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Countchocula shouldn't rule this city... It would just make the city a target.


Ummmm, yeah... That is truly a crime of... staggering proportions. Especially considering those shirts have been around for years now.


Don't forget the potation. Potation is very important.


Erylium vs Jason 4


Ummm... honestly? Seriously?


Gruumash should not rule this city because he attracts pet imps. Which we could all do without.


Snotlings over London


I found Jzadirune to be five sessions of mind numbing slog. The kopru ruins were good, though. I ended the campaign after Thirteen cages, though, seeing as Strike on Shatterhorn is... Problematic.


Series only.


Quandary wrote:
S'mon wrote:
Quandary wrote:
'Herbs for birth control' are exactly a feature of realistic historic medieval humanity.
No, although the Romans had one until it went extinct - couldn't be farmed and was over-harvested. Medieval European birth control involved abstinence before marriage, and late marriage - there's no evidence of birth contol after marriage...

Hm, I use medieval in a general sense, not Europe specific, even if I guess other regions might be somewhat more advanced or rich than Europe...

But just a cursory Google search found plenty of herbal birth control going on in medieval Europe as well as other parts of the world, with persistent Christian denunciation and persecution of such in Europe as evidence of it's practice. Plenty of specific herbs mentioned as well.

http://www.suppressedhistories.net/secrethistory/contraception.html
http://www.rexresearch.com/birthcontrol/herbcontr.htm
http://www.glowm.com/section_view/heading/History%20of%20Contraception/item /375
http://womensdecision.blogspot.com/2006/04/herbal-birth-control_11453800035 6312882.html
http://www.nakedshaman.net/Herbal-Birth-Control-Abortion.html

The romans had silphium, which went extinct, though apparently not through overuse. We do not know its properties, and likely never will. As for contraceptive and abortifacient herbs, none of those we know about today are reliable. In general, it can be said that trying to break a pregnancy through herbal means amounts to poisoning yourself and hoping the pregnancy is terminated before you are, with uncertain doses. It is not, generally speaking, a good idea. There are many poisonous herbs you can use for it, however.


That movie was the one that was so bad that the only placed it was shown in cinemas in Europe was a tiny cinema in northern Italy. See, they had a contract that said it had to be internationally shown. After one showing, that was apparently satisfied. IIRC.


I saw Puella Magi Madoka Magica (all of it) a sleepless night recently. I have been pretty turned off anime for a good, long while... but this was amazing!


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The summons list is pretty large by now. Some are sort of problematic: Choco/Mog (how to deal with?), Golem (common monster), Eden (spaceship) and a few others. Others share a bit of design space: Ramuh, Quezacotl and Ixion are all lightning-themed.

And carbuncle should be a god of cuteness, antimagic and skin infections.


It is b*#%@%!~ to say that there are necessary roles that must be filled. It is not b&+%@+#+, however, to a) point out that there is already someone playing a paladin, for example, which would mean your character will be very similar to another, and b) let the party lacking some important capability to find it a serious problem. It is not the GM's job to only put in monsters that a wizard only party can easily deal with, nor to provide multiple copies of loot for gunslingers/whatever.


Hmph!


You can't. IP laws are unclear, because it keeps lawyers employed. It's a dangerous, dysfunctional system. As you say, it is completely insane to expect anyone to be able to know what every single spell, monster, feat etc ever published has been called. And you kind of need to know that to be able to comply for certain. Anything else, and you end up risking that someone claims you are taking their stuff (whether warranted or not), and end up choosing between ruin or withdrawing.


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I am sure they did, a good number of months ago.


Erylium is a pretty name...


Miles and miles. Assume a +60 or so to Perception.


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Oooooh, but.. We're not alone here, mr Sartre...


"Beware, miscreant! My church considers goblin babies and wyverns clearly Evil!"


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It is also worth noting that if every single sexual-related crime and questionable action is titled rape, you kind of wash out the moral value of the word. The outrage potential is going to fall pretty drastically.


No... That is not the main problem with French. The truly horrid parts are their verb forms and their masculine/feminine articles.


Did you hear the one about Bellman, the American and the German?


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Jaelithe wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
That's what you say before you start to mildly inconvenience the offender, right?
"Heck" is the anteroom of Hell, where you're forced to sit and talk with your old primary school teachers and mother-in-law.

Sounds like Hell is the anteroom of Heck, to be honest...


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Again, this discussion is very clear on one thing. IP laws as they are do not function, at least not as intended. As was previously said in the thread, everyone has written stuff that someone else could raise a legal stink about. If that someone else does, and has enough money, the choice is surrendering or going out of business, probably including personal ruin, simply due to legal costs and loss of time. For the accused, the best possible scenario is getting legal costs paid, which is still a net loss due to lost time.

Do not believe you can ever feel certain you are steering clear of IP trouble. Even if you ask lawyers (which is not free), all they can tell you is a probable answer, which may give you some protection, but only if you have the money to back it up, then again, it might not. All in all, the deck is stacked in favour of anyone with money. The IP laws have not matured, they have not brought all the great blessings they intended to from the beginning... Because they are intentionally unclear, kept that way to give jobs to lawyers.


The Tarrasque as Omega Weapon, hmmm?


That's what you say before you start to mildly inconvenience the offender, right?


Indeed. The Polanski case felt quite surreal. It was... Quite a while ago now, and the victim didn't want anything to do with it, as I understood it.


Yay! Go lesser minion of evil!


Corvino wrote:

Personally I enjoy this little map.

It's got just about every conceivable fantasy trope squished into a single map.

Hmmmmm... So, where to begin? Ah yes, an inn on the border between Tiny Bickering Fiefdoms and Poncy Knights, a day from Big Crimey Crapsack.


Again... if Singer wasn't THERE, there is NO VICTIM, at least not to a crime matching that description perpetrated by Singer. Without a victim, it IS difficult to call it victim blaming.


Frustrating? =)


If Singer manages to prove, as he claims to be able to, that he was in Canada when the crime was to have taken place in Hawaii, I'd say it's pretty darn clear it's not a case of victim blaming of any kind, but rather, you know, the truth.

It will be interesting to see what happens.

As for the "more blatantly raped woman" above, when does someone actually BECOME a victim? When subjected to a crime? When going out with having been subjected to the crime? When the perpetrator of the crime is sentenced? What happens if DNA testing (for example) later exonerates the perpetrator? What happens if it's judged to be a false accusation in court? During which of these periods is the person a victim?


Ummm... I thought rape was cases where the sexual act did not have consent in and of itself. Using your position as a doctor/immigration officer/whatever is wrong, and illegal under other charges, but still not in itself rape. Doesn't America have things like sexual coercion and similar crimes, or is "rape" American for "sex that was bad in some way"?


You were meant to laugh.


Indeed you will. Sadly, you will just have to be content with what you truly deserve: Nothing. I will be holding on to the win.


I agree. That bunch of existences has had it for far too long. So have you, chicken.


HarbinNick wrote:
Contraception is an example of natural law...but in a world with WALKING BRAIN EATING MONSTERS!!! natural law seems like a moot issue.

No. The WALKING BRAIN EATING MONSTERS are not covered by the OGL.


So, the way it seems to work is that any big company can sue any small company out of the water for something the little company has no real control over (other than deep-scruitizing every single word in thousands of published books) and, through the use of copyright and trademark laws, destroy said little company.

Two questions:

a) Is it really the artist/writer/etc that is protected, or is it the market position of the big companies?

b) Explain to me again how it works, this thing they always say, that IP laws are okay because you can't own an idea? I mean, if it works as above.


Well, Spider-man is officially in the same universe as the Transformers... so honestly, why not?


Krensky wrote:
The same way they repair and reconnect nerves for accidental amputations I would assume.

No. With an amputation, what you do is stitch together the severed ends of the nerve, letting the neurons grow back into the distal nerve a millimeter per day. Without an existing nerve, this is not possible. Ah well, I am no expert. If the article says it works, it probably does. It certainly will not "just work" on an adult, though.


Heh. Well, funny how everyone sees only those sides of the coin. And as for wealth, Swedes do not have that. If anything, Swedes have a negative net worth.


Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Sissyl wrote:

Good story, believable characters, an interesting conflict, good language, a bit of mystery, some emotional punch, appropriate length, unexpected plot twists, decent dialogue... oh, and one or more ideas, well executed.

SF books are still books.

Yes, this!

I will add that while I can enjoy stories that involve time travel -- Lost, Star Trek, etc. -- I've never read or seen anything that I didn't enjoy despite the time travel. My favorites all have a conspicuous lack of time-space continuum shenanigans, even when the story flirts with time manipulation, as with Frank Herbert's Dune.

My absolute favourite time travel story is The Anubis Gates, maybe you should try that too.


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Civil War was the end of my interest in a lot of things Marvel. It's stupid, ham-handed, uses pathetic attempts at symbolism and emotionality that consistently manage to feel as inspiring as Teletubbies, it manages an amount of characters doing bizarre things against their entire characters and/or stupidities not worth thinking about, it manages to entirely miss the entire point of the entire genre... I could go on. If it had been a movie, it would have been cozy somewhere between "Manos, hands of fate" and "Plan 9 from Outer Space".

The Onslaught storyline had the idea of all the non-mutant heroes ending up in a world where they were admired and appreciated, and the mutants getting the old Marvel Earth. It may have lacked in execution, but the idea was decent. A year or so later, this was rolled back. Civil War never was - I am certain the comic about the North Dakotan super team is selling magnificently.


I do not understand that study. How do the manage to connect the genital nerves to provide a sense of touch here? I am not saying it is impossible, mind you...


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Orfamay Quest wrote:
thejeff wrote:
Orfamay Quest wrote:
Hitdice wrote:
I wondering if Williamson would have been fine at all if he had been speaking privately rather than doing an interview for public broadcast.
He would have. Public performance is a necessary element under the German law, at least as Wikipedia translated it.
It's interesting that the laws in people's heads when they hear about something like this are so much stricter and more intrusive than the ones actually on the books. Private criticism. Ignorance. Scholarship. All things that wouldn't be banned, but are what people immediately jump to.

Yup. "Thoughtcrime" is a much easier soundbite. If all you have in your head are slogans, the idea that there might be nuances that don't fit on a bumper sticker is a challenging concept.

After reading page up and page down of you quoting liberal soundbites, slogans and slurs on everyone who doesn't share your views, I have to say this:

You ought to know, Orfamay.


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Irontruth wrote:
Andrew R wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
Orfamay Quest wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:


Also, dude- not cool. There is one, count 'em, one Holocaust apologist in this thread.

I count three. And, no, i'm not going to name names, as that would probably violate the terms of service agreement.

Okay. Three. Does that include me? Please, think carefully before you answer. Because your post certainly implies it.
You and me both is my bet since we dare stand up for ALL peoples rights even if they are dumb. Not surprising though is that he is not calling for an end to the ACLU that ACTIVELY sues to make certain that nazi, klansmen and the like get to say whay they want where they want. Not the liberal group that goes much farther, just those evil libertarian types he hates...

I've said it multiple times, but you've probably glossed over it, because it doesn't fit your narrative of me...

I don't think we should have a similar law here in the US. I'm willing to protect holocaust denial here in the states, as repugnant as I find it.

In the context of German history though, you have to admit that Nazi propaganda has had an extremely negative effect. You may have heard of it, it's commonly called World War 2. The German people have a right to declare that that was harmful and they want to prevent it.

Why not instate such a ban? After all, the government would be able to handle it responsibly, as has been repeated ad nauseam in this very thread.

As for the idea that you want to prevent World War II, I WOULD say it is a teensy bit late for that. Some eighty years late. And that is the problem with drastic solutions that are designed to prevent a reoccurrence of something. They only work to prevent THAT SPECIFIC instance. For example, the Maginot line. It would have worked perfectly if the Germans would have been kind enough to do things the exact way they did in WWI. By the same token, the ban on holocaust denial misses the point: Crushing poverty was what drove the Germans to Hitler. The propaganda worked because it played on already existing emotions. Preventing Hitler's rise to power by historical proxy is not going to work since time machines don't exist. It could make you miss some other dangerous politician who wants to be the strong man for a country because he never talked about jews or Holocausts. Pol Pot, for example, made quite a big splash in the murder department without talking about jews.


sooo... free speech is only a valuable concept if it doesn't bring any trouble?


And the French constitutional court decided that laws forbidding denying of genocide (specifically Armenians 1915), are too dangerousfor the state to have. So, I guess they are just wrong then? Stupid libertarian lizard- believing flat earthers who should bow down to your superior legal understanding?

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