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Prominent Palestinian doctor, Iyad Rantisi, dies during interrogation in Israel
  • This is so, so fucked up.

    It's hard to grieve effectively in the face of so many tragedies. Here is another one.

  • Netanyahu Blasts Biden Admin For ‘Withholding’ Weapons From Israel In Harshest Criticism Yet: ‘Inconceivable’
  • That is very true. Joey Ayoub of The Fire These Times coined a phrase months ago for describing the mainstreaming of genocidal ideation among the public, which I keep returning to: "The Smotrich-ization of the Israeli public". It's real, and it's terrifying.

    Still, my impression is that Israelis are in a weird, weird, weird place:

    • They are largely supportive of the war, but most want a ceasefire deal that would bring home the hostages.
    • They are largely furious at Netanyahu, though his support has recently started to go back up.
    • There has been enormous pro-democracy anti-government protests before the war, then there were demonstrations demanding negotiations for a hostage release that were supposed to be explicitly distinct from anti-government demonstrators, and there are also pro-ceasefire, pro-hostage demonstrations that are explicitly NOT distinct from the pro-democracy anti-government demonstrations.
    • Most Israelis don't believe the war has "gone too far", but also many Israelis feel that the war has been mishandled (largely due to the cost on Israeli troops, the economy, and international standing).
    • There is support for the IDF, but also fury and blame at the IDF for failing so catastrophically during Oct. 7.
    • There is also widespread anger at the far right for insisting on exempting the ultraorthodox from conscription, while troop shortages force middle-age reservists back into service, but there's no clear indication that anyone has any leverage to impose on the far and ULTRA FAR right, who have been essentially governing Israel with smug impunity for months now.
    • And, overall, Israelis seem to like Biden a lot.

    I apologize that i don't have sources for each of these, these are just a collection of insights I recall reading in the last few months.

    Ultimately, I think they're largely out of answers AND being herded aggressively by a well-tuned state propaganda machine, which means that I think their attitudes are in flux. I think they could be led in many directions, and many futures are possible. Right now though, the most successful shepherds are Smotrich and Ben-Givir.

    Lastly, there are a few very small Palestinian-Jewish unity groups. These may look irrelevant considering their numbers are so few, but when people ask where we could find leaders capable of negotiating peace (considering most of the Palestinian ones have been killed to prevent any peace process), I think this would be where we'd find them. Despite their numbers, they terrify the far right. They face extreme threats of violence, and I think that reaction belies the threat they pose to Jewish Supremacy.

  • Netanyahu Blasts Biden Admin For ‘Withholding’ Weapons From Israel In Harshest Criticism Yet: ‘Inconceivable’
  • Yeah, and more importantly, Biden needs to learn the public component of diplomacy.

    I read his interview in Time, and it's weird, because it at least gave me some aspect into what he's thinking.

    He's old as fuck. He has learned decades of procedures and standard practice in diplomacy, and he does NOT understand that a lot of it happens in the open now. Biden thinks he's playing chess with all the diplomatic messages he sends along backchannels, and he has no idea that this is just an arm wrestling match now. People judge you by what you say and do transparently.

    Biden legit thinks he and Bibi are like cousins who grew up together who are having a tough fight, and Bibi is all fucking politics. He'd slit any throat he has to get what he wants, and he will bury Biden in a heartbeat.

    Biden should go to Israel, and in a public address announce that the country is turning a corner: it will be safer than ever, and America is going to assist with a long term peace process, which they won't lead but will provide security guarantees for. And don't tell Bibi any of this in advance. And when Bibi reacts, say that Bibi has lost his trust and that of the elected public, and they need to hold new elections before getting any new weapons. Get some 'nads, man!

    I wouldn't mind a complete cut-off in weapons, but I also wouldn't mind if they continue to supply rocket defenses or something if its part of a pressure campaign to send Netanyahu packing. I want Israeli prosecutors and the Hague to argue over who gets to lock his ass up first.

  • My game group just release a new adventure set in the world of Fully Automated!
  • The game's core manual is on Itch (https://fully-automated-rpg.itch.io/fully-automated-solarpunk-rpg). I haven't uploaded the playable adventures yet, though they're available on our website, where you can download them for free without an account.

    I'll add them to itch eventually.

    Also, we just released the third adventure of the four-part starter campaign: https://slrpnk.net/post/10660226

    I'll cross post it here, but I need to wait until Wednesday to keep it under 1 per week.

  • Adventure 3: "Piece of Mind" is out now!

    Our indie dev group just released our third playable adventure! This is the climax of a four-part set! It is now available for free on DriveThruRPG!

    It’s for a free, open-source game system/setting we made that’s like cyberpunk in a post-scarcity society. Check it out! Honest feedback is appreciated.

    >A gang of whitehat biohackers suspect they're being targeted. That threat is about to get very real. > >On a sunny summer day, your help is needed escorting a eccentric researcher to a meeting with their collegues. It's been six weeks since unknown actors staged a daring armed robbery on their laboratory, and tensions are running high. But when this mysterious adversary puts their plans into action, it'll take all your skills and judgement to avert a nightmare.

    This story continues to build on the previous two in its scope, complexity, and challenges to give diverse player and character types opportunitites to see more places, meet more characters, and find ways to use their specialities to help their communities in a story with around 8 - 10 hours of content.

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    What are your favourite Low-Tech Content Creators?
  • Anyone watch attoparsec on YouTube?

    I saw him at open sauce last year, and got to type out a tweet using his typesetter's keyboard:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vdP_sTMOWYo&t=7s

  • What are your favourite Low-Tech Content Creators?
  • Absolutely. Analog is retro. That's low tech for sure.

  • Israel doesn't have the right to exist
  • Oh, I see. Thank you for the clarification.

  • Israel doesn't have the right to exist
  • I think you could argue this before the passage of the Nation State Law of 2018. But now it's enshrined in law that the state exists to privilege Jews specifically and selectively. That's really putting it all in black and white.

    Also I get asked about why I didn't criticize China or Russia or Iran etc, and the reasons are simple:

    1. I do
    2. my tax dollars didn't support their misdeeds and
    3. I'm Jewish, so I have a huge investment in Israel's actions. They insist that I be judged by their actions, so now I have to get involved. Also, I actually like Israel. I'd like it to be a liberal, multi ethnic democracy and not just another Middle Eastern martial theocracy with a Jewish twist.
  • Israel doesn't have the right to exist
  • Hold on a sec: self determination is always within the context of recognizing the right of self determination of other groups and the basic human rights of everyone involved.

    Also, Israel already has millions of Palestinian citizens. And all of these people deserve a say in what the resulting arrangement looks like.

    A two state solution is one possibility, but there is no strict requirement that it is the only or best way to serve the needs of those involved.

  • Israel's Perfect Match
  • This meme is bad.

    1. if you look closely, you'll notice that there's no real joke. Israel and Nazi Germany should date. That's a shit tier joke. It's relying on edginess too hope paper over that there's no real humor.

    2. from a political commentary perspective, it's awful. We have a colonial state founded by people who have experienced a collective tragedy that they then allowed to justify displacement of an indigenous population, followed by decades of alliance with Western imperialism and a slide to the hard right, with lots of delusion and gas lightning. And we have an aggrieved former great power looking to expand over neighbors while killing of undesirable immigrants. Yeah, two genocides. But they're materially different in terms of approach, and the groups pictured hate each other. It's like you know there's atrocities, and you know Jews are involved, and that's kind of the end of your insight but you really wanted to make a meme anyway.

    Find something interesting to say.

    Also, free Gaza, release the hostages, lock up Netanyahu and all the rest, etc etc

  • Vladimir Putin issues fresh demands to Ukraine to end war
  • That is very, very interesting. I thought you were just being cryptic, but I'm really glad I asked for clarity, because this was super informative. Thank you.

  • The "xylo" is greek for wood

    A lone figure at a party reflects that the rest of the revelers don't know that "xylophones" with metal bars are actually glockenspiels.

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    I wish there was a website where people can upload and view historic photos of roads and places on a map UI
  • I have good news: It exists! http://retrographer.org/

    A lot of them are unrecognizable, but here's an example of a good one: http://retrographer.org/photos/4215

    The bad news is that's a bit limited. It was the senior project of a CMU student in 2010. It only exists for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If you wanted to make one for another city, though, I think you could contact the creator, ask for the code, and then recruit people to get a ton of photos from another city's historical institutions, and then crowdsource geotagging them (which is what the guy did).

    http://retrographer.org/learnMore

  • Vladimir Putin issues fresh demands to Ukraine to end war
  • Is this based on anything? I don't know if this is meant to be taken literally, or if this is some kind of coded reference.

    I feel like that would garner headlines.

  • Vladimir Putin issues fresh demands to Ukraine to end war
  • I appreciate that this is a little closer to an objective, but it doesn't seem serious or coherent.

    For instance, why not fully commit? Why not give Zalinsky full permission to do whatever he wants? Why not let him strike Moscow? Why not threaten Moscow with a direct American attack?

    Are we willing to collapse the country or not? Are we committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure a complete victory for Ukraine or not?

    People act as though anyone who discusses limits to assistance is a traitor to our ally like we haven't already been placing huge limits on our assistance, and like they themselves aren't all opposed to actually doing the things I think it would take to win.

    Why are my limits a traitorous betrayal and Joe Biden's limits courageous support of an ally when it's not clear that there's a meaningful difference in the outcome of the war?

  • Vladimir Putin issues fresh demands to Ukraine to end war
  • I don't really get how this analogy is useful. I'm not of the opinion that anything Russia is doing is justifiable or just.

    Putin's was of aggression is very bad. We agree on that.

  • Vladimir Putin issues fresh demands to Ukraine to end war
  • This is a good question.

    I think I would support their defense more assertively if I was presented with a compelling case of what the options are, and what outcomes each might lead to.

    Currently, I feel like I'm only really presented with the demand that we continue to send enough weapons with restrictions that we keep the war going, as a way to weaken Russia geopolitically and to give money to the military industrial complex without a clear plan beyond that, or any sign that a victory is on its way. And then eventually, Biden loses in part because his foreign policy is broadly unpopular, and most likely Trump cuts off all aid and the Russia conquers Ukraine.

    I don't see a coherent strategy to improve Ukraine's negotiating position from where it is. Just a lot of jingoism. If there's an actual plan to win, lay it out. Otherwise, it feels like the alternative is just the same outcomes currently on the table (or worse), but after more people are dead.

  • Pentagon ran secret anti-vax campaign to undermine China during pandemic
  • It's got real Dr.Strangelove vibes.

    "Mr. President! We cannot allow a mineshaft gap!"

    These fucking clowns. If you assume the absolute worst of them, you'll rarely be surprised.

  • Vladimir Putin issues fresh demands to Ukraine to end war
  • As far as I can tell, that's de rigeur for these now. It's largely the same on both sides in the other war too.

    I think international pressure needs to be brought to bear. I can appreciate that the end of the war will likely require unpopular concessions. But I think humanitarian concerns as well as the need to halt the advance of authoritarian nationalism around the world requires an end to the two big wars.

    If we can't find an end, the US should withdraw from both. Our role is prolonging them.

  • SLRPNK community discussion - June 2024
  • Ok, I saw that.

  • Biden’s Israel policy may hasten Trump’s rise, US allies fear
  • When I see these comments, I wonder if you understand that this isn't effective politicking.

    Will this bring you comfort when Trump wins? Explaining why you think Biden should have won?

    You can't logic the electoral outcome you want, matter how many links you include. It doesn't matter that Trump is worse. We know. It's not working.

    Also: Biden needs a turnout operation. In 2020, it was all the Bernie lefties who actually knocked on doors. Biden supporters write checks, but ultimately you need folks to remind their neighbors to vote, and give people rides. I think most lefties will still turn out and vote for Biden. But they aren't going to pull him across the finish line like they did last time.

    Biden has to change course. I think he'll have a very, very, hard time winning if he stays on the current course.

  • My game group just release a new adventure set in the world of Fully Automated!

    Our indie dev group just released our second playable adventure! It is now available for free on DriveThruRPG!

    It's for a free, open-source game system/setting we made that's like cyberpunk in a post-scarcity society. Check it out! Honest feedback is appreciated.

    >An adventurer is facing a mind-bending medical crisis. Are you prepard to join the rescue party? > >Psychonaut Psilosybe Vulgaris has fallen into a catonic state while testing a new psychadelic. Now her doctor and friends need the aid of some daring and capable first responders ready to do whatever it takes to find a cure, before her mind dissolves away to nothing! > >As the second published adventure within the Fully Automated! solarpunk game catalog, Psychonautica is written for new players who are ready for a more free-form adventure. Unlike the short and simple demo mission, this one has twists, turns, and opportunities for GMs and players to tell stories with a bit more freedom. > >Respond to a medical emergency! Explore the wild mental dimension of neurospace! Meet a wilder, wider world of characters in a story that stands on its own while planting the seeds for an even more climactic sequel!

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    guys the NSA put me on a list :'(

    Before you get mad at me, relax: I live under an electoral system in which my vote isn't counted.

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    Adventure 2: Psychonautica! Is now live on DriveThruRPG!

    Our second playable adventure is now available for free on DriveThruRPG!

    >An adventurer is facing a mind-bending medical crisis. Are you prepard to join the rescue party? > >Psychonaut Psilosybe Vulgaris has fallen into a catonic state while testing a new psychadelic. Now her doctor and friends need the aid of some daring and capable first responders ready to do whatever it takes to find a cure, before her mind dissolves away to nothing! > >As the second published adventure within the Fully Automated! solarpunk game catalog, Psychonautica is written for new players who are ready for a more free-form adventure. Unlike the short and simple demo mission, this one has twists, turns, and opportunities for GMs and players to tell stories with a bit more freedom. > >Respond to a medical emergency! Explore the wild mental dimension of neurospace! Meet a wilder, wider world of characters in a story that stands on its own while planting the seeds for an even more climactic sequel!

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    The sport "Firebreak" was proposed in Discord, and I wanted to save it publicly

    Firebreak! A game of directable fire. With it's origins in the burning years and needing to train children to handle PPE for smoke, it's gradually evolved into a more playful mode. Over several days the competitors build quickwood structures and an artificial forest. The teams have "home trees" to protect and defend, and a limited supply of water to extinguish it. The central artificial forest is ignited and let spread before the teams can leave (leaf) their home trees. The sport supports a variable amount of teams. In some rural areas It's also considered a coming of age ritual in forested areas, which imparts valuable lessons about life and rescue work.

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    The other big solarpunk RPG (Solarpunk 2050) just released new content!

    dice.camp Solarpunk 2050 (@[email protected])

    I have just released the #Free #Solarpunk #TTRPG #Quickstart: The World Destroying Machine from the #Solarpunk2050 Sourcebook as a standalone product. Get it here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/483769/Solarpunk-2050--Quickstart-The-world-destroying-machine Just add #Fate condensed and players...

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    This meme was inspired by the response to a meme I posted on r/worldjerking

    cross-posted from: https://slrpnk.net/post/10351845

    > This is the post: https://www.reddit.com/r/worldjerking/comments/1d92dkp/rate_the_political_factions_in_my_totally/

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    This meme was inspired by the response to a meme I posted about this game on r/worldjerking

    This is the post: https://www.reddit.com/r/worldjerking/comments/1d92dkp/rate_the_political_factions_in_my_totally/

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    Testing out Pixelfed. Could this be a good tool for sharing art assets?

    pixey.org Andrew R Gross (@[email protected])

    Photos from around the entrance to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

    Andrew R Gross (@andrewrgross@pixey.org)

    I've been talking with folks about what might be the best tools for sharing photos for use when running games. In addition to maps, I enjoy showing players art and photos as backgrounds. We usually play on Roll20 virtual tabletop, and it acts like a little dollhouse or stage background.

    Here are four photos I took outside the California Academy of Sciences, which is a museum in San Francisco with pretty solarpunk architecture. Does this seem like a useful way to collect up visual assets and make them easy for folks to find?

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    FA!'s first adventure module, "A Demonstration of Power" is out now!

    cross-posted from: https://slrpnk.net/post/10045103

    > >The vote to elect a new chair of the Pacifica Grid closes in four days, and an auditor thinks there's something suspicious going on. Records of an incident for the lead candidate's past have been destroyed in a cyberattack, and the manager responsible for the files is being mysteriously tight lipped. Keeping power in the right hands requires answers, and it's going to take a few determined problem solvers to get them! > > After releasing the core game manual a week ago, we've now released our first playable adventure. It's a concise little one-shot that can be played in 2-4 hours, written specifically as an easy entry point into the game's world and rules. > > Like the game itself, it's FREE! So check it out, tell your friends, and if you like this weird little story of hard-science sci-fi intrigue, please leave us a rating and review!

    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/482551/fully-automated-a-demonstration-of-power

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    FA!'s first adventure module, "A Demonstration of Power" is out now!

    cross-posted from: https://slrpnk.net/post/10045103

    > >The vote to elect a new chair of the Pacifica Grid closes in four days, and an auditor thinks there's something suspicious going on. Records of an incident for the lead candidate's past have been destroyed in a cyberattack, and the manager responsible for the files is being mysteriously tight lipped. Keeping power in the right hands requires answers, and it's going to take a few determined problem solvers to get them! > > After releasing the core game manual a week ago, we've now released our first playable adventure. It's a concise little one-shot that can be played in 2-4 hours, written specifically as an easy entry point into the game's world and rules. > > Like the game itself, it's FREE! So check it out, tell your friends, and if you like this weird little story of hard-science sci-fi intrigue, please leave us a rating and review!

    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/482551/fully-automated-a-demonstration-of-power

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    FA!'s first adventure module, "A Demonstration of Power" is out now!

    >The vote to elect a new chair of the Pacifica Grid closes in four days, and an auditor thinks there's something suspicious going on. Records of an incident for the lead candidate's past have been destroyed in a cyberattack, and the manager responsible for the files is being mysteriously tight lipped. Keeping power in the right hands requires answers, and it's going to take a few determined problem solvers to get them!

    After releasing the core game manual a week ago, we've now released our first playable adventure. It's a concise little one-shot that can be played in 2-4 hours, written specifically as an easy entry point into the game's world and rules.

    Like the game itself, it's FREE! So check it out, tell your friends, and if you like this weird little story of hard-science sci-fi intrigue, please leave us a rating and review!

    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/482551/fully-automated-a-demonstration-of-power

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    Fully Automated! RPG is now available for download on DriveThruRPG!

    cross-posted from: https://slrpnk.net/post/9827132

    > Guess what? > > WE'RE LIVE!!! > > Fully Automated RPG is now available for "purchase" on DriveThruRPG! > > https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/481979/Fully-Automated-Solarpunk-RPG > > If you haven't yet had a look, check us out now! The book is free as in speech, and free as in beer! And if you like what you see, please rate us, review us, and tell your friends! (or foes!)

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    Fully Automated! RPG is now available for download on DriveThruRPG!

    cross-posted from: https://slrpnk.net/post/9827132

    > Guess what? > > WE'RE LIVE!!! > > Fully Automated RPG is now available for "purchase" on DriveThruRPG! > > https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/481979/Fully-Automated-Solarpunk-RPG > > If you haven't yet had a look, check us out now! The book is free as in speech, and free as in beer! And if you like what you see, please rate us, review us, and tell your friends! (or foes!)

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    Fully Automated! RPG is now available for download on DriveThruRPG!

    Guess what?

    WE'RE LIVE!!!

    Fully Automated RPG is now available for "purchase" on DriveThruRPG!

    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/481979/Fully-Automated-Solarpunk-RPG

    If you haven't yet had a look, check us out now! The book is free as in speech, and free as in beer! And if you like what you see, please rate us, review us, and tell your friends! (or foes!)

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    Very positive feedback from a GM tester

    A GM play tester posted this on the Discord, and I'm very excited by this feedback. I think it's a great testimonial to share, and also a confirmation of our overall approach. Making the game system-flexible was a priority, so I'm really glad to hear that it works in actual use that way.

    >@andrewrgross when I joined this discord like half a year ago or more, you asked me to share my thoughts on the game. I have finally had a chance to play. Or well, a completely overhauled version of the game, so I'm not sure if my thoughts are still worth much, but here it goes. > >I read the entire setting and came up with some more details for my own region, the Netherlands. I found some friends in my neighbourhood and we played in our own neighbourhood in the year 2124. Most were new to rpgs in general. I used my own monstrous homebrew mechanics that are a mix of Pathfinder2e and Powered by the Apocalypse, but extremely rules-lite. I made some pregens heavily inspired by the pregens in this game but turned to a more Dutch setting. I also came up with my own one-shot adventure about finding a missing sabretooth tiger (scientists were restoring extinct animals, not sure if I made that up or if it was in the setting already), including a neurodive/skidoo in a sabretooth tiger. > >All players absolutely had a blast. The new players had some trouble thinking of what was possible, but they asked a lot of questions and were very enthousiastic of being able to do anything. Two players were DnD veterans, but they really enjoyed the light tone of the setting. The light atmosphere was not a downside, as there was still tension (would they be able to find the tiger in time? would the neurodive go wrong?). We even had some combat in neurospace, which was just resolved like any other encounter and more freeform. I explained that a cyberdeck to the players was just like what a smartphone would be like for someone from 1924, and they got really creative with it, contacting their social media followers and looking up information, etc. > >We will probably turn it into a campaign, and next time they will make their own characters. For me as a GM, the whole setting really came alive from the rulebook. I think I will make the campaign about extinct animals being brought back.

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    It's happening: we've launched Fully Automated on itch.io!

    fully-automated-rpg.itch.io Fully Automated! Solarpunk TTRPG by Fully Automated RPG

    An open source tabletop RPG on and around our recovering earth!

    Fully Automated! Solarpunk TTRPG by Fully Automated RPG

    We've released the game on itch.io!

    Next, we need to post it on DriveThruRPG. But after 18 months, it seems we're finally ready to release!

    Stay tuned as we release our many files across locations in preparation to begin promoting the game!

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