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312 posts. Alias of Maximillian999.


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Andoran

Bigdaddyjug wrote:
If a player invests a lot of resources into knowledge checks it's because he wants to make them when they come up. He's not going to be upset if there's another character that can help make sure that happens.

That opinion speaks well of you, but I think you'll find that people can sometimes be unhappy if someone else solves all of the tasks that they thought they were needed for. :)

Andoran

blackbloodtroll wrote:
Rudy2 wrote:
blackbloodtroll wrote:

I was correct.

There are still ways to use Bluff for Dayjob rolls, through Vanities.

Just a minor note that you wouldn't be able to get the +4 to bluff though, since that's a temporary bonus.

Yes. I already stated the ability was not viable with Day Job rolls.

Earlier:

blackbloodtroll wrote:

Huh. Most PFS Judges I have met are actually happy to see players get high Day Job rolls.

Although, I still don't see this as unusable with that check.

This is what has people confused. Perhaps you meant, "...don't see this as usable with..."?

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


Alright, Mizrahim are another name for Sephardim, Druze are those dudes who trace themselves from Moses's uncle or something, who the hell are the Hardeim?!?

What we would call Ultra-Orthodox.

Andoran

Legion Janus wrote:


Though, if you want to be technical, World War 3 already happened. It happened in the 1940s. World War 1 is known as the French and Indian War.

No one in the rest of the world calls it that, the North American theatre was a sideshow to what was happening in Europe.

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Interesting article for the "no faction of the Palestinians wants to work with Israel" crowd to consider:

Operation Protective Edge: Reading between the lines

It was surprising to see how quickly they were able to set up an operation to arrest hundreds of people, including many of the ones who were just released in the prisoner swap. That is a lot of people to track.

It seems likely Netanyahu had the plan ready and waiting.

Andoran

Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:


I think this is the start of my attempt at Dalit Liberation threadjacking. There might be a few entries from before.

I've never heard of that Sacco book, Usagi-san, I'll certainly keep an eye out for it.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

I'm not sure I can read more along those lines. The Sacco story was enough to make me want to punch someone.

Journalism

Found it - I hadn't realized, but he's the same guy who did Safe Area Gorazde and Palestine.

Andoran

Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
NYT: Arundhati Roy, the Not-So-Reluctant Renegade
I am only half way through, but I think I am in love.
She's a badass! Loved the quote from the Life Of Brian used to diffuse factionalism.

Damn editing window! Defuse factionalism, not diffuse. Doh.

Andoran

Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:


Some weird site that wouldn't load while I was waiting, but the article has a pretty interesting title: Why Dalit Radicals Don't Want Arundhati Roy to Write About Ambedkar

Haven't read all the others, by that's worth a glance, if only to prove that people everywhere are willing to condemn books they haven't even read. Has a link to Ambedkar's original essay that started(?) the argument with Gandhi.

Andoran

Thomas Long 175 wrote:


Squirrel_Dude wrote:
What is he playing?
A blaster wizard. Though mostly he just uses magic missiles. I think I've seen him cast a scorching ray once.

I think we have found the problem.

Regarding your character, I wouldn't stress that it is a 'legal' character, even though it is, I'd point out that it is well made, but not hugely optimized.

Though truthfully, I might not even want to get into it that much. Dude needs to learn to deal.

Andoran

BigNorseWolf wrote:

the converse converse *chases own tail* is that the Palestinians have to deal with much deadlier rocket fire AND live in a blighted hellhole that makes Detroit look swanky by comparison.

I'm not disagreeing with you. See "no simple solutions".

Besides, I wanted to seize the opportunity to agree with the previous poster, it happens less than a blue moon.

Andoran

ShadowcatX wrote:
Mark Sweetman wrote:
Situation for civilians in Gaza at present

So if rockets, launched from Pakistan damage the ability of Pakistan to receive electricity, it is Israel's obligation to fix it immediately. Yup, that's totally fair.

I wonder how many people in this thread would hold the same ideals if the government raised their taxes by 50 or so percent to pay for things for in Mexico.

Pretty sure that the Pakistanis have not started launching on Israel.

Andoran

Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
NYT: Arundhati Roy, the Not-So-Reluctant Renegade
I am only half way through, but I think I am in love.

She's a badass! Loved the quote from the Life Of Brian used to diffuse factionalism.

Andoran

Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
NYT: Arundhati Roy, the Not-So-Reluctant Renegade
I am only half way through, but I think I am in love.

I'll read the Blatant Commie Propaganda shortly, but in the meantime, have you read Joe Sacco's story about the Dalits of Kushinagar? Caste and poverty. They appear to have left feudalism behind maybe ten minutes ago. The theoretical free market there doesn't seem to be working for them, I'd be interested in what Trots would say.

"The extraordinarily successful French magazine XXI is the publishing industry’s greatest champion of comics reportage. It has regularly sent cartoonists out into the world and given them a good deal of magazine space. Editor Patrick de Saint-Exupery, a seasoned journalist himself, was open to any idea I had and supportive at every step of the way. The author Pankaj Mishra passed me along to Indian journalist Piyush Srivastava, who suggested I visit Kushinagar and who graciously agreed to be my guide. We met in Lucknow, where he is based, and drove for a day to reach the district, where many of the dalits—“untouchables”—are experiencing not just abject poverty but real hunger. After three visits to the same hamlet, Piyush and I were essentially chased out of the area by higher caste individuals who did not like us snooping around. We decided to visit other villages, but briefly, for no more than a couple hours each, to avoid the same result..."

Andoran

Andrew R wrote:


how can second class "citizens" locked in what amounts to concentration camps find peace with people that mistreat them daily?

:/

Hard to argue with. The converse of course is that people shouldn't have to live under threat of rocket fire every day. There don't seem to be any simple solutions.

(Edit to fix quote formatting)

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Huh. Asserts that he was the patron saint if the status quo but doesn't say anything about how that is meant or why the author is upset with him. That's kind of a crappy article.

Really? I thought it was clear as day: his acceptance of the caste system. Even says so in the subheading.

Also, that's Roy, again, in an essay calling Gandhi the patron saint, etc., not the article writer.

That being said, the headline does indicate that it's going to be more about what Roy said. Even The Hindu piece they link to only has a few paragraphs.

It's got the accusation, but no supporting information or links thereunto (is that a word?). Would have liked to know what he said or did along those lines.

Andoran

Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:

Oh, a necromantized gender politics thread? What could it be about? Hobby Lobby? The Massachusetts buffer zone law?

Nope, another article on dalits that caught my eye.

Arundhati Roy accuses Mahatma Gandhi of discrimination

Huh. Asserts that he was the patron saint if the status quo but doesn't say anything about how that is meant or why the author is upset with him. That's kind of a crappy article.

Andoran

Dennis Harry wrote:

Pepe Escobar column on the subject.

Pepe has been a bit too pro Putin lately for my tastes but the article raises some interesting points I have not seen anywhere else.

Based on that article he's basically a version of Glen Beck flipped from right to left on the political spectrum. Guy's writing makes my brain hurt.

Andoran

Lord Snow wrote:
Quote:
I don't think israel cares. Even IF they needed america (i don;'t think they do at this point), in Americans eyes, the palastinians are muslims and therefore terrorists*. No one will side with them: its political suicide.
Well, Israel does care and I know that for a fact...

Thank you, that was interesting.

I think we need to replace 'Israel' above with Netanyahu. I don't believe that he cares, he appears to be satisfied with trying to push the status quo as far as possible while letting the conflict simmer.

In a lot of ways, he appears to be your version of Dick Cheney.

Andoran

thejeff wrote:

the terms, as near as I can tell, were "Stop shooting rockets and Israel will stop bombing and won't send troops in yet." Go back to the status quo before the latest flare up with nothing resolved and no lessening of the conditions in Gaza. Which isn't surprising since the deal was negotiated between Israel and Egypt and the current Egyptian government is not exactly friendly to Hamas. (For internal Egyptian political reasons, Hamas being linked to the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.)

Yes, except it didn't include a return to status quo ante- one of the first things that happened during this go-around was the IDF recapturing a lot of Hamas members who were released recently in controversial agreements. This was after the kidnappings but before the bombing started. The deal did not include freeing them.

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


"'You just don't in the 21st Century behave in 19th Century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext,' Mr Kerry told the CBS program Face the Nation."

*cringe*

I think Kerry is in luck, irony satire was declared dead years ago when Macnamara was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

EDIT - changed wording so that it doesn't look like Anklebiter knows more about Tom Lehrer than I do!

Andoran

Legion Janus wrote:


If the Palestinian missiles are impact-detonation, then the Israeli defense missiles exploding and releasing a lot of chaff would make sense. The Palestinian missiles would run into the chaff and detonate harmlessly in mid-air. Which would mean the Israeli defense missiles are working as intended and doing their job even though every single one self-detonates.

However, the above is speaking entirely in ignorance of both the defense system and the Palestinian rockets. They might have simply fixed the bugs in the American system and combined it with high-tech satellite and radar systems.

No, it doesn't make sense. "Chaff" is a specific thing that would only have an effect if the rockets had radar fuzes of some sort. They do not. Chaff rockets do not put out a dense enough cloud to initiate impact-fuzed warheads.

Andoran

Legion Janus wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Legion Janus wrote:


United States admits evidence that Russia is behind it is circumstantial

To save everyone the trouble, that isn't the headline of the article and isn't an accurate summary of the article.

Though yes, everyone agrees that the Russian armed forces didn't pull the trigger.

EDIT - darn, ninja'd by Freehold.

Note this "saving of the trouble" is only accurate if you ignore every single time Russia is brought up in the article and the fact Kerry is trying to use the evidence to get sanctions against Russia for what happened in the Ukraine. Which, pretty much, means ignoring 90+% of the article.

I think you misunderstood my post, as well as the article. It was meant to save people the trouble of looking at the article because they believed your misleading summary. If it really said that, then people would need to read it. As it doesn't actually say that...

Andoran

BigDTBone wrote:
Andrew R wrote:
I think the best answer is to separate health care from employment entirely. Stop forcing the employer to subsidize health care at all, make them pay an extra amount for the individual to get their own insurance. Now it is no one's business but the insurance provider and insurance purchaser.
That defeats the ability to pool risk, unless you are prepared to accept a nationalized single payer system.

Not necessarily. There are a number of places in Europe where the government is only involved to smooth out the risk pool for the insurance carriers. The intent is to remove the motivation to cherry-pick healthy members and leave expensive patients to a public option, or no option.

But yes, I agree with AndrewR, it would be best for everyone, including employers, if they were out of the business of dealing with health insurance.

Andoran

Legion Janus wrote:


United States admits evidence that Russia is behind it is circumstantial

To save everyone the trouble, that isn't the headline of the article and isn't an accurate summary of the article.

Though yes, everyone agrees that the Russian armed forces didn't pull the trigger.

EDIT - darn, ninja'd by Freehold.

Andoran

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I've always liked Steven Brust's definition from the Vlad Taltos books.

Gods are incredibly skillful and powerful individuals who have the ability to be present in more than one location at a time and cannot be summoned or controlled by magic. The second part of that is the only difference between them and demons, in-setting (but they aren't like Pathfinder demons, more like generic Outsiders).

Andoran

Quark Blast wrote:


Where I differ from the FFs is that one must demonstrate responsible attitude through responsible action. The capacity to act responsibly will not be assumed upon the completion of a public education.

You should read Starship Troopers. (Not sarcasm)

It can be a bit verbose, but suggests changes along these lines.

Andoran

Quark Blast wrote:


What happened in the 1960's - Usagi Yojimbo outlines it. It has nothing to do with your (troll-like) implication that black people can vote.

You completely misunderstood my point and are one hundred years off from the period I was referring to.

Andoran

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Quark Blast wrote:


Well, I'm not talking about core hippy habits like pot smoking (though one must wonder at people who enjoy drug use where the altered state is in-house referred to as "being stoned" or having a "head full of zombie". Because being hit in the head with rocks is such fun and zombies are known for clarity of thought. Do they even consider that the name "pot" is derived from "going to pot"?). Now back to the topic.

Interesting- in my country we have something called 'alcohol' that people use for many of the same things. I'm surprised that you've never heard of it.

Andoran

Krensky wrote:
thejeff wrote:

Were there other changes in voting rights in the 60s, I'm not thinking of?

Or is this just general hippy-bashing? What are you talking about?

Clearly he means the enfranchisement of residents of Washington DC in presidential elections.

I suppose he could also be getting his decades wrong and is thinking of the extension of voting franchise to those damn kids in the '70s.

Voting Rights Act was 1965. That was the most significant change. Basically "The 14th and 15th Amendments? We were serious about those." Big changes , especially in the Deep South.

Andoran

Gallo wrote:
As noted above I have spent a lot of my life on matters military and have read more than "a book or two", what are your qualifications?

He is a big fan of the Russian version of Tom Clancy, who, IIRC, is currently volunteering in Ukraine as an Air Defence specialist.

Andoran

Quark Blast wrote:


Our political system was able to absorb the shock of the American Civil War. Most political systems cannot do that.

By changing fairly radically and setting us on the path to a much more centralized government and the Imperial Presidency. That was not part of the system as designed.

Andoran

BigDTBone wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:


Also, "nonwhite" households each had a vote if they were free landholders... Silly old bear :)
Oh, OK. Trolling then.

Yeah. I started typing in a response to the bit about the Civil War being an example of the system working, then realized that we were being trolled. :)

Almost got me, though.

Andoran

Jeremy Mac Donald wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Jeremy Mac Donald wrote:


Its clearly staged in any case. Note the absolute lack of people...in this building or either of the ones to either side or on the street...even after some bomb goes off on the roof...and the conveniently placed camera filming the whole thing.
That doesn't necessarily mean it was staged. I'm told that the IDF phones ahead of the knock bomb, so they would have time to set up a camera before a real strike.

Who set up the camera? The Israeli military (in which case this was staged)? A bunch of very quite Palestinians who planned to give it to any member of the Israeli military that happened along (borders on the ludicrous)?

This is clearly staged.

Well, the people who set up the camera were obviously Palestinian, and their plan was equally obviously to put the video on the Internet. What part of that is unclear?

Or maybe you are using 'staged' in an unusual way? Nobody is claiming that the camera was filming that building by chance, the attack was announced ahead of time.

Basically... What are you talking about?

Andoran

Claxon wrote:
(with the exception of some bard spellcasting feat I want to say)

Yes, Spellsong. Love that feat. "What, casting, me? Nah, man, I'm just reciting some poetry."

Andoran

Kevin Mack wrote:
Uh maybe I'm just showing utter naivity here but is it possible that it hasent been shot down and instead crashed for some unrelated reaspn?

It's not utterly impossible... But cruising altitude is the safest part of a flight and it was a relatively new plane.

There are reports that the US observed the heat signature of a missile launch in the area. That is believable, there are satellites designed for that kind of thing.

Also, there is the post on the rebel's vkontakte (think Facebook) page about how they had just shot down a government transport plane.

Hard to avoid the conclusion that it was shot down.

Andoran

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Andrew R wrote:
I say we reexamine the dog's proposal bit. a small efficient house on a few acres outside the city and a bit of education on agriculture is better than packing the city full of crime and full dependence. Might be far better off delivering a regular ration than a blank check to waste on overpriced junk. But once again it would make the corporate masters unhappy so it cannot be.

A) Farming isn't as easy as you think it is.

B) There isn't a lot of farmland waiting around to be discovered, the frontier is closed.

and, most importantly,

C) Your plan is basically a reenactment of what the Khmer Rouge did in Cambodia. Even you should be able to figure out the likely results of trying it again.

Andoran

thejeff wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
I'm a little confused. What exactly is the point of blowing up a building if they know the bomb is comming? I mean the entire point of those rockets is they DON"T take a base or infrastructure to set up. Its easier to get down the stairs than grandma.

I've been wondering that myself.

It seems a horrible way to target militants. I suppose it could be for targeting larger weapon caches.

It is however, a great way to spread fear and punish the populace without killing too many people, which would make for bad PR.

The stated reason is to get weapon stores and (maybe?) places where they manufacture the rockets.

It also probably doesn't hurt that the warning practice accentuates the differences in tactics. "We phone ahead to avoid casualties, they drive car-bombs into markets."

Andoran

Jeremy Mac Donald wrote:


Its clearly staged in any case. Note the absolute lack of people...in this building or either of the ones to either side or on the street...even after some bomb goes off on the roof...and the conveniently placed camera filming the whole thing.

That doesn't necessarily mean it was staged. I'm told that the IDF phones ahead of the knock bomb, so they would have time to set up a camera before a real strike.

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Welfare fraud went down markedly after ODB passed.

"You owe me forty acres and a mule anyway."

R.I.P.

Old Dirty Bastard?

Open Design Bureau?

Andoran

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


2) How come Mr.T'sFloatingHead never says "I pity the fool..."?

His pity was cut off along with the rest of his body.

Andoran

thejeff wrote:


But I think he was aiming for a subtler point: What a job is seems like a pretty obvious concept, but it's really a lot more complicated than it looks. What is a job really, other than something someone is willing to pay you to do?

I can think of things that people get paid for that are a lot worse for society than just doing nothing. Some of them are even legal and pay very well.

I think he was jus being snarky, but your interpretation is interesting.

It may be too subtle for a conversation where people are claiming that poor people are vile subhumans. :(

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Ultraleft sectarianism for the wi--, well, for the fail, I guess.

G@#%$!n Healyites...

So Healy personally seems to have been a dirtbag, or at least an accused dirtbag, what's up with the rest of them? Is there a primer somewhere for Reasons They Suck?

Andoran

BigDTBone wrote:
ShadowcatX wrote:


Dialogue ended when your side insisted that filling out forms to get benefits was a job.
Where did that happen? I don't think that happened.

Yeah, last page. It *may* have been meant as tongue-in-cheek, but I'm not sure.

Probably not a definition that will be helpful to foster understanding and agreement, though. ;)

Andoran

Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
GentleGiant wrote:


I'm not seeing or hearing a cut, there's continuous sound without any interruptions throughout the clip.
Yes, it was in the other video. I'll try to find the link, I believe I saw it on reddit.

Here it is. The comments point out where to look for the jump. Not clear whether RT was aware of the editing or not.

Andoran

GentleGiant wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:


And remember, the warnings allow time to set up these cameras.

So... It could be worse? Not a ringing endorsement, I know.

I'm not seeing or hearing a cut, there's continuous sound without any interruptions throughout the clip.

Yes, it was in the other video. I'll try to find the link, I believe I saw it on reddit.

Andoran

GentleGiant wrote:


As for minimizing civilian casualties. Well, they say they do.
Like their "knock on the roof" bombs. I wonder how many people would be able to gather up kids or elderly people and vacate a multi-story house in 57 seconds - including anyone who might have been injured in the "knock" bomb impact.

Note that there was enough warning from the phone call for them to be ready and filming when the first bomb hit. I've seen another video in which there was enough time to set up a fixed camera across the street and catch both bombs. That video appeared to show a minute between strikes, but there was very clearly a cut in the middle where some video was removed. The claim is that there is normally 10-15 minutes between the strikes.

And remember, the warnings allow time to set up these cameras.

So... It could be worse? Not a ringing endorsement, I know.

Andoran

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

David North.

[Deep breath]

Leading figure in the Socialist Equality Party, which used to be the Workers League, which was the American section of the International Committee of the Fourth International before that blew up (and rather dramatically) in the mid-80s.

Good lord. Went and followed the links a few deep in Wikipedia.

So, basically, world communism failed and fell because they spent a century engaged in an ideological struggle to the death with their worst enemies... communists.

Andoran

Michael Smith 978 wrote:


Character concept is why I'm going Intimidate...

And because Cornugon Smash is fun! Which leads to the reason I would not take WF- it is a reasonable feat mechanically, but I don't find it very interesting. Consider taking something that you'll get a kick out of using, like Unsanctioned Knowledge or Step Up or Greater Mercy.

Andoran

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Mark Sweetman wrote:

Absolutely a loss for Israel as a country... but probably still in line with factional forces within the Knesset.

Case in point

Sometimes it's really hard to like you, human race. :(

Andoran

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Ah, you've discovered the Northites, Usagi-san.

...maybe?

Google thinks that I've spelled the name of a type of feldspar wrong when I try to look it up, though.

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