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Kutholiam Vuere

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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 6 Season Star Voter. FullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 455 posts. 1 review. No lists. No wishlists. 7 Pathfinder Society characters.


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Rysky wrote:
Ajaxis wrote:
Is there a japanese actress who the US studios would be comfortable risking the money with?
If they had bothered to look.

I can't think of a single japanese actress who is well known enough to have draw for American audiences.

It appears to be a money thing. Big studios don't want to risk money on unknowns (to an American audience). Many, many movies don't get made the way the fans might want them to because of business concerns,

Would you rather have Scarlett J or no big budget Hollywood movie? Studios aren't going to risk big money ($100 million plus production and advertising -my guess) on unknowns.

Vote with your wallet. Make sure you don't watch it. Green is the only color the big studios care about.

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Is there a japanese actress who the US studios would be comfortable risking the money with?

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Psychology of JJ question. Does cats > dogs cause elves > dwarves and swashbuckler > paladin?

If not, do you thnk they are at least correlated by general preference?

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Sharoth wrote:

I just hope we do not have a repeat of this.

Edit - IMHO it should be required reading. ~sighs~ Time to pull it out and reread it.

I've also read Shirer's book, cover to cover. All 1486 pages, not counting the index. The paper is browning but I still have my copy. If anyone truly believes some of what is being said by the irresponsible talking heads I suggest you read it. Even better, visit a Holocaust museum. There's one about two blocks from my office - it has a display in the lobby showing true evil done to populations over the last centry.

Our political system is by its nature designed to prevent the dictatorship some people (on the news) are suggesting. As the original poster said, to the Republic.

Also, I personally find calling any person a Nazi or a Hitler as offensive as using the n-bomb. Many adults my age and older feel that way. Unless you're actually talking about someone who comitted crimes against humanity, please stop.

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Regarding the electoral system. I never believed in its fairness or efficacy until the 2000 election. The raw politics of fighting over every single vote ballet, with political lackeys arguing over obvious stray marks or the infamous hanging chads was crazy. Imagine arguing over every vote ballet in every state. The electoral system by design limits this craziness.

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Podesta has announced that Clinton would not be speaking tonight. I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she just didn't expect to lose, and so didn't have anything prepared. As opposed to being mentally/physically/emotionally unable to speak, or simply being petty.

In other news, apparently America has crashed Canada's immigration website.

Edit: The Canada website crash during the election is a true story.

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It looked like it for a while but NC and FL are now official on some networks.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Virginia called for Clinton Electoral total 168 to 122 for Trump. Hopes for Clinton rising partially from the ashes. But it's now Clinton with the narrowing paths to victory as opposed to Trump.

Yeah. I've followed the whole 538- Trump gas a 35% chance of winning vs Slate's Trump has a 2% chance of winning and 538 is wrong.

Even if Clinton pulls out the win, Slate's stat department has egg on its face.

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It truly depends on what the new emails say. If there is ubdisputable criminal evidence Secretary Clinton broke the law, especially pay to play of millions of dollars, I think Comey is safe. If there is not undisputable criminal evidence, he's toast.

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Sorry, I spent my last 10 towards investing in fixing the Arch of Aroden. The nice hellspawn swore on his grandmother Urgathoa's grave I'll make a killing on the investment.

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Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:

No, as has been said before a few pages back, the investigation wasn't re-opened; the FBI had not closed the "Clinton emails" investigation. (FYI, the 9/11 investigation isn't closed either, and they only recently closed the D.B. Cooper case. Yes, really.)

"Reopen" is an apprporiate general term for what happened, and is one every news organization is using. "Reactivated" is probably more accurate, but I haven't heard it used even once.

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Charon's Little Helper wrote:
NenkotaMoon wrote:
So when the next generation of ttrpg comes out, will we call old school old old school, this generation old school, and the current new school?
It might still be "new school". After all - we still call stuff from the 50's "modern art".

So old school, new school, and post-modern RPGs.

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CrusaderWolf wrote:
Also, no, the FBI has NOT reopened it's investigation. Read Comey's letter.

Uhm, OK. I just did. I'm not sure how the FBI takes "appropriate investigative steps" without investigating? What am I missing?

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thejeff wrote:
Ajaxis wrote:
Almost anybody, excepting Trump, would have beaten Hillary. I can't believe given a halfway reasonable alternative candidate, the voting American public would vote for a candidate while she is being investigated by the FBI.

Halfway reasonable alternatives don't win Republican primaries.

In 2016, I agree with you. Other years, not so much.

Edit: Any reasonable Democratic candidate would be 20 points ahead of Mr. Trump.

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Hitdice wrote:
Would have? I'm pulling for my Lady, but it's not like it's safe to speak in the past tense yet! ;)

Even given today's October surprise that based on new eviidence the FBI has reopened its criminal investigation of Secretary Clinton, I think she is going to win.

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Almost anybody, excepting Trump, would have beaten Hillary. I can't believe given a halfway reasonable alternative candidate, the voting American public would vote for a candidate while she is being investigated by the FBI.

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EnWorld links to a ICv2 announcement of an Adventurer's Guide. It sounds like a campaign hardcover, but the picture has the RPG line logo.

1. Which line is it in? Is it an Adventure Path like the ACG with so much material they forgot the adventure?

2. Will we get an announcement on the Paizo boards/site soon?

3. Was this a secret project?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Cats > Puppies

This explains Elves > Dwarves.

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By Urgathoa's boney buttocks, I say thee nay. Oft in my search for knowledge, only a necromancied post on an ancient thread has revealed the current rule.

The locking of threads shall is trading of new thoughts for efficiency. 'Tis a glamour which will only result in retred thoughts and searches inefficient.

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So if I understand you correctly (and I may not), if Hillary becomes President, baring shenanigans with the Supreme Court appointments (not just Scalia, but likely Ginsburg and Kennedy in the next 4 years) voter suppression will practically end and the Republicans will never win on the national (presidential) level again?

Also what was done to the Voting Rights Act last year. Shelby County v Holder was issued in 2013, was there something after it?

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If bad acts keep me from getting elected the system is rigged. If bad acts keep the Other from getting elected its just paranoia. Ad hominem all you want, I still call hypocrisy.
You can make an an argument as to bad acts or not, but pots and kettles are both black and will burn you.

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CBDunkerson wrote:


True, though the GOP still received a minority of the votes for most of that period. In the Senate they were able to block Obama with a minority because it takes 60 votes to get most things past a filibuster... and in the House they were able to leverage their lower vote total into a majority of seats via gerrymandering.

It is only the last two years that they've 'legitimately' received more votes... though even that is a bit of a joke with the coordinated voter suppression and propaganda efforts they have undertaken to get there.

So Trump is right and the system is rigged?

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CrystalSeas wrote:
Cory Stafford 29 wrote:
How many times does socialism have to fail, bringing misery and death to millions each time, before the left gives up on it?
You mean like Norway and Denmark and Sweden?

While they certainly provide a greater social net than the US, political scientists don't describe Scandinavian countries as socialist. Think Ikea. Huge difference inthe scale of government control.

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MMCJawa wrote:
If you think Hillary and Trump are same, you clearly have not actually paid attention to anything this election or to anything either side has said regarding policy.

They are definitely different types of horrible. 320 million Americans and these two are the "best" we came up with.

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MMCJawa wrote:
Hillary's lead over Trump? Nationally it might be much closer, but the electoral map is really what counts.

A thousand times this. At the least, Trump needs to win Florida, and either Pennsylvania or Ohio. Statistically not impossible, but improbable.

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Irontruth wrote:
Ajaxis wrote:

1. President Obama has little legal experience actually practicing law. Has he ever practiced law inside an actual courtroom? All the current justices have had a great deal of actual courtroom experience.

2. He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago as an adjunct(Wikipedia lists his final title as Senior Lecturer), but I don't think that going to be high on the list of qualifications.

3. Why would he go from the presidency to being an Associate Justice? His boss would be Chief Justice Roberts.

4. A President H. Clinton would want to put her own stamp on the Supreme Court.

1. The supreme court isn't like other court rooms. Also, many justices over the history of the court had no "court room" experience. The Supreme Court doesn't determine the outcome of cases like lower courts do, they don't determine sentences or fines. They look at the constitutionality of the law and what the intent of the law is. Obama has written, voted on and signed laws. He's one of only 5 people living who have signed bills into federal law.

2. The University of Chicago considers "senior lecturers" to be professors. They've stated this in press releases. The title is different because professors have additional benefits/responsibilities, like tenure, publishing, specific class loads, etc. Senior Lecturers are people the university brings in to teach classes because they are considered experts in their field.

For example, Richard Posner is considered one of the foremost experts on the American legal system and is a "senior lecturer".

3 and 4 are your own editorializing and nothing to back them up. I agree, it's unlikely, but Obama actually IS qualified.

1. I don't know of any Supreme Court Justices who have no judicial experience, or no actual legal experience. Chief Justice Warren had only a few years worth, but he did have some. I only checked the justices from the last hundred years from this list, so if there was one in the 1700s or 1800s, let me know. Most of the Supreme Court's case load is death penalty review, and federal statutory construction. The sexy constitutional stuff is what makes the press.

2. I've only read two of Judge Posner's books, but I agree he is Supreme Court material. He was (is still?) an adjunct professor at U Chicago (or as they term it a Senior Lecturer). Judge Posner has 35 years of experience as an appellate judge, which alone qualifies him. Not sure what you're trying to say. President Obama was an adjunct professor (part time, non tenured, ect). That was clear in my original post.

As for President Obama being "qualified", as stated above there are no actual qualifications. It will never happen, but hey, I may be wrong -- look at President/ Chief Justice Taft.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Just went and picked up the ballot access petitions for Jill at three southern New Hampshire town halls.

About a quarter were disqualified, but if that ratio holds true across the state, we should have her on the ballot here in the Granite State.

Looks like that ratio held out perfectly.

N.H. Will Have Two More Presidential Candidates On The Ballot This November

Congrats. Ability to make choices good.

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1. President Obama has little legal experience actually practicing law. Has he ever practiced law inside an actual courtroom? All the current justices have had a great deal of actual courtroom experience.

2. He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago as an adjunct(Wikipedia lists his final title as Senior Lecturer), but I don't think that going to be high on the list of qualifications.

3. Why would he go from the presidency to being an Associate Justice? His boss would be Chief Justice Roberts.

4. A President H. Clinton would want to put her own stamp on the Supreme Court.

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Again, it may be private funding meetings or something similar, not health related. But H. Clinton is having far less rallies than President Obama during the same period during 2012. See this website for his schedule. Of course, President Obama wasn't a CEO, just the President of the United States.

I do think comments like she looks tired, or he sounds unhinged are within the bounds of appropriate political commentary. I don't think lay people, or even medical doctors, should pseudo diagnose people they have never examined with alleged physical or mental issues.

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M&M is OGL, and Owen (and Erik Mona weirdly enough) has experience in the system. However, I don't think you need a trade out in a class based system.

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Abraham spalding wrote:


fortunately she is campaigning, she's just sidestepping the news reports and doing local style campaigning and tv ad blitz (is that the plural of blitz too?).

Here speech schedule

Wow that's a thin schedule for H Clinton. Including considering where it says public events are only listed a few days in advance. Presumambly she is doing a lot of private fundraisers, or running is taking a toll on her.

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So closer to Sandy Berger?

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thejeff wrote:
And this isn't even the usual political/corporate corruption kind of thing, where you have subordinates convicted right and left, but can't quite get the evidence to prove the head figure was guilty. She doesn't have people taking the fall for her.

Whether or not it is more or less than other presidential candidates (I wouldn't even think there's a fair way to measure), the Clintons are certainly associated with people who have criminal records. Did they take a dive for the Clintons, unknown and never proven.

Sant Chatwal, as one example.

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Krensky wrote:
Ajaxis wrote:
Which particular option? I need to replace my just out of school paste board bookshelves with grown-up bookshelves in the next few years.
So you want to go from cheap particle board to expensive particle board?

Short answer: yes.

Slightly longer answer: I want to go from 15-20 year old banged up particle board to something moderately more classy.

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Yeah, with my luck I'd chop a finger off.

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Which particular option? I need to replace my just out of school paste board bookshelves with grown-up bookshelves in the next few years.

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I don't think purging dead people should have a insidious impact on elections. I certainly can't disagree with stopping caging, "fraudulent" roll purge, needing an appropriate amount of polling booths, in appropriate locations, with enough ballots, ect.

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I disagree. If you are required to vote (show up or provide an excuse) I believe there will be less opportunity for people to be kept from voting by "soft" measures. More exactly, I believe that a person's desire to vote will increase so measures to disenfranchise them would be far less effective.

But, I will concede the more research I do tonight shows that there are lower hanging - more cost effective - fruits than stricter ID laws, such as purging voter rolls of dead people, having states be able to check against other states to remove people who move, ect.

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Not having sufficient places to vote and long lines are legitimate concerns. I've had to wait two hours to vote, I can't imagine doing that when having to pick up kids, get to work, ect.

FYI, compulsory voting has been required in Australia since 1924. It works for the most part. You either vote (more precisely show up, you don't actually have to vote), or mail an excuse form, or pay a small fine. In these days of absentee voting, and early voting, it would work wonders to get everybody voting.

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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Ajaxis wrote:

Here's a large list of potential voter fraud issues. (Note: I'm unfamiliar with the website, so if it is a bunch of scary nuts, I disavow the source.)

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=2216

You, um, might want to check out the home page before you start citing from that one....

I admit to being lazy and not checking. Still, do you agree that people shouldn't be on the voting lists in two states at the same time?

EDIT: OK now checked, they do look a little nutso so disregard.

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thejeff wrote:
And voter disenfranchisement is bigger by orders of magnitude than either. That's the problem. That's where we should be focusing. If we can deal with that, then maybe it'd be worth looking at the minor stuff.

That's easier. Fine people who neither vote or file an excuse card, similar to jury duty.

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Here's a large list of potential voter fraud issues. (Note: I'm unfamiliar with the website, so if it is a bunch of scary nuts, I disavow the source.)

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=2216

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@ Orfamay Quest

At least you moved from "not a trace" to not worth it (if I understand you correctly, not trying to put words in your mouth). I wonder how many people would be caught if we actually looked for voter fraud by requiring ID for voting, like most of the industrialzed world.

I do see the point that non ID fraud is possibly (likely?) a bigger source of voting fraud.

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thejeff wrote:
Paying for it on a scale to make a difference would be a huge operation. There hasn't been a trace of it found in decades.

Cost/benefit analysis is always appropriate. And the structural issues vs individual fraud issues is a fair point especially in light of cost vs benefit.

"There hasn't been a trace if it in decades" were going to have to disagree on.

See ABC's reporting here.

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captain yesterday wrote:
Voter fraud is a myth, it doesn't exist enough to warrant action.

Can't agree with this one despite hearing it a lot. People are paid to get voters to the voting both. Some people are going to take advantage of the situation to get paid, just like tax fraud by identity theft, only easier. Proof of voter registration by ID to prevent fraud is required by almost every EU member, for example.

Now, discrimination is evil, and requiring proof the voter is a voter absolutely shouldn't be done in a discrimatory fashion. But claiming voter fraud doesn't exist only serves to disenfranchise voters.

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So how do you make make voter fraud less likely without disenfranchising people? I have no problem with registration, in fact I think it is a necessity to prevent voter fraud. How do we get there without disenfranchisement?

Free I.D.'s to every living citizen of voting age?
Require an I.D. when requesting social services to encourage people to get one?
Require census participation to get an I.D.?

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Is there any monster art Paizo has published which change your opinion of what a monster looked like because the art was superior to your imagination?

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lucky7 wrote:
"I'm going to build my own message boards! With blackjack! And hookers!"

"Sorry I haven't posted for a while. I've been busy posting in the prayer message group on lucky7's message boards."

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Lincoln Hills wrote:
"Here, by popular request, is my highly detailed house-rule system on gourmet cooking in Pathfinder..."

"Pathfinder just wouldn't be playable without the baked goods section in Elves of Golarion."

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