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#37773
Boycott the Boston Herald 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
Check this article out:

www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1233150

Crap like that needs to stop. I wonder if WOTC has a case.
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#37774
Boycott the Boston Herald 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
Wow. Just.... wow.

Two things:


1. Boycott the Herald ANYWAY. It's been a POS for years now.

2. Um, is it 1983? Coz that's the last time this was something people talked about.

sigh

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#37775
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There's a reason why many newspapers are going belly up: they're garbage. This is a prime example of yellow journalism, and demonstrates how inept and incompetent their opinion writers are. Yep, two people who committed grievous acts previously played D&D. The writer implies a correlation between these two, but I'll bet they also did one or more of the following:

1) Ate pancakes
2) Watched Seinfeld
3) Listened to rock 'n' roll
4) Read Stephen King
5) Drove on the freeway

Is there a correlation, much less a causal link, between playing D&D and committing mass murder? Nope, but the Herald doesn't bother with facts. It's sufficient for them to dredge up "sources" and "experts" to back their claims, without naming these individuals, much less providing their credentials or proof of their assertions.

The Herald is likely on the path of swift decline into bankruptcy, and with articles like this one, their dissolution couldn't come fast enough.
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#37776
Boycott the Boston Herald 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
There's a reason why many newspapers are going belly up: they're garbage. This is a prime example of yellow journalism, and demonstrates how inept and incompetent their opinion writers are. Yep, two people who committed grievous acts previously played D&D. The writer implies a correlation between these two, but I'll bet they also did one or more of the following:

1) Ate pancakes
2) Watched Seinfeld
3) Listened to rock 'n' roll
4) Read Stephen King
5) Drove on the freeway

Is there a correlation, much less a causal link, between playing D&D and committing mass murder? Nope, but the Herald doesn't bother with facts. It's sufficient for them to dredge up "sources" and "experts" to back their claims, without naming these individuals, much less providing their credentials or proof of their assertions.

The Herald is likely on the path of swift decline into bankruptcy, and with articles like this one, their dissolution couldn't come fast enough.

Good point.
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#37777
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1) Ate pancakes
2) Watched Seinfeld
3) Listened to rock 'n' roll
4) Read Stephen King
5) Drove on the freeway

OH CRAP I have done all of those as well, I am so screwed!
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#37778
Boycott the Boston Herald 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
OH CRAP I have done all of those as well, I am so screwed!
Don't you mean your co-workers are screwed ?? ;)


Seriously, though, this kind of pathetic connect-the-dots fabricated journalism does such a disservice to the public. It's easy to beat up on a niche interest group but what happens when the focus turns to a mainstream group with broader appeal and a louder voice ?

Besides, D&D doesn't typically have party members attending staff meetings with firearms !!!
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#37779
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What a pathetic excuse for journalism. This is right up there with Fox News' "Mass Effect" videogame sex scandal.
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#37780
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The absurdity of it is just so self-evident, it's like an Onion article. This other guy, ten years ago, ALSO killed someone and played D&D! Q.E.D.!

sigh again
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#37781
Boycott the Boston Herald 4 Years, 7 Months ago  
First off, Kradlo. Really well done. I just could not have said this any better " even if I tried all day LOL " After reading this tidbit "and latest afront to our hobbie " I could only put my head down in my hand. One thing stuck out for some reason. A prison ban??? Whaaat???? Gooooood Griieeeefff. I LOVE pancakes!!!
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#37782
Boycott the Boston Herald 4 Years, 7 Months ago  
Unfortunately, even scientests muck up the difference between correlation and causation.

1-In science, correlation ("A happens, then B happens") is a valid cause to design and do an experiment.

2-The purpose of the experiment is to determine if A actually CAUSES B, instead of B just happening to follow A, (or A and B being caused, unsuspected, by C)

The best modern example of scientists sucking up to causation is global warming. WARNING: I personally have no position on GW, and this is an EXAMPLE, not a political argument....but GW is argued because (A) the globe is alleged to be warming, and (B), humans have put CO2 into the atmosphere during the warming.

What nobody actually knows is the mechanism (cause) by which CO2 is causing global warming. I'm simplyfying greatly here.

My point: Not only is the stupid D&D / Crime article correlation, it is correlation of the weakest kind. TWO examples in thirty years? Come on, I can find more Democrat or Republican officeholders who have committed murder during the last thirty years than that...come to think of it, maybe for pols there is causation....

When I owned a military hobby store (in the mid 80's) we used to get picketed by a local Baptist church because we ran late-hours D&D sessions for junior high and high school kids. I had customers who were lawyers who offered to sue them (they often blocked our door). I said nope, and I called the newpapers, who photographed me providing chairs, cookies and milk for the Baptists. And incidentally interviewed a batch of parents who just HAPPENED to be there, who said they really liked having their kids out till midnight at my store .... because a nice Army officer (me) was always there to personally supervise, and gee, this was a lot better than being out on the street.

Make lemonade out of these lemons. I'm sure there's a way game stores in the affected city could do it! Just persuade some local church to take up the cudgels....


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#37783
Boycott the Boston Herald 4 Years, 7 Months ago  
When I owned a military hobby store (in the mid 80's) we used to get picketed by a local Baptist church because we ran late-hours D&D sessions for junior high and high school kids. I had customers who were lawyers who offered to sue them (they often blocked our door). I said nope, and I called the newpapers, who photographed me providing chairs, cookies and milk for the Baptists. And incidentally interviewed a batch of parents who just HAPPENED to be there, who said they really liked having their kids out till midnight at my store .... because a nice Army officer (me) was always there to personally supervise, and gee, this was a lot better than being out on the street.the Weasel
Clap clap clap!!! Oh, man, what a perfectly awesome example in adaptation!!! best thing about this that I've heard of EVER! XDDD

That is so great... I confess I would have considered to sue them... but that is much much better!

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#37784
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I'll bet the columnist that wrote that piece of crap is an absolute twat.
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