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The best thought experiment along those lines is the "it's too unlikely"-killer argument.

Lots of people, usually ones in various sects, try claiming that it is statistically too unlikely that the Earth developed life, so there has to be a creator. Some try to make some sort of calculation about it, such as so and so many cubic kilometers of ocean, so and so many millennia, and so and so improbable to develop a certain amino acid, means there is not enough ocean x time for that to happen.

One simple question answers this perfectly: "And the places where life did not develop, what do the people there think about this probability?"

Only where life developed can anyone think these things. It is like saying a marathon winner among thousands of starters that his victory was so unlikely it didn't happen. Or that a lottery winner's win was too unlikely to happen.

You can only really talk about FUTURE probabilities. Once they have happened, they are DIFFERENT. Take a d20, roll it a thousand times. But before you start, what is the probability to roll 20 every roll? The exact same as every other combination of results, of course. Now make the rolls. Note down the sequence you got. Probably not all 20s... But hey, you got a specific sequence... And all such sequences were equally probable... So, your probability to get the one you got was (1/20)^1000. And because it is now in the past, it is now 1.

Please don't judge the likelihood of stuff that has already happened, and especially don't try to prove God by doing so.


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And if you spray blood on their uniforms, they'll make you answer for that too, apparently. Unless that destruction through bleeding on their uniforms is the excuse they will use to explain why they jumped you.


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Cloak and Dagger details much about what happened then in the timeline. Basically, the Manshoon wars and the Sundering of the Harpers were pretty big events. Shade was the start of 3.0, really. Also a number of things were redesigned, such as the mercantile focus of the Red Wizards.


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Their eyes are even more distorted, size-wise. Just sayin'.


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My own demiplane. In several thousand or million years. Screw physics. Screw biology.


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One pretty situation in Sweden a few years ago was when a man suffering from epilepsy had had a seizure on the street but was not noticed. When he came to again, he was postictal, i.e. surly, not thinking clearly, and his body was stiff and jumpy. He met a whole squad of policemen who took him for a druggie and beat the s$#& out of him. Luckily he survived.


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Yeah, he wasn't as good in the films as he was in the book.


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Mom's mighty latte to Wing of Torment: What can change the nature of a man? Over.


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Zero wing, this is Mom's Mighty Latte, you have no hope of survive make your time.


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*slow clap*


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I am not that good at not dissolving stuff inside me, so I decube to pick her up.

"There, there, don't worry. We're just going to rip out your soul. If you're nice to us, you will look smashing as a half-orc."


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Guys, for serious: Protection from evil works wonders against undead evil things dominating you. This is a weapon against Durkula.


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Reflex SAVE!!!1: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (19) + 7 = 26

BOOYA! In honour of someone we used to know, I turn around and make a number of perfectly executed backflips, then I steal Evil Alissa's wand. If I can't, I settle for stealing her wallet instead.

Snatch!: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (11) + 6 = 17


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I should also add that pheromones is still a scientifically gray area. We have no idea how the VNO talks to the rest of the body. It just seems odd that we would not have olfactory communication.


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Looting happens every time the police are shown not to have control of an area. People react with "oh, so I can take stuff and not go to jail? Sweet!". There are always some who do it. Rioting is an effect of (and this is my theory) human pheromones at toxic levels. See, we are flock creatures, and as such, we OUGHT TO have a chemical system for signaling like other such species. Fear, anger, lust, happiness are the prime emotions we probably communicate though scent. Now, if you have a large number of people in one place, all triggering one another through signals of fear and anger - boom. I haven't been in a crowd turned ugly myself, but people who have all describe one thing: it happens in an instant, spreading from one end of the crowd to the other. And then, people do terrible things, things they normally wouldn't, and regret afterward. Now, gases spread at about a mile per second. That would certainly fit. We have something called the VNO, the vomeronasal organ, a tiny gland located inside the hard palate, that has receptors for these chemicals. What has not yet been solved is how the VNO communicates this to the brain.

If this is true, wind and rain would dampen riots very effectively. Which they do, to my knowledge, but perhaps for more reasons than usually given.


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A lightsaber is a weapon steeped in thosands of years of tradition. It doesn't NEED to stand out. The symbol of it, in world and to us, is strong enough. We don't need double-bladed katanas either, right?


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Endor was sent out of orbit by the explosion of the second death star. Some years later, during which all the ewoks died horrible frozen suffocation deaths, it crashes like a messenger of doom into Naboo's oceans during a grand celebration where all existing gungans in existence are present. The seas are posioned by the toxic radiation of a death star's worth of reactors, killing all gungans by radioactive slime...


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Flurry of antennae... with bonus feats for extra reach... mmmmm....


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I deftly dodge the salad bugs.

"Who are you calling fruitcake???!!!"

I pick up the lichling and fling it at Evil Alissa!

Grapple: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (12) + 6 = 18
Bug to the FACE!!!: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (13) + 6 = 19
Sound of croutons and egg being smushed!: 1d4 + 3 ⇒ (3) + 3 = 6


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And the view that "everyone is a slave" is a) not something you have to accept, and b) a good reason not to adapt to said religion.


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Tibet was a monarchy which made the US look like an egalitarian paradise. It was so bad, so glaringly terrible, that the general reaction to China occupying it was relief. That is certainly something not often discussed today, is it?


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Put me in the "stupid" camp. I REALLY don't understand why a lightsaber can't be cool enough on its own. From Darth Maul's double lightsaber, to General Grievous' four, the logical next step is eight blades. If they can't do that, of course they have to fill in the "three" slot. Guh. "Five" is easy, just a glove with a lightsaber on every finger. "Six" would be a pair of Wolverine light claws.


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Which of the gobbos are you?


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I would honestly say that an evil character using a significant number of Good spells to solve his problems may not be correctly pegged alignment wise. Note that I say "may not".


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When debating ooze rights, people are all like "I don't see solidity" and "oozes are mindless". It's horrible!


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*thwacks her hand with her cane*

Well, Freehold... :-)


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*scratches her head* Okay.


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So what would change with a succubus if she gets M instead of S?


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My interpretation:
Guy has no life. Guy collects figurines of girls. Guy lies in bed staring at the girl stuff he has, and his imagination takes over. Guy sees women as plastic production line objects. They dance for him, but he's losing control of his fantasy world - realizing it can hurt him. It ends badly... and he's back in his room again. This time, he can't help himself - the girls he fantasized about come into his room. He gets dragged back into his dream world, where he tries to use the ways of problemsolving he normally uses: FPS bullet. Until one gets too close, and he gets hurt again. So instead he tries becoming a space anime hero. Somewhere through all this, there is a girl he probably likes for real, and she's threatened or in pain. He tries to save her, but she falls away and he is ripped apart by the horror women. And he's back in his room again, still staring. Another part I read into it is that once it becomes a matter of flesh and blood and real lust, his reaction is that it's threatening.

Otherwise put: If your fantasies become too big, too large a part of your life, they will harm your ability to function in reality. How you view women in your fantasy world will impact your chances of having a real relationship.


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It is easy for a country to become corrupt and at least approach Evil. Check Burma, Campuchea in its heyday, North Korea, or the like. It's fashionable to say every country is just as bad - this is VERY far from the truth. There are places you REALLY don't want to be.


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I did say the government lied, yes. They claimed the terahertz body scanners at the airports did not have any way tosend such images to a central database. A while back, it was shown that there was a special mode they could be put in which allowed sending the images. Are you saying this was someone else's doing, someone who pulled a fast one on the government?

The US government has lied. Sometimes in very high profile issues. That doesn't make what they do say uninteresting, only less trustworthy. We do listen... But what they say is not good enough. There are steps between being a paladin and a blackguard. Dichotomous rhetorics are tiresome. And no, if the NSA is to be completely protected by classification, they are unable to defend themselves. Pretty obvious, really. That doesn't mean they have to be cut any sort of slack, just that it's a poor idea to have that level of secrecy.


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It is obviously true, too. I mean, someone claimed it was true, right?


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If the only criteria you would accept for me BEING ABLE to change my mind is that I DO change my mind, that's not very impressive, is it? What that leaves me with is that I either change my mind and accept what the people accused of wrongdoing say is all true, or I am a fanatic who won't ever change my mind. Sorry, not playing that game.

I will say it again: Extraordinary claims (the intelligence community is doing things by the book and not more than they have popular support for, as I understand you) require extraordinary evidence. What the NSA themselves say about it... doesn't qualify. There is absolutely no way to even check if any of it is true. And as for the legality of what they do, well, if the laws actually permit these paranoid fantasies, then the laws that do are equally part of the problem.

Now, having discussed my stance on it enough... what evidence would you accept to agree that the current situation in surveillance is a problem? Further, what situation could bring such evidence to light? Am I right in interpreting you as: Only if the NSA wrote in their report that this situation shouldn't go on would you change your mind? If they did, would you demand change then?


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No. You tell me what accountability there is. Tell me some stories of people who have broken the rules for what is allowed to collect in the intelligence community and were held accountable for it. Please.

Edit because of an edit: Sure, you can convince me. If you have evidence. So far, all I have seen is a stinking mire of flagrant abuse of what laws there are supposed to be. From the Patriot act, to Guantanamo, to nonexistent WMDs, to foreign wars leaving entire countries in shambles and fertile soil for more hatred, to vile pressure on other countries to cease using checks and balances and due process, to predatory copyright practices, to radiation of people in airports (turns out those things DID have a special mode that could send all gathered images to some central location, precisely against what the government claimed at the time, who knew???), to unthinking defense of policemen and intelligence people caught doing wrong, and so on and so forth.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. And you claiming it's not so while ignoring the evidence that it is doesn't change anything. And trying to take the high ground by painting the other party as an unchanging fanatic is not good practice, Abraham.

Edit because of another edit: It IS a core belief of my being that every kind of authoritarianism is dangerous. At best. At worst, it means immense suffering and horror. History has proven this right every single time. So, when I see the US acting that way, given its power, I am not going to change my views of it to accomodate the very interests who push it that direction. I know the US can do better, and it's past time it did now. Once I see change in the right direction, supporting that will be a happier activity.

To clarify: The evidence you need would need to fit with what can actually be seen around us.


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Is it irrelevant when other people in the thread point out that US foreign policy has very effectively turned people against the US, or is it just you dismissing everything I say?

The answer to your question, now: The responsibility lies squarely on the government for allowing the intelligence agencies too much power. See, you CAN'T defend yourself if everything you do is classified. Thus, there are two options: Defend current practices with escalating responses to maintain the broken status quo, or make sure the intelligence practices adapt to the various principles of your society: The legal underpinnings, civil rights, and popular opinion - just like other things the state does. Also, you institute a system of accountability for those working in it. The real point of this is that if you do, you don't have to worry about leaks in the first place.


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Idiot? Not bloody likely, or he wouldn't have gotten a job at the NSA. Blowhard? What was he supposed to do, say "sorry I was probably wrong" and go back to work? Delusions of grandeur? Did it never strike you that the reason he got this amount of attention is because what he revealed is toxic, awful stuff that quite rightly puts into question what the intelligence community in the US is doing?

If you want evidence of wrongdoing, there is quite enough to go on. The complete public image of what has been going on is horrible.

As for Chelsea, you do know they keep her in suicide watch, meaning they wake her up every fifteen minutes? You do know she hasn't had that trial yet, just been stuffed away at a military base since a pretty good while back now? And, that she could be sentenced to death if she does get a trial this century?


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Unwilling opponent pins succubus? That sounds odd...


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I EATS CLOWN.


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Run away, because the next time, you can choose the battlefield, be buffed, and bring allies.


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The important part is that you know who you are and can be at peace with that, even if you never get a clear answer to which gender you belong to.


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Dead is, typically, dead. It's fascinating how clear that can be. Certainly, there are situations where someone can still be breathing just a tiny bit, or there is still a pulse somewhere, but mostly those situations look good in movies. It's a world of difference looking at a dead and an unconscious person. Sure, in combat it's more difficult, but a simple DC 15 Heal check solves all you need.


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"Better check for a pulse."
"Oh yeah."
BLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAM!!!


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Cats are very different in how they like to be petted. Generally, their tummy is very sensitive, and it varies whether they like being petted there. Other points where cats vary significantly:Being carried, some accept it, most hate it. Being turned belly up, some hate this. Getting tangles cut, some growl menacingly the whole time, but let you go on. Hunting, some love this. The important thing is taking the "gifts" away, smart cats eat their prey outside instead. Some think it is horrible to be stroked against their fur, most seem to have no problem with it. Cats are individuals, as anyone who had more than one can attest. As for the scratching, don't get expensive furniture, cut their claws when they start clicking as they walk, and if they scratch or bite you, consider yourself honoured the cat feels safe enough with you. You can usually avoid it by not triggering their hunting reflexes (moving stuff close to their faces and such).

Oh, and cats do need to go out, or they turn into fat, neurotic wrecks.


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A Barbie who can assume the form of any small or medium humanoid creature. He'll get over it. =)


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Yaaaaay!

I had a succubus join the party for a while, disguised as an incompetent noblewoman fighter with a rapier. Eventually, of course, she got some "alone time" with one of them. The rest approached, unsure of what they were seeing at first, then when she had drained her target once, she told them "bye for now" and teleported off. Now they will be sooo paranoid about her returning...


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Ipslore the Red wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
Can the succubus take the Quicken Spell-like Ability to make it a Free action to make an act of passion? Which SLAs would constitute acts of passion?
That was asked before. No, it's not a SLA to drain energy. Spectral hand, telekinesis, and mage hand could be used for acts of passion, though.

Nonononono... Are there SLAs that comprise acts of passion in and of themselves? Unnatural lust? Black tentacles?


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Sword of the Split Infinitive
Hammer of Dangling Participles
Dagger of the Serif


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The problem today is that every book must be 150+ hardbound pages of full colour to be published. Yes, even adventures. Paizo shows every month that while you keep to full colour, you can actually do with far smaller books. By comparison, TSR made 32-pages of black and white that worked fine. For good examples of it, try the various Volo's Guides.


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Meh. Doctor Doom is an authority figure. RL authority figures don't like the sheeple casting authority figures of any sort as villains or problems. Thus, Doom gets remade as an anti-authoritarian villain. Big surprise. Expect the trend to continue. The Brood Queen becomes a devout Amnesty International supporter. The Red Skull becomes a civil rights lawyer. Magneto becomes an intelligence agency whistleblower...

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