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Pathfinder Society Member. 3,246 posts (6,884 including aliases). 3 reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 3 Pathfinder Society characters. 21 aliases.


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I'm sorry to see you go as well James, you really helped flesh out the setting with your planar cant, and I would loved to have played out the Isaac/ Karrin story a bit more. I'd love to have you back one day but take care and happy gaming if we don't.

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Male hu-man Paladin

Thankfully most of the nasty storms have missed us, people to the north and south of us have got hit much harder. We'll be here whenever you have free time.

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Male hu-man Paladin

Good luck Pat, we'll be here when ever you're free.

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Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:

Nuns Gone Bad: A Lurid Tale of a Lesbian Nun Sex Gang

I love lurid tales!

Nice find, but knowing what I know about human beings, I can't help but feel this was a smear job by a powerful noble to wipe out low born opposition in a nunnery. Most people think of nunneries as religious institutions but they were powerful business, and outside of noble marriage, one of the few institutions that gave the few women running the order wealth and power. I mean it's entirely possible that you had lesbian sex, I'm willing to bet that homosexuality in general wasn't uncommon in any of these religious orders, but I'd be willing to bet that someone involved benefited from this investigation.

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Male hu-man Paladin

Mary Christmas for those that celebrate it, happy holidays everyone else.

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Male hu-man Paladin

Mary Christmas for those that celebrate it, happy holidays everyone else.

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Male hu-man Paladin

We're level 9 now.

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Male hu-man Paladin

Welcome back Bryan.

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Pink Dragon wrote:
Guy Humual wrote:


I'm not going to suggest that I approve of the conservative Israeli government, they're pretty much the reason why we have groups like Hamas, but just because we have one group behaving badly it doesn't excuse the actions of the other.
Palestinians are fighting for their homes and existence. They have a right to do that.

Please don't misunderstand me, I am very sympathetic to the Palestinian struggle, however Hamas is not Palestine. They are just one group amongst many.

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Pink Dragon wrote:
Guy Humual wrote:


No, I'm pretty sure Hamas is a terrorist organization, the question is would they exist if Israel hadn't been so aggressive in it's seizure of land and restrictive control of imports and exports?
Why are you so sure that Hamas is a terrorist organization? They don't seem to be behaving any differently than the Israeli government and most people don't call the Israeli government a terrorist organization.

I'm not going to suggest that I approve of the conservative Israeli government, they're pretty much the reason why we have groups like Hamas, but just because we have one group behaving badly it doesn't excuse the actions of the other.

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Pink Dragon wrote:

The things brought in through these tunnels is neither contraband nor done through smuggling. The tunnels themselves are not illegal.

The tunnels do not lead from Gaza to enemy territory. The lead from Gaza to Palestinian lands that were stolen from them at gunpoint and now occupied by Israelis.

Hamas is only a "terrorist organization" because that is what they are labeled by those who wish to vilify their efforts in defending their lands from occupiers who are stealing the lands at gunpoint.

No, I'm pretty sure Hamas is a terrorist organization, the question is would they exist if Israel hadn't been so aggressive in it's seizure of land and restrictive control of imports and exports?

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Well I'm not fussy so I don't really have a strong feeling about anything. Another two weeks then?

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James Keegan wrote:
Right now sausages are her bag, so Isaac's stepped in.

there's a double entendre there somewhere . . .

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Male hu-man Paladin

Not bad, though Bluff is usually Karrin's bag :P

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thejeff wrote:

Backwards: ISIS is Sunni. Iran and Iraq's president are Shia.

It's not even clear how much the Sunni Iraqis are behind ISIS and how much they're just not willing to stand up and get killed. There are definitely some former Baathist army types, but it may still be more of a foreign invasion than a civil war.
If the US helps with the "defeat/degrade the army that's actually taking territory" part, but doesn't get into the "try to root them out when they turn into an underground resistance movement" part, this might work out better than the alternative.

Brain fart, I knew the Shia were the ones that claimed that their leaders were direct decedents of Mohammad, and I also remembered Sadam (after the first golf war) "finding" religion and claiming that he was one of these direct decedents of Mohammad. Seems like an even odder claim now as it wouldn't have endeared him to the Sunni.

However while I'm sure there's a lot of foreign fighters I believe that there's at least one former Baathist at or near the head of the Iraqi wing of ISIS, and they're undoubtedly getting aide some someone in the area. Bombing ISIS isn't likely going to dislodge them from the region because they have at the very least some support. Bombing them is more likely going to send more to their side. Also keeping them from spreading might be near impossible at this point without a ground force and the Iraq army is not up to the task.

Best thing they can do at this point is get people to the negotiating table and draw new borders for three new countries.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Speaking of which, it will come as no surprise to anybody that I am against Obama's bombing of ISIS.

Iraq in Flames--Legacy of American Occupation

U.S. Imperialism--World's Biggest Terrorists!

It would be nice to get the Shias to accept a moderate government but these these people were violently oppressing their rivals twenty years ago, it's not surprising to see them getting behind this ISIS group that are murdering non-Shia Muslims. A lot of this does go back to the initial stages of the war where the Bath party were basically disbanded and forced out of any and all offices they held. Now that the US forces are gone you have genuine civil war.

However, do you let a group you basically created just starve a whole group of people on top of a mountain to death? I have a hard time disagreeing with Obama's choice this time.

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It's certainly worse then arranged marriages in theory, I'm sure there are exceptions where everyone lives happily ever after, but yes, hard to imagine a healthy relationship growing from one started with such an imbalance of power. Course in the part of the world where this is the acceptable I'm sure it's mostly just done out of tradition rather then genuine abduction and rape. Hard to imagine everyone devaluing women enough were fathers wouldn't seek revenge against the tribe of the abductor.

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GentleGiant wrote:
Guy Humual wrote:

However I just wanted to jump in here, I haven't read past the first page, but I noticed the OP said "three Jewish kids were kidnapped by Hamas operatives. Kids as in 16 years old"

I haven't been following this story that closely I'll admit, but to my understanding this was a bit of unconfirmed misinformation, the boys were indeed kidnapped and murdered, but I haven't heard it was done by anyone directly linked with Hamas. It's not something I'd say was beneath certain members of Hamas, but in the past they haven't been afraid to admit to something, and so I tend to think that they might not be linked. Certainly the right wing Israeli government likes to say that this was the work of Hamas, the story does play quiet well for them and their base, but as far as I know this is misinformation.

Go a few posts up from yours, I have a link showing the Israeli police admitting that it wasn't Hamas who kidnapped and killed the three teenagers (aged 16-19 btw), but a separate, independent group.

EDIT: Ahh, continued reading and saw that you had found the answer.

Again I can only apologize, I only just discovered the thread but had limited time. Lord Snow had a very fair account of what happened over the last few days but that little bit jumped out at me and I wondered if I'd missed some news story, or if Snow (being in Israel) might have been given some misinformation. I only had time to scan the first page but when I got back from work I got to read the previous page and that had what I wanted to know.

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I just clicked back one page and found the answers I was looking for with my previous question. I apologize for not keeping up with the discussion but I came into this one late.

May I just say that as of right now the discussion seems very calm and peaceful, so kudos to everyone involved.

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I really hate Hamas but the idiocy and monstrousness on both sides is sickening. What does Hamas think it's going to accomplish by launching rockets? How does Israel justify killing that many civilians? I'm just horrified by the whole thing.

However I just wanted to jump in here, I haven't read past the first page, but I noticed the OP said "three Jewish kids were kidnapped by Hamas operatives. Kids as in 16 years old"

I haven't been following this story that closely I'll admit, but to my understanding this was a bit of unconfirmed misinformation, the boys were indeed kidnapped and murdered, but I haven't heard it was done by anyone directly linked with Hamas. It's not something I'd say was beneath certain members of Hamas, but in the past they haven't been afraid to admit to something, and so I tend to think that they might not be linked. Certainly the right wing Israeli government likes to say that this was the work of Hamas, the story does play quiet well for them and their base, but as far as I know this is misinformation.

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Male hu-man Paladin

I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Male hu-man Paladin

I'm so sorry for your loss Bryan.

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Karrin picked up this little fact over four years ago and has kept it to herself ever since. You might remember back when Karrin met with Sebastian? Although you only have to go back two years ago to see where Karrin came close to revealing this secret to the group. It was just after Nari got her new body:

Karrin Kind wrote:

"Well my mother is a bloody scion of hell!" Karrin snaps, "A monster of unimaginable proportions!"

Karrin pauses, blinks, then quickly adds, "Probably. I mean for all I know she could be some lowly demon or something. Actually that's probably more likely. Sired by some unknown, unimportant demon somewhere, but forever tainted. No matter what your father was Nari at least you don't carry his taint everywhere you go. People didn't look at that old elven body of yours and think "she must be some sort of monster" or something. You at least had the option of disowning him, putting him in your past, but me, I got these horns, I got these teeth, and I got this ugly red skin. How can I forget one of my parents was a monster? I mean I can try every day, serve Rao every day, and I still got these horns on my head. Folks automatically think I'm evil. I mean I was lucky, I found a guy once that was able to look past these stupid fangs, see me for a good person, but you think that's ever going to happen again? I'm sorry for ranting here Nari, and I'm really sorry for the bad stuff that happened to you, but I don't to walk away from what I am ever. I'm just having a really hard time accepting this is all . . . "

Karrin does seem to be having trouble controlling the tone of her voice.

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James Keegan wrote:
This hack's website has it.

Nice :D

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O.L.L.I wrote:
O.L.L.I gives Karrin an awkward hug back and gravely introduces himself around. He is cute, in a steamtrunk kind of way, with small vestigial wings and large chibi eyes. Thin pipestem arms and legs complete the look

Didn't you get some hack artist to draw a picture of him? James something . . .

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I sometimes find characters don't really come alive till you've played them.

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Pygon wrote:

Rath made me aware that he and Venthal will not be available for the 6/15 game due to work scheduling.

So, it looks like we are postponing for two more weeks.

We'll finish this thing eventually.

Oooh, I wonder if that has anything to do with that Chinese hacking thing . . .

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Not that I believe anything I see on this channel but I did find This plausible.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Hundredth anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre

The host of this segment had to be one of the most uncharismatic presenters I've seen in a long time. I thought the piece was interesting, I admit that I don't know much of the early 20th century labor movement and I thank you for posting this as I'll probably be reading more about this later, but man that host was awkward.

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I'm like most MMOs these days: free to play.

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I see that Anita has been awarded the Ambassador Award from the 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards. I thought it was interesting to hear that "the Last of Us" writer was inspired by her work. Certainly the characters in that story were well written and very well received. It sort of echoes what I was saying about the usefulness of criticism in the locked thread.

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Thanks for the update Patrick, and thanks for keeping the game rolling all these years. I think we just missed our 6 year anniversary.

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I concur, you've kept your games going for years now and I'm always happy to have an update.

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This is very sad news if true, I loved Dragon magazine, in no small part because of artists like Tramp. Learning that he's passed is sad, but the fact that he never illustrated anything after leaving Dragon mag is sadder still.

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Removed a few posts. While this is the Off Topic forum, let's not get too graphic on the messageboards please.

I thought this might happen. For the record I didn't flag anything but I suspected it was inevitable.

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Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
More objectification

It's a sad day when what Obama is seen as the left wing, but if that lady is upset about Obama becoming an extension of the Bush government then she'd have really flipped her lid if the actual republican party somehow gained power. At least you guys are getting a very basic improvement in your health care system.

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Thanks for the heads up Pat.

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Male hu-man Paladin

Thanks for the heads up.

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Rathendar wrote:
Guy Humual wrote:
I'm going to guess that we're going to miss this week?

It's just now turned 9pm, Guy. Going to pull the trigger and say cancel for today. Pygon's prolly going to be tired even when he gets home. No sense piling more on the poor fellow. ;)

Next session on the 23rd!

Agreed. I hope it wasn't all work, on a Sunday no less! Anyways take care Pygon and we'll see you in two weeks (if not online before then).

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I'm going to guess that we're going to miss this week?

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He made some great movies over the years. He will be missed.

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I found This enlightening. It dissects the trailer fairly well.

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Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Guy Humual wrote:
This is my favorite Beyonce song.
OHWFA!

I prefer the version I posted. And since this is a thread about Gender and politics I suppose I should say something about the lyrics:

"Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it
Don't be mad once you see that he want it
'Cause if you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it"

To me that sounds like Beyonce is calling herself an "it" and dehumanizing herself, not to mention suggesting ownership through marriage. Later are the lines:

"I need no permission, did I mention
Don't pay him any attention
'Cause you had your turn, and now you gonna learn
What it really feels like to miss me"

And although I like the line "I need no permission", but later in the verse she adds "(be)cause you had your turn" suggesting that rather then being a free willed being capable of doing whatever she wants that she's only free to make her own choices now because she's broken up with her man. Anyways I do like the limited freedom the song promotes, that pining over a man that's unwilling to commit is foolish, but the rest of the song seems to promote ugly gender stereotypes. But maybe that's just me.

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This is my favorite Beyonce song.

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If you're trying to suggest that Canada has right wing whack jobs, congratulations, it was however a one sided fight as I'd never contest that opinion. What I'm talking about is the conservative government, which as much as I dislike, hasn't acted on any of it's right wing nutbar's opinions despite having the US equivalent of the presidency, house of representatives, and the senate. They've had virtually all the power to do anything for the last three years now and they haven't acted on any of their Right wing impulses. The reason being Harper wants to get elected again and has been trying to rule from the center. The center of Canadian politics are to the left of even your Democratic party.

As to the poll, you're talking about something that hasn't even seen public debate in this country since the last Conservative government (over twenty years ago) and so it's entirely a one sided argument. People's opinions are entirely based on high profile murder cases and US television where the accused is always actually guilty. The problem is that in real life wrongful convictions happen all the time and in the new age of cell phone video police officers are being caught lying, abusing authority, and even breaking the law which in my mind, should the debate be reopened, would quickly sway public opinion back to the 1960s levels of support.

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A Man In Black wrote:
Guy Humual wrote:
Well I'm Canadian, so I tend to view the US Democratic party as being uncomfortably right wing, and our right wing "Conservative" party would be seen as wacko lefty pinko communist sympathizers by the American news media.
No, I'm pretty sure sucking up to the oil industry, slashing government funding on both social programs and scientific research, and straight up voter suppression is pretty familiar to any American.

You forgot those tax breaks that ate away at the surplus that the Liberals left us with before the subprime mortgage crisis and Harper's desire to snuggle up to Israel.

However Canada is still against the death penalty, doesn't execute it's citizens in over seas drone strikes, does have a progressive tax rate, believes in public health care, believes in separation between church and state, celebrates multiculturalism, and was one of the first countries in the world to legalize same sex marriage. Now I might agree that Harper probably doesn't support some of these things, I seriously doubt however that he'd even try to repeal or change these core Canadian laws and ideals, and while he is trying to be more and more like an American president (it's so cute), he's still got quite a way to go before he matches the policies of Barack Obama.

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Kryzbyn wrote:

I think Guy may vote Democrat. I'm not 100% sure though...

;)

Well I'm Canadian, so I tend to view the US Democratic party as being uncomfortably right wing, and our right wing "Conservative" party would be seen as wacko lefty pinko communist sympathizers by the American news media.

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thejeff wrote:
There's something wrong about asking people who are leaders in their fields for advice about something that's out of their field. If the pope wanted to give me advice about C Programming, I wouldn't pay much attention. Likewise if a religious leader wants to give advice on biology.

Right, but this isn't what religious leaders usually want to consult government over, often it's public policy, and while I might never agree with the pope on certain matters, the thing is popes don't get to where they are by being poor administrators. There's nothing wrong with listening to religious leaders anymore then there's anything wrong with listening to leaders of industry. However I do agree that there's a huge difference between consulting and blindly following the advise of said leaders. We shouldn't base our laws on a bronze age mysticism anymore then we should base our public spending on the free market economies.

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There's nothing wrong with asking people that are leaders in their fields for advice. I'm an atheist but if the pope wanted to give me advise I'd be a fool if I didn't at least listen to him. I might not do a single thing he says but there's nothing wrong with listening to people. Besides, just appearing to consult a major religious leader can score points with that religion's followers without actually having to commit to anything. It's sort of how the American Republican party works, they support a government that harbors the rich, takes food (stamps) from the poor, and is adamantly against healing the sick (if they can't pay for it), and yet they claim to be a christian party. It would be a bit like Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern claiming to be vegans, they eat meat all the time, privately scoff at philosophy and almost never eat strictly vegan meals, but they attend public meetings and condemn other TV food hosts who aren't acting vegan enough.

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thejeff wrote:
Guy Humual wrote:
Now if you want to argue that no one was convinced or swayed by this debate you'd be correct. But of course I've never felt that was the point of a debate, usually I see a debate as a chance to understand the other side and maybe find some middle ground that you can agree on. The only time you sway or convince the other side is when the other side comes into a debate completely ignorant of the facts or your position.

This isn't the kind of debate where you get to understand the other side or find middle ground. Each side knows the other's position just fine and there isn't any compromise available.

Nor are you trying to change the minds of the debaters or their hard-core followers. You're playing for the middle. Trying to sway those who aren't convinced yet. You're also playing for soundbites in the news coverage, since far more people will see that than actually watch the debate.

Yes, this is what I said. The debate exists only as publicity for his "museum" themed fun park. People who buy Ham's books weren't going to listen to anything Nye had to say, but they may have been unaware of Ham's Creation "Museum", and that is the real purpose of the debate.

thejeff wrote:
From what little I've seen, Nye won the news coverage.

I'd hope so. Arguing faith against reason and observation is a practically impossible battle and Nye would have needed to have been a monumentally bad debater to have lost. Knowing that Nye is not only capable of human speech but also pretty articulate left the results of the debate a forgone conclusion for me, but I watched a bit of it anyways.

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