Josh M. wrote:
Santa is not the devil, he is a communist out to redistribute wealth from hard working parents to free loading children hence the red uniform.
PR also had a anti-Tinky Winky rant. Apparently a pre-school show was sending messages to turn kids gay. I had no idea that exposure to the color purple could have such a profound impact on childrens' development.
Big Lemon wrote:
I'm a Catholic in exile and my theology is rusty
The way this was explained to me is that believing with your mouth is different from believing with your heart. Belief of the mouth is measured by the number of verses quoted and volume with which someone shouts that they love Jesus.
Belief of the heart cannot be measured in words. It can only be measured in how you treat the person that sits next to you which is why the Catholic church speaks of works not just grace. It is possible to believe with your mouth and not your heart which why people can commit terrible acts however God judges a person by what they believe in their heart not in their mouth. So simmply asking forgiveness for a sin is not enough, a person must regret their actions.
The follow up question is can a person accept God in their heart while denying him with their mouth. The Pope is say yes it is possible.
This arguement was used by Catholics to get around the issue with all non-europeans being denied heaven for 1500+ years of history.
I was at a table with a player like that. The GM response was a curse involving the player's great sword going limp. Needless to say the rest of the table had a few comments.
Celestial Healer wrote:
OK so the lawyer shows up and says something like "My clients are sorry for your loss. Please accept out condolences and this nice python."
Gerrymandering encourages house members to move and stay on the far sides of the political spectrums and push out members from the moderate wings of both parties. The conservative districts send the very conservatives and liberals areas send the very liberal. If a person attempts to reach across the aisle to make a deal they may get pushed out in the next primary. Look what happened to Lugar and he was in Senate. The end result is a body with no political middle ground.
The constitution was designed for government by compromise. By pushing out moderates that could make a deal, the gerrymandering is creating an atmosphere that makes it extremely difficult to address a serious problem such as the fiscal cliff.
Some things are more important than winning the next election, this is one of them. Anyone that does not get that has no business in the oval office.
There is an interview where George Plunkitt from the Tammany hall era spoke about honest graft and dishonest graft. Plunkitt complains that people accused him of stealing money from the treasury which he would never do because there was so much honest graft money lying about for him to take.
Plunkitt gets dinged for being corrupt but at least he was open and honest about how he made his fortune.
Ceres Cato wrote:
Lord protector's daughter and the sequel Lady Protector by Modesitt.
Tell the PCs not to get caught.
I suddenly feel a need to use my annoyed parent voice. The one I used prior to putting up to the toy the preteens were fighting over.
Starbases you need to look at the map - I build economic startbases if there is a cluster of planets I can get inside the radius. Influence bases I will build one right next to someone else's colony that got build inside my sphere of influence to flip it then destroy it. Miltary bases - I build them if there is a cluster of high value planets near a border and then destroy them once the border moves out.
Asteroid mining one thing to check in the middle part of the game is the planet the resources are going to. The closer the better. The AI will direct the resources to the nearest planet when you first start mining. If you get a new planet, even one right next to the asteroid the AI will not redirect the resouces.
I was planning on play Europa Universalis before I got distracted with this game. Unfortunately I am having issues with my economy and it SUCKS. How in the Hell do I get a viable economy without trade routes? I am in a huge galaxy with tight clusters. Any suggestions? I am still new to this game.
Cash flow is a challenge in the early part of the game. Plan to spend some time on the domestic screen tweaking the tax rates and prod percents to keep yourself in the green.
All the races have tech that will boost economic output of a planet (The exact names vary by race) Once you get the tech have at least one economic improvement per planet. If you can designate one planet to be your cash cow. Load it up with economic improvements and then build an economic capital on it.
Other things which boost an economy is influence from tourism revenue and population increases - More citizens the more tax you collect. I make is a point to keep happiness above 70% if possible even if it means slowing production to a crawl. Eventually the population grows past a tipping point and the revenue shoots up.
I notice that with the taxes there is a point where a one percent change in the tax rate will have a much larger than expected impact on happiness.
If there is a skill check roll I don't want the players to metagame, I have them roll a few checks in advance that I can use when needed. I only do this for situations where the PCs would not change what they are doing if they failed the roll for example if the party is being secretly followed. Occasionally I use it for trap finding as well.
The big thing is for the PCs to know at the start otherwise you get into the other GMs do not do it this way conversation.
Sometimes PC die that is part of the game.
Normally when a PC dies in my D&D games it is because they have done something stupid or something heroic - sometimes both at the same time.
There are games that are far more deadly games for PCs.In those games PCs die far more often.
I have done a few arrogant PCs, I focus the remarks on NPCs not the other players. I had a PC that declared that a disease which infected humans but not elves was caused by inferior breeding.
I also give the PC a clear reason why they view themselves as supperior within the backstory.
Players having fun is absolutely necessary. Everything else can be worked around with a little effort.
Wealth can also be inherited so NO IT IS NOT ALWAYS EARNED!
As for the top 10% paying most taxes, what percent of the nation's wealth do they control? What percent of the total wages does that top 10% earn?
The rule is that starfleet personal may not get involved unless it would make for a good show.
The intent of the prime directive is that civilizations need to reach a certain level before they are ready to handle dealing with aliens beaming down and saying "Hi just dropped in to say you are not alone." In TNG there was a story where the planet's prime minister decided that the general populace was not yet ready and told the Enterprise to leave so he and the head of security could sweep the whole thing under the rug.
Congrads but you are not out of the woods yet. If you make pass year 10 the next 10 years are really easy.
As for marriage the problem is that we have turned a religious/social institution into a legal institution. When you change something into a legal institution, things goes wrong.
Just because Texas has a law does not make it constiutional.
If it is federal regaulation then what is the meaning of the phrase "United states and the several states"
The reference is to the goverment formed by the state in admission process but I will agree to disagree
May not grant their citizens special privileges which are denied to citizens of other states.
The refernce is to legal privelges. So Alaska can not pass a law that only people who live in Alaska are allowed to own a car. The Alaska fund pays to people who meet a resident requirement. Since any US citizen can move to the Alaska and meet the requirement it is allowable.
section 10 article 1
"No state shall without the consent of congress lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops, or ships of war in times of peace."
The second ammendment uses the term militia which was not intended to be a standing army. Interesting enough the President is the commander of all state militia forces.
The list is quite a bit longer than that. For starters the constiution says that states:May not use religion as a requirement to hold public office. (Article 6 not the 1st amendment)
Must adopt a republic as their form of goverment.
Must abide by decisions of the supreme court.
May not grant their citizens special privelges which are denied to citizens of other states.
May not impose duties on imports not just things that cross state lines
May not grant citizenship
May not enter into a treaty
May not declare war
May not create a standing army unless approved by Congress
Must allow for trial by jury
May not pass an ex-post facto law
I could continue
[My not liking Shakespeare in general is unrelated to my point that there is no reason not to update the language.
The words Shakespeare used and the way he used them is a large part of what makes him a genius and why his plays have endured as they have. There is a beat to his writing. It is one of those things that you have to hear the lines from a talented performer to really get it.
My favorite is systems where spells build up like the role master system. PCs must first learn how to create flame before they can throw fireballs.
pres man wrote:
Exactly my point. Yet this is what free market control of the healthcare costs would require to be effective. No one is willing to do it nor are we willing to admit that the free market is failing.
The market already decides the cost which is why it is out of control. Consider this every year you file taxes. You have three choices, get the best tax expert available, get a middle price tax person, or do it yourself. Most people given their tax situation can set prices to each option pretty easy and will make few calls to get some rough prices before making a decision.
Now your child breaks an arm. You have the same three choices - Get the best available, get a middle price person, or set the bone yourself (in the middle ages barbers did this). What are the dollar values you assign here? How much time do you spend thinking about costs? How many doctors do you call for an estimate? This in not even a life threatening injury. In fact you could delay seeking treatment for hours without any long term impact to your child. So do you wait and make sure that you are getting the best deal possible?
For free markets to hold down costs, most customers must be acting in a rational manner regarding costs most of the time. With healthcare the higher the cost the less likely the customer is to be acting a fully rational manner.
Wrong question. Voters should ask if the alternative that comes out of the GOP primary process could do a better job. Obama may once again be the best bad choice available.
Like the 300 Spartans
To be a legal duty there must be a law requiring it which I have never seen. This is more a performance standard than a legal one.
The issue is that board of directors are rewarding officers based on short term profits irregardless of the long term cost to the company. The officers get the big bonus then move on to the next company and leave the shareholders to clean up the long term mess they have created.
I would be happy to have a GM.
I find GM and PCs that know the rules too well to be a bigger source of annoyance than ones that make minor mistakes.
An incompentent GM is one that has not prepared the campaign they are going to run such as looking up a NPC feats/spells in the middle of the combat.
When I play rogues it doesn't bother me to not get my SA every round. They strength of the class is between the combats not in them.
The question is does the player want to play a rogue who is an archer or an archer that is rogue. It sounds like the archer is the focus so I would point the player towards the ranger.
Mayors always cause my groups problem
A mayor asks the party barbarian to sign something. The barbarian refuses because if you sign pieces of paper people can say you are married.
In a different group, one PC had an off line conversation with the DM. Comes back into the room and says we need to stop by town hall. He walks into the town hall and tells the person that if the mayor could spare a few minutes he has a large contribution to make to the community. The rest of the party is stunned and asked what is going on. The PCs tells us not to worry this will only take a minute. The mayor shows up and asks who we represent. The PC looks at him and says we are from the society for term limits then hits him with a fireball.
Actually I was thinking about the use of alcohol, but this has turned out to be much better.
I would have thought they would have gone after the blood not the body.
Heh, I remember sitting in my friend's dorm room in '85 playing D&D when "the" Chick tract was slid under his door. Of course we looked out into the hall, but whoever it was had gone. We read it, laughed, and everyone changed their character's name to "existing name, Son of Blackleaf".
My sister had a handful of these tracts when she came back from spring break. Her comment was not to worry, she was a satan worshipper because of her music and everyone else in the family was as well because they were Catholic. The chick track showing Satan as founding the Catholic church was funniest of the lot.
Lord Fyre wrote:
Works for picking a pope. NOt sure what color smoke congress would use.
At one point to break a papal deadlock the citizens of Rome removed the roof to let rain in and cut off the wine.
So, what is strategy?
1. How do the notions of TIME, SPACE, and ENERGY enter into the discussion of strategy?
You should add the notion of risk (Concept not the game) and knowledge. In these games you may make a move hoping that the other player will not forsee your next planned move. You cannot know if they will or won't. So you have to guess based on what you know of the player and consider what happens if they do see it coming.
The translation by Robert Henricks - He includes a notes section explaining his translations. He titled it as Te Tao Ching instead of the Tao Te Ching. The correct title is a subject of debate among scholars.
I have dj'd many, many, too many wedding receptions. I hate them. With the burning fires of a million suns, I hate them. Here in the conservative south, most of the time there is no liquor.
I remember a wedding which was completely dry, not even wine. For a moment I though some guests were going to lose it after being told they were supposed to toast the couple using fruit juice.
Not quite. He stated that the Rapture was never part of the Christian faith to begin with. It was created by Camping and other like him and tacked onto the faith. So Jester did not discard he simply did not acknowledge Camping addition.
The rapture is not a belief within the Catholic Church which is still the largest sect nor do you find it in the Church of England. I can not speak for Lutherans or Methodists but I would be surprised. So to state that almost all or even a great majority of Christians believe in the rapture is incorrect.
Basically this is the Christian equivalent of Islam's virgins for martyrs. It is well known but not widely believed. It is also a belief that can lead to self destructive activities. It causes people to do things that harm themselves and others in the name of religion.
Camping did inflict harm on people with his teaching by convincing them to spend personal resources they could ill afford. Harming another human being is a sin. The Christian faith requires followers to speak out against those who use Christ’s teaching as an excuse to sin against others. The followers of the Christian faith have not always done that as they should but the failure of others and of previous generations to fulfill that duty does not absolve this generation of that duty to speak out against Camping, gay bashing, or blowing up a bus.
As for the passage that gets quoted it is important but not for the reason the Evangelical Christians give. The passage is not about that Christ is going to come out of the blue and the world will come to sudden end. The passage is about the importance to live a good life starting today not tomorrow or the day after because you might get hit by a bus crossing the road tomorrow.