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Kobold Cleaver wrote:


*Treats [the guy] like any other conservative guest*

Good job, Billy.

Theoretically he should have... said something consrvative? But the guy spent the entire time denying he'd said.. well. Anything.

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grimdog73 wrote:

Trump has an 80% disapproval rate here in Canada? That's 20% less than I thought....

15% couldn't stop laughing

4% heard the name and hid under their newfies.

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James Anderson wrote:
It's why Exchange is mechanically the best faction. I still only have had two people in it from my list of 20 characters, as I care about more than mechanics, but it is a sweet deal.

The scarab sages half price res is pretty nice too: it means you don't need as much PP in the bank.

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my bad leaving bush 1 off the copy paste

22. 1988 George H. W. Bush 538 426 111 0.584 79.18%

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"I've had the biggest electoral victory since reagan...

46. 2016 Donald Trump 538 304 227 0.130 56.50%
37. 2012 Barack Obama 538 332 206 0.234 61.71%
32. 2008 Barack Obama 538 365 173 0.357 67.84%
52. 2004 George W. Bush 538 286 251 0.063 53.16%
55. 2000 George W. Bush 538 271 266 0.009 50.37%
28. 1996 Bill Clinton 538 379 159 0.409 70.45%
30. 1992 Bill Clinton 538 370 168 0.375 68.77%

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Rogar Valertis wrote:

... I need a few clarifications first.

I've never GMed PFS before and I don't have many chances to play it live. So I'd like to try doing it online but I'd like to ask a few questions first:

Hey, thanks for stepping up

I would recommend playing online. Even if you're familiar with pathfinder pfs has a few peculiarities you should see in action before you really get them.

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-I already have a PFS Id card, do I need a GM code or do I use my player Id? If I need a GM code how do I get it?

You're good. There's no test or anything to be a PFS DM. Just the number. The low qualification bar is how we got in...

You can name it what you want. I find individual sessions easier to track, but some people use something like " Valertis's online pfs" to get one big chunk of gaming, and assign all of your games to that.

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-Event should be "PFS Online PbP" Right? What about event number? If the game is not played during an event like a gameday, who assigns this number?

the computer asigns the number. All hail our computer overlords.

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-How do I report the chronicle cheets once the game is done?

I need to write this up as a guide

Upper left corner right click "pathfinder society" open up in new tab.

Click "my pathfinder society

Sign in, because it's a sensitive area

Click the GM/Even Coordinator" tab

Down at the bottom it says "Create event"

Be sure to

1) click the box that says event takes place online
2) the scenarios you're playing: left box for regular right box for core.
3) that you have at least 1 session in the box waaaaaay down at the bottom asking "number of sessions"

Click save changes

Click report

Select the scenario (this is why you had to tick the box in the previous step)

Be sure to give your character credit. If you're new, DMing your first character higher is usually a good call.

Click save and exit when you're done.

Thanks in advance to anyone willing to help me!

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
BNW, you're a progressive guy and you know the score. We all know hate speech does a whole lot of harm to those targeted by it

I get real conservative real quick when it comes to feelings. Same with using the power of the state against anyone.

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even beyond the constant incitements to violence and the implicit threat that all hatespeech carries.

That's a pretty fuzzy line to cross.

If you have a government office of hate speech, the subjective nature of hate speech makes it incredibly easy for that office to be turned on anyone they don't like, ie, fake news. There might be governments you could trust to only use that power judiciously, mine isn't one of them.

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Knight who says Meh wrote:


Sorry, I was replying to BNW's claim that we have to allow hate speech lest the government declare political dissent as hate speech.

hate speech is not actual harm. Hate speech is something that can LEAD to harm.

Government control of what's said is... that kinda is actual harm. It can lead to real harm, including the same harm that hate speech laws are supposed to stop.

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Knight who says Meh wrote:
So allow actual harm to protect against theoretical harm?

yeah. I'm pretty sure we'd be safer if everyone had their tv monitoring them and sending information directly to the police. But that kind of power is abusable.

There's a line to set between safety and freedom. People have disagreements over where it is.

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thejeff wrote:
You can't keep a government from doing bad things by not letting it do good things.

You can make it hard. If the government has the ability to do X to Y, its much easier for them to do X to z than if they're not allowed to do x.

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Bashing and shield spikes won't stack. They are both effective size increases

Enlarge person will. Giant form would be taking that to the next level.

Vital strike will make it hurt more.

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Corran54 wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
You're welcome to purchase the island and purchase spellcasting for divination-blocking spells, but it's all backstory. You won't be able to use the item in future scenarios.
I figured as much, but did not want to assume. I don't necessarily want to use it in a future scenario, just once after he has finished the seeker arc. It's mostly I want to use it for flavor, not to gain any advantage in a scenario. I just wanted to try and come up with a way to hold onto it until that point as he will be starting the retirement arc in a bout a week and a half.

I think the most effective tactic if you want it to be there as a flavor/background event would be to... just ask them? You have your own private island in case it goes kaboom, and presumably are a competent researcher in your own right. Other lodges besides skyreach have artifacts stored there.

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The game really doesn't allow you to take items from one scenario into another unless they're on a chronicle sheet with a price. Otherwise a druid could show up with an entire zoo full of charmed creatures or a necromancer to stroll up with a bag full of shadows.

Plotwise: the ten have ways of finding you and taking if they have to. Probably with a squad of PCs

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At the aformentioned wolf center, we had a freezing cold night for april. In the mountains. Even by idaho standards. The cabin tent i'm staying in has a cast iron stove, so i'm throwing nothing but kindling in there and have it going red hot all night long.

Wake up the next morning, there's a pile of coyotes outside the tent opposite the stove. I mean i knew they came in packs but not piles. I walk past them without noticing, hit the road, look back and see them. The one on top yawwwwns, gives me a "what are you looking at?" look, and goes back to sleep.

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Same place. the Coyotes are being a lil extra active right next to the wolf enclosure in the middle of the night. Wanted to make sure everything was okay, grab walkingstick and headlight and head out to look.

They of course stay just out of headlight range, doing the "glowing eyes in the dark" thing. Keep yipping... and my headlight dims and goes dead like a scene out of a horror movie.

Nope. Back to the tent. Didn't see nothing. Nope.

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Had a pair of raccoon kits in a portable garbage trailer.

Normally you toss in a stick or plank, give them some space, and the raccoons crawl out. These were young, so mom hadn't shown them that trick apparently.

Climb in, take a garbage can, put it down scare the raccoons a bit, they run for the safety of the garbage can , tip can up and then you dump them out.

Second day doing this one of the kits runs behind me , grabs onto my leg, and is holding onto the back of it, peeking around my leg... at me, and then hiding their face. Behind me. From me. It was so cute. And scary. It's weird to want to laugh, awwww, and EEEEEEP! all at the same time.

Sometimes I think i register as an object more than a person when animals are looking at me.

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Just a Mort wrote:

My god, all those stories are incredible!

Personally I don't fear animals, but I can't really do anything with them, except sneak close enough to them to take photos.

I'd think that raccoons are more dangerous then random rattlesnakes and all that, because raccoons are used to being with humans.

Besides needing a rabies shot and some stitches. i'm at a loss to how a raccoon is going to do serious damage to someone.

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Generally isn't it that wildlife is more scared of you then you are of it?

With good reason. I'm reminded of sandpoints sign: take a moment to see you as we see you with a bit of old mirror.

Humans are a 200 pound ape with magical powers with the ability to summon swarms of other 200 pound apes with magical powers. The more lethal humans can kill you just by looking at you and calling down thunder, even the most unprepared human can hurt you at a distance by picking up the earthy or uprooting a tree to beat you with.

They are some of the kindest, most benevolant deities, offering you food for nothing or to get your head stuck out of something, but also the cruelest, harming you in creative ways for no reason what so ever. God help you if you hurt one, there will be 100 of the things trying to kill you and everyone related to you for years at a time.

and they absolutely freak out over nothing. They make the most awful screams and thrash around. to most animals we're HUGE. I don't think a raccoon really gets the concept that they can scare us , but humans really should understand the concept that this weird thing 10 times their size flailing their arms around SHOULD scare the heck out of them: try to imagine NOT being scared of an elephant running around, waving its trunk with a tree in it. Try to imagine trying to explain to a bat why the giant monster they can't even hurt with their teeth acts like they're ON FIRE just because you went near them.

Humans are the oddballs. People SHOULD be able to understand that. Few do.

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"Nice fangs!

"Thank you. got them off a dragon

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thejeff wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Was the wolf actually trying to bite you or merely playing/threatening?

He was telling me that he was done with his belly rubs, but couldn't get up :).

At a wolf center, he flagged me down for his belly rub in a bad spot, in the trail around the edge. he was rolling left and right for the belly rubs, then tried rolling left and right to get up, but between being in the trail and my hand on him couldn't get up. So he grabbed my wrist and I said "oh, sorry..."

And here I'd thought you were letting him hold your wrist in his mouth as a pledge you would remove the chain when the game was done. :)

hey! thats the sort of mistake you can only make twice..

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Is this for a butterfly sting/pick combo or something crazier? (curious now)

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Fergie wrote:

These are great stories!

What state are you in? What kind of park ranger are you?

I'm in NY. The wolf center was in idaho. Most of these are from a long time ago, I haven't been able to do that sort of thing since i got hurt in the park.

I was the park ranger at a pool in bear mountain state park which.. amounted to pretty much being a bouncer slash janitor. It's pretty funny watching people from NYC with NO experience with wildlife interacting with it (when the wildlife is shockingly use to people)

Some more fun from the pool...

Lifeguard tips over a garbage can with a raccoon inside

Raccoon wakes up, bleerily looks around, heads over to the pool for a drink and hides under the lifeguard chair.

My boss takes a pool brush and starts trying to poke the thing towards the bulding.. ie, 100 feet with NO cover. I try explaining why thats not going to work, he throws me the brush.

I tell the lifeguards to move. Going to push him the other way. Move guys.. guys? FIiiine..." Ignore the raccoon hissing bloody murder at me and nudge him out of the chair and towards the lifeguards, they scramble, and he goes off the edge of the pool and down into a little cave behind it.

Woke him up at lunch time to leave him some bottled water and half my sandwich.

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Having lunch sitting on a rock wall. Eat one half of the cheese sandwhich, reach down to make the other half right next to me. No bread. I look down and there's a raccoon pretty much picking my pocket, holding the bread and reaching a little paw up for the cheese. We both look at each other for a second, scamper away from each other , and give each other a quick "okay, you're outinthedaybutnotrabid/human but a good human right?" looks and go back to our starting positions. I could see she was nursing cubs, so i made the sandwich, added some mustard and handed it to her. (i don't normally recommend feeding wildlife, but the raccoons there were so used to people that ship had sailed and gone around the globe)

So as far as the raccoons were concerned it was paradise. You'd sleep in a can and people would drop ice cream on you all day.

Showing the new girl how to change the bags on the garbage cans across from the ice cream machine.

"Step 1, kick the can"
"why?"
Kick can. BIG raccoon pops out HISSSES.
"Because you don't want them to do THAT when you're bending your face over the top.

Guy with a dog off leash.
"S'cuse me sir you need to get a leash for him. if you don't have one i can scrounge up some rope.
"Nah it's okay he's very well trained
"It's not just for him we have wildlife he....
Raccoon pops out of the can. HIIIIISSSSSSES
"... You trained the raccoon to do that on cue didn't you?

Seeing eye dog got a little too close to the trashcan .

Raccoon pops up dog snarls and starts going forward and back. You can see the poor things brain trying to go in two different directions. he's supposed to lead his human away from that sort of thing . But he has to stay in between the raccoon and his human to protect his human.

Normally you just grab the dog by the collar and yank em back, but you can't really do that with a person attached and they were REALLY close. I stepped in between them and given the choice between putting a few things near and dear to my heart right next to a snarling raccoon or putting my derriere in the teeth of a dog that I had every reason to believe had its shots... I chose the later.

The lifeguards of course, kept offering me places to sit for the rest of the day. I decided to stand.

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We had a large colony of bats hanging out in the ceiling. One of them slipped off while sleeping, went to fly out the door , and ran smack into the middle of a large co workers belly and spread out like a batman decal. He didn't notice. The coworker he was talking to did. Stopped talking mid conversation and ran away. The guy with the bat on his stomach "huhed?" looked down and started shaking his shirt "GET IT OFF ME! GET IT OFF ME!"

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That should work with an eidolon, which is an independent sentient being.

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The lightbulb has to want to change

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Saranrae, as he has a bit of redemption and turning his life around thing going on.

Iomadae is arodens inheritor.

Angradd, Torags more offensive brother if there was anything dwarfy about him or his conversion

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Its certainly exaggerated in captive wolves, but is by no means absent in the wild. As pointed out above, they're usually the parents and the rest of the pack are their kids.

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Azten wrote:

Let's think about this for a moment. We'll use a wolf pack analogy.

What happens when one wolf doesn't try as hard as the rest? Is slower, weaker, but still expects as much of the kill as the rest of the pack?

They die. It's the player's choice to play a weak wolf character. He's barely better than a commoner in terms of stats, and you don't see commoners striking down Runelords or Snake Gods or even little Kobold Chiefs(very often).

Nah, a good chunk of the reason for a pack is that the alpha male and female catch so much food at one go that they can't eat it all themselves before something comes along and snatches it , so the best use for it is investing it in their kids before it becomes grizzly lunch.

(as if wolves weren't hated enough already, they're pretty socialist)

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Drejk wrote:
Was the wolf actually trying to bite you or merely playing/threatening?

He was telling me that he was done with his belly rubs, but couldn't get up :).

At a wolf center, he flagged me down for his belly rub in a bad spot, in the trail around the edge. he was rolling left and right for the belly rubs, then tried rolling left and right to get up, but between being in the trail and my hand on him couldn't get up. So he grabbed my wrist and I said "oh, sorry..."

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I do not play melee without reach.

I usually try to back it up with a "plan b" a bite attack, quickdraw, claws, etc.

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"what happened to the extra mithral?

*gilligan cut to a dwarf on a beach sipping drinks out of a coconut with an umbrella in it*

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I've had my wrist in a wolfs mouth, been clawed by a hawk, beaten in the head by a swan, nommed by a snapping turtle, had a pitbull latch onto my arm, and been headbutted by a horse.

My worst animal related injury was when i was 10. My sisters fat rabbit got out of the cage and was hopping around the yard. I picked him up... and all 4 legs, with overgrown nails, proceeded to shred my arm of skin from the elbow to the wrist.

My sister of course was screaming about "my poor rabbit" for all the blood I got on it.

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Goth Guru wrote:
Paizo won't put any were squirrels or were rabbits in any bestiaries because they are stereotyped as harmless. Even if they go on a murder spree every full moon, sorry, tough turnips.:(

I've had my wrist in a wolfs mouth, been clawed by a hawk, beaten in the head by a swan, nommed by a snapping turtle, had a pitbull latch onto my arm, and been headbutted by a horse.

My worst animal related injury was when i was 10. My sisters fat rabbit got out of the cage and was hopping around the yard. I picked him up... and all 4 legs, with overgrown nails, proceeded to shred my arm of skin from the elbow to the wrist.

My sister of course was screaming about "my poor rabbit" for all the blood I got on it.

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Geramies wrote:
Rules for climbing and battling atop really big foes, that's all I want to see. If this book lacks that in the form of a skill use (such as Climb) or grapple option or feat, then the writers have failed to put in the most important piece of monster hunting benefits in a book about monster hunting.

have you tried the vexing dodger rogue?

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MisterSlanky wrote:
Sammy T wrote:
1) Intentionally purchasing living creatures to sacrifice would be an evil act.
Everybody knows cats don't have souls. Knowing this, how could it be an evil act?

If that's the case then they can't power the spell :)

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Halfling with childlike ought to do it.

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Added a fair bit of tenesee to the map.

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PossibleCabbage wrote:


It has been possible to put Dervish Dance on a Magus for like 5.5 years now and that interaction has not changed, is there any reason to think that PFS is going to suddenly change course on that now for some reason?

Because the slashing grace interaction shows they don't want it working.

Why on earth would you get rid of dex to damage except to the one weapon magi are using anyway?

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Does "no" vs "oh HELL no!" count as table variation?

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Kevin Willis wrote:

Death knell stacking is debatable. The caster level bonus is untyped and each casting is technically a separate spell (which can be considered a separate source). Expect table variation.

Temporary hit points from the same or even different spells don't stack with each other. I can't see spellcaster levels from death knell stacking with itself

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DiscOH wrote:


So while you can't buy insanely high level permanent enhancements, you could (assuming death knell works like this) purchase a scroll of death knell aura, cast a level 9000 greater magic fang etc and trivialize an encounter?

There are better purchases you can make than +5 to hit and +5 to damage to end encounters.

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You have to pay for the caster level anyway, so it doesn't matter if he gets that caster level from a bag of cats or his own graduate studies, you still need to pay for it.

(and IIRC pp spells are cast at minimum level, because your factions are cheapskates- but if you're paying gold you can get the good stuff)

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PossibleCabbage wrote:

I think the only way they're going to change Dervish Dance is if they reprint that feat in an RPG-line book, since they don't seem to do FAQ/Errata for anything else.

Or a PFS campaign clarification, which exists partially to clarify /errata things they don't issue clarifications and errata on.

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If you report the games you can just look at that and punch out the cards when you get near the reward you want.

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If the animal is a rare type not usually found in the city, "call animal" might work, it has a range measured in miles.

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supervillian: I don't think you're disagreeing with thejeff. It's just that the right holds "the free market!" as a moral imperative... until it costs them something.

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Werthead wrote:
However, ending immigration would not help this problem. With the best will in the world, most young British people are not going to be cleaners in hotels, housekeepers in hospitals or pickers on fruit farms.

For minimum wage. They're not doing it for minimum wage.

Or, if the situation is anything like it is in the US, they can't do the job legally at all because even if they are being paid minimum wage, there's no payroll taxes being paid by the employer and they can't report the income.

If people won't do a job at the pay you're offering (at illegally low rates), because it would require them to cram (illegally) 17 people to a room in order to make a living, then the solution is to pay more, not whine about "kids these days" as an excuse to break the law.

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werthead wrote:

Or you do what it looks like we will, which is have a massive elderly population, not enough young people to support them, jobs vanishing to automation, no immigration and just have a full-scale societal collapse. That'll be fun.

You have so many young people unemployed or underemployed that can't support them, how is devaluing their labor by bringing more people in going to help that?

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Easiest way I can figure to keep track of who's participating is to drop a candle symbol next to participating locations on the map.

(Barbarian druids: Very simple solutions to complex problems)

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It's an endangered species. For PFS there's too much table variation on it: it technically works by absolute raw but there is no way that it should work for one dex to damage feat but not the other.

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Captain Battletoad wrote:


I firmly disagree that it's an issue of capability, and propose instead that it is one of apathy/defeatist attitudes (note this is not the same as "slacking")

The problems with america will not be fixed with an attitude adjustment.

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As evidenced by our incredibly low voter turnout (particularly when state and local positions/referendums are on the table)

Like that anti corruption bill the people passed...aaaand the legislature just undid.

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it's pretty clear that people simply are either not willing to vote changes in to office (the apathy/defeatist part), or they're content with the way things are.

Look what someone trying to implement change is running against. You run into a massive wall of money, a public that's been lead to accept angry vitrol for fact, and the right has it's own news network going 24 7 scaring the living daylights out of old people telling them that the communist muslim atheists are going to take over the world!

Its a pretty thin line between defeatist and realist.

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Note that here I'm describing different groups of people, not saying that the country as a whole is entirely one or the other. It's not bribery that's keeping us "down", it's we the people.

B**#*~*@.

[/url]see figure 2: how the govenment works vs the ideal of types of government

Blaming this on some quasi spirit of the american people is disguisting. It's blaming the victim for a corrupt, abusive, systemic usurpation of the peoples right to self government.

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So I have to ask, if the people aren't capable of getting what they want put into office, then what's the point of proposing changes to the way things legally are? If it's to bring about change, then clearly people ARE capable of getting what they want.

It swings. every once in a while you can swing it JUST far enough to hit that next branch.

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Captain Battletoad wrote:


Well, they would really only need to be against their own state legislature still since, just as they are now, they'd be fully capable of raising the minimum wage in their own state (which is in general what I'm pushing for anyway) above what gets set as the federal minimum, regardless of how that gets set.

No. And this is why i accuse you of having a rosey colored view of how our government works.

The legislature does not represent the people. We do not have a democracy, we have an oligarchy. The people are NOT capable of getting what they want put into office through our system of legal bribery.

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