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‘Shoot to maim’: How Israel created a generation on crutches in Gaza

“Israeli snipers have intentionally maimed Palestinians protesting in Gaza over the past year, creating a generation of disabled youth and overwhelming the territory’s already crippled medical system, frontline doctors tell Middle East Eye.

According to a United Nations inquiry released this month, over 80 percent of the 6,106 protesters wounded in the first nine months of the Great March of Return were shot in the lower limbs.

Healthcare providers say the pattern of wounds shows that Israeli soldiers are purposefully shooting to maim protesters, most of whom are in their 20s and now require long-term medical care.

“The soldier knows exactly where he’s putting the bullet. This is not random. This is very intimate. This is very planned,” said Ghassan Abu Sitta, professor of surgery at the American University of Beirut (AUB), who treated injured protesters for three weeks at Gaza’s Al-Awda Hospital last May.

“When you have such a huge number of almost identical injuries, where many of the patients were 150 metres away, not in direct contact with the Israeli soldiers, you realise that this is an intentional policy rather than collateral damage,” Abu Sitta told MEE.

Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, the head of mission for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), agreed. “This is obvious. When you have almost 90 percent of the people injured in the lower limb, it means that there is a policy to target the lower limbs,” she said.

Beyond the layers of medical crisis in Gaza, say the doctors, are the long term implications of a generation of young, disabled Palestinians.

“The media will say ‘two, three Palestinians dead, 500 wounded today’. But actually, these 500 have been condemned to a life of disablement, of economic unproductivity, and years of painful surgery,” said Abu Sitta.

“It is also a psychological problem,” added Ingres, “because now the young people understand that it will be very difficult for them.”

“They just wanted to demonstrate for the majority of them to show that they have the right to exist like everybody in the world. And today, after one year, what do they have? They have nothing.“”

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I think it’s weird that there’s metallic Dragons based on Alloys

Like, if you put tin/zinc on a copper dragon and cast fireball on it, does it turn into a bronze/brass dragon?

No, y’see

When a tin or zinc dragon and a copper dragon love each other very much…

That’s what I would have said as well, if there was such a thing as tin or zinc Dragons

Just because something hasn’t been documented, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Play a character who is seeking creatures that haven’t yet been discovered.

Also what kinda dragon would have thermite as a breath weapon? Asking for a friend

New homebrew project: create a dragon for every metallic element and every major alloy

Or, to be even more ridiculous, make some non-metallic element dragons as well.  …after all, when a carbon dragon and an iron dragon love each other very much, a steel dragon is born!

…Lithium dragons fizz in water…

Uranium dragons are a sight to behold, but volatile and violent. Even if you think you escape with your life, you might retain less of it than you initially think. They eventually kill everything near their lair, causing them to migrate to a new spot, leaving a lasting wasteland in their wake.

Iron dragons, while similarly violent, are a lot less ill-tempered. They revel in war, and nothing gets their blood flowing like getting someone else’s blood flowing. Smart generals coax them into joining their ranks as living siege machines.

We don’t talk about helium dragons.

Personally, I can’t speak highly enough about helium dragons

This is brilliant nonsense

Hydrogen dragons are small, but they’ll mate with damn near everything. You’ll want to avoid their offspring with any of the alkaline dragons, though. Those things are insanely volatile.

So, as far as metals go, pure metals are only useful in lab applications. For structural and industrial proposes we ALWAYS use an alloy. The difference between pure iron and low carbon steel is the difference between something you can bend with your bare hands, and something you can build I-beams out of.

My hypothesis: tin and copper dragons USED to exist, but both were basically as strong as your average dire wolf or whatever. Formidable, but not Dragon formidable until they interbread. These days, only alloy dragons exist. Even “gold” dragons are probably only like 10 karrot mixed with some copper and silver to improve hardness. A pure gold dragon should have AC of 2.

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countries where prostitution is legal have higher rates of human trafficking. that’s like an actual fact. not an opinion or anything. so tbh it seems a bit ‘swerfy’ to completely ignore that

speaking, uh, as a formerly-trafficked sex worker, it’s extremely difficult to come forward as a trafficking victim in countries where sex work is criminalized; you just… get criminalized under those same anti-prostitution laws. of course reported trafficking would increase when the sole fact of coming forward as a sex worker at all no longer endangers you.

This line of argument is the same one that you see with conservatives who point to the increase in divorce rates as proof that making divorce safer is endangering marriage, while ignoring the massive drops in domestic abuse, murder, and suicide.

It’s a shot argument with them, and it’s a shot argument here.

In WWI, when they introduced helmets, they saw a sudden spike in head injuries.

What the casual observer may miss was that they were seeing the increase because of a dramatic decrease in deaths from head wounds.

Say it with me now:


This isn’t just a case of correlation not being causation. It’s a case of the interpretation of the same data leading to two entirely different conclusions, based on the assumptions you make about the completeness of that data.

If you assume that “reported cases” is the same thing as “all cases” you can get some wildly misleading, but perfectly reasonable sounding conclusions. “We made a change and saw an increase in X. Obviously this thing increases X.” This is a perfectly sensible, reaction assuming you have a complete data set. In all of the above cases, the set of data is wildly incomplete as stated (except for the marriage one. That was just a case of letting things end that should have ended a long time ago. Divorce isn’t a problem, is the solution).

In WWII (sorry for using the same event twice in the same thread), we were losing a lot of airplanes to enemy fire. The obvious answer to this is to look at planes, see where they’re taking damage (the wings), and armor up those places. The mathematician in charge of that, however, didn’t do that. Instead, he concluded that damage to the wings was fine, because the set of plans that had survived combat all had damage there. By accurately labeling the set of data he actually had, he was able to tell how much correlation there was between the damage he saw and the problem he was trying to fix (an inverse correlation, assuming that all places take the same quantity of damage, just distributed differently). So he armored up the places that planes couldn’t survive getting hit, and suddenly we were losing a lot fewer fighters.

Before drawing any conclusions about anything, make sure you’re asking the right question, and that you know the limitations of your answer.

Your data only includes the stuff you can get ahold of to measure.