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Messages - Prelate Diogenes Shandor

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: Yesterday at 06:28:45 am »
Some yahoos in Texas are getting secession boners from all this, as well.

Well, I mean, they always have them, they're just pointing at them more vigorously now.

Hmm, that would be the kind of turn of events that would force me to reconsider my current position in opposition to that southern border wall plan that keeps cropping up

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: June 24, 2016, 02:34:58 pm »
Let's make England great again

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 21, 2016, 07:30:14 pm »
A bawdy martial arts comedy about a murderer who kills with the "Inappropriate Touch of Death" which involves hitting pressure points in the groin and buttocks.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Guns and Guns and Guns
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:51:05 pm »
Guns and genies both begin with the letter -G- Like the mythical genie, guns don't go back in the bottle. Lately I'm viewing the US constitution as a religion. Many reasons for this, not least of which is that I find discussion with american constitutionalists and religious people play out the same way - "It says so in the book" no ground can be made with rational argument. Pointless. America is a theocracy, the constitution is it's holy book, the people fundamentalists. Commandment no.2 - thou shalt guns.

I don't see a change any time soon.

Holy shit, that's pretty much exactly what occurs.

Also extends to "the free market" and a bunch of other concepts.

If the constitution's the Bible then free market capitalism would be Dante's Divine Comedy. Never actually part of canon, but people treat it like it was.

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There was even talk today about resurrecting the House Commission on UnAmerican Activities by Newt Gingrinch

Is that unusual? I thought Gingrich said stuff like that constantly.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: June 19, 2016, 01:01:11 am »
Let's make America great again

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I'm a bit caught up in trying to make Windows 10 suck less right now

Have you installed classic shell and ribbon disabler?

What sucks is that the best truths are often non-meme-able.  There's usually a lot of necessary backstory and nuance. 

Well none of the specifics of trump's campaign are meme-able or lend themselves to trump-specific memes. The campaign as a whole however can be summed up with this image:



Someone just needs to edit it so that Fry is looking at donald trump

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: June 18, 2016, 04:28:12 pm »
http://www.economist.com/blogs/bagehot/2016/02/meaning-brexit?force=scn%2Ffb%2Fte%2Fbl%2Fed%2Faninterviewwithianbremmer

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Brexit would bring the “further marginalisation of Britain as a power with influence”
the prospects of TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and the attractiveness of the British market would be hit “very dramatically” by Brexit

I'm in favor of anything that will sink the TTIP

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Orlando shooting thread
« on: June 13, 2016, 05:09:48 pm »
Obama has said there's no direct evidence linking the gunman to Islamic State.

Form what I heard it seems like it's complicated. I heard that he had said he was doing it in the name of ISIS but he wasn't actually working for ISIS; that he was just some random lunatic who had been influenced by their propaganda.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 11, 2016, 06:33:59 am »
An attempt to perform the Schrodinger's Cat thought experiment in real life results in a zombie apocalypse

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 06, 2016, 02:32:30 am »
Ok, another film about a shopping mall security guard, but with a twist. In this one instead of the real police not respecting the protagonist (as was the case in Paul Blart), they instead respect him too much and he beomes some kind of bizarre Batman-esque figure complete with a "Shopping mall security signal" the the police commissioner shines in the sky

Comedy Skit: Guy goes to buy some gadget at the Apple Store but is hampered by the fact that all of the "Geniuses" are profoundly mentally retarded
:lulz: I've been told personally experienced how (they form a circle, facing each other, and speak in tounges (Star Trek?)) its actually a hive mind that they share in common. :lulz:
Guy applies for a job at the Apple Store only to be hampered by the fact that the training materials make it look like a suicide cult (including a VHS tape of Steve Jobs doing the Heaven's Gate "humanity will be recycled"/"come with us" thing). When he quits, the entire (matching-Nike-wearing) current set of employees commit suicide in order to "take their souls with him". Twist: it works, and for the rest of his life, he is followed around by the ghosts of thirty Apple suicide cultists who *won't shut up*.

I'm glad that I'm not the only one who gets a modern cult vibe from the Apple Store (though I always thought of them as more like Scientology)

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Laws
« on: June 03, 2016, 11:33:01 pm »
Dunno how accurate the info I had was but there was a figure in a doc I watched that about 80% of legal work was "discovery" which is not talking your ass off in court, winning over the jury but poring over documents, accounts, email and shit like that trying to build a case.

This process (80% of the stuff lawyers do) is about to get automated by deep learning systems which can do the job infinitely faster and an order of magnitude more accurately.

100% of lawyers with 20% stuff left to do should be interesting. I'm not thinking techno unemployment (That's call-center staff and burger chefs) more a case of less backlog. What's going to happen to the legal system once the backlog is reduced by 80%?

The lawyers will lobby for even more laws.  Many of them will instead go into politics.

America:  Shoot a programmer today.

I'm thinking more along the lines of the School to Prison Pipeline you guys have going on over there. You could be approaching "peak-prison" where you can't build them fast enough. What happens then? Escape from New York?

That trend has slowed down, with the consequence that prisons are emptying  out and the private prison industry is in deep financial trouble.

But not deep enough. Anything short of the total ruination of the industry and its investors is unacceptable.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 03, 2016, 07:47:58 am »
A couple more comedy skit ideas:

*A parody of Don Quixote where an oil industry lobbyist attacks a bunch of basketball players thinking that they are windmills

*Some soldiers or secret agents misinterpret an order to terminate someone "with extreme prejudice" as meaning to carry out the assassination while dressed as members of the KKK or the SS

(did I suggest either of these before?)

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Grand Theft Planet?
« on: June 03, 2016, 12:58:27 am »
Years ago, when gigahertz CPUs became affordable, I downloaded a free, simple N-body software program from the internet. I found that quite often, when two solar systems passed close to one another, some planets would be sent flying off into space at high speeds.

I’m sure the researchers written about in the above article are using much, much more sophisticated N-body software, not to mention supercomputers, but I still find this to be fascinating stuff.

Wouldn't it then be just as likely that there was a ninth major planet but we lost it? That would explain both the position of Sedna AND why we can't find the damn thing.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: A few thoughts on branding.
« on: May 30, 2016, 01:36:09 am »
Granted, Sander's partisans haven't exactly been a model of civility, either, which leaves everyone on the left in the painful position of not being able to point at Trump and Cruz and laugh, without being hypocrites. 

At least Sanders' and Clinton's most worthwhile accomplishment isn't being a washed-up reality TV personality

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