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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.

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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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Sissyl wrote:
I... Need to process this. I think much is going to depend on what the investigation turns up. That said, my suspicion is that it will reinforce France's dedication to fighting against IS. The only question is why IS wants that. If, indeed, they were behind this.

These sorts of attacks always serve multiple purposes, it shows they can hurt you, it tells others who might agree with them that they can successfully carry out such attacks, but the most pernicious aspect is the divisiveness. There's a specific terminology that I can't remember, but basically they want to turn the general public against Muslims so that Muslims turn to them for support. They know that following these attacks there will be paranoia and discrimination, and they want that, they want to harden people's hearts, because that's how they recruit.


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Irontruth wrote:
Pink Dragon wrote:
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My goal was simply to provide an alternative perspective for those who wanted to read about such. The links are there for those who want to follow them and the article itself highlights the vitriol in the debate.

I'm interested in scientific information about GMOs. I am not interested in people bickering back and forth, using GMOs as a pretext, but not actually talking about GMOs. Your article was the latter.

I think most of us understand pretty well that there's a lot of vitriol online. I don't think any conversation about a topic is aided by pointing us towards the vitriol. All it does is make me think you have a vested interest in the vitriol. I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt though, that you don't.

Then dig into the scientific links and ignore the rest, because the article provided those links.

Digging through that article would mean reading it again. I have no interest in THAT article. If you want to provide scientific links, I'll read them. But don't link bad articles and then insist we dig through them. I'm really not interested.

While I often sympathize with writers on CounterPunch, their writing is atrocious. It's often so bad, I don't want to read anything from them.

http://genera.biofortified.org/viewall.php

This is a link to GENERA, the GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas, it is a collection of hundreds of studies including a summary of the type of article, the organism involved, and the country of origin. It is a useful resource.


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BigDTBone wrote:
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BigDTBone wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
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Evolution [is] a far cry from using a retrovirus to add genes into our expression matrix.
I disagree. Most of the human genome is exactly that -- dead viruses. They may provide some resistance to similar viruses (much as we're often trying to do by inserting other ones into grain crops), but they have no physical expression on us. When our ancestors selectively bred wheat with other strains of wheat or even other plants altogether, they were doing more or less the same thing, except a lot more haphazardly.

Exactly my point. Evolutionary artifacts are just that, artifacts. Foods that we engineer to express genes they don't have regulatory pathways for are another matter entirely. Even if we engineer them to express alongside an existing pathway we are still haphazardly (as you put it) playing with things we don't truly understand.

I vehemently disagree that we don't understand. Uncountable hours were spent discovering these techniques, learning the best ways to use them, determining the most effective vectors, and choosing the best recipients, and there were no doubt plenty of failures, set backs, and missteps. There is no way there could be dozens of viable GMO's if the science behind it was not understood. The much more dangerous methods were the methods used before, mutation breeding was haphazard, sloppy, and had an actual chance of creating a harmful plant. It's like the difference between a modern neurosurgeon and a civil war saw bones.
Please describe exactly how ER and Golgi fold complex 1 of the electron transport change. Then please explain exactly how it is inserted into the mitochondrial membrane. Please include the method used for designating the end point location.

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=methods+for+genetic+modification&h l=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ved=0CBsQgQMwAG oVChMIktTQ_fOGyQIVx7IUCh2rzQ2X Start here, once you're done with all of them I'll introduce you to an entomology professor I met once who works with transgenic mosquitos, he very knowledgeable on the subject.


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BigDTBone wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
BigDTBone wrote:
Evolution [is] a far cry from using a retrovirus to add genes into our expression matrix.
I disagree. Most of the human genome is exactly that -- dead viruses. They may provide some resistance to similar viruses (much as we're often trying to do by inserting other ones into grain crops), but they have no physical expression on us. When our ancestors selectively bred wheat with other strains of wheat or even other plants altogether, they were doing more or less the same thing, except a lot more haphazardly.

Exactly my point. Evolutionary artifacts are just that, artifacts. Foods that we engineer to express genes they don't have regulatory pathways for are another matter entirely. Even if we engineer them to express alongside an existing pathway we are still haphazardly (as you put it) playing with things we don't truly understand.

I vehemently disagree that we don't understand. Uncountable hours were spent discovering these techniques, learning the best ways to use them, determining the most effective vectors, and choosing the best recipients, and there were no doubt plenty of failures, set backs, and missteps. There is no way there could be dozens of viable GMO's if the science behind it was not understood. The much more dangerous methods were the methods used before, mutation breeding was haphazard, sloppy, and had an actual chance of creating a harmful plant. It's like the difference between a modern neurosurgeon and a civil war saw bones.


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Both, probably


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I am kind of professionally obligated to side with nuclear power, though I agree that we have several major problems, the largest of which being the amount of time it takes to get new reactors operational, though I don't know if it's significantly more time than wind or solar power plants, I'll have to look that one up. But the other major problems certainly do exist, but they aren't insurmountable, the technology already exists to solve them, it's just expensive. Waste can be processed, reused, treated, or even stored in special facilities in ways that can avoid any long term problems, but each method has it's own expense.


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Interestingly, even the art isn't consistent on this point. some of the art shows swirling energy and runes and what not, other just show the most obvious visual effects (fire, lightning, etc.)


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I'd really like to see a City Guard AP, i'm not sure why but i really like that idea. Organized crime, cultists, corrupt guards and it could be set in Absalom the other thing I'd really like to see.


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Thank you very much, I will send that picture this evening.


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I'm a radiological control technician (I make sure radioactive contamination isn't spread when performing maintenance on nuclear reactor related equipment) after giving it some though, I'd probably be some low level Abjurer working for a non-evil version of the Technic League, they deal with that sort of thing.


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I would guess they would respond poorly.


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I just received my copy of the Rise of the Runelords Deluxe Collector's addition and I'm sad to say the latch on the presentation case fell off immediately after unlocking.


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Just got mine and overrall very pleased, my one problem though is the latching mechanism fell off the presentation case immediately after opening.


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I'm not sure, is there a profession that keeps magical energy residue from leaking out from wizard towers and affecting the surrounding environment?


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You seem to have some limitations on your understanding of the word democracy that don't fit any definition of the word, I know this is very standard libertarian practice, but it would really help if you stated the definition of the words you're using so we can all understand and work from the same basis.


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And we created that government because we needed it. We tried doing without much of a government, the Articles of Confederation were a massive and utter failure. Heck even the idea that we're not a democracy is fully wrong. We're a Republic with a representative democracy, they aren't mutually exclusive terms.


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KahnyaGnorc wrote:

Actually, we have a Federal Government to conduct foreign policy and to prevent states from enacting protectionist policies against each other (the reason for the Commerce Clause). Later, with the 14th Amendment, ensuring that the states didn't violate individual rights was added to the responsibility. (There are a few minor powers, like the patent office and the ability to set up a postal service, but those three are the major ones).

As for government and force, what does the government do that is not carried out by force, whether confiscatory (taxes, fines, penalties) or confinement (arrest for activities, including vile ones that deserve imprisonment, but also include, say, not following the confiscatory laws)?

Building roads and bridges. Printing money. Creating National Parks. Building the ships that comprise the Navy and employs thousands of skilled workers. Creating monuments. I can go on like this for awhile.


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Only if you can actually agree on where it is you want to go. Otherwise you have a bunch of people wandering around with no direction. To bring this back around to climate change, there is simply no possible way to take any sort of meaningful action without national direction, that is explicitly political. I don't want to turn this into a statist vs. non-statist thing, but there is a reason we use a federal government, because it has numerous advantages in these exact sorts of situations.


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The problem is that the overwrought reply you're disapproving of isn't that overwrought. She was explicitly offered the very accommodation you suggested of removing her name, and she rejected it. As has been mentioned in this very thread, they had no real obligation to offer her that compromise, and they still did, and she still refused it.


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Man I need to play this. Pity I'm usually the DM


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Oh my, very pleased to see this


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Damn that unfashionable tyrant!

I think you mean magnificently fashionable tyrant! Even better if the armor reflects hurled stones back at the dirty peasants who hurl them.

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