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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The rice cooker presented for VP...
Sorry, what is the meaning behind this insult?
John Oliver reference...he compared Kaine with getting a rice cooker as a christmas present...serviceable but kind of boring and not likely to cause any excitement.
Which is a pretty bad reason to slam a VP candidate. 2 minutes, 45 seconds of "well, he's boring" is a waste of bandwidth.
Agreed. Oliver & his writers sacrificed truth for a lame joke.
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And Pence as the same make and model of rice cooker,only with hate slogans hand written on it.

If Kaine is a boring white "rice cooker", Pence is a septic tank pump. Pence's most redeeming quality is he isn't quite as horrifying as Trump or Cruz.

And I refuse to call Kaine a rice cooker until we've seen a demonstration of how well he makes pancakes.

Progressives were hoping for a VP that indicated that Clinton was moving away from the business as usual model for the party. They were hoping for a Warren, a Booker, or perhaps even a Sanders. The choice of Kaine was a choice made by someone who was ignoring them entirely.

Then you haven't been paying attention, because Kaine has been quietly progressive for decades now.


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Well, to give in to some conspiracy theorizing, Trump seems to be no fan of NATO. Weaker NATO would probably benefit Russia. But I doubt we'll ever get any true confirmation on that.


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That at least we can agree on


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<cough> another fake conspiracy <cough>


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Looks like it's not shipping for me today, oh well, maybe tomorrow.


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Quark Blast wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
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Quark Blast wrote:
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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Does anyone actually know a hillary supporter? It's kinda weird.
Yes, am one.

Not me.

Given Bill's repeated public philandering over about a 30 year time span during his time with Hillary, I can surmise one thing.

She will put up with absolutely anything to maximize her access to power (cause she sure isn't staying with him for the money, the kid's sake, or his repentant new self). People who like power that much scare me.

Wow, that's a lot of assuming going on. There are numerous possible reasons that have nothing to do with access to power (which if the case would be completely unnecessary now). Human sexuality and relationships are far too complex to ever ascribe any one single driving factor, frankly your theory is childish in its simplicity.

Yeah, yeah, "numerous possible reasons" of which you have enumerated... wait for it... none.

I'll take that under advisement.

Good lord, you want me to explain human sexuality to you? Well first off the bat, she could get off on being the other woman, she could not care, she could be totally fine with him having other lovers as they are both busy individuals, she could be asexual and prefer him as a friend and romantic partner rather than a sexual one. She could have a low sex-drive and he a high one so they worked out an arrangement to deal with that, she may have just forgiven him because she is truly deeply in love with him. Seriously, human sexuality is complex.

I have no evidence to suggest any of these are true as you have no evidence to suggest your theory is true. however, the complexity of human relationships pretty much guarantees that simple greed for power is unlikely.

I have her apparent extended public and (as reported by friends/associates)...

So you have absolutely no evidence, then? At least own that, instead of trying to rely on the very worst kind of hearsay. You don't like her, for no reason, at least own it.


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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Given that we have had TWO resignations over the WikkiLeaks material, Something has to be there... and a decent amount of it, even if it's just confirmation of what we had suspected all along.

In the world of politics that means absolutely nothing. People were angry, so they got blood, in what i consider a misguided attempt to appease the Bern-it-downs. Now that they've seen that frothing rage based on absolutely no evidence gets results, i see little reason they won't eventually morph into the exact same base of supporters that Trump has. Anger, without cause or reason.


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Quark Blast wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Does anyone actually know a hillary supporter? It's kinda weird.
Yes, am one.

Not me.

Given Bill's repeated public philandering over about a 30 year time span during his time with Hillary, I can surmise one thing.

She will put up with absolutely anything to maximize her access to power (cause she sure isn't staying with him for the money, the kid's sake, or his repentant new self). People who like power that much scare me.

Wow, that's a lot of assuming going on. There are numerous possible reasons that have nothing to do with access to power (which if the case would be completely unnecessary now). Human sexuality and relationships are far too complex to ever ascribe any one single driving factor, frankly your theory is childish in its simplicity.

Yeah, yeah, "numerous possible reasons" of which you have enumerated... wait for it... none.

I'll take that under advisement.

Good lord, you want me to explain human sexuality to you? Well first off the bat, she could get off on being the other woman, she could not care, she could be totally fine with him having other lovers as they are both busy individuals, she could be asexual and prefer him as a friend and romantic partner rather than a sexual one. She could have a low sex-drive and he a high one so they worked out an arrangement to deal with that, she may have just forgiven him because she is truly deeply in love with him. Seriously, human sexuality is complex.

I have no evidence to suggest any of these are true as you have no evidence to suggest your theory is true. however, the complexity of human relationships pretty much guarantees that simple greed for power is unlikely.


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Caineach wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Does anyone actually know a hillary supporter? It's kinda weird.
Yes, am one.

Not me.

Given Bill's repeated public philandering over about a 30 year time span during his time with Hillary, I can surmise one thing.

She will put up with absolutely anything to maximize her access to power (cause she sure isn't staying with him for the money, the kid's sake, or his repentant new self). People who like power that much scare me.

Wow, that's a lot of assuming going on. There are numerous possible reasons that have nothing to do with access to power (which if the case would be completely unnecessary now). Human sexuality and relationships are far too complex to ever ascribe any one single driving factor, frankly your theory is childish in its simplicity.

Edit: To make my support more transparent, if I had to just pick two completely unequivocal reasons why I support her she is the only candidate who is both not anti-vaxx and not a climate change denier. Those two things disqualify every other candidate, before we even get into economic policies, civil rights, etc.

Not sure why you think bernie is anti-vaxx. Quick google search shows he has openly criticized the movement as selfish. Not to mention climate change was a big part of his platform about how economic interests screw the little guy.

I was talking about Stein, Trump, and Johnson. I didn't realize we were still talking about Sanders, as he is not a candidate.


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I dunno, some pretty serious cyber-security professionals are indicating that it was, and is now being looked into by the FBI. There might be something to this


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Quark Blast wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Does anyone actually know a hillary supporter? It's kinda weird.
Yes, am one.

Not me.

Given Bill's repeated public philandering over about a 30 year time span during his time with Hillary, I can surmise one thing.

She will put up with absolutely anything to maximize her access to power (cause she sure isn't staying with him for the money, the kid's sake, or his repentant new self). People who like power that much scare me.

Wow, that's a lot of assuming going on. There are numerous possible reasons that have nothing to do with access to power (which if the case would be completely unnecessary now). Human sexuality and relationships are far too complex to ever ascribe any one single driving factor, frankly your theory is childish in its simplicity.

Edit: To make my support more transparent, if I had to just pick two completely unequivocal reasons why I support her she is the only candidate who is both not anti-vaxx and not a climate change denier. Those two things disqualify every other candidate, before we even get into economic policies, civil rights, etc.


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Eh, you know I've been looking over this email leak stuff, and none of it is damning. None of it is even particularly shady, a few people came up with some bad ideas after Bernie had been bad mouthing them for months, those ideas were rightfully denied, the end. At this point I can only assume the people getting upset are simply looking for some conspiracy to explain why their preferred candidate lost.

It can't be that he ran a disorganized mess of a campaign (he did), it can't be that Clinton is a better politician with much more reasonable positions (she is), and it can't be that the majority of Democrats supported her over Bernie (they did). So it must be an evil conspiracy.

But hey, if people are gonna give up because the outsider with unreasonable promises lost to the long-time dedicated person who's spent a least a decade preparing for this by forming relationships, laying groundwork, and building up an organization (being a good politician) then i don't think the "revolution" was ever anything other than a flash-in-the-pan fad. Now they can go about their business of not having to put in any effort.

For all their many varied faults, the Tea Party at least realized that changing a party takes long term concerted effort. They're still working at it, and it's taken the better part of 6-8 years to fully come to fruition.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Does anyone actually know a hillary supporter? It's kinda weird.

Yes, am one.


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I would think Shadow hounds would be a pretty quick obvious choice


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Valishmal Jungle
Geb
More Darklands (that weird dinosaur (and Other) infested cavern would be sweet!)

*And yes, I did have parentheses inside parentheses, because I'm awesome.


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I'd choose cold, because I work in Maine, and I would love to be immune to cold. I had to work outside, on an island, several days this winter. As a transplant from the South, when people said this past winter didn't even really count as winter it made me wonder why came here and stayed.


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While I might disagree that voting 3rd party is throwing your vote in the trash (Not that Libertarian and Green Party aren't both trash parties, seriously they're crazy-town) I feel that a vote for a 3rd party is a decent use of a vote, it's not gonna change anything, but i still think it's useful because one day there might be a 3rd party that isn't trash.


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I find that cover all kinds of disturbing. Love it!


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This blog post made my day.


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thejeff wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:

When 2/3 of the people don't vote because they're dissatisfied with the two options in front of them, I'd say 3rd parties have a place in our system. So many people say they don't vote for a third party because they can't possibly win - but considering how many Americans are independent, they actually can.

Whether in the long term they will remain, frankly, I don't care. (Okay, I do care, but not nearly as much as I care about this particular election having a third option.) All I care about is right now, I have two choices in front of me that are, to be blunt, horrible, and I absolutely, vehemently, and totally refuse to give a vote to either one of them. I'm absolutely not going to vote for someone I find a villain just because their opponent is a super villain.

You can do as you please. Just understand it's a protest vote with no practical effect.

I think you're fundamentally wrong, not just about Clinton, but about the American public. I'm not sure where you got the 2/3 don't vote from. In 2012 it was around 43% of eligible voters that didn't vote. Far too high, but not two thirds, either. I'd be shocked if turnout was nearly that much lower this time. The primary turnout was lower, but it always is.

That's also not necessarily because "they're dissatisfied with the two options in front of them", either. People have many reasons for not voting. Don't push your motivations on them. Nor assume that they'd find your third party better. Maybe they're just not paying attention (most likely). Maybe they're happy with the status quo and just don't care. Who knows.

More generally, as has been said here before, third parties not having a chance isn't a conspiracy and isn't because people think they can't win, it's a practical consequence of the system the founders set up, ironically partly to avoid the problems of parties.

For example I didn't vote in the Primary for one simple reason, I was perfectly happy to vote for either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. Each had ideas I supported and ideas I didn't, but overwhelmingly agreed with both.

I have a slightly different angle on why I think 3rd parties do poorly here, while the structural reasons others have mentioned are certainly the case, it also seems to be the case that 3rd parties tend to be freaking nuts. Any good ideas the Libertarian party has are already supported by one of the major parties, all that's left is the crazy nonsense (the Fair Tax Plan for example, both unfair and terrible). Same is true for the Green party. Simply put, 3rd parties are by necessity more extreme in order to be able to carve out a niche for themselves.


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I hope that some of my fellow Americans will see this a reminder of the importance of voting. If higher percentages of younger, well-educated, less xenophobic demographics had voted, it might not have happened.


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Wow, just... wow. So it seems Paizo has decided to take just all of my money.


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It might be interesting to look at this from the perspective of an evil character, they might be aware that they are Evil, but to them that word might have another connotation, to them it means Strong. They have the strength to make the hard calls, the dirty choices, they get the job done.

Another aspect is that people tend to be amazingly good at convincing themselves that everyone is just like them, whether they admit it or not. They might see Good folks wandering around doing whatever it is they do, as simply being too weak to really take what they really desire or face the consequences. Good just means you've tricked yourself into acting against your own best interests.

Of course, as has been mentioned up-thread, these sorts of philosophical have been plaguing the world for uncountable years. It's entirely possible we won't ever settle on the answer, because there isn't really one answer.


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I have a MIGHTY NEED.


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Dearest Uncle Urgraz wrote:
eyes narrow suspiciously. Keeps sharpening Warhammer.

Are...are they supposed to be sharp?


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Enjoyed the movie immensely. Gotta say, that one of my favorite moments was a small one. Not sure of this threads policy on spoilers so I'll be on the safe side.

Spoiler:
The scene where Peter is about to explain how he got his powers and is cut off before he can get started. It made me laugh, as I (and I doubt I'm alone) have seen Spiderman's origins about a billion times. It would make me laugh if in his own movie every time he tries to explain what happens he gets cut off.


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Klara Meison wrote:
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You seemed to miss the point. You enter a room, and see a person. You cast detect evil, and it returns " yes, evil ". Is the person actually evil or just under a spell making him detect as such? If your testing equipment is 100% accurate, there is 0% chance it is giving you a false reading, so the person is definitely evil. Except, obviously, that is not true.

No, I understood your point perfectly. There is still nothing wrong with the testing equipment. "If I can fool the equipment, then the equipment is flawed" is not correct. If I put a piece of uranium inside a Geiger counter, the equipment still works fine, even though it's always detecting radiation.

... No it does not? That Geiger counter is completely useless for any measurements now. That is literally the opposite of "works fine". By this logic titanic " worked fine " after it was hit by an iceberg, it's just that it sank.

...Well, no. Exposing the gieger counter to a known source of radiation, like say a piece of Uranium, is part of the how it's supposed to be used. You've just source checked your instrument.


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Slithery D wrote:
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Considering the criticism that just using "they" (Which is completely grammatically correct and has been in use for centuries) for beings without gender received, I highly doubt using any other terms would have been well received at all.
Where has "they" been used for centuries to describe genderless definite and singular beings? (Outside of fiction, where do genderless beings exist?) Indefinite singular beings, sure.

Well, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they would be the best place to start. But I shall copy the first three examples from the page, and would be surprised if you hadn't seen or used it in this form at least once.

"Somebody left their umbrella in the office. Would they please collect it?"
"The patient should be told at the outset how much they will be required to pay."
"But a journalist should not be forced to reveal their sources."


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Robert Hawkshaw wrote:

Comrade Anklebiter, is it true what they say? Is support for trump rising amongst the union rank and file?

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/26/us-unions-donald-trump-us-el ection-2016?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link

Hello, Comrade Hawkshaw!

Beats me. I only know of one Trump supporter in my shop (and one Kasich supporter), but, then again, I work in Massachusetts, "bluest of the blue." I have heard The Black Goblin opining that if it comes down to the Donald versus Killary, he'd rather vote for Trump based on his anti-NAFTA, anti-TPP position, but I've noticed him veering to the right under the influence of his Dreadlocked Libertarian Wife who was devastated when Rand Paul dropped out. He did, however, DM my first game of 5th edition last Saturday. He ruled that I couldn't be a nobleman, so I dropped Aloysius Ambrose d'Abelmarle and instead created Piter Pettigrew, a paladin blacksmith.

As for populism, it can go either way. Quite instructive would be the example of Tom Watson and the Southern Populists who initially, in the late 19th century, forged a heroic alliance of poor white and black sharecroppers but later became a virulent white supremacist.

As for this week...tomorrow going to a rally for Verizon strikers before work and then over to Lawrence for another possible Amy Dube sighting (La Principessa decided to celebrate our getting back together by not coming up during her vacation and, instead, cry in bed and not leave the apartment for seven days straight); Friday will see me at a rally for UMass Lowell adjunct faculty...

I know there's some surprising (to me)support for Trump in my union. Which is weird seeing as it could not, by law, be shipped overseas and considering that he's stated he'd like to shut us down since we're federal. I happen to work in Maine which seems to have a deep angry conservative streak running through it, so that likely has more to do with it than anything else i suspect.


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Kevin Mack wrote:
So now that the first of the two secret projects you are working on has been revealed I'm wondering if the second one has any connection to whats just happend in the final part of the pathfinder hollow mountains comic?

Wait, they were revealed? Oh great Jacobs, what were the two projects that were revealed?


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Hmm, "old school" is so intriguing, because it could mean old school like drow, or old school like dungeons, or old school like Journey to the Center of the Earth level of old school (which is not incidentally something i've really been hurting for).


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Considering the criticism that just using "they" (Which is completely grammatically correct and has been in use for centuries) for beings without gender received, I highly doubt using any other terms would have been well received at all.


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I have always wanted to run a game that ends in a rock off.


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Do you ever get so invested in a character in a story or series of stories so much you almost don't want to keep reading because you can just tell something bad is going to happen to them?


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Oh yes, those money hungry climate scientists, they're the ones with the absurd salaries. Hasn't this particular nonsensical conspiracy theory been shown to be wrong at least three dozen different ways in just this thread?


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Thank you


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I'd like to cancel that subscription, but keep my Adventure Path Subscription.


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I suppose this is always a fine, and wavy, line to walk. To not seem crass, but not let their death allow their viewpoint to be the only one told. When the deceased makes it their life's work to harm other people, I'm not going to tell the people harmed how to respond to that person's death. I simply lack the perspective to understand.


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Interesting. I too appreciate this information, I've finally reached a point in my career where i'm not longer just scraping by. So i'm trying to look forward to the future.


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Sweet!


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I'd like to see paizo's interpretation of a system of horror as well.


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My old group kept a book of these, we had some great ones in there.

"What happened to being greedy and evil but loyal?"
"I lied, I'm also a liar."

Was one of my favorites.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
We have different definitions of internally consistent then.

I suppose so, as I can't find the inconsistency you insist is there, aside from your repeated statements that it exists. But that's ok, The beauty of the system is that you can change it to whatever your heart desires.


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Seems pretty clear to me, undead are evil (barring rare exceptions who exist to tell interesting stories) because they all tend have some sort of instinctual hatred of the living. Ghouls and vampires don't physiologically need to eat, but they still have an insatiable hunger. Skeletons and zombies, despite being mindless still hunt down and kill all living things unless given orders not to as described in their Bestiary entries. This is supported by quite a number of examples in published adventures, a person could disagree with this interpretation, and for their own games change it, which is the beauty of the system, but it is all pretty internally consistent.


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Oooh, hints for a character possibly appearing in a future AP, intriguing.


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I learned about the comic Rat Queens after you mentioned it here, and wanted to thank you as it's become my new favorite thing in the world.

So to return the favor, have you ever read Death Vigil?


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What'd you think of Jessica Jones?


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Carrion Crown has strong investigation themes in several of the modules, the second one is primarily an investigation and a court drama.


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Sarenrae. I mean, she's the god of the giant ball of fire, what's not to like.

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