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Steven Moffat Insists There Was No Sexist Backlash to New Doctor Who, Wants Us All to “Shut the Hell Up” - Good news, everyone! We were just imagining things!

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When Jodie Whittaker was announced as taking over the first woman Doctor on Doctor Who, the response was generally positive. Ecstatic, even. But as we know by now, that feeling was not unanimous. While they didn’t seem to be anywhere close to the majority, the detractors were there, and their complaints about the casting were largely rooted in sexism. They were on Twitter and in the comments of the announcement articles, decrying the idea that a woman could play this role, and blaming “PC culture” for caving to women.

Except if you ask Steven Moffat, none of that happened. According to him, everyone was happy, sexism doesn’t exist, and we’re all imagining things.

At Comic-Con this weekend, he insisted that all fans everywhere responded to the casting news with perfectly unified “huzzah!”

According to The Daily Dot, he told the crowd, “There has been so many press articles about a backlash among the Doctor Who fandom about casting a female Doctor. There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative Doctor Who fandom has utterly embraced that change completely.”

Yes, truly, this is the moment that united humanity as one. All the commenters calling it a “gimmick,” saying they won’t be watching the new season, and of course the oh-so-creative trolls making “Nurse Who” jokes–good news, everybody!–apparently, we made them up.

“There’s been no backlash at all,” Moffat says. “I wish every single journalist who is writing the alternative would shut the hell up.”

I’d guess most women are familiar with the experience of having men tell them the sexism they experience isn’t real, or that theirs is a unique, individual experience rather than part of a misogynistic culture.

At this point, I don’t expect Steven Moffat to actually try to understand women or the relationship they have with his work and the larger Doctor Who community. But what does he stand to gain by straight-up gaslighting the women who see this sexism, who live in it? How does it serve him to ignore this:

Women who are active in geek communities are frequently, if not constantly, subjected to varying levels of pervasive sexism. It’s a part of the culture. We fight it, we call it out, we learn to live with some of it–but we remain fans. By ignoring that reality–or worse, telling us to “shut the hell up”–Moffat isn’t strengthening his show’s fan base, he’s belittling and disparaging half of it.

(via Daily Dot, image: BBC)

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Report: Moffat has a real bad case of manmouth
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systlin: love-order-chaos-repeat: Damn he came for their lives...

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love-order-chaos-repeat:

Damn he came for their lives 😂

Holy shit I just witnessed Colin murder the entire movie industry. 

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Criminalizing Dissent

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Whatever what one thinks of boycotts as a strategy for opposing Israeli policy, there’s no possible defense for this legislation:

But now, a group of 43 Senators – 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats – want to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: anyone guilty of violating its prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000, and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.

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The bill’s co-sponsors include the senior Democrat in Washington, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, his New York colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, and several of the Senate’s more liberal members, such as Ron Wyden of Oregon, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Maria Cantwell of Washington. Illustrating the bipartisanship that AIPAC typically summons, it also includes several of the most right-wing Senators such as Ted Cruz of Texas, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Marco Rubio of Florida.

There’s no excuse for any of these Democratic senators to co-sponsor this bill, and this is a major test for Gillibrand if she’s running for president — she needs to pull her support from this bill, and soon. This punishing people for constitutionally protected views and actions.

The ACLU’s letter is here.

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Apparently the 1st Amendment doesn't apply to criticizing America's Least Reliable Ally.
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That's no way to talk about the KSA.

A Baltimore police officer accidentally recorded himself planting drugs at a crime scene

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Seriously. This really happened.

It’s not especially rare to hear stories of a police officer abusing his power. But it is pretty rare to see a story in which the cop actually records himself doing it.

That’s what seemed to happen in Baltimore recently, when a police officer appeared to accidentally record himself planting drugs at a crime scene. In the January 2017 video, reported by Fox Baltimore, officer Richard Pinheiro puts a bag of pills under some trash in an alley. He then walks to the street. He then switches on his camera, walks back to the alley, and acts like he just found the drugs for the first time.

Here’s the crucial mistake that Pinheiro apparently made: He apparently didn’t realize that body cameras often save the last 30 seconds of footage before they’re manually activated. So all of that preparation for his big faux discovery was caught on tape.

“I’m going to check here,” Pinheiro says as the camera is activated. “Hold on.” He then walks to the scene and acts like he’s looking around. Finally, he comes to the spot where he put the pills, picks them up, and says, “Yo!” The other officers appear to play along with his fake discovery, as if this is all routine and normal.

The defendant connected to the drugs was set to go trial this week. But according to BuzzFeed, the prosecutor dropped the charges after the defendant’s public defender discovered and saw the video. (Although, in a troubling development, the prosecutor apparently used Pinheiro as an eyewitness in a separate case — even after learning of his misconduct in the video.)

The Baltimore Police Department said it’s investigating the three officers in the video.

Body cameras don’t always work out as many activists envisioned. Last week, the officer who shot Justine Damond in Minneapolis and his partner didn’t turn on their cameras, leaving us in the dark about what exactly happened in the case. This week, prosecutors in Cincinnati dropped charges against former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing after two mistrials — even though body camera footage clearly showed that the man Tensing shot, Samuel DuBose, never posed a threat to him.

In this case, however, the body camera uncovered clear wrongdoing — and it led to a positive outcome for the defendant on trial.

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If we don't know if Clinton really won the popular vote then we also don't know if Trump really won the Electoral College. twitter.com/SteveKopack/st…

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If we don't know if Clinton really won the popular vote then we also don't know if Trump really won the Electoral College. twitter.com/SteveKopack/st…

Voter fraud panel chair Kobach just told @KatyTurNBC that we "may never know" if @HillaryClinton really won the popular vote.

(She did.)


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Companies You Can Trust: The 7 Best Board Game Publishers

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A web search of “board game publishers” yields 2,110,00 results. So…that’s a lot.

But board game publishers aren’t created equally. How do we know which are best? Well, a very few of them crank out game after game that combine wonderful gameplay, high component quality, value for your money, and funfunfun games that always find their way to the table.

As with all lists, this is subjective, but I tried to give good thinky thoughts to this and I’ve listed my top board game publishers below. Trust that when you buy from one of these companies, you’ll get something good.

7 Best Board Game Publishers

7. Days of Wonder is a thoughtful game company. They have a measured release schedule that pretty much only produces A+ games. Days of Wonder might not produce many games, but they are all killer, no filler.

Ticket to Ride and Smallworld are well-known classics. Their record of consistency has also created a nice catalog of games like Shadows of Camelot and Five Tribes, two nice adds to any collection.

But my favorite Days of Wonder game is Memoir ’44 a World War II themed game that I’ve reviewed in full.

 

6. Z-MAN games is another type of game company: one that offers breath and variety, being that they crank out a larger number of titles per year (I also thought of using AEG for this slot).

But don’t be mislead, Z-Man also has a wonderful track record of hits, games like Pandemic and Carcassone coming to mind. (Although it must be noted that a downside to having a bonafide hits means that a company will understandably “milk” that success by producing copious expansions and adding, something that Z-Man is wholly guilty of.)

With Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 being the #1 overall game on Board Game Geek, anticipation for the Season 2 followup is insane. But even if Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 suffers from a sophomore slump, we can rest assured that Z-Man will give it wonderful production values.

 

5. CMON was formerly Cool Mini or Not, which was appropriate because with CMON games, you come for the cool minis.

Known for multi-million dollar Kickstarters for games like Zombicide and Blood Rage, CMON has built their company on big, thematic games with BEAUTIFULLY sculpted miniatures that entice board gamers via stretch goals.

I’m an admitted big dumb animal when it comes to my game preferences, so I love the active and thematic games that CMON produces. Would CMON still make this list if their games didn’t include zombies, samurai, Vikings, and wizards? I dunno. But I don’t have to imagine that hypothetical because my gaming shelves are chock full of CMON minis!

(Our review of Zombicide and Blood Rage.)

 

4. FFG stands for the Minnesota based Fantasy Flight Games. Being one of the largest game companies, they have lots of good titles in their catalog, but few are as well-received as their licensed games, particularly those from Star Wars.

Star Wars games like Imperial Assault and X-Wing are fantastic, plus Star Wars Rebellion from their chief designer Corey Konieczka is a masterpiece.

I write many of my Nerds on Earth articles from Fantasy Flight’s Game Center, which has gaming space for several hundred, plus a full kitchen. It’s wonderful, just like Fantasy Flight Games. You can rest assured that if you pick up a game from Fantasy Flight, it will be a quality one.

 

3. Portal is a Polish board game publisher. The first thought I had to describe them was “a poor man’s Days of Wonder,” but to say that sounds dismissive. In reality, I meant it as a compliment, in that Portal has quickly and quietly came to be known as a board game publisher that is all killer, no filler, just like Days of Wonder.

Portal is newer on the scene, but also higher on this list, as they have firmly established themselves with a strong catalog of games that our wonderfully thematic while being packed with thoughtful gameplay.

They also learn from their mistakes and are quickly improving over time. Robinson Crusoe was already a wonderful game, but the second edition amped it up even more so. Then they re-themed the game into First Martian, one of the most anticipated games of 2017.

And the founder of the company–Ignacy Trzewiczek–is known as one of the kind and generous personalities in the industry.

 

2. Wizkids produces some wonderful stalwarts coupled with an aggressive new catalog. They are known primarily for Heroclix, which turns 15 years old this year and continues to produce minis (both Marvel and DC) that get better and better. I should know: I have hundreds of them.

But Wizkids also has the criminally underrated Mage Knight, the really quick and enjoyable Dice Masters, plus many more. (And let’s not forget that Wizkids is THE place for painted D&D and Pathfinder miniatures. Just check out our YouTube channel for our unboxing videos.)

But despite being one of the industry heavyweights for years, they’ve recently managed to find another gear. They are on an upswing right now, having just hired Zev Shlasinger (the Z, formerly of Z-Man Games) to come at the industry with a fresh slate of new board games. They have released some great ones in just the first half of the year alone.

 

1. Stonemaier cares about the industry as a whole, as well as the individual board games they produce. Jamey Stegmaier is an industry thought leader who has helped raise the water level for everyone. (Our interview with him is here.)

But that wouldn’t be enough to put Stonemaier on this list if they didn’t release great games. Luckily, they do! Between Two Cities and Euphoria are solid, while Viticulture is a delight. And their latest game–Scythe–has been a bonafide hit, winning oodles best-of awards last year.

Their upcoming Charterstone is highly anticipated and I fully expect Stonemaier Games to only rise in prominence, slowly building out their catalog, despite being a small independent publisher.

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So there you have it: lots of great board game publishers, making lots of great board games. Plenty of games were linked as well, because you can trust if you get a game from the above companies that you are getting a ton of entertainment in a box.

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