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If the barbarian really wants that Bull's strength, it only takes a few levels of dip to get it. Alternatively, the barbarian is entirely free to invest in potions for it. Then he can use it as much as he likes.

Also, there is a different way of looking at this. The barbarian may well have two attacks to the cleric's one. However, the barbarian is pretty likely to hit either way, making the difference a +4 damage for him. The cleric, if built right, is far more likely to have it affect his chance to hit, meaning you're quite likely to get an extra 1d8+Str bonus+2 or something for the cleric's bull's strength. In general, a cleric taking a round of actions should be giving FAR more than +4 damage. Expecting someone to spend their round buffing you is selfish, useless and stupid. There are exceptions, of course.

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"Let's see. We have a test group consisting of Ug, Thog, Bof, Mmmmg, Gnurk and Blug. All of them died after eating the big black berries. The control group, Gak, Glok, Burf, Wug and Guk did not eat black berries and are still alive, though Wug came down with severe diarrhea after eating Gnurk. Maybe black berries are not such a good idea."

Avatar of Zon-Kuthon is, in fact, a rabid fan of everything about the World's Biggest Loser show. He has used training shirts (a complete set), every episode recorded and bought, both in various formats, he has autographs from every member of all its crews, and spends at least fifty hours per week on his hobby. It is also whispered, though the truth of this is uncertain, that he has removed so much of his flesh to epitomize the message of the show.

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You guys remind me of a friend who once recommended Buffy to another friend of mine. She said "I have seen a few episodes, I didn't like it." To which he responded "You really can't make that judgement before you have seen at least two seasons."

I am not exactly steamed for reading Dresden now...

IHIYC spends sixteen hours each day applying makeup. To make it cheaper, he has started buying white paint in bulk.

Jeff Harris is 982 because all the previous numbers were taken, and he so so so much wanted to be part of the "Evil 1000".

Sure you can differentiate philosophers from everyone else. They find the reasons WHY opinions are different and one is better than the other. And yes, the problem of induction is a very difficult one. Further, the various philosophers who have taken up that issue have built on what previous philosophers have said.

But, to be perfectly honest, BNW, you really are in it because you like to troll, and you really don't have a clue, don't you?

BigNorseWolf wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
We can't go too far, obviously, or everything we predict is useless. Nor can we stop assuming generalizability, or we can't predict at all. How far this goes is an extremely valid question. And yes, it is philosophy.
Does philosophy provide a more useful answer than getting drunk and having an opinion?

Let's try your option.

Interviewer: How far can you generalize data you have obtained by science?
Drunkard: Geddaf%~%outtahere (hic) d%%&+~@, got a beer for me?

I would say the answer to your question is an unequivocal YES. Opinions are like asses, everyone has one.

Summoning evil creatures gets you std action summoning with the SEC feat. That is a central issue. You simply don't have time for slower summons in PF. The other factor is that there are dozens of evil creatures to choose from, but only a few Good or Neutral. SEC is not second best, it's the power option.

The point is: Can we make generalizations and predictions AT ALL? Assume for a moment that we can't generalize. You drop a rock. It falls to the ground. You pick it up, drop it again. You keep doing this for a thousand times. It keeps falling down. Can you now say it will drop the next time? By what logic do you assume you can? Worse, if you take the next rock and drop it, will it fall? By now you will probably say that it is probable... But can you KNOW it will? No. Past behaviour does not determine future behaviour. We assume it does.

If we didn't, we could start by tossing everything science tells us out the window.

When a doctor checks someone's myocardial infarction, every single thing done is done because we assume the patient is mostly like every other human out there. The stuff we find out about Joey Bum's myocardial infarction is taken to be generalizable, not just about that specific event.

We can't go too far, obviously, or everything we predict is useless. Nor can we stop assuming generalizability, or we can't predict at all. How far this goes is an extremely valid question. And yes, it is philosophy.

Season two here. I started up with 2:4, I think, and it was an instant hook. I then saw up to the end of season 4, and went back to season 1, which made me realize there was quite a serious jump in quality from season 1 to 2.

5th element has:

Cool aliens
Great music
A neat villain
An awesome opera performance
Brilliant scenery inspired by Valerian and Laureline
Bruce Willis
Some sexy outfits, particularly the underboob one
Some very neat details like the all-filter cig

It also has, sadly:

A stupid elements puzzle
Ruby Rhod
Nobody interacting with the villain
Bizarre fake language/gobbledigook
Milla Jovovich
Leeloo Dallas multipass
Milla Jovovich

All in all, I consider it more a good movie than a horrible one.

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One would think that lucky7 is a lichified human. This is not true. It is really a lichified goomba.

Windows 9 was just so much better than Windows 10.

I put iocain in Helena's coffee.

Too bad I only got a high-four back.

The next poster is working on finding a SUPER SECRET MESSAGE hidden in the SSI Gold box games.

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Does it apply for previous heads of state as well? What if you insulted someone and they ceased being head of state before it came out that you had done so? What if you intended to insult a head of state but the one in question was on sick leave? Had ceased to be head of state? Or if there was a case of mistaken identity?

Stupid laws will be stupid.

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Madoka is cool, though. Very much so.

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A trouble of Deathtrap Oozes.

A ___________ of GoatTouchers.

Blah blah blah blah.

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Why do you keep talking about Asians when you mean muslims? I am not saying Chinese, Koreans, Japanese and so on are not discriminated against (they are), but you are not talking about anyone other than muslims in your examples. Honestly curious to why you choose "Asians".

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Horror movies are a modern form of tragedy. The hero must face the unknown and their fear thereof. The ending will be at best bittersweet. The concept of catharsis is tightly involved as well. Plus pretty girls, neat FX, one-liners, and so on. I don't really enjoy it myself, but I get it.

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Anius is actually lucky7's phylactery. Don't ask.

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*hands GTG a banana*

Yeah. Though I have to say Sheridan grows on you.

Regarding Talia:
To be perfectly honest, Talia Winters' disappearance was a stroke of genius. She was built up during the entire second season as a great hope, only to be destroyed and removed from the board with no warning. Back during the Lurker's Guide days, JMS described that he loved the sudden departure of the hero in The Shining. It would not surprise me if it was completely intentional.

As I understood it, Claudia Christian was slated for season 5, which is clear from the Marcus subplot. I thought she had an offer of a part in something else?

I throw a bucket of water over BSM.

You need to focus as a cleric to do anything much of consequence, otherwise you end up a buffer and healer. Building a reach cleric means focusing on attacks of opportunity to do your damage. You need a very high dex, and feats to further expand your reach. A good thing is that you get to keep your normal actions in the round for whatever you like, so buffing is easy, optimally you want things that make you bigger and stronger. You also need to optimize your to hit, meaning a high strength, otherwise you will be good for a few levels, then all your attacks won't mean much. You must also get your damage up by some convenient means, whether through equipment, strength, buffs, or feats. All this means you really have little wiggle room when it comes to your other attributes. Wisdom needs to be decent to let you cast your buffs, but the feats involved mean you aren't going to be a good blaster or summoner or the like. Shelyn is a good deity for reach builds, because the favoured weapon is glaive.

AFAICR, Dragonlance had real dark elves at some point in their history, at least going by the gamebook of Raistlin's test of Wizardhood.

But this alternative exists only because someone sat down and thought it up.

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Rage of the Archpeasant!

Well, not quite. Time and time again, democracy has been proven to be more resilient, provide for better quality of life for citizens, reduce wars more than any alternative. Certainly, political science is iffy, but as far as we know, it works WELL, even scientifically. I say again, this has been a matter of drawing stuff up on paper and deliberate thinking. Or, as you would call it: philosophy. The results bear out scientifically.

I saw somewhere that our atmosphere had a seriously higher part oxygen during parts of the dinosaur ages than the 20ish % we have today. Is this true, and was this the reason they got so freaking big?

No money in obductions, I am afraid.

Wills, yeah, I suppose.

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What about democracy? From its roots in Athens, to the idea complex that describes it today, and the concepts it is linked to such as rule of law, transparency, individual rights and freedoms, and so on and so forth, it has been the result of people sitting down and thinking really hard about governance. In particular the American style of it was very directly the result of such a process. Or is that something that doesn't have to do with philosophy?

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wait, what???

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"Because with you, I will always know where I stand."

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Charles Scholz wrote:

"There is a hole in your mind."

"Seven words to make someone love you forever."

"My shoes are too tight, and I've forgotten how to dance."

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Tank & spank: The RPG about tank crews and their intimate relationships.

Why is it called the civil war? It sounds like it was anything but...

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Hmmmm... Cleric specialized in lesser restoration. Of, say, Sarenrae. Healbot.

I help people deal with mental ability score damage. Including drain. Specializing in permanent such damage.

All it has to do is clot some blood right in the coronary arteries. Myocardial infarctions are thrombotic events, unlike what was previously thought.

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Blah. I learned what I need to know about beholders from Dungeons & Dragons: the movie. They are about as smart as a dog, and you can easily distract them by throwing a rock the other way.

Pixie, the Leng Queen wrote:
Except usually Caster DO have advanced warning. Its not that hard... and they CAN interrupt the battlefield. Just cast Black tentacles and have fun...

Are you being serious? The caster should now cast Black tentacles to hold up the opponents so they can then summon something to hold up the opponents, so they can THEN apply more direct firepower??? Not to mention the Black tentacles will screw over their own summoned creatures as well? I understood your suggestion correctly?

Expendability only ever matters as an advantage if they actually help. You really should compare the summoning spell with what other options are available, and remember to apply as many feats etc to the other options before you compare.

It should be obvious that with the SLAs, the disparity of CR gets even more pronounced. You are trading a level X spell for a SLA of level (around) X-3. Again, often even one round later.

Really? If you were an opponent, say a barbarian, and you saw a wizard summon a bunch of critters, what would you do? I would say "take a few AoOs to smash stupid casty before he does more critters". If the wizard can't summon as Std action (remember, the animal beatsticks do not come as Std actions usually), the barbarian can do even better, including interrupting the very long casting time. Note that yes, in a situation where you both have good advance warning and limited mobility (a ridiculously long corridor, perhaps, I am not sure), yes, summoning is very powerful.

In a system where fights last, on average, up to three rounds, that should be negligible. The core problem is that they replace a caster's actions with actions from a significantly weaker creature, often one round later. And the gods help you if you actually summon even weaker creatures, that just makes it ridiculous, a way to clog the battlemat with useless critters.

Also, if you summon eighth level creatures, you get 1d3+1 with Superior summoning and SMIX. You really have to apply the rules correctly to judge whether summoning is powerful. So, IIRC, SMVIII gets you CR 11 critters, meaning you get two (EL 13) to four (EL 15) of them, each creature seven CRs below the PCs. In most guides for designing encounters, that is at or even below the level of "don't bother".

The real strengths of summoning as a strategy are the flexibility it gets you in terms of at casting options and the tactical possibilities it gets you. It is far from a win button.

thejeff wrote:

Plenty of them, depending on what parts you want to disprove. A long period of cooling while greenhouses gas concentrations continue to rise would do so, assuming there weren't other known causes for the cooling, though even then the threat might be over if those other causes could be expected to continue. (Note: A couple of years below a hot outlier year doesn't count.)

The heat continuing to rise despite greenhouse gas concentrations dropping would break the theory, but not the threat.

Evidence of an unknown feedback loop scrubbing CO2 out of the atmosphere faster than expected would end the threat without changing the basic theories.

Probably a ton of other things that I don't have the background to even think of.
All of this is very unlikely. That's because there is a huge body of evidence behind climate change. A lot of good, old, well tested theory and a ton of data showing that theory applies to the current situation.
Of course, on a smaller level, the process goes on in climate change theory all the time. Models are created, predictions made, compared against reality and hypotheses are shot down or revised. But that's in the details, not the big picture.

Let's go with that. A sustained period of cooling (say, thirty years?), while CO2 levels keep rising.

The problem is that the IPCC's mission is to find evidence for AGW. There is not one person there that would have the guts to say "well, maybe we were wrong". They would say "well, there are oscillations within the tectonic plates that have lowered the temperatures for now, but that won't save us for long, and we must make sure to transform our society into a sustainable, CO2 emission-free society". Just like they were saying about el Nino, then next year la Nina, then the NAO, then the gulf stream, then differently heated parts of the ocean, and so on and so forth.

More troubling, if your next scenario happened, rising heat despite falling CO2, the IPCC would most likely block inquiry into what caused the rising heat, calling it evil propaganda of the oil industry.

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