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McDonald's to use packaging to promote COVID-19 vaccines

https://www.today.com/food/mcdonald-s-encouraging-customers-get-vaccinated-t218032

Setting aside the obvious jokes about a fast food joint reccomending a vaccine for a virus that has been linked to increased complications due to obesity...

What makes the McDonald's Corporation qualified to comment on vaccinations?

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About half of the media and institutions I've heard seem sympathetic to Palestine and Hamas, and critical of Isreal. But then I actually seek out "conservative" commentary, to get another perspective. I don't know how many people go beyond their local newscast or Facebook headline.

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/violence-jerusalem-evictions-palestinians
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/israel-palestinians-gaza-violence-flaring-may-2021/
https://www.reuters.com/world/death-toll-rises-violence-rocks-gaza-israel-west-bank-2021-05-14/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/aoc-palestinian-israel-biden-policy-b1847382.html

I read the stories you linked. The parameters of discourse in America on this issue are set by the media collectively from "concern for Palestinian Human Rights" on the Left, as exemplified by the Teen Vogue article you linked, to explicit support for ethnically cleansing the Palestinians by people like Ben Shapiro on the Right. https://townhall.com/columnists/benshapiro/2003/08/27/transfer-is-not-a-dirty-word-n976781     These are effectively the limits of "approved" public discourse, and they're set by the people who operate those media companies. Both sides of the dialectic are Zionist, they disagree on methods not goals.

How would you like the discourse to look?

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Palestinian-Americans sympathetic to Hamas are not represented amongst the journalists at the New York Times, nor are there any Palestinian-American media mogul counterparts to Haim Saban.

The dude who made Power Rangers? What's that got to do with anything?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53x_zrkJwDs
What did she mean by this?

Dunno. Why don't you ask her?

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I might have exaggerated a little, but I'm referring to the reprint, of course (I remember the original one quite fondly. It had some AMAZING pieces IIRC).

I mean, look at this:



There are some decent pieces... more or less... and I find the layout bland but not bad.

Overall, I'm appalled by the odd choices, pastel colors, lack of excitement and low quality. But there are certainly worse books out there.

God, the 2e Reprint (black cover) was atrocious. I remember the formatting was terrible as well. I'm so glad I found original print copies, and skipped the WOTC 2e re-reprint when I found out it was from that version.

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Everyone calling Hamas terrorists for fighting against the Zionist entity would vocally support a Jewish group that did the exact same thing.

Can you show me the Zionist entity that does the same thing as Hamas?

Or are we talking about theoreticals here?

I meant it as a general statement, but there are innumerable examples of Israel/zionist/jewish groups engaging in comparable acts of  immoral and/or immoral behavior. That's why I used the King David hotel bombing as an example. The fundamental difference isn't the particulars of this bombing or that attack, it's the fact that the Israeli side has a lock on instuitutions and media in the US resulting in much greater influence over policy and public opinion compared to that of the Palestinians.

About half of the media and institutions I've heard seem sympathetic to Palestine and Hamas, and critical of Isreal. But then I actually seek out "conservative" commentary, to get another perspective. I don't know how many people go beyond their local newscast or Facebook headline.

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/violence-jerusalem-evictions-palestinians
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/israel-palestinians-gaza-violence-flaring-may-2021/
https://www.reuters.com/world/death-toll-rises-violence-rocks-gaza-israel-west-bank-2021-05-14/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/aoc-palestinian-israel-biden-policy-b1847382.html

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I will say it was awesome watching the Iron Dome in action. That thing is neat.

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I find it somewhat amusing with all of their social justice posturing that the admins and mods have posted a lament that one of the writers for Warhammer has passed away.

Now that is a game they should be banning discussion of and decrying every step of their miserable way, it’s honestly one of the rpgs that is the least PC and most easy to find “objectionable” material within. Aside from a few others I won’t go over.

Both 40k and Fantasy tend towards racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, and gory body horror themes in their writing, regardless of where an individual GM’s campaign might tend to turn.

 How it doesn’t check off every single thing on their outrage lists I don’t really understand.

Maybe that’s part of the reason I love it.

And it still amazes me that Chris Parmas and his Green Ronin crew wrote 2E. And that it’s actually one of my favorite versions.

You can still like problematic things as long as you flagellate yourself afterwards.

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Elmore's stuff may have been cheesecake but damn if it didn't at least look better than this stuff. Avalanche's covers look suspiciously like photomanipulation.

Tracing porn is my guess.

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At this point, those who haven’t taken the vaccine are probably not planning in taking it any time soon, if at all. I believe everyone is, and should be entitled to choose. What worries me is the future restrictions that can be put in place particularly related to travel and entertainment. That in one way or another would force you to take the vaccine in order to go back to normal.

My FLGS, bless them, put up a status update today requiring the non-vaccinated to wear masks, while the vaccinated do not have to. That's their perogative, but I don't plan to patronize them. I hadn't planned on any kind of "getting back to normal" until the end of the year, so it's no huge letdown.
Will they require vaccination eventually? Dunno. I don't want to take any of these vaccines until they have full FDA approval and the government lifts the restrictions of the PREP act regarding these vaccines.


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I think the aftermath is far more scary than the actual pandemic. Inflation already kicking in with very little signs of actual recovery at this particular moment. Almost certain there’s another multi trillion relief on the way which would do little for the country and worsen inflation, etc. I’m legit concerned for the future. Optimism alone won’t bring the economy back.

Yep. This isn't over. It's just beginning.

How would they enforce that?  Do they ask for your papers as you enter?  "yeah I caved and got it last week guys"

Gov. Inslee has laid the ground work for requiring proof of vaccination.

https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-update-spectator-event-and-religious-organization-guidance

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saw a bit of art recently. Really going all in on that combat wheelchair gimmick arent they

This just in from the ENWorld review: "The famous occult detective Alanik Ray and adventuring physician Arthur Sedgwick are an example of how they're updated. While pursuing a serial killer Alanik fell from a roof, paralyzing his legs. Since his intellect has always been his greatest weapon, he still solves mysteries from a custom wheelchair, aided by Sedgwick, who he married."

Has it occurred to anyone that this is so OTT that they might just be taking the piss by this point?

And then everyone on the train applauded.

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At this point, those who haven’t taken the vaccine are probably not planning in taking it any time soon, if at all. I believe everyone is, and should be entitled to choose. What worries me is the future restrictions that can be put in place particularly related to travel and entertainment. That in one way or another would force you to take the vaccine in order to go back to normal.

My FLGS, bless them, put up a status update today requiring the non-vaccinated to wear masks, while the vaccinated do not have to. That's their perogative, but I don't plan to patronize them. I hadn't planned on any kind of "getting back to normal" until the end of the year, so it's no huge letdown.
Will they require vaccination eventually? Dunno. I don't want to take any of these vaccines until they have full FDA approval and the government lifts the restrictions of the PREP act regarding these vaccines.


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I think the aftermath is far more scary than the actual pandemic. Inflation already kicking in with very little signs of actual recovery at this particular moment. Almost certain there’s another multi trillion relief on the way which would do little for the country and worsen inflation, etc. I’m legit concerned for the future. Optimism alone won’t bring the economy back.

Yep. This isn't over. It's just beginning.

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rhey just need more bullets in their guns so things can get started, that's all. and more guns.

If you are really hard core then you dont use guns that fire bullets, you use guns that fire smaller guns.

i think you gotta go faux-retro and find guns that fire arrowheads


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Sorry, I didn't mean for conversation to be derailed on Critical Race Theory. I just found myself arguing from two sides that institutional science is a tool of those in power.

If people want to discuss Critical Race Theory, I'll submit to Pundit for a new topic on it.
   CRT is not a side.  It is fucktards who need a bit of reality.

rhey just need more bullets in their guns so things can get started, that's all. and more guns.

  You strike me as a complete queef who has never been a fight, much less had a gun pointed at him.  I get you like to troll, but you could at least be creative with it.

why should you get to enjoy the trolling? you might get amused by creativity, and fuck that, why do you deserve it?

you strike me correctly, i haven't, the goal is to get shot in the race riots and die, finally. but I expect that's true for most of the larpers talkin about how they got guns and will use them on the anteefer if they come shootin any day now.

   Look at it this way, if you have the gun, you do not need a riot.  You can go ahead and suck start it right in your living room.

suicide clauses in life insurance policies are a bitch, so you are not yet deprived of this quality posting content

anyway what were we pretending to have opinions about that weren't just the usual right-wing circle jerk here? is it vaccines and how everybody that doesn't already agree with us is a chinese plant?

  Dont know what right wing means anymore.  Pull your pants down and hang yourself then, everyone will think you were a bit of a freak cranking it while strangling yourself, will be ruled an accident.  You get the money, save a bullet, and much more considerate of the people who have to clean up after the fact.

Bobcat Goldthwait ruined that gig thanks a fucking lot mr director. me neither but since everybody here got banned for being it i figure there must be some patterns. unless they just like the ol' hub-wheel-n-feel without much thought behind it, pure reflex and spite.

You seem awfully obsessesd about who got banned here.  ;D

I am obsessed with who got banned here, if you got a problem with that fuck you too.


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Sorry, I didn't mean for conversation to be derailed on Critical Race Theory. I just found myself arguing from two sides that institutional science is a tool of those in power.

If people want to discuss Critical Race Theory, I'll submit to Pundit for a new topic on it.
   CRT is not a side.  It is fucktards who need a bit of reality.

rhey just need more bullets in their guns so things can get started, that's all. and more guns.

  You strike me as a complete queef who has never been a fight, much less had a gun pointed at him.  I get you like to troll, but you could at least be creative with it.

why should you get to enjoy the trolling? you might get amused by creativity, and fuck that, why do you deserve it?

you strike me correctly, i haven't, the goal is to get shot in the race riots and die, finally. but I expect that's true for most of the larpers talkin about how they got guns and will use them on the anteefer if they come shootin any day now.

   Look at it this way, if you have the gun, you do not need a riot.  You can go ahead and suck start it right in your living room.

suicide clauses in life insurance policies are a bitch, so you are not yet deprived of this quality posting content

anyway what were we pretending to have opinions about that weren't just the usual right-wing circle jerk here? is it vaccines and how everybody that doesn't already agree with us is a chinese plant?

  Dont know what right wing means anymore.  Pull your pants down and hang yourself then, everyone will think you were a bit of a freak cranking it while strangling yourself, will be ruled an accident.  You get the money, save a bullet, and much more considerate of the people who have to clean up after the fact.

Bobcat Goldthwait ruined that gig thanks a fucking lot mr director. me neither but since everybody here got banned for being it i figure there must be some patterns. unless they just like the ol' hub-wheel-n-feel without much thought behind it, pure reflex and spite.

You seem awfully obsessesd about who got banned here.  ;D

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As an aside, I'm having a discussion of Critical Race Theory on my Facebook, where a friend has criticized me for supporting the meritocracy of institutional science -- because meritocracies are inherently anti-egalitarian. That has a lot of parallels to the view that institutional science is corrupt and serves the controlling power.

I find it interesting how opposite viewpoints can converge.
    I can not imagine any discussion I could have around CRT.  There are zero merits to it, and the people pushing it just flat out hate white people.  I have no time to try to make racists see reason.

Yep. The problem with CRT isn't that it's embedded in culture and acedemia (that's another topic) it's that it's massivlely racist and full of shit.

well yes the point is to incite the race war, so it has to be racist. What's the problem here.

What makes you think I give a shit about your input?

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As an aside, I'm having a discussion of Critical Race Theory on my Facebook, where a friend has criticized me for supporting the meritocracy of institutional science -- because meritocracies are inherently anti-egalitarian. That has a lot of parallels to the view that institutional science is corrupt and serves the controlling power.

I find it interesting how opposite viewpoints can converge.
    I can not imagine any discussion I could have around CRT.  There are zero merits to it, and the people pushing it just flat out hate white people.  I have no time to try to make racists see reason.

Yep. The problem with CRT isn't that it's embedded in culture and acedemia (that's another topic) it's that it's massivlely racist and full of shit.

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