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A good way to fight the Spanish slug, an invasive species in large parts of Europe and sporadically spotted in the US, is to take a regular plastic bottle, cut off the top and tape it inside the bottom upside-down, pour some beer into it, and wait for the garden-destroying mollusks to drown themselves.
Indeed. But what I find fascinating is how quickly the invading spanish slugs have adapted to the Swedish climate. When they first came here in the late 90s, it was massively everywhere. Since then, it has become far more of a modest threat. Turns out enormous fertility and aggressiveness is hard to sustain in the face of real winters...
Less than 1/million... Take a look at the disease statistics. Less than 1/100000 is usually the cutoff for the truly rare genetic disorders. SMA, if you want to look up something truly heartbreaking, is not nearly that rare. The issue is simply this: Nobody can always know everything they need to at every moment. Even if you know their whereabouts, you won't know all they are doing. Electric outlets, dangerous substances, open windows, sharp objects, matches... How many kids die from cot death each year? Far, far more. Don't pat yourself on the back. It CAN happen to you. Punishing people for this is inane and cruel.
I REALLY like how people consider Abjurant Champion OP. Or, I mean, it might be, but seriously, getting an extra bonus to AC for abjuration spells is hilarious! There were no abjuration spells that granted you an AC bonus. :-)
The feat that lets you colourize spells was Spell Thematics, from Magic of Faerun, probably reprinted a few times since.
Book of Nine Swords was an awesome attemp at doing something new, but it was too much at once, I think. Some of the class mechanics were quite boring, too. It absolutely did not make martials into casters, much less fighters into casters. The book didn't even touch on fighters.
Shyness means you tend to agree with what others think when asked for your opinion, because otherwise you would draw attention. You never interrupt, and fall silent if interrupted yourself. You don't make jokes, argue or try to take the lead. It is more difficult with people you just know a little, those you know well and those you don't know at all are relatively safe. If asked about something, you give a short, noncommittal answer. If criticized, you doubt your value as a human being. If praised, you nod give a stiff smile and try to flee. You say sorry a lot, and you go out of your way to avoid making people feel you're tryingto pressure them, leading to many, many unneeded words. Above all, if there is someone you are interested in around, you are supremely uncertain and uncomfortable. All these things get easier as you get to know people well. Now, I know much of this is exaggerated, but still.
If the task is manage a few days... My go to method has always been to do things that distract me sharply. Now, it is important to do things that really work efficiently. For that, it needs to demand concentration. So, playing action games, seeing movies that I am not really used to, chatting with more than two people simultaneously, cook difficult things... I am sure you have other examples. Getting absorbed is key. Books, even if good, are usually things you do with pauses, so no good. Blast your brain for a good number of hours, then sleep without an alarm.
Kaer Maga. Absolutely. Sure, it's a dangerous place, but compared to the alternatives, it's a summer breeze. Plus, it's not all that far to Korvosa, or, preferably, Magnimar.
Have a Kaiju transported from Golarion to Earth, or have a pretty gorram big nuke transported from Earth to Golarion, and either way, you end up in the world that was the recipient (with the stuff you need for basic survival in Golarion, such as language)?
Well, what can I say... He sure hates capitalism. I wouldn't say that the link he tries to paint between modern day porn and exploitation of Philippino women in 1898 is as clear as he thinks it is. It sounds more like "porn is bad so let's call it capitalist and imperialist. Many, many, many times."
A) If he heard a sex worker claim that she liked doing what she did, would he listen to her, or is she then a brainwashed tool of the capitalist, evil, imperialist, capitalist and capitalist world capitalism?
B) How does he reconcile recent decades' reduction in poverty with capitalism being so, so... Capitalist?
Everything bad has a higher probability of hitting poor people, simply because there are more of those. And the discussion was about whether Gark motivated his argument about porn being harmful to poor people by equating porn with trafficking and the like. We never got an answer, only Gark's statement. Sorry, Quark, as I read it, you don't have anything to base that "chalk one up for destructive" on.
I had a situation where one of my players could not and would not stop questioning EVERY SINGLE RULES APPLICATION we used. This got into thirty to forty times PER SESSION. He would not stop until I had proven him wrong (which happened more than ninety-five percents of the time, the rest he had some kind of point to it). I told him to stop in private, then I told him to stop in front of the others, to no avail. Then I told him that if he did question anything at all, he would have a -5 penalty to the next action his character did, cumulative number of times of course. This got him to stop.
Studies come in all qualities. Paywalls to studies are actively harmful, and this is why. Without seeing all of the study, we have no way of knowing why the study draws those conclusions, and so it remains useless to us. An abstract is not something that says much, certainly not enough to base arguments on.
Rape fantasies are a decidedly odd phenomenon. Both male AND female such. From Bollywood movies marketed to women that sell firmly on "the first underwater rape" - usually thought to be an expression of dealing with guilt and responsibility - to scenes where a man rapes a woman - but she then enjoys it. Odd stuff. I mean, if a man wants to imagine raping a woman, wouldn't it go against the idea if she enjoyed it? Even so, rape fantasies are extremely common. What is quite clear, though, is that there is no obvious increase in sexual crimes with increased access to porn of various stripes. This would be clear independent of uncertain numbers, varying definitions of rape, and so on. If it has an effect, it is apparently not enough to push people past the boundary of sexual crimes in any appreciable numbers.
And yet... The japanese are still HUMANS, so for some odd reason they like sex and like pictures of sex. Who knew, right?
Indeed, porn does not cause rape. Nor does violent movies cause violent crime. The "monkey see, monkey do" crowd has very little going for it these days. The expansion of the internet into various areas of the US has correlated with falling sexual crime statistics in said areas. Interestingly enough, there is a study that says that teenagers and young adults are quite a lot safer during their sexual debuts since the internet came. It is not so odd either. Before the internet, people were put in the situation that rl interaction was needed to begin experimenting. After, they have had many more options. It also seems to be the case that watching a violent movie, one about violent sex, or the like, actually dampens the person's impulse to do such things themselves.
Certainly, it could have an effect. But one thing you can be absolutely certain of, is that IF the porn haters had some kind of real scientific evidence that it is harmful, everyone everywhere would know about it. Harmful media effects have been a watchword since a long, long while back now, and to my knowledge there is nothing conclusive to show for all the research done.
Okay... it seems it's so common that children get sex offender status due to sexting (!!!) and similar stuff that finding the case in question is not happening off a short goggling. Sorry about that. I remember reading about it in the newspaper, about a UK story. The woman was 17 when it happened, and had photos of herself in her phone, without talk about her spreading anything.
Here is something I found that was interesting. Link
This story is about a 15-year old, who spread the photos... but notice what it says: Ohio specifically has no exception for possession when it's about pictures of the child who has them.
I also liked the story about the woman who became a sex offender for breast feeding...
Now good luck with the rest of the debate here. I will have to see if I feel up to even thinking about this kind of evil again for an internet thread.
Oh, and by the way, don't defend the s*+! laws in the area to me. Do it to the girl who got her life ruined for it. I hear she'll be out of prison in some ten years now. Of course, then there's the sex offender registration to consider... Explain how what was done to her wasn't malicious, but meant to protect, okay?
HRMPH. I am getting too worked up over this. I hate it when people are discarded. When nobody cares, because shiny laws everyone has to respect. When the police shot someone who happened to be psychotic and they couldn't be bothered to try to calm things down and shooting was easier. When... Blah.
Signing off this discussion. Out of respect for these boards and the moderation staff.
Right. If you're one of the crusaders who happen to write such a law, to REALLY PROTECT THE CHILDREN (tm), one VERY OBVIOUS thought that they should all have had at some point is "What happens to someone who has photos of THEMSELVES and happens to be a kid?"
I am fully convinced they did, too.
Only, not only did they not care. Breaking eggs only goes so far.
They specifically DID NOT WANT to make such an exception, because that would mean that the law said: "Hey, a kid has the right to take photos of her own body." And that was not part of their plan.
Stop making excuses for evil old laws, thejeff.
Mostly because when China annected Tibet, the West was cheering for them to do it. Tibet was a VERY old-school monarchy, with an extremely impoverished population... frankly, everyone figured SOMEONE should do something about them already.
That China is less popular today, and that people have forgotten what Tibet used to be like and what the West felt about it then, that's neither here nor there.
It doesn't matter one whit, thejeff. Nothing like this comes out of a law that is anywhere near sane. Prosecutorial discretion??? If that is necessary to justify such a law's existence, the law is utterly and completely corrupt. Once laws get made that start to ruin people's lives WHEN WORKING AS INTENDED, because there is a Higher Purpose (tm) to that law, society borked out a while ago. Those writing such a law are morons or a%#&&@#s, and sadly also those who take it upon themselves to defend such a law. Personally, I would prefer it if laws were not made by complete and utter morons, or despicable, evil crusaders.
The UK case had a 17 year old girl be punished and registered as a sex offender for pictures of herself THAT SHE HAD IN HER OWN MOBILE PHONE... Talk about insanity when a law has that kind of result. To my thinking, a society that even comes close to accepting such vomit is completely deranged. Cheers.
My first would be Second Darkness. It has gotten a rep as truly abysmal, which it most certainly is not. The early parts of it are cool, dark, and strange, and they are quite impressive. The latter half has an ingrained problem, mostly where it doesn't match the beginning, and a remake would be the only real opportunity for redemption the AP has. I would LOVE to see what Paizo has learned since applied to it.
My second would be Kingmaker. It is huge, sweeping, archetypal and different. It would be possible to restructure a lot of it due to the constraints of the hexcrawl and the different scenarios, leading to some decidedly odd consequences. It would also be lovely to see an alternate scenario where promises from very early on are instead used as the ending.
During the late 80s, early 90s, it was possible to make, and make a lot of money from, full-length porn flicks with stars, music, makeup and scenery, and some even tried at plot. That style of it went tata with the advent of the internet. A number of the more well-known stars tried their hands in non-porn movies. The internet brought with it porn sites in an always-expanding ensemble, and it was estimated that 50% of internet activity consisted of porn at one point. There were regulations put on porn which changed the game, like the (?) 2257 regulation where all porn actors had to be traceable. At the same time, porn was democratized by people all over who put up clips on places like RedTube and YouPorn. At one point, it seemed like the classic porn industry was dying, outcompeted by short amateur clips. But of course, it just adapted. And when it did, attention was turned to a much wider variety of sex than merely the classic porn-style intercourse. Other people started making feminist porn, eco-porn, and so on. Porn has also been making ouvertures into other media, such as erotic and explicit music videos.
Porn is not what it used to be.
Another thing that has happened is that actors now actively try to build a closer connection to their fans than they could before, through social media, through adult entertainment conventions, and so on. If you are curious about the conditions of making porn today (within the bigger studios at least), you could do worse than seeking out a few blogs of actors working there. As I understand it, the huge money that some could get is pretty much gone. The demands for silicone implants are at least not as absolute today. And, there is a deeply seated frustration with the government and various groups who want to save porn actors from themselves. Above all, it is very difficult for porn actors to get listened to by anyone relevant.
Problems remain, of course. Much is different, but there is still prejudice against porn actors. Dealing with that, and providing good sex ed as a matter of course, would matter.
Edit: One truly fascinating correlation is that the more conservative and wealthy a neighbourhood is, the more porn it consumes. The wealthiest areas of Salt Lake City top the list for America, IIRC.
Well, not an expert on daemons, but Szuriel governs war. Runelords 3 and 4 are at least roughly tied to war, so the enmity might not come as a surprise. Given the personal enmity of Szuriel, the natural thing is not necessarily to send daemons for the PCs, but to spark wars all over Varisia by various daemon actions. It is up to you how nihilistic you want to be (and how much defeat you think the PCs can handle), but just off the top of my head, Korvosa could lead a crusade to punish Magnimar for leaving, Ilsurian is always ready for a scrap with anyone who seems threatening to them as is Janderhoff, the shoanti carry long-lived grudges indeed, primarily against Korvosa. Of course, there are the orcs of Balkzen, and other giant tribes in Varisia that could start fighting anyone nearby, and so on. Sandpoint could become a casualty in that warfare. A word of caution: It would be easy for the heroes to ignore the AP if you overdo it. Hit places they've been, people they have known, and make sure they KNOW it's about them...
The genius of Christianity is "turn the other cheek" and "love your enemies". Jesus established a way to live that could actually work there. Not just the golden rule, but far, far more than that. Jesus was also quite clear that Heaven was not another place: "Heaven lies within you". It is THIS life that matters, that is important.
Unfortunately, those parts are generally ignored, in favour of either "Jesus made water into wine and walked on water and lived again after dying" or stuff from the old testament about stoning people and living forever in Heaven with God.
I find it deplorable.
You can't delay setting fire to the tangled mess because there were some good things in there, if setting fire to it is the only way it is going away. Of course, those happy with the tangled mess will point out the good things and try to delay the fire.
That said, Jiggy, I think you are wrong. No sex until marriage is a simple meme with a HUGE influence, easily stated, can be protected by sensible-sounding arguments (I am married and I think our sex life is better than any alternative), and so on. It is beautiful as a PR meme. It is VERY MUCH a load-bearing wall. Tearing it down in flames would work wonders to change the debates around sex.