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  1. Low wages are definitely part of it, especially in some industries. In others, I think supply shortages are meaning that employers simply aren't hiring as much as previously expected. Plus I think in some areas there's still the issues around schools and day cares not being fully open, leading to some parents staying home more. And there's issues around some people not feeling safe yet for some kinds of in-person work. Lots of competing issues going on. And I think this report will put additional pressure on Democrats to get the infrastructure bill passed quickly.
  2. I mentioned the Articles because that's the time when Zorral was right. By the time of the Constitutional Convention the situation had flipped and it was a southern concession. The idea of the compromise was already in place because it existed from the Articles. But when Gouverneur Morris led the push to not count slaves at all and opened the whole can of worms, Charles Pickney started pushing for slaves to get counted as whole people for the census and forced votes on it. Eventually they agreed to bring back the compromise. It was a very eventful day in July in 1787.
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    BattleTech

    I'll keep that in mind. I have read a decent number of WH40K books though, and not just Dan Abnett; so hopefully I'm coming in with clear eyes about what this might be.
  4. Under the articles of confederation it was a northern concession to the south, since the main effect it had then was reducing state tax obligations. But when it was adopted again for the constitution it was a southern concession to the north, since the main effect was reducing southern representation in the House. Southern delegates had been pushing to count slaves as whole persons for this purpose.
  5. Sounds like Giant Bomb is basically ending, for those who know it. Jeff Gerstmann is sticking around, and I think the two remaining more tech/back-end guys, Jan and Jason, are staying too, but all the remaining other employees (who've been there since the start back in 2008/9) are leaving this week; just announced on their podcast. Not sure if this relates to the sale of CBSi (which GB is part of) from Viacom to Red Ventures Media, or just a coincidence of timing. But its a damn shame. Jeff's the heart of the site, and the last standing games reviewer from the consolidated mid'90s days, so its not quite the end of an era yet. But its close.
  6. So, in a tiny bit of fairness, I don't know the full context here. I'm not sure if he was saying that the underlying idea (let's count black people as 3/5ths of a person) was good, or if he was saying that the compromise and what it represented (a political concession from southern slaveholders to northern abolitionists to weaken southern power in Congress) was good. But even if it was later, given the context I do know, which that this occurred during debate around critical race theory, I think there's a much, much better way to simply say "hey, context is important." And even if that is the point, there's better examples to go with instead of "let's delay a civil war for 80 years on the back of enormous human suffering and have said war still be incredibly bloody when it does go down."
  7. Things are going great in state capitols. And I bet things just as bad are said regularly in many others; but due to the near total collapse of non-national outlet journalism we never hear about it.
  8. Fez

    BattleTech

    Interesting. I knew the basic background of the early history from Harebrained's game, but had no idea that the main setting time period itself was always moving forward. That's really neat. Is there any sort of general recommended reading order of the best books? Or is that kinda impossible with so much being out of print apparently?
  9. Fez

    BattleTech

    Never read any of the BattleTech books, though I always liked the worldbuilding from the games. Does it have the same issue as Warhammer though, where "it's a setting, not a story" so no book can ever upset the status quo of the universe? (Or at least Warhammer pre-Gathering Storm). Or is there an overarching BattleTech plot that develops?
  10. Not in the grand scheme of things, sure. But when basically 100% people on social media with vaccine posts are trying to get bravery points by talking a big game about what they're going through, it's a much smaller number. Also, a few weeks ago there were stories about how getting side effects was a sign that your immune system was working properly; with the implication that if you weren't getting side effects maybe your immune system isn't so good. But if only 22% are actually getting those side effects, it would seem that's not the case.
  11. Ended up with little in the way of side effects from the Pfizer vaccine. My arm hurt like hell for about a day, and I woke up the next morning kinda fatigued and with some full body muscle aches that were gone by lunch time. And that was it. Compared to the stories I heard, it was kind of a let down. Though it does track with this new study out of the UK: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00224-3/fulltext Despite what it has sounded like from stories and social media, only 22% of people have had systematic side effects after the second dose of the Pfizer shot. Over 68% of people did have local side effects, primarily that arm soreness, so that's common. But all the flu-like symptoms are actually rare.
  12. Nope. I don't see anything silly about that one. Seems like a near-perfect movie actually.
  13. I played a bunch more Expeditions: Viking yesterday. Here's a few of the more Viking-esque choices I've made in quests: Killed all the men and exiled all the women of a rival family in my clan. To be fair, they had started things by attacking my father's funeral feast. Attacked a caravan of slave traders belonging to an enemy clan; kept the thralls for my clan rather than freeing them. I needed the labor to speed up construction of my homestead's defenses. Recaptured a different group of escaped thralls. Knifed an orphan in cold blood and killed the rest of his gang of child squatters too. A merchant was paying me to get them off my property so he could rebuild some ruined buildings. Everyone felt bad about this one, but agreed there was no other option; if I drove them off they would've just returned. There was a peaceful option, but it involved doing stuff my character would never agree too. What I really like is that the game doesn't treat any of this as edgy, but just as facts of life for 9th century Denmark. And in between these kinds of choices I've had plenty of more standard RPG quest outcomes; as well as quests where there were options to go full Viking but I thought it made sense to take a different approach. The game lets you go full Viking, go full 21st century values system, or stay somewhere in between, and they all seem viable. Each will have different benefits and consequences. Going full Viking seems probably the easiest, but you gotta live with the kind of character you're roleplaying. There's no soft edges like AC: Valhalla. The one exception, which Conquistador also had, is that the game has pretty much total gender equality at all times. There are minor variances, like in that rival family quest I could forgive everyone, kill everyone, exile everyone, or kill the men and exile the women; but I couldn't kill the women and exile the men. But other than a couple things like that, men and women are treated equally. Which also means, as far as I've seen anyway, there's no systematic sexual violence. Which I appreciate. That's too dark for any roleplaying. I also appreciate game developers that aren't going to let anyone's complaints about "muh realism" get in the way of having strong female characters.
  14. Mannequin Two: On the Move Medieval peasant girl is turned into a wooden mannequin by a sorcerer, ends up at a department store in 1980s Philadelphia. She comes to life, falls in life with an employee there who is the reincarnation of a Prince she had met. They're hunted by a descendent of the sorcerer, who for some reason bears a family grudge that's lasted 1000 years even though his ancestor was just doing a job and wasn't harmed in any way. And all this takes place in a world where people can regularly become Mannequins apparently. Because the movie directly references the first Mannequin movie, which had a very similar plot (though the girl there was from ancient Egypt instead).
  15. I've never read comics, so maybe it doesn't make much sense there either. But after reading a synopsis of the original story, I think Thanos' motivations would've made more sense, and been more interesting, if he was still trying to court the literal personification of Death. And wiping out half the universe was just about trying to impress her.
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