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Until we see a bunch of drunken frat boys from 2436, who got their hands on a time machine from one of their dad's lab, pledging on the white house lawn, I'm going to assume that we as a species will never be able to master time travel.

(Cause you know its got to happen eventually...)


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At the speed of 1s/s!


thejeff wrote:

I suspect that bit's not actually true. Soldiers occasionally take prisoners and I suspect they point guns at them even when not actually shooting. If someone tries to surrender, do soldiers immediately stop covering them, even if he still has weapons close to hand?

It's one of those catch phrases that sounds good and may even be generally true, but certainly isn't a hard and fast rule.

Fair enough, I've never been in the military so if anyone else knows better I'll concede the point.


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thejeff wrote:
Sissyl wrote:

What would really save police lives is if they simply sent out drones with automatic weapons and gunned down all the protesters. Not one policeman would be remotely injured. See now why safety of police officers before taking any other consideration can be a very bad idea?

Policemen and soldiers (and others) have chosen to take jobs that can be quite risky. Nobody is forced to be one. It is, quite literally, part of the job. Certainly, give them what protective gear they NEED. It's ridiculous they would need armored cars, automatic rifles and sniper rifles to deal with a peaceful protest - if so, they are severely incompetent at their job.

It's ridiculous they'd need armored cars, automatic rifles and sniper rifles even to deal with looting.

When you assume that the public is the enemy, then it automatically becomes a war, and therefore you need war machines.

One of the best parts of the John Oliver monologue is the bit where they show the photo of the police officers pointing their automatic rifles at someone with their hands up and then they cut to the interview where you have someone (can't remember name or occupation) indicating that in a war, soldiers only point their weapon when they are in the process of firing them.

They have the toys but they have no clue how to use them properly.

That can only lead to a happy ending...


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This is appropriate here:

John Oliver on police militarization


SeeDarkly_X wrote:
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
Orthos wrote:

I pretty much grew up on stuff like This and This

Also This but that's DC of course. But it's awesome enough to need mentioning.

You're lucky. I grew up on stuff like this

Oh please... there was NOTHING wrong with that at the time.

Anyone growing up on that had nothing better to compare it to.

I would also know. ;)

(I admit though, many advancements in animation and storytelling have improved the entire form over time. Leaving really no excuse for things like Ultimate Spider Man or TTGo... ugh)

I agree with SeeDarkly_X. If you're a child of the 70s then this was the s&*%.

Of course it did raise interesting questions. Like what *was* spiderman swinging from when he was swinging over the tree tops in Queens?!? :)


KSF wrote:
No thanks. I wouldn't want to watch B5 without Andreas Katsulas. Or Richard Biggs for that matter.

Based on the things that jms has said about Katsulas, I doubt he would do it if he didn't think he could get someone to portray G'kar properly.

Or he doesn't use G'kar.


Pan wrote:
Are they really goping feature film exclusive with B5? I thought the movie would serve as a pilot for a new series?

WB has the TV rights to B5 and they don't want to do anything. JMS has the motion picture rights, so that's what he's going forward with. Since he thinks its been too long since the show was on, he doesn't think a follow-on to the series makes sense, so he's rebooting it. Whether that's a good or bad idea is open for interpretation.


thejeff wrote:
GregH wrote:
thejeff wrote:
Of course, you could basically drop Season 5.
Or do it right...
Well, you're dropping so much anyway to fit into a much smaller timeframe of movies and Season 5 was already the stuff he thought could be cut from the main plot, when it wasn't sure there was going to be a Season 5.

Good point. If anything, it may be the one season easiest to fit into a 2 hour movie...


thejeff wrote:
Of course, you could basically drop Season 5.

Or do it right...


I'm a little leery. I don't see how any aspect of the B5 series can be effectively retold in a 2-hour movie. Unless (as someone suggested on ArsTechnica) he decides to go with 1 movie = 1 season. But that requires that fans line up to see 5 movies without getting anxious for something new.

But then, I don't write movie screenplays and jms does. So maybe he knows what he's doing...


Liz Courts wrote:
Each player gets "at least 12 cards," so you should have enough to go around for a standard four player group. However, this limits the variety of options at your disposal (as some mechanics allow for more draws), so each player with their own deck is ideal—but not required.

Thanks Liz. The number explains it. We only allow 4 cards per player (I allow them to swap out and replenish back up to 4 at each new level). But as I said the Dork20 deck can be a bit higher powered than this seems to be (but it would be nice to see some more examples... :)


Are there official rules for using it that explain the 1 deck/person idea? I play 3.5 and use the "Dork20" deck (its a similar idea - its pretty silly and sometimes a little overpowered but my group likes it) and we use only one deck for the whole group.

What about this deck makes it 1/person rather than 1/group? Are there not enough cards to go around?


Andrew R wrote:
GregH wrote:
thejeff wrote:

He's not saying they do that. He's saying they shouldn't be allowed to buy alcohol or cigarettes if they get assistance, even if they do it with cash.

But, isn't that an infringement on their freedoms?
Not at all, it is the cost of expecting others to pay for you

But what if they happened to get a job that was very short term (say a week or so) and they got paid cash? Don't they have the right to treat themselves for working hard? Even if it was for a very short time and they have to go back on welfare afterward?

Or must poor people always lead a life of misery until they can get solid employment, regardless of the circumstances?

Forcing someone to be miserable sure seems like an infringement of their right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".


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thejeff wrote:

He's not saying they do that. He's saying they shouldn't be allowed to buy alcohol or cigarettes if they get assistance, even if they do it with cash.

But, isn't that an infringement on their freedoms?


thejeff wrote:
GregH wrote:
LazarX wrote:
MrTsFloatinghead wrote:
Already largely answered up thread - may poor people have a job, but it pays minimum wage, so they still need assistance to afford to eat...
Walmart assists it's own employees in making applications for food assistance programs, because even the corporation realizes that in most stores it does not pay enough to make a living wage. Simmilarly, most food drives in Walmart stores are for the benefit for the employees living the most precariously on the edge.

This kills me. If Walmart understands that they don't pay their employees a living wage, why don't they pay them a living wage?!?!?!?

(I know the answer - it'll cut into profits!)

Why should they? Just out of the goodness of their hearts? The entire business model is cut costs at any expense.

My point is they are publicly acknowledging the shortcoming as they are "helping" their customers make up the difference. They are already showing "the goodness of their hearts". Just in a way that doesn't affect their bottom line. And by acknowledging that they are paying their employees poorly but not actually increasing their pay shows how transparent their "goodness" is.


LazarX wrote:
MrTsFloatinghead wrote:
Already largely answered up thread - may poor people have a job, but it pays minimum wage, so they still need assistance to afford to eat...
Walmart assists it's own employees in making applications for food assistance programs, because even the corporation realizes that in most stores it does not pay enough to make a living wage. Simmilarly, most food drives in Walmart stores are for the benefit for the employees living the most precariously on the edge.

This kills me. If Walmart understands that they don't pay their employees a living wage, why don't they pay them a living wage?!?!?!?

(I know the answer - it'll cut into profits!)


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Thomas Long 175 wrote:
None. 4 months of non stop, no saves, unlimited domination spells from a deity that could not be blocked by even other deities on the girl I was dating at the time.

"4 months"?!?!?!? You're exceedingly patient...


Usagi Yojimbo wrote:

First time parents??

Oh, the law depends in the size of the company, not the size of the family.

I really have no idea how I misread that....


Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Not exactly. Up to 12 weeks of family leave, if your company is big enough to come under FMLA. It's unpaid, though.

So first time parents need not apply?

Here it's "unpaid" as well, in that the company doesn't pay parental leave. Its paid by the government as part of "EI" ("Employment Insurance"). You get paid at 55% of your salary up to a monthly cut-off. (Dont remember what that is.)


MagusJanus wrote:
It's not actually hyperbole; it depends on if you're male or female and what the company's policies are. A week is actually pretty high for a male to get; it's not unusual for them not to qualify for leave at all.

Yikes! My brother works in Cali, thats probably where the residual memory information came from. But I was sure I was miremembering...


Oh I know its a sin, (I was brought up Catholic - got better) but I thought that profits were the most important thing.

It seems to trump other "sins".


What I find the most puzzling about this is that it is actually in the employer's best interest to provide contraception in health care coverage because access to contraception means less unexpected pregnancies and that means less maternity/paternity leave. Of course in the US, I think you guys get all of a week or two* of parental leave so maybe its not a big loss?

*hyperbole - I know its more than that, but I don't know the exact number and I do know it doesn't even come close to the 52 weeks we get here in la belle province...


I use Initiativeboard to track combat. It's not flawless but it does the job.


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Drejk wrote:
Dazylar wrote:
Dazylar wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Itchy wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Fromper wrote:
strayshift wrote:

"I'll go... uh... check on Mr Scruffy."

Sinister?

Yeah, that struck me as a bluff check, where nobody was paying enough attention to bother making a sense motive roll. Guaranteed he's stalking the vampire.
it struck me as "the best way I can help is by being out of the way"
Possibly. Just reread it & I noticed that he's kind of looking directly at Durkula as he's saying it. I suspect that Fromper & strayshift might be on to something...
Either we're totally right, or Belkar really is just worried about the vampire eating his cat. :P
Or it's both. Also, the nesting quotes are starting to look like either a pit or a pyramid, depending upon how my eyes look at it.
Both pit and pyramid are appropriate for OotS :P
That's a pretty weirdly proportioned pyramid...
I suppose it'll look right when it gets to about 35 'nests'.
That's what you get when you make pyramid out of sticks.

I think its starting to look more like a longhouse.


Calybos1 wrote:

Socialism, on the other hand, has worked great in pretty much every social democracy in the world. We need to move the U.S. in that direction ASAP.

Plus, it would provide countless hours of free entertainment as foaming reactionaries who don't understand the difference between socialism and communism rant and rave about Stalin.

You do realise that its the existence of those "foaming reactionaries" which pretty much dooms socialism from ever taking hold in the US.

(Or rather, the general public reaction to said reactionaries - the fear that they are right.)


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Arnwolf wrote:
and their are still all the holes in the ozone layer, it's a natural phenomenon.

No it's not. The reduction of ozone into individual oxygen atoms by UV is, (O3 + UV -> O + O + O) but left to its own devices the individual oxygen atoms will recombine to reform ozone. That's how it protects us from UV light. It absorbs the UV but reforms afterward.

When you add chlorofluorocarbons (man-made!) into the mix, they are also broken up, but then the individual chlorine atoms grab ahold of an oxygen atom, and leave only 2 oxygen atoms to make O2 thus depleting O3. O2 doesn't absorb UV so we now have a hole in our UV protection where there didn't use to be.

The ozone hole is not natural. It's caused by us.


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Now that the season is over, I still can't believe that they used Brad Dourif for all of 2 minutes and it didn't lead to anything.


When people die in an event that has national significance, like this one, the memorials are put in place by the state. Otherwise, the memorials are put in place by the families - in cemeteries.


Tacticslion wrote:
Yeah, this was mentioned before. It's... certainly very curious. Great linkage, though. Thanks!

Isn't it just the reflection of the rift?


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CapeCodRPGer wrote:
wicked cool wrote:
wonder if Boba will be in it. Id take a cameo or even a name drop by another character. There were rumors that they would give him his own film/series. Will they take any expanded universe ideas?

Picture this:

End of episode 7: Pan down to Tatooine, over sand dunes, to the Sarlac pit. We hear a couple of blaster shots from inside the mouth of the Sarlac. Crawling out, all beaten and brusied is Boba Fett. Armor all faded and dented. Breathing heavy, he gets of the the mouth and stands up. Wanting to breathe real air again we see his shadow start to take off the helmet.
The camera pans up to show it was Jar Jar Binks in the armor.
Fade to black.
Roll credits.

"Heesa no good to meesa dead."


I fully expect that the script will be written to incorporate a 5-second pause in all action as each of the original cast comes on screen for the first time to allow for the screaming and hooting to die down in the theatre so that no one watching will miss a line of dialogue. :)


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
Greylurker wrote:

Best part of tonight's episode

May's Mom

lmao

department H i guess? :)

Don't think so. They showed her Pennsylvania license plate in close up and she mentioned that she drove for 5 hours (although driving for 5 hours is not hard to do within Ontario).


Would it be possible that those who have seen the movie identify their spoilers as being about the movie, please? I know I'm already somewhat spoiled because I'm watching Agents but I would like there to be some surprises when I eventually see the movie.

(It's like the Game of Thrones thread all over again...)


Yakman wrote:
Do Canadians get free dental coverage too?

Nope. That's covered under regular insurance.


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
GregH wrote:
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
GregH wrote:
*sulk*
you must make haste and see Cap 2
Would love too. Family responsibilities and all that...

I got approval from the wife a month before Cap 2 came out, with weekly reminders, then daily reminders the week it came out! :)

It's like a vacation request: your boss always appreciate more than a day's notice! ;)

Oh, she wants to see it almost as much as I do. So do my kids. But the two oldest sons are in spring hockey leagues, so weekend matinees are tough to schedule.

And if I were to go see it on my own there would be a sizable mutiny, I think...


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
GregH wrote:
*sulk*
you must make haste and see Cap 2

Would love too. Family responsibilities and all that...


Skeld wrote:
Yeah, I wouldn't watch this week's SHIELD without seeing Cap2 first.

Y'know, MARVEL really shoulda had this warning in big red letters with a loud siren or something going off at the start of the episode.

Haven't seen Cap2 and won't for a least another week or so, in all likelihood.

*sulk*


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
The thing about the Clairvoyant is that he's not a team player, and has committed many acts of evil... he is in the true sense of the word, a villain. I doubt they will redeem him or take a Marvel hero as a template for the Clairvoyant...

Well, Box was taken over by Jerome Jaxxon in AF #12 to kill Guardian, so he has been a "villain".

But yeah, to introduce him as a villain is probably stretching it.


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
So what other Marvel character used to be human but is now a machine, other than Arnim Zola? there's sooooooo many Marvel robots it's not funny.......

Well, there is Box. And then the reference to Department H wouldn't be as throw-away.

But that's wishful thinking...

Isn't it??? :)


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Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
Yes confirmed: Brad Dourif was the fake clairvoyant.... I only hope he downloaded his consciousness and we'll see him again on a BIG ROBOT CHEST SCREEN ;)

I can't imagine they'd hire Brad Dourif and then use him in a throw-away role. They will use him again.

Also, "Department H"! If they manage to introduce Alpha Flight, I'll piss myself. (Yeah, I know, fat chance. Still, I can dream can't I?)


Every Canadian know our national anthem:

All together now!

(Its easy 'cause there aren't any words!)


houstonderek wrote:
GregH wrote:
The smitter wrote:
As a production Brewer at a microbrewery I am offended by this talk of America beer being sub par. I have drank beer from all over the world and would put American craft beer against in beer in the world. I well not sign this until I get a fall apology.
I' m sorry you are offended. However while you may be a craftsman you live under the shadow of Bud, and Pabst and other so-called "beers". You must clean your own house first, then we will discuss terms of the treaty at the first "Molson Summit".

Any nation that bottles moose urine and exports it as "beer" should be careful when attacking their southern neighbors' also nasty if it's commercially brewed beer. Trust me, Molson and LaBatts aren't all that.

;-)

P.S. Molson is owned by Coors, LaBatts by Anheuser-Busch.

Quit bringing facts into it. This is a discussion about overzealous nationalist pride.

There's no place for facts here.


Orthos wrote:
We don't want them, they don't want us.

We appreciate you taking Celine Dion off our hands, though.

We owe you.


Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
We'd become the nicest country that loves to start wars.

As an aside, there is absolutely no correlation to the fact that we Canadians are overly polite and that Obama went on an "apology tour" of Europe. Absolutely none.

Nor is there a correlation between his desire to have socialized medicine and Canada's medical system.

He is not, I repeat, he is NOT a Canadian mole.

I mean it.

As you were.


Actually only 6 of the guys are standing around saying "Eh". The other 6 are good ole Americans. (You sure do make good football players down there...)


Hama wrote:

Almost every single one, besides Heineken which is utter piss. Especially czech and german beers.

Hey yellowdingo. You should start a petition to allow import of Kinder Surprise in the U.S. That would be worthwhile.

Americans don't have Kinder?

Deals off.


TOZ wrote:
Don't blame us for your inability to do what needed to be done.

The threat was only hypothetical and not yet deserving of drastic measures. Sure there was the rash of unexplained suicides in his immediate location, and in hindsight, more than circumstantial, but believe me when I say that we had no clue as to his true potential until it was unleashed.


We had Beiber secluded away in a small Ontario town where he was no harm to anyone. Then you went and invented YouTube and all our work at protecting the world from that horror was undone. You have no one to blame but yourselves.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

From Yukon to Yucatan--for a Socialist Federation of North America!

Vive le Dingo!

I appreciate you leaving Alaska out of the annex. Dispite it's beautiful scenery and abundant resources, I don't think we want Sarah Palin any more than you do.

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