great planeswalker for this deck. The positive ability is a sacrifice outlet that also nets me a card. The middle ability is great removal. The ultimate is amazing because the deck is constantly removing opponents' creatures. So even a lowly token that can go through is enough to win the game. So far I've been using Vraska as removal and advantage more so than worrying about getting the ultimate.
Oct 2, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander DecklistsQuote from arcane trouper »I don't know... perhaps your meta is just more casual and battlecruiser. It seems silly to assume that our deck is always doing broken stuff while other decks are just playing catch-up. What happens when an opponent has their own Gaea's Cradle? What about that Alesha, Who Smiles at Death player who just flashed in an attacking Master of Cruelties on turn 3 or 4. What about the Brago, King Eternal player that is about to hit for combat damage and essentially win by turn 4 or 5. Broken things happen all the time in commander, and Assassin's Trophy is--aside from countermagic--the single best catch all answer.
Also, I'm all for running Force of Will. I personally haven't added it because I just don't have that many blue cards in my deck that I can consistently pay its alternative cost.
That's very true. But you're also assuming that we'd always have such a response against that swift combo player who can win by turn 5. Without tutoring or alternate answers we'd lose such match ups. You're also right in that my meta isn't as fast or as cutthroat. That being said, Sidisi is nowhere near a Tier 1 deck. Again, I'm not disregarding Assassin's Trophy, Force of Will, etc. I might consider in the future add a package for people in your situation. Among all the types this deck can face, I haven't discussed its susceptibility to combo. Then again, combo decks tend to be higher tier than this one. And, in such a pod, someone should have a response to it. And I am aware that combo decks that can win out of nowhere aren't near the scope of what this deck can handle against.
Sep 30, 2018DementedKirby posted a message on Yuriko, The Tiger's Shadow: Your 2 mana Hydra Omnivore (that draws you cards)With Nightveil Sprite you can surveil 1 before you swap in a ninja with ninjutsu, which helps somewhat manipulate the top of the deck beforehand. It also has some form of evasion which is good. It's also just 1U to cast.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Sep 26, 2018What I like about Reconnaissance over Dolmen Gate in a deck like this is that the former is cheaper and provides you with chump blockers afterwards. Compared to Dolmen Gate there're more pros and no cons.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Sep 25, 2018If I already have Solemnity in play, what happens when Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle enters the battlefield? Does it enter tapped without any slumber counters on it? If so, what abilities will trigger? Will it trigger abilities that care when creatures enter the battlefield and/or lands?Posted in: Magic Rulings
Sep 24, 2018If I were to add more things it would be to protect my board presence. Apart from graveyard hate and pillowforts this deck really has no other deplorable weaknesses. Assassin's Trophy does not deal with Bojuka Bog's trigger, nor Tormod's Crypt style cards as they can be sacrificed in response. As for permanents that can be a nuisance, pillowfort effects can be dealt with in time. Very rarely have I had problems with this deck save for consistent boardwipes. Some combo player can win out of nowhere. Assassin's Trophy doesn't deal with those either. I'd run Force of Will before I run Assassin's Trophy. Don't misunderstand me, though; I'm not dissing on the card, I've just never had to actually fear another player's board presence. My build is very streamlined - just in a chaotic way.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Sep 23, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander DecklistsQuote from WWWolfe »Had one of the best starts I've ever had with the deck last night. Parallel Lives & Doubling Season both out with Sidisi on turn 5 (opening hand was 3 lands, Sol Ring, Chromatic Lantern, Parallel Lives, & Doubling Season). Drew into Mesmeric Orb on turn 3. On turn 6 I had around 25 tokens with Undead Warchief giving them +2/+1...then an opponent cast Cyclonic Rift overloaded. After that it was pretty much a game of Archenemy with the other 3 players teaming up on me until they got me out though I did take one of them with me and took another down to 11 life before I went out.
I didn't win but the explosive start was the most fun I've had playing MTG recently.
Nice! Yes, this deck can get big out of nowhere. It's a shame you got an overloaded Cyclonic Rift, but your start game just goes to show how unassuming the commander is at first until it starts going.
Sep 23, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Modern always drives up the prices on everything.
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Dec 15, 2017Posted in: ArticlesQuote from ISBPathfinder »Generally speaking cards that don't show up have an issue on the card in the database and its not flagged as legal in the format you chose. I am working on Confluence right now and hopefully that will fix it moving forward.
EDIT: I am able to find Mana Confluence now after having fixed the card. I don't see anything wrong with Voltaic Key offhand but it might depend on what format you had selected when searching for it. If you have issues still please let me know.
Great job you guys are doing with this. I'm super excited at its prospect!
Dec 5, 2017I retract my feelings on the The Countdown Is at One. The only way I'll let it slide is that whoever cast it needs to play "The Final Countdown" by Europe on repeat during the Magic subgame until it's over.Posted in: Articles
Dec 1, 2017DementedKirby posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemI agree. There should at least be some reference material to justify what's being said. Otherwise that, which is the main point of the article (Jeremy is even mentioned in its title), is lost in issues that, while slightly relevant, take away from the main point.Posted in: Articles
Dec 1, 2017DementedKirby posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemThis is why my favorite videos on youtube to laugh at are when SJW's are destroyed by logic. Yes, racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. are prevalent and they are issues in America. However, you can't protest for equality by singling out others. That's the definition of hypocrisy at best and bigotry at most. You can't say "straight white men are the problem" because that's inherently racist and sexistPosted in: Articles
The previous election was literally a rock-and-a-hard-place decision. Do I want someone who I don't fully trust like Hillary Clinton to win or do I want someone who will destroy the environment and pull out the red carpet for corporation and fat cats like Donald Trump to win? In all honestly, this election wasn't so much proTrump or proHillary as it was antiTrump or antiHillary. So one has to be very careful to put Trump supporters like the corruptly filthy rich or the NeoNazis and KKK in the same group as those who voted for Trump as a big F.U. to people like Hillary Clinton.
Curiously, with everyone at each other's throats, people miss that there is a common ground. The main problem is extremes. As for people being shunned for being edgy, it happens all the time. Hence the phrase "if you don't like what you see, change the channel." There are rules for what can be said/shown in public broadcasts. Hell, look no further than George Carlin's "7 Words You Can't Say on Television". Even then, that has changed. You can't show explicit sex on a channel like ABC but you very well see it on channels like Playboy and Spice. You can't drop an F-Bomb on Fox but you can drop as many as you want on HBO. Being censured is not necessarily the same as having your freedom of speech revoked or inhibited; there's a clear distinction. However, there's nothing yet for this on the internet. This is new ground. On radio, you'd have no idea if the people broadcasting were naked or not; they just couldn't say a certain list of words. On TV, you can't say those same words, but you can't show lewd things to a certain degree (or violent/graphic things, either). Eventually, the same will probably happen for the internet.
Dec 1, 2017DementedKirby posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemSo true.Posted in: Articles
Dec 1, 2017I agree; if you don't want to start an open war or any kind of negative effects, you can't do things in an extreme way. And yes, Jeremy can't be at fault for what other people do (unless he was explicitly inciting them to do so). That being said, Jeremy needs to understand (as well as a whole bunch of people need to, apparently) that sexist comments are as offensive as racist comments, etc. Telling a person, public or not, "you're a 6/10" is not really all that offensive (although some people for some reason will still find it offensive) but, as you say, she's presenting herself visually. So it's no less harmful than judging a beauty pageant and giving a contestant 6/10. However, in the same fashion, you wouldn't put in your judge's remarks on the ballot "6/10; I wouldn't even rape this contestant" as a valid justification for your grading. That is the problem. You can criticize her on her looks, give her a numerical assessment, etc. etc. etc. But literally saying "I wouldn't even rape you" is beyond bad tastes, beyond rude, and it's borderline misogynistic. That is the offense. If she were in a cosplay contest and received a 6/10, nobody bats an eyelash. If a critic or anybody else personally gave her a 6/10, nobody would care. Some may even be mean-spirited and criticize her harshly. Yes, she'd have to deal with that because that is a possibility. However, saying "I wouldn't even rape you" to anyone, and then expect to not get called out on it, is very deluded thinking; it's practically irrational. You can't do trollish things for the sake of being a troll and then get surprised at the backlash. It's like kicking around a wasps' nest and not expecting to get stung.Posted in: Articles
Dec 1, 2017Freedom of speech doesn't give you the right to verbally assault someone anymore than the right to bear arms gives you the right to just up and shoot someone. Mental and emotional abuse is punishable, not just physical abuse.Posted in: Articles
Nov 30, 2017I agree on some of the points you made. Yes, many of the SJW's are hypocritical and their double standards know no bounds. I am not a "white, straight male" but that doesn't mean that I'm going to invalidate anyone's opinion who is one. Equality means that everyone is the same. If I call said people racist simply because they're not in the minority, I'm being equally bigoted. However, just because people throw you into that hate group doesn't mean you have to defend that hate group; just make it very clear that you're not in it. The problem lies in the extremists on either side of the social divide. White supremacists are just that - they want white people as the supreme race. You being white doesn't make you a white supremacist. However, agreeing in what they believe in technically makes you a racist. Extreme feminists are no worse than misogynists because they're the other side of that coin. I remember the Lorena Bobbit case and how so many women applauded her. That's ridiculous. The mutilation of female genitalia is abhorrent but not if it's an angry wife against her husband? People also made a big racial issue with OJ Simpson. They took away from the fact that it was a high profile case concerning a celebrity killing his ex-wife and lover. But the race card took away from the major issue because he was black and she was white. Here, Jeremy is taking attention away from the issue by playing the SJW victim card. That's something I can't agree with being as it's equally hypocritical. You can't criticize Cristine for feeling harassed when she's being harassed while defending Jeremy for being harassed when he's being harassed. You either defend anyone who's being harassed or you don't. You can't just choose as you please who is and isn't victim of harassment and choose who to defend or not. People are being too biased. They should instead be more objective.Posted in: Articles
Nov 30, 2017I agree that exaggerating this issue to the point of neo-Nazis in America is unnecessary. It takes away from the entire point which is how responsible is Jeremy towards the harassment received by Christine. This should be viewed objectively and not subjectively. Both by those defending and accusing Jeremy.Posted in: Articles
Nov 30, 2017Posted in: ArticlesQuote from TheOnlyOne652089 »The fact that a comment makes someone feel harassed doesnt mean it is harassment.
Just because someone feels insulted, its not automatic evil in nature.
Most important, he never told to her directly, you literally have to seek out his channel to see the comments, so you actively have to search yourself to see negative comments about yourself.
The indisputable issue are the sick minded individuals that go over the top and do exactly that, email directly, twitter to her directly etc. They do the harassment, they are 100% guilty for it, and they qualify for it, as they indeed take a sadistic pleasure in doing that, its among the most harmful type of troll.
Then theres a difference between private people and people in public.
As a private person nobody has any public interest in what i do and so comments about my person would be out of context.
The moment what you are doing is part of a community, like cosplay at a grand prix and doing pictures of that etc. You present yourself in public and so comments about exactly that are clearly presented.
That alone is no harassment and its just as important to clearly draw a line between what people truly say and what is casually said, simply put, if you are talking to a group of people for hours, chances are you will say something stupid and someone will feel insulted ; so it has to be viewed in context and not just "oh god, look what he said" , and finger point exactly that and ignore anything else.
And especially for Jeremys channel, its clearly a form of topics and talking that you might easily find offending, others do not, some think hes right about a bunch of stuff, and i believe you can easily see he has a bunch of points.
All the so called harassment can be put down to context that gives it a background, so that is what makes the topic a lot more slippery than just believing its all crystal clear.
The idea of thinking its downright crystal clear and theres only black/white in it, is already short sighted, as you have to see more of the picture to get a real glimpse of the actual truth.
Well, I never inferred that he didn't have any points to any criticism he makes or has ever made. As for someone being a public person, that doesn't justify any harassment they receive; being a public figure just makes them easier to see and thus more susceptible to harassment. And I understand that logic. However, it's the same as saying, "if you don't want to get eaten by sharks then don't go in the ocean". Yet even then, you can't say "well, you're a public figure so deal with it" because that is equally short-sighted. Public figures being harassed by private people shouldn't be a given. That's precisely what's being discussed here. And, in any case, both Jeremy and Christine are public figures. Yet no one - public or not - should feel that they have any right whatsoever to harass anyone. Public figures have literally died being harassed.
I can also understand the point of "just because you feel you're being harassed doesn't mean you're being harassed". However, that doesn't translate from "just because you're being offended doesn't mean you're being harassed". Being offended and being harassed are two very different things. If someone makes a racist comment or a racist joke, you could very easily offend someone, which is why they should be avoided. However, to simply brush it off as a faux pas is too narrow-minded. Any workplace has very strict guidelines as to what behavior is and isn't tolerated. And guess what, if you make a racist comment at work - even if it offends no one - minimum, you're gonna have to meet with human resources. Again, being offensive doesn't equate to harassing.
It's true that there are some people who apparently live in a bubble and are easily offended by anything. Those people are equally annoying. But then again that all depends on culture. Take the infamous flagburning episode of Seinfeld. I have no doubt that may people laughed when the Puerto Rican flag was being burned because it was in a certain context. Other people found it appalling. There are even those that defend the scene. To this day, Jerry Seinfeld defends the scene - seeing nothing wrong with it. But I guess it's all just a matter of context. If you see an American flag burning, you may get offended. But what if it's the only viewpoint? Zooming out may reveal that it's on a sinking ship or part of a burning building, and that explains its burning. Okay, fine. But if you zoom out and it's burning because ISIS is burning it in a video, then it's a bad thing. Notice, same image, two different aspects. Once you have the entire picture, it does in fact become crystal clear. Personally, I don't care that they burned the Puerto Rican flag on Seinfeld - and I'm Puerto Rican. Even if you try to dissect it as some hidden or subtle way of being racist towards Puerto Ricans and that it was immoral, etc., I don't really care. I didn't see it that way. Accidents happen, which is what the scene tried showing. Was it in bad taste? Depends on the person. However, I can also accept that just because I "wasn't offended" doesn't mean that the scene wasn't offensive. There are worse things being done and said to Puerto Ricans that go beyond offending or harassing that aren't even being touched upon. That is something that pisses me off, though. But that's an entirely different topic.
I guess the point that I'm making is this: yes, it's true that just because you feel harassed doesn't mean you are in fact being harassed. Guidelines exist to identify harassment. So, if the entire picture doesn't show harassment, then it's not harassment (which is where it's good to have evidence). The reason I call it black and white and crystal clear is because harassment is defined. And as you yourself mentioned, yes, she was victim to actual harassment. Most people can agree to that. The debate is to what extent is Jeremy responsible for said harassment.
People keep mentioning Hitler and all these historical figures to overly exaggerate things like this. That's just warped logic. Obviously Hitler didn't directly kill millions of people. But he gave the order to. Yeah, that's known history. The same could be said for any genocidal maniac in power at any point in history: Atilla the Hun, Nero, Vlad the Impaler, Crazy Ivan, etc. You can demonize someone by comparing them to Hitler or the people following that person as Nazis to get your point across. But when trying to make a point people are just going off the tangent. You can't compare Jeremy and his followers to Hitler or to white supremacists. That's just baffling to me. You cannot compare hundreds of trolls harassing a cosplayer at MtG events to the holocaust. Period. However, Jeremy himself says he's a victim of the SJW movement which is equally blown out of proportion.
Obviously there's a lot of drama, so my bad for being Capt. Obvious (ooh, that would'be been a great card for Unstable). But is it directed at the right place? Is it okay for Jeremy to become this pariah? Did he bring it upon himself? How at fault are both sides of the argument? All of these may seem like grey questions but they're not. For one thing, Jeremy could've handled the situation very differently. Instead, he chose to dig a deeper hole. Should Christine have quit cosplaying at MtG conventions because of the harassment? If that was her prerogative, then yes. If she no longer derived any enjoyment from it because of the harassment then it's her decision. There's a lot of finger-pointing but people should be rational and objective. The right questions aren't being asked or answered.
Nov 30, 2017There's a very clear difference between harassment and freedom of speech. This is why harassment is illegal but not freedom of speech. There are even laws and protocols concerning cyber-bullying and any kind of bullying between minors. You can express whatever you want online or other media, but if becomes harassment or similar behaviors, there are repercussions.Posted in: Articles
Although some may argue that there's a fine line between criticism and harassment, it's actually very clear. Criticism doesn't have to be pink or constructive for it to not be harassment. You can harshly criticize something without it becoming harassment. Harassment is "the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands. The purposes may vary including racial prejudice, personal malice, an attempt to force someone to quit a job or grant sexual favors, apply illegal pressure to collect a bill, or merely gain sadistic pleasure from making someone fearful or anxious." This type of behavior is liable for lawsuits, i.e.: it's illegal. Freedom of speech isn't illegal. Ergo, you can't pander harassment as freedom of speech.
For those defending Jeremy for lack of evidence, I'm sorry to say but you're just ignoring the facts or have some other agenda (or maybe you're just deluded). In Jeremy's case it's very easy to find proof of his harassment towards Cristine because he performed his harassment and calls for harassment online, where so many people were witness and screenshots also exist. His comments and incitement clearly caused her distress and anxiety. Not only that, but even if you were to dissect the things he's said or done, they're very clearly harassing in nature. That's not opinion, but fact. It's one thing to criticize the director of a movie for making a piece of garbage and quite another to incite people to harass that director due to your opinions of that person (or to personally attack said director). Calling to boycott a movie is not harassment. Telling people to not go watch that piece of garbage of a movie is not harassment. But demeaning, degrading, and insulting the director that made the movie is. Having people actively attack the director as well is harassment. Notice the clear and distinct difference.
As for those demonizing the asking for proof of harassment, I think that's being too extreme; some kind of proof needs to be evident. For all those throwing historical facts around, look no further than the Salem witch trials. If someone disliked someone else all they had to do was accuse them of witchcraft, something which of course could have no possible findings or evidence. You'd then have a kangaroo court where the following logic would be: burn them or drown them; if they die they were innocent. Instead of proving the accused was a witch, the accused had to prove they were not a witch. However, it should be the accuser who has to present proof, not the accused. Without demanding proof, you're just accepting the hearsay of the accuser and condemning an innocent person to be burned at the stake or drowned.
This situation is very black and white so referring to the current situation of the United States is a bit irrelevant; it's just muddying up the clear waters. Doing so is blowing this way out of proportion. (I imagine it's being called into question because Jeremy is trying to defend his actions due to the current situation of the country, which is quite honestly a huge cop-out. But I digress.) Sure, there are similarities with mob mentality and the extremes of the "left" and the "right" but then again all extremes are wrong. However, that's a whole other can of worms. As far as the main point of the article is concerned, yes, undoubtedly Jeremy is in the wrong. It's not a matter of opinion; it's just a fact. This shouldn't be pulling on the strings of neo-Nazi or neo-Marxists agendas. There is some connection but it detracts from the main point, which is something that should be avoided. Whether or not the president of the United States is a racist, misogynist, bigot, etc. or not is not the point here. Whether extremist groups like the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, or KKK want their view points to be considered freedom of speech and opinion instead of hatemongering and racism is also another point altogether. Whether SJW's have double-standards and are hypocrites is yet another point altogether. When you boil it all down, one question remains: "was he or wasn't he harassing Cristine?"
For those who still continue to contend that "she's just thin-skinned" and "he did nothing wrong" I'm sorry to say but you are the not the victim here; she is. And no, I'm not "white-knighting her", it's actually very logical. Just as people can't tell you what to think or how to feel, you can't tell her to do the same. Because then you'd be a hypocrite and your double standards would be showing. It's very convenient to single out someone as "easily triggered" and "quick to feel insulted" yet get insulted yourself when someone singles you out for your behavior. The fact is that if she felt the way she did, then it completes the definition of harassment. Jeremy's harassing actions led to Cristine feeling harassed. Hence, the cycle is complete. Putting all opinions aside, the evidence is in fact there; the cause had an effect and here we are.
Another problem is that Jeremy continues to dig his hole even further instead of trying to climb out. He wasn't smart enough to understand that he could've very easily defused the problem before letting it blow out of proportion. Instead, he continued to make it worse. In order to deflect his actions, he decided to make this situation reflect the current chasm in American society. Thus, the reason why the current sociopolitical topic of the United States is touched upon in the article. Almost everyone (this includes both sides of the argument) happen to agree that it has nothing to do with it. Thank goodness that there's common ground. Because it doesn't.
You can't pick on someone you don't like and then use faulty logic to defend your actions. Period. You can't use the argument of "oh, if she feels that way then it's her own fault". Um, no; every action has a consequence. You can't bully someone and contend that they're weak hence it's their own fault for getting bullied. You can't contend that "they should get stronger in order to defend themselves against that bully". That argument is literally against itself; you are conscious and aware that the person is being bullied. Again, the bully shouldn't be attacking anyone in the first place. Should the victim learn to defend themselves? Of course. Life isn't fair, life isn't nice, and it's a dog-eat-dog world out there. However, that fact doesn't obscure that bullying is wrong. If we transpose that logic to Jeremy and Cristine it's the same thing. You could argue that she should just ignore him and his followers that are harassing her. That's true; she can. But she doesn't have to. She's not in the wrong for not doing so. Jeremy is in the wrong for harassing her to begin with. He's the beginning of the problem, not her. Not everyone is equally strong, this is why rules and laws exist, to create common ground.
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