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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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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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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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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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Yeap, had to renew my subscription for this one. And the one after. And the one after that.


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Real life has ridiculously low stats. I have a high INT class, but i'm pretty sure I have a 11 at best.


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I'd love to see more details for Absalom, mostly because I've always wanted to run a city guard style game and can thing of no better city to put it.


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Mead Gregorisson wrote:

The fact that we have such a big government is a part of the problem. Yep. It has become overcomplicated and inefficient.

Krensky wrote:

If you're setting up a legal system from scratch attaching all those rights and privileges to a civil union contract or whatever and leaving 'marriage' as a ceremonial thing done by churches or other groups is fine.

It's too complicated a knot to undo that way for existing systems in the West though.

It didn't become anything, it was built that way on purpose. The US government has 3.8 million square miles and 319 million people to deal with. That's not going to be an efficient process at any time, and never has been nor is it something that can be handled by a small organization.

There's more than just inheritance questions as well, tax law, adoption, housing, banking, etc. Then you have regular old individual prejudice that being married supposedly shows someone as more mature, more stable, and can help in your career. The idea of trying to undo all the laws already in place just to have create some all new system and having the same bigots trying to prevent gay people from being treated equally under those laws is a terrible idea.


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Unfortunately, you can't remove government from marriage without removing all the various legal benefits that being married brings, which i think many people would take issue with.


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Zhangar wrote:
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Why would you guys want the enemies to be neutral rather than evil? I'm a little uncomfortable slaughtering neutrals by the hundreds.
Most lovecraftian entities are beyond the petty mortal concept of morality.

I'll note that intelligent entities that consider themselves beyond morality are normally actually evil =P

"Beyond morality" is merely a justification.

It's interesting to note though that having an alignment generally just means your soul is destined for a specific outer plane.

Somehow, with the Outer Gods being already part of the Material Plane (or entered it from outside time and space), I don't think Pharasma could judge them as being aligned anywhere. Azathoth isn't sentient, so honestly he's basically neutral, in the same way a black hole is neutral. But Yog-Sothoth's goals are 'something something the universe, something alien, something', and simple mortals are to him what microbial life is to us... beneath our notice.

Shub-Niggurath... she's a bit harder. She actually a concrete motive. Which is to say, breed breed breed. Oh you can't breed? Breed anyway! She's like a more focused, more tentacled version of Lamashtu with less information about her. I bet she could figure out a way to impregnate inanimate objects. Pregnant chairs! Pregnant swords! Ya know what, she'll even impregnate your ideas. Watch as she manages to make the idea of capitalism pregnant somehow.

I suspect most mythos creatures, in the unlikely event of death (a lot of the stronger ones can only die by violence), get judged by Pharasma and sent to compatible outer planes. The section of the Abyss that Starspawn go to might be exceptionally hostile...

Though I just thought of a question for Mr. Jacobs - where did chaotic evil souls go before the Abyss was "broken into" by the Proteans?

Anyways.

Yog-Sothoth and Azathoth are simply Time and Energy made manifest. Trying to contact them or...

Not Mr. Jacobs but,

If I recall correctly, the Proteans broke into the abyss before the advent of mortal life, so i don't think there were any chaotic evil souls to be sent there.


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I haven't seen a definite answer, but I suspect they start out remembering their past life, but it probably fades relatively quickly. Everything about their existence after being ghoulified is completely different from their life, so it probably no longer has any real bearing on them now.


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That's because it's an inherently political problem. It requires action from not just one nation, but many, there's nothing that isn't political about that. Besides, this thread is about the conspiracy theories about global warming, which is also political, not least because many American politicians are adherents of them, or at least claim to be.


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Darn having to wait until Wednesday.


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LazarX wrote:
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Well, within those 5-7 years we did reach the record minimum extent of the Arctic Ice sheet coverage, which still has not recovered to previous levels.
There's a big difference between Arctic Ice and Antarctic Ice. Ice in the Arctic Ocean is already in the water... and by itself doesn't add to the world's ocean volumne. Ice on LAND however, such as Greenland, continental glaciers, and Antartica, when it melts it flows into the world's oceans, thus it becomes an increase in oceanic volume on a global scale.

That was in reference to the Ice Cap loss, not the sea level rise.


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Well, within those 5-7 years we did reach the record minimum extent of the Arctic Ice sheet coverage, which still has not recovered to previous levels.


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I think this another issue that can also influence these conversations is the "Reality is Unrealistic" trope. Frankly, most people who haven't spent significant time researching history (not just history of course, a great many subjects), are wrong because they're relying on common knowledge and pop culture, which as it turns out, is wrong quite often.


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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
[tangent] Does anyone else hope the Evil Iconics are just the Hell's Rebels iconics with goatees?[/tangent]

Well now I do


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As something of a Hell fan-boy (Woo Wes is writing!) I am pretty much completely stoked. Thank goodness I have a real job now so I can actually buy these AP's


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Eh, he was down on it before it ever came out. When you run with 6 players using 25 point builds then complain the challenges don't work I have limited sympathy. But hey, an Evil AP is another reason to re-up my AP subscription.


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Unfortunately it seems I also am most looking forward to things you want the least. Sorry buddy, there will be more bestiaries.


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Hey comrade. Just got a job with a union, it freakin rocks!


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Thank you very much, I did see the button for "ship as soon as possible" but it was grayed out and un-clickable.

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