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Meanwhile, Mike Flynn discussed with Turkey about how to kidnap Gulen while on Turkey's payroll

https://www.wsj.com/articles/ex-cia-director-mike-flynn-and-turkish-officials-discussed-removal-of-erdogan-foe-from-u-s-1490380426

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The discussion late last summer involved ideas about how to get Fethullah Gulen, a cleric whom Turkey has accused of orchestrating last summerís failed military coup, to Turkey without going through the U.S. extradition legal process, according to Mr. Woolsey and those who were briefed.

Mr. Woolsey told The Wall Street Journal he arrived at the meeting in New York on Sept. 19 in the middle of the discussion and found the topic startling and the actions being discussed possibly illegal.

The Turkish ministers were interested in open-ended thinking on the subject, and the ideas were raised hypothetically, said the people who were briefed. The ministers in attendance included the son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the countryís foreign minister, foreign-lobbying disclosure documents show.

Mr. Woolsey said the idea was ďa covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away.Ē The discussion, he said, didnít include actual tactics for removing Mr. Gulen from his U.S. home. If specific plans had been discussed, Mr. Woolsey said, he would have spoken up and questioned their legality.

It isnít known who raised the idea or what Mr. Flynn concluded about it.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: March 24, 2017, 07:43:59 pm »
Trumpcare vote withdrawn  :lulz:

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: March 24, 2017, 03:25:54 pm »
It was, though I read it quite a while ago - I can't actually remember how it ends.  I do remember enjoying it though. Speaking of hard science, The Expanse on Syfy is quite fun.  The books are meant to be pretty good as well.

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Well they're Greek, and individualist anarchists, so it wouldn't surprise me either way.

Of course, that would just mean them sending a badly made firebomb in the post to where the Chicago Manual of Style lives.

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Just wrote about the terrorist group with the most ridiculous name - the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire.

Fortunately there is an abbreviation, or I would've hit my word limit much quicker than planned.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: March 24, 2017, 03:03:14 pm »
I read one of KSR's previous books - 2312.  Definitely the gold standard for hard science fiction, that guy.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: March 24, 2017, 02:59:21 pm »
Dancing Elk Group is OP, Cramulus.  Expect a nerf in the near future.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:08:42 am »
So I think I know what is going on with the weird facial expressions in Andromeda which has everyone so wound up.

My rig meets the recommended quality that the game requires, and while I've noticed some weirdness, it's been very minor, sporadic and hasn't occured since the launch of the game itself. 

I think what they've done is they've tried to introduce micro-expressions into the animations.  I've watched closely while talking with more important characters - the Tempest's crew, for example - and they do a lot of looking around, blinking and quick smiles or frowns.  I suspect that, partly because Bioware has never had excellent animations and partly because lots of people are still running around with subpar PC specs, these aren't quite being rendered properly and so they lead to weird, stilted facial expressions.

Apparently the gay male romance is also quite poor, and doesn't recieve as much love as the other romances.  That's a shame, since apparently the gay male romance in Inquisition was very good - but then two different teams worked on the two games, Edmonton is more experienced and handled Inquisition, while the less experienced Montreal did Andromeda.  Also I believe David Gaider wrote Dorian's romance, and Gaider is himself gay, in addition to being a very experienced lead writer.

Some of the general dialogue is a bit stilted in places too, but we've also not made any really important decisions so far, that I can tell.  I've just finished off getting a settlement on Eos, the first planet, and the most important thing I've decided is whether to have a military or research settlement, and who to wake out of cryo-stasis first.  That said, I've had the opportunity to tell the leaders of the Pathfinder Initiative that I don't appreciate the political games they are playing, which is nice. Both Tann and Addison are doing my head in and are first in line to be thrown out an airlock if I get the chance.  Kandros, Turian militia leader and the Krogan are alright though.  The logical/empathetic/professional/casual options are nice, but an angry option would also be good - we've put up with a lot of bullshit already.

Montreal was the team which made ME3MP and designed several side missions in ME3 and, I believe, Inquisition, so the combat is living up to expectations.  I'm not getting much use out of the jetpack in combat, but I'm playing as an infiltrator, and I could see that being more useful for a vanguard - jump, shoot a bit, then biotic charge to get your shields back.  Hardcore difficulty is OK - I've had my ass handed to me a ouple of times, but I usually win the next fight.  I've finally got enough powers that I can have two different profiles, but I've yet to try switching them in combat.  I have my infiltrator set up with Cloak, Marksman (whatever it's called in this game - the power that makes you more accurate and fire faster) and Overload, with the Engineer profile having Overload, Incinerate and Conc Shot.  I figure those will be the bread and butter of my build - firepower, crowd control and anti-armour/anti-shields is a decent combination I think.

Multiplayer continues to be buggy with sound.

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Yeah, there's a certain point you get to with technology where there's simply nothing you can do about it without better technology to counteract it.  Maybe some form of nanobot that aggresively hunts down inert, non-bodily matter and breaks it down for excretion...I don't know, not my field of expertise.

It's literally like trying to avoid a virus - only this is an inert virus, being spread delibrately by human actors, which increases the difficulty factor several-fold.  It's the nightmare biological terrorism/warfare scenario, only without the advantages of obvious symptoms, an adaptive virus and equally adaptive human immune system.

I would hope they have the sense to keep this kind of technology theoretical, but if anyone had thought 5 minutes about the nuclear bomb they would've kept that secret too.  There's some things you just don't want to unleash until you can adequately defend yourself against it - but by the time you can do that, the absolute advantage you had was lost.  And if humans are anything, we're short-term thinkers.

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Something that small...it'd be hard to counter, no way about it.  Preventative measures would be the best, but they'd be extreme and out of the range of most ordinary people - securing food supplies and preparation, air filtration, wearing gloves in uncontrolled enrivonments, avoiding crowds of people, undertaking basic counter-surveillance methods such as shopping at different stores, going at odd hours, never taking the same routes twice, using multiple dropoffs for deliveries etc.  It'd be arduous and costly, and not guaranteed to work, just to raise the opportunity cost of infection. 

And anyone important enough to do this to will have a ton of people who aren't so important but still in close contact near them, so if the aim is surveillance then it's still not surefire.  Not to mention you can use these as blackmail on people close to those people in order to have them do what you want, from surveillance to assassination.  Not as easy, more risk of discovery, but the opportunity cost is still lower than traditional methods.  Thinking on it, a Faraday Cage would, in theory, block surveillance attempts, and potentially activation (depending on type), but you can't live your life in a Faraday Cage.  Still, for circumventing attempts to listen in, it could be handy.

From what I can see, once they're in, it's game over.  Without some technological fix, some form of screening and way to ensure the damn thing stays off without EMPing it, you have to prevent that state from occuring in the first place. 

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Stang's definitely got a certain amount of style when it comes to delivery, and you definitely have the content.  Everyone wins

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: London knife attacks
« on: March 24, 2017, 05:28:56 am »
At least Amber Rudd knows what is truly important - covering your own arse

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39373907

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd warns against pointing "any finger of blame" at intelligence services after the London attack

She told the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg that although the attacker was known to them, it did not mean "24 hour cover".

Ms Rudd said that the intelligence services do a "fantastic job" and that people should "give them the space they need" to do it.

She was like this at Defra too.  And make no mistake - if Masood was on a watchlist, then the intelligence agencies fucked up.  Simple as.  They don't often do, compare France, Germany and Belgium to the UK when it comes to ISIS inspired terrorism - but pretending they are perfect, less than 24 hours after the attack, is the most obvious case of protecting your career I have ever seen.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: London knife attacks
« on: March 23, 2017, 05:08:23 pm »
Quote from: BBC News
The man believed to have carried out the attack in Westminster has been named by police as Khalid Masood.

Kent-born Masood, who was shot dead in the attack, was not the subject of any current police investigations, but had a range of previous convictions.

The 52-year-old was believed to have been living in the West Midlands.

The so-called Islamic State group has said it was behind the attack, in which PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade and US tourist Kurt Cochran were killed.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: London knife attacks
« on: March 23, 2017, 10:22:22 am »
7 arrests in raids in London and Birmingham too.

Also, I knew one of the people who died in the attack.  Not very well, I just worked with her a few years back.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: London knife attacks
« on: March 22, 2017, 10:30:55 pm »
Well, to an extent.  ISIS's media arm claims attacks if the attacker dies in the attempt or later on, and they always have some kind of evidence to back these claims up.

And I have no doubt he has a computer.  His reading material and web history will be highly revealing.

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