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Polyenso - One Big Particular Loop 12" 2x LP

headsuprecords:

Pre-orders for Polyenso's album One Big Particular Loop are now live! First 100 copies are signed, so act quickly. Expected to ship early October.

The Glass Lungs EP that hasn’t come out yet (if it ever comes out?) is one of the best things I’ve ever heard. Missing this band really badly right now. 

twerkspotting:

schrodingersdelaypedal:

twerkspotting:

becausetrains:

arabswagger:

Stop calling ISIS the Islamic State.

You guys will go upon lengths and jump hoops to deny that the KKK are a Christian influenced group but won’t blink to say Muslim and terrorist in the same sentence.

The language you use matters. 

Isn’t “The Islamic State” (formerly Islamic State of Iraq & Syria/Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant) the name given by the group itself though?

I mean, I agree with the sentiment of this post - ISIS and other extremists shouldn’t be held as representative of Islam any more than KKK members, or Westboro, or abortion clinic bombers should be held as representative of all of Christianity - but if that’s the name they gave themselves it doesn’t exactly leave much journalistic wiggle-room, right?

BillJim is very right on this one.

I haven’t seen any evidence that, in the present day, Christian extremists are nearly as successful at achieving their goals as Muslim extremists have been. It’s not a fair comparison. Christian extremists are unquestionably awful, but there aren’t exactly groups of them going around beheading people and taking over entire cities. 

The political climate in which Christianity exists in, especially contrasted to that of Judaeism and Islam, makes that comparison kind of null though

Very true. A lot of the fundamentalism is reactionary to US intervention anyway. The blame isn’t entirely on our government, but we sowed the seeds for it to happen.

FWIW I think Christianity and Islam are both pretty backwards.

twerkspotting:

becausetrains:

arabswagger:

Stop calling ISIS the Islamic State.

You guys will go upon lengths and jump hoops to deny that the KKK are a Christian influenced group but won’t blink to say Muslim and terrorist in the same sentence.

The language you use matters. 

Isn’t “The Islamic State” (formerly Islamic State of Iraq & Syria/Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant) the name given by the group itself though?

I mean, I agree with the sentiment of this post - ISIS and other extremists shouldn’t be held as representative of Islam any more than KKK members, or Westboro, or abortion clinic bombers should be held as representative of all of Christianity - but if that’s the name they gave themselves it doesn’t exactly leave much journalistic wiggle-room, right?

BillJim is very right on this one.

I haven’t seen any evidence that, in the present day, Christian extremists are nearly as successful at achieving their goals as Muslim extremists have been. It’s not a fair comparison. Christian extremists are unquestionably awful, but there aren’t exactly groups of them going around beheading people and taking over entire cities. 

nativewildlife:

Hey! Listen! We will have these new shirts at our upcoming shows. Get one before they’re gone. Thank you to Andi Guede for the design work and Union Screen Printing for making them. 

nativewildlife:

Hey! Listen! We will have these new shirts at our upcoming shows. Get one before they’re gone. Thank you to Andi Guede for the design work and Union Screen Printing for making them. 

Some highlights from today’s trip to King Richard’s Faire! It was AWESOME.

ankoku37:

brianthuff:

Is there anything a natural 20 can’t do?

This is a poster idea I developed to show off the amazingness of tabletop rpgs.

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"You attempt to pickpocket the man, but accidentally pull down his pants instead."

"You reach out to push the orc off the bridge, but instead lightly caress his back. He is uncomfortable."

"You try to stab the guard, but you stab your crotch instead. Roll fortitude."

"You say your name is Bob and not Jim. Your lie is misinterpreted and they now believe you are a serial killer."

"You swing your axe, but it slips from your fingers and sails across the room."

"In an attempt to dodge the incoming arrows, you jump into the swarm.”

"You bull rush the enemy but miss and jump off of the cliff."

"You try to land on your feet but you land on your sword instead."

"While providing first aid, your hand slips and you stab him in the heart. He dies instantly."