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1. Seriously, man? A thousand sloths in my yard?
And now, the answers:
Communism is a religion. It has the same appeal to "goodness" (obedience), the same transcendent Vision (the Classless society), the same unbridled dogmatism and fragmentation, the same disdain for outsiders, the same moralism and suppression of sexuality, and the very same violent aggression toward competitors (other religions) just as soon as they become the dominant part in a society.
Communism being atheist is very old by now, and still just as useless.
Really? You're seriously arguing this? Heh.
Okay. We have two points. You can, as you say, draw a line through them. Then you can claim that whatever the two points measured you can now predict just by looking at that line.
But all you really have is two points. The claim that the line now corresponds to anything at all is merely your conjecture. You can extrapolate that line and say "Hey, in 20XX, Paizo will for certain publish another collected edition of an AP. Just look at the line!" Considering that they have specifically stated that we shouldn't read anything into the fact that they now publish that second collected edition, i.e. that the line you speak of has no relevance whatsoever, you'd be making a claim out of the blue, wouldn't you?
The young queen was sold by her family, who had mistreated her horribly, to marry the aging despot of Korvosa.
But the castle holds many secrets, and in the deep vault, she found him. He had been mighty, a powerful lord, and now he was imprisoned. She sensed the danger from his first word to her... But he set her soul on fire. It would be the deepest treachery to acknowledge her feelings. And yet, he is the first who has ever loved her. Theirs is a love that will shake the pillars of heaven.
Curse of the Crimson Throne is a romantic adventure path, following the growth of a young girl into a woman.
A central part of my point is that atheists as a rule don't think it's a bad thing that people believe something. Generally, atheists are very much for freedom of thought and so on. That is not the sticking point. The bad thing is organized religion, specifically the way it affects people who do not agree with religious morality laws and so on. See, there is no option to opt out when the religious people make laws for the whole society, with christian lobbying groups with outlandish influence pushing such laws, christian politicians approving them, and christian policemen and lawmen enforcing them.
And if christianity is a tool, then it behooves us all to think about what it's a tool for doing. Statistically, it is very clear that countries with little poverty are less religious. Is it out of the question that major religious organizations draw the conclusion from that?
It is. I had no idea atheists viewed Christianity as this monolithic entity trying to oppress them. The ones I know are quite content to live and let life as long as you don't try to ram your ideas down our throats. The truth is we are a very fractured bunch without a single voice.
I don't think it's a question of you even trying to do so. It just happens, as a consequence of your view that since religious feelings are good, and your ethics are good, then laws and policies that enforce it are great. What you miss is merely that they are great FOR YOU. Everyone else has to adapt, which feels pretty much like getting YOUR ideas rammed down our throats. And sure, there are many christian churches... but there are also both huge organizations like the RCC, and a tendency for christian groups to act the same way in major issues, whether due to dogma, tradition, a desire for consensus, or whatever. The divisions only run so deep with regards to political actions.
Ireland got new blasphemy laws not so long ago. California had Prop 8. Texas got harsh abortion laws. Bush shut down stem cell research. A serious number of countries have life from conception in their constitution, and the number is growing. Russia is actively persecuting homosexuals, largely run through their churches, as I understand it. Intelligent design, propriety censorship in school materials. And so on. Toothless? Not very. You are the 800 lbs gorilla in the room. You sit where you like. Everyone else adapts. Two billion christians means that it was ages since you were the underdogs.
Believe what you will, that is not the issue. You guys make laws, create policy, and so on. And so, we are subjected to your evaluation of every single new concept. We can't decide on our own values regarding reproduction, research, education, etc etc etc without having to run it past you guys. If you really hate something, such as abortion, we get subjected to your thoughts about it at our most vulnerable times. If we want the legal aspects of marrying, and our prospective is someone of our own sex, rest assured that you guys will weigh in. If we want freedom of expression, you are there talking to the elected politicians about blasphemy laws. And so on.
We are forced to adapt to and relate to your values, despite not sharing them. We are forced to go against our conscience, our values, and what we feel is important in life, because you feel that your values are the only healthy ones in existence and everyone would be happy if only those values were strictly enforced. Note that this is exactly the argument for protecting religious people from blasphemy and making laws against insulting someone's religious feelings.
This is also the reason most dedicated atheists consider organized religion to be dangerous.
Heh. The internet is here to stay. They wanted to get rid of it, they would have had to do it early nineties. Now? Heh. That is, however, not saying what the shape of it will be. Let us all be thankful it is still in somewhat decent shape.
Making a living making let's play movies, well, it always comes down to the same things: Charisma, a unique perspective, entertaining banter, comprehensive knowledge and understanding of your product, and a way to make money from it. Right now, however, it IS possible. Who knows in a few years.
Disregarding the misunderstandings inherent in the "belief in science is still belief", there is no need to throw bricks. We atheists get our share of bricks too, I am sure you are aware. But to answer your concern: As an atheist, I understand that my existence ends with death. And I am okay with that.
Oh no. Only dismissal works differently on things native and not native, and that says nothing about humans. :-)
My only point is that, at least within medicine, race is a relevant issue. It rarely comes up, but when it does, you need to be aware of it. Humanity is far from random genes. Study of the differences and similarities of race is not by itself, blasphemy. The difference between humans is enormous, startling and magnificent, and it should not lead to morons saying one configuration is better than some other.
That said, it does. Morons will always mistreat others for the flimsiest reasons. Whether you are fat, thin, male, female, black, white, or have a patch on your jeans, you will be targeted. Perhaps we shouldn't give the morons ammunition? But when it comes to medical biochemistry, please let us not ignore what knowledge we have and say "lalala he said race he must be racist!!!"
Petitioners are difficult. Still:
The immutable is an outsider with a fly speed, decent hit points and saves, a ray of frost touch attack dealing 1d3, DR 5/magic, and a gaze attack to enthrall (Will DC 13) 3/day. It is immune to all effects that would change it physically such as petrification or polymorph, and mind-affecting effects.
The immutable is a law given physical form. The entire goal of the immutable is to spread its law to every creature and society it meets. The laws can be anything, but it is emphatically laws that push the society toward predictability, cooperation, control and conformity. The immutable has a specific form of the law in mind, but if this can not be pushed through into the law book, it will do what it can to get similar versions in, or other laws that can increase its chances of getting its ideal law chosen later. Failing that, the immutable will try to spread the law to the populace as a tradition or ideal, or even to single people who can spread its law. Immutables are nothing if not patient. They speak in somewhat monotonous but generally pleasant voices, and it is believed they can speak to one another through unknown means.
Only someone wholly dedicated to the concept of law will be able to take an immutable as a familiar, through the Improved Familiar feat at level 5.
TFA would have been a magnificent movie if there was never an ANH. I can understand remaking the original Star Wars movie for the franchise - man, those planning sessions must have been a bloody nightmare. What if people hate it? We've just hosed ourselves of the strongest movie franchise ever!
But the thing is: It could have been a great movie, with just a little more courage and self-esteem. It should have been more self-contained, as it was we didn't get one useful answer about the characters, instead it set precisely everything up for VIII. I came out from it thoroughly underwhelmed.
Orfamay Quest wrote:
Really. I question whether the old bromide of inter/intragroup variance is interesting at all, and you first agree with me that you can get a good separation, then merely say "And one of the key measures for arbitrariness is the ingroup/outgroup variance ratio."
I am disappointed.
To clarify: The relevant measurement is not the variance in and between groups, but their overlap. That is what makes drawing lines easy. The groups I told you about did not overlap significantly, despite intragroup variance being larger than intergroup variance.
And your quip about "most asian" is just a low blow. I merely pointed out another issue of intergroup variability: That the non-overlapping pieces of the groups will be very easy to determine.
Let me reiterate: I was NOT arguing about race. I was arguing that the old bromide about "intragroup variance being bigger than intergroup variance" doesn't provide any sort of useful information.
You are... impressively productive. I am stunned. =)
For me, let's hope I can go a little bit below CR 25 for my next one.
Monster: 1d765 ⇒ 568
A remade petitioner. Well, let me see. It seems I need a dead creature to make this one from too.
Monster: 1d765 ⇒ 393
Okay. A grig who died and went to Lawful Neutral heaven.
Ok, just because this is something I do not understand. "Caucasian" is used in America instead of "white". Why caucasian, though? Is there some major group of immigrants to the US from Caucasus that I am not aware of? Does this have anything to do with Georgia, which admittedly exists in both the US and in Caucasus?