"Looks Clear!"

Okay, so I was playing Pathfinder a few years ago with me, my dad, my two brothers, and a couple of my dad’s old collage buddies. Some of us even has multiple PCs, giving us (at the time) 11 total adventurers. (For the sake of length, I won’t bother with listing who had what characters had what classes.)

Context: Our party had been out at sea fighting ghost ships crewed by undead for several in-game months, and the party decided to anchor at a nearby island and go exploring. While exploring, the party happened upon a cave and decided to enter to see if there was any treasure to be found…. Keep in mind the DM liked to call for rolls whenever a roll could be applied, even if it would basically have no effect.


DM: Roll perception.

Party gets mixed rolls, ranging from 1 to 23.

Wizard: (Rolled the 23 via modifiers) What can I see?

DM: Looks clear!

Within two steps, the entire party is assaulted by what basically amounted to mouths with wings. Luckily, the party kills the monsters and escapes with only moderate scratches. So the party continues in the cave maybe a few feet, before we hear the DM.

DM: Roll perception.

Once again, the party gets overall mixed rolls, the wizard rolling highest with 25.

DM: Looks clear!

My character (Having rolled a 10) immediately walks off the edge of a large hole in the ground, spanning the length of the cave. My character barely managed a reflex save to hold on to the edge.

Me: (OOC) Oh, COME ON! You mean to tell me that a 23 couldn’t see this pitfall?! I thought you said it was clear!

DM: I said it looks clear.

Another perception check tells us that at the bottom of the hole, there is some kind of ooze monster. Deciding it wasn’t worth fighting that thing, the party pulls my character up and the wind elemental ferries the party across the gap. We soon happen upon another room, with the floor, walls, and ceiling covered in molten gold.

DM: Roll perception!

The party rolls, getting pretty much the same results as the last time.

DM: *grinning behind his DM screen* Looks clear!

Wizard: Rogue, go poke the room for traps!

The rogue begrudgingly does as told, only to be attacked by flaming skulls when he went to do so. The party wins the fight, now pretty scratched up, and proceeds along the cave. until we find a room with a chest.

DM: Roll perception!

The party once again does so, with the wizard getting a 29, the highest possible roll for anyone in the party.

Me:(OOC) I swear, if you say ‘Looks clear!’ one more time…

DM: *Snickering* Looks clear!

Needless to say, it was not. to summarize the rest of the cave adventure, there were four more ‘Looks clear!’s, within the span of 10 minutes, NOTHING WAS CLEAR. When we got out of the cave,(all characters alive, somehow.) the players (DM excluded) unanimously agreed to ban that darn phrase from our campaign.


I guess this is one time the DM got one up on the players. :P

anonymous asked:

What can you tell us about communists in Palestine?

I guess I could give like a general overview of the history. It’s generally follows the contours of the international movement, so I’ll just outline what’s particular to it. So the socialist movement in Palestine began in 1905 with the founding of HaPoel HaTzair [The Young Worker], which was a non-Marxist socialist-Zionist party into like Tolstoyan romantic agrarianism, and Poalei Tzion [Workers of Zion], which was a Marxist-Zionist party, by Jewish immigrants from Russia. Following the First World War and the Russian Revolution, like in most countries, there was a split between socialists and communists. The right-wing of the Poalei Tzion party merged with unaffiliated agricultural workers’ unions to become Ahdut HaAvodah [Labor Unity], a more moderate party but still more radical than HaPoel HaTzair, and the left-wing of the party formed Mifleget Poalim Sozialistit [Socialist Workers Party], which split again between the Jewish Communist Party and Poalei Tzion Smol [Workers of Zion (Left)] after the Comintern disavowed Zionism in 1921. The Jewish Communist Party became the Palestinishe Komunistishe Partei [Palestine Communist Party, notice it’s in Yiddish rather than Hebrew] in 1923 and finally joined the Comintern in 1924. So now we have our communist movement.

Soon after joining, the Comintern took issue with the fact that it was almost entirely made up of Jewish immigrants [as in, in 1925, there were only 8 Arab members], so it directed the party to “Arabize” itself as soon as possible. The party stepped up its recruiting efforts among the small but growing Arab working class [particularly in “Red” Haifa] and the Arab intelligentsia, who were more inclined towards Pan-Arabism than socialism. Between 1924 and 1930, however, the party managed to radicalize enough Arabs and send them to the Communist University for the Toilers of the East in Moscow to form an Arab communist cadre that was quickly placed into leadership positions. At the 7th Congress in 1930, the CC had an Arab majority for the first time, although the vast majority of the rank-and-file were still Jewish.

Ethnic tensions first began to arise in the party when the Great Arab Revolt began in 1936. Guerrilla bands had control over most of the countryside, and Jews, communist or not, would be killed or robbed if they tried to go there, so a “Jewish section” was formed in the party to focus Jewish party members on work in the Yishuv, the Jewish community. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the Communist Party of Great Britain [the party of the metropole that ruled Palestine], and the PKP declared support for the revolt on anti-imperialist grounds. The PKP hemorrhaged Jewish members, who saw the revolt mostly through the lens of anti-Jewish violence in the countryside, but not enough that they didn’t still vastly outnumbered the Arab members. [A similar thing had happened during the anti-Jewish riots in 1921 and ‘29, which the SWP was partially responsible for starting, but nowhere near as much as during 1936-39.] The tensions came to a head in 1939, when the British issued the White Paper restricting Jewish immigration to Palestine. The Arab communists supported the White Paper, which brought Zionist settlement to a stop, while the Jewish communists saw the White Paper as the closing of the gates of the last refuge of Jews in Nazi Europe. The Arab-dominated CC dissolved the Jewish section in 1939, severely weakening the control of the Jewish rank-and-file, but around the same time, the Comintern adopted the policy of popular frontism, and the party was directed to align itself with the socialist-Zionist movement against fascism, both in Palestine and elsewhere, which alienated the Arab members of the party.

Due to the popularity of the Red Army among Jews in Palestine for their fight against the Nazis, the party had a surge in Jewish membership during 1941-45, replacing and exceeding the losses from 1936-39. Another shift that happened during the war was a shift in the international communist movement’s position on Zionism. The international communist movement came to support the Zionist movement between 1941-45 because of, in my opinion, guilt towards Jews after the Shoah, the idea developed by the CPGB that the Yishuv was an oppressed nation in need of national self-determination, just like Palestinian Arabs, and the idea developed by the CPSU that the socialist-Zionist Yishuv was the revolutionary element in Palestine rather than the Palestinian Arab national movement, associated with its longtime leader, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, and his collaboration with Nazism. Therefore the Soviet Union and the CPs around the world supported partition of Palestine in 1947, with the Soviets funneling Czech rifles to the Israelis, basically the only weapons they had during the War of 1947-49. [The Soviets soon shifted their support to the Arab nations after Israel aligned itself with the capitalist world, although the second largest party in Israel, Mifleget HaPoalim HaMeuhedet (United Workers Party, known by the acronym Mapam) was Marxist-Leninist, and there was a significant struggle between them and the dominant Mapai party to align Israel with the communist world.]

Meanwhile on the ground in Palestine, the PKP split along ethnic lines toward the end of the war. In 1944, the Arab communists formed Usbat al-Taharrur al-Watani [the National Liberation League], a leftist Arab nationalist party, while the Jewish communists remained in the party, renaming it HaMiflega HaKomunistit HaYisraelit [the Israeli Communist Party, known by the acronym Maki] in 1947, right before the outbreak of the War of 1947-49. Following the war, the NLL in Israel merged with Maki, while the NLL in Gaza was crushed by the Egyptians in 1949 and the NLL in the West Bank merged with the Communist Party of Jordan. The once-again Arab-Jewish Maki managed not to split again until the mid-sixties, when it split along ethnic lines, with the Palestinian communists forming the Reshima Komunistit Hadasha [New Communist List, known by the acronym Rakah]. Finally, the two parties merged for the last time in 1977, along with the Israeli Black Panthers [a Mizrahi radical movement with essentially the same politics as the American party it was named after but with Mizrahi Jews rather than Black Americans], to form HaHazit HaDemokratit LeShalom uLeShivion [The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, known by the acronym Hadash], which now holds 5 seats in the Israeli parliament.

This is also leaving out the long, complicated history of post-Nakba communist politics by Palestinians outside of Palestine, with the PLO, PFLP, DFLP, and so on, which I don’t know enough about the internal politics of to break down like this tbh.

Hope that’s what you were looking for!


Does this map of what’s become of the party over the last 8+ years look like establishment leaders know what to do to lead a new surge of victories? Or perhaps they don’t care about regaining power across the country as long as they have institutional power over the party…

Be careful y'all

What with the whole email thing I switched my email acct to a Yahoo one to prevent me from losing access to my account. But when I tried to reblog a few political posts afterwards I only got error messages saying I couldn’t reblog or that I had restricted access (specifically posts criticizing the right and moderate right and political parties). I can “like” them but can’t reblog.

But I can reblog fanart just fine.

Idk what this new thing is but I am thinking it may be time to find something new… Seems like Tumblr is done for. I get the feeling we are not going to be able to speak freely very shortly.

anonymous asked:

Does Alt 2D have any weaknesses we should know of?

  • He has moderate depression and often parties to wash it away for a while
  • Drinks a lot, is a chain smoker, and also smokes some weed?
  • Often questions the purpose of life and gets lost in thought a lot
  • Feels alone most of the time.
  • If someone shatters his ego, he’d either be mad or sad :(
  • His ‘bad boy’ front is to hide all this and if someone gets past this, he’s very vulnerable

So much better! Americans were united and the political parties were moderately conservative to moderately liberal, there wasn’t that much difference between them except on some policy matters. Then comes the Christian Right, Dixiecrats, the Koch Brothers, and the John Birch Society, all of them completely hijacked the Republican Party and now you have a country that is divided and in decline due to the reactionary politics of one major party. The present Republican Party espouses Ayn Rand objectivism and Old Testament theology. This Republican Party dreams of sending the country through a time warp to The Victorian Era and The Gilded Age; an anti-science, anti-environment, anti-immigrant, anti-women, and anti-poor mishmash of selfishness, hate, and corporate greed.


anonymous asked:

Could you give me a run down of the whole German political election RN? I heard the alt right was predicted to win and that doesn't sound v fun

Mhm, I can give you a very basic and bare rundown, yeah
I. hope I don’t get this shit wrong lmao.

So basically:

What are the elections about tomorrow?
They are about the Bundestag, the German parliament and a legislative organ of the state, and by extension we are voting on our next chancellor. This happens every four years.

The Bundestag has a certain number of seats/mandates; there are small variations in how many seats are available each time depending on certain factors, there were 631 in total in the 18th Bundestag (2013-2017).

How are these seats distributed?
In Germany we have a system of proportional representation, which means that the number of seats each party gets is dependent on the percentage of voters who voted for that specific party. There is a 5% hurdle in place: all parties that fall below 5% in the elections will not be represented in the Bundestag, because otherwise there may end up being too many small splinter parties represented. Like the… V³ party, which is apparently a party for Vegans…?
After elections, the leading party will often still not hold the decisive majority within the Bundestag, which means they will have to build coalitions with other parties - the past four years, CDU and SPD have formed a grand coalition.

All other parties will end up in the opposition. In the 18th Bundestag, four parties were represented: SPD, CDU (together with their sister party, CSU, which is Bavarian-only), the Greens, and the Left, and as SPD and CDU were leading the Bundestag, Greens and Left represented the opposition.

How does voting go down?
Elections always fall on Sundays to make voting more accessible (most places are closed on Sundays) with ballots in several places across the city. 

German voters get two votes:
1) The first vote is a “direct” vote. There will be a list of candidates from your specific voting district, and whoever gets the most votes from your district will receive a direct mandate.
2) The second vote pertains to the party that you are voting for.

Edit: you will have to bring your ID and a letter that states that you are informed of the election and are confirmed to be a registrated voter

How is the chancellor elected?
The chancellor is not elected directly by the people. Instead parties will nominate a candidate themselves, and whichever party receives the most votes during the election will have their candidate become chancellor. 

The two “top candidates” this year are Martin Schulz of the SPD (Social Democratic Party, moderates) and Angela Merkel of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union, conservatives)
And yes, despite Angela Merkel having already been chancellor for 12 years in a row due to her party winning the past three elections, she can actually run a fourth time for this office! Please save us

The ““Alt-Right””, aka AfD, “Alternative for Germany”
Or as I fondly call them, Nazis in suits! They are a very young party as opposed to the established parties and is far-right, having been born of the racist and islamophobic movements following the refugee crisis. in 2013 they failed to enter the Bundstag due to falling below 5% in the elections, but this year…. they are estimated to get ~10%. Which is an outrage and it disgusts me to know that these people will be able to take influence in the Bundestag - but they are very far from actually winning the elections! The most popular party in surveys has once again been the CDU by a noticeable margin even compared to the second largest party, the SPD. The CDU is expected to try and build a coalition with the libertarian party FDP. 

So, the AfD will not win these elections luckily. They will be persent in the Bundestag, which is still a victory for them, but they will not run this country from now on.
I am personally hoping that the party shows its complete incompetence on the political stage and will take itself apart, and that people will finally snap out of it and stop even tolerating these fuckers.

Hope this helped!
And just for a laugh, here are my highlights of this election:
-not seeing a single AfD poster for ages
-not seeing a single NPD (Nationalist Party Germany) AT ALL
-a TV judge being the candidate of an actual political party (he was a candidate to become the federal president too I think????)
-seeing an AfD poster, immediately followed by posters of the Marxist-Leninist Party Germany (MLPD) with slogans like REAL SOCIALISM NOW! or 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION!

Germans, please go vote tomorrow!

anonymous asked:

Hiya! You don't have to do this one if you're uncomfortable (and sorry if you are!) I totally understand! But how would all four of them feel if their s/o (or crush) avoids any kind of confrontation and hides their feelings often due to a less than nice childhood? Thanks, have a nice day/night!


– Plum is okay with it, but he is a little worried for you. He thinks it’s natural for conflict to be something you want to avoid - but hiding your feelings all the time doesn’t help either.

– He’ll tell you so one day, maybe after he’s seen you completely dodge a bad situation in a conversation. Plum lightly suggests that you try to bring up the problem instead of letting it go - that way, you won’t be left feeling hurt and the other person will know not to do that again! When you bring up your past, Plum recognizes that this is something that may be further ingrained in you than he thinks and it fuels him to help you change the habit.

– If you aren’t up to it, or you try a few times and it goes wrong, Plum tries to step in for you. If a situation arises he thinks can be resolved with a conversation, he’ll initiate the talk between both parties and moderate. You should tell him if it’s too much for you, though, or else he may go overboard and start speaking for you.


– Cherry understands where your coming from, but he doesn’t think it’s the right way to go about things either. He thinks you should stand up for yourself when needed, even if it isn’t in an upfront way.

– He generally lets you do your own thing and acts as your feelings sponge, letting you vent to him about your extreme dislike of conflict and the things you’ve managed to avoid. He will listen to you and at the end, after you’ve told him about memories in your childhood that contribute to your hesitance, he wraps an arm around you and assures you that you won’t have to do much confronting now that he’s around.

– And it ends up being true - you find out in the following months, whenever you tell him about a sprouting issue he helps you handle it. He won’t facilitate a talk like Plum, but he’ll maneuver the conversation until both sides have to acknowledge it and then watch as you hash it out yourselves.


– Hunter is a firm believer in facing your problems head on if the situation allows. It irritates him somewhat that you don’t stand up for yourself - you’re his S/O, he wants you to be able to handle yourself in most situations.

– He probably brings it up the quickest in your relationship, and most often. He questions why you would let problems slip and eventually bubble up like that. When you reveal why, his features twist into something more annoyed. If your past is the case, then why wouldn’t you make an effort to subvert that? To prove to those events or people that you are much better?

– If you won’t budge, he’ll eventually accept it. But it might be a long time before he does - he’s still going to badger you about it when he sees that something could have been solved had you confronted it. Nevertheless, he also begins to threaten anyone who shows any signs of being the type to take advantage of your nature - so everyone, really.


– Oh boy, Hound completely understands. All he ever wants to do is avoid conflict at all times, even though he knows it’s necessary to deal with it. He’s the type to let things slide or quietly direct things on to a more harmonious path.

– You don’t even need to tell him about your past for him to just accept it. Hound won’t bring up every instance where you’ve skirted a problem, but he will take note. He’s more focused on helping you feel comfortable with sharing your feelings - and it doesn’t even need to be with him. Hound doesn’t mind as long as you’re not letting the negativity of things sit inside you for long.

– With his calming aura, you’re bound to become more open and relaxed. He allows you to express yourself in your own big or small ways. Because if you feel okay sharing things with him, then you might eventually be the same with others, right? 

In the previous post, I wrote:
When your neighbor needs help, you should help cover the costs of the help they seek and any care they receive. That’s the truth. That’s the right thing. And if we did this, all of us, everyday, the need for corporate interference in care would be greatly diminished, even in capitalism. Care would be cheap and it would be good.

This seems a simple idea; however, in capitalism, it’s more complex. The capitalist imposition of rugged individualism as a way of life is present for the working class. Self-help, a seemingly common sense idea, only applies to the working class. The capitalist class has never been and will never be self-sufficient, independent, individualist, and rugged. It depends as a class on labor and were we to participate in direct democracy with diy values, they’d quickly become isolated, money-less, and likely land poor. Were we to begin to care for ourselves to fund our healthcare needs independent of the insurance industry, you can bet the government would very quickly impose mandatory nationalized healthcare that would radically transform the insurance industry in order to save it. 

In the United States, right now, we have a right wing system with two right wing parties: a reactionary party that seeks to privatize every social relation for the specific benefit of owners and a moderate party that seeks to convince its base that all relations should be consumer relations, though more fairly composed relations than the other party seeks. It’s not a good place for us to be, that’s for sure.

We’d like to think a more self-sufficient working class would be something capitalists would enjoy, but they want an utterly dependent group of needy, helpless people who merely seek self-sufficiency. The fiction our social order creates–people in the working class are weak and haven’t earned while wealthy people are strong earners–serves an important purpose. The police and military are certainly present to keep social order should the fiction be challenged too vociferously, I guess, but it’s important to remember a strong capitalist class does not exist. They are entirely dependent on us. They compose a large amount of precarity into our daily lives for their protection.

nobody really has private spaces on the internet. the best you can hope for is to sort of set up makeshift fences that allow only certain people to see your posts (blocking, friend lists) or make sure you only see certain things (blacklisting, following fewer people) or asking people to follow similar fencing etiquette (don’t crosstag, include content warnings if you can). 

at least two of those things are entirely up to you to police. you’re unlikely to get everyone to abide by the etiquette rules unless you’re in a moderated space, but there’s only so much you or a third-party moderator can do about that. 

you can shield yourself, though. the internet isn’t really a lawn that you can tell people to get off. it’s more like having a small seat on a long, public bench. you can move to a smaller bench, and you can ask people on the bench to make room, but you can’t really yell at everyone to leave and expect to continue to be welcome. give yourself permission to police your own space and set your own comfort level. we all bump elbows with some unkind, strange, or overly enthusiastic people, but you’re the one who knows what irks ya. block ’em and be done with it.

“Maybe there’s some symbolism here… I know it doesn’t look like it but that bird is really a dove asking us for world peace! No more wars!” #BirdieSanders

On October 30th [1917], by appointment, I went up to a small, bare room in the attic of Smolny, to talk with Trotzky. In the middle of the room he sat on a rough chair at a bare table. Few questions from me were necessary; he talked rapidly and steadily, for more than an hour. The substance of his talk, in his own words, I give here:
“The Provisional Government is absolutely powerless. The bourgeoisie is in control, but this control is masked by a fictitious coalition with the "oborontsi” parties [moderate Socialists, in favour of kepping on the wat]. Now, during the Revolution, one sees revolts of peasants who are tired of waiting for their promised land; and all over the country, in all the toiling classes, the same disgust is evident. This domination by the bourgeoisie is only possible by means of civil war. The Kornilov method [i.e. military dictatorship] is the only way by which the bourgeoisie can control. But it is force which the bourgeoisie lacks… The Army is with us. The conciliators and pacifists, Socialist Revolutionaries and Mensheviki, have lost all authority−because the struggle between the peasants and the landlords, between the workers and the employers, between the soldiers and the officers, has become more bitter, more irreconcilable than ever. Only by the concerted action of the popular mass, only by the victory of proletarian dictatorship, can the Revolution be achieved and the people saved…
“The Soviets are the most perfect representatives of the people−perfect in their revolutionary experience, in their ideas and objects. Based directly upon the army in the trenches, the workers in the factories, and the peasants in the fields, they are the backbone of the Revolution.
"There has been an attempt to create a power without the Soviets−and only powerlessness has been created. Counter−revolutionary schemes of all sorts are now being hatched in the corridors of the Council of the Russian Republic. The Cadet [Constitutional Democrats] party represents the counter−revolution militant. On the other side, the Soviets represent the cause of the people. Between the two camps there are no groups of serious importance… It is the lutte finale. The bourgeois counter−revolution organises all its forces and waits for the moment to attack us. Our answer will be decisive. We will complete the work scarcely begun in March, and advanced during the Kornilov affair…”
—  John Reed, Ten Days That Shook the World, 1919

Swedish police responding to a bomb threat in Stockholm, Sweden. June 19, 2014.

A man who had threatened to set off explosives in the heart of Stockholm on Thursday, prompting an hours-long lockdown in the Swedish capital, finally gave himself up to police. Police sealed off large parts of the city and evacuated buildings as they negotiated with the man holed up inside a building near the headquarters of the main ruling political party, the Moderates, saying he was carrying explosives.