100% stunt.

It's hard to make out in that picture, but I'm pretty sure this mask says "molon labe", the quick and dirty romanization of the Spartans' "come and take them" and a popular rallying cry for murdertoy enthusiasts.
When I say this is a stunt I don't mean to trivialize it; she's trying to enhance a pre-existing narrative that Congress is exactly the kind of tyrants that our country revolted against at its inception.
But she created this scene for maximum calculated effect.
I don't know that I'd attribute any stance on metal detectors to her personally. She might well be on board with the idea that school children should carry guns, too, since she believes millions of them are abducted each year.

Yeah, the amount of damage she could do to this country in hopes of sparking an uprising is huge.

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.....his resignation is effective January 20th. January 20th. He's not even resigning! He just wants credit for it.
If he wanted to make a statement that says he's disgusted with Trump but cannot in good conscience leave his post in a pandemic, I'd be like, yeah okay whatever. But to make a statement that he's resigning and then stay in his job until it ends anyway?
Yeah, Trump is really the king of "let's not and say we did".

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Emily Kaldwin, robbing a cash register in

*low chaos* "Technically this doesn't count as stealing because I'm going to use this 37 cents to fix the economy."

*high chaos* "Technically this doesn't count as stealing because I murdered the owner and the dead can't own things."
I think my least favorite thing in Dishonored games is how finicky cash registers are to interact with and how they have, like, three coins in them that you have to aim the reticle at very precisely or you'll accidentally close the register trying to take them.
It could definitely use a "loot all" mechanic for cash registers where you just hoover up the contents as it opens.
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This helps balance combat on the fly, and can result in situations that emulate TV Tropes like "Mook Chivalry" (the enemy's reserves stand around cheering and jeering instead of all rushing at once) , or where there's waves of minions popping up until the central problem resolves
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The idea that Trump's actual reliable base is closer to a third of the electorate than half of it, as they so often love to claim, continues to bear out.
And this sharp drop among Republicans is a fair omen for conviction in the Senate trial.

Like, these numbers shouldn't be seen as a direct translation to where Senators will fall, but... if 40% of Republican Senators voted to convict him (20 out of 50) and 96% of Democratic Senators voted to convict him (48 out of 50) then that's 68 votes, which is enough.
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Noodling around with tabletop game design today and I think I've found a lens I like better than narrativist/simulationist/gamist: the story/world/game distinction.
I think it's probably easiest to explain this distinction in terms of death. If you make a game that doesn't have rules for dying -- character death will never be an outcome of any result from applying the rules -- that's a game where no one dies.
Some people encountering a game system like this for the first time will immediately go, "So in this world, no one dies? That's ridiculous. Why is the villain sending assassins after the heroes? They would surely know death is impossible in this world."
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First, due to the mail sabotage, I didn't get my paperwork until 1/7/21. I could have figured out the online stuff without it and made payment before January 1st, but. Everything happens so much.
When I got the paperwork and set up my online access, it said my coverage was voided for non-payment and could be cancelled, but it was also asking me to make a payment to activate. So I did. First try, it gave me a confirmation number but never went through.
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