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  1. 11 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  2. 8 points
  3. 7 points
    ELIZA's output was grammatically correct.
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  6. 6 points
    Starlord

    Coronavirus

  7. 6 points
  8. 5 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  9. 5 points
    Pariah

    Coronavirus

    It's a people trap set by a mouse.
  10. 5 points
    A lot of us grew up with Star Trek Original Series and the Pertwee/Tom Baker Dr Who. Those who came later had Next Generation or DS9 Trek. I feel sorry for those who had Voyager or Enterprise.
  11. 5 points
    Old Man

    Coronavirus

  12. 5 points
    Punisher Lite - Great Taste, Less Killing
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  14. 4 points
    One thing I really like about this SCOTUS decision is that it applies no modifiers based on who violated the treaties, whether the Native American parties had authority to consent, or if the American government ever actually intended to honor them. It simply asserts that these treaties were lawfully negotiated and signed by the American government, and therefore their terms have the force of law.
  15. 4 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

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    I'll be different here. The best episode is "Where No Man Has Gone Before". It's creepy space horror. The idea that exploring the galaxy is dangerous, not because of alien ships or fickle gods, but because of what we might become as we travel the stars, that's scary. When Gary Mitchell is sitting there in sickbay, eyes all silver, and he recites a poem... that scene just chilled me.
  17. 4 points
    Certified

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

    Spoiler for language.
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    City on the Edge of Forever. Any number of Sci-Fi greats wrote whole novels about time travel, but Harlan Ellison set the standards for the dangers of changing history for an entire generation. I personally think every time travel story after that point from Quantum Leap to the Terminator owe a little something to it.
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  21. 4 points
    Cygnia

    "Neat" Pictures

  22. 4 points
    Duke Bushido

    Duke's scans

    Hello, HERO people! I have had some spine problems today, making it impossible to sit down or stand up more than just a few minutes, and the constant up-and-down of the humidity with the rain trying and failing to come together isn't helping. At any rate, I have gotten #13 done, though it took about four times as long as it should have. I'd like to say that it was "the last of the easy ones," but at one-hundred-plus pages, it wasn't particularly light-weight, either. At any rate, the magazine was reformatted after this one, and I can not lay a complete leaf upon my scanner (I really miss the Super Scanner.... ). That means the rest will go a bit slower, as even de-bound, I will only be able to scan one page at a time. I have no intention of cutting the leaves (I intend to put the books back together when this is all done), so there's going to be a minute or two of flipping, folding, and turning with each page. And of course, alignment will have to be one page at a time instead of two. Stil, things are looking pretty good. With one-through-thirteen done, _and_ #26 done, we _can_ say that one-half of the books are scanned! Yay! The rest will be slower, I'm afraid, but will be approached with the same level of tenacity that got this much done. Then-- onto a flash drive and on to Jason!
  23. 4 points
    Starlord

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  24. 3 points
    Police in America have gotten away with too much for too long. The black community in general is unwilling to give them the benefit of the doubt. But I don't think this is going to derail anything. Overwhelming evidence of police abusing their authority, and being protected by the system, has come to light and been given a very high profile. Those who refuse to let their anger be assuaged by evidence in specific instances, and those who would use those instances as a justification for their abuses, are playing to zealots on each side, whose positions were already set in stone. The broader public has been forcefully apprised of the situation now, and that genie isn't going back in the bottle.
  25. 3 points
    "These days?" Did you not travel much outside the US? I'm 62 and Canadian, and I can't remember when bashing the US wasn't fashionable.
  26. 3 points
    Logan.1179

    July 2020 Superdraft: Pick A Color!

    Now for the pick everybody's been waiting for, The Pink Ranger!
  27. 3 points
    Mark Rand

    When did superpowers occur?

    I voted historic because of The Pulps. The first superheroes were the mystery men and women.
  28. 3 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  29. 3 points
    Well, no. Only Native Americans living on Native land get the tax break, and as of last count only about 9% of Oklahoma residents are Native American. Some of that 9% doubtlessly live in the western part of the state and thus would go on paying Oklahoma state income tax. Also, Native Americans as a group are economically disadvantaged and thus don't have all that much income to tax. So, I would be very surprised if Oklahoma lost even 5% of it's tax base.
  30. 3 points
    Old Man

    Coronavirus

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    Supreme Court Oklahoma Decision Explained
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    The Cherokee reporter who discussed the decision on ATC was simply gobsmacked that a US court had said, "The treaty says what it says, and that makes it the law, so follow it," instead of, "Meh, the treaty has become inconvenient, so ignore it." Dean Shomshak
  33. 3 points
    For what it's worth, self-proclaimed SCOTUS experts I've heard say Roberts is motivated to protect the Supreme Court by keeping it out of fights between parties and branches of government. The Trump tax rulings are typical: Don't give presidents unlimited immunity from investigation, but punt the disputes back to lower levels where they won't be resolved before the election, thus seeking to avoid any perception the Court is affecting the election with its rulings. From this POV, I can imagine Roberts pulling Gorsuch and Kavanaugh aside and telling them they have got to side with the four liberals on some rulings that poke Trump in the eye, even if they don't really harm him. Because there's a chance that Dems take the House, Senate and Oval Office in November, and if the Court seems to be Trump's lackey there will be extremely strong pressure for Dems to pack the Court and abandon any pretense that it is anything but a political tool. For the moment, they must at least pretend to have judicial principles, which might operate in Dems' favor. Of course, I am no mind reader. It's just what Dinesh D'Souza calls "an ideological hypothesis" (fancy talk for "a story without evidence, but it explains things the way I want.") Dean Shomshak
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  35. 3 points
    Ranxerox

    Coronavirus

    This is so not true. We play it, and our women's team is the world's best. We just don't watch it.
  36. 3 points
    dmjalund

    More space news!

    Aren't we all?
  37. 3 points
    I'd go with Balance of Terror or The Corbomite Maneuver, episodes that show Kirk using his substantial brainpower against ruthless foes very much like himself. The former is a classic submarine drama in space, with the Enterprise as the destroyer trying to fight an invisible enemy, and also one of many Trek episodes to examine racism in the person of the Vulcan-hating officer obsessed with the Romulan War. The latter pits Kirk against a mysterious, unfathomable foe of infinite bluster who, as he finds, is not what he seems. For sheer terror factor, I'd go with The Doomsday Machine.
  38. 3 points
    I'm partial to The Trouble With Tribbles myself.
  39. 3 points
    I would do vulnerability to magical effects(not damage) at 1.5x or 2x for 15/30 points. This would allow magical chains of binding spells to affect her closer to how a normal human might be affected. A psych lim that isn't mentioned which seems to happen a lot with super people, is the desire to fix whats wrong to the point it starts to become self destructive. Ex: "Why was I late Lois? Well, I was headed home with the chinese food, when I heard a little girl crying about a cat in a tree. I fixed that problem, when a 1 alarm house fire went off. I got that done, but a mugging on 5th and vine ..." Another issue that tends to come up are Hunteds that seek a name recognition. Take out Superman and you instantly become an A-Listed. In fact, Superman had Maxmia for a while who came to breed with Supes. Not really a harming hunted, but still keying off the fact that Supes is an extremely powerful entity. Another is the classic NPC of the issue meme. Basically, a flexible DNPC for the GM to use as a damsel in distress or a fan. Ex: The PCs meet Sister May who runs the orphanage. Without her, according to her patrons, the orphanage will fall to ruin. She works 16 hours a day, 365 days a year helping the orphans. Then a villain takes a hostage who is of course Sister May.
  40. 3 points
    Well...it has to be done....Orange County California
  41. 3 points
    MordeanGrey

    Fantasy Villain ideas

    Having a patron who turns out to be a "bad" guy can be a lot of fun. Long ago I had a fantasy hero game set in the Planescape universe. The party did several jobs for a shady NPC named Willum, who was actually a pit fiend in human form. He was charming and loved to manipulate the party. At one time, he asked the group members (individually) if they wished to work for him ... when they eventually said "yes," he said, "then let it be so." Turns out, he could grant wishes...
  42. 3 points
    assault

    Coronavirus

    Trump's plan to get Mexico to pay for the wall is working!
  43. 3 points
    Cancer

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  44. 3 points
    Pariah

    The "Nice Happy" Thread

    Good for them! Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, longest-married presidential couple, celebrate 74th anniversary
  45. 3 points
    But what have the Romans ever done for us, such that their candles should be venerated so many years later? Maybe you could also lob a few Roman candles into my neighborhood to break up the damn late night fireworks. I don't get up at 4 AM (a little after 5 instead), but damn, wish they'd have some consideration for people who have to sleep to live.
  46. 3 points
    Starlord

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  47. 3 points
    Starlord

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  48. 3 points
    Some thematic ideas for your consideration: - Dependent NPC: One of her adoptive family members who she's close to, like a younger or older sibling or adoptive parent(s). - Professional Rivalry: Hope is young, powerful, and relatively new to her home city, and inadvertently rubs an existing hero (or heroine) who is less powerful than she is the wrong way to where he or she is now jealous of her. This creates problems where the rival now ignores his or her better judgment in an attempt to outdo Hope. An example would be the rival hero taking on a significantly more powerful villain alone when he or she would have normally worked with his or her teammates. - Social Complication: Unfamiliar with Earth culture. She may not understand Earth culture aspects like social media, paparazzi, etc. - Social Complication: Excessive popularity where fans swarm towards her when she's in action, distracting her since the fans are now targets or hostages to be used (or exploited) by the villain(s) she's fighting. The frequency of this happening would impact the number of points.
  49. 3 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  50. 3 points
    Sigiriya, Sri Lanka Sigiriya was constructed on a rocky outcrop 650 feet (200m) above the jungle, initially as a 3rd century BC Buddhist monastery. Then 800 years later, King Kasyapa built an opulent palace there and covered it in frescoes. The palace was surrounded by gardens, pools and a mirrored wall that was polished so brightly the king could see his face in it. Sigiriya means lion and the city is fronted by a huge lion entrance – sadly missing its head.
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