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Andoran

DM Barcas wrote:
It appears that the show has finally turned a corner. I was incredibly pleased with this latest episode. Ward's acting was finally decent - with an explanation of why he was so wooden earlier. (Though that is a retcon, since we know that the actor wasn't told until mid-season.)

Yes! Loved the bit where he was talking to Raina. "I thought you weren't her type" and "I'm everybody's type". The man actually can change his facial expression!

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

More commie commentary:

UPS backs down over firings

Did I miss it? Why was the International mediating instead of being on the side of the members?

Andoran

Durngrun Stonebreaker wrote:


So republicans are racist and democrats are nazis? You'd think they would get along better.

I *think* that those are being claimed by different people, but who knows, this is the Internet.

Andoran

KaiserDM wrote:


Hey look! I can google random articles too!

And to your logic, here is an article that proves that..."not all Democrats are alcoholics, but all alcoholics are Democrats.

Hah! Nice. But after reading the article, the title is a bit of a tease. I feel safe in saying that Utah, of all places is going to be an outlier in studies like that. And don't let Anklebiter fool you, NH is populated largely by tax-hating, conservative ex-Massachusetts folks. :)

Andoran

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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Ah, yes. Now the No True Scotsman fallacy comes into play. We haven't seen that one yet in this thread among Holocaust apologists.

Not a Libertarian (or a libertarian), but that is their favorite fallacy and has reached the status of an in-joke in the same way Democrats complain about trying to herd cats. It's basis in truth is because even libertarians can't agree exactly what True Libertarianism is.

Also, dude- not cool. There is one, count 'em, one Holocaust apologist in this thread. Everybody else is supporting free speech. There is a difference, for example: the ACLU providing lawyers to Nazis in the US. Doesn't mean the ACLU doubts that the Holocaust occurred.

Andoran

feytharn wrote:

Until 1985 Holocause denial was persecuted either as incitement of the people or as libel, depending on the case. The law from 1985 was a reform more or less in union with israel who passed a similar law in 1986.

Interesting, didn't know that. Thank you.

Note, you probably meant "prosecuted" here, not "persecuted". Though, depending on your politics, I could be wrong. ;)

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I'll take all the best wishes I can get, thank you Camarade.

Good news is: crisis is over. He was home for less than 12 hours before he demanded to be dropped off at the gun club. Apparently, nothing says "speedy recovery" like the soothing sound of shotguns firing sequentially.

Huzzah!

Yay!

Soothing shotguns, though? Hmmm.

Andoran

extinct_fizz wrote:


The university has mental health resources? Maybe? But the last time I was there, they basically listened to me for an hour and then told me I could be penciled in for some group sessions. Group sessions. Yeah, I feel so tense I could vomit every time I try to explain this, and your solution is to have me do it in a group of other people? Thanks.

So. I don't expect anyone to really "know" what I should do- it's just kind of nice to say it.

The group session doesn't sound optimal, but note that it will probably be a group of people who understand what you are going through. Consider asking if you could go and observe without talking much.

*Edit* - and good luck!

Andoran

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watchmanx wrote:


of course i could be completely full of s%&$..but you never truely know do you

I feel safe in asserting that we do.

Andoran

Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Also, how can I stop linking articles that challenge your inner narrative when I don't know how your inner narrative runs?

(This is, of course, a ploy to get you to spill your inner narrative so I can post more articles that challenge it. Devious, we goblins are.)

It's late, can I just go with Truth, Justice, and diametrically opposed to everything you believe, with a side order of gratuitous insults?

(Though I don't have any amusing insults queued up, may I ask you to insult yourself?)

Shamefully replying to myself, I'll add that about a year ago you mentioned that the producing classes should feel just as motivated to work hard as the upper class should feel motivated to pay well... And ANY DAY NOW I am going to come up with a rebuttal to that and explain why the Puritan work ethic is a good thing. Just you wait!

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Actually, I was hoping it would have more on Moynihan. I posted it before I read the whole thing.

Also, how can I stop linking articles that challenge your inner narrative when I don't know how your inner narrative runs?

(This is, of course, a ploy to get you to spill your inner narrative so I can post more articles that challenge it. Devious, we goblins are.)

It's late, can I just go with Truth, Justice, and diametrically opposed to everything you believe, with a side order of gratuitous insults?

(Though I don't have any amusing insults queued up, may I ask you to insult yourself?)

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Fun fact: The term "victim blaming" was first invented by critics of the Moynihan Report. Or so I read on wikipedia.

Damnit, now I have to go read the Moynihan Report. I've never even *heard* of it.

EDIT - okay, I confess, read about the report, not the whole thing

Andoran

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Andrew R wrote:
I think im depressed but will not be seeking any help because i believe im dealing with it well. Might not be the best idea but it's working for me so far

While neither is any fun, hopefully you "are depressed" instead of "having depression". The first is a perfectly reasonable response to things that would make anyone unhappy, the second is more like this:

Hyperbole and a Half - Adventures in Depression

I recommend that link to everyone, by the way. It's a very good description of Major Depressive Disorder from the inside.

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Paul Ryan, Barack Obama and Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Please stop linking to articles that challenge my inner narrative. Not cool, man.

Andoran

Andrew R wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Andrew R wrote:
Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
If I continually accuse people of theft and robbery is it true or an overly hostile barb that eliminates the chance for civil debate?
What else do you call forcible taking from a man what he has earned?

Andrew, up thread you said you agreed with the government forcibly taking money to pay for things you agree with- roads and defense.

So, I think people want a bit more consistency.

necessary evil is still evil and needs to be kept to a minimum. That doesn't change the fact that some things are indeed necessary, but evil beyond that...

You may be familiar with this question, but if that is so necessary, why don't you pay for it yourself, without reaching into other people's pockets and stealing their hard earned money?

Andoran

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Andrew R wrote:
Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
If I continually accuse people of theft and robbery is it true or an overly hostile barb that eliminates the chance for civil debate?
What else do you call forcible taking from a man what he has earned?

Andrew, up thread you said you agreed with the government forcibly taking money to pay for things you agree with- roads and defense.

So, I think people want a bit more consistency.

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Social democrats? Does that mean socially liberal but conservative about something else?

I guess so, if that something else is international proletarian socialist revolution.

Social democracy.

I'm sure Comrade Jeff, maybe Comrade Pravda, maybe others, will be happy to tell you all about it.

Got it, I was trying to fit it into US style Democrats, not euro-style social democrats. (Note capitals)

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

F%%~ Elizabeth Warren: The Prequel

F+*@ Elizabeth Warren

F$$! Elizabeth Warren: The Aftermath

Gotcha. Thank you. The visit to the line incident was not terribly impressive.

By the way, thanks! This reminds me that I thought of you and other Paizo board-folks last week when I was reading a conservative forum. They were so far right that they'd think I am a communist and their brains would blue-screen if they tried talking to you.

So, thanks for not being ~*}!ing nuts, even when I disagree with you. :)

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Nader: Give Workers a Raise

Just posting it for shiznit and giggles. Also, I noticed that he's got a new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.

I haven't read it, but Occupy NH was half social democrats and half libertarians. It fell apart pretty quick.

Social democrats? Does that mean socially liberal but conservative about something else?

Oh, and as long as I'm actually posting, Comrade, why don't we like Elizabeth Warren? I would have thought that she'd be right up your alley, except not far enough. Is she not as cool as I've heard?

Andoran

Mark Moreland wrote:
The title really says it all. What campaign setting-specific items have always piqued your curiosity or supercharged your creativity? What items have we mentioned that we've never provided stats for?

Shelyn's glaive! Love the story for it.

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Not only that, but I find the idea that European companies don't want to deal with American unions kinda weird. I doubt European companies want to deal with European unions, either, but they've got this whole century-old socialist movement thing which didn't really give them much choice.

Also, Citizen Yojimbo, who the hell are you? It seems like you pop up every seven-to-eight months, call me a dirty commie and disappear again. Not that I mind, mind you....

Well... I assumed you were into that. :)

Otherwise, I mostly lurk. I like reading the off topic threads, but avoid joining the arguments because they are too frustrating.

I had to post about that article you linked, though. It made me so made I wanted to grab someone and shake them. If I interpreted it correctly, the employer was willing to work with the union, but wasn't forcing it, while outside politicians were the ones causing problems. ARgh!!!!!!

Yrs truly,
A Class Traitor

Andoran

master_marshmallow wrote:
Skylancer4 wrote:


Was there an FAQ or errata link or something I missed in there while I was skimming over it? I pretty much just see two camps saying "yes you can" and "no you can't" back and forth, you being one of the more vocal saying "yes you can" regarding the issue.
Read the thread, the camp that says "yes you can" also happened to have specific rules cited from the book specifically addressing the issue.

No FAQs or specific rules, there were a bunch of people saying 'your GM might allow it' and one poster yelling at them. :)

The rule in support was the one explaining that some items can sometimes be made of different materials. The example from the book is making a Lion Shield out of wood or metal.

Andoran

Dakota_Strider wrote:
Drakkiel wrote:


This is as clearly written a rule as I could ever find in all of pathfinder...please explain where it is no clear
IF you are reading this, and confident that this is fair, and the way the rule is supposed to be, then you should have no problem clicking the FAQ tab at the top of this thread and getting an official ruling on the Adaptive quality.

But there's no real point in FAQing something just to get a 'it works the way it says it does' response.

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


"Not only are Republican legislators accusing Volkswagen of backing the UAW, some of their leaders on Monday threatened to withhold tax incentives for future expansion of the three-year-old assembly plant in Chattanooga if workers vote this week to join the UAW."

What the...

I guess the principle of 'no government interference in business' isn't as strict as we've been told.

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
NBC workers to confront MSNBC shills

(Apologies to those who have not seen Casablanca)

I am shocked, shocked!, to hear that the Democrat version of Fox News does not support the workers!

Andoran

Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Hmmm. So, I'm fully aware that I am often just talking to myself,

Not so much. You're still a horrible, horrible enemy of Westen Civilization and All That Is Good, but we do pay attention.

On the stealth rules, it may help to think of them some sort of Zen koan. We are not meant to understand them.

Andoran

MDCityNIGHT wrote:
After reading all of these posts I have decided to not allow him to roll Fort saves (thank you Rynjin) for poisons he drinks.

That's not what Rynjin said. Poison saves are normally (always?) Fort saves. Drinking an ingested poison should result in a Fort save, whether or not the drinker was aware that it is poison.

That being said, feel free to have multiple doses of poison in the flask. :)

Andoran

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In place of Clockwork Orange (which I have, shamefully, not seen) I comend to you all the Babylon 5 episode, "Passing Through Gethsemane".

They don't have a Helm, instead they can sentence you to 'death of personality'. The subject ends up agreeing with the people who applied the sentence.

Andoran

pogie wrote:
I just leveled my saurian druid to level 2. Hero Lab is now telling me I can now wild shape into a dinosaur once a day. Very confused here.

Could you be looking at Totem Transformation? That is the second level ability, it is a limited shape change ability.

I've never seen Wild Shape at L2 on my Saurian Shaman.

Andoran

Zhayne wrote:
Wow ... that's some mighty impressive rules-weaseling.

Or, as one of the Wee Free Men would say, "Ach aye, that's a foin load a' blethers!"

Andoran

Maxximilius wrote:
We are silly for suggesting such a nerf and not applying it to the most OP classes of all times, aka melee combatants with elemental weapons.

That is correct. Please go sit in the Corner Of Shame.

Andoran

Reynard_the_fox wrote:
Can't believe no one has said this yet: MAX OUT USE MAGIC DEVICE. Unless you're going gestalt with Wizard or Sorcerer, there's a very good chance you will need some Wizard or Cleric-only spells at some point. With a high charisma you should be pretty good at UMD, and with you getting all the cash you should be able to afford plenty of wands and scrolls. Having access to spells like Knock, Fly, Dispel Magic, Teleport, etc. will mean a much smaller chance of you being stumped by some obstacle or another.

+1 to this, you want UMD. If you gestalt with Bard you will get it as a class skill.

I like the standard Bard, but as you are going solo, an Archeologist Bard might work better. Paladin will take care of your "punch Evil in the face!" needs, while the Bard will round you out for skills and other non-combat stuff. Archeologist's Luck is nothing to sneer at as well.

Andoran

Rynjin wrote:
seebs wrote:
That line is under the "death attacks" heading, but it explicitly states that it is true "no matter how he died". Doesn't matter what caused you to be "dead" -- if you are dead, your hit points are at most -con.
You mean at LEAST -con, right?

He did, but be nice, you knew what he meant. :)

In any event, it's probably a better idea if we look under the 'Dead' condition, instead of taking a line out of context from a section of the rules that doesn't apply here.

http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/conditions#TOC-Dead

Andoran

Can'tFindthePath wrote:
Fake Healer wrote:
Also CDG does not bring the paladin to -con. He is still 124hp -71 or whatever it was. He is just also dead which is not an auto reset to -con HP.

From CRB/562 under Death Attacks:

"In case it matters, a dead character, no matter how he died, has hit points equal to or less than his negative Constitution score."

Yeah... But you keep leaving off the next line, where it says that 'The spell death ward protects against these attacks'.

Death Ward does not protect you against CdG, so CdG isn't a Death Attack.
SKR says it isn't a Death Attack, so it still isn't.

Therefore the line you keep quoting does not apply. The PC still has 50-some hit points, they are just dead because they failed a save-or-die.

Andoran

GM DarkLightHitomi wrote:

In class we discussed this, and scientists took three tribes of natives from africa and taught them to be "modern" but in doing so changed the gender roles. One tribe they gave women the "masculine" roles and men the "feminine" roles. One tribe they gave equally the gender roles. And the last tribe they gave only feminine roles.

The result, things stuck. They were succussful in altering the gender role balance in all three cases.

That study sounds almost perfectly designed to not make it past the ethics board. What tribes were they, or what were the suthor's names? I'd love to look it up.

Andoran

Coridan wrote:

Hey Jason,

So my group is not a big fan of wild shape (3.5 or PF versions) so we offer as an alternative the Fey Creature template using Druid level in place of HD (and acquiring it at 4th level). It hasn't come up in play yet but likely will be soon. I was wondering if you consider it to be too weak or powerful a replacement?

Not Jason, but I love the flavor of that. Sounds like fun.

Andoran

Kryzbyn wrote:

I think Justin's 600 million figure was from what several states have have had to pay in total to re-launch the exchange websites/links to healthcare.gov.

It's not how much the feds have spent.

I don't have a source, but I recall hearing that figure before in that context.

Ah, that sounds more believable. I just tried tracking it down and it appears the figure originated with a guy named Manjoo who writes for the WSJ. He gives a range, though. From $300M to 'perhaps' $600M. The link he gave points to a site listing contracts and awards. Many of the awards are to state health departments, which I think confirms Kyrzbyn's memory.

Andoran

BigNorseWolf wrote:

Looks legit.

Hand the player a towel to cry into and the PC's a spatula to get him up.

The one doing all the yelling isn't the one who died. The dead one said something along the lines of 'okay, now somebody raise me so we can hunt her down!'

:) extra points, that man.

Though I would have allowed the falling PC to wake up in midair and attempt a grapple check while the NPC cast Featherfall, just because it seems cooler.

Andoran

Scott Betts wrote:

(snip)

I already posted a link to data explaining that the ACA website involves about 1000% of the amount of code that Windows Vista uses.
(snip)
Of course, amount of code isn't the same as the complexity of the product, but it's certainly less preposterous of a premise than the one you're throwing around.

I didn't see that link, do you still have it handy?

I'm trying to wrap my head around 10x as much code (however defined) for a glorified website. Huh.

Andoran

Sissyl wrote:
They must have cut down quite substantially on the testing then. :-)

[Shaking fist] No, you are wron... Well, yeah. Sigh. :(

If the number I've seen bandied about (I do not vouch for this) of two weeks of testing is correct? That is not the amount of testing that those of us in the field would call "not insane".

Let us hope that it is as accurate as the $600M figure cited above. ;)

Andoran

bugleyman wrote:

So...

Healthcare.gov is complex software. Check.
Complicated software has vulnerabilities. Check.
Therefore Healtcare.gov likely has some vulnerabilities. Check.
Ergo, the ACA is bad. Wait...what?

Actually, I think the logic continues from '...has some vulnerabilities' (sure, as you say)

to: therefore, people will die, because Obama

And then pick back up with 'Ergo, the ACA is bad'

If you can't follow that, you must be willfully blind!

Andoran

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James Jacobs wrote:


EDIT: In related news, Magnuskn... I really Really REALLY think you should have your players build 10 point characters next campaign, using only options from the Core Rulebook. Tell them it's Paizo's Creative Director issuing them the challenge of playing an AP on "Nightmare Mode!" If they're as bad-ass as they sound... this is what they need to do next to win the game! :-)

Hey, what's that on the floor there?

... It appears to be a gauntlet! :)

Seriously, my groups both have to upgrade the APs we are running, but one has a pretty fair level of system mastery and the other uses avg 35 point but characters and some unusual house rules.

Andoran

Krensky wrote:
Justin Rocket wrote:
Krensky wrote:
Justin Rocket wrote:
By the latest figures I could find, healthcare.gov is costing over $600,000,000 to develop. (Snip)

Total contract value is just shy of $300 million, which is the most the contact is worth. Only about $170 million was spent though.

But thank you for playing.

Your data is wrong. The GAO report states that $394 million was spent up through March '13 on contracts alone.

Strike two.

That was the total spent on all aspects of the federal exchanges. Most of which has nothing to do with the website.

Ummm- did you notice that you are contradicting yourself now?

">$600M" != "$394M"

Andoran

Justin Rocket wrote:


You're comparing software vulnerabilities to pink elephants, but we know that software vulnerabilities have existed in nearly every program ever written.

No, I was commenting on the fact that you requested proof of a negative. I assume the problems with that are clear.

Andoran

Justin Rocket wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:


There are so many problems with ACA that are real, do we really need to invent ones that don't exist?
Show me your proof that security vulnerabilities don't exist in the ACA system.

Certainly!

Once you:

A) Read all the other comments about how silly this idea is, and
B) Show us your proof that pink elephants do not exist.

We'll all be waiting.

Andoran

Justin Rocket wrote:
bugleyman wrote:
Justin Rocket wrote:

Not necessarily.

First, if there is a vulnerability in the ACA application, then a hacker can use it as a starting place from which to elevate privileges...
Maybe someone who gets medical care because of the ACA -- and subsequently survives -- will go on to assassinate the president. In which case, I guess you'd say the ACA killed the president? :P
...We see it less often now because of the legal concept of due care.

There are so many problems with ACA that are real, do we really need to invent ones that don't exist?

Andoran

An Innocent Puppy wrote:
The ACA kicked me.

Stop the presses!

Andoran

Doug's Workshop wrote:

Strangely enough, the term "arachnocapitalism" is only used by leftists who feel the need to disparage those with whom they disagree.

** spoiler omitted **

Just so you know, that is absolutely untrue. There are people who happily identify as anarchio-capitalist or 'ancaps'.

They don't consider it an insult.

Andoran

Scott Betts wrote:
wicked cool wrote:
So you would argue that the recent trend is those companies are not leaving massachusetts.

I don't need to argue that. That is literally the case.

Point of quibble! It isn't a recent trend. Taxes have been relatively high and businesses have been "not leaving" MA for a very long time now. Among other things, that's where the Rt 128 tech corridor came from. (They might call it I-95 in this millennium?)

Quote:


Quote:
How many of these companies have leases that they cant get out of.

What the balls?

Be nice, you know what he meant. Bet the leases aren't decades long, though.

Andoran

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Adamantine Dragon wrote:


Then you are disgusted by your own lack of reading comprehension Jessica because that is not what I said.
(snip)
...
I frankly am amazed that you fail to understand that.

You may want to consider that this post is not following Rule One. There are plenty of other ways to phrase disagreement.

[edited to follow rule one and avoid hypocrisy]

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