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Indagare wrote:
I see this a lot with 'linear Fighters' and 'quadratic Wizards'. Could someone explain to me exactly how this works out?

I think the linear vs quadratic refers to what each class is able to do with it's standard action as they advance in level.

The fighter can swing his sword (or ranged attack, or make a combat maneuver). His attack is liner - essentially +1 BAB each level. His damage also increases slowly, probably close to +1/level. (Note: due to items/feats this is probably closer to +2/+2/level.)

The wizard can cast a spell with his standard action, and like the fighter he generally starts with about 3 options in the form of three different 1st level spells he can cast. At each level, he does not get +1 to his spells effectiveness or even +1 additional spells, he gets several more spells, and they are generally much more powerful as he advances. Also, his lower level spells scale up very nicely as he advances as well.

This means that after 20 levels of advancement, the fighter is at +40 to hit, and 1d12+25 while the caster is casting a wish spell, wail of the banshee, stopping time, etc.

If this is a problem, the only real solution is to tone down high level magic. High level casters can easily break the game. Giving those kinds of powers to other classes, just means more classes are capable of breaking the game.

See! See! THIS is what I'm talking about!
The REAL Gandalf is our f%$#en Grand Marshal!

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Gets down on hands and knees
Yuugasa, (and everyone else living in a conservative place where you feel like you don't fit in) please, PLEASE come to NYC for a visit. Whoever you are, there are people here who are into your type. If you feel like you don't fit in where you are, that might be because where you are is judgmental and lame. Maybe you live in an OK place, but it's just not a good fit for YOU.

I was in Manhattan yesterday and EVERYTHING was like super triple rainbowed out. Not just the area around the pride parade, (I got to ride some wheelies down a closed off 5th avenue!) but the whole place! Acceptance and freedom were just floating in the air (although that might have been diesel exhaust and weed smoke).

You don't have to come for Pride Day/ week/ month, but just come here while the weather is warm. Hang out in the parks, visit the beach, bike around, just hang out. We have amazing buildings and locations, and some of the most beautiful people in the world.

Disclaimer: Staten Island has been disowned by NYC. NYC is a loud, dirty, racist hellhole. Rent and everything else costs too much money. It is crawling with cops, obnoxious locals, people from NJ, and tourists from around the world. But who cares, come for a visit. Don't forget your bike!

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I have worked a little bit of retail and have some friends who worked in restaurants and hotels and such. (I also read the Behind Closed Ovens posts over at

In almost every business I know of, you can be rude and sometimes even abusive to the staff, and you still get served. You can be loud, abrasive, and insulting, you still get served. You can leave no tip, or even fail to pay the full amount, you still get served. You can cause the business to lose money interacting with you, and you still get served.

If you deny someone service it is because you know you can't get away with physically assaulting them. It is a big deal to tell someone they are not allowed to spend their money in your store or restaurant!

EDIT: Just think about the Seinfeld character "The Soup Nazi". Denying people service in our culture puts you in the same category as a freaking NAZI!

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I didn't know the guy personally, but from everything I read, I can't for the life of me imagine Jesus refusing to bake a cake or arrange some flowers for anyone... Maybe some money changers or a fruitless fig tree, but, given his stance on lepers, thieves, prostitutes, etc... I just don't see him discriminating against jews, blacks, LGBT, or any other groups that are looked down upon by the ruling class.

I also suspect that he would not want people to judge or discriminate against others in his name.

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Soilent wrote:

They didn't.

Read the story.


Todd Stewart wrote:
I haven't read the whole story, but how did someone illegally in the country get into the White House to heckle the President in the first place?

According to this quote in the Washington Post, she says she was invited:

"“I was fortunate to be invited to the White House to listen to President Obama’s speech recognizing the LGBTQ community and the progress being made,” Gutiérrez wrote. “But while he spoke of ‘trans women of color being targeted,’ his administration holds LGBTQ and trans immigrants in detention. I spoke out because our issues and struggles can no longer be ignored.”"

I like the way Romaq put it... "the recognition of rights you had, but were denied." It's about time!

While I don't want to interrupt celebration with possible controversy, I really wanted to know what folks on this thread thought about Jennicet Gutiérrez heckling Obama about [LGBT] immigrants in detention centers. Justified? Inappropriate? What do you think? Also, how do you feel about how it was covered in major media and/or activists news sources?

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Riuk wrote:
why do people act this way!?

I think there is an idea among many people that any sexual proclivities other then straight missionary sex means you a "deviant" for lack of a better word. Once you are in the "deviant" category, that means you are into EVERYTHING that deviants are into - bondage, anal, group sex, bestiality, sadomasochism, you name it...

I think it is just a form of ignorance based on the very poor level of discourse about actual sex in our society. What we are shown in media about sex is usually what gets ratings for it mere suggestion, while no actual information or learning takes place.

Forget about most media, learn more about the realities of LGBT life, here on

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Missed the anniversary of the Soweto Uprising.

Reading that reminds me of what an A-Hole Reagan was for supporting apartheid in SA. Seriously F that guy in the ear! On the other hand Castro was very supportive of the people in SA. Viva Castro!

Ha ha! I was about to post saying that what I wrote was just about NYC and that things would probably get less tolerant as you got north and west of the city... I would also assume that there are areas of Queens, Staten Island, etc. that seem stuck a few decades back...

Would you say that your town is unusual or that that is just the way things are all over that region?

Haladir wrote:
I love living in New York!

I think of that every time I hear horror stories of intolerance. Not like NYC is free of prejudice by any stretch of the imagination, but when it comes to most gender and sexuality issues, I feel like that stuff got brought to a head during the Stonewall riots like 45 years ago, fought over for a few decades then hasn't been much of an issue in the last 20 years or so.

Again, not saying this is some kind of magical wonderland of freedom, but I guess it's all relative.

EDIT: It was kind of funny, I took a trip down to Key West, and there is a block or two on Duval Street where there are drag queens and gay bars and stuff... I couldn't help but kind of laugh because it was such a novelty down there, and people thought it was so exotic. I just chuckled and thought, wow, it's like being on half the streets in southern Manhattan.

Lord Snow wrote:
I'm not sure I understand what you mean about different perception of frontiers and wastelands... could you elaborate?

Well, it isn't something I have really figured out myself, but I think it is mostly about isolation and at least a perception of being surrounded by vast areas with no friendly humans. Australia is a pretty extreme example of this, as it has a HUGE area that is fairly hostile to human life. The US once had a massive unexplored area (known as The Frontier or "West") that shaped a survivalist mentality that still exists long ofter the frontier became scenic farmland. Sorry if I'm not explaining it well, but it often promotes mentalities that range from proud self reliance to creepy xenophobia. I imagine that it would be hard for someone who grew up in a densely developed area to relate to. For example, I grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and although there are some fairly large undeveloped areas in New York State, I didn't quite understand isolation until I visited some of the mountains and deserts of the West and Southwest. Places where you could walk for days and days without any sign of other humans. (Note: The Midwest has some vast areas of farm/grazing lands that are very sparsely populated, but that is a different form of isolation...)

TriOmegaZero wrote:
Fergie wrote:
For example, the animated film Wizards and more recently Princess Mononoke. Both are fantasy films, but the guns are destroying the fantastic.
I can't speak to Wizards, but Mononoke was enhanced by the primitive firearms used by the industrialists, and highlighted the conflict between them and the forest.

I would agree 100%. I did not mean to imply that the guns were destroying the verisimilitude of the fantasy, but that they were used to tell the story of an assault on nature/magic by technology and industry. Guns are not destroying the story, they are the oppositional part of the story.

Wizards wiki page
"Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film about the battle between two wizards, one representing the forces of magic and one representing the forces of industrial technology. It was written, produced, and directed by Ralph Bakshi.[3]"
If you can get over some of the dated stuff, Wizards is well worth watching!

Al Jazeera is not above reproach, but they are light years ahead of most mass media news we can get in the US. Most of the major organizations try to be clones of Rupert Murdoch's Fox. Which is some scary garbage. Some of the best news we can get is Democracy Now!, but it is very low budget.

I thought I remember that from your past posts, but I'm always thrown off by the wooly mammoth icon and Snow in your name. Out of curiosity, is there anything in English that you could recommend that would be representative of a common Israeli view of Mad Max? I'm curious because I find the idea of the "Wasteland" or frontier applies differently depending on geographical region.

EDIT: I first saw the film in 2D, then in 3D, and found the 2D a better viewing experience. In 2D I could enjoy the backgrounds and details without the forced focus. Also, the 3D made scenes that were real stunt work look fake because you could tell that they were digitally cut up to create layers. I think I'm done with the current 3D technology, which is nice because it usually means less people in the theater and saves a few bucks.

Albatoonoe wrote:
I stand by the point I made earlier. By standing apart from the mainstream and including great characters, both man and woman, it is feminist. That's the goal feminism is working for. Equal representation. It doesn't need to be a dissertation on gender roles.

define:feminism - "the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men." By the google dictionary definition of feminism, I would say you are correct. I think many people use different definitions (or a super rigid interpretation of "equality"), and thus have different opinions. I suspect that most "...isms" have a connotation of superiority, and that creates a lot of confusion and misunderstanding.

TriOmegaZero wrote:
DM Beckett wrote:
Really depends. Guns and technological firearms are expressly not fantasy, but part of either the western or the sci-fi genre.
Nah. They are more common elements of other genres, but firearms are very much part of fantasy.

While that may be true, it seems that firearms (and those who use them) are very frequently in opposition to the elements that make it "Fantasy". For example, the animated film Wizards and more recently Princess Mononoke. Both are fantasy films, but the guns are destroying the fantastic.

Likewise, it is Magical elements that are often in direct opposition to technology in Sci Fi. For example the "force" in Star Wars and the Bene Gesserit abilities in Dune.

Makes mental note to watch Krull...

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Lord Snow wrote:
It is an awesome action movie with male and female characters who are equal to each other.

I think that puts it into a very small class of movies. So much so, that it rocks the boat of current perceptions. It is unusual, if not unique.

As for point 3, I think the internet forces itself into small "cliques" because decent debate generally requires heavy moderation, which is at odds with the all-anonymous-voices-are-equal nature of life online. I also would separate "corporate liberal" from "peoples liberal" sites online as they frequently have VERY opposite agendas. For good debates, I would check out the Doha Debates on Al Jazeera. It is amazing what a real debate is like when you are used to the "debates" and reporting on almost all major media.

EDIT: Where are you again Lord Snow?

I think comparing bestiary monsters CMB/CMD is misleading because many many monsters are humanoids or other creatures that derive most of their stats from class levels, and those creatures are frequently easy marks for maneuvers.

I see things like sunder as perhaps too situational for most campaigns, but trip or grapple? If tripping and grappling suck, I've been playing the game wrong all this time.

EDIT: I thin the main problem with PCs specializing in combat maneuvers is that it makes for boring, repetitive combats. Who hasn't been at a table with the spiked chain guy who trips the hell out of everything with legs?

Kirth Gersen wrote:
Trying to get caught up with the thread, so I'll end up replying to some fairly old stuff before I reach the present.

Yay! Kirth is here! Lots of good political stuff in this thread, and some scandalous romance as well!

Reply - to Srmuf report - What is the difference between left and ultra left on that issue?
EDIT: Wait let me guess -
Left - Be patient, and maybe someday politicians will do the right thing despite massive campaign donations encouraging them not to.
Ultra left - Action!
Well I guess that applies to all issues...

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Malachi Silverclaw wrote:

Speaking from the POV of pure ignorance (important because those of us who are ignorant about this make up the majority of your social environment), it seems like hetero -> bi -> homo is like the frequency of your car radio, but the 'asexual spectrum' is the volume.

Am I totally wrong? If I am, what is it, in relation to hetero to homo spectrum?

OK, that makes sense, but how do I set the clock?

I think I played the first wasteland when it came out. I recall fighting wererabbits at some farm, and always having the wrong type of ammo for my guns. Also a weird river of blood and some religious shrines to the makers of the atomic bomb...

I might have to check out wasteland 2...

Funny timing - I just download the original 1986 Bards Tale and have been playing the hell out of it on a DOS emulator.

Despite some constantly-getting-killed problems at 1-2 level, and a TPK or two (F-You Catacombs level 2!) I have found the game addictive and enjoyable.

Also fired up Ultima V but I need to sort through some serious manuals and record keeping to play that game. Glad I kept that cloth map from back in the day!

Kirth Gersen wrote:
Turin the Mad wrote:
The main reason for Alamo's policy is that they sell booze to their patrons.
Yeah, we're not going to feed that to a 7-month-old!

Not until you are 21 months old! That's the law.

Also, LEGO Fury Road:

{Note: My players did a similar thing while facing a green dragon. I think they found a hallow tree, and did the rope trick inside, but same question was at hand.}

"The rope cannot be removed or hidden."

What do they define as hidden? That is the question...

I suspect they are talking about invisibility magic, or other affects that would make the rope invisible. I would think that using vines or branches to camouflage the rope would be ok, but that technically would be hiding it...

I think I would need to know WHY that bit of text was there to understand the intent.

Perhaps the solution is to just hang bits of rope from every tree in the area?

EDIT: How about this: "The rope can be covered or benefit from concealment, but only indirectly. You can not target the rope specifically with an illusion spell".

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Steve Geddes wrote:
It doesn't matter how many games they play in, nor how many people on the internet agree with them, nobody is in a position to declare what a "usual" game of pathfinder looks like.

While I agree with the spirit of what you are saying, I think there are some fundamental assumptions built into the game. For example, there are written guidelines like CR, APL, XP, Wealth-By-Level, and suggested level of an adventure. There are also some unwritten assumptions such as that a co-operative adventuring party featuring a variety of classes with Cleric, Fighter, Rogue, Wizard being the baseline. For the most part, the developers are fairly tight lipped when it comes to revealing other assumptions. However, I suspect much can be learned from the guidelines for GM'ing PFS and authoring modules and APs.

Although these suggestions are in place, there is very little expectation that they will be followed. Almost every situation will break guidelines. As zen master Shunryu Suzuki said, "Not always so." The best guideline is to expect the unexpected.

Forge of Combat is one way of looking at strategy in Pathfinder. However, several of the "facts" that the advice is based on, (and some of the comparisons) are far from facts, and are probably closer to "most of the time", rather then universal rules. It also falls for some of the old misconceptions like the concept of a dedicated healer or the exclusively offensive OR defensive actions for example. Like many choices in the game it also produces self-fulfilling prophecies - if you favor offense, offense will seem more powerful for example.

Most optimization advice tends to push the game into PRG-Tag territory, which might be effective at ending encounters, but often produces a game that most people don't find very enjoyable.

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Some of the previews make it look like an apocalyptic version of "Batman and Robin" - the one with Arnie as Mr Freeze... Or perhaps something out of Boarderlands 2. Not a high standard for two of my favorite movies of all time.

I don't know, I thought what made Mad Max and the Road Warrior great was the grittiness. There was a certain plausibility to both movies that made them more then typical action movie stuff. Seeing the new trailers I worry that all that grittiness has been replaced by a Fast-and-Furious level of physics defying computer effect silliness. I just want to see crazy Australian stuntmen risking their lives, not a bunch of video game cut scenes.

Your grade is:
Please report for remedial introduction to dice 101.

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NobodysHome wrote:

So, as usual, there are multiple interlocking problems, none of which are easy to solve.

(1) Easiest. The cultural attitude of, "The police are our enemy," is a vast contributor to the issue, yet is never addressed.

Because when the police ARE your enemy, all the kind words coming out of your mouth don't do a damn bit of good. The police don't care. Sure, being kind and respectful is a good general attitude to take with everyone you meet, but it isn't the answer to a much more serious question. It might have worked for you and your friend, but it isn't a broad solution, and you shouldn't be required to suck-up and get searched to go through life. Respect is earned, you shouldn't be required to fake it.

Taking names and filing a report is nice, but is also not the answer. When I was arrested, for less then lawful reasons, it took OVER 10 YEARS to get small compensation. Again, not a valid solution. Without leverage, appealing to authority is usually a losing proposition.

The solution is to get cops to fear the same laws they make us fear. Hold police accountable with real consequences. No more collusion between prosecutor and police. I think there needs to be an equivalent of the MP that police the army.

EDIT: Another solution is to get police to admit there is a problem. I don't know how to do this exactly, but yesterday Bratton, the NYPD commissioner was complaining about "anti-police sentiment" with zero admission of the fact that in many cases it is based on totally valid complaints. You can't do bad work, then say that the only problem is how you are perceived.

EDIT1: Also, create some sort of community affairs officers who deal with homeless, mentally ill, and domestic disputes. These issues require specialists whose goal (resolution) is often different then the standard police practices.

NobodysHome wrote:
Why aim your violence at the innocent? As others have said, it's because there's so much rage that it MUST find an outlet, even an inappropriate one.

Because all the police are busy protecting the white/rich neighborhood. When buildings are burned and looting occurs, it is because the police let is happen. They have more then enough resources and personal, they just don't have the will.

"The US Supreme Court reversed both the Appellate and Illinois Supreme Court decisions, with the Supreme Court stating that fleeing in a high crime area at the sight of police is enough to create reasonable suspicion. Indicating that reasonable suspicion rest heavily on normal human behavior, stating that flight at the mere sight of police is a sign that there exists reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot."

Translation: Your right to avoid police contact only exists in the white/rich neighborhood, not the "wrong side of the tracks".

Given the opposite verdicts in the lower courts and 4/5 split in the supreme court, I wouldn't expect it to be upheld if the circumstances were slightly different. That doesn't prevent it fro being used as case law unfortunately.

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LazarX wrote:
Fergie wrote:
I expected that kind of shabby treatment when Bloomberg was mayor/tyrant of NYC, but was very disappointed when De Blasio praised the fine history of the NYPD handling protests.
You shouldn't have been surprised. The NYC cops at this point, hate the mayor, having literally turned their backs on him at several public functions already. De Blasio is desperately looking to mend fences with them.

The big problem is that the cops have nothing legitimate to be upset about. Their "rep" Patrick Lynch is a total scumbag who defends the worst police actions, and finds insult where there is none. He has blamed the mayor for speaking an obvious truth that shouldn't have offended anyone (how black kids need to be careful around police). He has also blamed De Blasio for the death of two cops, and other incidents, that had NOTHING whatsoever to do with the mayor. In short, Lynch is just a loudmouth lobbyist with no credibility.

Meanwhile, the NYPD has done a crap job at handling protest for at least the past dozen+ years, and has shamelessly mistreated blacks and other minorities since long before that. Almost every major protest event has resulted in huge financial losses from settlements for the NYPD's misconduct. There are also at least half a dozen high profile cases of police killing or maiming innocent minorities, and unknown numbers of incidents that never make the news.

For the mayor to abandon reality and go with the ravings of Lynch and his loyalists (most cops didn't turn their backs...) shows a pathetic level of toadying and sucking up that makes me sick.

I should have know better... most politicians can't disappoint me because I already think they are scum. I had hoped De Blasio would be better, but well, here we are.

Stooge of the Plutocracy!

Rynjin wrote:

Why would something happening to a real person impact the comedic value?

It might be black comedy, but it is sort of an inherently funny scene.

"Two bumbling cops laugh about ignoring probable cause, unaware they're being filmed."

Our tax dollars at work... I just wonder how much more we'll have to spend to get rid of these guys and compensate their other victims...

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Yuugasa wrote:

Having once spent 4 months in jail because I was held in contempt of court for not providing an eye witness testimony of a crime I didn't even witness I'll agree jail sucks alot, especially if you aren't used to that kind of thing(what with not being a criminal).

Also, turns out good lawyers are important, like, really important.

If you don't have the money for a good lawyer when dealing with the court system(even if you are not the one on trial) you are totally screwed(well maybe not if you are white, I wouldn't know)

It is too bad you are not a little older. My generation knows a little phrase that can get you out of anything- "I don't recall."

Trading arms to Iran in exchange for hostages?
"I don't recall."
Funneling money to death squads in South America?
"I don't recall."

Not that i think it is morally right, but I'm under the impression that police don't have to tell you why they are detaining you. I think they can detain you for 24 hours without charging you with a crime. They are also not required to read you your rights unless they are questioning you about the crime you were detained for.

"An arrow of acid springs from your hand and speeds to its target."

I was under the impression that acid arrow created an arrow shaped blob of acid. As such, trying to deflect it would only get it all over you. I imagine snowball is the same, especially if it deals cold damage, not bludgeoning damage.

Stone discuss is a little more vague, but deflect arrows seems to work on any ranged weapon attack.

"You must have at least one hand free (holding nothing) to use this feat. Once per round when you would normally be hit with an attack from a ranged weapon, you may deflect it so that you take no damage from it. You must be aware of the attack and not flat-footed. Attempting to deflect a ranged attack doesn't count as an action. Unusually massive ranged weapons (such as boulders or ballista bolts) and ranged attacks generated by natural attacks or spell effects can't be deflected."
I take the last sentence to apply to things like web attacks and scorching rays, not manticore spikes or object hurled with a telekinesis spell.

LazarX wrote:
Fergie wrote:

The law does not recognize guilt by association.

Maybe not by de jure, but de facto is quite a different story when it comes to prosecution. There have been people convicted and executed for nothing other than association with individuals deemed guilty of serious crimes.

You aren't kidding! In my own case, it took about 10 years for this stuff to get shaken out by the legal system. In the end, I don't think the City of New York even had to admit wrongdoing for mass arresting ~1,800 people (although they did have to pay).

I expected that kind of shabby treatment when Bloomberg was mayor/tyrant of NYC, but was very disappointed when De Blasio praised the fine history of the NYPD handling protests.

EDIT: The only consistent thing about "The Law" is inconsistency.

BigNorseWolf wrote:

Something i forgot to point out...

For some people being arrested is no big deal. Its just you're in and you're out of jail. But when your department is torturing people they arrest to death and blatantly getting away with it then every arrest becomes a mortal threat.

I don't know... Being arrested sucked incredibly bad. Being in handcuffs, knowing that your mugshot and prints are in the system for life, and just the waiting, and waiting and... Jail was also one of the most depressing and mentally/physically unhealthy places I have ever been. And on top of it all, getting treated like less then dirt by cops, corrections officers, attorneys, and everyone else. The whole experience sucked from beginning to end, and felt designed to be a punishment. I would rather spend a week at the DMV then an hour in jail.

I've only been detained by the police once, so maybe it is different in other places. I would tend to think that unless you are stupid rich, famous or otherwise powerful, losing you freedom due to police is going to be unpleasant to say the least.

I think it would be more accurate to say that dealing with police is no big deal for many people. It is an entirely different relationship when the police treat you as a citizen, rather then a suspect.

The law does not recognize guilt by association. With an exception or two for gang type stuff, each person accused of a crime is required to be individually suspected of committing the crime, not just part of a group containing people who committed the crime. The law also does not recognize collective punishments or denial of 1st Amendment rights without due process. There is a chance that the curfew and many resulting arrests will be found to be unlawful, although many years may pass before any of this gets settled. It is even more likely that charges will be dropped, and there will be a monetary settlement, with no admission of wrongdoing on behalf of the city of Baltimore. Again, what is "legal" often takes years and years to determine.

Mass arrests are very contentious, and their legality can't be summed up in one sentence or two. The short version is that the police are required to make some effort to separate the law breakers from the other members of the crowd, but they are not required to do a very good job of it. They are also generally required to order people to disperse, and give them an opportunity to do so. There is a fairly large gap between a legal arrest that does not hold up in court, and a wrongful arrest. Wrongful arrest requires that the police officer not have had a "reasonable assumption that the suspect was committing the crime".

If anyone cares, I could link some legal documents. I had the pleasure of arguing this exact issue last year in New York State Court for the largest class action settlement in protest history.

EDIT: I should point out that I was not really successful in the arguments, but I tried.

Check out page 3+ of this document for an example of different things a judge considers regarding mass arrest legality

I would define Save-or-Suck as something that causes you to lose the ability to take effective standard actions.

Blindness, nausea, etc.

I would lump things that put you to sleep, paralyze, and petrify adjacent to Save-or-die, since you are either super easy to kill, or require powerful magic to return to play.

Domination is kind of its own category, as it can be far worse then death, although it can also be stopped by a first level spell in most cases.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Pay raises from their corporate overlords after the reminder of how close some segments of the population are from going galt?

Looking into my Crystal Ball of Cynicism, I see the future of the police involved in the Baltimore incident....

I see paid time off...

I see no indictment and a happy prosecutor...

I see them being reprimanded for failing to "buckle-up" a suspect...

[tosses crystal ball over shoulder] Man, f$%~ this thing! Where is my Magic 8 ball? At least that thing allowed the possibility of progress.

"Ask Again Later" is better then reality!

EDIT: "Gray's family told the Baltimore Sun newspaper that doctors at a local hospital performed surgeries to treat three broken vertebrae and an injured voice box. He was comatose until his death on Sunday."
Hmmm, sounds self inflicted to me...

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What's New in Baltimore? A Frank Zappa tune from the 80's.

Just a little detail from when I had a run in with organized police activity in NYC. After a night in the filthy cages of pier 57, they left a group of us handcuffed on a bus for several hours during a hot August afternoon. I recall the officers laughing and saying something along the lines of "have a fun ride" when we left the pier. I had always assumed that we sat on the bus for hours because they we so disorganized, (we were told that they could not hand us over to the corrections dept. officers at "the tombs" without our arresting officer) but now I really wonder if it was just a way to stick it to a group of us. My friend and I on the bus were later charged with misdemeanors in addition to the other charges, while my other friends who didn't wait on the bus for hours received lesser charges...

The worst part was listening to a guy on another bus screaming that his cuffs were too tight. I still feel sick and sad to remember that after hours and hours of his screaming, I just wanted him to shut up, even though I knew he was in great pain.

Fun times!

I hope the cops of Baltimore (and everywhere else) get what is coming to them.

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Ceaser Slaad wrote:
And as has been the case in most of these incidents, the real violence is being caused by those who came to the city from somewhere else.

And I'm guessing that like in most of these incidences, that is a lie told for propaganda reasons.

Check out the Miami Model of protest policing. The propaganda always includes some form of, "terrorists/violent protesters coming" vs "well trained officers". Anytime there is a large scale protest event, they bring out the same tired lines about "outside anarchists bent on destruction". Again and again, it just isn't true.

The police will get out of control, violate peoples rights, and lose the lawsuit that follows. Speaking of lawsuits, check out how much Baltimore has had to pay out due to police misconduct and abuse of power. The locals are very upset, and they have very good reason to be outraged at the police.

Fruian Thistlefoot wrote:
... more... In pathfinder Damage will always outweigh healing. It is better to prevent damage then try to heal through it and to make them dead so they can do no further harm to anyone. Pathfinder actually is an offensive game. ... more...

I should just point out that there is varying opinion about such statements and the advice given in guides. Most of the guides clearly state that they are generic advice for default games facing default encounters. Play style, table variation, party composition, encounter variables, etc. can drastically alter the balance of the game. Guides and any advice really is just one persons opinion, and there are very few areas of the game where there is anything close to a consensus of opinion.

For example, I think it is totally possible for healing to mitigate the effects of incoming damage and do many other things very well as a cleric, and that it will be a powerful and effective strategy. YMMV.

Also, if you want to kick ass with a sword and channel and heal, how about playing a paladin? If you don't want to be lawful good, I understand, but for what you seem to want, paladins are REALLY powerful!

What are your other stats? What other classes will you be adventuring with?

Just two initial thoughts. A Dex of 7 is pretty brutal. Initiative, AC, and reflex penalty, when you already have weak reflex saves? Ouch.

Also, crusader gives up a huge amount (entire domain AND 1 spell of each spell level) for fairly modest returns. Depending on how you play your character, you might be much better off picking a deity like gorum and domains like strength or war or destruction. Also consider a dip in a martial class like barbarian or ranger if you are willing to give up casting for fighting power.

If you are dead-set on fighting and channeling, there may be options like rage prophet that will let you do it without having to spread your ability scores so thin. That seems to be the biggest trouble - you need all your physical stats for fighting, your wisdom for casting and your charisma for channeling... that is very painful on a 20 any pt buy.

Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:

Drapes fur coat, ok dog fur coat, ok, fine, sliced open dog over Doodlebug...

Man, there is nothing sadder then a sad commie goblin...

Feel better man!

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As miserable as it may be now, you are sparing yourself a highly likely much worse situation down the line. My friend from childhood hooked up with a woman who had many issues similar to what you have mentioned. Really, really, eerily similar. She was even a New York school teacher (upstate NY, not NYC). Anyway, after about a year of fights/makeup sex, things really hit the fan bad. State trooper visits, restraining orders, bad stuff. By that point they had several pets, a just purchased house full of furniture, and my friend was left with the rapidly depreciating diamond ring, thousands in credit card debt, and a mortgage. He had also lost over 20 pounds (not in a good way) and had developed a drinking problem.

I'm sorry for the way things are turning out, but it is so, sooo, sooooo much better, quicker, and less painful then it would be in the future!

Musical Interlude

Perhaps the best breakup song ever

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The answer to her question is "Sorry, but NO!" Hormonal disruption, financial stress and a lack of sleep have never improved any relationship in the history of life on Earth.

The answer to your question is "Go for it!" [high fives Doodlebug with hoof]

I should be encouraging you to break it off completely, as that is the only sensible thing. The stakes are too high to mess around. But you two seem compatible in other ways, so there may be some option for friends with benefits...

No. It's too emotionally sketchy.

But... if there were ground rules...

It will only end in heartbreak for one or both of you...

What if...

No. Just NO!

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These things aren't meant to be taken literally...

It's probably a reference to all manufactures of dairy in general.

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